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Pumpkin Seeds October 31, 2011

Filed under: Recipes,Side Dishes/Snacks — Lacey @ 11:43 am

While carving our three big pumpkins yesterday, I decided to attempt to make roasted pumpkin seeds. I hadn’t had them since I was a kid and I don’t remember being particularly fond of them then, but tastes change, right? Plus, everyone seems to be talking about how good they are. So, I searched on google for a recipe. Here’s what I found:

Pumpkin Seeds

I also put some garlic powder on some of them. They were really quite good. Even Haddie ate a number of them!

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Pumpkin Pancakes

Filed under: Breads,Main Courses — Lacey @ 11:38 am

Last night I made these scrumptious pancakes:

Pumpkin Pancakes

They were really easy to make and super yummy! There wasn’t a strong pumpkin taste at all, but it was nice to know I was getting some extra veggies! The pancakes were really moist too, and so much better than pancakes from a box.

In case you don’t have to buttermilk (like I didn’t), here’s a simple substitution:

How to make buttermilk

 

Cooking a Whole Pumpkin

Filed under: Recipes — Lacey @ 11:36 am

After reading The Happy Housewife’s post on how easy it is to cook a whole pumpkin, I decided to give it a try yesterday. Honestly, I had never really considered cooking pumpkin. I just always bought the canned version. But according to her post, fresh pumpkin is better for you, more tasty, cheaper, and makes recipes more moist.

Here’s the link to her how-to:

How to Cook a Whole Pumpkin

I cooked half of the pumpkin in the crockpot and the other half I had to cook in the oven because it was too big to all fit in the crockpot. The crockpot part was quite a bit moister, but I may just have not cooked the oven part long enough (I did it at 20 min longer than the website below recommended). But it all mixed well together in the end.

Here’s the link to the instructions i used for how to cook it in the oven (disclaimer, I just searched on google and I didnt read the whole page, just the cooking instructions…in case theres something weird on there):

Multiple ways to cook a pumpkin

I bought my pumpkin at ALDI for $2! It was a huge jack-o-latern type (well, I’m assuming, there wasn’t a description tag). You can cook with either kind. The smaller ones are sweeter I guess, but they all work great. (using carving pumpkins)

You can use a food processor or even a blender to purée it. I used my large kitchen aid mixer and it did awesome. It’s so much easier to use than my food processor.

I ended up with about 15 cups of pumpkin! So much cheaper than the canned version!

I used some in making pumpkin pancakes last night and I froze the rest.
I debated on how I wanted to freeze it. It seems like most recipes call for 1 or 2 cups. But I didn’t want to use up 15 freezer bags to hold one cup each and I didn’t want to put 2 cups in because some recipes only call for 1. So here’s what I came up with:

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I filled each plastic cup with 1 cup of pumpkin, froze them then popped them out and stored them in a gallon ziploc.

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They weren’t super easy to get out, but not ridiculously hard. I had to run the sides under hot water and tap it a bit to get them out. The second batch of them I sprayed the cup with nonstick spray first. We’ll see how that works.

 

Pumpkin Muffins October 22, 2011

Filed under: Breads,Desserts,Recipes — Lacey @ 10:59 pm

Along with the rest if our baking bonanza today, we had to bake something pumpkin of course (since it finally feels like fall and all!). These muffins were seriously delicious and really moist. I doubled the recipe and put chopped pecans on top of half of them and chocolate chips on top of the other half. They both turned out really good. The pictures make them look kinda dark, but they really weren’t burnt. It’s just from the pumpkin color and the whole wheat flour. And probably the lighting, too.

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I found this recipe on The Happy Housewife’s blog recently. She’s posted a lot of yummy looking recipes recently that I want to try out next. Her recipes are really the best!

Here’s the link:

Pumpkin Muffins

Happy baking!

 

Sweet Potato Bread

Filed under: Breads,Recipes — Lacey @ 10:51 pm

Now, I know this might sound like a weird recipe, but it really turned out good. I’m not a big fan I sweet potatoes normally so I wasn’t sure if I’d like this bread. But I don’t like bananas either and I love banana bread. And this turned out to be a similar case.

It doesn’t really taste much like sweet potatoes in fact, but it’s nice to know I’m getting the benefits of eating them without the strong taste. The bread was nice and moist and fall tasting! Perfect for this cooler weather!

I found the recipe in the latest Parents magazine. Here’s the online link:

Sweet Potato Bread

 

Snickerdoodle Muffins

Filed under: Breads,Desserts,Recipes — Lacey @ 10:44 pm

Today was a big baking day. My bestie came over and we baked up a storm! One of the new yummy recipes we tried was this one that I found in Pinterest.

Here’s the link:

Snickerdoodle Muffins

They are super moist and yummy. I wouldn’t say that they taste really snickerdoodlely (yep, new word), but they are good enough to make again.

 

Pumpkin Pie Spice

Filed under: Breads,Deals!,Desserts,Recipes,Side Dishes/Snacks — Lacey @ 1:37 am

In case you haven’t noticed, pumpkin pie spice is kinda expensive, especially for the tiny container it seems to always be sold in. Recently I ran out halfway through a recipe and had to fumble to make up the rest. I looked at the ingredients (allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger), and made a small quick mix of the ones that I had (all except allspice). The recipe came out fine. You couldn’t even tell the difference.

So when I went to buy more pumpkin pie spice, and I again saw the price, I knew I couldn’t bear to pay so much. Especially since it was twice the price of a larger container of allspice. I could have gotten 4x as much allspice as pumpkin pie spice at that price.

Needless to say, I bought the allspice and determined to make my own mix.

It didn’t occur to me until tonight to search online about pumpkin pie spice. I found this quick and great mix recipe:

Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix

So I made it. And of course I ran out of nutmeg. Ironic, I know. Anyways, I used the mix (with only 1/3 if the nutmeg) to make the pumpkin pie croissants and they were still really yummy!

This mix is really going to come in handy with all the upcoming fall and holiday recipes!