Cream of Asparagus Soup

Yesterday I made some cream of asparagus soup.  It's spring (almost) and the green veggie was on sale so I bought a huge amount and I got inspired to make soup.  It came out delicious... so here's my recipe.
3 good sized bunches of asparagus
2 or 3 leeks, washed, white part only
3 cloves garlic
2 good sized onions
2 tbls butter
32 oz chicken broth
1 pt heavy cream
extra butter and some sour cream for garnish

Chop the leeks, garlic and onion coarsely (this all will be smoothed into a puree when cooked so size isn't much of an issue).  Melt butter in a large pot, add the onions, leeks and garlic, soften and cook until translucent.  Chop the asparagus into pieces about 2 inches long, add to the pot.  Stir around in heat a bit, then add the broth.  Simmer the veggies until very soft.  Remove from heat and using an immersion blender whirr it into a puree.  (You can do this in batches in a blender too, just carefully because it's hot!)
Put soup back on stove, add salt and pepper to taste.  On low heat pour in the heavy cream and stir.  I put extra butter in at this point to smooth it and add a bit more taste.  Serve with sour cream or creme fraiche and a chunk of hardy bread.  Garlic croutons would go well too.  Three of us ate it and there was about two or so cups left for later.

Borrowed From Spikesgirl

1.“Autumn” or “Fall" ? - Fall.

2. Pumpkin Carving or Apple Picking? - Pumpkin Carving

3. Halloween or Thanksgiving? -  Thanksgiving

4. Cashmere or Flannel? - Love Cashmere but I don't have much need for that kind of dressy sweater although I have two cashmere twin sets that I love and do wear... flannel is good too.

5. Cool and Crisp or Warm and Foggy? - Cool and crisp.

6. Yankee Candles or Roaring Fireplace? - Thymes candle called Fraser Fir,  and a roaring fireplace.

7. Scarves or Berets? - neither one thanks..

8. Cinnamon or Nutmeg? - Oh man!  I love them both.

9. Reading a Book or Watching a Movie? - Usually a book

10. Halloweentown or Nightmare Before Christmas? - I have no idea what they are.

11. Hot Chocolate or Apple Cider? - Apple Cider.

12. Wool Socks or Slippers? - Slippers.

13. Trick or Treat? - Treat.

14. Marshmallows or Whipped Cream? - Marshmallows.

15. Jack or Sally? - ?

16. Goosebumps or Are You Afraid of the Dark? - HUH? 

17. Plaid or Neutrals? - Tartan :-)

18. Coffee or Tea? - Coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon.

19. Studyblr or Halloween Blog? I don't really know what these are.

20. Red or Gold? - Gold.

21. Blankets or Pillows? - Down comforters and down pillows.

22. Cabins or Cottages? - Cabins

23. Scary or Spooky? - both.

24. Sweaters or Boots? - both.

25. Caramel Apples or Candy Apples? - Caranel definitely.

26. Hay Rides or Leaf Peeking ? Leaf peaking
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Friday Five

1. Did you like dinosaurs as a kid?
No but I was fascinated by the Woolie Mammoth at the state museum that they found in Cohoes near where I live.  I would go directly there every time I went to the museum.

2. If you did, did you have a favorite?
I guess the Woolie Mammoth!

3. If you didn't like them, what was your favorite animal as a child?
Bears and dogs.

4. Do you like '50's monster movies?
I never saw them until I was an then they were mostly camp!

5. Shades of Jurassic Park, do you think we should bring dinosaurs back if we could? 
No thanks.  I'm not much of a fan even now.... I like my animals cuddly and furry.
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Borrowed from Sparky and JKKitty

-Favorite smell: Rain
-Last cry – yesterday... the baby's birthday.  He would have been three.  I'm tearing up now.
-Favorite pizza – I don't like pizza.
-Favorite Flower – roses
-Favorite Dog breed – I love most dogs...
-Favorite foot attire – sneakers
-Hair color – auburn
-Favorite Ice cream – I don't eat it any more but when I did it was always vanilla.
-Pet-peeve – rudeness in any form, bullying
-Shorts or jeans - jeans
-What are you listening to right now?  It's quiet in the house tonight.
-Favorite color - black
-Color of eyes - blue
-Favorite Holiday – Labor day- it's the weekend of our Scottish Games.  We all go.
-Night owl or day person – night owl.
-Favorite day of the week – I'm retired.  They are all good.
-Nickname – Bear or Aunt Bear.
-Favorite music – folk, bluegrass, celtic
-Do you like to cook?  I used to until becoming diabetic.  Now I'm on Weight watchers points.  I eat largely zero point foods.
-Beer or wine? – Wine or single malt scotch.
-Can you drive a manual shift?  Of course. 
-State you were born in? New York.
-Do you work out? A bit of walking
-Do you like vegetables? YES !!!  I love them. 
-Do you wear glasses? Yes
-Favorite season? Autumn and winter...I really don't do well in the heat and humidity.


Well the storm that wasn't going to make it far enough inland to hit us has struck with an impressive amount of snow and wind. We originally were not likely to get more than an inch...then it was the dreaded 1-3 inches, always a worrisome number because they have no clue what is coming, then it went to 4-6 inches. It's now snowing at the rate of 1-3 inches an hour and the wind is gusting at 30 mph. My son and I were out earlier in it, no plows on the road at that time and lots of slippery areas.. now it's almost a white out. Glad I went to the grocery yesterday and made chicken soup. Sounds like it will taste perfect tonight! Going back to my coffee and knitting.
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Beaters to mixer were finally found, and fruitcakes are now in the oven! Okay so maybe not for Christmas but Hogmanay. They already smell wonderful.
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1. First Costume you remember wearing: A bridesmaid dress that was my Aunt's... I was in 7th grade.I don't remember earlier ones.

2. What was your costume last year? Nothing – I don’t dress up

3. Favorite Horror Movie? Young /frankenstein

4. Favorite Candy? Charleston Chews or Butterfingers

5. Where do/did you Trick or treat? We went in out neighborhood. we knew everyone, and then we'd go to both of my grandparents homes.

6. Did your parents inspect your candy? Didn’t need to back then. I loved the homemade treats we got.

7. What costume would you be most scared of? I’m not frightened of costumes but rather the person wearing it.

8. Ever play a "trick" on someone that didn't give you a treat? No.

9. Is Halloween your favorite Holiday? No.. Thanksgiving.

10. Favorite Halloween themed song? Zombie Jamboree

11. Favorite Animated Halloween themed movie? ermmmm

12. Do you host/attend Halloween parties?no

13. Hint about this year’s costume? See Answer #2

14. Will you give out candy this Halloween? No, we never get trick or treaters. Road is too dark


Today we laid to rest this gentle, sweet soul. He sleeps near my stepdad where he will have someone watching over him. He went with his favorite toys, his glow stick sword, his pilot's cap and jacket and his chocolate bars...

I can't begin to tell you how deep the hole in my heart is now, but slowly we are going forward a step at a time. Please accept my sincerest thanks for all your kindness and support. This is a wonderful community.

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Our Angel

Until now I have not posted any photos of our baby boy because I worried about exposure on social media. I do want you all to see how joyful and impish he is, so am putting up some pictures in this post.

Thank you again for all your support. I just love you all.

First time with blueberry pie, his favorite fruit.

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Junior Volunteer Firefighter
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Elmo for Halloween this year

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