1. Sweet Potato and Carrot Soup a la Crockpot

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    Fall is the perfect time to dust off your crock-pot and whip up a delicious soup. I especially love my crock-pot in the cold weather because you can prep everything in the AM and then come home to a hot dish! I was browsing my Heart Warming Fall Recipes & Crockpot Recipes Pinterest Boards and I got inspired to make a Sweet Potato soup because orange is so festive this time of year and complements all of my pumpkin decor! I especially loved that this recipe called for a dash of curry powder – a spice I am obsessed with.

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    Sweet Potato and Carrot Soup Ingredients:

    • 2 medium large sweet potatoes {peeled and cut into quarters}
    • 2 cups baby carrots
    • 1 small onion chopped
    • 3/4 teaspoon curry powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
    • 4 cups chicken broth {low-sodium if available}
    • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
    • 1/2 cup half-and-half

    What you need:

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    Instructions:

    1. Place sweet potatoes, carrots, onion, curry powder, salt, pepper, cinnamon, and ginger in a 5 quart crock-pot. Add chicken broth. Stir well. Cook on low for 7-8 hours.
    2. Puree soup, 1 cup at a time in a blender. Return to the crock-pot. Add maple syrup, half-and-half, and pepper. Cover and cook on high for 15 minutes to reheat. Serve.

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    To serve my guests, I chose a cool black and white color palette on my table to dress up the casual cuisine. I used my new Chilewich Boucle Placemats, Crate & Barrel soup bowls served on white side dishes, and StoneTextile diamond print napkins.

    I hope this creamy soup helps to warm you and your guests on a chilly day {just make sure you get it prepped in the AM because it needs 7-8 hours to cook!}. And if you are on a soup kick, check out my lentil soup recipe, it’s so yum!

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  2. Host a Midweek Casual Dinner

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    Do the Wednesday blues got you down? Well, it’s time to take that blue energy and convert it into something fabulous… like a gorgeous blue table. I always find that hosting a mid-week dinner with a few close friends, or even just my husband, can make the hardest day of the week go by faster because I have something to look forward to! Think this table looks too fancy to put together on a weekday? My gorgeous table took just minutes to assemble. And the best part? A fancy table doesn’t necessitate fancy cooking. Hop on seamless web, order something delicious, then serve it on your nice dishes. (If you can order it fast enough you may even have your guests fooled that you cooked!) So follow my easy steps below to assemble and remember that by the end of dinner you are less than 2 days away from the weekend!

    What you will need per table setting:

    • Placemats: Chilewich
    • Plates: Ralph Lauren
    • Silverware: Waterford
    • Waterglasses: Libbey Impressions via Bed Bath & Beyond
    • Wine Glasses: Riedel
    • Napkins: Bed, Bath, & Beyond
    • Napkin Rings: Juliska

    Instructions:

    1. Put down your placemats
    2. Place your dinner plates in the center of each matt.
    3. Layer your salad plates on top of your dinner plates.
    4. Arrange your silverware keeping cuisine in mind. Remember sharp knives for steak, spoons for soup, or chopsticks for sushi!
    5. Place your water glasses above the plates on the right hand side. [Feeling fancy? Serve Pellegrino instead of Tap Water!]
    6. Place your wine glasses just to the right of your water glasses. (I am assuming you are more than likely you are in need of a drink by Wednesday.)
    7. Time to arrange your pretty napkin. Take your cloth napkin and grab from the center. Hold your napkin ring and pull the napkin through to the halfway point. Place your finished product on top of your salad plate. [*Traditionally your napkin would go to the left of your placemat outside of your silverware, but it’s fun to change it up!]
    8. You are done! Now go ahead and enjoy a well deserved mid-week meal at a beautiful table!

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