It is fall and we have squash in abundance where we live. In fact I am heading out to stock up on some organic local squash this evening. What is great about winter squash is that it stores so well, plus it is also very nutritious.

This dish has a bit of sweet to it, but works wonderfully as a side dish. I served it alongside chicken and quinoa the other night and it was a hit. The next day it was delicious and tasted like a barely sweet pumpkin pie filling. The addition of protein and fat in the milk, eggs and butter also aids in warding off any blood sugar crashes if you have an issue with blood sugar.

Sweet and Savory Butternut Squash Bake

  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 3 c. butternut squash puree
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 4 drops stevia (I used NOW stevia glycerite)
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon pumpkin pie spice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place butter in a medium sized oven safe dish and place dish in the oven. Allow butter to melt. In a medium sized mixing bowl mix all other ingredients until smooth. Once butter has melted take your casserole dish out of the oven. Very carefully swirl butter around the sides of the dish so that all sides are coated. You could also simply use a pastry brush. When all sides of your casserole pan are buttered dump the remaining butter into your butternut squash mixture and stir to combine. Pour butternut squash mixture into casserole dish and place in the oven to bake at 350 degrees for approximately 45 minutes or until set in the middle. You can check it with a sharp knife or skewer if you’d like.

Serve alongside your favorite main dish and enjoy!

To see how we do diapers, diaper covers and wipes check out my post from yesterday.

Diaper Pail

We simply use a medium sized trash can and a waterproof diaper pail liner similar to this. I can’t remember where we ordered it from, but we love them. We ordered two so that one would go into the wash with the diapers and the other could then be placed in the bucket for the next batch. It makes it so easy and so much cleaner.

Washing

During many research hours I read a lot about washing the diapers. There are literally dozens of different ways to do this. Everyone claimed theirs worked the best. The Mother-Ease website has some information on this as well, specifically for their diapers. So I figured we’d try one way out and if it didn’t work for us we’d move onto something else. We have used this method from the start and it seems to work for us and our diapers.

  • Dump diapers into washing machine and turn diaper liner inside out. Pour in ~ 1/3 c. baking soda. Wash in cold water on the large setting.
  • Turn water setting to hot. Pour in ~ 1/3 c. baking soda, about 1/4 of the amount of detergent used for normal laundry loads and a downy ball filled with vinegar. Wash in hot water on the large setting.
  • Turn the cold rinse cycle on. Dump in ~ 1/2 c. vinegar. Let rinse cycle run through.
  • Remove diapers and line dry or throw in dryer. Line dry covers and pail liner.

Closing Note: I highly recommend trying cloth diapers. Whichever kind you use, you will find that it really isn’t as much of a hassle as some will tell you. Before choosing cloth diapers I was personally told by a close relative that they “weren’t worth the inconvenience.” I find this to be untrue and know that the benefits far out weigh the cons. I feel that they are the best option for our little ones’ bums.