Try This— Penne With Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese

This Fall inspired variation on the classic Cacio e Pepe is the ultimate comfort food.

Maybe I’m unlucky in life, but the entire time I was in Rome this summer, I didn’t have one single incredible food moment. The stars aligned and I was truly blessed enough to travel around Europe. We spent a full week in the Eternal City, and I could barely contain my excitement about sampling the food. In fairness, I had heard so much about how great the food in Rome was that I probably built it up in my head until my expectations could never be satisfied. After crawling around Rome from Monti to Trastevere looking for delicious food, I finally just gave up. Our last night in Rome, we stayed in and I made this Cacio e Pepe dish in the kitchen of our vacation rental.

Since being back, I’ve been so over Italian food. I don’t know if it has anything to do with my experience in Rome, but I just haven’t really had that Italian food craving that has been an ever present part of my life. Anyway, this weekend I suddenly had that old Italian food itch that I’ve been missing so much, and I decided to make this Fall inspired cacio e pepe I discovered on Food Network. The subtle sweetness of butternut squash paired with the tartness of goat cheese is a game changer. You must try this!!!

Penne With Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese

Ingredients

  • Vegetable oil cooking spray
  • 1 (2-pound) butternut or kabocha squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 1 onion, diced into 1/2-inch pieces
  • Olive oil, for drizzling
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 1 packed cup chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 1/3 cup finely grated Parmesan

Directions

  1. Put an oven rack in the upper third of the oven. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Spray a baking sheet, liberally, with vegetable oil cooking spray. Set aside.
  3. Mix the squash and onion together and arrange in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Bake for to 40 to 45 minutes until the vegetables are golden and cooked through. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool slightly.
  4. While the squash mixture is cooling, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain and reserve about 2 cups of the pasta water. Put the pasta, goat cheese and 1 cup of pasta water in a large serving bowl. Toss until the cheese has melted and forms a creamy sauce. Add the squash and onion mixture, the walnuts and the basil. Toss well and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Garnish with Parmesan and serve.
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Design Inspiration— The London Brunch Spot That’ll Give You All the Feels

Take all the inspiration from this lovely brunch spot in London for your next home design makeover.

Design inspiration alert! Sometimes I walk into a restaurant and feel completely at home. The place is cozy and inviting and there’s a certain vibe that just makes me feel so dang comfortable. Other times, as is the case with my Summer visit to Hally’s in London, I feel completely jealous because I can only wish that my home could look as calm, pretty, and functional as this cute little brunch spot. Seriously, this place is cute as hell, y’all! Inspired by California beach houses, Alexander Waterworth Interiors created a space (in south west London of all places) that makes you feel like you’ve been transported to the Pacific Coast Highway. No joke.

If the super fresh look of whitewashed brick walls don’t grab you, then the soft pastel dipped chairs and chic yellow industrial stools certainly will. Reclaimed wood floors and a beautiful tile detail just below the bar stools. If you’re still not in love, there are beautifully curated wood elements, vintage decor, and greenery on simple open shelves. Even the bathroom in this place is gorgeous with it’s bold wallpaper and cool tiles. Madness. I seriously love this place.

I guess I should mention that Hally’s serves a pretty mean brunch, but it’s the atmosphere that kept calling me back (and has me questioning every design choice I’ve ever made). When I grow up, I want my kitchen and dining room to look just like this! I’m gonna step aside while you guys add all this to your Dream Home Pinterest boards. Amiright?! Check it out!

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4 Wellness Subscription Boxes That Will Take Your Self Care Routine to the Next Level

I’m pretty stressed right about now. I won’t bore you with the details, but let’s just say house guests from hell + work + no play makes Bailey a dull lady. I have been embracing the sh*t out of self care lately, just to keep my head above water. So I got an email about this subscription box called Lunarly, and as you know, I love me some subscription boxes. It’s like Christmas morning, y’all. Anyway, I need a little extra TLC in my life, but sadly Lunarly wasn’t really my style, so I had to pick the interwebz’ brain for some self care lovin’ that was more my speed.

These wellness subscription boxes totally fit the bill, and though I haven’t sampled any yet, I have used some of the featured products contained in them. Spoiler Alert: I will be gifting these to family and friends this holiday season so if you know me and love me… ahem… you, um, won’t be getting these for the Holidays. Jedi mind trick. Check ’em out!

Pause and Unwind

When you sign up, Pause and Unwind will ship to you on the first of every month. You will receive a beautifully-presented & specially-curated box with 5 items such as high-quality spa/beauty products, & indulgent goodies! You’ll be treated to a wonderful relaxation kit featuring amazing women-owned businesses / women-founded companies. It’s a lovely surprise that makes a wonderful and unique gift as well!

