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September 23, 2010

White Pumpkins in the House

Actually, there are white pumpkins
on the porch...

And in the backyard...

They're waiting to be used for decorations
and to be placed with some heirloom pumpkins
that will soon be at our home.

Now that we've got a few pumpkins in the house,
I wanted to give you one of my favorite
French pumpkin recipes too
I was going to make this pumpkin soup recipe
since we've been having Autumn weather
the last few days, but now I hear
it's supposed to be
hot, hot, hot here once again.

I have included it here for you though
in case you're enjoying wonderful fall weather
where you live

I can't wait to make it here once it's cooler again

Soupe de Potiron
(Pumpkin Soup)
3 c water
1 onion, diced
1/2 T sugar
2 tsp salt
10 ounce can pumpkin puree
(no flavor... just pumpkin)
1 c milk
salt & freshly ground pepper
creme fraiche (if desired)

Bring water, onion, sugar, salt to boil
Cover & simmer 10 min
Whisk in pumpkin & bring to boil
Simmer uncovered for 5 min, stirring constantly

Puree mixture in food processor or blender
until smooth

Pour back into saucepan and whisk in milk

Heat back to high simmer & season
with salt & pepper to taste

Serve with small dollop of creme fraiche
and light drizzle of olive oil if desired

Serves 4

We usually drizzle just a little bit
of olive oil on the very top
It is so good!
Our local grocer carries this brand
from France from time to time

but you can order it here if you're interested
in giving it a try and can't find it locally.

Make sure to serve with crusty, crunchy
French bread... Yum!

I'm headed to Petaluma this weekend
to the antiques fair and to see
my sweet friend, Michelle that owns
Summer Cottage Antiques

I'll be back next week with lots of photos
What are your plans for the weekend?

Happiness to you!


donna reyné said...

Hi Tracie!
your white pumpkins are so precious!
I too have a thing for the white ones!
I also copied your sounds so good and will be perfect on one of our cool Autumn Evenings.
As far as the weekend...well we are having a Autumn Marché Nocturne at the store and I can't wait!
Have a blessed weekend and enjoy yourself...can't wait to see more pictures!

the paris apartment said...

White pumpkins, how fabulous! With those I'd get into the fall spirit. Something about the orange tones of fall that turn me off in decor so these would do the trick.
I'll try your soup recipe for Thanksgiving this year!

sissie said...

Hi Tracie,
I just love your pretty little white pumpkins. I have never had pumpkin soup, I might have to try it.

Have fun this weekend.


Blondie's Journal said...

Hi Tracie!!

We just went from cool temps to 89 degrees!! I wish I could put pumpkins out but it's just a little too early. I might try a few indoors like you have! I love the white ones. Different! And pretty gourds, too!

Your recipe sounds delicious! Perfect for the cool weather to come! Thanks! :-)


Jackie said...

I love little white pumpkins!! I brought some of that olive oil back from's so amazing! (and the tin isn't too bad to look at either). It is back to being warm - I was hoping the cooler weather was here to stay! Enjoy your weekend!

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

Hi're going to Petaluma this weekend....are you going to go to Halloween and Vine?

my friend Julie Whitmore used to do that show and i would ride up there with her...we had a great time and i always came home with some great vintage fact, i just posted some of my Halloween this morning and I got some of it at Halloween and Vine

looking forward to your pictures...


Sarah said...

Tracie, have a fun time. I'll look forward to seeing your weekend finds. Thanks for the recipe. ~ Sarah

Chrissy said...

What a pretty fall post,just love it! All the best,Chrissy

Sandi said...

I have a few white pumpkins, but can't wait until Saturday to get some more. We will be going to a Fall Fest and the last two years I have purchased the tiny ones there 5/1.00! By the way...your photos are gorgeous Tracie!

La Table De Nana said...

I love your photos! We have L'Olivier too:)

I love white pumpkins..and all your accoutrements!

