I made Ina’s Butternut Squash and Apple soup the other night and it was so easy and delicious. It’s also very healthy! It’s getting added to our rotation for the month of November, so I thought I’d share it here for you to try. I made a couple substitutions – here is the recipe I used:
2 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 large yellow onions, chopped 2-3 large butternut squash, cut into cubes 3 sweet apples, such as McIntosh or Gala good quality bone broth salt & pepper cumin
Warm the butter and olive oil in a large pot over low heat. Add the onions, a couple dashes of cumin, some salt and pepper and cook until the onions are tender. Stir occasionally, scraping the bottom of the pot.
Peel the squash, cut in half, and remove the seeds. Cut the squash into chunks. Cut the apples into chunks, discarding the core.
Add the squash, apples, and 2-3 cups of bone broth to the pot. Bring to a boil, then cover, reduce the heat to low, and cook for 30 to 40 minutes, until the squash and apples are very soft. Using an immersion blender, blend the soup until creamy.
Serve with some warm, fresh sourdough and goat cheese. Enjoy!
The sun is shining, air feels warm, and we just had a couple more of my favorite Adirondack chairs delivered. It’s almost summer! I’m now in full outdoor mode getting ready for pool parties and dinners outside, so I thought I would round up a few favorites and some new fun finds for the season:
This little room is still a work in progress, but it is such a sweet space and I’m enjoying putting it together over time. Liv is using her brother’s crib (we moved him to a big boy bed, which you can see here) and I love that it’s getting passed down. I found this darling antique pine chest which I loved paired with this indigo lanai mirror. No surprise, I’m sticking to a blue and white palette, which I think can easily be made more feminine / masculine as needed. We have a window seat in this room so I’m working on finishing up pillows for it. I just found this darling one that fits perfectly in this space. Stay tuned for more details soon!
Valentine’s Day has passed, so I am officially counting down until sunny spring days. It is such a refreshing time of year… fresh flowers, cheery colors, warm days, the sweet Easter holiday… I just love it. Instead of Easter Basket ideas, I’m rounding up some fun finds and tried and true favorites for the season, for everyone. No surprise, it includes lots of rattan, blue and white…
We moved into a classic Cape Cod style home about a year and a half ago and the dormers that are part of the master bedroom were bare. I’ve been wanting to build a window seat in them since the second we submitted an offer! My dad loves a project like this, so I easily convinced him to build us the seats when he visited one weekend this past fall. My husband and I did some of the finishing work, ordered some cushions and pillows, and voila! our cozy seats were complete. One of the seats is in the hallway to the master and the other is right in the center of the bedroom– they both make the room feel complete and add so much charm. They also provide quite a bit if extra drawer space which is a huge plus.
The window seat fabric is Schumacher Wellfleet Ticking that I ordered myself and sent to this shop on Etsy to make the seats. Sarah did an absolutely amazing job– I highly recommend using her! I’m still playing around with pillows, but have a few linked below that I love, as well as some already saved in my Etsy shop. I also hope to add sconces on the sides when we do some other electrical work in the house at some point in the future. Lastly, I absolutely love these brass drawer pulls that I used.
I have been working on this big boy room for H for quite some time now. It all started when I found these antique twin beds– I knew right away that I had to have them! I decided to paint them red, which is a little bold for me but I LOVE how they turned out. (Thank you mom for the push!) The room is slowly coming together which is fine by me since I want the room to feel and be collected. I kept his dresser and a few accessories from his nursery, like this beautiful painted bear from a friend, the anchor hook, and all of his favorite stuffed animals. I love that we were able to transition these pieces into his new room (that was my intent when I started his nursery!)
I’ve been on a kick getting new coffee table books lately. I love flipping through them at night whenever I have the chance to sit down and relax. I also really love them for home inspiration, so whenever I’m working on a project I always like to open them up for ideas. I currently have about 12 stacked on my living room table– not only do I love the books themselves, but I love the look of them all stacked up.
I also recently ordered these new coasters because I wanted some sturdy ones and I love them so much I went back to order a second set. I don’t have a tray on this table, but I recently purchased this beautiful one for another table. I love to use trays to group all of your things.
Having a plant or fresh flowers, and some candles to light in the evening also make such a noticeable difference.
I am a major hydrangea lover and limelight hydrangea are my absolute favorite variety. They hold up well in the sun and can withstand our very hot summers here in California (I’m zone 9). They also change into the most beautiful colors that are neutral enough to win my approval for our landscaping.
Another big plus with hydrangeas is that they dry beautifully for you to use inside for decor (the fall colors would be beautiful on your Thanksgiving table!) They are extremely easy to dry– the biggest piece of advice is to get Mother Nature do the work. These blooms will dry perfectly right on the bush in early autumn. Make sure they are no longer fresh white blooms and that they have a paper-like feel before cutting off.
I cut mine from the plant in September, removed all of their leaves, and put them in vases around my home. If you make sure to wait long enough to cut, these will continue drying beautifully right in your home.
I love the look of these blooms placed in a large vintage dough bowl. I found a few fun ones for you here!
I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect table for the corner of my living room so that I could set up a little nook to do some work at. I finally stumbled upon this beautiful antique table and I knew right away it was exactly what I wanted. Don’t be afraid to add a desk in places other than an “office”. I think it’s so charming to add to a corner of your living room, behind a couch, or in your bedroom or guest room. Also, no need to use a desk! Any table will work– as long as you love it, anything goes.
I added some texture with a rattan chair from Mainly Baskets and a rattan mirror from Serena & Lily. I also have this simple brass lamp on my list and plan on swapping out the white shade for a fun pattern. When creating your space, don’t forget some fun baskets or trays for loose paper, a pretty pen holder (you can use a cup, too!), and a nice vase for fresh flowers. Also, a cute pillow can make a big difference. I’ve mentioned before Etsy is a quick and easy source for designer fabrics- you can shop some of my favorites here.