10 Years Worth of Gratitude

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Happy Thanksgiving to my friends here in the U.S. and whenever you are around the world. I wish I could invite you to our table this year, but a blog post will have to do. I wanted to pop in to tell you how grateful I am for your friendship, encouragement and the joy you have all brought to my life for the past 10 years of Thanksgivings! (I can hardly believe I’ve been blogging that long, but it’s true!).

Back when I was first married and making our first home in our little condo I never in a million years would have dreamed that one day, way down the road, I would have this place in the computer where kindred homebodies and friends from around the world could gather to share seasonal ideas, swap tales of remodeling and even find contentment with what we already have.

Yet what an unexpected gift this has been to me from the very first day. I love coming here to share, but the truth is I especially love hearing from you. It brings me so much happiness knowing that you, my friends, are out there creating your home, too.

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Many of you have been with me through the ups and downs of three homes now and all my related adventures and wanderings. What a commitment you have made to check in with me regularly! I know these days there are bazillions of blogs and social media people to follow so it is really a gift to have you here. It truly does make my heart and eyes well up with gratitude that YOU have chosen to be part of my home adventures, whether my house has been pulled together or torn apart or that long lull in between.

Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

I know this time of year will be so very hard for many and for others it will be such a special time. Blessings to all of you, friends. Wherever you sit down to dinner today I hope you feel loved and know that you’ve definitely made a difference in my life. I am so grateful for you.

I’ll be back here tomorrow!

xo,
melissa

Fall Recipe: Kale Salad with Roasted Delicata Squash & Maple Vinaigrette

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipe: Kale Salad with Roasted Delicata Squash & Maple Vinaigrette

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Hello! Kylee here. I’m stopping in today to share a new favorite recipe. This is my first Thanksgiving as a vegetarian, which means I can’t make any of usual dishes (Brussel sprouts with bacon, sausage stuffing…sigh. I won’t pretend I’m not a little sad about it!). Luckily turkey is actually my least favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal so I’m not too disappointed about that part. Bring on the side dishes!

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipe: Kale Salad with Roasted Delicata Squash & Maple Vinaigrette

I’ve been trying fall and Thanksgiving recipes out the last couple of weeks and this salad was a winner. I’m always attempting to make salads interesting and tasty (you know, so I will actually eat them) and this is just so quintessentially fall and absolutely delicious!

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipe: Kale Salad with Roasted Delicata Squash & Maple Vinaigrette

Kale Salad with Roasted Delicata Squash and Maple Vinaigrette

Serves 6

DRESSING:

¼ cup olive oil

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon dijon mustard

¼ cup maple syrup

¼ teaspoon salt

Pepper to taste

-Mix all ingredients together (I just shake them up in a mason jar).

ROASTED SQUASH:

2 delicata squash, halved lengthwise, de-seeded and cut into ½ inch wedges

1 tablespoon olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

  1. Toss the squash in olive oil, salt, and pepper and spread out in a single layer onto a baking sheet.
  2. Roast at 425 degrees until brown and tender, about 25-30 minutes, turning once halfway through.
  3. You can toss them into the salad warm or let cool—up to you!

SALAD:

6 cups washed, stemmed, and torn kale (I used both green and red curly kale, but either or both is fine.)

¼ cup pepitas (raw, shelled pumpkin seeds)

¼ cup dried cranberries

½ cup crumbled chevre (goat cheese)

  1. I like to massage my kale for a couple minutes with a bit of lemon juice or olive oil before mixing up the salad. This helps soften the leaves and curb the bitterness. I think it tastes a million times better whenever I do this step. But if massaging your greens freaks you out, this is totally optional ;). More info on massaging kale here.
  2. Toss kale in dressing, squash, cranberries, pepitas, and goat cheese.
  3. Enjoy!

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipe: Kale Salad with Roasted Delicata Squash & Maple Vinaigrette
Happy Thanksgiving, American friends! What are you making this year?

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