It’s officially autumn and here in Central Virginia post Matthew leaves are falling and temperatures are dropping. A great time for soup, right? We thought about posting a few of our favorite recipes, but then thought why limit the list?

Here are some great sites with tasty recipies for fall soups.

The 59 Most Delish Fall Soups
Cold, stormy night? There’s a soup for that.

32 Cozy, Warming Soups to Make This Fall
Bon Appétit

Fall Soups and Stews Recipes
Allrecipes has more than 120 trusted fall soup and stew recipes complete with ratings, reviews and cooking tips.

18 Hearty Fall Soups
Nothing’s more comforting on a chilly day than a bowl of soup

10 Fall Soups That Will Warm Your Insides
Slurp your way through fall with these creative soup recipes.

Hungry yet?

The days of wine and leaves


“Wine … the true old man’s milk and restorative cordial.”

Thomas Jefferson

October is Virginia Wine Month. It’s also a perfect time to get out to view the leaves in all of their fall splendor.

Thomas Jefferson first sought to grow grapes for Virginia wine, but while he cultivated European grapes for thirty years he never really had any success. Read more about Virginia Wine History.

And read more about Jefferson and his love for wine here.

Why not take a trip to some of Virginia’s wineries to get the best of both?

Here are some suggestions for where you can celebrate Virginia Wine Month.

And here’s the fall foliage report for the leaf viewing.

Get out and enjoy.

Welcome Back


Well, this is a little embarrassing since we realize that our last post was in January telling you what was coming in the year ahead.

Let’s not get into pesky details. We know that we’ve been noticeably absent, and we’re out to fix that. Never mind what kept us distracted or kept us involved in other projects, or simply kept us from meeting you here. We’re back, and we plan to stay.

The goal here is to talk about events, event planning, holidays, history, and all things Virginian. Not in any particular order.

It’s autumn and the pumpkins have returned with a vengeance.

Pumpkin spice everything is on the shelves. Pumpkins are showing up on our front porches.

Pumpkin patches. Lattes. Halloween costumes.

It’s all here and it’s a glorious time of the year.

Let’s get ready to talk about it.

Everything Pumpkin Spice


You know the approach of fall is upon us when the Pumpkin Spice Lattes appear at Starbucks.

We’re well into the fall season now and Christmas decorations and recipes and coffee drinks are on the menu.

But it’s not quite Thanksgiving, so there’s still time to enjoy some delicious pumpkin. Whether it’s pie, or cheesecake, or soup that you crave, nothing quite says fall like the flavor of pumpkin.

Here are some favorite recipes you might want to try. And remember, these are just a sampling. The choices really are endless.

Old Fashioned Pumpkin Pie
Simply Recipes offers up a made from scratch recipe with pie made from a fresh pumpkin or pumpkin purée from a can. The choice may be a taste preference, but either version sounds delicious.

Savory Pumpkin Soup
Minimalist Baker has a simple, but tasty, recipe for pumpkin soup. Try this seven ingredient soup that starts with sugar pumkins.

Pumpkin Bread
Once Upon a Chef shares memories of her grandmother’s pumpkin bread recipe and, best of all, shares the recipe. It’s a delicious family tradition.

Pumpkin Cookies with Brown Butter Icing
Martha Stewart says these cookies “transform pumpkin pie flavors into portable treats.”

Pumpkin-Pecan Cheesecake
It’s hard to go wrong with a recipe from Southern Living. This one combines the best of Thanksgiving dessert favorites topping the pumpkin cheesecake with a sweet praline topping.

We haven’t tried all of these. If you do, let us know how they turn out, or post your favorite recipe (or link to) in the comments.

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