Little Miss Sunshine

September 27, 2010

There are two ways to look at a rainy day: cozy or blah.

Mine started out cozy and turned to blah! I went from happily cuddling with a cup of coffee and bowl of oats to wishing I could ride my bike across town as the sun set. If only it was as easy as flipping a switch in my brain back to cozy!

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Dinner tonight was definitely a step in the right direction

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Roasted Acorn Squash with Bratwurst and Cremini Mushrooms over Garden Chard

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The squash went in for about 30-40 minutes at 400* simply rubbed in coconut oil and flipped halfway through. Mushrooms went in with about 15 minutes left, as did the Brats.

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I picked up these organic chicken sausages from Whole Foods. I was going for a real German Bratwurst feel – until I realized we were out of MUSTARD!

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We wilted the chard in the oven as well – just tossed in a little Garlic Gold.

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I DO eat the skins of the squashes but I try not to! They really do a number on my intestines – too much fiber I suppose. I try to eat around them and give the leftovers to Matt (who appears not to be bothered) but I inevitably ate probably 3/4 of them tonight because they were SO GOOD!

A bit of the way into the meal, the squash just needed some coconut butter. They asked politely, please and thank you.

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A little post-supper dessert came from my Hail Merry stash – a vanilla sugar cookie macaroon!

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I could get used to this picture of this dishwasher!

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Perhaps tomorrow we will get a visit from Little Miss Sunshine. In the meantime, Operation Get Cozy

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1 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey September 27, 2010 at 8:05 pm

Oooo your living room sure does look nice and inviting!! I would be all for cozying up on one of those couches with a good book in hand!

Dinner looks amazing! I always eat all the skins off of my squashes – I don’t tink they do me any harm and I have some pretty sensitive intestines! I’m glad though, they’re delicious!!


2 Shannon (The Daily Balance) September 27, 2010 at 8:08 pm

i love rainy days! definitely cozy and a good excuse to relax 😉


3 Janelle September 27, 2010 at 8:08 pm

I love squash skin too – eaten in moderation, of course :)
The living room looks cozy – and I LOVED “The Help” – enjoy the evening!


4 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine September 27, 2010 at 8:08 pm

Your house and dinner certainly do look cozy! Great idea to put coconut butter on roasted veggies- I’d never have thought of that. Enjoy your night in!


5 steph @ goeatapeach September 27, 2010 at 8:08 pm

might i just say that your grammar in this post is impeccable, and if i could see your outfit in these pics, i’m sure that both your clothes AND shoes are quite cute 😉


6 Kath September 27, 2010 at 8:11 pm


It took me two reads to detect the sarcasm :)


7 Lauren at KeepItSweet September 27, 2010 at 8:08 pm

looks like such a good dinner!


8 Chelsea at Striking Balance September 27, 2010 at 8:09 pm

I agree, your living room looks so cozy!

Too bad you can’t just switch back to any mood you wish, hey. That would be so nice on days when you are grumpy.


9 steph @ goeatapeach September 27, 2010 at 8:09 pm

PS just got one of my birthday presents to myself in the mail- coconut butter from your Open Sky store (couldn’t resist that September sale)… already so excited for breakfast tomorrow.


10 Jil September 27, 2010 at 8:11 pm

Loooove the living room set up – sooo cozy!


11 Erin September 27, 2010 at 8:12 pm

I love cozy rainy days, especially when I can stay home in my sweatpants with a book and the couch. 😉


12 Lauren September 27, 2010 at 8:12 pm

SUch a cozy dinner enjoyed in such a warm and cozy home. :) Everything looks great Kath. You guys have settled into your new environment so nicely. :)


13 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) September 27, 2010 at 8:13 pm

I love Little Miss Sunshine too…it has rained here the past two days and I have enjoyed it, but I think it is time to see my old friend make an appearance!


14 Shannon @ Freshman Yr of Life September 27, 2010 at 8:15 pm

I had acorn squash in my lunch today for the first time and it was soooooo good! Your house is so darn cute.


15 Kristy @ KristyRuns September 27, 2010 at 8:15 pm

Love your place! Especially on a dreary evening. I think the floor lap in the kitchen is totally working. :) Also, your dinner presentation is just gorgeous!


16 theemptynutjar September 27, 2010 at 8:16 pm

Hi Kath,
question about coconut oil. Its just “organic coconut oil” and it is solid ….let’s say I don’t take the time to melt it and instead just take a tablespoon of it as it is dry and add it to something…is that still the equivalent of one tablespoon of oil at liquid temperature…or more? Curious.


17 Kath September 27, 2010 at 9:11 pm

It’s not just oil – it’s the meat too. That’s the difference between coconut oil and butter. If you pour off the oil, I’d imagine it would reduce the density/volume just a bit


18 emily September 27, 2010 at 9:11 pm

What I am learning (today!) in Nutrition 100 is that fats take up more space in liquid than solid form, i.e. 1cup of solid fat > 1 cup of liquid fat. Realistically, when you are at Tbsp level (as opposed to cups, etc) the difference would be pretty infintesimal. However, I’m not sure whether the coconut oil nutritionals assume that you are doing a liquid or solid form measurement. If the small difference matters to you than the way to measure would be by weight.

