Easy Pumpkin Bread

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pumpkin bread

Easy, one bowl pumpkin bread whips up in no time! This is the most delicious pumpkin bread I've ever made - and the only one I continue to make year after year. Just about the time the kids go back to school I start craving all things pumpkin. Pumpkin Pull Apart Bread, Pumpkin Cheesecake Parfaits, Pumpkin Pancakes and Pumpkin Snickerdoodles are all family favorites.   But my son's favorite pumpkin snack is pumpkin bread.  The kid eats for about every meal as long as it's around. A few years ago my friend Sarah emailed me her mother-in-law's recipe for pumpkin bread.  I can't remember if it was out of the blue or if I had been lamenting on Facebook about the lack of really good pumpkin bread recipes.  Either way, I'm glad she sent the recipe because it is hands down the best pumpkin bread I've ever had. Ever. I think it may be the low and slow cook time because the bred never dries out.  It is always perfectly moist and stays that way for days. It also freezes great! The ... [read more]

Instant Pumpkin Spice Latte

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pumpkin spice latte

I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This pumpkin spice latte shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and their client. Nothing says fall like pumpkin coffee and nothing helps people connect more than a big cup of steaming java.  Instant pumpkin spice latte mix is a great gift to give away or keep a jar on hand for an easy coffee when friends drop by.     I think one of the easiest ways to connect with people is over food and drink.  I bet your first date  with your spouse or significant other included some type of food and drink! We have a new neighbor and she just had her first baby so what did I do? I made her dinner, of course!  Now that her son is a few months old and she's feeling the full brunt of sleep deprivation, I decided to gift her a little pumpkin goodness. I kind of remember those first few months with a newborn, but mostly they are really blurry due to lack of sleep.  I ... [read more]

Pumpkin Carving for Kids

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pumpkin carving

Pumpkin carving is a fall activity my family looks forward to every year! With Pumpkin Masters Kids Kit, this year the kids were able to help more then ever. One of my favorite ways to spend time as a family in the fall is pumpkin carving.   The kids are old enough to look forward to it and help pick out pumpkins.  Because we live in the desert, our pumpkins don't last very long after we carve them - usually only a few days.  So we've learned to leave the pumpkin craving until the day before Halloween.  The kids look forward to it with much anticipation. Usually we just freestyle our pumpkin carving but this year we decided to use Pumpkin Masters Kids Carving Kit.  The kids always to help out more than with just the seed scooping and the kids kit looked like it'd allow a little more interaction for them. After looking through the different stencils in the book, the kids decided to go with a kitty.  My kids love all kinds of animals and especially cats so it was a ... [read more]

Pumpkin Cheesecake Parfaits

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Parfait

Pumpkin cheesecake is one of my favorite fall desserts!  These pumpkin cheesecake parfaits are fun take on the standard cheesecake and are great for individual Thanksgiving desserts. Deciding what desserts to serve on Thanksgiving is difficult for me.  There are just way too many options! I want something pumpkin and pecan, but apple pie sounds good, too.  A few years ago we switched out our pumpkin pie for pumpkin cheesecake and it's been a regular part of our Thanksgiving menu ever since.  This year, though, I am in the mood for apple pie but it's just not Thanksgiving with a little pumpkin.  Pumpkin Cheesecake Parfaits are just what I was looking for.  I can make these in small cups for a little taste of pumpkin but still have room for apple pie. I adapted the original recipe by making homemade whipped cream and using regular cream cheese.  I also sprinkled graham cracker crumbs on the top instead of using nuts and I was really happy with the way they looked.  I think ... [read more]

Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

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Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

Pumpkin snickerdoodles are a fun way to add  a taste of fall to an old favorite cookie.   This is an easy cookie recipe that uses homemade or canned pumpkin puree.   The dough does need to firm up in the fridge for an hour so you can come back at any time to finish up your delicious fall treat. Snickerdoodles are one of my favorite cookies.  Don't get me wrong, chocolate chip cookies are still the best right out of the oven, but I love that snickerdoodles have a depth of flavor that isn't overly sweet.  Adding pumpkin puree to make these Pumpkin Snickerdoodles  is kind of a brilliant revelation.  It's the perfect way to make an old standard new! This Pumpkin Snickerdoodle recipe is pretty straight forward and easy.  I made the dough after breakfast and then left it in the fridge until after lunch.   I did learn not to flatten your dough too much or the cookies are kind of flat.   The Pumpkin Snickerdoodles got better as they sat and the flavors melded together.  I stored them ... [read more]