Fall-ing

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Hello! How are you?

If you have been following me on social media then you probably noticed I haven’t been there in a little while. I found myself feeling a bit overwhelmed and decided I needed a little quiet and solitude. Being a part of Instagram or Facebook can sometimes feel like being at a big party. Lots of people there, some you know, lots you don’t. And though the music playing is something you enjoy, its so loud that everyone has to laugh and talk louder to be heard over the cacophony. But, then you step outside into the night air, it is quiet and you are with yourself once more.

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So what have I been doing with myself? Well, taking pictures of course. These images were taken a few weeks back when Fall first made its appearance.

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I’ve been collecting and pressing leaves. I want to remember the fall colors.

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Until this year, I’ve usually complained that our Fall is too short a season here in the Pacific Northwest. Just when the leaves are turning, we are hit with fierce winds and then pouring rain.

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Once the weather has calmed down, the trees are stripped bare and there’s a mess to clean up.

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But I see things differently this year. I now see this process as a metaphor for our own lives. As we grow more into ourselves, there’s a lot of shedding we do too. Just like the trees shedding their leaves, we begin to shed things and behaviors, that no longer serve us.

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The process is rather a messy one, but essential if we are to live an authentic life. At least that’s how I see it. Anyway, these are some of the things I’ve been thinking about during my time of solitude.

I’ve also been working on a ravioli recipe that I’m excited to share

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This all began when I found myself with a bumper crop of parsley and a butternut squash

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The filling is simply squash that has been baked and then mixed with ricotta, parsley and thyme

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Rather than making the pasta from scratch, I decided to use Gyoza (pot sticker) wrappers

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So good! Now, I didn’t use all of the filling for ravioli. I also mixed some with a couple of eggs, and a touch of cream and made squash french toast! Unbelievably great! You could also freeze any leftover filling to make ravioli again in the future. Here’s the ravioli recipe:

Butternut Squash Ravioli with a Sage Butter Sauce

  • 1 small butternut squash, halved lengthwise and seeded
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese + more for topping
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 32 gyoza wrappers

For the sauce:

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 8 sage leaves
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced

For the ravioli: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place squash, cut side up, in a baking pan. Score the surface slightly. Sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon; season with salt and pepper. Drizzle with syrup; dot with 1 tablespoon butter. Pour 1/2 cup water into bottom of pan. Bake until squash is tender, about an hour. Cool completely.

Scoop out squash into bowl. Mash. Transfer about 3/4 cup squash to a medium bowl (reserve remaining squash for another use.) Mix in ricotta, 1/4 cup grated parmesan, 2 tablespoons parsley and thyme. Season with salt and pepper.

Place wrappers on work surface. Place 1 level tablespoon filling in center of each. Brush edged with water, fold each in half, pressing edges to seal. (Can be made up to 4 hours ahead.) Arrange in single layer on parchment-lined baking sheets. Cover and refrigerate.

When ready, cook ravioli, in batches,  in a pot of salted water until just tender – about 1 minute. Use a slotted spoon to move ravioli to a clean baking sheet lined with parchment.

For the sauce: Melt butter in a large saute pan and continue cooking until a golden color. Add sage leaves and remove from heat. add lemon juice and set aside.

Arrange ravioli on individual plates, drizzle with sage butter sauce and top with some grated parmesan. 

Bet you can’t eat just one! Bon Appetite!

Thanks so much for stopping by my friends. Hope you are enjoying whatever season you find yourself in.

xo

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10 Responses to Fall-ing

  1. Sarah says:

    Excellent description of how IG felt to me too. I enjoyed my time away from it. I am slowly finding my way back. Before I was so caught up in what my feed looked like, but now I am more focused on what my life looks like. Whether that is a processed iPhone photo of a lighthouse, or a moment with my daughter’s pup out on a hike, that is my life and I get to chose how it looks.

    The recipe looks delicious and pot stickers are great for that.

  2. Karen Olson says:

    The ravioli looks awesome Carol, a fun project for a family dinner for sure. And for a snowy winter day.

    I know what you mean about shedding things as the seasons progress. I find myself wanting the quiet solitude of a winters day, with just the bare essentials, coffee, a warm fire, and a blanket.

  3. Kim Swanson says:

    Hi Carol, boy you were in my head, and reflected back to me so eloquently the words that were rolling around in my head. Thank you.
    I will be moving to the other side of the country soon, and am sifting through all of my belongings. It brings up so many memories, and I have to decide if I can just live with the memories or do I need stuff attached to them. I’m finding I even need breaks from that too.
    I’m on the fast track to a more refined, authentic life; an emotional, and exciting, new phase.

  4. You have such a beautiful way with words as I have told you so many times. Just how I remember you when we first met at SS. Love your stills of fall. I took my leaf microwave preserve block to OR with me to do the same. Love those blocks. Yours is very pretty by the way. Time away from all that life brings our way is always a Good Thing as MS would say. The recipe looks really good for this time of year. xoxo

  5. León says:

    That sounds like a perfect fall comfort dish. I find myself wanting to nest right now…to just curl up on the couch with a blanket, book, and cup of tea, and stay there for a long, long time.

  6. Dotti says:

    Such inspiration today and the ravioli sounds wonderful!

    Funny how you’ve drawn away from social media. I’ve limited myself on FB since the election but I’ve immersed myself in IG, soaking up the beauty that is there. Usually I’m kind of hot and cold with IG but right now, it is filling a need as I step back from reading news and political blogs. I’ve found is all so overwhelming. It may be escaping reality but right now, that’s what I need. And I think you “get it”!

    Hugs!

  7. Every once in awhile we all have to do a little house cleaning…I’m starting to get that feeling also…Lately though, because of this beautiful fall and being really aware of my photography, I think I’m starting to hone in on what I really like instead of being all over the place…time away, personal stuff sometimes makes us get the big picture…I’m so happy you took the time you needed..like a mini vacation at home…The ravoli looks delicious but I’m no cook…I got tired of that a few years back also…oh but I do love to bake…
    Enjoy your week ahead, however you choose to spend it..

  8. Sheri says:

    Love this article Carol! I can totally relate to taking a social media break as I’ve been doing the same. It’s more of Eric’s “thing” so at least when he tags me, it looks like I’m active. I was starting to feel like an unsociable slacker until I read your post, so thanks!!!💜 🍷

  9. A magnificent metaphor, Carol. Every year I take my husband Il Fornaio for butternut squash ravioli in brown butter and sage. It’s one of our favorites. Your images are mouth watering I must say.

  10. Kelly Kardos says:

    Your analogy about IG and FB is spot on!!!! Gorgeous photos….that ravioli looks so delicious.

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