a leafy tale

Once upon a time, there was a girl named Sarah.

Sarah loved the outdoors.  She loved to walk.  She loved to run.  She even loved to rake. 

One day, Sarah decided to join the “no-makeup” bandwagon for the day.  Instead of gussying up and going to the mall—as might be expected on a typical Saturday afternoon—Sarah threw on a big ol’, cozy sweatshirt and headed outside.  Rake in hand.

The entire family joined in on the autumn experience.  Hours upon hours flew by, with everyone hard at work. 

(my arms will be very, very sore tomorrow, FYI!!!)

But then, despite the beautiful day, the array of autumn’s colors & smells, and the boundless energy that everyone seemed to have at the very beginning, people began to grow very, very tired.

Sometimes—most times—growing tired is equivalent with being silly.  It kind of just happens.


(Let it be known that dad started it.)

Tackle #1

Tackle #2

Leaf jumping.  Leaf catching.  Leaf tackling.  All three are absolutely necessary when raking a yard. 

After raking the yard and countless numbers of tackles, it was time to go in and eat.  Which, by the way, was also absolutely necessary.

Roasted chicken legs.  Brown rice ‘n’ peas.  Heaps upon heaps of roasted butternut squash.  The entire family agreed that this was the perfect meal to refuel on.

Energy input = complete.

The.  End.

Roasted Butternut Squash

Who doesn’t love a hot side of roasted veggies?  The preparation is super simple, and the flavor is sweet and intense.  I always seem to err on the side of being a purist when it comes to roasting veggies, but you could also add in cinnamon and nutmeg, which I think would go lovely with the butternut squash.  This is an easy vegetable side to add with any meal. 😀

  • 1 large butternut squash, peeled and seeds removed
  1. Heat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Dice the squash into bite sized pieces and place on a cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray.  Pop in oven for 10 minutes.  Flip with a spatula.  Continue cooking for another 10-15 minutes or until soft, tender and browned.
  3. ENJOY! 😀

Question: Do you regularly do yard work?  What is your favorite/least favorite? 

Tomorrow is *Day 2* of the Breakfast Bonanza.  If you haven’t started yet, that’s okay!  You can jump in any time.  Just let me know what breakfast(s!) you want to include on the breakfast post for next week.

OH, and even trying ONE new breakfast overall is great too.  Just have fun with it! 😀


11 thoughts on “a leafy tale

  1. Hehe.. looks like you had a great time! We usually rake everything up once at the end of the Fall before the first snow. Maybe we are just lazy… but we actually like the look of bright orange leaves all over the place 😛

    I love roasted squash. I usually fore-go the chopping though, and just slice it in half and roast the two pieces. It makes a lovely little bowl all on it’s own 🙂

  2. That looks like a fun day! Jumping in leaf piles brings back memories of being a kid. Who knows how many times my parents had to rake the yard after my siblings and I scattered the piles everywhere (time after time)!

    I have a love/hate relationship with cutting the grass. I love being outside, getting the exercise, and seeing the golf-course quality yard when I’m done. The heat, however, can make this task unbearable sometimes! The things we do to make our yards look pretty!

    I broke out of my rut and tried a new breakfast recipe!!! I’m ready for Breakfast Bonanza Day 2.

  3. This post makes me actually miss raking leaves at home! I live in an apartment when I’m at school, so there’s no yard work to do. 😦 I think my favourite thing to do is water the garden! I like being able to check up on my flowers and veggies when I water them!

  4. This post is adorable. I love the no make-up idea. Very pretty. 🙂 I don’t particularly care to do the yard (mainly mowing), but your family makes raking leaves look fun!

  5. your family is just too adorable! i love that you spend so much time together and seem to truly enjoy each others company. the fact you all love butternut squash is pretty cool too 🙂

  6. that looks like so much fun! The yellow/orange leaves on that tree are gorgeous! I would do yardwork, if we had a yard! It is when I see pictures like yours that I really wish we didn’t live in the city any longer and had a house!

    I LOVE butternut squash and have been eating it like mad!

  7. I haven’t done yardwork in YEARS. (I live in a small apartment in the city.) But when I go for my morning run this time of year, I love running through the leaves that have blown across the path.

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