Hello, Autumn

Aloha friends!

Over here at the DomesticPhD, we absolutely love fall. You can expect that the next batch of posts will be filled with the perfect meals and treats to make you feel all warm and cozy.

Since we are officially into the fall season, I thought it was fitting to pull out my fall decor. I may have also went into HomeSense the other night and bought a few unnecessary items. Correction -- absolutely necessary! Everyone needs a ghost serving plate right??? RIGHT!?

I love themes, and so my house decor is often a reflection of this with the different seasons. Fall is probably my second favourite, next to the Christmas season, and I cannot get enough of cute decor. Maybe I should check out the home stores one more time to see what else I can add....


I also decided to make one of my favourite fall soups from Chatelaine with a few minor tweaks (click here for the original recipe) -- tomato and veggie soup. This soup pairs perfectly with sandwiches for lunch (which is what I have been doing for the week), but do you want to know how to take this soup to the next level? Grilled cheese croutons!! Seriously, just make a grilled cheese sandwich, cut into little squares, and drop into the soup. 


2 tbsp butter

1 large onion, chopped

1 large garlic clove, minced

2 carrots, peeled and chopped

2 celery stalks, chopped

1 sweet red pepper

2 tbsp tomato paste

1 tbsp lime juice

1/2 tsp sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

3 cups vegetable broth

795-mL can diced tomatoes, seasoned with herbs and spices 

1/4 cup white wine


  1. In a big pot melt the butter and cook garlic and onions until the onions are soft.
  2. Add in the remaining ingredients, except for the broth and diced tomatoes, and allow the veggies to soften before adding in the remaining ingredients. 
  3. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Let soup simmer for ~20 minutes.
  4. Use an emulsion blender or blender and mix under soup is smooth.
  5. Make the grilled cheese.
  6. Enjoy!

Note: You can also use a can of regular diced tomatoes and add in whatever spices you prefer (e.g., garlic powder, onion powder).

Happy cooking!

xoxo Michelle