First farmer’s market visit of 2017

20170114_114509Due to snow and ice last Saturday there was no farmer’s market.  Yes, I live in the South, North Carolina to be exact, so when there is snow my town, as well as most of the state, shuts down. You may laugh, and that is fine! But where else can it be 9 degrees on Monday and 70 degrees on Friday!!

Needless to say, I was so happy this morning knowing I would get back to my usual Saturday morning schedule of going to the farmer’s market.  You may laugh at me again, but I love my farmer’s market, #chfarmersmarket. I have met some of the most AMAZING people!! And happy to call them friends. If you are as lucky as I am to have a farmer’s market close, PLEASE, go and support them.

My goodies for today include some amazing chocolate, delicious sweet potatoes, awesome chevre, and locally made body scrub and body butter.



5 Spice Roasted Pumpkin Soup

I love soup! And I find it very comforting and filling  this time year.

This recipe was included in my local farmers’ market newsletter. I love my local farmers’ market. I am there practically every Saturday.  In their weekly newsletter, this recipe was included.  ***link below***

As with most recipes I find, as some of you know, I do some adjusting. Sometimes it is lots of adjusting. I say why not! Sometimes in a recipe there are ingredients I do not care for so I adjust it to what I like, since I am the one eating the final product.

Here is my list of adjustments to the recipe:

*substituted Japanese sweet potatoes for parsnips

*red onion instead of shallots

*chicken broth for vegetable broth (because that is what I had. Typically I do use vegetable broth)

*added 4 cloves of garlic

*added 3oz of goat cheese

*topped with shaved parmesan cheese instead of scallions and coconut cream

*made my own 5 spice – 2 tsp cinnamon; 2 tsp nutmeg; 2 tsp ground cloves; 3 stars of star anise; and 2 tsp white pepper – I have an extra coffee grinder so I put all ingredients in grinder and pulsed until the star anise was ground in,

And actually followed the directions for the soup.

**pumpkin, sweet potatoes, onions, goat cheese, and garlic from my local farmers’ market – Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market**



Roasted Five-Spice Pumpkin Soup