Recipe | Butternut Squash, Sausage, & Feta Bake

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Once again, I'm sharing a butternut squash recipe with you and it's not my own recipe. A few weeks ago I was at Zion Springs Bed & Breakfast for a client's walkthrough, and I hadn't eaten dinner (and I was starving). The gracious hosts they are, I was offered a bowl of this butternut squash bake, and I fell in love. The recipe is from an old fall/winter issue of Taste of thank you, Taste of Home, for our new favorite breakfast, lunch and dinner. The flavors are incredible...a little spicy from the red pepper flakes, a little herby from the rosemary, a lot cheesy from the feta, and then sausage and squash. What else does a fall dish need? And apart from peeling + chopping the butternut squash, it is a super simple recipe. My favorite kind.

- 1 lb. Italian sausage
- 2 large onions
- 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes, divided
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 tsp. minced fresh rosemary
- 1 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp. pepper
- 2 medium butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1" cubes
- 2 cups (8 oz.) crumbled feta cheese
- 2 small sweet red peppers, chopped

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large skillet, cook the sausage, onions and 1/4 tsp. pepper flakes over medium heat for 8-10 minutes or until sausage is no longer pink and onions are tender, breaking up sausage into crumbles; drain.

In a large bowl, combine the oil, rosemary, salt, Worcestershire sauce, pepper, and remaining pepper flakes. Add butternut squash, cheese, red peppers, and sausage mixture; toss to coat.

Transfer to an ungreased shallow roasting pan. Cover and bake for 35 minutes. Uncover; bake 10-15 minutes longer or until squash is tender. Allow to cool for a few minutes, then serve & enjoy. I promise you will!

When my interns and I got together to shoot this recipe, we couldn't wait for it to finish baking so we could dig in for lunch. The house was filled with the tastiest aroma and I think we were actually drooling. Joe and I ate it again for supper that evening, and then the next morning, I scrambled some eggs and tossed the butternut squash bake leftovers into the eggs right before they were done. So scrumptious. This dish works for any meal and will satisfy everyone. I need to make more dishes like this, so if you have a favorite recipe for a fall bake, please send it my way!

Photos by Anna Clair Photography for A Daily Something.

Off On An Adventure

Friday, October 17, 2014

Happy Friday! I'm headed deep into Pennsylvania for a camping adventure with a bunch of lady bloggers and United by Blue. Joy, Emma and I are driving up there together, and I'm SO stoked. I think I'm ready....stocked up on all the necessities, and I miiiight be bringing a few non-essentials. We'll see how heavy my pack ends up being. Still deciding on what to bring for our campfire potluck (need something that weighs nothing).

I'm leaving you with a few of my favorite camping and hiking snaps from instagram. The first two are by Bethany, and the last one is by Justin. Ever since first seeing these images on Joy's instagram, I've been thinking about how I want to go camping. And now I have the opportunity. Just not sure our tent will be as picturesque as Justin's. Or comfy. We definitely don't have an air mattress on our list of must-haves.

I have a tent, a tent floor cover, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, headlamp, water bottle, great hiking shoes, clothes. What am I forgetting? If you have any last minute camping advice (especially for a preggo), please give it! I'll need all the help I can get!

P.S. I announced the last A Daily Gathering workshop of 2014: A SEASONAL SUPPER + WORKSHOPS IN NATURAL DECOR + BEESWAX. Tickets and more info here 

A Daily Gathering | Backyard Potluck

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A few months back, I hosted a simple backyard potluck in my friend Melinda's (from Knead & Know) perfectly overgrown and charming backyard, nestled deep in historic Leesburg, Virginia. I wanted to bring together some of my closest friends (and their spouses) for a carefree evening where no one did anything but bring a tasty summery creation and sit down at the shared table and commune. A celebration of summer and the breaking of bread together outdoors. A sort-of thank you to all those who have been such dear co-hosts, collaborators, brainstormers, venturers into the unknown with me the past few years. Lauren and Rachel didn't take photos or make flower arrangements. Jennifer didn't design a menu. We didn't promote it on social media. 

It was simple, and lovely, and we all had a chance to enjoy each other's company. 

The recipe for a meaningful time involves piecing together just a few simple elements to make a that beautiful whole. Little details that will make a difference and let your guests know you prepared for them...hanging some overhead lights, filling the table with long taper candles that will burn well into the evening, collecting some firewood. Then add in a handful of friends and a table spread with simple food, and just being present, together. A bonfire, s'mores, and grilled peaches won't hurt, either. And music, quietly humming somewhere off in the distance. 

As we're plunging deeper into fall, I want to spend every moment I can, out-of-doors with friends and family. Savoring the autumn chill, cozying up around a bonfire, and sharing a meal. 

Photos by my lovely intern Rebekah Lisk. 

Florals | The Perfect Fall Arrangement

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A little all-local floral inspiration for these gorgeous autumn days we're having...

This shoot is from a fun day at Wollam Gardens in Jeffersonton, Virginia with the Sweet Root Village ladies last fall. We were working on a little project for Anthropologie, and we spent the morning hours walking through and gathering blooms from Bob's lush gardens. Then we set up shop on his front porch (and in his charming bed & breakfast) to style with our fresh picks.

I love a-typical arrangements for fall; this time of year it's easy to get overwhelmed by and tired of all the pumpkins and mums and corn. To me, this is a perfect arrangement...still very fall with the bright pops of deep orange dahlias, but still unique and unexpected. To create this look, Lauren used a mixture of hydrangeas, peppers, beauty berry, eucalyptus, African blue basil, dahlias, and an assortment of greens. Makes me want to take a trip back to Jeffersonton to pick a basketful of autumn's best! Anyone wanna be my flower picking buddy?

Photos and florals by Sweet Root Village for A Daily Something.

The Brand Market DC

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Two weekends ago, I co-hosted The Brand Market DC with Anna from In Honor of Design and Joy from Mornings Like These. What a blast working with these two ladies and teaching a studio full of women entrepreneurs about building a successful brand! That first picture pretty much sums up how I felt about being a part of TBM.

I got to speak on some of my passions: collaborations, pitching to brands, and styling! And got to meet so many wonderful business owners, bloggers, and women with super awesome & crazy dreams for the future. When I got home from the workshop, my mind was spinning from the amount of creativity and drive among all the women, and I already have a few ideas up my sleeve for collaboration (ha!) with some of these ladies. Told ya it was a passion of mine! (Lookout for a FUN workshop announcement in the next month or two!)

It was also super inspiring to hear from Anna and Joy, who have built successful brands with such passion and sincerity behind them! Love these two so much, and am blessed to know them!

Anna and her Brand Market team rallied an awesome group of partners for the workshop. The workshop was held at the The Studios at 112 South Patrick in Alexandria, home to Joy's studio, the Sweet Root Village gals, and a handful of other creative Northern VA folks. The Sweet Root ladies put together that massively stunning mantle display - I'd like one of those permanently in my home, please. Tickled Photo Booth set up shop outside and snapped loads of hysterical photos for us - if you're in the DC/MD/VA area, I highly recommend Lauren's company! My interns (Anna and Bekah) put together the perfect ribbon/macrame backdrop I had envisioned, but had no time to make ;) They're such blessings! And all these photos are by Anna Clair Photo, the workshop's official photographer! Check out In Honor of Design for the full list of partners.

I already want Anna to come back to the DC area for The Brand Market DC Part 2. Sound like a plan, ladies? :)

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