Claudia said...

Hello Tracie!

I look and look for white pumpkins here every fall and can't find any! I think they are so beautiful.

Have a wonderful weekend.


Shabbyfufu said...

Hi dear....I never find white pumpkins here, but my little secret is to decorate with the faux white pumpkins from the craft store. That soup recipe looks like one that I would love to try....when it's not 100 degrees outside! xoxo, janet

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Hi Tracie....
Love our white pumpkins and your recipe sounds delicious! Hope you have a great weekend! :)

trash talk said...

I'll be trying out your recipe just as soon as cooler weather decides to make its entrance to Texas!
I'm heading to the Antique Fair in Round Top for a long weekend. Won't be setting up so I'm looking forward to visiting clean faced for a change!

Fete et Fleur said...

I love pumpkins soup, Tracie! I will definitely be trying this recipe.


milka said...

The ivy is so beautiful (is it fake??) and the '31' cage is my love at first sight!! I'm going plant some fruit trees in my back yard for this weekend.
Happy gardening to you too.


Alice W. said...

Gorgeous! I only have one white pumpkin yet...need to catch up with you! ;) Your photos look stunning...

I am sure my weekend will not be as exciting as to clean up the last house...and get a furnace installed!

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Tracie! I adore white pumpkins!! They are so wonderful to decorate with. Thanks for the pumpkin soup recipe... I'll be trying it for sure.

Big hugs, Sherry

Julie Marie said...

Hi Tracie... your petite white pumpkins are so pretty! I love the white ones too, but still get the traditional oranges ones as well... your soup recipe sounds so good and that bread looks just yummy!... Hope you have a nice time antiquing... love to you... xoxo Julie Marie

Karen Valentine said...

Hi Tracie! Oh, you know how we all love white pumpkins!! Pumkins are just barely starting to show up in our grocery stores now. When those white make their appearance they go fast because they are found in much smaller numbers than the orange ones.
It won't cool down hear for another month, but I too am really looking forward to it!
Have a wonderful weekend sweetie!

Secret Garden Cottage said...

Your pictures are beautiful and inspring, Tracie, and the recipe sounds delicious!
Happy Friday!
~ Jo :)

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Debbie said...

Hello Tracie! Your mini white pumpkins are adorable! Hope all is well with you.
Have a great weekend!!!

Marie said...

Bonjour Tracie! J'adore the white pumpkins. I cannot find them yet, except for the fake ones at Michael's Arts and Crafts, but I need to get me some. Your display is so inspiring as usual.

Deb said...

Love the white pumpkins :-) I have a little basket of mini white pumpkins mixed with gourds on my kitchen table that we picked up at a fall fair last weekend.
Your weekend plans sound fantastic ~ have a great time ♥

Brenda Kula said...

I don't have much in the way of plans. Grocery store shopping tomorrow. Love your white pumpkins!


Hi Tracie...LOVE the white pumpkins!!! I have never found any....but I am pretty good with spray paint:) The recipe sounds yummy also!! Still hot here too....but I am off work this weekend...having dinner with family & friends..cant wait!
Have a great time sweets!

Ju (The Little Teochew) said...

MAGIC! Plain, simple Goodness. Love the recipe ... no need for flavour. Just pumpkin. Exactly my kind. :) Have a great weekend, Tracie!

June said...

Tracie's going on a road trip! Have a safe trip and I can't wait to see the pics.
I love your little pumpkins. I love the white ones. I wish my growing season was long enough here to grow them.
Your soup sounds delish. We make one similar, and sadly I am the only one here that likes pumpkin soup.

giveto said...

the first photo is beautiful, i love it !!
bonne journée

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Tracie,

I love your white pumpkins - I often make pumpkin soup over here, all my family like it.
I hope that you are having a good weekend. Many thanks for visiting me.

Sending lots of hugs to you

milka said...

