Pumpkin and Sausage Pasta

Hooray for another day of snow! Ok, it only amounted to a 2 hour delay yesterday, but hey – I’ll take that! That’s 2 extra hours of sleep. And I am ALL ABOUT some extra sleep!

But really, yesterday actually ended up being a bit of a strange day. It started out with a 2 hour delay, so by the time I got in to work it was 10am. Then I had to leave work at 12:30 to make it to my doctor’s appointment in Richmond.

Ummm, can I work 2.5 hours every day? I was so stinking productive in that limited amount of time, it was kind of crazy!

Anyway, I picked up Chris and headed down to Richmond to meet with an optometrist for my first Lasik consultation. That’s right, this blind little mouse is FINALLY going to do something about the fact that I can’t see diddlyssquat! (But seriously guys, my eyes are so terrible that when the tech looked at my glasses prescription, her literal first words were “Oh honey…” BAD!)

Overall the appointment went really well, and Chris and I are just doing some price comparisons and stuff before we make our final decision. Then I’m finally going to be able to seeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Thankfully we were only there for about 45 minutes, so we headed back up to Fredericksburg so I could make a 6:30 BodyAttack class with my friend Jax. Sadly I managed to leave my heart rate monitor watch in my car (fail), but boy did that class kick my butt. So. Much. Jumping! My calves are going to be feeling it tomorrow!

When I got home, I was welcomed with this – dinner a la the Hubby.


Pan-seared porkchops with pear butter, mashed potatoes and green beans. So delicious (and so simple!) Mad props to Chris who always says that 30 minute dinners aren’t his “thing” – he prefers to make the big fancy meals.

Speaking of simple, I thought I’d share another dish with you all from earlier this week that was also super quick and super easy to make! So without further ado, another edition of Thirty Minute Thursday!

Thirty Minute Thursday

Up today is a simple Pumpkin and Sausage Pasta. I will say that I cheated a little bit with this one, because we got a pre-made pumpkin sauce from Costco, but honestly in this meal it could really easily be substituted for a marinara sauce or a vodka sauce and still taste amazing. This recipe is just a great way to get in a protein, some veggies, and some carbs for a whole meal.

Pumpkin and Sausage Pasta

Pumpkin and Sausage Pasta

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes


  • 2 pre-cooked chicken sausages, sliced (mine were roasted red pepper)
  • 1/2 yellow onion, sliced
  • 8oz mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • 1 cup Tuscany Pumpkin Sauce (or other sauce of your choice)
  • 1/2 cup frozen spinach (or fresh if you prefer)
  • 1/2 pkg of whole wheat pasta


1. Cook pasta according to directions on package

2. Heat small amount of olive oil in pan on medium. Once heated, add in garlic and cook for an additional 30 seconds.

3. Add onions and sliced mushrooms, and cook until onions are transparent.

4. Add in sausages and spinach. Cook until heated through.

5. Reduce heat to low, add sauce and mix thoroughly. Heat until sauce is warm.

6. Add sauce to drained pasta and mix.

7. Enjoy!





Super simple and super quick pasta dish, but one that is just a little different than your plain spaghetti and meatballs (not that there is ever anything wrong with spaghetti and meatballs, mind you!)

Well that’s all I’ve got for you today. But stay tuned tomorrow for a super exciting surprise! I’ll give you a hint, it involves the number 3 and a huge giveaway!!!

See you then!

So tell me: What are your favorite kinds of pasta dishes? Have you ever tried BodyAttack? Anyone had lasik and have any advice?

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Comments: 8

  1. Tiffany January 30, 2014 at 9:45 am Reply

    girl….i had Lasik in Jan of last year…BEST thing i’ve ever done for myself! this is coming from someone who could barely read the “E” on the eye chart 😉 also…i’m from Va. Beach!

    ps…this dish sounds delish!!
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    • MyFreckledLife February 6, 2014 at 1:44 pm Reply

      That’s me too!!I can’t wait to be able to wake up and see!

  2. Diane @ Life of Di. January 30, 2014 at 11:19 am Reply

    That recipe looks really good :) I like the combination. Also, that is really sweet that your husband prepared such a delicious dinner for you. I love little surprises like that after a long day!
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  3. Kim January 30, 2014 at 3:04 pm Reply

    I had lasik about 3 years ago. BEST decision I ever made!!! I cannot believe I actually used to stick contacts in my eyes every morning. The recovery was no biggie and I see GREAT now!!
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    • MyFreckledLife February 6, 2014 at 1:43 pm Reply

      I’m so excited!!I’m blind as a bat so I can’t even imagine what it sill be like to see clearly!

  4. Chelsea @ Chelsea Eats Treats January 30, 2014 at 4:01 pm Reply

    One of my really good friends works for a lasik company and I bet he could give you some great advice/answer any questions you might have! Let me know if you’d like to talk to him!!
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    • MyFreckledLife February 6, 2014 at 1:42 pm Reply

      I would love any advice he can give!!! I’m both excited and terrified!

  5. Amy @ Run with Perseverance February 1, 2014 at 11:26 am Reply

    That looks yummy! This is a weird question, but where did you go in Richmond for your lasik appointment? My dad used to work at a major opthamology/optometry practice there, and I’m just curious if you went to the same place :)
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