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Crock Pot Pumpkin Red Lentil Chili

Crock Pot Pumpkin Red Lentil Chili

Posted on Monday, October 21, 2013 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

We are up to our ears in firewood right now. A giant, half-dead hemlock towered over our new place, and I, ever the worrywart, wanted it down immediately after we moved in.

So the professionals climbed up and it came down. And we were left with wood. Lots and lots of wood.

We rented a log splitter and my guy, my brother, my nephew, and my sister spent the majority of yesterday taming the giant rounds – some were coffee-table-sized, I’m not kidding – into manageable hunks of firewood. Me, well, I primarily took up residence inside, working on chili recipes, including this one – Crock Pot Pumpkin Red Lentil Chili.

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Crock Pot Overnight Pumpkin Pecan Steel Cut Oatmeal

Crock Pot Overnight Pumpkin Pecan Steel Cut Oatmeal

Posted on Monday, October 14, 2013 in Popular, Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

Yawwwwnnnn. It’s Monday morning and we are a sleepy little bunch this morning. Our toddler, or Miss Thing as I often call her, decided sleep was optional last night, so after several hours of singing and rocking and looking at stars, we all ended up in bed watching Finding Nemo for the 27th time after which we finally got a little bit of shut eye.

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Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix

Posted on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 in Foundations

I’ve always refused to buy pre-made pumpkin pie spice mix. Why should I spend the extra money when I already have the spices – cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, maybe some allspice – in my pantry already?! Goshdarnit?!

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45 Glorious Pumpkin Breakfast Recipes

45 Glorious Pumpkin Breakfast Recipes

Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 in Round-Ups

I’m not sure I’ve ever used the word “glorious” out loud, but after peering at photo after photo of mouthwatering pumpkin breakfast recipes, it’s the first word on my mind. Well, that and “hungry.”

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Spiced Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

Spiced Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

Posted on Monday, September 30, 2013 in Happy Endings

Pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin! Can you ever get tired of pumpkin?! That’s rhetorical question. At least, coming from me it is. But if you asked my guy, he’d have a decidedly quick actual answer. I think he continues to remain sick of pumpkin thanks to last year’s Pumpkinpalooza.

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Whole Wheat Pumpkin Oat Muffins

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Oat Muffins

Posted on Monday, September 16, 2013 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

I had so much fun making these muffins with my little girl. I’ve held her on my hip as she “helped” me awkwardly sift and stir, but this time, and for the first time, I was able to sit her on the kitchen counter like a big girl. As I kept a hand on her at pretty much all times, she measured, spooned, poured, and mixed. “Eggs!” “Na-nilla!” “Flow-ah!” she exclaimed as we pulled ingredients out and mixed them in to make the perfect muffins. And, of course, we also made a perfect mess.

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Pumpkin Pie Martini

Pumpkin Pie Martini

Posted on Thursday, November 8, 2012 in Beverages

This pumpkin pie martini is a perfect example of one of the coolest things about being a food blogger: the endless opportunity for creativity. I’ve always had fun creating never-before-seen concoctions in my kitchen, and blogging kicked that creative process up to a whole new level. Sometimes I imagine the brain as a slot machine with an endless list of flavors on the left and dishes on the right. Hit the button … Pomegranate! White chocolate! and … pudding cake! Hit it again … Spaghetti squash! Cheddar! And … pancakes! (Well … not everything’s a winner).

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How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds (plus three tasty variations)

How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds (plus three tasty variations)

Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

This Saturday is family pumpkin carving day. I adore pumpkin carving day. Anything that makes me feel like I’m back in school, happily lost in creating my own little spin on the latest art project, is a-ok by me.

I can never bring myself to do just a plain o’lantern. I have to create a spider o’lantern or an alien or Barbara Manatee or a squatty little owl. And then I take way too much pride in lighting it and displaying it – just right – on the porch come trick or treating time.

I’m a dork. But hey, it’s the little things, right?

Another thing to love about pumpkin carving is the snacks we get out of it. The snacks we literally get out of it – right out of the pumpkin. Grab those seeds, season them just right, and roast the pumpkin seeds in your oven to get all perfectly crunchy and toasty brown while you’re working on your orange masterpiece.

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Pumpkin Spice Latte Layer Cake

Pumpkin Spice Latte Layer Cake

Posted on Monday, October 22, 2012 in Happy Endings

My guy and I have recently recommitted to a healthier lifestyle. We’re getting older, we’ve got a daughter now, and it just sort of needs to be done.

We’re eating less processed foods and more whole foods. We go out for walks every evening, and we’re talking about working towards taking part in a 5K come spring. And we’re enjoying indulgences like this Pumpkin Spice Latte Layer Cake.

Say what, you say?

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Creamy Pumpkin Baked Rigatoni

Creamy Pumpkin Baked Rigatoni

Posted on Monday, October 8, 2012 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

Sometimes it strikes me how odd it is that going to a pumpkin patch is a “thing” these days. A big thing. A “must go EVERY SINGLE OCTOBER and pose the kids in front of some pumpkins and take a photo and post it on Facebook immediately” big thing.

Where were pumpkin patches when I was a kid? And corn mazes? And haunted corn mazes?! Not that I would have wanted any more photo evidence of the legendary buck teeth I sported back in the day, but dang, these farms are wicked fun. Pun intended.

Ever since we had Miss Thing this past winter, I must admit I’ve been dreaming of her first trip to the pumpkin patch. We would dress her in orange, probably, and wander through a corn maze, and and we’d warm up with hot spiced cider in front of her (poor kid isn’t on juice yet), and, of course, snap photo after baby-sitting-on-pumpkin photo. So when we decided on a whim check out a local pumpkin patch one sunny afternoon this past weekend, I realized on the way there that, hey wait! This was not supposed to be an impromptu thing! It was supposed to be an event!

She loved it, and so did we. I did snap the obligatory photos, but I resolved that this was simply a trial run. Our official pumpkin patch visit will be later this month.

I’m one of them, one of them.

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M&M’s Pumpkin Bread

M&M’s Pumpkin Bread

Posted on Friday, October 5, 2012 in Happy Endings

We’re tired.

We’re really, really tired.

We have a baby, see, and all that hooey about sleeping through the night? Like, “Oh, is she sleeping through the night at three months? Great!” Yeah, it’s crap. Because, for one, the technical definition of “sleeping through the night” is 5 solid hours. Which, by the way, actually sounds pretty awesome because we haven’t seen that large a hunk in nearly three months. But it’s also crap because just because your three month old is sleeping through the night doesn’t mean when she’s four months, or five, or nine, she will be. She might just, say, forget she had any inkling that she knows how to sleep for longer than two hours at any one time.

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