Pumpkin Soup & Potato Harvesting.

Pumpkin soup cook  book picture! (America Cooks: A Culinary Journey from Coast to Coast)

Pumpkin soup cook book picture! (America Cooks: A Culinary Journey from Coast to Coast)

Just to be absolutely clear,  this picture is from my cook book!  I know, it’s terrible that I couldn’t put together something so lovely myself.  I’m lucky, and happy, that my soup isn’t splattered all over the bowl which I present to you as my soup!

Pumpkin Soup!

Pumpkin Soup!

Hmm, I need to work a bit on my presentation…  As I mentioned in my last post, I was on a mission to make some pumpkin soup.  It’s probably the easiest soup to make, with very basic ingredients.  For me, it’s special to make because I use a cookbook which my mom gave to me years ago.  I was living in Zurich at the time, and I think she just wanted to make sure I remembered my roots.   It’s a beautiful book!

My cook book: America Cooks: A Culinary Journey from Coast to Coast

My cook book: America Cooks: A Culinary Journey from Coast to Coast

Here’s the recipe:

Cream of Pumpkin Soup

4 tablespoons butter
1 large onion, thinly sliced
1 pumpkin, 4 – 5 lbs
salt & pepper
1 cup heavy cream


Wash and peel the pumpkin, remove the seeds and cut the flesh into cubes with a sharp knife. Set aside. Melt the butter in a large pot and add the onion. Sweat the onion slowly until it is fairly tender. Add the pumpkin chunks and 1 quart of cold water. Season with salt and pepper and a pinch of nutmeg. Simmer for 20 minutes. Puree the pumpkin mixture in small batches, adding cream to each small batch. Return the soup to the rinsed out pot and reheat gently. Serve hot.  From New England Culinary Institute, Montpelier, VT.

I confess that I cheat. I bake the pumpkin first.  I don’t like cutting it into cubes so I just cut it in half, place it cut side down with 1/4 inch of water into a pan, and bake for about 45 minutes at 350 degrees F (176 degrees C) until soft.  Then I scoop it out and give it a quick whirl with a hand held blender.  I tend to use broth instead of water, too.    🙂

My pumpkins were more yellow than orange, but they tasted exactly like pumpkins should!  Pumpkin soup is a love it or hate it flavor.  I love it, especially with cream.  Oh! and I used my own onions!  Of course I forgot to take a picture of them.  5 million pictures of pumpkins and none of onions … go figure.

Fresh pumpkin puree.

Fresh pumpkin puree.

My marbled colored cooking pumpkins.

My marbled colored cooking pumpkins.

That should really be the end of my pumpkin posts.  (Should I promise that?)  I have to add just a few more photos – not of pumpkins (phew, right?).  The other day  I was intrigued with the farmer harvesting his potatoes.  What a production!  I can just imagine what he thought of me hanging out of the upstairs bedroom window with my camera!

Harvesting potatoes.

Harvesting potatoes.

Harvesting potatoes (two fields away from me).

Harvesting potatoes (two fields away from me).

A truck load of spuds!

A truck load of spuds!

I couldn’t have a post without a picture of a flower, so here’s the last photo:

Zephirine Drouhin (1868) Roses at the front gate in November.

Zephirine Drouhin (1868) Roses at the front gate in November.

Pumpkin soup, anyone?


Roses, Hydrangeas and Poppies for some summertime beauty.

Mom in the garden. That’s me.  Except I haven’t been able to get into my garden very much the past few weeks. This, unfortunately,  is making me quite grumpy!  So I’m simply going to post a bunch of pictures that make me feel like I’m in my garden.  🙂

I hope you like them. And that they make you feel happy too!


A cluster of my climbing roses (Zephirine Drouhin). I’m so happy with their brightness factor on our fence!

I really liked the lighting on this Zephirine Drouhin Climbing rose.

This is my sister-in-law’s Tiger Rose. I think it is amazing! (and I really *need* to get one!)

What a splash of color this beautiful Tiger Rose adds to a garden!

Evening sunlight softens the color tone of my Burgundy Ice Floribunda Rose.

Evening sunlight on my Iceberg Floribunda Rose. I can’t resist taking pictures in the evening!

Fuchsia is a very popular plant in Ireland. It’s not uncommon to find it growing in hedges in the West. It was introduced to Ireland in the mid-19th century from Chile & Argentina. (This picture was taken in County Mayo).

Is it any surprise that I have a picture of a Hydrangea? I love their high cheerfulness factor!

Yep, another Hydrangea picture…

My Clematis ‘Bagatelle’ (Dorothy Walton). This picture is for my husband 🙂

My poppies on a glorious morning!

A different view of the poppies.

Marigolds to finish the post with.

Poppies and other flowers from the garden.

My poppies have bloomed!  Just like a child, I’ve been checking on them every day, wondering when they’d finally bloom.  The wonders of gardening for me is not knowing if the seeds you planted will take!  They are planted by my ditch rock wall.  I planted way too many seeds!  The upside of that is it crowded out weeds.  The area right next to the poppies is in need of some serious work.  The weeds are super strong. It’s going to be quite the battle!  But for now I can enjoy the bright blooms of the poppies, and worry about the weeds another day.

I hope your garden is full of wonderful blooms!

Early morning fog in Sheepwalk.

I woke up very early one morning and couldn’t sleep.  A peek out the window enticed me to take a walk around our garden.  It was so beautiful! These four pictures were taken around 4:00 A.M.

Early morning pre-bloom poppies.

And here come the blooms!



Some other plants have been flowering too.  This Bergenia is so pretty!  The leaves are somewhat large and hardy, and turn a burgundy color after their green start.

Bergenia flowers.

Bergenia plant & flower.

This hydrangea was given to me at the end of last season. It’s so pretty in with my lavender.


We’ve had some really windy days recently. The poor roses!  I’ve been cutting some to save them from being battered!

Hybrid Tea Rose Pink Peace.

Hybrid Tea Rose Silver Anniversary with lavender.

This climbing rose is at our front gate and seems to be quite happy.

These are some pictures I took of blooms in the garden.  My camera is broken (two cameras, actually!) so I’m using a  zoom lens that I wouldn’t normally use.  It was challenging, but I think I captured some color, which was my goal!

Summer flowers with lavender.

Summer flowers.

Summer flowers.


I love Marigolds. They are so bright and cheerful! They remind me of my childhood when my mom would save their seeds and use them the following year.  I did that with these, too.  🙂