Spaghetti Squash with Sage Pesto and Butternut Squash

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I’ve made spaghetti squash a number of different ways; with garlicky kale, red pepper flakes and olive oil, with marinara sauce and with pesto. Each time equally tasty but I’d have to say that topped with a big dollup of pesto, is my favorite way to go. The slightly sweet taste of the spaghetti squash mixed with creamy pesto is so comforting and almost makes you think you’re indulging in an actual big bowl of spaghetti.
In this recipe I doubled up on the squash…I know what you’re thinking, squash on squash? But, yes. A million times, yes! Topped with a creamy sage pesto and sweet pomegranate seeds, you’ll be in a fall, squash foodie coma!

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I’ve always had a sweet spot for butternut squash filled ravioli topped with crispy sage. One of my favorite fall flavors! I’ve deconstructed those tasty flavors in this recipe and created a dish that offers up the same delicious fall flavors, lightened up!

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Spaghetti Squash with Sage Peso and Butternut Squash:

Prep it:
Squash
– 1 spaghetti squash, cut in half
– 1 butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1 inch squares
– 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
– extra virgin olive oil
– 1 tablespoon maple syrup
– salt and pepper
Pesto:
– 10-12 sage leaves
– 8-10 basil leaves
– 1/3 cup pine nuts
– 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
– 2 cloves garlic
– juice of 1 lemon
– salt and pepper
– pinch of red pepper flake

Make it:
– Pre- heat the over to 400 degrees. While the oven is heating, place the spaghetti squash (uncut) in for 10 minutes. This will help soften it and will make it way easier to cut.
– Remove from oven, cut in half and drizzle with olive oil, maple syrup and salt and pepper. Roast for 40 minutes or until tender.
– Place the spaghetti squash and a few sage leaves on a sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil and roast for 35-40 minutes or until crisp. Mix halfway through.
– In a food processor, pulse sage leaves, basil leaves and garlic. Add lemon juice, olive oil and salt/ pepper to taste. Add a pinch of red pepper flakes. Pulse to combine.
– In a large bowl, mix spaghetti squash, butternut squash and pomegranate seeds with the pesto. Serve with crispy sage leaves and pine nuts.

Enjoy!

 

Stripes on Stripes

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Monrow Dress // Forever 21 Plaid Shirt (similar) // Vince Espadrilles (sold out, similar) // Prada Sunglasses // Saint Laurent Tote

Hello friends!
Sharing a weekend outfit with you today. It may be fall, but besides our chilly mornings it still has been hot, hot, hot! I like to keep it comfortable and casual on the weekends so this Monrow dress is perfect for just that! Made it a bit more interesting with pops of black for a full on comfy casual look!
Shop my outfit here:

Wine Country

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I’m currently in the wine country enjoying some of the central coasts best wines! Follow along on Instagram for more pictures from my trip!

 

Cozy Cardigan

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Pink Blush Cardigan c/o // Pink Blush Necklace c/o // James Perse Tank // Zara Skirt (similar) // Saint Laurent Bag // Jeffrey Campbell Booties // Stella McCartney Sunglasses

Happy Friday!
It has started to get colder in the mornings and although it has still been averaging almost 80 degrees during the day I’ve realized that I need to step up my layering game if I’m going to walk out of the house before the temps warm up. Thats where this cardigan comes in. Not only is oh-so cozy but it kinda is like wearing a blanket. A chic blanket, at that!  It’s the perfect layering piece for those crisp fall mornings and once the day got cookin’ I was able to slip it off and keep cool in a faux leather mini and some booties.
I’m off to Santa Ynez for a little getaway filled with wine tasting and family, I’ll be sharing pictures of my weekend away on Instagram, so be sure to follow along!

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Apple Butter Galette

SAMSUNG CSCRemember last week when I shared my delicious recipe for Slow Cooker Apple Butter? And remember when I said I was going to show you the yummiest way to enjoy said Apple Butter (beside eating it straight from the slow cooker!!)? Well, here it is my friends! Galettes are one of my favorite desserts to make, the crust is super easy and quick and always turns out delicious. I adapted my crust recipe from this one here, and have found the perfect balance of crumbly, sweet and flaky…its almost like a shortbread cookie crust. Seriously if the apple butter filling wasn’t so good, I’d be able to just eat the crust!! This is one of those desserts that is perfect to serve at a dinner party/ Thanksgiving…you can make it the day before and serve it cold with a scoop of ice cream. Or, if you’re like my family you’ll eat this with your morning coffee :)
Have you made the Apple Butter yet? If not, you’re going to want to just so you can try this yummy masterpiece of a dessert! Don’t forget to top the Galette with a honey cinnamon drizzle. Its almost like eating a carmel apple pie…yummm!

