Oct 6th, 2010 // Just for Fun
How cute is that face? The kid, not the pumpkin! Don’t feel so bad for that pumpkin, it got a lot of action this afternoon.
We actually made a special trip to K-mart (which is generally a nightmare) to get these Totally Ghoul Pumpkin Push-ins. They are THE BEST alternative to pumpkin carving.
It’s a jack-o-lantern with no carving and lots of possibilities. Each box comes with 3 faces worth of push-ins and my kid could easily push them right in a la Mr. Potato head. He made different faces on either side of the pumpkin and then removed them all and started over again.
It was truly hours of fun and didn’t involve any knife nervousness. Oh, and if you wash them with a little soapy water you can use them year after year. My kind of Halloween fun!
Oct 6th, 2010 // Breakfast, Most Popular, Recipes, Snacks
I consider myself a bit of a pumpkin muffin connoisseur. More accurately, I’m an all-forms-pumpkin-bread connoisseur. Most pumpkin breads and pumpkin muffins are expectantly dense like banana bread and when done right they are also moist and delicious. This muffin is an entirely different experience and the best part about it is that we sort of happened upon the recipe by accident.
It all started with a can of Libby’s 100% pure pumpkin. The pumpkin has similar qualities to a mashed up banana so I figured we could loosely follow our banana nut muffin recipe from a few months back.
We started with most of the same basic ingredients: flour, sugar, etc. but then I realized we were out of applesauce which is one of our go-to muffin ingredients.
Thinking quickly, we adjusted the recipe and added a new element – Greek Yogurt.
The result was a delightfully airy yet moist pumpkin muffin the likes of which I’ve never tasted. It was not dense at all. So good that we could not stop eating them. All day long my kid begged for more. I had to hide them in a tin for fear he’d eat the entire batch in one morning. Now for the recipe…
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Oct 5th, 2010 // Just for Fun
There’s nothing that says fall like a pile of gourds. I can’t get enough of the brilliant colors, curvy shapes both smooth and nubby. I buy them by the armful and artfully arrange them all over the house.
But this year my kid asked me what they are for. As in, can you make or do anything with them other than decorate? Um, I don’t know, can you?
Oct 4th, 2010 // Dinner, Recipes
When my kid requested bow tie pasta for dinner, I wasn’t quite sure how pumpkin would factor into the equation. I had been imagining pumpkin soup or pumpkin risotto or even a whipped pumpkin puree.
He began our meal prep by sizing up the pumpkin perched on the kitchen counter – I knew just what he was thinking – it really would have made a pretty awesome jack-o-lantern. This pumpkin was destined for a different fate. We carved it up, peeled it and cut it into bite sized chunks.
One of my favorite things about cooking up pumpkin is that just a little bit of sweetness goes quite a long way. So we started with the intention of roasting it and then giving it a very light dusting of brown sugar.
That’s when I got the idea for a little sweet and savory pasta dish. We started out by drizzled the pumpkin pieces with olive oil and cracked some salt and pepper on top and put them in the oven to bake. The meal was starting to take shape. Before I knew it we were also cooking up some (turkey) bacon and a new recipe was born…
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Oct 4th, 2010 // Just for Fun
Look at what we found at the pumpkin patch this weekend! She refused to look at the camera, but who can blame her? It was tooooo sunny.
The sun didn’t stop this guy from smiling on his first-ever pony ride. He has always refused in the past, but this time he was an incredibly willing participant.
Our trip to the Fall Harvest festival not only yielded some pretty great times, but it also yielded some fantastic looking pumpkins four of them hitched a ride back to our house at the end of the day.
Now that we have so many pumpkins laying around, it’s time to get cooking! We couldn’t be more thrilled to announce that it’s pumpkin week on CWMK. We’ll be posting pumpkin recipes all week long. Mmmmm… my mouth is already watering.