Chicken and Squash Stuffing Casserole with Cranberries

Squash Stuffing Casserole with Cranberries

More fall recipes! Woohoo! This recipe was modified from this recipe for Chicken Stuffing Casserole. Another recipe that is easily adapted to the ingredients you have on hand…PS- this recipe was a hit and I’ll definitely be making it again! A great way to get everyone to eat squash!


1/2 onion diced

1 tbsp garlic diced

3 cups chicken broth

3/4 cup milk

1/3 cup flour

1 large chicken breast cubed

1 cup butternut squash cubed

1 cup yellow squash cubed

1 can green beans

1 pkg stuffing mix


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and lightly grease a 9×13 pan.

2. In a large skillet, melt the butter and add the chopped onion and garlic over medium heat until soft.

3. ┬áSeason with salt and pepper then add 2 cups of the chicken broth and flour, stirring until all lumps are removed. Once it’s thickened a little, add the milk and keep stirring. Once combined well, remove from heat.

4. Place cubed chicken and squash as well as a few cranberries and about 3/4 can of the green beans along the bottom of the 9×13 pan.

5. Pour skillet mixture over the chicken and squash. I stirred this just a little…

6. In another bowl, mix dry stuffing mix with remaining 1 cup of chicken broth just to dampen it. This will help it cook and get crispy once it’s in the oven. Once mixed, pour on top of everything in the pan and distribute evenly.

7. Just for looks, distribute the remaining cranberries and green beans across the top of the casserole.

8. Cover with foil and bake for 35min. Enjoy!


Cran-Apple Sweet Potato Quinoa Bites

I’m loving cooking and baking for fall when I get the chance. This recipe serves multiple purposes – getting me out the door in the morning with a quick and easy breakfast I know I’ll eat, and using some of the wonderful fall flavors that I really crave this time of year. I trialed this recipe a few weeks ago and they were gone so fast! I put them in sets of 4 in plastic bags and froze them, microwaving them at work in the morning. This is round two and even with changes in both batches it’s turned out great. I think you could modify this recipe for the ingredients you have on hand or the fall flavors that you love. This recipe is loosely based upon these Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Bites.

Cran-Apple Sweet Potato Quinoa Bites


2 cups old fashioned oats

1/2 cup quinoa – cooked (I’ll get to how to cook quinoa later on…)

1/4 brown sugar (more or less to taste)

spices to taste – I used about 1tbsp cinnamon and 1 tsp nutmeg and a touch of ginger

1 tbsp orange juice concentrate

1 tbsp vanilla extract

1 small apple chopped

1/2 medium sweet potato chopped

1/2 cup fresh cranberries chopped and/or whole

3 eggs lightly beaten


1. Cook the quinoa! Place 1/2 cup rinsed quinoa in a pan and add a dash of salt and 1 cup water. Bring to a boil, cover, then reduce to a simmer (I set my burner on 2) for about 20min or until quinoa is light and fluffy.

2. Preheat oven to 350.

3. Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix thoroughly. If you’re adding or removing ingredients just make sure your batter is moist. My first batch was a little dry.

3. Lightly spray a mini muffin pan and place batter in pan, pressing it in gently. You can fill the cups all the way to the top since they don’t really rise.

4. Bake at 350 for about 20 min or until lightly browned.

5. Freeze for later or eat warm!

“He Makes Her Heart Glow” Wedding Shower

I was so honored to throw a wedding shower for one of my best friends this summer. We’ve known each other since first grade! This summer she got married and I loved every minute of helping her prepare.

I really wanted to do a neon themed shower because every time we go shopping she’s always picking out bright t-shirts, plus it just looked like fun!

I used some bright lanterns I found on clearance at Michael’s, bright paper to make a banner and cute invites and lots of neon food including heart shaped cream cheese mints and “glowing” neon cupcakes.

The theme was “he makes her heart glow”.

 Neon Heart Cream Cheese Mints

Neon Heart Cream Cheese Mints

Summer 2013 (The Highlights!)

