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Autumn Bliss: Home-made Soup and Book Talk…

By Laharris1


During the cooler months of Fall one of my favorite soups to make is with Roasted Butternut Squash. There’s so many wonderful recipes out there but this is one of my favorites because I like this soup with a dash of sweetness. Since this version uses fresh ginger, I like to drizzle brown sugar over my bowl before serving.

Are you in the mood for a pot of home-made soup? Here’s how I made mine:


two butternut squash

one leek, chopped

1 1/2 onions chopped

shredded ginger

one apple, peeled and finely chopped

4 cans of chicken broth; 14.5 ounce  cans

1 1/2 cups cream

4 tablespoons of good olive oil



  • Preheat to 400°F. Place squash on rimmed baking sheets and drizzle with brown sugar.  Roast until tender and slightly brown in spots.


  • Add olive oil in heavy large pot over medium heat. Add garlic, sliced leeks, onions, chopped apple and fresh shredded ginger, two tablespoons of brown sugar and sauté until it looks translucent and begins to soften, stirring frequently, 3 to 4 minutes. Add roasted squash, then broth. Increase heat and bring to boil; reduce heat to medium, cover, and simmer until vegetables are very tender, stirring occasionally, about 15-20 minutes. Cool slightly.


  • Working in batches, puree soup in processor until smooth. Return to pot.


  • Whisk 1 1/2 cup cream into soup. Season to taste with salt and pepper but taste first. I didn’t add any to this batch and liked it better. Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover soup and chill. Rewarm soup over medium-low heat, adding broth or cream to thin, if needed.





I think roses always look so pretty inside pumpkins, don’t you think?

And of course, you need a good book to sit and read while you eat your soup. One should always have their nose in a book while eating home-made soup, it adds to the flavor.

So tell me, what are you reading these days? I just pinned this on to my Books etc.. Pinterest board:


click HERE to find out if you’ve read these books yet.


click HERE to vote in the Good Reads Choice Awards for the Best Books of 2013

These are the categories:

Orphan Train
A Tale for the Time Being
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

Mystery & Thriller

Unseen (Will Trent, #7)
Ordinary Grace
Touch & Go

Historical Fiction

Whistling Past the Graveyard
Burial Rites


The Republic of Thieves (Gentleman Bastard, #3)
The Golem and the Jinni
The River of No Return

Paranormal Fantasy

The Bone Season
Fifth Grave Past the Light (Charley Davidson #5)
Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson, #7)

Science Fiction

Terms of Enlistment
Earth Afire (The First Formic War, #2)


Fallen Too Far (Too Far, #1; Rosemary Beach, #1)
Wait for You (Wait for You, #1)
Losing Hope (Hopeless, #2)


Help for the Haunted
The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work of Dr. Spencer Black

Memoir & Autobiography

Waiting to Be Heard: A Memoir
Sum It Up: 1,098 Victories, a Couple of Irrelevant Losses, and a Life in Perspective

History & Biography

Jim Henson: The Biography
The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945
Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson


The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum
Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients
Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work

Food & Cookbooks

Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist
Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us
Bread & Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table, with Recipes


Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened
Bad Monkey

Graphic Novels & Comics

American Vampire, Vol. 5
Calling Dr. Laura: A Graphic Memoir
Captain Marvel, Vol. 1: In Pursuit of Flight


Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish
Bough Down
Incarnadine: Poems

Debut Goodreads Author

Letters from Skye
The Ghost Bride
Altered (Altered, #1)

Young Adult Fiction

Dare You To (Pushing the Limits, #2)
This Is What Happy Looks Like

Young Adult Fantasy

The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines, #3)
Opal (Lux, #3)
Prodigy (Legend, #2)

Middle Grade & Children's

The House of Hades (The Heroes of Olympus, #4)
Doll Bones
Chasing the Prophecy (Beyonders, #3)

Picture Books

The Dark
Exclamation Mark
A Little Book of Sloth



Right now in the midst of all this whirlwind packing and painting I’m returning back to my books more than ever. Reading like crazy because books are my soothing escape, always have been.


Tell me,

what books do you have next to your bed right now?







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