Sunday, September 28, 2008

Autumn Tablescape & Recipe Exchange

Yesterday was the day! (I forgot - so sorry!) We're showing off our Autumn tablescapes & a favorite recipe. This fun event is hosted by Heidi Ann @ Foxgloves, Fabric & Folly. Visit her gorgeous blog to see the list of all the participants, and spend your Sunday afternoon being inspired!

My tablescape is a simple one. The leaf dishes were a gift from my sis. The glass pumpkins are a small protion of my collection. (More on them in an upcoming post.) The zinnias are from my garden. The were "supposed" to be red & white candy-striped, but instead, I got all sorts of striped color variations. Lucky me! I love them all!

My recipe is taken from a one of those ringbound community cookbooks and it is tried & truly delicious.

Curried Butternut Soup

1 tbsp. sweet butter
2 tbsp. sherry or vermouth (trust me, sherry is better!)
2 cups chopped yellow onion
2 large butternut squash
1 tbsp. curry
1 tsp. nutmeg
2-1/4 cups chicken broth (can use vegetable broth)
1 cup apple juice
2 McIntosh apples, peeled and grated
1/4 tsp. ground pepper

In a large pot, melt butter with sherry over low heat. Add chopped onions and cook until clear, about 20 minutes.

Peel squash, remove seeds and cut into 1" squares. Add squash and remaining ingredients to pot. Simmer 30 minutes.

Strain soup, Put solids into blender with 2 cups strained liquid. Process until smooth. Return to pot and mix in remaining strained liquid until soup is of desired consistency. Heat slowly for 10 minutes.

Serve with a dollop of sour cream & snipped chives.

Enjoy! Chris



  1. Your autumn tablescape is a simple one yet you added your personal touches to it. The zinnias are gorgeous and the since I love curry...I might give this recipe a try. Thanksfor sharing, Chris.

    Have a lovely Sunday. I am off to check out a fabric store and visit a local farm today with a friend. I hate to leave Joe alone but he'll be fine.

  2. Your zinnia arrangement is so great--my very favorite flower. What a sweet compliment to your other autumn decor! DAna

  3. Your table is lovely and the recipe sounds amazing! I love butternut squash- mmm.... Thanks for sharing!:) Lori

  4. Nice tablescape! Very inviting! Ilove curry & butternut squash! I think I will try this recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Lovely post and thanks for stopping by and sharing a nice thought for the winners of my give-a-way.. That was very sweet...

  6. I love that tablescape! So pretty! And thanks for the recipe for that soup...that sounds perfect right about now.

  7. Those zinnias are beautiful and that soup sounds delicious! Happy Autumn!

  8. Hi, Chris! Your table is resplendent for autumn dining--just beautiful! And thanks for this lovely recipe--I love curry-flavored soups and butternut squash...ah, the joys of autumn! Happy Days ((HUGS)) Oh, I'm having a giveaway--stop by and join in the fun if you get a chance :o)

  9. Good Morning Chris, A big "thank you" for joining me in my "recipe & tablessetting exchange"!!...Please don't worry about forgetting! That happens to the best of us!!...However, your table ended up being just lovely! I love your majolica leaf plates! I have a collection of all green pieces, which I also love! So pretty & so appropriate for the season!...Your runners, & zinnias! LOve it ALL!...& your recipe is one I look forward to trying very soon!....Looking forward to more posts from you wonderful blog!....Have a great week!...Heidi XO

  10. I love, LOVE your zinnias! I planted some out by our mailbox and they are so pretty. I really want to get some more next year b/c they turned out so well.

    I think I tried to grow some from seeds, but it didn't work out so well.

    Your tablescape is very autumny!

  11. Chris,

    Your tablescape is lovely. I especially love your dishes!

    I've finally learned how to use my new camera. I'm just a beginner but I'm going to start posting pictures. I posted one today.



  12. How beautiful your table is ! What a great idea! I can't wait to try the recipe!Sounds great for fall. Blessings, Kathleen, also from blog Eggs In My Pocket

  13. Hi Chris.... Your beautiful tablescape truly makes me realize that fall is in the air.

    Thank you for sharing the soup recipe.... think I'll try that sometime this week.

    And... thank you for the reminder of my mom.... her garden was always full of beautiful and bright zinnias - thus, beautiful arrangements in the house.

    fondly - janice

  14. Oh, Chris!
    I just love your tablescape! Have you seen mine? Ha! Ha!
    Seriously, yours is really beautiful! Love those dishes -- you've got a sweet sister! Those glass pumpkins are gorgeous!!!!

    That soup sounds delicious -- one day, I'm going to have to try some more squash. I love grilled zucchini, but my mother used to overcook squash and I can't make myself even try it boiled. Your recipe makes me really want to overcome my skittishness!!!

    Many Blessings,

  15. wow..that is beautiful. You have a gorgeous blog it. cherry

  16. Chris, your table looks wonderful. I love your pumpkin collection.

    And, that soup sounds like something I definitely have to try.


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