autumn vegetable soup with sausage - & prepping for fall

It's tiiiiiiimmmmeeeeee! 

It is finally that time of the year that every single basic bitch in the world has been waiting for. I'm not gonna lie to you...I don't consider myself all THAT basic. Until Fall. I may or may not have asked for pumpkin syrup in my americano yesterday.....

By the end of summer I usually just feel kind of angry. It's like when people get winter depression, I get summer madness. I start to go crazy from the heat. I don't even want to leave my house and just feel overall in a shitty mood. Especially when it's technically "the first day of Fall" and it's still 90 degrees outside it just makes me livid. The second that it cools down though... it's a complete 180. I work from home a lot, it's so nice to work on the porch or with the windows up and A/C off. And then I get super excited and I start pulling every fall decoration out of my attic and look up every Fall soup recipe in Pinterest known to man and record any and every Fall/Halloween movie on my DVR. 

Some of the immediate things I do early October (trying to stick strictly to Fall here and not Halloween....just yet):

Fall candles are always a first. I actually caved around mid-September and bought a candle called "harvest" but refused to let myself get anything yet with the word "pumpkin" in it. Now it's October, so anything goes. I got "Mulled Cider" and it's da bomb. 

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^Not kidding, I had 3 separate people tag me on this on Facebook and Instagram. And it's so true. 

Decorating for Fall is one of my favorite things to do. Again, I try to stick mainly to Fall/Harvest and not get toooooo into Halloween yet. Though I do have a bottle of "Zombie Zin" on there..

Other things I do every October is break out some of my favorite Fall shows, movies, and music.

I started listening to this album OBSESSIVELY around this time 3 years ago, so it always reminds me of the season. I go on a She and Him binge every year around this month. 

Binge watch Gilmore Girls on Netflix. The greatest Fall town of all time: Stars Hollow. I unfortunately was convinced that the new GG on Netflix came out this week...it's not until November 27th. Whatev. There is nothing better than a lazy Sunday with the windows open, a pumpkin candle lit, something in the crockpot, and listening to Rory and Lorelai talk way too fast for hours on end. 

Movies: Practical Magic. Of course. It does involve witches so I guess it is a little Halloweeny...but it's not Hocus Pocus or Halloweentown (might have watched this last night oops).

I refuse to watch Hocus Pocus until it cools down a little more, I have bought a pumpkin, my house is covered in spider webs and I have a bowl of Taco Soup in front of me.

And speaking of soup.....the thing I do the most often in October is cook Fall recipes! Which is what brings me to: Autumn Soup with Sausage and Veggies. 

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The main contenders. Mmmmmm yasssss so pretty. 

And, of course, my favorite ingredient that's so beautiful it needs its own platform: kale.

Ingredients:

-1 link of kielbasa, sliced
-1 yellow onion, diced
-2-3 carrots, peeled and cut into circles
-2-3 stalks celery, diced
-1 small bag of precut butternut squash
-a handful of baby dutch yellow potatoes, quartered
-2 cloves garlic, minced
-1 bunch kale, stems removed and torn into pieces
-1 can cannelini beans, rinsed
-5 cups chicken broth (I prefer Pacific)
-2 cups water
-1 tsp salt
-1/4 tsp black pepper
-1 tsp oregano
-a dash nutmeg
-a dash turmeric
-1 bay leaf
-olive oil

Instructions:

1. Start a little olive oil in a dutch oven and add the kielbasa over medium high heat, cooking until browned, about 5 minutes and then set aside.
2. Add the onion, celery, and carrots (the Holy Trinity - seriously the best smell ever) and cook until soft, about 5-7 minutes. 
3. Add the sausage back in. Stir in the squash, potatoes, garlic, salt, pepper, turmeric, nutmeg and oregano. Mix together.
4. Add kale onto mixture. I like to give the kale one more little sprinkle of salt. Then add the chicken broth and water. 
5. Using a spoon, push down the kale. Bump up the heat a little bit so the kale will wilt into the water. Bring to a light boil.
6. Once the kale has sunken into the liquid, turn on low. Stir in the beans and add the bay leaf.
7. Simmer for 45 minutes, remove bay leaf and serve right away!

YUM. E.

If you're feeling super festive, which I usually am, you can eat your soup out a skull mug:

I highly recommend the skull mug. Happy Harvesting!!