Friday Fave 5 ~ autumn days

It’s Friday and time to join with Susanne as we count the blessings of our week!

1. My first favourite is only a memory now . . .

My impatiens bed beneath my mother’s day tree. Such a pretty sight! Until this . . .

A killing frost struck on Wed.

I don’t mind too much though – October is already 3/4 past and it’s time to tidy the beds before November’s cold winds make the chore a harder one.

2. This bright and sunny Monday made 2010 garden clean up a pleasant task.

The lavatera survived the frost and we couldn’t bring ourselves to pull them out.

They’re definitely on my garden list for next year.

3. Speaking of garden successes, I’m so happy with Niki’s Cinderella pumpkins and butternut squash. She kindly mailed the seeds to me last fall. I’d never grown pumpkins or butternut squash before so I wasn’t sure what to expect.

We had a huge, healthy patch  ~  so gratifying to a gardener’s heart!

And beautiful too, with its deep glowing orange fruit and vibrant green foliage.

They’re also multipurpose.


and delicious!

4. which leads me to my next favourite ~ a yummy autumn soup!

Curried pumpkin soup with coconut milk.

I’ve made butternut squash apple soup before and the cooking process is very similar.

  • Sauté onions, carrots, celery in a little olive oil. (I add garlic to the pumpkin soup but not to the butternut apple soup.)
  • Add roasted pumpkin or butternut squash. (roasting brings out the flavour more than boiling)
  • Then add liquid – chicken or vegetable broth, sometimes a little apple juice, sometimes coconut milk. Also, a little rich milk or cream.
  • Next spices – curry, ginger, salt and pepper.
  • Finally a touch of brown sugar and butter which makes everything taste good!
  • Simmer until  veggies are tender.
  • Then puree soup in batches in a blender.
  • Garnish with yogurt or sour cream if desired.

As you can see, I don’t measure anymore – I just taste and say “What does this need?”

It’s a little different every time but always delicious!

I also made a pumpkin swirl yeast bread this week – oh. my. goodness!!

Rave reviews from the fam!

Tune in next week for the recipe – I’m running out of room on my Friday list πŸ™‚

5. My final favourite this week? Driving along sunlight dappled Island country roads.

No destination in mind

No rush πŸ™‚

Simply an Island




Well . . .  thank you so much for dropping in for a Friday Fave visit!

Hope your weekend is filled with beauty and blessings!

with love,


20 thoughts on “Friday Fave 5 ~ autumn days

  1. The pumpkins are really a deep,deep orange — almost red. Lovely fall photos. We've been blessed to have such a long fall here with no frost. I feel for the impatiens. Jody


  2. Your pictures are just beautiful!! I always love to see what you've been up to – thanks for posting! And snow covered the ground here in Alberta this morning 😦


  3. Bev K says:

    What a lovely post – I can just smell the crisp autumn air and hear the crunch of the leaves.And Pumpkin swirl yeast bread? Please share the recipe. My son brought me a pumpkin this morning from their garden and I'd love to try making that.Bev


  4. I have never had a pumpkin soup before. I'm off to buy a pumpkin to give it a try.My petunias finally got it too this last week. There is a few straglers hanging desperatley on but I'll be cleaning the pots this weekend and finally putting out the fall decorations.


  5. Lorna says:

    I love the pumpkins in your garden … bumper crop!!! I'm having a job keeping pumpkins on ground level as the squirrels keep eating them … so much for halloween decorations :>).


  6. I loved the visit of your island, it's beautiful! Your pumpkin soup looks delicious, I am goiung to try the recipes. Have you ever tried it with carrots and ginger? It's delicious too! Have a great weekend!


  7. Your island manages to look beautiful no matter what time of the year it is. Obviously you think so too, that's why you share all these pretty pictures with us and I love it!Pumpkins are wonderful, beautiful and tasty too!


  8. Those pumpkins are beautiful. Looks like you had quite a nice, healthy crop. They were obviously good enough to eat. Looks like Fall has truly arrived on your island. We're due for our first killing frost here tonight so our flowers will probably be going the way of your impatiens. Have a great week.


  9. I love that picture of the leaf strewn path. I love the wood like that. What a wonderful smell. I will be tuning in for the pumpkin bread recipe. And, I will post my gingersnap recipe tomorrow.


  10. It's always been a dream of mine to have a bed of impatiens like yours. However, there is no shade in my yard so it is impossible to grow them … I shall have to feast my eyes on other's impatiens … Thanks for showing yours!Love your Autumn Beauty Hunt … those road pictures … could one of them be Anne's White Way of Delight, only pictured in the fall?


  11. Your pumpkin patch looks beautiful! I just love visiting your blog. (I know it. I should stop saying that.) But I was sitting here trying to decide WHY and it just leaves me with such a contented peaceful feeling. It's not the Island (although that doesn't hurt!) It's just the calm serenity. So thank you!


  12. I just LOVE your Friday photo essays! Each one just delights me! I grew pumpkins one year… I wish I had done it again this year… it was a good year for it – lots of rain! Yours really DID do beautifully! And I do LOVE some pumpkin soup… I've never done it with curry before though… I'll have to try that. I sO want to come take a walk in your neighborhood!


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