fall fever.

by Janetha on September 4, 2012

in recipes

here in utah, it is still in the 90s. it’s hot. it’s sunny. we received a little bit of rain over the weekend, which gave me a glimmer of hope for cooler temps.. but it is hot again today. i started out wearing a blazer and had to strip it off my sweating shoulders.. it was just too much. the wearing of boots, slouchy sweaters, and thick leggings is nowhere in sight… but, damnit, i have fall fever!

maybe it’s because that i opened a can of pumpkin the other day (to make my pumpkin mac & cheese.)

maybe it’s because when i was purging all my unworn summer items in my closet the other day i was reminded of all the outfits i can wear when cooler weather comes. oh, and SCARVES! so many scarves…

maybe it’s because the NFL theme song was playing on TV during all of marshall’s pre-season football watching and fantasy football drafting.

maybe it’s because lululemon has come out with a bunch of items geared toward the cooler temps.

maybe it’s because i got sucked into the pinterest vortex and saw ALL THE CUTE FALL THINGS.

yeah, that last one is probably it.

i love all seasons for various reasons.. but when it comes to clothing, fall fashion takes the cake. it’s cozy, cute, and comfortable. is comfortable and cozy the same thing? probably, but i needed three “C” words for alliteration’s sake.


here are some pins that caught my eye…


i love both the colored jeans and the maxi dress trends right now, and think they both work wonderfully for fall.


i am in love with blazers and i think they make jeans look dressy enough for the office… that’s my story and i’m sticking to it.




i am a fan of mixed prints—like stripes with plaid—but never can find a way to pull it off. i looove this look!


it’s not just fall fashion that i love. i also really dig fall foods! i jumped the gun and used the rest of that can of pumpkin that i mentioned earlier to make dinner last night. sure, it’s a little premature to be busting out the pumpkin, but that’s okay… my taste buds don’t mind.



prep & cook time: 30 minutes
makes four servings



for the sauce:

  • 1 TB olive oil
  • 15-20 cloves roasted garlic, minced
  • 1 cup pureed pumpkin
  • 1 cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • 3 TB coarse grain deli mustard
  • 1/4 tsp all spice
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp each of salt & pepper (to taste)
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt (like chobani)
  • 1/4 cup half & half or heavy cream

for the rest of the dish:

  • 8 oz whole wheat pasta (any shape will do, i used chiocciole)
  • 4 chicken sausage links, diced
  • 1 cup fresh basil, roughly chopped
  • 4 oz goat cheese, crumbled


  1. heat olive oil in medium saucepan over medium heat.
  2. add garlic and cook 3-4 minutes.
  3. whisk in pumpkin, broth, mustard, and spices. turn to a low simmer.
  4. meanwhile, cook noodles to package directions, brown sausage in a separate sauce pan, and roughly chop the basil. set these 3 things aside.
  5. whisk greek yogurt and half & half into sauce. warm through.
  6. once sauce is warm, immediately toss together pasta, sausage, and basil.
  7. divide into four serving bowls and garnish each serving with one ounce of crumbled goat cheese.

step-by-step photo tutorial:

heat olive oil in medium saucepan over medium heat.

add garlic and cook 3-4 minutes. i am a cheater and buy my garlic already roasted from the olive bar at harmon’s. you could always roast your own! you’ll want to use a large bulb or two small ones. lots of garlic required! remember, roasted garlic has a much milder flavor than raw, so that is why so much garlic is used in this recipe.


whisk in pumpkin, broth, mustard, and spices. turn to a low simmer.


meanwhile, cook noodles to package directions, brown sausage in a separate sauce pan, and roughly chop the basil. set these 3 things aside.

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i found these mild italian chicken sausages at whole foods—they’re so good! i usually buy applegate brand, but i like this brand a lot.


whisk greek yogurt and half & half into sauce. warm through.


once sauce is warm, immediately toss together pasta, sausage, and basil.

divide into four serving bowls and garnish each serving with one ounce of crumbled goat cheese.



fall, i know you are a ways away (especially here in utah)… but i hope you don’t take too long to get here. i already bought a new crew neck sweatshirt the other day, in anticipation for you to arrive. shhh, don’t tell my husband.


1. when it comes to the clothing you wear, what is your favorite season?

2. what is your favorite fall-ish food?

xo. janetha g.

