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Let the soup making commence! This pumpkin-shaped Dutch oven has my kitchen ready for fall.

It’s out with the old and in with the new at the Vanden Berge casa.

For us (as in me), Sept. 1 marks the beginning of fall. (The official first day is actually Sept. 23.)

All things summer are being packed away, replaced with candles that smell like pumpkin and apple tarts.

I mean, I only have about eight weeks to enjoy fall, which officially ends in my life on Oct. 31 to make room for Christmas, which begins on Nov. 1 (and not a day later).

Stop rolling your eyes. I can’t help it.

So imagine the joy I felt when my new fall-themed, soup-making pot arrived on my front porch this week.

Thanks Amazon!

I’d been eyeballing this pretty pumpkin Staub Dutch oven for a while, and finally broke down and bought it. (It also comes in orange.)

It looks beautiful in my newly-renovated kitchen where I plan to make lots of soup this season.

Staub produces some amazing cookware; heavy, gorgeous and built to last for years.

This Dutch oven was a little pricey, but I believe I’ll get my money’s worth.

In other words, The Husband is going to be eating a lot of chili and soup this season.

The first thing I plan to make is a batch of Italian butternut squash soup.

I’ll let you know how it turns out!


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