Thursday, November 16, 2017

Pumpkin Pondering

While we are still enjoying fall color, the ever growing blanket of leaves on the ground tells me it won't be long until the trees are totally bare. 

 Since I wasn't blogging in October, I never shared my front steps all decorated for fall.  Shortly before Halloween I hit the farmer's market and had fun making the front entrance ready for the season.
The jack o' lanterns have now been removed, but the pumpkins, gourds and mums are still hanging in there.
I plan to leave them in place until Thanksgiving.
After that I have plans for a few of those pumpkins.
The farmer told me that the greyish green one on the bottom left step is an heirloom variety that is especially delicious when roasted.
I'm looking forward to trying it.
I'm planning to add some to the freezer for future use.

Today I used a can of pumpkin that was in the pantry to make pumpkin soup for lunch.  There was enough in the can for a loaf of pumpkin bread.  It tasted so good as an afternoon snack.

I love the addition of cinnamon and nutmeg.  There is something so appealing about those spices at this time of year.
The recipe I used can be found here.  It's a lightened up version.  However, it's so moist and flavorful you'd never suspect it.
With our US Thanksgiving just around the corner, I'm thinking lightening up now is the way to go.



  1. We had butternut squash soup for lunch and it was delicious. We are spending some time in one of our favorite places....the mts of NC! I thought of you today when a pixie jumped into my basket at Hobby Lobby! heehee hugs, Diane

  2. Your pumpkins look so pretty! And the mums!

  3. I've never had or made pumpkin bread. Sounds good though!

  4. Your front stairs look beautiful! I hope that you enjoy the pumpkins all the way to the end. I had to bowl mine down the banking as they froze. Usually, I pay attention and bring them inside. How nice to still be enjoying autumn color and that your mums are still blooming as well. Hope to see you before Thanksgiving, but if I don’t, have a blessed and beautiful Thanksgiving. 🦃

  5. I love that first photo...the bike under the Autumn tree. Looks like it could be a calendar pic for October!!
    That pumpkin bread looks good. I think I'll check out that recipe.

  6. Happy Fall and November and now almost Thanksgiving. Can't believe half the month is already gone. Pumpkin anything is delicious to me. :)

  7. Your front stairs are beautifully decorated for the season. Pumpkin is such a versatile ingredient - good for savoury and sweet recipes! Your bread looks delicious. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  8. Your front steps look so pretty and I can just about smell that delicious looking pumpkin bread.
    My you and your family have a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving.

  9. Pumpkin bread is very good. I love pumpkin pie and can't wait to make one for Thanksgiving dinner. This year I'm making mine sugar-free and crustless. Your stairs are beautiful! Have a nice weekend!

  10. Your porch is lovely and festive! The pumpkin soup sounds wonderful!
    Wishing you a very blessed and happy Thanksgiving!

  11. Your front porch and steps are gorgeous. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  12. It's looking lovely over there. I haven't visited you here on your blog for some time, and am glad you are still blogging.


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