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Recipe courtesy of Valerie Bertinelli

Butternut Squash and Arugula Pizza

Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time1 hr 55 mins
Total Time2 hrs 40 mins


  • 2 cups GF Flour plus more for dusting
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1 1/2 tsp dry active yeast
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil plus more for bowl
  • cornmeal for dusting
  • 1 2 lb butternut squash peeled, halved, seeded and cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 2 1/2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil plus 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp fresh sage leaves roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp fresh rosemary leaves finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 large garlic cloves peeled and smashed
  • 2 cups mozzarella shredded
  • 4 oz goat cheese coarsely crumbled
  • 3 cups arugula
  • zest of 1 lemon plus juice of 1/2 lemon


For the dough: Combine the flour, rosemary, yeast, sugar and 1 teaspoon salt in a food processor and pulse to combine. Add 3/4 cup warm water and the oil and process until the dough forms a ball. Transfer to a large, lightly oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let stand in a warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 hours.

    For the topping: Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

      Toss the squash with 1/2 tablespoon of the olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste. Roast until just tender, about 10 minutes.

        In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, add the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil and the sage, rosemary, red pepper flakes and garlic. Heat for 1 to 2 minutes, just to infuse the oil.

          Sprinkle cornmeal or flour on a 14-inch pizza pan and set aside.

            Liberally flour a clean work surface. Place the dough on top and use your hands to stretch it out into a 14-inch circle. Carefully lay the dough on the pizza pan. Brush the infused oil onto the dough. Top with the mozzarella and the roasted squash, leaving a 1-inch border around the edge. Bake the pizza until the crust is golden brown, 14 to 18 minutes. Carefully sprinkle the goat cheese evenly on top.

              Toss the arugula with the 2 teaspoons olive oil, lemon zest and juice and a pinch of salt and black pepper. Top the pizza with the arugula, then cut into slices to serve.

                ♡ Lauren

                I have a confession, I am so over Halloween this year. Am I the only one? Instead I find myself ready for the cooler weather, holiday season and lots of comfort food! So when my mother in law went to Maine last weekend and brought us back two delicious cooked lobsters I thought that it would be the perfect opportunity to whip up some Lobster Mac and Cheese. See below for the recipe inspired by the Barefoot Contessa.


                • 1 tablespoon Kosher salt
                • Olive Oil
                • 1 pound GF elbow macaroni
                • 1 quart milk (4 cups)
                • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick), divided
                • ½ cup GF flour
                • 12 ounces extra-sharp Cheddar, grated (4 cups)
                • 8 ounces white Cheddar, grated (2 cups)
                • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
                • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
                • 1½ pounds cooked lobster meat, diced
                • 1½ cups fresh bread crumbs (about 5 slices white bread, crusts removed)
                • 2 cloves garlic, minced


                1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
                2. Add a splash of Olive Oil to water and cook pasta according to directions for al dente
                3. To make the roux: In a large pan, melt 6 tablespoons of butter and add flour. Cook over medium-low heat for 2 minutes, stirring with a whisk. Once a smooth mixture has formed, add in the milk and cook for a minute or two more or until roux is thick. Stir in the Cheddars, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Fold in the cooked macaroni and lobster. Place the mixture in baking dish.
                4. Melt remaining 2 tablespoons of butter with garlic and combine with bread crumbs, and sprinkle over top of mixture. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbly and the bread crumbs are browned on the top.

                ♡ Lauren

                Fall is literally right around the corner so for todays post I wanted to share some of my current must-haves! See below for the items I’m loving for this fall!

