recipe // butternut squash soup with pumpkin seed-mint pesto

This is a great fall recipe from Sunset. They suggest serving it in mini pumpkins, and using fresh pumpkin instead of squash, but I was not feeling that ambitious for a post-work meal. Instead, I used the pre-cut butternut squash from Trader Joe’s (2 bags of it, to be exact), an immersion blender to puree the soup, and a food processor to make the pesto, and in under an hour was serving it up in perfectly acceptable ceramic bowls with a side of olive bread. Continue reading

home decor // bathroom refresh for fall

Our bathroom is very white – white walls, white tile, white laminate. Being a rental, we can’t change any of this, but it does make for a nice blank canvas. Until recently, the white theme had continued with a white shower curtain and white towels, and only a small pop of color in the green rug. Last weekend, I got inspired to do a fall update when I saw this shower curtain on clearance at Target in rust. I managed to steer clear of white and get coordinating rust and deep gray towels, an incredibly comfortably gray rug, and mercury glass accessories. Continue reading

recipe // roasted brussels sprouts with garlic aioli

This recipe was a Pinterest find from the blog Costa Kitchen. The photographs looked so delicious that I ended up making the recipe the same day I found it, and I have a feeling it won’t be the last time. It was a breeze to make and tasted incredible – Nick got out a fork because eating them by hand wasn’t happening fast enough. Continue reading

creative // custom recipe cards

Inspired by the gorgeous Rifle Paper Co lemon recipe cards, I decided to create custom recipe cards as a birthday gift for my sister. Her name and the various fruits and vegetables were painted with watercolors and then scanned into a computer to add the lines and “from the kitchen of” text. They were then printed our on blank A7 flat cards from Paper Source in luxe white. Continue reading