Have I ever told you how back in high school a nun almost busted me for smoking behind the school?
Yeah. I didn’t think so. Sorry, Mom! I don’t think I ever told you either! Ummm…. probably because I valued my life?
True story. I went to this very small Catholic high school in the middle of nowhere. Seriously, there was a total of 39 kids in my graduating class. And there wasn’t a lot to do in this little place, so you can imagine how we had to make our own fun.
This little school clearly trusted us too much. We had a senior lounge down in the basement by the cafeteria. It had couches, a television, and a coke machine. We were allowed to hang out there during lunch and study hall. SENIORS ONLY! It was totally isolated in the afternoon which just opened the door to teenage shenanigans. We used to sneak out all the time. Most of us had cars, so we would all jump in someone’s car and take off to scandalous places like Wendy’s, the pizza joint or the corner store. Although the corner store is where we bought our smokes.
Right. I was confessing about smoking. So, my friend Mary Beth and I were hanging out in the senior lounge. And because high school is soooooo dang hard we decided we needed a smoke break. There wasn’t enough time before our next class to actually get in the car, fire up a couple of Virginia Slims menthol foot-longs, drive around the block, and head back to school.
Well, of course we did the next best thing. We snuck out the back door of the cafeteria, fired up the foot-longs, leaned our tired selves against the building in our plaid skirts, cardigans, knee socks, and penny loafers, and blew out a plume of smoke in satisfaction. Ahhhhhh!
Then the door opened.
Fortunately, we had the good sense to be on the side of the door that hid us behind it as it opened. And thank goodness that Sister Celeste was about 100 years old and kind of….well, old? We saw her black habit peek out the door, sniff the air, give a hmmp, and go back inside. You can imagine the relief we felt.
Ahhhh. High school. There’s just something about the fall, pumpkins and butternuts, football season, and cooler weather that just sends me back in time to the days of innocence (ok not so innocent?) and carefree comfort of having no responsibilities. The perfect time of year for silly memories and comforting soup.
P.S. Dont’t judge me. Y’all will be glad to know that I no longer smoke Virginia Slims foot-longs or any other carcinogen.
- 2 small pie pumpkins
- 1 butternut squash
- 3-4 large carrots
- 2 onions
- 3-4 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
- 3-4 cups water
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- 1 teaspoon ginger
- salt and white pepper to taste
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 cups heavy cream plus another 1/4 cup or so for serving
- pistachios and sour cream to garnish optional
Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
So close to being busted! I got caught smoking so many times, but I never learnt my lesson. Oh to go back to those days!
Yes to pumpkin soup. My favourite soup at this time of year and I actually have a recipe coming soon too 🙂
You totally could have been my partner in crime, Dannii!
Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
Butternut squash and pumpkin is such a delicious combination! I love the addition of carrot Rachelle, so great for Autumn! Yummy!! Nothing beats a homemade soup — so comfy and delish.
Thanks, Anu! Cheers to soup season!
Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
Why is it not hard at all for me to picture you, in all your glory, partaking in high school shenanigans?! Honestly I AM shocked it was cigarettes and not beer! 😉 This soup looks fabulous! All the flavors of fall in one creamy, cozy, comforting bowl of delicious soup! Loves it! This is perfect for all the wacky weather we have been getting! Cheers, lovely- to a fabulous (smoke free) weekend! Xo
LOL! Oh, there were beer shenanigans too, my friend. I can’t spill all my secrets at once! 🙂
David @ Spiced
Bwahahaha…best story over! I actually taught Latin for several years in a Catholic girls’ school that was not much larger than yours. Fortunately I never caught anyone smoking outside. But this soup? Now I wish I could open my back door and find a pot of this soup hanging out there. I wouldn’t even bust anyone for that move…just sayin’…in case you want to sneak onto my back porch with a pot of soup. 🙂 Have a great weekend!
Ha! Don’t bust a move if you find a pot of soup on your porch. If you find cigs, though…. it wasn’t me! 🙂
Jen | Baked by an Introvert
It doesn’t get much better than roasted butternut squash in the fall! It sounds wonderful in a soup with pumpkin and carrot. I could go for a bowl now!
Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice
This looks like the ultimate comfort food for the fall! I love the combination of butternut squash, pumpkin and carrots. I can only imagine how good this tastes, Rachelle! Looks just perfect!
Thanks so much, Gayle!
Okay – this is great! I’m right there on the backside of that door, shaking in my boots, right along with you! We actually had a ‘smoking area’ at my HS. I didn’t partake directly, however, it was right by the gym door – so making our way to PE also meant getting our daily fix of that great nicotine flavor! hahah! Your soup looks incredible. Warm me up a bowl, please! 🙂
Thanks Annie! I wish you had been there! We would have totally been Bff! How appropriate to have the smoking area near the gym! LOL! 🙂
Looks so creamy! Great flavors! Love this soup!
Medha @ Whisk & Shout
This smooth looks silky and delicious! Obsessed 🙂
I’m obsessed too, Medha! 🙂
Mary @ LOVE the secret ingredient
I still haven’t made one of these signature Fall soups yet, but I think this recipe is going to be the tipping point. This is too gorgeous to ignore!
It’s definitely time to make a seasonal soup! Thanks for your kind words, Mary and I’m glad you stopped by!
No surprise there regarding your story.Too funny. The soup sounds good!
🙂 Thanks Mom! Sorry! 🙂
This soup has some great fall flavors. I really love the ginger in there. And pistachios are by far my favorite nut.
Pistachios are my fave too! Thanks Amanda!
Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop
Oh my goodness! You lived such an adventurous life! It’s amazing that you…we all survived high school. Why do high schoolers think they are soooo mature? My daughter is in high school now…I’d better get a nanny cam and keep an eye on her! Ha!!! About this soup…I am making a butternut squash soup tonight! I love the idea of adding carrots. Will need to give it a try! Yours looks delicious.
No kidding, Kathy! How are we still here? I think the nanny cam is an excellent idea! I hope you enjoy your soup as much as we loved ours!
Keri @ Fashionable Foods
You’re the first person I’ve come across to have a smaller graduating class than me! Mine was 57, and whenever high school comes up with anyone and someone says “I went to a small school” it’s never as small as mine. Finally! Haha. This soup looks wonderful – perfect for a chilly fall evening!
57 sounds HUGE, Keri! LOL!
That’s hilarious. Imagine if you’d been busted by the old nun! Would there have been some dire punishment involved?
This looks SO good. I love pumpkin and squash soups!
OMG yes! She would have told my mom and I would not be here today!
Vicky & Ruth- May I Have That Recipe
Soups are our favorite things in the fall and winter. Creamy, vegetables soups are our favorite…this one looks delicious and decadent.
I’m totally in love with creamy soups too! Thanks!