Sunday, September 15, 2013

Cool Weather Soup and Tea Bread

Welcome friends for tea this week.  The garden has been busy with visitors, especially the fragrant butterfly bush.  A clearwing moth seen here, is often called the hummingbird moth.
 I've been playing with another free photo editing software called Be Funky that I learned about from Dianne at Yonks and I like it, there are lots of settings to choose from.
 A sunlit monarch also finds the butterfly bush tempting.
I tried a texture and bigger frame on this photo.
With our weather turning cooler, it inspired me to bake, and make soup.  I've shown my harvest of tri-colour carrots before and I found it interesting when slicing them, how they resemble a tree trunk with rings.  I wasn't sure what the carrot ginger soup would look like with the addition of the purple carrots.
It was darker than usual but still tasty with a dollop of sour cream.  When I have lady friends for lunch, I like to serve soup in a teacup.  Do you do this too?  Of course, for just hubby and I, the soup bowls are used and big, crunchy croutons tossed on top.
Pumpkin nut bread with pepitas for afterwards with a cup of tea.  It's delicious spread with a bit of butter or jam.  The recipe for the tea loaf and soup is in the recipe section on the header bar.
Brewing is my favourite autumn tea from David's called Pumpkin Chai.
I will be linking with:
Please join my hosts and their guests for tea.


  1. I'm making that Pumpkin Nut bread when I get home from the gym later today!...:)JP

  2. What an interesting moth! Never have seen one (or heard of one). The soup and bread look yummy! Wendy

  3. You make fall look so inviting with good soup and great bread. Here, if you have read my last post , our countryside is under water with so much loss and misery. The Garden Spot, while we have had several inches of rain, we are fine, but we cannot help but worry about our neighbors. Homemade soup and pumpkin bread could help a lot.

  4. Beautiful post today!! I like the soup presented in the teacup. You did a nice job with your editing software. Those Butterflies are so exquisite.

  5. I love learning about a new editing program. Thanks for sharing. The soup and bread looks so yummy. We were having fall temps, but back to summer ones for now.

  6. Yum--I love when the fall recipes start appearing on my friends' blogs! And thanks for sharing about the editing software, as I want to play more with my own photos!

  7. Beautiful photos Judith! LOVE the moth and butterflies... so incredible.

    That pumpkin loaf looks yummy - may just have to try one myself!

  8. Hi Judith,
    I did serve tea in a teaucup for one party too. I loved getting to use (show off) twice as many cups.
    Your bread looks yummy and carrot ginger soup is always good. Lovley tea.
    Best, Ruthie

  9. No, I have never served soup in a tea cup! I must try that some time. I was happy that Yonks gave us that link. I checked it out. Glad that you found it worked well. I only tried one thing...I liked it. I downloaded the app for my iPad so I can place photos and sidebar things. Goodness, what a bunch of choppy sentences! Love seeing the monarch...did you see him this year? Some have mentioned their scarcity this year.

  10. What beautiful photos, Judith. I wish I could join you for your delightful soup in the teacup and so e delicious bread. It sounds like the perfect tea time treat. xo

  11. Beautiful photos Judith! and the bread looks so good! BTW, my mom and I nailed the sign we made for the deer stand tea inside the deer stand as a little surprise for the boys the next time they go in! LOL

  12. Can you believe we are already thinking of warm soups and quick breads? The seasons are just getting so out of whack one doesn't know what to expect next! I fear it's going to be an early cold and wet fall and another long snowy winter.
    that bread and soup sound perfect and I'm going to have to try both. OMGosh, pumpkin chai tea?! You keep me on my culinary toes my dear friend :D
    Hugs and keep warm,
    Beth P

  13. Your photos are just so beautiful! The garden is a special place to have a great photography shoot. Your gorgeous cup and saucer is one of a kind and i have used soup in a cup for a very elegant party touch. Have a lovly week in your garden.


  14. Your soup sounds delicious! It's definitely time for soup!

  15. Beautiful photos and the soup looks yummy. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Hi Judith, Your pumpkin nut bread looks great! Of course, it'd be perfect with David's Pumpkin Chai. The monarch and hummingbird moth are pretty. We have a different type of h. moth than you have in your photo. The ones I see are white sphinx h. moths. Thanks for having me for tea today. Enjoyed it!
    Hugs, Beth

  17. Hi Judith,
    I love your photo of the monarch butterfly and the moth.
    Pumpkin bread and carrot soup sound like a nice treat for these early autumn days.


  18. What lovely looking bread and soup, Judith. I like soup in a teacup too. It's a nice treat to serve it that way. And my favourite David's Tea is Pumpkin Chai! Your nature photos are wonderful. Thank you for coming to tea and enjoy your week.


  19. I Adore the Carrot Ginger Soup in the Teacup! You are so creative :) May I get your recipe?

  20. Such a delightful idea to use a lovely Teacup to serve your soup in. The color of the soup compliments the colors in the Teacup beautifully! Splendid!

  21. Hello Judith:
    Glad you liked my owl - this was a first! I am not usually home so this made me wonder - what goes on here at my bird feeder -ha! I have the hummingbird moths at my store but haven't seen them here at the house. All your photos are lovely and that soup and tea bread look delicious!

  22. A clearwing moth...I did not know of this "hummingbird moth" before. I think I saw one earlier this summer, and I was thinking it was a hummingbird, but I only saw it quickly and I thought it was very odd. Now I realize it was one of these moths visiting my flowers. Thanks so much for telling us about your visitor.
    Your images look fab! I love playing with the free online editors too. So very creative.
    I have served soup in a tea cup...the larger size tea cups. It is a cozy way to serve tea and a nice change....but you are right, I don't think a man would appreciate it. lol!
    And your tea cup is very elegant in yellow and gold.

  23. Soup in a teacup, now you have inspired my next luncheon ! No, I have never thought of doing this, but what a wonderful idea. Also, a perfect serving size when I make a rich soup with a lot of side dishes and desserts to go with it. Thank-you !!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. Another lovely tea in the garden with the critters...

  25. Oh, what a perfect, autumn tea - the soup looks terrific in the teacup! This is a beautiful, l post - I do appreciate you sharing with A Return to Loveliness,

  26. I recently added that editing program to the links on A Personal Photo Challenge blog and checked it out for myself! I really like all of the features in textures, in particular, and it will be perfect for folks to use for the November challenge. I'm glad that you already tested it out. Looks terrific!

    And yes, it is definitely soup weather again! We had some homemade beef and barley soup and it was delicious.

  27. Oi, nunca servir sopa em xícara de chá! A Sua ficou linda! Um belo outono para você! Beijos!


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