Monday, September 22, 2008

Indian Summer Celebration

WooHoo, I'm down here! Just follow the stepping stones down to the lake. I've set up picnic tables beside the water for Muse Swing's Indian Summer celebration today. Aren't we lucky to have such glorious weather. It seems like the leaves have turned overnight here.

Since there is a little nip in the air today, I have made us a big pot of Broccoli Cheese Soup. Grab your bowl and napkin and I will spoon up some warm cheesy goodness for you.

I've gathered up some pumpkins and gourds. Please choose a basket full to take home for fall decorations.

Or you might like to amuse yourselves and paint a few.

You'll find some blankets over there. Spread out next to the lake in the sunshine. Take a nap. You better take advantage of this summery weather. It's sure to be gone soon. The days are getting shorter. The morning air is brisk. Winter is just around the corner.

ps. Here's the recipe for the soup.

2 bundles of fresh broccoli or 2 10 1/2 oz packages of frozen broccoli
1 onion
2 cans of cream of chicken soup (you can substitute cream of mushroom if you want too, I prefer chicken soup)
2 lbs of reduced fat Velveeta cheese.
2 cups of water
3 cups of milk
1/2 stick of butter

Cook broccoli, drain and set aside. Saute chopped onion in butter. Set aside also.
In a large pot combine soup, milk, water. Cut the cheese into small chunks and add. Simmer everything until the cheese melts. Do not bring to a boil. Once the cheese melts, add the broccoli and onion. Heat thoroughly and serve hot.

(Most photos courtesy of Google or Flickr)


  1. yoo hoo, I'm here! The soup is delicious! I'm filling my basket with those lovely gourds. Oh! pumpkin painting! May I? What fun! This is all so exciting. I love your picnic! oops I just fell into the gourd pile - can you see me??? Which way is up? Helllppp!

  2. Thant soup sounds just divine! I love the melt in your mouth cheesy broccoli goodness!

  3. Yippee! Summer is over! I live in the Southeast too and know how hot it can be here.
    Loved the pictures, especially the painted pumpkins. That's so clever. The soup sounds heavenly. Now I'm hungry again.
    Thanks for inviting me. I had a good time. Pet your Lucy for me and my Lucy sez Howdy from Gawga. :o)
    Happy Fall Y'all!
    Sparky ♥ ∞

  4. My favorite...chilly air and sunshine...and a bowl of hot soup!
    Love that first picture...wish that was the view from my kitchen window! LOL In reality, I'm looking at my neighbor's pickup truck!

  5. Yowser! I love the soup!!! :) Thank you for the recipe.

  6. I just wrote your recipe down. It sounds like the perfect comfort food.

  7. oops, I hit the button to quick! Happy Autumn!

  8. wowie these trees are fantastico,,love the soup, gonna have fun. have a good autumn.

  9. Absolutely gorgeous photos.. each and every one of them. And that recipe sounds delicious!

  10. An incredible spot you chose, Steviewren, ahhh, I'm just sitting here drinking in the between sips of your delicious soup. And look how the kiddies are playing amongst the gourds...better than any toy to amuse them.

    Perhaps one more little bowl of soup....if you've convinced me....

    Hey, are you up for a game of badminton after we eat?

  11. Now that you have dug me out of the gourd pile I thought I'd have a little more soup and enjoy the view! The trees look fantastic! So perfect for our picnic!

  12. Ohhhhh....look at all those pretty gourds! I can't choose just a few ...I want them all!
    The soups looks and sound delicious too! Thanks for the recipe.

    You chose a wonderful spot for a picnic!

  13. Yes, thanks, I'll have some of this delicious looking soup! Ummm...yummy!!

  14. What a gorgeous spot...and the soup was just yummy...Stop by my picinic and we'll do a bit of sketching...Thisi so much fun..what a great day! :)

  15. Thanks for the soup and the pumpkins! And all the great ideas!
    My kids love Spongebb (me too)
    I will try the recipe!
    Your pictures are lovely!

    greetings Marianne

  16. I love cheese and your soup is delicious! I should have worn elastic cuz my clothes are so tight from all this yummy food! I'll be trying your recipe too! Have a great day!

  17. What a gorgeous location! Mmm, may I have another helping of soup please? Oh dear, Cynthia has fallen into the gourd pile and bumped her head! Gourds are going everywhere! Don't worry Cynthia, I will nurse you to health! Is that my pumpkin rolling down the hill toward the lake?

  18. Whoa! Those first two pictures are wonderful. I love the fall!

  19. mmm...that soup looks so good! Thanks for sharing the recipe. And thanks for the birthday wishes, too!:)

  20. The soup was "manifique!" How kind of you to share the recipe! I am now finding the biggest basket possible to haul away as many gourds as possible!

  21. Muse, admit it, you fell into the pumpkin pile because you had too much of that raspberry cordial!

  22. Thank you all for making a stop at my picnic today! Don't rush off. We're about to build a bonfire and sing camp songs.

    Please take more of the pumpkins and gourds. I'm afraid if there are too many left Muse and Lavinia will start lobbing them at us all...they've been very mischievous today.

  23. Sorry I was so late. Thank you for checking on me. I had so many things to pick up for the picnic and then I couldn't find a silly gas station with any gas so I had to grab a carriage. Thank heaven I finally made it!

  24. Well Trish, you're here now. So glad you could make it. Here's a cup of hot chocolate and a blanket. Come over and sit beside me by the fire. Do you know the words to Kum Ba Ya?

  25. Thanks for hosting a bonfire Stevie! I've bought a bag of marshmellows. Anyone want to toast them on the fire? Marilla is bringing more rathsberry cwordial, hic! Cynthia why ith one of yer eyebwowths higher than the uther?

  26. Hello again, thanks for the invite to the bonfire - I'll bring my quilt to sit on! I heard someone is bringing smores too! Yummy!

  27. Oooops - Stevie didn't see me toss that gourd at Lavinia did she?
    I promised to have some decorum when I returned, but I couldn't find any at Walmart.
    After Kum Ba Ya can we sing that girlscout song? It's about what we were doing today:
    Make new friends
    But keep the old
    One is silver
    And the other's gold

  28. Thanks for the soup, I am a bit under the weather and do not feel like cooking. I will take a few pumpkins for my kitchen table, thank you. Fall is slowly making an appearance here in RI. I am waiting for the leaves to change. I will post a few pictures later this month.

  29. Hi Steviewren. Heard you called me a minx. Well really, now, I must defend myself. I had an inch of soot on my ensemble and beating my clothes on the river rocks was my only option. i could scarcely do that whilst wearing them, could i? I promise that I looked around first, hoping that Mr. Peck was, I mean was *not* in the vicinity....I'm no floozy....honest...despite what it looks like...honest!!! LOL...:)

  30. I was full, but I think I can squeeze in just a bit more soup! MMMMMMM good!

  31. This soup is so de-de-de-delicious, Stephi! I too cook it so often. Besides, I love cooking also pumpkin soup, a recipe from my favorite italian cuisine.


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