Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Pumpkin Soup

Two of my girlfriends and I had a Harvest Tea last week. Ava slept through our actual tea time, so I was able to enjoy real tea cups and adult conversation. I tried to keep it classy by using my cloth napkins and not talking about poop. 

I contributed pumpkin soup for our Harvest themed entree. I read a few different recipes and adapted them to fit what I had and it turned out great. I'm thinking about bringing this to Thanksgiving dinner. 
Harvest Tea Pumpkin Soup
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 large red onion, diced
  • 1-¼ teaspoon Curry Powder
  • ½ teaspoons Salt
  • ¼ teaspoons Ground Coriander
  • ⅛ teaspoons Cayenne Pepper (more To Taste)
  • 3 cups Chicken Broth
  • 1 can Pumpkin (15-16 Oz, Solid Pack)
  • 1 or a little more cups half and half
  • a pinch red chili pepper paste
Melt butter and saute onions and garlic until golden brown. Add spices and simmer for 2 minutes. Stir in broth and simmer, partially covered, for 20 minutes. Add pumpkin, stirring till smooth. Add half and half. Heat over medium heat for 5 minutes. Puree. I pureed mine with an immersion blender. It wasn't as smooth as I prefer, so next time I'll probably go to the trouble of putting in the blender. 

In other news, Ava is rolling both from front to back and back to front. She is a very vocal baby, talking and cooing and squealing a lot. We love it. Except when we're trying to watch Psych (it's impossible to hear over her jabbering.) So we turn off the TV, thankful for the reminder that these early months fly by, and just enjoy her. 
We are moving November 1st. We've been trying to relocate to an area here called Cragmoor. This is one of the areas of the city that our church is trying to reach, so we've been praying and looking at apartments there for a while. Last week we found one that will not only meet our space needs (unless you count my need for my own bathroom and an excessive amount of storage), but also will allow us to save pay Sallie Mae a nice chunk of money every month. 

Since we are saving on rent, I'm going to have a decorating budget! I've got most of my paint colors picked out. If you have any paint suggestions or tips, I'd love to hear them. 

1 comment:

  1. Hey Ash! Paint tips, as requested:
    1) Buy some posterboards and the paint colors you've selected in a sample size. Paint the posterboards and hang them on the wall so you can see how the color actually looks in a big swath and in different light (artificial vs. sunlight, night vs. day, etc.).
    2) Don't invest in fancy edging tools---they're a waste of money. The small, slant-edged paintbrush has endured precisely because it works.
    3) Invite me so I can come help you! :)


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