One Seasonal Soup You All Should Try: Roasted Pumpkin Soup with Spiced Cream and Pepitas

This twist on classic pumpkin soup will please everyone around the table. No one can resist this creamy and smooth soup with a hint of heat, and topped with toasted pepitas and spiced cream.

Around here, we eat a lot of soup this time of year.  It’s chilly and blustery and soup just comforts you.  Our Sprout enjoys soup too. She gets antsy at dinner time because she has to sit still.  Haha!  I’m sure you all know what I mean, especially if you’ve ever had a high energy, strong willed toddler. Anyways, soup is a quick meal for her and for us. Which is just what we need this time of year.

Soup requires very little skill, which makes it great for busy families like ours.  Basically any soup is comprised of a base (usually broth or cream), meat or protein, vegetables, flavor add ins (think bacon, scallions, etc.), and toppings.  Once you get that down, the options are endless!  It also freezes easily for future meals.  Make a big batch a freeze for up to 6 months! Continue reading “One Seasonal Soup You All Should Try: Roasted Pumpkin Soup with Spiced Cream and Pepitas”

Falling for Pickles!

The other beautiful part of fall is the abundance of produce that ripens at the end of summer/early fall. Especially cucumbers, tomatoes, and green beans. The cooler weather also makes pickling a little less exhausting at the cottage. Pickles are full of vitamins and minerals and are often consumed to aid digestion as well as other ailments.

Simple Cottage Dill Pickles
A classic and tasty recipe perfect for the whole family.

Fall is officially here and it’s starting to show. Our maple tree is turning red, the plum tree is turning too. We love autumn, especially here on the coast.  The weather is mild and sunny and most of the tourists are back home in school. The other beautiful part of fall is the abundance of produce that ripens at the end of summer/early fall.  Especially cucumbers, tomatoes, and green beans.  The cooler weather also makes pickling a little less exhausting at the cottage. Continue reading “Falling for Pickles!”

Cucumber Pinwheels with Goat Cheese & Sun Dried Tomato Cream

Our Cucumber Pinwheels with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Goat Cheese are a quick and easy appetizer to bring to family bbq’s, beach picnics or even to have in the fridge on those hot nights when you can’t stomach a full meal. They pair well with lots of dishes.

This has been one crazy week! When we planned out this Summer Produce Series, we chose this week in July because our produce would be ripe and our schedule was open.

We kicked it off Monday, and then Tuesday hit… Continue reading “Cucumber Pinwheels with Goat Cheese & Sun Dried Tomato Cream”

Asian Chicken Noodle Soup

Enter in a combination of classic chicken noodle soup and some of our favorite Asian flavors.

Last night was one of those nights where it was just chilly enough for a light sweater in the evening.  Not quite cold enough for blankets and a fire but it definitely had the feeling that early spring was here and winter was waving goodbye.

I had a whirlwind day of bible study, lunch with Dave at the bakery, grocery shopping with a toddler and then back home before dinner.  While getting the groceries unpacked and put away I decided to check on our dog who was running free in the yard we sometimes share with our friends and landlords.  It was the perfect time to take some produce scraps to the compost pile.  No sooner had I dumped the scraps than I heard the squawk of our neighbors’ duck in distress.  Our dog does just fine around ducks and poultry until one decides to waddle away…rapidly!  There were feathers and mud all over, mostly on me.  Dog by the collar in one hand and duck nestled back under a tree with the other, I marched our dog back up to our house.

Thankfully we have the best landlords on planet earth.  They are our friends and part of our central coast family.  We love them dearly and on a day like yesterday, I am so relieved that they love us equally.IMG_9982-1

The duck is doing okay. Still shocked and trying to heal but thankfully, alive. Clancie, our pooch, will probably never look in her direction again! Continue reading “Asian Chicken Noodle Soup”