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Pumpkin Pie Muffins


It’s funny how come fall, I crave pumpkin.  Between September and November I can’t tell you how many pumpkin related food I make, but once Thanksgiving hits, I have no desire to eat, think about, or make anything pumpkin. Is anyone else with me on this one?


And while I’m being honest here, I have a confession to make.  I really dislike pumpkin pie.  Please don’t hate me.  I only make it because it’s tradition at Thanksgiving, but I don’t eat it.  Now, if you’re talking pumpkin milkshakes, pumpkin cupcakes, or even pumpkin waffles, then I’m all in.  It’s also why my husband buys the $7 dollar Costco pumpkin pie and relishes eating it every day for a week, because he knows I won’t make it.  (A few weeks ago, while shopping at Costco and finding it magically appear in my shopping cart, I gave half of it to my neighbors.  That pie is so huge!!) Continue reading

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10 Fall Favorite Recipes

To me, fall always brings on a sense of warmth and comfort.  Cozy fires, warm apple-cider, family gatherings.  In this post, I thought I’d share with you my top 1o favorite fall recipes.  And at the end of the post are some of my other favorite fall recipes from blogs that I follow.  I hope you’re inspired to make some of these today.  Enjoy! xoxo

My Top-10 Fall Recipes

Apple Crisp

Caramel Apples

Cream Cheese Apple Dip

Owl Sugar Cookies

Pecan Bars

Pretzel Jello

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Turtle Pumpkin Pie

One of my biggest pet peeves is food going to waste–specifically when I have to open a can of something and the recipe doesn’t require that I use all of it.  (Like 1 cup of chicken broth when the can clearly has 2 cups, or 1 T of tomato paste when there is at least 8 T in the smallest can.)  So the remainder of the contents sit in my fridge, where I promptly forget about it, only to discover a few weeks later a science experiment growing inside the can.

Now, this recipe requires that you use only 1 cup of canned pumpkin, but with the rest of it I make either pumpkin milkshakes or pumpkin waffles.  That way, my leftover pumpkin doesn’t go to waste.  For Thanksgiving this year, I wanted to try a different take on the pumpkin pie and when I found this recipe in a stack of old magazines, I thought it was perfect.  It has caramel, pecans, and a cool pumpkin-y mousse layer.  With each bite you can taste the complexity of all three layers working together.  It’s a party for your tongue.  (Okay, that analogy was a little lame, but it’s true.  You’ll love it!) Continue reading


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Pumpkin Sandwich Cookies

I love autumn.  It’s one of my favorite seasons.  And what I love about the Pacific Northwest is that we have a beautiful fall, full of color and crisp, clean air.  This is one of the fantastic views from Matthew’s room:

And I know I’ve said this before, but pumpkin isn’t my favorite flavor.  However, when autumn comes around, I just have cravings for it.  It’s like the season has bewitched me.  So I decided to make these cute, little sandwich cookies.

And while I was taking pictures of these cookies, this is what happened.

My son appears so innocent.  He even knows how to work the camera.  (It’s so hard to say no when he gives me this look.) Continue reading


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Pumpkin Waffles

I know I’ve said this before, but I just love fall.  The vibrant changing of colors, the crisp morning air, the smell of warm apple cider.  The change of seasons is beautiful.  The other morning I decided to make pumpkin waffles, partly because I had some leftover pumpkins (from making the pumpkin milkshakes), and partly because it is just so fall.

When I saw a recipe that called for pumpkin in a waffle, originally I thought it was quite odd.  Pumpkin in a waffle?  But I’ve had savory waffles before and they were really good, so I put aside my biases and gave it a try anyway.  I am glad I did, because, wow, these were phenomenal.  And I don’t really like pumpkin.  (I think I’ve said that before too.)  But with the spices added in, it was the perfect breakfast for a lazy, fall Saturday morning.  Continue reading


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Pumpkin Milkshakes

How was your Labor Day?  Mine was fabulous.  We hung out with friends and enjoyed lots of good food and laughter.  Perfect for a celebration at the end of summer.  Labor Day is always bittersweet for me.  Being a teacher, it’s the start of the new school year, but I also love that it’s the beginning of fall.  And I love fall.   At our get together, I brought the dessert, and I wanted something cool (since it was so hot outside!), but something fall-ish.  This is the perfect dessert.  I am not a pumpkin pie lover, but I love it as a milkshake.  I just had a glass yesterday, and I’m thinking about when I can make it again.  What’s even better is that this milkshake is so simple!  If you like, you can even replace all the spices and the canned pumpkin with a large slice of pumpkin pie.  Yum!

To make this fabulous shake, you’ll need the following:

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