This summer just flew by! Maybe it’s because this has been my first summer that I truly haven’t gotten a break or that I just started my first-ever “real adult” full-time job, which means more responsibility and more overtime. Here are a few of the highlights…

The Sand Dunes


We went with another couple to the Sand Dunes for a long weekend. Well, it was certainly a long weekend – but a fun one! This was Gavin’s first time really camping and I think we scared him away. We drove down early on Friday morning “to get a good camping spot”, however when we pulled up to the park window (the giant line should have been a giveaway) we were informed that all of the spots had been taken or reserved days prior. However, a very nice ranger said he could set us up with a free! spot that was only a half mile hike and still in the park. We were feeling adventurous so we went for it! The thing is that he meant half a mile from the trail…after at least a half mile hike. We were not prepared to hike in and camp somewhere so I’m glad no one saw me toting my pillow and canvas bag up the trail that afternoon – it was just embarassing.


We had a few other funny stories – like waiting for our friends in the car at midnight and listening to Chronicles of Narnia on tape; we had a ranger come knock on our window…she thought we were car camping! And getting lost hiking…or how we hiked up that long steep trail so many times that weekend (including in the dark twice) that we came to realize that we really couldn’t complain about the three flights of stairs leading up to our apartment. We decided that whenever we go on an adventure like this one we should always determine a “lesson” that we learned. That was our “lesson” from this trip – it could be a lot worse than taking the stairs!



CIMG4106 - CopyWe also traveled to Tennessee to celebrate my grandparent’s 50th wedding anniversary! It was fun hiking (picture to the left), checking out Nashville (picture to the right), going to Dollywood, and just spending time with my entire family.

It’s Been Awhile…

I had almost forgotten about this blog. Even though I’ve done a lot of blog-worthy things over the past six months, it just seems to take a lot of time to document them. However, after reviewing some of my previous posts, I realized that I truly like having an archive of my crafts, activities, and endeavors to look back upon. So…I’m going to try to write again! I didn’t even realize that people were reading this! But there you are, about 30 hits a day! So if you’re reading, I’ll be writing! Stay tuned for a few new posts including some fantastic Cran-Apple Sweet Potato Breakfast Bites and maybe some soup (it’s getting cold!)

DIY Lotion Bars

DIY Lotion Bars

Not too long ago our local mall got a LUSH store. I went in with a friend and loved all of their bars, however they were so expensive! After some research, I realized this was something I could attempt myself and maybe even give to friends for Christmas if they turned out! Well, they did turn out because they were super easy and I’ve had lots of comments on how much people like them. I will probably make them again when I run out because I use them a lot! I especially like to use them on my hands before I go to bed and after I shave on my legs. ┬áSo here’s the super easy recipe…


1. 1 part Coconut Oil (I used about 16 oz. found with the other baking oils at Walmart)

2. 1 part Beeswax (I used the full 1lb block found at Hobby Lobby)

3. 3/4 part Olive Oil or Vegetable Oil (I used about 12 oz. and a little of both)

4. A few squirts of honey if you like the smell of honey

ps- don’t add any other liquids – I tried adding a little bit of vanilla and it ruined the last few bars that I made…all the liquid seemed to pool at the bottom. Just stick with these ingredients, they will be great!


1. Get a large mason jar or other jar with a lid to fill with your ingredients.

2. Put a large pot on the stove with a few inches of water in the bottom and bring to a boil.DIY Lotion Bars

3. Place pieces of beeswax (some recipes said you should use a cheese grater to grate the beeswax, however I started doing this and it would have taken several hours…I just cut mine into chunks) and coconut oil into jar, put on lid, and place jar into the pot of boiling water.

4. Leave the jar in the water until all of the ingredients have melted then add the Olive and/or Vegetable oil. You can stir or gently shake to mix the ingredients.

5. Once everything is melted you can (quickly or it will harden) pour the mixture into muffin tins. I used the mini ones without paper liners and the large ones with paper liners.

6. Let harden overnight and then pop out of containers or remove liners (it was super easy). Place in cellophane bags or another container and store in a cool place. Too much heat will melt them, which is why they melt onto your skin.

Coming Soon…

I have a fantastic beauty DIY project that turned out just great that I need to post; however, I’m giving it out as Christmas presents to my girl friends and family. So I need to wait until I give the gifts to post this but trust me, it’s good! I will definitely be making it again even if it’s just for me!