Pumpkin soup: Hearty, seasonal and surprisingly not a big ol' mess. This delicious soup served straight out of the pumpkin is easy to make. All you have to do is scoop out the seeds, pour in some chicken stock and roast in the oven. Voilà! The jack-o'-lantern you can eat with a spoon.
It's Halloween, which means that by virtue of living in central Colorado, I am once again privy to the miracle of the pumpkins, an annual happening I became aware of several years ago on a drive to a trailhead.
Crisped whispers from the leaves above remind me that it's a SoCal fall. Gone before you know it. Some of the leaves hold on to genetic memories and defiantly turn red, but most of them have given up, yellowed and rustled a goodbye to their mates as they float down.
The beauty of motherhood is in the folds and creases of our lives, the grimaces and tantrums, the moments when we have to grit our teeth to get through, when we pound on windows and yell and scream and demand better of each other and ourselves.
October 13. Mark it on your calendars, friends. In addition to being a great day for a hooded sweatshirt and a pumpkin-spiced anything, it's also the day that Dom and I go in for our initial session with an adoption agency in New Jersey.