                1. Cravings Hungry for More by Chrissy Teigen | I adored Chrissy’s original cookbook ‘Cravings’ so I can’t wait to get my hands on her second (you can pre-order it now)! I mean, it is the season for comfort food, right?
                2. Deluxe Bronzing Mousse + Applicator Mit from Loving Tan | The sun may be going away but that doesn’t mean that my “glow” has to – I use Loving Tan’s Bronzing Mousse year round (or should I say when I’m not too lazy lol).
                3. Mohair Sweater from H&M | This sweater looks cute, has a lovely texture and gives warmth!
                4. Mini Geometric Bag from Mango | Animal print is having its moment but instead of buying multiple clothing items (that are likely to go out of style by Spring) I opted for this mini bag that can be styled with any outfit!
                5. Monogram Belt from Gucci | This item is definitely a splurge, but I think it’s worth it as it can be worn so many ways. Jeans & a sweater, dresses – you name it.
                6. ‘say it ain’t soho’ from essie | Probably one of my favourite nail shades for Fall 2018, this shimmering metallic copper is stunning! Read my full review here.
                7. Pumpkin Soup Bowl with lid from Crate & Barrel | Re-decorating your house every season is just out of the question (and so expensive!), so I opt for cute accent pieces instead. These cute and purposeful pumpkin serving bowls from C&B can be used for Thanksgiving, Halloween and all throughout the season.
                8. White Boots from Aldo | There’s no question about it, white is IN this season! These white booties from Aldo are the perfect way to complete any outfit.
                9. Pumpkin Candle from Bath & Body Works | This one is pretty much self explanatory – you can watch my full B&BW Fall Candle Haul video here!
                10. Dark Girlfriend Jeans from GAP | I have been loving looser fit jeans lately so this was an easy pick – I just swapped out my light wash mom jeans for darker hued girlfriend jeans (that way they will still look cute with boots)!

                ♡ Lauren

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                Red mani lovers rejoice! Sally Hansen has literally got a red for every woman in their new Complete Salon Manicure Red/esign Fall 2018 collection!

                “Celebrate the simple elegance of the classic red by choosing YOUR preferred shade. it’s red, redefined.” – Sally Hansen

                Want to find your perfect red? Keep on reading:

                Cherry Delightful (NEW!) a universal red that works with every skin tone – Sally Hansen

                Warm Regards

                Red My Lips

                Red-Handed (NEW!)

                Oh So Lava-ly (NEW!)

                Red Over Heels

                Society Ruler

                Berry Fancy (NEW!)

                Belle of the Ball (NEW!)

                The recipe for a flawless red manicure is right at your fingertips! Snag Sally Hansen’s Red/esign collection now at drug and mass retailers across Canada for CAD $9.95 each.

                ♡ Lauren

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                New York Fashion Week has come and gone once again, leaving us all feeling freshly inspired when it comes to beauty and fashion trends.

                See below for my favourite #essielooks of SS’19:

                REBECCA MINKOFF

                Photos taken from Instagram

                “For the I AM MANY Rebecca Minkoff Fall 2018 Fashion Week film series, Tori H. for essie created a subtle and sophisticated “color block” design using some key favorites and the stop, drop & shop shade from the new essie fall 2018 collection inspired by New York City.” – essie

                Shop the shades: ‘skinny dip’, ‘stop, drop & shop’


                Photo taken from Instagram

                ‘Inspired by the iconic brands featured in KITH’s Spring/Summer 2019 show, Alicia Torello for essie created four nail looks that spotlight signature design elements such as Tommy Hilfiger’s flag and Versace’s Greek key border. “It’s a modern and graphic twist on recognizable hallmarks,” said Torello. These four unique nail looks featured licorice, forever yummy,and booties on broadway.’ – essie

                Shop the shades: ‘forever yummy’, ‘booties on broadway’

                JEREMY SCOTT

                Photos taken from Instagram

                ‘Inspired by the vivid colors found in Jeremy Scott’s Spring/Summer 2019 collection, Miss Pop for essie created an “orbit nail,” using vanity fairestbutler pleasein the cab-anasplash of grenadine and cute as a button, that paired perfectly with everything from vibrant plaids to clear bustiers embellished with rhinestones. “The look is totally 90s, but in a grunge-y way,” she said of the bright and bold manicure.’ – essie

                Shop the shades: ‘vanity fairest’‘butler please’, ‘in the cab-ana’, ‘splash of grenadine’, ‘cute as a button’

                KATE SPADE

                Photos taken from Instagram

                “She left a little sparkle wherever she went” were the words that inspired the Kate Spade Spring/Summer 2019 collection. Nails by Julie Kandalec for essie.

                Shop the shades: ‘skinny dip’, ‘summit of style’


                Photo taken from Instagram

                “The nails I designed for Monse featured minimalistic graphic designs that varied from model to model. Less of a nail art “look” and more of a quirky nail accent.” – Rita Remark for essie

                Shop the shades: ‘blanc’, ‘mademoiselle’

                Seems like the here to stay base coat and speed.setter top coat were the show stealers this season! Are you bold enough to rock these nail looks day to day?

                ♡ Lauren
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