Saturday, September 15, 2012

Ready for Fall!

      Duck Cloth Pilllow with wood buttons
                                                                                                                     Ruffled pillow
Osnaburg "Autumn" pillow painted with acrylic paint using an image from the "Stretch Your imagination" cartridge.

Fall is coming!  You can feel it and smell it in the air. Today I cracked open my first can of pumpkin for the season and it smelled amazing!! It is getting cold at night and the grass is kissed with frost when we wake up. And you know what? I LOVE IT!! I made some fun pillows for my room this week. I bought 1/2 yard pieces of cotton prints from Joann and whipped these up. I think the most expensive one was the brown duck cloth pillow and that is only because I put wood buttons on it. I already had the fabric leftover from another project from years ago. The fabric for the other pillows was under $2.00 a piece. Today we put all of our Fall/Halloween up and made pumpkin cookies. Yum!  I made tomato basil soup which I lightened. When it was finished cooking I poured it into my cute pumpkin shaped tureen to serve. I cut the fat in this soup by about half and it was still delicious! I served it with mini ciabatta rolls with toasted cheese. What's not to love? Cream, butter, cheese, bread and tomatoes. Heck yeah!!

Tomato Basil Soup- Lightened
2 cans (28 oz.) Organic crushed tomatoes
2 cans (14.5 oz.) Organic vegetable broth (or chicken broth for my carnivorous friends)
1 C. Organic Half & half
1 C. Organic 1% milk
1/4 C. Organic butter
2 Tbsp. dried basil
Combine tomatoes and veggie broth in medium saucepan. Bring to boil and simmer a few minutes. Add butter and melt. Add half & half, milk and basil. Stir well and let simmer about 5-10 minutes. Carefully pour into a blender and puree, or use an immersion blender. Return to pan or put in a soup tureen and serve with bread or crackers.

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