Is that all correct, Kath?


19 emily September 27, 2010 at 9:12 pm

Whoops, sorry, I must have hit reply the same time as you!


20 Kath September 27, 2010 at 9:13 pm

Weight would be the best way to measure! And you’re right about solids vs. liquids because of air pockets, i think


21 Amy K. @ onehealthypeanut September 27, 2010 at 8:19 pm

There is nothing like cooking something yummy to turn around a day (even a rainy one!) Enjoy your reading!


22 Estela @ Weekly Bite September 27, 2010 at 8:21 pm

Such a cozy living room! Have a great night :)


23 Heather September 27, 2010 at 8:21 pm

I love roasted acorn squash – my husband picks all pieces of peel off because he doesn’t like the texture – I think he is crazy!

I hope the sun comes out tomorrow – here in MA too!


24 Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef September 27, 2010 at 8:26 pm

huh, never tried squash skin. maybe i will sometime this fall….


25 Brittany (a healthy slice of life) September 27, 2010 at 8:26 pm

I would think getting cozy wouldn’t be too hard in your beautiful living room! :)


26 Hannah September 27, 2010 at 8:30 pm

Is that a light in the first photo? It’s gorgeous!


27 Kath September 27, 2010 at 9:11 pm

Some kind of decor in our house!


28 stacey-healthylife September 27, 2010 at 8:37 pm

Enjoy getting cozy, love the acorn squash, It’s one of my favorites.


29 Stacey September 27, 2010 at 8:43 pm

Looks cozy enough for me! We had rain all day here too..luckily, my mind stayed in the ‘cozy’ department 😉 And that became a problem once I went to organic chemistry class, haha :) I have yet to buy any seasonal squash at the store, but your dinner makes me want to! Hope you got cozy 😀


30 Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life September 27, 2010 at 8:55 pm

It was the same up here in NY – rainy all day, and all I wanted to do was stay curled up inside, on my couch, in my cozy sweats!
Let’s just say, it didn’t take long to find my spot on the couch as soon as I got home from work. 😉


31 Alyson @ YNL Blog September 27, 2010 at 9:05 pm

I find those first few fall-like days always cozy.. but just have to remember that sometime in February :p And I loved ‘The Help’!


32 Mary @ Bites and Bliss September 27, 2010 at 9:05 pm

Sometimes it’s so hard to resist eating something that you know you shouldn’t..especially in the case of roasted squash skin. It’s soooo gooodd!!

I love your living room, it looks perfect to get down and cozy :)


33 joyce September 27, 2010 at 9:06 pm

i absolutely love the new arrangement of the living room!
looks awesome!
(as does the squash yum!)


34 Kath September 27, 2010 at 9:12 pm



35 [email protected] September 27, 2010 at 9:11 pm

Oooo, loving the addition of the bratwurst. This dish looks so delicious and comforting.


36 Emilee September 27, 2010 at 9:26 pm

Is he washing dishes standing on one foot?


37 Becki @ Hike, Bike, Eat September 27, 2010 at 9:27 pm

“The Help” is one of my all time favorite books! I’m dying to see Emma Stone in the movie in 2011!


38 Heather September 27, 2010 at 9:27 pm

I only like gloomy days if its really cold and we have a fire going!


39 Ellie September 27, 2010 at 9:28 pm

Looks very cozy


40 Jasmine @ Eat Move Write September 27, 2010 at 9:31 pm

I love that low-light pic of your living room. Talk about cozy. Enjoy your rainy night. I miss having those now that I live in Cali.


41 Natalia - a side of simple September 27, 2010 at 9:31 pm

Between photos of your kitchen earlier and this last photo of your living room, I’m all ready to cozy up with a good book and listen to the rain! Or.. maybe just watch Gossip Girl all curled up =)


42 Deva (Voracious Vorilee) September 27, 2010 at 9:32 pm

Today was a rainy and chilly day in Cinci and I couldn’t wait to snuggle up with some hot cocoa this evening. It seems like fall is sneaking in..


43 Julia September 27, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Hi! I couldn’t help but notice your Flavor magazine in your photo. I hope you had a chance to read it… especially the article about Acacia Mid-town. It’s a wonderful restaurant down here in Richmond. I encourage you to take the drive down to try it out sometime. The food is delicious and the chef is super-nice. I’m partial to the sous-chef, though… being that he’s my baby brother :)


44 Kath September 28, 2010 at 10:02 am

I haven’t read it yet – but browsed through it the other night. Will look for Acacia!


45 Kasey September 27, 2010 at 9:37 pm

Yum for roasted squash!!!


46 Stephanie @ Off the Eaten Path September 27, 2010 at 9:57 pm

Those mushrooms look amazing! Yum. Making me hungry!


