Goodness, this was delicious! The only time I ever cooked with butternut squash is the delicious Butternut Squash Soup I make in the Fall that is waaay better than Panera. I really am into skillet dishes and finding new ways to use turkey sausage so this recipe was a winner from the start. With a little spinach, double cheeses and whole wheat penne, this hearty dish cannot be best on a crisp Autumn evening. 

The chucks of butternut squash added some creaminess. 

What you'll need

Butternut Squash, Sausage and Penne Pasta
½ cup onion, chopped
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 lb. Italian turkey sausage or chicken sausage (remove casings if links)
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
5-6 cups low sodium chicken broth
1 teaspoon chicken base (optional)
8-12 ounces of penne pasta (I use whole wheat)
3 cups peeled and diced butternut squash
2 cups coarsy cut up baby spinach
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
¼ cup grated or finely shredded parmesan cheese

In a large non-stick skillet, cook the garlic, onion, sausage and salt and pepper. Cook over medium heat until sausage is broken in pieces and no longer pink. Scrape the mixture onto a plate and return skillet to heat. Add the broth (you can use less and reserve some broth for later if cooks down) and pasta and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for about 7-8 minutes. Stir in squash and simmer another 6 minutes until both squash and pasta are tender. If liquid breaking down too much, add more both here. Stir in Spinach and cook until wilted. Add sausage mixture back in and mix in the mozzarella cheese. Turn off heat and cover skillet and let sit for about 5 minutes. Stir and add parmesan. Enjoy!

Before the Cheese added. So colorful!


My thought is Jo Jo would be proud! I am a mix between a little of her decor style and a little modern so with every decoration I do, I think of her. I like a little front porch sitting! We’ve got a view of a pond and lots of trees so I’m excited for the changing leaves. Fall exploded at the Nine’s on Friday. 

As you may know, the old house was tans, reds, oranges, etc so colorful orange pumpkins was always the Thang! At the new house, I’m going for a more neutral vibe so all white pumpkins, mums, green pumpkins it was and boy do I love it.  
Of course, I threw in little touches of Buffalo Plaid. The first Fall piece I bought this year was the long Fall sign at Kirkland’s. 

The front mat Combo may be my favorite!

Buffalo Plaid Pillow Covers HERE // Pillow Inserts HERE //Buffalo Plaid Napkins HERE // Home Sweet Home Mat HERE // Buffalo Plaid Front Mat HERE // Rocking Chairs HERE // Black Lantern HERE // 


**AND The BIG NEWS of the past few days. After all these years, I'm on INSTAGRAM. So far, so good and I hope y'all follow me. I've still got a lot to learn but I can post, like, block (lol) and comment, so that's something. I couldn't get just Living On Cloud Nine so I added the number 9 a the end. LOL. And to all the Cole Swindell Impersonators, STOP following me just cause I followed the REAL Cole. 

And Trying to figure out the widget for the sidebar for Insta?

Wish you could all sit on the front porch with me!!


Perfect timing, Fabulous Fall. With temps hovering around 90 all week and crazy humidity, I wasn’t sure Miss Autumn was going to make it in time but whew, she is blasting us with 70 tomorrow so it’s ON!! Today the pumpkins and mums are going out, the front porch is getting decorated and I am making a new pumpkin treat. Plus, the football game tonight is at my favorite "away" school because they grill burgers on dozens of grills the dads bring in to sell, so dinner is under the Friday Night Lights and I'm tickled, lol! 

1. Fall Find: Pink Velvet Pumpkin
Monday, I showed you Part 1 of my Glam Space. Well, this velvet sparkly gem resides in that area and I love this pumpkin so much. The minute I saw it in Pier 1, I knew I’d be taking it home. And now it is under $20. The perfect girly pumpkin! 

2. Fall Food
So, I didn’t really have much this week so let’s talk food. Yummy food tends to taste just a little bit better in the Fall. Tis week I had a couple finds and am sharing my morning breakfast that I repeated 3 days in a row. And a sneak peek at an upcoming Tasty Tuesday recipe. 
This was the yummy breakfast. While wheat English muffin with local Sugar free Apple Butter, plump blackberry and a small Nosa Pumpkin Yogurt with 3 crunched up pecans added. 

 Last year, I did the Rate the Pumpkin Spice Treats post and I told you about a couple pumpkin cereals (I LOVE the Pumpkin Special K). Was super excited to see Pumpkin Frosted Flakes. VERY GOOD. 
4/5 Pumpkin Rating

And Coming Soon: Butternut Squash, Sausage and Penne pasta Skillet. So Yummy!!

3. Week's Attire
Old Navy ND Top, Kohl's Shorts, Nike Retro Tennis Shoes

Steinmart top, Express Capri Leggings HERE, Adidas Superstar Sneakers HERE

Showed you a fun Fall Kimono Outfit on Wednesday. Here is another Great kimono from Target and this Fall scene makes me VERY Happy!! 

4. More Camo and a Hat
Last week, we showcased all kinds of cute Camo in our Fashion Link-Up. See HERE. Well, a few Fridays ago HERE, I showed you my first ever Aerie Purchase and it doesn’t disappoint. So soft! LOVE IT!
BUY Sweatshirt HERE

More Inspo

 This one is my favorite look!!

5. Misc. Fun
Daisy...PSL Dog Treats
Our sweet Daisy got a good vet report this week. I was worried about some issues she had but it turns out just natural aging process for the almost 14-year-old girl. We celebrated with these amazing seasonal dog treats. Pumpkin Spice Latte Mutt Mallows. (2.99 TJ MAXX)  wanted to eat one, but I didn't, lol! 
I cant stress it enough...BE KIND!
I was checking out at Target with a sweet lady who recognizes me by my frequent visits (LOL) and as I was paying, she turned around grabbed this reusable bag and said “Here, we are giving these to people we choose today.” It was filled with little goodies and coupons and I thought How Kind! It made my day just like I knew she did so many others. Just a simple, sweet gesture. I continued my errands by opening doors for people, helping a lady get something off a high shelf, complimenting people, etc…just the little things…all it takes to create smiles and give joy!

Go Have one super happy weekend and LOVE on one another with kind hearts! 

Linking up with  Amanda // Friday Favorites  // High 5 For Friday // 5 on Friday // Fashion Friday