RECIPE | Roasted Butternut Squash + Gorgonzola Lasagna

Image result for roasted butternut squash gorgonzola lasagnaWe hosted our first “formal” dinner in our new home this week (I even used my VIETRI chargers underneath the plates!). We invited our sweet new neighbors and their adorable baby daughter over and had the best time. We are over the moon to have young, cool neighbors next door!



Look Ma! I used my fancy plates!


Since they are vegetarian, I scoured the internet for the perfect recipe that would be tasty and satisfying for vegetarians and carnivores alike. I was thrilled to find this wonderful recipe from Gay Lea Foods Co-Operative. This lasagna turned out to be a wonderfully rustic, robust, creamy and delicious autumn entree — and great for serving a crowd! I’d highly recommend this whether you are vegetarian or not!

Be sure to swap out the chicken broth for vegetable broth to make sure it is vegetarian-friendly! Also, next time, I might do toasted pine nuts in lieu of walnuts for a more nutty, earthy taste.

I served the lasagna with a beautiful autumn apple kale salad I found on Pinterest – here’s the recipe! We finished the meal with a spectacularly delicious (and hassle-free) apple crisp pie from the Fresh Market with caramel ice cream.



  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Cut the squash into small equal-sized pieces (about 1/2-inch/2 cm). Toss the squash and onion with half the butter, the honey, garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper until well combined. Spread in a single layer on parchment-lined baking sheets. Roast, turning occasionally, for 20 to 25 minutes or until very tender (rotate the baking sheets halfway through cooking). Cool slightly; combine with the cottage cheese, milk, broth and Gorgonzola.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Grease a 9 x 13-inch (3 L) casserole dish. Spread one quarter of the cottage cheese mixture evenly into the dish. Cover with an even layer of noodles, trimming to fit. Repeat layers of cheese and noodles twice. Spread the remaining cheese mixture evenly over the noodles.
  3. Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes. Remove foil and bake, uncovered, for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, toss breadcrumbs with walnuts, parsley, and remaining butter; sprinkle the lasagna evenly with breadcrumb mixture. Broil for 3 minutes or until golden brown. Rest for 20 minutes before slicing.



RVA Social Calendar: Wine, Women + Shoes

I am so excited to share this event with you all! Do you like wine? Do you like shoes? Are you a woman? Do you like supporting great causes? Well, this is the perfect chance for you to combine all of those things.

Please join me on Sunday, October 30th from 2:00-5:30pm at the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa in Short Pump for Wine, Women and Shoes, a fundraiser benefiting the forensic nurses at St. Mary’s Hospital.  These nurses are absolutely incredible community leaders and angels, providing care to victims of child abuse, sexual abuse, physical abuse, domestic violence, intimate partner violence, elder abuse, and workplace violence. These individuals are so inspiring and doing extremely important work, and this is a perfect opportunity to show your support. Click here to buy your tickets!

Here’s a fantastic video to give you an overview of the program:

There will be a silent auction and some awesome swag bags, and a great opportunity for networking!

I hope to see you on the 30th! Click here to buy your tickets!


Beauty on the Go: Travel Essentials


Working in the travel and tourism industry, constantly being on the road and on the go is part of the job. It’s an amazing way to meet new people, see new places, and learn new things– all of which helps me do my job better. As wonderful as traveling is, it certainly can disrupt your […]

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Room in Progress: Dining Room


Well, we moved! Despite the 100+ degree temperatures, multiple trips back and forth between old house and new, and a few broken glasses due to my hasty packing, we survived the move and have been in our new home for almost two weeks now. Thanks to the tremendous, generous help from my parents and our […]

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About last night…


As I write this post sitting on our screened-in back porch, it’s cool and rainy. I’m sitting here listening to the gentle sound of raindrops and breeze through the oak tree leaves– it’s incredibly peaceful. With such gloomy weather this morning, it’s hard to believe that only a few hours ago, we were dining al […]

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Meet our new friend, Benjamin Moore.


A few weeks ago after we signed the contract for our new home, I reached out to my dear friend Meredith for some inspiration and advice on color and wallpaper. Mere is one of my oldest friends- we’ve known each other since second grade! Here’s Mere and me in third grade doing a “talk show” for […]

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A New Beginning…


It’s been a little quiet around here on Sweet Caroline over the past few weeks. Things have been non-stop, go-go-go, but I’ve also held off on posting for a while because the temptation was too great to share our big news. Now that it’s Facebook and Insta-official…   We bought a house!!! Paul and I […]

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4 Perfect Cocktails for this Wedding Season

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RECIPE | Skinny Piña Coladas

Warm, sunny days like we had this weekend have me daydreaming about summertime by the pool with a cocktail in hand! After a bike ride along the new Virginia Capital Trail yesterday, hubs and I stopped by Conch Republic at Rocketts Landing for a little lunch al fresco by the river. They make the BEST piña coladas there, but […]

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On the Go: Travel Beauty Essentials


Just about three years ago, I landed my dream job– and I’m still pinching myself that I get to do what I do on a daily basis. Working in tourism, I  get to travel on business several times a month. Our team is constantly on the road–visiting new places, meeting new people, and sharing the […]

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