Feeling Fab

When you sign up, Feeling Fab will ship to you monthly and you can pause and cancel at any time. You will receive 5-7 full size self-care, clean beauty, yoga and wellness products, yoga tips, zen guides, affirmations, and even brand discounts!

Go Love Yourself

When you sign up, Go Love Yourself will send you a monthly reminder that it’s time to spend time on you. Designed by experts and life coaches around a specific theme of your choice, each box will leave you happier and more fulfilled. Each box comes with reading materials and self-care items to make the reading experience come to life, as well as exclusive access to the Go Love Yourself community to help make the changes stick.

Hygge Box

 

When you sign up for the Hygge Deluxe Box, you will receive a curated box that includes a selection of products to support your self-care rituals and hygge lifestyle. Every month you’ll get 5-7 handpicked seasonal items like organic tea or cocoa, elements of light like candles or fairy lights, bath & beauty items, and even home decor accessories.

DIY Clarifying Aloe Rose and Hibiscus Skin Scrub + Mask

Aloe is giving me life lately. All I can say is that I’ve never been more impressed with a natural skin care ingredient than I have with aloe. I’ve been whipping up all kinds of amazing little homemade beauty products using everything from fresh aloe to aloe vera gel, and even aloe vera powder (yes that’s a thing!). Anyway, I’ve been preparing my skin for the cold weather that’s just around the corner. It’s so important to transition your skin care routine with the changing of the seasons, but through it all aloe vera is a mainstay.

This particular scrub/mask recipe unleashes the detoxifying and moisturizing power of aloe vera and pairs it with the detoxifying and toning powers of clay and witch hazel. If that isn’t enough, the addition of hibiscus tea leaves gives this scrub/mask a boost of antioxidants that improves the overall clarity of the skin.  What really takes this recipe over the top is the creamy, mousse-like texture. Like, you really feel all kinds of spa type luxury when you smooth this over your skin. The recipe makes a little bit more than you really need for your face alone, but trust me when I say it won’t go to waste. You’ll want this all over your body!

Aloe Rose and Hibiscus Skin Scrub + MaskALOE ROSE AND HIBISCUS SKIN SCRUB + MASK

ingredients

  • 2 tbsp witch hazel rose petal toner (find it here)
  • red clay (find it here) *for sensitive skin, you may want to try green clay
  • aloe vera juice (find it here)
  • hibiscus tea leaves (find them here)

Directions:

  • Add hibiscus tea leaves to witch hazel and let the hibiscus steep for 1-2 minutes.
  • Mix hibiscus in with clay until fully distributed.
  • Add in aloe vera juice slowly, until the whole mix becomes fluffy and spreadable.
  • Apply to clean skin, exfoliating first is a good idea.
  • For a mask: Apply to skin and leave on for 20-25 minutes.
  • Rinse with warm water and washcloth, tone, and moisturize.
  • For a scrub: Start with clean skin and take a dime sizes amount and scrub in circular motions to cleanse, exfoliate, and detoxify.
  • Rinse with warm water and washcloth, tone, and moisturize

Source: the Free Spirited

Try This— 4 Hot Beverages You Can Enjoy Instead of Coffee

These 4 hot beverages will scratch your coffee itch without all the caffeine. The perfect coffee alternative for anyone that needs some sleep!

The one good thing about the temperatures plummeting the way they did this weekend is that I was able to pull my chunky throw out of retirement, curl up on my couch, and sip on some totally delicious hot beverages. I’m definitely a coffee girl, but with all the talk about self care and the importance of sleep, I know that I shouldn’t indulge my coffee addiction after dark when I’m watching Castle Rock on Hulu. With that in mind, all weekend long I made sure that I never had an oatmeal latte after noon (you have no idea how hard that is to do if you’ve never had one), and when I craved a little something to warm my bones in the evening, I picked one of these delicious drinks instead! You must try this!

Lavender Bedtime Milk

Lavender Bedtime Milk

This recipe checks all the boxes. Not only is it warm, soothing, and delicious, but it will help to wash away the stresses of the day. Get the full recipe here.

Slow Cooker COconut Hot Chocolate

Slow Cooker Coconut Hot Chocolate

Um. Coconut and chocolate. ‘Nuff said, right? I’ve even added Nutella to this decadent, slow cooker recipe and it never, and I do mean never, disappoints. Get the full recipe here.

Pumpkin Spice Matcha Latte

Pumpkin Spice Matcha Latte

I might be the only person in the world that doesn’t really like pumpkin spice lattes, but this delicious twist on the classic makes nonbelievers like me take a second look. Matcha really is the star of this tasty drink. Get the full recipe here.

Chai Hot Chocolate

Chai Hot Chocolate

With only 3 ingredients, this chai hot chocolate is as easy to prepare as it is delicious. Get the full recipe here.