Happy Baking!

Apple Butter Galette:

Prep it:
For the Crust
– 3/4 cup raw hazelnuts, skin on
– 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
– 1 1/4 cups brown rice flour (GF)
– 1/2 cup (1 stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2″ pieces
– 1/4 cup raw sugar
– 2 large egg yolks

For the filling:
– 1 cup Slow Cooker Apple Butter
– zest from 1 lemon
– 1/2 apple thinly sliced

For the honey cinnamon drizzle:
– 1/2 cup honey
– 1 tablespoon cinnamon

Make it:
– Mix apple butter with lemon zest, set aside.
– Combine hazelnuts, salt and brown rice flour in a food processor. Pulse until hazelnuts are fine and mixture is combined. Move mixture to a large bowl.
– Cream the butter and sugar until combined, add egg yolks. Pulse to combine.
– Add dry mixture back into the food processor and blend until it forms a dough.
– Gather in a ball, flatten to a disk and wrap in plastic.
– Chill for 1 hour. Then let sit at room temperate for 10 minutes.
– Move it to a parchment lined baking sheet and using a rolling pin, roll to a large circle, about 1/8 inch thick.
– Spread apple butter evenly over the dough leaving 1 inch border. Lay apple slices over the mixture.
– Brush the border with egg yolk and fold sides over. If it breaks, no worries just pinch it together.
– Brush egg yolk over the top of the dough and sprinkle with raw sugar.
– Bake at 375 degrees for 30-40 minutes. Let cool.
– Mix the honey and cinnamon until well combined. If thick, add a little maple syrup. Drizzle over galette.

Sales I Love Right Now

Slide1Hello Friends! I am deep into searching for pieces to brighten up my fall wardrobe. I’m still transitioning away from my summer wardrobe so finding items that I can add to make them a bit more fall appropriate is at the top of my list. This weeks sale round-up is all about just that; adding a little fall spice to transitional outfits with texture, pattern, metallics and color!
Happy Shopping!

Inspiring Entryways

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As you know by now, I’m a little obsessed with blue and white decor so today I’ve rounded up a few of my most favorite entryways.  Pattern mixing, ginger jars, wallpaper…just a few of my favorite things!

Have a great day!

Ekatala Hair Care


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Happy Friday!
Today is an exceptionally happy day because 1. its Friday and 2. I’m so excited to introduce you to Ekatala! I’ve been using the Ekatala hair products for the past month and wow what a difference from my run of the mill drug store hair care system I was previously into. Ekatala is a 100% natural and organic beauty line developed right here in San Diego, my hometown! I was so excited when Ekatala sent me a basket of their goodies to try and within a week I noticed a change in my hair. My natural wavy locks became way less frizzy and so much healthier feeling and looking. I went from using numerous products in atempt to smoothen and strengthen my hair to only having to use a select few from the Ekatala line.

Slide1(using the Organic Fly Away Gel, which does an amazing job at smoothing down all fly-away hairs)

Living a healthy and organic lifestyle has always been very important to me and I strive to remain both physically and mentally healthy. It was only natural for me to begin switching over my beauty products to their organic counterparts. Ekatala products are free from all sulfates, fillers, preservatives, parabens, GMOs and synthetic chemicals so you can rest assured that what you are putting on your hair is 100% natural. Bonus: they naturally smell amazing!!

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 (Organic Rich Shampoo, Organic Rich Conditioner, Organic Leave-in Conditioner, Organic Body Wash, Organic Dream Cream, Organic Body Butter, Organic Fly Away Gel)

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For those of you with naturally wavy hair, similar to mine, you are going to die over the Organic Dream Cream. In these photos I washed my hair with the Ekatala shampoo and conditioner, towel dried my hair for about 10 minutes then scrunched my hair with the Organic Dream Cream. I let it air dry then using a curling iron I curled a few of the front pieces and finished by applying the Organic Fly Away Gel and I’m left with the perfect beachy waves…without the frizz!

Ekatala products are available for purchase on their website and if you’re local to San Diego you can find the products at local hair salons as well as the La Jolla Farmers Market! For more information follow Ekatala on Facebook.

Thank you to Ekatala for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own.