Butternut Squash Soup
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It isn’t a big secret among my friends and family that autumn is my favorite season.  I live in the mountains and the fall color against the blue, cloudless sky is a wonder of nature unto itself.  The crisp days and the cool starry nights are a welcome contrast from the warm humidity of summer.  Fall comes quickly for us, as sometime during mid-August there is a definite change in the air.  I don’t know if it is the slightest dip in temperature, or perhaps one day the daylight over the mountains seems just a bit different, but you know fall is on the way. 

September ushers in festival season and by early October (my favorite month, ever) the mountains are awash in orange, brown, red, and yellow.  Caramel Apples top my list of fall treats as autumn fruits and vegetables are ripe for the picking to become soups, stews, canning, and utter deliciousness!

This brings me to the topic of squash.  Butternut squash soup undoubtedly tops the list of delectable fall treats.  Hearty and nutritious, butternut squash soup is easy to make with a minimal amount of preparation.  The recipes vary from the full fat heavy cream version to the chicken stock and vegetable lower fat style.  Below are two links to delicious recipes that are relatively simple and gentle on the waist – Yum!



Continuing with a squash theme, as I perused August 2013 issue of Better Homes and Gardens last week, I was delighted to read their color inspiration for the month was Squash!  I never gave a thought to decorating with the color, probably because I am horribly indecisive with home decorating choices.  The color palates presented with the squash theme were so gorgeous I tore the page right from the magazine to save for my “dream home” inspiration book.

My two favorite paint colors from the article “Squash Blossom” were ‘Palomino Gold’ from Glidden Paints (www.glidden.com) and ‘Evening Glow’ from Olympic Paints (www.olympic.com).  Both are subtle colors that wouldn’t overpower a room with orangey-yellow color but give a room a warm and welcoming vibe.

Evening Glow
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Photo courtesy of Glidden.com


A squash hue against a dark wood floor reminds me of a great book, a warm fluffy blanket, and a steaming mug of hot chocolate – Perfection!  Squash tones are also easily interchangeable for the seasons.  The color is bright and cheery for hot weather seasons but add charm and a splash of color to cancel out the dreary gray of winter.  Check out www.bhg.com for hundreds of gorgeous fall decorating options.  I could spend weeks on that website, BHG is the standard for beautiful decorating. Check it out, you won’t be disappointed.

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