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Been Pinning- Pumpkin Recipes

I bought a pie pumpkin the other day… it’s in the oven right now… I need to be ready with some yummy ideas. Of course, I turned to Pinterest for inspiration!

Pumpkin Pie Granola


Cinnamon Pumpkin Doughnuts



Pumpkin Truffles


I’m thinking the Mini- Pumpkin Cheesecakes are on the docket for today. SO… now I need to power through Homeschool so we can go to the store.

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Pumpkin Month- A Look Back

Last year, I declared October as Pumpkin Month. I shared recipes that we were trying out at home… some family recipes and some from the internet. Here’s a look back …

Cooking a Pie Pumpkin


Pumpkin Waffle


Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies


Pumpkin Bread


Pumpkin Bars


How about you? What’s your favorite Pumpkin Recipe?

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A Not So Traditional Thanksgiving

 For Thanksgiving this year… we decided to change things up! Did you know that you don’t have to have turkey and fixings the traditional way.. check out what we did!

 Turkey Burgers with a kick:
1 lb of ground turkey
2 cups Mozzarella cheese
1 package dry ranch dressing mix
Mix everything together and form into patties… then grill!

 Sweet Potato Fries… Go to the store, look in the frozen food aisle and buy a bag of Alexia Spicy Sweet Potato Fries!

Pumpkin Pie (recipe from the back of the Libby’s Pumpkin can … why mess with a good thing):
3/4 cup sugar
1 can pumpkin (16 oz)
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1 can evaporated milk (12 oz)
2 eggs

Combine all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and pour into a frozen deep dish pie shell. Bake at 400 for 15 minutes than reduce heat to 350 and cook for 40- 50 minutes.

Let cool for 2 hours, then serve or refrigerate.

We also made a batch of Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies !

Regardless of what you did for Thanksgiving, I hope you had a fantastic day!

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Pumpkin Bars

If you like treats that are salty and sweet, you’ll be a big fan of today’s pumpkin goodness.

I promised an award winning pumpkin recipe this week. About 6 years ago, our church had a pumpkin cook off and awarded prizes to the dish with the most votes. This yummy pumpkin treat won! The prize…pot holders! So…here’s the award winning recipe.

1/2 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cup flour (I combined whole wheat with unbleached all purpose)
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 cups pumpkin
1 can sweetened condensed milk
2 eggs
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup pecans

-preheat the oven to 350
-beat butter and brown sugar until fluffy, then add flour, oats, baking powder, and 1/2 tsp salt- mix until crumbly
-reserving 1/2 cup of the flour mixture, press the remainder on the bottom of a 15 x 10 pan – bake 20 min.
-in a medium bowl, combine pumpkin, milk, eggs, spice, vanilla and 1/2 tsp salt- spread over baked crust.
-in a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup flour mix with pecans – sprinkle over pumpkin mix
-bake 30-35 min.

**I like to chop up the pecans first**

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Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin bread was a favorite in my family growing up and has now become a favorite with my children (well, most of them). This is a family recipe that I have tweaked.

3 1/3 c flour (I used 2 cups whole wheat and 1 1/3 unbleached all purpose)
3 cups sugar (I used 1 1/2 cup splenda/ sugar substitute)
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp allspice
1 tsp salt
2 cups pumpkin
1 cup oil
4 eggs, beaten
2/3 cup water

combine sugar, oil, pumpkin, and eggs- beat well
sift dry ingredients together and add to pumpkin mixture. beat well and add water

pour batter in to 4 greased and floured loaf pans. Bake at 350 for 45 min- 1 hour.



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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

At the request of big brother monkey, we added pumpkin chocolate chip cookies to our rotation this year… and I am so glad we did.

We came across a number of recipes, but went with this one found on


  • 1 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup canned or cooked pumpkin
  • 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips


  1. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugars. Beat in egg and vanilla. combine flour, oats, baking soda and cinnamon; stir into creamed mixture alternately with pumpkin. Fold in chocolate chips. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees F for 12-13 minutes or until lightly browned.

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Pumpkin Waffles

I don’t claim to be creative in the kitchen. I like things to be easy. We make our waffles with Bisquick… it’s quick and easy. So… here’s a waffle recipe using Bisquick and pumpkin:

2 1/3 cups Original Bisquick® mix
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
2 eggs
1/4 cup chopped pecans

powdered sugar, if desired

  1. Heat waffle iron; grease with cooking spray, vegetable oil or shortening. In large bowl, beat all waffle ingredients except pecans and powdered sugar with wire whisk or hand beater until blended. Pour batter onto center of hot waffle iron. Close lid of waffle iron.
  2. Bake about 5 minutes or until steaming stops and waffle is golden brown. Carefully remove waffle. Sprinkle with pecans and powdered sugar. Serve with syrup.

**As you can see from the pic… I topped mine with reddi whip! MMMMMM!!!!!

This recipe comes from Betty Crocker

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First You Take the Pumpkin…

To start pumpkin week, we had to prepare the pumpkin! Remember, we don’t use canned pumpkin around here! Baking a pumpkin is easy. Open it up, scoop out the pulp and seeds, slice it down the middle and place it face down on a foil lined baking sheet. (Similar to baking a butternut squash).

Bake at 350 for about 55 minutes- you want the pumpkin to be soft and the peel easily removed. After you peel the pumpkin, throw it in the blender/ food processor/ magic bullet and puree. You may need to add water to aid the puree process.

Tada! Now you have lots and lots of pumpkin to add to all sorts of yummy recipes!

Check back all week to find out what we’ve been baking.

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