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Elizabeth M. September 4, 2012 at 6:57 pm

The leaves are already turning up in the canyons! It makes me so happy, fall is my absolute favorite :)

Katie @ Talk Less, Say More September 4, 2012 at 6:59 pm

I’m so excited for my first fall in 3 years this year! Like, I’m STOKED! I can’t wait to wear scarves and sweaters and brown/orange/dark green colors; I can’t wait to step in crunchy leaves; I can’t wait to eat pumpkin and drink apple cider. OH MAN! :)

Meg September 4, 2012 at 7:09 pm

I’m a big fan of summer! I just love strapless dresses with the sun on my shoulders…. BUT I also adore fall with jackets, boots and scarves!

Oh geez, pumpkin soup! I also have had a major hankering for lasagna! Eggplant/mushroom lasagna with garlic bread. Yum!

Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning September 4, 2012 at 7:21 pm

I remember making some delicious pumpkin (and sage) pasta last year… perhaps it was inspired by you? Sounds like something i’ll have to start making again!
I love summer, but man… fall is the best. I just don’t like what follows (specifically the months of Jan-March).
I’ve been drinking pumpkin beer for weeks. Bring it on, fall!

Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries September 4, 2012 at 7:25 pm

amen to the fall fever! i’ve been itching for it like mad lately. LOVE all the colored skinnies out too!

Mara@ What's For Dinner? September 4, 2012 at 7:25 pm

I’m still totally making you scarves!!

Andrea @ Vegvacious September 4, 2012 at 7:29 pm

I definitely have a serious case of Fall fever too! I love tights and slouchy boots and scarves!! My favourite Fall flavour has got to be butternut squash, however I am counting down the days ’til pumpkin spice lattes come out at Starbucks. Those have my heart in the Fall & Winter!

Lauren September 4, 2012 at 7:31 pm

I wasn’t in the mood for fall until right now. :)

Jessica @jessicafarrulla.com September 4, 2012 at 7:39 pm

I’m about to become a fantasy football widow…can you relate? Haha…it’s all good. ;) Love this post…comfort food & fall fashion? Doesn’t get much better than that!

Sana September 4, 2012 at 7:44 pm

That maxi dress is so adorable I am totally going to buy one for the fall :)

Kait @ yogabeautylife September 4, 2012 at 8:01 pm

OMG fall is my favorite and I LOVE this dish…except I just broke up with dairy! :( SO I’ll be de-dairy-fying this and let you know. Because roasted garlic + pumpkin sounds like the best thing. Ever. Except cooler temps. ;)

emily September 4, 2012 at 8:35 pm

My favorite outfit seasons are fall and spring. My favorite fall food is pumpkin beer! I’m crazy cakes so I’ve already purchased all of my pumpkin beer for the season, but won’t be cracking into my stash until October 1st!

Those outfit pins are cute, but I pinned this recipe!

Janetha September 4, 2012 at 8:50 pm

Awe thank you!

Giselle@ahealthyhappyhome September 4, 2012 at 9:07 pm

Yum! That dish looks amazing! I’m not normally a huge sausage fan but there’s something about pumpkin and sausage that screams fall to me! I love this pumpkin butternut squash lasagna dish that I make come fall. I too got sucked into the Pinterest fall trap! Can’t wait for cooler weather and fall leaves!

Trisha September 4, 2012 at 9:27 pm

I went on a pumpkin baking spree this weekend. I feel a little guilty about it. It’s also in the 90s here in Wisco so it doesn’t feel like fall, but it is certainly on my brain. Summer is my all-time favorite. Fall is beautiful. I love the clothes & the food. I’ll never admit that I like fall because I HATE that it leads to winter, but well…I like fall. :/

Stef September 4, 2012 at 9:57 pm

Fall fashion is definitely my favorite and I have been slowly adding to my wardrobe the past couple of weeks! I can’t wait to round it out more. I love some of those outfits you posted – I’m going to have to steal that inspiration! As for favorite fall foods – I pretty much love anything pumpkin, of course!

Neil September 5, 2012 at 12:11 am

Yep, you’d look good in all of that stuff. You have great taste. Teach me? Actually, never mind. No one deserves that kind of frustration. I’ll keep trying to glean tips vicariously through your posts.

Kayla September 5, 2012 at 3:33 am

so crazy obsessed with fall everything, so i feel ya! how can you not be when everyone’s blogs are fall-everything and starbucks has just unleashed their fall drinks? :)

Sarah @ The Healthy Diva September 5, 2012 at 6:57 am

summer and spring are my fav seasons….i love all the bright colours!

Susan September 5, 2012 at 7:04 am

I love fall clothing too, with winter at a close second. Coincidentally, I am wearing a blazer with [white] jeans right now! Totally works for the office!

