archive: September, 2011

dinner ideas 9.30.11

September 30, 2011

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stuffed squash

can you believe september is almost over already? october is always the the first month where i really begin feeling like it’s fall. it makes me think of picking apples, canning summer veggies and visiting the pumpkin patch. this weeks meals were inspired both by the last of summer veggies and the beginning of fall flavors. i hope they inspire you!

monday: summer veggie burritos with avocado

tuesday: more burritos with lentil cakes* (nothing like leftovers!)

wednesday: summer veggie pasta*

thursday: stuffed patty pan squash* with roasted tomatoes and an apple braided dessert*

friday: tonight i’m planning to make this mushroom cream sauce (veganized, of course with veggie stock and dairy free cream!).

*lentil cakes:

i made lentil cakes in much the same way as you would make potato cakes with leftover mashed potatoes. i had (accidentally) cooked my lentils a little too long making them a little mushy (oops!), but am glad i did so that i could discover lentil cakes! press a spoonful of cooked lentils together in your hands to make patties, then pan fry with a little olive oil, salt and pepper on both sides. these were delicious!

*summer veggie pasta

toss broccoli, carrots and cherry tomatoes with olive oil and 1 tbs fennel seed. roast at 450 degrees. toss with fresh basil, spinach and pasta with a little olive oil and garlic. yum.

*stuffed patty pan squash

scoop out the inside of your squash. saute a a bit of onion, celery, veggie sausage and leftover ‘scooped out’ squash with olive oil, salt and pepper. stuff the squash (see picture above) and bake at 450 degrees until tender, about 25 minutes.

*apple braided dessert

i’m sad i don’t have a good picture of this one! however, i used the same method and bread recipe that i used for this pumpkin pizza. instead of using those ingredients, i decided to add fresh cut apples, 2/3 cup of brown sugar, 1 tbs cinnamon, 1tsp of clove and a sprinkling of nutmeg. braid the dough over the toppings and top with a little butter and sprinkling of sugar. bake at 350 until bread is slightly golden, about 25 minutes. serve with ice cream for dessert or eat plain for breakfast!

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twig home

September 30, 2011

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twig home

while following erin godbey’s pinterest board for beautiful beds, i just so happened to discover this new delightful blog: twig home (i love all the inter-connectedness!). filled with inspiration for your home in just my style: sweet, comfortable and eclectic. i think you’ll enjoy browsing the pages. to get you started, here are a few of my favorite posts (clockwise with above):

colourful eclectic. picture from shelter

lost in translation. picture from vintage

autumn love. picture from the meat kitchen.

a pop of orange. picture from inspired design.

happy friday. picture from wit and delight

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happy fall y’all!

September 29, 2011

Posted by in lifestyle

happy fall y'all!

i’m nearly a week behind, but better late than never, right? welcome to my favorite time of the year. happy fall y’all!!

clockwise: landscape tapestry, fall photograph, vintage red lantern autumn color, fall foliage felted bowls, golden rays, wrangler red plaid shirt, the golden pumpkin

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national coffee day!

September 29, 2011

Posted by in handmade

coffee

know your coffees

guess what, it’s national coffee day! while i sit here sipping some of my own, i thought i would pull up some of my favorite coffee posts:

cinnamon almond coffee recipe

my favorite type of coffee

coffee cans to catch all canisters

diy coffee cup wrappers

a whole latte love

favorite kitchen gadgets

i love coffee and honey

frozen coffee cubes

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imagination station

September 28, 2011

moon phases by katie daisy

moon phases by katie daisy

problem: as i lie awake in bed last night, i realize that inspiration always strikes me in the middle of the night. the best blog post ideas, pattern inspiration or general design related to-dos pop in and out of my head. then, they keep me awake as i’m determined to still remember them when the sun comes up! seriously, i often feel pregnant with inspiration and ideas.

ok, not really a problem: i’m not really complaining here, i’m glad for the inspiration. i just need to sleep.

remedy: i will start to keep a notebook by my bed. this way, i’ll (hopefully) be able to jot down ideas (i.e. get them OUT of my head and ON to paper), and be able to go sleep.

think it will work? how about you, when does your inspiration strike?

 

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tabletop art

September 28, 2011

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tabletop art

tabletop art

tabletop inspiration

simply stated, i think these are so pretty.

these beautiful tabletop delights are found in the anniversary preview issue of rue (discovered via mochatini), and i’ve got to say.. the preview did it’s job! i cannot wait until the full issue is released (you’ll be able to find it here). wouldn’t it be pretty to have chalkboard place mats for thanksgiving? or watercolor place cards to match what’s on the menu?

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decide what to be and go be it

September 27, 2011

decide what to be and go do it

decide what to be and go be it by christen strang of letter happy

decide what to be and go be it
there was a dream and one day i could see it
like a bird in a cage i broke in and demanded that somebody free it
and there was a kid with a head full of doubt
so i’ll scream til i die or the last of those bad thoughts are finally out
-the avett brothers

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september csa!

September 27, 2011

september csa veggie box

the highlight of my week? picking up our organic csa veggie box!

september csa veggie box

sure to inspire this week’s recipes are:

– 2 red bell peppers and bunches little green ones
– green beans
– cherry tomatoes and 3 large heirloom tomatoes
– 1 stalk of celery
– 1 onion
– 1 bunch of spinach
– 3 baskets of strawberries (can’t believe their still growing here!)
– 6 ears of corn
– 4 zucchinis
– 1 bunch of carrots
– 3 heads of lettuce

september csa veggie box

getting this box of local organic veggies every week is truly the most rewarding food we get. it keeps us in touch with the seasons, eating locally and cooking different things every week. use local harvest to help find a community supported agriculture farm in your area!

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