Friday, October 31, 2014

Butternut Kale Pasta with Pumpkin Seed Pesto

Butternut Kale Pasta with Pumpkin Seed Pesto Butternut Kale Pasta with Pumpkin Seed Pesto
Prepare yourself for lots of Autumn squash recipes over the next few weeks...

This dish was very satisfying and healthy. The homemade pesto was tangy and sweet and so worth making (my Bullet Blender is amazing for this).
It is a perfect Fall dinner.

Butternut Kale Pasta with Pumpkin Seed Pesto
1-12oz bag cubed butternut squash (Trader Joes)
extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. sea salt
bit of fresh grated nutmeg
1-10oz bag chopped kale, stems removed
12oz. whole wheat pasta

// pumpkin seed pesto //
3 cloves garlic
zest and juice of 2 lemons
2/3 cup roasted candied pumpkin seeds (Trader Joes)
1 cup parsley
1 cup grated parmesan or pecorino, plus more for garnish
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
3/4 cup water
few pinches of salt and pepper

1. Saute butternut cubes with the olive oil (enough to coat), paprika, salt, a grate of nutmeg until caramelized and cooked through. Add kale, more olive oil and saute till all kale is cooked. 
2. Cook pasta.
3. While pasta is cooking, make pesto. Add the garlic, lemon zest and juice to a blender or processor and pulse a few times to break down. Add the pumpkin seeds, parsley and parmesan and run the processor to mix, about 30 seconds. Drizzle in the olive oil and a few pinches of salt and pepper until combined. Taste and alter as desired. Add water to thin to preferred consistency. 
4. To serve, spoon butternut squash and kale over pasta and pour over pesto and mix together. 

To keep in the fridge, put pesto in a separate container and add to pasta/butternut before heating up each time. 
Butternut Kale Pasta with Pumpkin Seed Pesto Butternut Kale Pasta with Pumpkin Seed Pesto
^^ Oh yes, I gilded these real leaves with copper paint. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Halloween Party!

My roommate and I hosted a Halloween Party this past weekend, and it was a big success! (I define success by everyone had fun and nothing was broken.)
Here are some pictures of the decorations...costume pictures coming soon....
Halloween Party! 
Covered her desk with a black vinyl tablecloth and some gauze (almost everything is from Target fyi). 
Halloween Party!
A carved little pumpkin vomiting some guacamole. 
Halloween Party!
My roommate made this cute little banner.
Halloween Party!
Streamers and twinkle lights everywhere. 
Halloween Party!
Halloween Party!
**not pictured: our tequila punch with spider ice cubes

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Chairish: White to Bright

Chairish, an exclusive curator approved - online marketplace for vintage furniture, reached out to me recently to showcase one of their rugs and demonstrate how to decorate a room going from white to bright.
I have been obsessed with over-dyed Turkish rugs for quite some time and was excited to use a green version for both my rooms.

White Room: white furniture, statement art, green houseplants, gold accents, pops of hot pink
whiteroom

....to a....
Bright Room: peacock blue furniture, patterned fabrics, colorful artwork, brass touches
colorful
Where to buy: quilt / headboard / lamp / art / dresser / side table / pillow

Be sure to check out their accent chair selections too! 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Hand-Painted Fall Leaf Cookies

cookies
It's super simple to make these hand-painted cookies: 
Start with your favorite sugar cookie recipe and a hard icing glaze (a candy melt based one or royal icing works best, just make sure it dries hard). 
Dilute food color gels with water to use as "watercolors" and paint away with a clean artist's brush. Dust on some gold luster dust for a nice finish. 

Happy Fall! 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Mixtape Monday:::when it gets crisp in the fall

That quote could not be more true.
It's that time of year again to pull out my folksy tunes and Cosby sweaters. 
Welcome back, fall. 

1. Wandering Back - Sucre
2. Morning - Beck
3. Warm Foothills - alt-J (off their new album, which is much more subdued than their last)
4. Jewel - Bombay Bicycle Club
5. Orpheo - Andrew Bird
6. Shattered & Hollow - First Aid Kit
7. Whiskey Man - Arc Iris
8. Drunk By Noon - Andrew Bird
9. Chinese Translation - M. Ward
10. Waitress Song - First Aid Kit (they mention Chicago...)
11. Desert Lark - Great Peacock

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Autumn Pins {Pinterest}

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I'm an Autumn. What are you? 
....more from my Fall Pinterest board....
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below: Apple and Rosemary Hand Pies {source / pin it}
above: DIY flameless fire pit {source / pin it} // Bacon, Pear, & Blue Cheese Macaroni with Caramelized Onions {source / pin it}
below:  Spiced Pumpkin Seed Brittle {source / pin it}  // {source / pin it}
Pumpkin Beer Floats {source / pin it}
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