Janetha September 5, 2012 at 9:53 am

Cute! I need white jeans!

betty September 5, 2012 at 7:34 am

ooooh i love all fall clothes.. you hit the nail on the head with slouchy boots and comfy sweaters. i dont like huge heavy coats, but i’m rarely cold, so usually this attire lasts me fall-winter. (i’m also the crazy person that wears my reefs 12 months/yr.

favorite fall food is anything apple related! apples are my favorite.

Maren September 5, 2012 at 8:04 am

I was just telling Nate last night as we were walking to the truck in 100 degree temps, that I can’t wait for scarves and sweatshirts and leggings and boots. haha Fall is my favorite season for clothes!! All of those outfits above are totally adorable!

Paige @ Your Trainer Paige September 5, 2012 at 8:35 am

One of the cashiers at Fresh Market the other day had on skinny jeans, boots, and a sweater. Not only is it still summer, but it’s still 90’s here, too! She must have fall fever, too haha

Also, not only do I want to move to Utah to go on those gorgeous hikes, but also so I can come over and have you cook dinner for me ;) This looks amazing, Janetha!

Lisa September 5, 2012 at 8:53 am

Yum this looks good. I fell in love with smitten kitchen’s winter squash soup, with goat or blue cheese on top. Also, love white chicken chilli.
Very cute clothes!

Corrie Anne September 5, 2012 at 9:49 am

I love summer clothes!!!! Lol. More skin. When I lived in the DR, I learned to flaunt it even if you don’t quite got it. Haha. That recipe looks awesome. I think my husband would go for it although he’d probably think the pumpkin’s weird. I’m putting it in for next week!!!! This fall I’m just looking forward to pouring my heart & soul into my new piano teaching business. I’m so excited about it!

Janetha September 5, 2012 at 9:50 am

DR=Dominican Republic, right? I am going there in Jan :)

Corrie Anne September 5, 2012 at 9:52 am

You’re going to love it!! Dominicans are seriously the best! And January is wonderful there!! Like total bliss.

Calee September 5, 2012 at 10:51 am

I love scarves! Thanks for the reminder that I can bust mine out soon.

Also, holy crap that pasta looks fab. Goat cheese, basil AND pumpkin? 3 of my favorite things right there.

Annette@FitnessPerks September 5, 2012 at 11:10 am

I’m excited for Fall, but I am totally a summer gal. Through & through. Swimsuits, pool, sun. Ahhhh.

Gotta say–though, I love pumpkin! This dish looks amazing.

Megan (Braise The Roof) September 5, 2012 at 11:56 am

Ok, I will admit that those outfits are cute, but I’m still holding on to these last days of summer like it’s my job. I suppose eating some pumpkin wouldn’t kill me, though. ;) Looks delicious!

Ashley @ Freckles & Spice September 5, 2012 at 12:16 pm

I feel ya on fall for sure! The brisk day my mom and I always made chicken soup and apple pie. There is a an almost xmas like feeling that washes over me the first day it feels like fall.
I can’t wait to stroll through the market and sip hot cider.
Favorite fall foods – soups, pumpkin, apples, any type of squash, brussel sprouts.
Scarves are my go to accessory as well!
PS Great recipe! Can’t wait to make it.

Kerryne September 5, 2012 at 1:32 pm

I think you’re looking forward to fall so much because you want to cuddle with Amanda and I in our Park City getaway ;) Love you so much, and love these cute fall trends. I need someone to dress me.

Responsive WordPress Themes September 5, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Love the fashion you posted! Scarfs definitely make an outfit stand out!

Sidney September 5, 2012 at 4:08 pm

this looks delish! i am making it tonite!

Amy September 5, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Ok seriously, you had us at roasted garlic. And then pumpkin. And THEN goat cheese. This might be the most perfect fall dish we’ve ever seen. YUM!


Laura @ LauraLivesLife September 5, 2012 at 7:11 pm

I am totally infatuated with the new stuff at Lulu. I have to restrain myself from visiting when I’m at Whole Foods to save money.

I love fall, but I’m hanging on to summer for as long as it’s here. Hope it’s not too cold in North Dakota this weekend…

Naomi(onefitfoodie) September 5, 2012 at 8:17 pm

OMG scarf time!! obsessed with scarfs!! they are seriously my downfall in the winter time! i cant wait to stock up! favorite fall food would be the flavors of pumpkin pie..not necessarily pumpkin itself but nutmeg, cinnamon…those ‘fall-ish’ flavors always get me!

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