Recipe: Butternut Squash Apple Soup


It’s one of my fall bucket list items to learn to make more soups. Honestly, that’s just one of my general life goals.

So when I got a butternut squash from my CSA veggie share this week, I knew it’s future would be soup.

Anyway, enough blabbing. Here’s how to make this comforting, yummy fall food. I adapted this from THIS recipe.

Butternut Squash Apple Soup (Makes 3 cup size servings)


  • 1 medium butternut squash
  • 1 tart apple (I used Golden Delicious. Granny Smith would probably be awesome)
  • 2 tiny red creole onions (could also use 1 medium yellow onion)
  • 2 tsp. rubbed sage
  • 1 & 1/4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 almond milk
  • 1 tsp. brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • 2 dashes cinnamon

1. Preheat oven to 350. Cut squash in half & scoop out seeds. Place in pan, inside facing up.

2. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter and brush over uncooked squash. Season with salt and pepper.

3. Cook until soft, about 45-50 minutes. Take out and cool on wire rack.

4. Dice apple and onion into small chunks. Melt the other tablespoon of butter in a saucepan and add onions, sage and apple. Cook until soft, then set aside.

5. Once squash is cool enough, scoop insides out into apple and onion. Add chicken broth and seasonings and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer about 15 minutes.

6. Add milk and use immersion blender to cream all ingredients together. Add brown sugar and stir together.


-Holli Anne


Inspiration: Yellow Brick Home

House To Home
Note: All pictures in this post belong to Yellow Brick Home and, if clicked, will take you to their original posts.

It is no secret that I harbor some mad love for home/DIY blogs. I mean, it’s one of the reasons I first came up with Almost There. Through the past few years I have created a list of blogs that I believe are fantastic yet reasonable. Why follow blogs that post nothing but expensive content that I can’t relate to?

So, if you’re like me and love interesting people that work hard to make houses into homes for themselves and their readers, then you definitely need to check out Yellow Brick Home!

Following a husband and wife duo from Chicago, Yellow Brick Home has a myriad of DIY and inspiration posts that bloom from home renovations and decorating. (More on the couple here.) I could break down every aspect of their blog that I love (like their first Chicago home and their current home) but I’ll let you browse and make your own opinions instead of rambling. However, I do want to spotlight a few of their posts that are on my favorites!

DIY Giant Frames for Your DinosaursDino Print

Greenery in the WorkroomGreenery in the Workroom

It Just Keeps Going and GoingWall Gallery Art

Dino Battle! (and Building a Terrarium)Dino Battle

The Workroom, Ready to Work!Workroom

There are a lot more wonderful posts so go forth DIYers and browse Yellow Brick Home!


To do: Fall Bucket List


Alright, ever since I felt the first hint of fall weather in the air, I’ve been completely useless in anything that doesn’t include daydreaming about fall related things.

Fall is my favorite season, and I could go on and on about all that’s great about it, but do I really need to? You know why it’s so great.  All you really need to know is I fall HARD for it. (Yeah, that was cheesy).

I’ve been seeing all these people making fall bucket lists, and as an avid list maker myself, I love the idea.

So, without further ado, here’s my fall to-dos:

  1. Buy new boots.
  2. Baby’s first Halloween (We aren’t actually HUGE Halloween people, but you better believe some themed costumes are coming your way!)
  3. Visit a pumpkin patch (I’ve never done this, but it sounds so fun!)
  4. Carve said pumpkin
  5. In fact, pumpkin everything (Like this cake, would be a good start.)
  6. Get in a giant leaf pile (mostly, get that baby in one!)
  7. Wear comfy sweaters
  8. Eat a caramel apple & a whole bag of candy corn
  9. Be outside as much as possible
  10. Fall TV shows
  11. Diffuse cinnamon in my house (I have a new essential oils diffuser and I love, love, love that thing going all day!)
  12. Read books in sweatpants while drinking hot tea and snuggling with my husband
  13. Make Apple Cider (I’ve never made it myself!)
  14. Creative time with my family (My husband is participating in #inktober and it’s crazy inspiring me. Shameless plug, go check out his stuff on Instagram @melancon_joseph)
  15. BONFIRE!
  16. Try new soups & bake as much as possible

Am Publishing: Tyler’s Second Harlequin Deal

Apparently when something good happens to me I feel the need to post pins from Pinterest…It’s fine, right? Right.

This time around is no different! Yesterday I received a wonderful call from Harlequin saying they wanted to buy my new four-book series, tentatively set for 2016! That means, along with MANHUNT, I’ll have five books out by the end of 2016! (Bye bye, free time!) I haven’t yet done a post on my author site (that’s my next blog!) but I felt I needed to share it here tonight.

And also five pins from my #hgtv board that, to me, feel like a cozy weekend! So let your mental mouth water at these lovely spaces and have the greatest of weekends! Lots of exclamation points!

Cozy BedroomCozy Dining Area Cozy Kitchen Cozy In-between Cozy Living Area


Hey, Sugar

Sugar!It was everywhere. In the cabinet, on the counter, and once some was on the cat… We had a problem and we finally admitted it.

Hello, our names are Tyler, and we needed a sugar canister something fierce.

If you follow my Twitter (@professorsnell) then you’ll see way more coffee-related tweets than any one person should have, but let’s be real, every writer needs an intense amount of caffeinated heaven. Or, actually, any creative person. How else are we supposed to stay up all night banging our heads on the wall trying to create buckets of randomness?

But, I digress.

The Tyler household was done with bags of sugar (especially after the ants invaded our ONLY bag) and we decided we needed something that looked cool that could sit next to the coffee maker.

I would boast about the Modcloth purchase we made BUT this time our local HomeGoods saved us with a neat little canister with a chalkboard label (hello, clearance!). We already have a chalkboard wall in the kitchen so we thought it would be the perfect fit!

However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go look at what Modcloth has to offer! I’ve listed my favorite sugar canisters below with Modcloth’s Pinterest description of each!


Pantone - ModclothShade for Each Other Sugar Bowl - $24.99
Shade for Each Other Sugar Bowl. As a designer, you know that some colors defy description. #green #modcloth

Cat Cannister - Modcloth
Someone Like Mew Sugar Bowl – $9.99
Someone Like Mew Sugar Bowl. Make your hot beverage extra-sweet by scooping a spoonful of sugar from this cat-shaped sugar bowl! #white #modcloth

Morning Essentials Set - Modcloth
Morning Essentials Container Set – $19.99
Morning Essentials Container Set. Though you drink different morning beverages, you and your roomie each have sweet storage with this vintage-inspired container trio! #white #wedding #modcloth

Sugar Bowl - Modcloth
Forage for Sweets Sugar Bowl – $39.99
Forage for Sweets Sugar Bowl. You wont have to search hard for this ceramic sugar bowl! #green #modcloth

Enamel Sugar Cannister - Modcloth
Enameled By You Sugar Bowl - $14.99
Enameled By You Sugar Bowl. Satisfy your sweet tooth with this dentist-approved porcelain sugar bowl! #white #modcloth

Which one is your favorite?

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