Friday, November 6, 2015

Squash Soup, Pumpkin Roll & Biscotti

The other day I hosted a small ladies luncheon here at my house.

It was held in honor of a dear friend who had moved, 
but was in our area again to visit her little grandbaby girl!

So, I knowing that she and her daughter are vegetarians,
 kept that in mind when planning my menu.









The Menu:

Butternut Squash/ Pumpkin Curried Cream Soup
served in stoneware teacups
~with butter foccacia bread crisps~

Individual sized broccoli and cheese quiche
&
Spinach Salad Greens
(forgot to take pics)

Pumpkin Roll with Double Cream Cheese Filling











I just adore these little leaf & berry stoneware plates:

The glazed acorn salt & pepper shakers
 are a recent lucky thrift find.











I had 5 guests attend....plus one very adorable sweet baby
(who wore the CUTEST teacup and teapot themed dress and sweater)
And no, I didn't get a pic of that either /palm slaps forehead.

I made my guests Cranberry-Orange Biscotti favors
and tucked a few tea bags inside for them
to enjoy their own little tea time later.
















Biscotti are very easy to make,
are the perfect little gifties
and keep a long time.


I just had us sit at our Thanksgiving table early for this luncheon -
if you missed it and would like to see it, click here.


I found the roll and biscotti recipes on line
(so won't "re-invent the wheel.")

If you are wondering which ones I chose
 feel free to send me an email and I will share!







Hints when making a pumpkin roll:

Do NOT make a double batch,
 but take your time making them one batch at a time.

*Always double the filling portion-
 not only is it the best part.... 
but I have never found any recipe that calls for enough,
 one needs a good deal of it  to be able
 to spread it nicely to get a nice-looking log roll. 







As for my soup recipe, I didn't follow a recipe,
as I am wont to do when making soup-
but happy to share how I did it 
if I can quite remember, haha.



As always, thank you for your visit!



~Michele



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26 comments:

  1. The table looks very nice Michele and I find soup served in a teacup is a special treat.

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  2. What a lovely luncheon! You are a darling hostess and I would be in total awe sitting at your table.

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  3. What a lovely party - and the soup is the perfect color to match the cups. I need to try and cake roll - I've never been brave enough - thanks for the tip on making double the filling. Your table setting is just as beautiful as your first post. It sounds like a wonderful day.

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  4. You are a fantastic hostess as you always have a good sense of what your guests will enjoy. Such a beautiful table and I simple love your favors. I'm going to check out the biscotti recipe..homemade are THE best! Thanks!

    Jane x

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  5. How thoughtful of you to have a luncheon for your friend, Michele. The menu sounds wonderful and pumpkin roll is such a favorite with my family. The cranberry orange biscotti were such a nice treat for your friends to take home.

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  6. That sounds so good, especially the word curry!

    That pumpkin roll...ahh...bliss. I should make one.

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  7. Oh my goodness! This all sounds so wonderful! Thanks for popping by my blog today with the sweet comments on my blog anniversary!
    Hugs,
    Penny

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  8. What a nice party and good food! I love the roll at the end, too. You did a great job and I LOVE those plates! I just made squash soup the other night , too. It is one of our favorites. xo Diana

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  9. Michelle,
    Your soup and your Pumpkin Roll look divinely decadent, dear one!!!
    What a nice "treat" to send your guests home with a lovely reminder to savor!!!
    Gorgeous place setting!!!
    I'll be visiting your Thanksgiving Tablescape next!!!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  10. I had Squash soup yesterday at Panera Bread, for the first time, it was great!
    Your tea was so lovely with all the pretty dishes. Love biscotti and pumpkin roll.

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  11. What a beautiful table and menu for a luncheon Michele! I would've loved being one of those at that lovely table. Everything looks amazing and delicious. I think pumpkin roll is one of my all time favorites for this time of year. The way you presented everything is perfect and I imagine your friends were so happy to sit and enjoy all your hard work.
    sending hugs...

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  12. What a beautiful table and menu for a luncheon Michele! I would've loved being one of those at that lovely table. Everything looks amazing and delicious. I think pumpkin roll is one of my all time favorites for this time of year. The way you presented everything is perfect and I imagine your friends were so happy to sit and enjoy all your hard work.
    sending hugs...

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  13. What an amazing luncheon you put on - such a special event for a gathering of friends! I've never been brave enough to attempt a pumpkin roll, but you make it sound very easy! And your biscotti looks amazing, homemade indeed is the best! You know how to put on a good spread of food for a special gathering, and your beautiful tableware is lovely!

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  14. Michele, you are such a hostess! The food and the table looks wonderful.

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  15. Hi Michele,
    What a lovely luncheon. Wish I could have attended your little get together - I am sure you are the hostess with the mostest. The wee baby sounds so adorable too. Babies are so precious!! Have a Wonderful Week! Karen

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  16. Hi Michele,
    What a lovely luncheon. Wish I could have attended your little get together - I am sure you are the hostess with the mostest. The wee baby sounds so adorable too. Babies are so precious!! Have a Wonderful Week! Karen

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  17. Lovely post Michele! I have to make something other than pumpkin or apple for Thanksgiving. I may have to try your biscotti for something different. Everything looks wonderful.Lucky friends who come to your home!

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  18. Michele, your luncheon sounds fun and delicious! So fun to get together with girlfriends! Have a wonderful day!
    XOXO Mary

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  19. Everything looks so wonderful, Michele! You have a great style eye, and I love your photography, too!
    Can you please go to my blog, click on my email, and send me your email address? I want to write to you, and don't see a link here on your blog. :o)

    Thanks sweetie!
    Have a lovely rest of the week!
    Becky

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  20. Hi Michele! This fall tea looks delicious! So much yummy pumpkin...I would have been in heaven. Your pictures are extra lovely too. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment on my blog, I know I haven't been around lately, so I extra appreciated it :)

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  21. Hi Michele! Sounds like you must have had a wonderful tea - you surely set a pretty table! I love anything pumpkin and have made this many years ago and now my mouth is watering! ;) Hope you're having a nice week and thanks for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  22. Everything looks beautiful Michele. Even the food :)

    I missed your birthday! So sorry... Happy belated Birthday to you and I wish you many more. It looks like you had a great time :)

    xoxo,
    rue

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  23. What a spectacular luncheon, your table setting looks divine and I love the presentation of your favours/ So sorry I missed your birthday. so belated Happy Birthday wishes.

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  24. What a charming gathering. Your guests must have felt very special.

    Have a wonderful week!

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  25. Yum! Lunch looks and sounds absolutely divine! Once again, you have provided magazine-worthy photos, and I love your suggestions on making the biscotti and tea bags as treats for your guests. I always like to imagine how very pampered and loved your guests must feel when they get to visit your home!

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