Autumn and Tomato-Basil soup

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Sunny autumn days, cool crisp air and warm bowls of soup with homemade bread.

They go together just like ice cream and summer…

Nothing says autumn like a bowl of Tomato Basil  soup.

In the midst of weekend away activities,  the noontime hungries set in.

(not a breakfast eater…..I know I should be)

We found an old historic building that is now a restaurant.


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It’s name reflected the year it was built, …1826.

The soup of the day was Tomato Basil.

Now I am a tomato soup lover and thought I had tasted most all recipes for

tomato soup.

But one taste told me, this was not your mama’s tomato soup.


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The server so graciously

honored my request to ask the chef for the secret ingredients.


The message from the chef ………. brown sugar and brandy.


So here you go….give it a try or go to 1826.


recipe serves 6


3 lbs of  peeled and diced  tomatoes

6 T butter

1 large onion chopped

3/4 C chopped basil

2 C heavy cream

1 tsp light brown sugar

4 T of brandy

Salt and Pepper to taste


In a medium size saucepan Saute the chopped onion in melted butter. 

When the onion turns a deep gold color, add the tomatoes and basil.

Simmer for 30 minutes and put through a food processor or blender.

Tomatoes in a blender


In a larger saucepan, heat the cream and sugar just to the boiling point,

when small bubbles begin to form around the outside rim of the pan.

Pour the tomato puree into the cream, stir, and add the brandy.

Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Reheat gently, but do not allow it to come to a boil.


Serve with warm bread and enjoy!!!!


She’s a lady!

In the words of entertainer Tom Jones

“She’s got style, She’s got grace”

Whoa! Whoa! Whoa!

“She’s a lady.”

Unlike Tom Jones, I’m talking about Victorian Houses.


Now that’s what I’m talkin about!!


A Victorian house generally means any house built during

the reign of Queen Victoria  (1837–1901).

What style, what grace, what class a Victorian House  carries.


As mentioned in a previous post, I’m giving thought to moving to a home that better suits my needs (wants)

for this season of  life.

On the top of my list …….. porches…..porches and more porches.

wrap around, screened in….sunroom.

Any or all of the above.

The Victorian certainly has the front porch covered ….. pun intended.


I found this one nearby, but don’t think I will be calling it “home sweet home”

unless…………they give to me, a rich uncle leaves me money or I win the lottery.

all these things have the same chance of happening…  close to zero.

However, I’m enjoying the pictures the realtor has posted and maybe a little fantasizing going on.

This lady was built in 1869.



















She’s a lady ….. but the lady is not mine…Sad smile


Time Waits for no one



“Hours are like diamonds, don’t let them waste”

… so the old Rolling Stone’s song goes.


What if we held our  hours as dear as valuable diamonds?


What could be accomplished and what useless or harmful activities would be eliminated?


Just me ……….musing about time today.


Big Ben


When we’re young, the days  seems to be stretching out before us endlessly.


We make decisions recklessly with the thought  …. if it doesn’t work out, there will be time to fix it later.



It’s only when we get older and wiser, we see some things aren’t fixable and the time wasted can’t be reversed.




The opportunities we passed up are gone and the consequences of our bad choices may stay with us.


No one is powerful enough to stop or turn back the hands of time.




Things I told my 20 something self……………………

You will have time to finish your education later.

(life got in the way of doing so )




You will have time later to spend quality time with your children when they get older.

You will enjoy them more then. ( We have quality time when possible,

but I find myself wanting the quantity I had before they grew up.)





You will have time to hang out with your grandmother and really get to know her.


You will have time later to have her teach you embroidery . (Missed the opportunity.)





You will have time later to spend more time with your mother.

You both are too busy now.. (suddenly not possible. miss you mom)



You will have time later to get fit and be healthy. 

(While better late than never, waiting can rob you of feeling good and

having energy to live life to fullest.)




The clocks are ticking………..

Days  are getting shorter………

The beauty of fall is everywhere ……

Stores are filled with reminders

Christmas will soon be here.


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In the words of Dr. Seuss “ How did it get so late….. so soon?”