Spiced Pumpkin Soup

spiced pumpkin soupingredients

  1. Melt butter in a large pot and then add potatoes, onions, and garlic. Cook for about 8 minutes.
  2. Add chicken broth, bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to low, cooking until potatoes are tender (about 10 minutes).
  3. Stir in pumpkin and add spices (salt, pepper, nutmeg, coriander, cayenne pepper).
  4. Increase heat to med-high, bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat again and cook for 10 minutes.
  5. Add cream and heat through.
  6. Serve hot with croutons on the side so they don’t get soggy!

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 Confession: I made this soup back in August. It was 100 degrees and I sat in front of a fan in my shorts and t-shirt to taste-test it for you guys…that’s how much I love all of you! I knew life was about to get crazy-busy this Fall and I didn’t want all my busy-ness to interrupt or downgrade the worthiness of my posts so I got organized towards the end of the summer, outlined a posting-schedule with topics and ideas and went post-crazy: lining up and laying out what I wanted to share for the upcoming months. I know a lot of bloggers talk about creating a calendar for your posts, and they’re right…planning that far ahead is nice…but it’s also a little scary! By mid-August I was beginning to stress at what I had scheduled in November, thinking the three interim months had already zoomed by since I had already brainstormed and wrote out my weekly posts. In some ways I’m glad I did think ahead, you would have seen a whole lot of nothing many weeks if I hadn’t, but I’m thinking I’ll bring a little bit of some last-minute spontaneity back, sometimes planning the future too much makes you forget to live in the present.

Back to that soup though…I loved it in August and I love it even more now that I can enjoy it fan-less! I put in the whole 1/2 tsp. of cayenne pepper and it was a bit spicy so if you cough with a sprinkle of pepper, probably toned the cayenne down to 1/4 tsp. Also, when I made this the first time I used 2 potatoes but the general consensus was that everyone wanted it “chunkier” so I would maybe add three and cut the pieces slightly bigger, but, it’s totally up to you! The pumpkin is subtle, not sweet at all, and with the homemade croutons sprinkled on top it’s perfectionnnnnnn.

– <3 A. 

 

Handmade Dolls

The first raindrops fell since I don’t know when yesterday. Needless to say I could have counted them on one hand, but I am going to be optimistic and count that as the official advent of colder days, necessary sweaters, and excuses for keeping my slippers on longer than usual.

November is proving to be quite the party at my house. With two birthdays in as many weeks and more birthdays and Thanksgiving on the horizon, I am reminded why I love this time of year: so many excuses to decorate, dress up, light candles, make gifts, and plan get-togethers it’s absolutely terrific.

Here’s a picture-review of the recent festivities to see you into the weekend as well as inspiration for a little project in case you have a rainy afternoon this weekend that needs filling:

The party was terrific. I made pumpkin spice latte cupcakes that turned out more like muffins but were no less delicious.Email me if you want the recipe. I could argue that these should be a new pantry-staple, at least for the month of November, but I think I should probably restrain myself.

Handmade dolls

Lately I’ve been seeing the cutest pictures of little, handmade creatures all over Pinterest and the blogs I visit. I wanted to figure out how I could do it myself– even if it didn’t turn out quite as well, I think creating them is so much more fun than just buying one. So, here’s my attempt:

This project does require a bit of planning if you want to create your own image for some custom fabric. Otherwise, you could just buy fabric with an image you like and cut it out.

This was my inspiration:

Nokona loves attention so he was a very willing muse. After I drew a funny cartoon of my little-buddy, I headed over to spoonflower. Spoonflower.com is my new favorite toy. Upload an image into their fabric shop, edit it however you like, and they will send you your cartoon in fabric form:

This was my first attempt using spoonflower so all I ordered was a tiny little test-swatch to see what it would really look like. It was awfully cute when I saw it though so I decided to turn the pretty much unusable piece of fabric into a doll:

I cut out two of the image repeats…

…and then sewed them together like you would if you were making a pillow with the right-sides together:

Don’t forget to leave one side un-sewn, you’ll need an opening to turn the fabric right side out again and then stuff it full of pillow-stuffing. Once its stuffed, just sew up the remaining open side and you’re done!

If you have a little-someone in your family, I think this would be such a cute just-because gift. If not, its a fun creative exercise that pretty much anyone can do.

Have a happy weekend everyone! Hope there will be a lazy afternoon to fill with a little creativity, or, at least a little pumpkin-spice.

– <3 A.