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Delicata squash fries

One of our family favorite side dishes are delicata squash fries. 


They're easy, delicious, cheap and usually easy to find in the fall. 
I typically buy mine at Trader Joe's. 
Rinse the squash off 
Cut longways and scoop the seeds out. 



Cut 1/4 inch slices 

Once your squash is sliced up, put the slices in a bowl and drizzle with coconut oil. I used about 1/4 cup. 

Add salt + pepper.  I also added our favorite garlic blend from Trader Joe's. Sooo darn delicious. 


Once your squash is seasoned, spread out on a baking sheet and cook for 15-20 min at 400. 


I flip mine over after about 10 min and bake until browned. 

We eat these like candy!
They are a little sweet and a little salty and the best side dish to any dinner. 

Happy fall y'all!
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Friends. 
It's been 10 years since I created southernatheart. 
10 whole years. 
I remember sitting in our little cottage in Southern California logging in and creating this blog like it was yesterday. 
I've always had a passion to write.  I have piles of journals from my teen years and early 20s.  Writing has been and still is therapeutic for my soul.  Whether it's pen to paper in a journal, a blog post or like the most recent years a post on Instagram.  It's how I express myself and my thoughts best.  Documenting life through the good times and hard. 

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Is anyone here?

My microphone is a little dusty.
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I do miss sitting down to write here.

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Social media will do that to you.

It's so much easier to tap on the camera on my phone, upload a picture and share my thoughts or post a memory that I'll find myself scrolling back to look at a few months from now.

Life has been busy. It's been messy and loud.
But it's been so wonderful.

Learning to carve out time to stop and slow down.
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I feel that our faith has been taken to a whole new level.

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 Our God is BIGGER than them all.

We've learned that quite well in many different ways in 2015.

We've also learned that God is incredibly faithful and He has good in every single circumstance.

I see life through a new lens.

Perspective. Attitude. Gratitude. 

When you change your perspective and look at things with a positive attitude, you find gratitude....no matter what comes your way.

We've been taken deep into the waters and put back on a mountain top.

We've gone down to the waters to be with dear friends and climbed back up on the mountain to rejoice.

You see, sometimes down deep in the water is right where we're supposed to be.

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