Fall Decor Galore

I love fall.

It has always been my favorite season.

Pumpkins, Gords, Cider, Ghosts and Ghouls.

Sweater Weather

Football

Colorful leaves

Soup

Halloween!

Our neighborhood goes crazy on Halloween. Neighbors set up a huge Bouncy House,  show Horror Movies in the Driveway,  there’s an outside bar for parents where they can grab a roadie while the trick or treat with the kids.  I have a ton of people over, swing open the front door, order a ton of pizza and stock the bar and everyone uses our house as home base.

              Last year we went through 18 pounds of a candy.

This year I jumped the gun a bit on the decorating and had the house done by October 1st.

Perhaps I was rebelling against the heat wave outside hoping that the thermometer would dip below 70.

I hit the bank busting Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch and the galley of paparazzi waiting to catch a celeb buying a pumpkin.

It’s a bit over the top.

But Caroline loves it and so do I.

And yes, I bought a $50 pumpkin.

I also love baking with Pumpkin this time of year.

I love pumpkin bread and muffins.

Pumpkin Pancakes.

Pumpkin Filled Ravioli with Fried Sage Butter.

 Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Soup.

Put a little Creme Fraiche and Caramelized Pepitas on top and it is delicious.

I also love the Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie recipe from the Seriously Simple Holidays Cookboook.

You can find Pumpkin Ice Cream seasonally and as soon as it has hit the freezer I create a reason to make this pie.

It is so easy and so simple.

Just like a lazy fall day.

How do you celebrate the season?

xoxox Carrie

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My Favorite Fall Soups

Though it is going to be in the high 80’s today, I am thinking about Fall.  Fall foods in particular.   To me Fall means Soup and I can’t wait to start making them.  Such an easy way to feed the family.  Some are meals in themselves, others you just need some crusty bread and a salad and dinner is served.

I always try to make extra and eat it through the week or freeze it for a day when I need something on the fly to feed the troupes.  I also love to hand out soup as gifts.  Never heard a complaint about that.

I find all soups to be comforting, nourishing both body and soul.

 Here are my top five favorite soups, in no particular order.

1. Poblano Corn Chowder With Shrimp

Photo: www.epicurious.com

 

2. Squash and Fennel Soup

Photo: www.amateurgourmet.com

3. Italian Wedding Soup

Photo: www.inspired2cook.com

4. Roasted Potato Leek Soup

Photo: www.ezrapoundcake.com

5. Roasted Cauliflower Soup with Chimichurri and Poblano Creme Fraiche

Photo: www.food52.com

What are your favorite soup recipes?

Please share!

xoxo Carrie

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