October Book of Seasons
Samhain is here and at my house it is highly anticipated! I love walking into a grocery store and seeing all of the new Halloween decorations out for sale! Look at how so many people celebrate, albeit without knowing, our sacred turn of the year. Pumpkins, skeletons, black cats and scarecrows peek from houses and businesses. The fall harvest is in and the aromas of cinnamon brooms and pumpkin soup fill the house. Can you tell I love this time of the year? Let’s fill our hearths and hearts with the grounding abundance surrounding us.
Our affirmation is
My heart and hands bring sacred peace to me and mine.
I want to share my pumpkin soup recipe. Simple, delicious and perfect for this lovely month, this soup will nourish body and soul. It is a great recipe for keeping on hand in the pantry. I try to use fresh pumpkin but a 15-oz can of solid-pack pumpkin is just as delicious. If you use fresh, 1 ¾ cups of cooked pumpkin equals a 15-oz can.
½ cup chopped onion,
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
2 cans (14 ½ ounce each) chicken broth
1 can (15 ounce) solid-pack pumpkin
1 teaspoon brown sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
dash of pepper
dash of nutmeg, optional
1 cup whipping cream
In a large saucepan sauté onion in butter until tender.
Remove from heat; stir in flour until smooth.
Gradually stir in broth, pumpkin, brown sugar, salt, butter and nutmeg.
Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 5 min.
Add cream and cook for 2 more min. until heated through.
Makes 6 servings.
This is perfect with pumpernickel bread and baked apples.
With all of the decorations available for sale I still prefer to fill my house with gifts from nature. I love leaves hot glued around pillar candles and wee baskets of acorns and crystals and pretty rocks. Pie pumpkins stacked on top of each other in baskets and bundles of herbs tied and hanging to dry in windows. Of course, we have a collection of black cats collected by each of my 3 kids over the years piled up on the hearth and adorable witchy-poos scattered throughout. This is our favorite holiday! Oh, and there is a tree branch decorated with orange lights and ornaments.
The turn of the wheel has brought us to the end our sacred year. Within the delicious sights and smells of October, I send you blessings of peace and comfort as the veil thins and we remember the connection of all; here and beyond this life.