Celebrate Autumn.

Autumn is My favourite season. The  vivid rich colours, the fresh crisp air, the first frost – I love the fall.  The pumpkin is wonderful signal that autumn has arrived. One of My personal fall traditions is to prepare a pumpkin soup. The first step in this project is to shop for the perfect organic pumpkin. Once I have accomplished this, I scrape out the seeds and pulp. Starting at the top of the pumpkin, I carve out a circle which will serve as a lid when I place the pumpkin in the oven later on. The seeds may be saved to roast, too. prepare a vegetable broth, comprised of celery, onions, and carrots. I prepare the broth in a pot, in advance. Seasonings are added. When the oven preheated at about 300 degrees, I complete the final steps of My recipe – I add the soup stock to the empty carved out pumpkin, At this point, I may elect to add extra ingredients –  green beans, tomatoes, and brown  rice. When this is complete, I place My carved pumpkin lid back on the pumpkin, placing it in the oven, usually for about two hours. When the pumpkin is ready to be served, the actual pumpkin will be soft. It may be scooped out with the soup.

Five Health Benefits Of the Pumpkin

1. Beta Carotene
2. Vitamin A
3. Vitamin C
4. Potassium
5. Fiber

Homemade soup is another fantastic way to introduce more vegetables into Your diet. Create Your own recipes, with what ever You have on hand. Add an assortment of fresh organic produce. Some of My favorite ingredients include potatoes, cabbage, onions, and carrots. Rice, pasta, or barley may be added in.

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In Alberta, autumn is a time of year when residents plan and prepare for the winter months ahead. Motorists install winter tires because winter driving is hazardous. Home owners install insulation and seal drafts around doors and windows. People everywhere stock up with extra quilts and blankets. In Edmonton, where I live, the first heavy snow fall could occur as early as October. In Canada, We celebrate Thanksgiving in October. This year Thanksgiving falls on October 9th. Although there were snow flurries earlier in September in northwest Alberta, and the mountain parks, central Alberta is now warm and mild.
Despite the approaching winter, many people love autumn. We still have leaves to rake, as trees are pruned, and soil in overturned in gardens. Most of My Clients report a better quality of sleep at this time of year. As the hours of sunlight decrease, nature signals a need to hibernate. October is a wonderful time to catch up on reading. Spending an afternoon or evening with a good book is My idea of luxury.

The rituals of fall continue leading up to Halloween. People love to decorate their personal space. Yards,living room windows, and front entrance receive make overs for the event! I love walking down the street a few days before Halloween to see how friends and neighbors have decorated the front door areas.

 

 

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