QVC’s Jill Bauer shares a few quick, easy and beautiful ways to get inspired for autumn. Whether you’re looking for a floral table arrangement, a fun little candy dish or a seasonal soup bowl, pumpkins are your ticket to a festive fall home. Here’s Jill’s recipe for the perfect cool weather Pumpkin Apple Bisque.

What you’ll need

  • 4 slices bacon, diced
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 4 red apples, diced
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 2 quarts chicken stock
  • 2-1/2 cups canned pumpkin
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup cream

How it’s done

  1. In a large pot, cook the bacon until crisp. Transfer it to a paper towel-lined plate and add the butter, apples, carrots, celery, and garlic to the pan with the bacon grease. Cook until soft.
  2. Add the wine, cider, and stock. Add the pumpkin puree and herbs; simmer for one hour. Puree the soup in a blender. (The Vitamix works great for this—or use an immersion blender.)
  3. Add the cream and finish with salt and pepper, if needed. Top it off with a small dollop of sour cream and snipped chives, if desired.
What are your favorite autumn decorating tips and recipes?