Thursday, August 26, 2010

A Hint of Fall, Need Soup Recipes

It is not going to be 108 degrees today! When we woke up, it was only 70 degrees, a beautiful morning to sit on the deck and drink coffee. I did just that for about 2 minutes. Yes, anyone that has boys knows that they do not sit still long and there are chickens and dogs to be chased, goats to be petted and the sound of a tractor in the back pasture that has to be checked out. Of course, chaos ensued quickly, but that is alright it was not in the life-zapping heat, I was not sweating profusely nor did my hair frizz completely withing 3.6 seconds from horrific humidity.

So, I am in the Fall mood! I am thinking of pumpkins, hayrides, sweaters in the morning, leaves changing (if they are not all dead from the horrible heat this summer), crisp air, chili, cool breezes, the fair, and of course, FOOTBALL. The heat will probably be back tomorrow, but for now, a girl can dream.

A picture from my pumpkin harvest a few years ago. With our small dog Clyde who
unfortunately is no longer with us, I miss that big guy!
I always try to pick my most flattering pictures to post.

Fall is my favorite time of year. I tilled my garden yesterday, I do not recommend that when it has not rained in months, I felt like Pigpen from Charlie Brown by the time I got it done. But, Fall/Winter crops are going in this week. I am trying broccoli this year!

As you know, I am working hard to make our little town a better place to raise our kids. We have a fabulous little village with some wonderful people and the majority have hopped on board with all my ideas - a farmers' market, a community library and various community gatherings. So, my newest idea comes from my new friend Robin at Frustrated Farm Girl (I think she is my long-lost twin). I am going to establish a community soup night! I am very excited about this, I hope to create an environment that cultivates collective joy, bonding neighbors. So, all my wonderful bloggy world friends, I need soup recipes! My specialty, well the only one I ever really make, is potato soup. Help broaden my horizons friends.

I urge you to go outside and enjoy the beginning of Fall, then think about what you can do in your community to leave it a better place than you found it!

Going to put on a cardigan and homeschool the kids on the deck,
The Park Wife


Amanda said...

This recipe originates at Swenson's in Jackson...been there? On I-55. A friend of ours owned it years ago and this is her recipe that they still serve there. Enjoy!
(definitely will use it as a post later this fall!)

Swenson's Cheese Soup

3 T. butter
1 bunch green onions, chopped fine
1 rib celery
2 cans chicken broth
1 can cream/chicken
1/2 t. white pepper (I use black)
dash of garlic powder
1 lb. Velveeta cubed
3 cups grated sharp and regular cheddar (1 1/2 cups each)
2 cups half and half

Saute onions and celery in butter until cooked. Add broth and soup and stir until smooth. Add seasoning and simmer 20 minutes covered. Add cheeses, and with low heat, add cream. DO NOT BOIL. Cook all over low heat.

Enjoy! And exercise the next day:)

upnorth said...

In the little town near us, there are 4 churches that have a community soup night once a week, each church takes a turn! What a great idea! I made ham and wild rice chowder Monday night, it was so good! Good luck!

From Tracie said...

I love the idea of a community soup night. If I had any cooking/recipe skills at all, I would share a fabulous idea with you. But, sadly, I do not. lol

I am yearning for fall as well. I spent an hour today looking back at fall pictures from years past and longing for crisp coolness and crunchy leaves.

Marge said...

I am making soup today! We just got a quarter cow, so I have soup bones. I'm making Beef Barley Vegetable soup, and I'm sorry to say, I have no recipe. I dump. Bones with some meat on them, garden veggies of all kinds, barley, and some Bouquet Garni, a Penzey's Spice herb mixture. Nummy!

strawberry CAKE said...

I will be posting my roasted tomato basil soup recipe soon, very soon, hopefully this week.

strawberry CAKE said...

Forgot to tell you I am giving you a shout on my blog...tomorrow : D.