An Encouraging Word

“What better time than moving into the holiday season to stop and reflect on our lives. We need to adopt a new mindset about consuming less, living with less and being happy with less. A mindset that embraces the idea that happiness can come when we are not constantly chasing ‘more’. I believe that we now need to reframe our thinking away from the pursuit of what we don’t have (especially in these tough times) to joy and pleasure in what we do have: family, friends, love, support, someone to hold and someone who values us not for what we have but for who we are.” – Peter Walsh

Pumpkin Soup

Fall is a great time to experiment with new soup recipes. Here is one of my favorites from my friend Chris. She makes this every year for Halloween. It is delicious and easy! I am serving it with a salad and my easy Beer Bread (see recipe below pumpkin soup recipe).

Pumpkin Soup:

1/4 Cup butter

1 Large onion sliced

1/4 Cup green onion

2 Cups pumpkin puree

4 Cups chicken stock

Pinch of Curry powder

Pinch of Ginger

Pinch of Nutmeg

2 Cups of half & half

Melt Butter. Saute onions until tender and golden. Add pumpkin, chicken stock, curry, ginger and nutmeg. Simmer 20 minutes or so. Remove from the heat ad let cool down a bit. Use blender or food processor to puree and put back in pot. Add half & half  let it simmer (but don’t let it boil) for another 5 minutes. Garnish with green onion and sour cream or parsley sprigs.

Beer Bread:

3 Cups flour

1/2 Cups sugar

1 Teas. baking soda

1 Bottle of beer (I used a blonde ale, but you can make it with any kind)

Mix it together & bake at 350 for 1 hour.