Art, Cooking

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice

It’s Pumpkin Spice season! I know how y’all feel about those Pumpkin Spice lattes, so  get thee to a Starbucks and welcome in fall the best way you know how. Personally, I’m not really in to the #PSL drink. I know, can I really claim to be a white girl and not drink Starbucks’ pumpkin spice lattes? It’s up for debate.

Pumpkin Spice

But I am definitely all about some pumpkin soup, butternut squash soup and even celery soup (don’t knock it til you try it). I use an immersion blender to make these and it’s super easy. If you don’t have an immersion blender, I definitely recommend getting one especially if you have kids. We use them for soup, smoothies and purees for our baby. The other night, I made roasted chicken with carrots and potatoes and then pureed the leftover carrots and potatoes for little Lizzy and boom – baby dinner for three nights.

My husband is the chef behind our soups, so here is his recipe for pumpkin soup. You can also substitute a butternut squash instead of pumpkin and it’s equally yummy.

Pumpkin Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 Pie Pumpkin
  • 2 ribs chopped celery
  • 4 medium chopped carrots
  • 1 large chopped, skinned potato
  • 1 1/2 cups hard cider or sweet white wine
  • 26 oz chicken stock
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 4-6 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • dash tobasco
  • 4 tbsp butter divided
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • nutmeg
  • cinnamon
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • (optional) crumbled bacon or sausage

Instructions:

Saute celery, carrots and pumpkin in 2 tbsp butter and olive oil until brown. Add potatoes, bay leaves, garlic and enough stock to cover the veggies. Simmer until potatoes are soft. Remove the bay leaves and puree with blender until smooth. Finish with remaining butter and spices to taste. Top with crumbled bacon or sausage and cheese bread.

About the Art

I actually struggled with coming up for an outfit for fall. It’s a a mild 92° with 66 percent humidity in Orlando right now, so the idea of boots and flannel is somewhat preposterous to me. I’m not really an autumn girl – my color palette doesn’t know what to do with oranges and browns. One time I tried to make an autumn-inspired abstract and it came out pink and blue. I sincerely thought I had nailed it. I will say that I enjoyed painting movement here and I like painting things caught in the wind. She is also sporting some highlights in her cheeks (a detail no one will notice but me). This is something I’ve been hesitant to do with my gals as I’m afraid they’ll come out looking like David Bowie. I’m glad I took a chance – that is what art is to me. Taking chances. Trying new things and realizing that when it doesn’t work out, I am still alive. Failure doesn’t kill me. Sometimes it hurts my heart and then a new day dawns and I want to try again.

Happy fall, y’all.

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice

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