Sausage and Peppers Bake (Whole 30)

Life with a 6 month old requires some simple dinner options, and this one is killer. It takes all of 10 minutes to throw together and you’re done!

Being on Whole 30 we’ve been eating a lot of chicken, so I’m always looking for something to mix it up. These Applegate Farms sausages are the just the ticket. Be careful which ones you buy, only a few are compliant. But the Sweet Italian are good to go!


Simple potatoes and peppers bring some earthiness and sweetness to the dish, while keeping it feeling very homey. Once the flavors meld in the oven, mmm…good stuff.

Sausage and Peppers Bake
1 package of Applegate Farms Sweet Italian Sausage
1 red bell pepper
1 yellow bell pepper
6 small yukon gold potatoes
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tsp onion powder
salt and pepper
Chopped parsley and dijon mustard for garnish

Preheat the oven to 375. Chop the sausage into 1-inch pieces, add to a large along with chopped peppers and potatoes. Add olive oil and seasonings, stirring to coat and combine. Pour everything out onto a large cookie sheet and bake for 45 minutes. Top with chopped parsley and serve with dijon mustard.

Baby Shower

I was going back over past posts and realized that I never posted photos from my baby shower, and it was so lovely and perfect I just have to share it with you. My three closest friends all flew in from other states to spend the weekend with me, and boy can these ladies throw a classy party. Headed up by the one and only Adora Mae, all I can say is I am so blessed. And little Will was so loved before he was even here!
dsc_1254

dsc_1258

dsc_1286

dsc_1305

dsc_1339

dsc_1349

dsc_1352

dsc_1370

dsc_1399

dsc_1438

dsc_1455

dsc_1465

dsc_1473


With donuts, a coffee and mimosa bar, and a onesie painting station, this was everything I love. Here’s to having amazing friends!

xo. Brie

Smoky Skillet Chicken (Whole 30)

I recently got a new cast iron skillet. And oh my gosh, I forgot how completely wonderful they are! I’ve been cooking literally everything in it recently and everything comes out so great. Plus once it’s seasoned it’s so easy to clean, which is a big plus.

I decided to try out some chicken legs in the skillet. But these aren’t your ordinary drumsticks – these are smoked paprika, crispy skin, juicy drumstick deliciousness. The sauce gets all up on your fingers when you dive into these juicy beauties. I literally burned my tongue on them because I have no chill when it comes to crispy skin chicken legs.

The other thing I love about this recipe is how easily it comes together. Mix a few things in the skillet, coat the chicken, then pop it into the oven to bake. Easy peasy! And I’m all about easy recipes with a (nearly) 6-month old on the loose.

Smoky Chicken Drumsticks
8 chicken legs
2 Tbsp smoked paprika
1 tsp red pepper flakes
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
1/4 cup olive oil

Pre-heat oven to 425. In a cast iron skillet (or you can use an oven proof frying pan) mix together everything except the drumsticks. Turn heat on low and stir until fragrant (1-2 minutes). Add drumsticks one at a time, turning to coat in the mixture. Put the skillet into the hot oven and let bake for 45 minutes. Top with more fresh parsley and serve. Enjoy!

Booch Update

The ‘booch is coming along! I began test tasting it around day 7, and by day 9 I had the sweet to acid ratio I was looking for. So it’s time for the second ferment! I decided to make two bottles of plain kombucha and then a cinnamon apple flavor. I simply added a few slices of apple and some cinnamon sticks. Easy peasy! This will sit on the counter for another 2 days and then into the refrigerator we go.

What kombucha flavor is your favorite?

xo. Brie

Wild Geese

This poem spoke to me the other day, and I wanted to share it with you. I think it provides some perspective in our otherwise crazy world:

Wild Geese
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting –
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

Mary Oliver