Hi Tracie,
Thanks for the reply. Ivy is not an easy growing plant in my country, so mine looks weak and pale. Compared to yours, strong and healthy, that's why i asked if it fake? Haha. Didn't know ivy can grow in the water and live without soil! Thanks for telling, im gonna bring it in and put it in my living room tomorrow!

Rosemary said...

Beautiful, I love white pumpkins.
I have a few now too!
Recipe sound so yummy! I made your salad the other day, it was really good. Loved the dressing!!
Getting ready to go to Jake's party.
Worked all day yesterday.
Have a great day, chat soon.

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Hi Tracie...

Yet another yummy post! Visually and of the eating variety. :-)


VINTAGE HOME lifestyle said...

Hi Tracie,
So wonderful to hear from you. Please...please...please stop by to see me when you are in Petaluma Sunday.
Big Hugs my Friend...

oldgreymare said...

Those oils look very interesting. I will definitely check them out further. I was surprised by all the different flavors available.

Thanks so much for the info!

Still in the 100's here..hard to believe in fall just quite yet..sigh


Heaven's Walk - said...

Hey Tracie! I'm so glad that you shared that pumpkin soup recipe with us! I can hardly wait to make it! Soup I CAN make! Everything else I leave up to hubby. lol! I'm really loving those white pumpkins, girlie! Very chic next to your awesome wooden cage. Hugs to you!

xoxo laurie@heavens-walk

Burlap Luxe said...

Thank you for your visit, to answer your comment on heat! no it is way to hot! in Southern Calif and hard to get your head wrapped around Fall and Pumpkins, turkey, or Christmas. When will it all cool down?

Next post I am getting into the holiday mode even if the heat kills me. Oh well that California for yeah!!

Love your white pumpkins and all the inspiration that goes along with it :)

I use to say so many years ago when I lived in Northern Ca. that I wish there were white Pumpkins and then someone in Medesto Calif I believe came up with a cross breeding of the great white ghost pumpkin. I am sure he must know by now how pleased all us shabby euro chic-ers are :)

Love that cute cage displayed with the little white ones!
see you soon for more inspiration.

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

Tracie your white pumpkins are so perfect...wonder if they are around the North East? I will be looking for them.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning, Tracie!

Your white pumpkins are beautiful and really, anything white is GORGEOUS! I love pumpkin soup and our our way, it is cool enough to make it. I hear from family and friends that S. Calif. is at least 90-100 degrees...I am kinda glad I don't live there anymore! How are you? Anita

chateau de fleurs said...

Hi Tracie, I love your fall vignette all the natural colors and textures are very inspiring, hope you have a fun time shopping in Petaluma! Christie

Bella said...

Hi Tracie, Don't you just love those sweet white pumpkins? I am off to pumkins shop today:-) I will try the soup recipe sounds delightful!
I am sending you a big hug for your Gigi, I am so sorry for your loss, I have lost two sweet fur babies this year and it is sooo hard.
I am your newest follower, and look forward to future visits:-)

Paris in Pink said...

Love the combo of these objects. Off to go read some more of this lovely blog here :) Paris in Pink

Air Kiss said...

I think I'd buy that olive oil just for the glamourous can! Your white pumpkin photos are soo nice!! I'm putting a ban on orange pumpkins in my house this year.. hehehee.. I hope that's not too cruel. ;) I hope you had a fun weekend antique shopping! I got in my share. :) It's chilly here & I have on comfy Old Navy sweat pants fresh out of the dryer. Thank you for such a nice comment!

Celestina Marie Designs said...

HI Tracie,
White pumpkins are wonderful and I love to decorate with them too along with the traditional color.
Thank you for sharing the soup recipe. It sounds very good and the bread looks so yummy.

Hope you had a great time at your friends antique shoppe. Sounds like the perfect Fall weekend.

Thank you for stopping by. Always great to see you.
Have a great week.
Hugs and blessings to you,
Celestina Marie