47 Ashley @ Nourishing the Soul September 27, 2010 at 10:02 pm

Looks cozy to me! How do you prepare the squash before putting it in the oven? Or just pop it in?


48 Amber K September 27, 2010 at 10:04 pm

If I don’t have to go anywhere, I definitely feel cozy. But when I have errands to run and the rain is pouring down, it is immediately a blah fest!


49 holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 27, 2010 at 10:05 pm

I love the light in the kitchen — it is a very romantic glow :)

Good to know about squash skins — my stomach can be very sensitive to high fibrous foods, so that is one thing for me to avoid!

Good night!


50 lynn (The Actors Diet) September 27, 2010 at 10:11 pm

there’s a heat wave in l.a. right now – your cozy night is looking mighty nice right now!


51 Camille September 27, 2010 at 10:27 pm

Mmmm, dinner looks so good!
I usually feel more cozy than blah on rainy days :)


52 Lauren September 27, 2010 at 10:32 pm

I hope you’re liking The Help, I loved it! If you’re looking for something to read afterwards I definitely recommend The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Weird title, AMAZING book. I read it after I read The Help :)


53 S @ September 27, 2010 at 11:11 pm

I loved it until the end… I like a little more complexity in my fiction, I think. Still, a cute book, worth a read. :)


54 Stephanie @ Laugh and Cook September 27, 2010 at 10:42 pm

Your living room looks very cozy!


55 Alaina @ The Jogging Concierge September 27, 2010 at 11:00 pm

I love your house :-)


56 [email protected] September 27, 2010 at 11:43 pm

acorn squash with bratwurst has put me in a good mood before bed haha. MMMM <3


57 Heidi - apples under my bed September 28, 2010 at 1:56 am

Good work for trying to get your cozy on. Your living room sure helps with the vibe – I love how you decorated it! I love a good fireplace :)
Heidi xo


58 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is September 28, 2010 at 5:25 am

I am loving your living room!


59 Melissa September 28, 2010 at 6:31 am

Dinner looks scrumptious per the usual! :) I hope you have a brighter day today! 😉


60 Hands in Namaste September 28, 2010 at 6:33 am

That coconut butter drizzle looks devine on that squash! I need to find some here in Florence!!


61 Sara @ September 28, 2010 at 6:56 am

I finally roasted my own acorn squash!! It’s DELICIOUS. I was missing out on so much, haha! I avoid eating the skins, too, although it kills me b/c they taste so good!! That amount of fiber would KILL my stomach, though.


62 fairfaxmamma September 28, 2010 at 6:59 am

LOVE the “Virginia” book on your coffee table. We own it and I highly recommend the read!


63 Bee Goes Bananas September 28, 2010 at 7:29 am

It’s absolutely pouring here right now. Not fun! I think our campus is flooding and I have to walk all the way across campus to go to class. I wish classes got cancelled due to monsoon rain! 😉


64 melissa @ the delicate place September 28, 2010 at 7:56 am

mmmm how were the brats? i have actually never had one but would love to try! ooohhh man, squash skins WRECK me. no joke, i have to cut them off or eat around them. made the mistake once of eating kabocha skins and i was hurting!


65 Kath September 28, 2010 at 10:02 am

They were just OK. I wanted them to have more spiced flavor


66 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 28, 2010 at 8:01 am

Hmm did you re-organize the furniture in your living room? Or maybe it was always like that…at any rate I LOVE this set up! :)


67 Kath September 28, 2010 at 10:02 am

Yes, sometime while you were gone I think :)


68 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 28, 2010 at 8:12 am

Your living room looks so cozy! It’s perfect for snuggling up with a book on a rainy day. 😀

Also I haven’t eaten a sausage in years, but from the handful of times I’ve seen them on your blog, I’ve started to majorly crave them!


69 Kelly September 28, 2010 at 9:16 am

I had the exact same thought yesterday about cozy versus blah (It was rainy in Charlotte too). Since I’ve been dying for cool weather, I decided on cozy, but it turned out a little blah for me too when I had to take my run inside and then all the treadmills were taken. :(

I’m so sorry you can’t eat much of the acorn squash skin. I think the skin totally makes it!


70 anne September 28, 2010 at 10:46 am

Your home IS cozy! Looks like a cozy dinner too. Are you liking “The Help?” I thought it was great.


71 Anne@ Food Loving Polar Bear September 28, 2010 at 11:21 am

Your living room looks sooooo inviting. I would love to spend a rainy day on that sofa with a good book.. and that bratwurst!


72 Amykinz September 28, 2010 at 11:32 am

Is this your home, Kath? It’s gorgeous! With so much character!


73 Mads September 28, 2010 at 11:36 am

I WISH it was rainy sweatpants season here. Instead, it’s 114 degrees and we don’t have AC :(
Your living room is beautiful!


74 Jen September 28, 2010 at 12:03 pm

Your living room looks divine and cozy!


75 Sarah @ going on goals September 28, 2010 at 1:03 pm

So funny, we had the same thing for dinner last night!


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