it's almost autumn, but around these parts, we're seeing little hints already.
we have begun collecting wood for our winter wood stove & wrapping ourselves in blankets during the evening hours. the days are cool, which our garden & animals really love, & that warm autumn light is absolutely magical.
hints of autumn also mean autumn mantels.
...pumpkins, happy flags, red & orange tones, bright leaves & whatever else might strike my fancy.
i keep a little basket in our guest bedroom closet of seasonal decor. it's so exciting to pull out my little bits of festive goodies to decorate our home for the seasons.
i have become a big fan of clipboards. if you've stuck around for long enough, you know this.
my dear friend, sara of the rosy life, gifted me this print. i clipped it to one of my favorite rusty clipboards & placed it on our mantel. it's the focal point of our decor & the best reminder of the good stuff about autumn.
i now want to curl up with a book & rest next to the cozy fire, yes? grab me a slice of that homemade apple pie while you're up!
a few weeks ago we harvested acorn & butternut squash from the garden. y'all, it's a christmas miracle that we managed to snatch up some squash before the squash bugs & vine borers got ahold of them first.
down here in the south they give you gold medals if you can manage to grow squash. we deserve a blue ribbon for that basket of squash goodness.
so naturally, we had to share the bounty from our garden with friends. we invited our dear farmer friend over for a little dinner on the patio & served up some delicious butternut squash.
i love experimenting with vegetables from our garden & this recipe is no different. i'm not one for measuring so you'll have to bare with my "pinch" of this, "little of that" & "dash" of this.
i also love that this recipe is one you can pop into the oven & go about your business until the timer is up. it's a hands-off, no-nonsense sort of recipe & really, those are the best kind.
roasted cinnamon & maple glazed butternut squash
1 butternut squash
extra virgin olive oil
dash of cinnamon
maple syrup to liking
sprinkle of sea salt
sprinkle of freshly cracked pepper
preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. cut your butternut squash in half & scoop out the insides, leaving the skin on. place your halves of squash, face up, on a baking sheet. dribble just a tiny bit of good olive oil onto your squash, making sure it covers the entire surface. add a dash of cinnamon & a sprinkle of sea salt. sprinkle a bit of freshly cracked pepper & drizzle maple syrup to liking on top. place your dish in the oven & bake for 30 - 40 minutes until the squash is soft. you may serve it on the side just like this or add cooked sausage to make a stuffed squash entree. eat & enjoy!
let me know if you try this dish! i'd love to read your thoughts!
there are two articles of clothing in my life worth investing in: shoes & purses.
i really wear my shoes. from farm chores to scavenging junk among piles at thrift shops & yard sales, my soles see miles & know hard work.
my purses & totes carry my life. at any given moment inside my purse, you're likely to find a craft project, books, my daily planner, our cash budget wallet (by miss money bags- love her!), a measuring tape, & bits of life chicken-scratched on tiny pieces of paper fluttering throughout.
my bag is my come-along friend, up for any adventure & tucked among rusty goodness stuffed in the back of my tiny hatchback car.
y'all, becky is the real deal & this bag is not playing around.
it has deep pockets inside for storing chapstick, pens, your phone & more. it also has sturdy leather straps perfect for carrying weight, like that over-due library book. also, can we just talk about it's cute factor? i've been carrying this tote for over two weeks now & it's the highlight of my outfit every single time.
sometimes life's rough & we just need a good ol' perk-me-up gift basket from our girls.
can i get an amen?
if you don't already keep a basket or box of little last minute, quick gifts - do it.
i keep my basket of little gifts in my guest bedroom closet. i pick up things here & there that tickle my fancy or are on clearance for a great price. when i need a gift, i look through my basket & pick out items that would fit that person's interests & style.
this is perfect for those moments when you feel the urge to give but you don't have the budget or the time to run to target.
when my gal pal mentioned that she was going through a particularly challenging season, my tribe of lady friends pitched in a couple of dollars each & we made her this basket. we included a bottle of izze & straws, nail polish, a cinnamon roll & a bouquet of flowers to add a bit of happy to her day.
i even re-used the colorful izze box, which is just the cutest. from trash to treasure, i say.
also, i just so happen to have the perfect spot for her piece within my home...
we're working on a family wall gallery in the hallway leading to the bedrooms. it's just a wee bit awkward at the moment as it only features photos of luke & me (incredible, beautiful photos by my gal pal nikki of nikki toth photography, that is!).
side note: you people with the littles are lucky. framing photos of your chillins is totally acceptable. thirty-four photos of our faces? *uncomfortable*
we're working on it.
collecting photos of our extended family, that is. ahem.
but i just can't tell you how excited i was to add my little create sign to our gallery wall. it's just the perfect pop of color & compliments my painted frames so well.
& for one lucky reader, you can take home this beauty, too!