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Healthy Pumpkin Muffins

Healthy Pumpkin Muffins

These healthy pumpkin muffins are naturally sweet and made with whole grains, and are perfect for breakfast, snacks, or a dinner side!   I love muffins. The evidence is in my recipe archives. And what really gets me excited is when the muffins are healthy and my kids don't even know it. These healthy pumpkin muffins are one of my favorite recipes. I make them often to accompany soups and stews, to serve with smoothies for breakfast, or for a simple snack after school. This healthy pumpkin muffin recipe is made without refined sugars (just a little pure maple syrup), and is packed Continue Reading →


8 Must-Make Pie Recipes for Your Holidays

8 Must-Make Pies

You need something delicious to fill your favorite pie crust - so I've pulled together my 8 favorite pie recipes for you, all in one place! After writing a huge post all about pie crust, I wanted to share a few classic, simple, perfect-for-every-holiday pie recipes to go with it. You need something delicious to fill your favorite pie crust and this post is just that - all things pie! I decided I'd group 8 different traditional pie recipes together for you. This way, when you need a pie to try, you can just pop into this post and look around Continue Reading →


Simple Pumpkin Donut Holes

Perfect pumpkin donut holes that are done in about 15 minutes!   Few things are more wonderful in my world than a delicious fresh donut in autumn. Sure, donuts can be eaten all year long, but there's something extra magical about a warm donut on a crisp fall day. This recipe for simple pumpkin donut holes is a little different than a traditional donut recipe, but you are going to love them. Here are a few reasons why pumpkin drop donuts are my favorite- Drop donuts only take about 20 minutes to make, from starting to eating. They are easy! I love to make these Continue Reading →


Naturally Sweetened Low-Sugar Pumpkin Bread

Naturally sweetened and low-sugar pumpkin bread is full of flavor without the guilt.  America's Test Kitchen has a new cookbook out, and I'm so excited about it. The book is called Naturally Sweet and it is going to change your baking. The first two chapters in the book are all about sweeteners in all forms, what they are, how they are processed, and how they work in baking. One of the reasons I like America's Test Kitchen (ATK from here on out) so much is because they take the time to teach you what they did, why it works, and how you Continue Reading →


Homemade Pumpkin Noodles

Aren't these pumpkin noodles pretty?! You are going to love how much fun they are to make and eat! Few things are more comforting to me than homemade egg noodles. When you grow up eating something simple, filling, and delicious, I think you crave that food whenever you need a little piece of childhood in your life. Egg noodles are one such recipe for me (I also am very sentimental over my mom's dinner rolls, and my grandma's cobbler and her chocolate sheet cake). My grandma lives on a gorgeous old farm in Southern Indiana (I wrote about it once if Continue Reading →


40 Sweet and Savory Pumpkin Recipes

40 Sweet and Savory Pumpkin Recipes

Pumpkin Week is coming to a close but we are going out with a bang! Today I'm sharing one amazing roundup of 40 Sweet and Savory Pumpkin Recipes. I've worked all week with Cassie from Wholefully and this post is the pinnacle of all of our pumpkin recipes. Every one of these 40 recipes is either from my site or from her's, so you know that they are bound to be delicious tried and true pumpkin recipes that you'll love to make again and again. Looking over this list just makes my heart happy! There's so many hours work in one place Continue Reading →


No-Bake Pumpkin Oatmeal Energy Bites

Quick healthy pumpkin oatmeal energy bites that taste like cookies but are good for you! No Bake Pumpkin Oatmeal Energy Bites are going to be your go-to healthy snack all fall long. I tell my kids these are no-bake cookie balls because they taste so great. Here's what I love about No-Bake Pumpkin Oatmeal Energy Bites: Chances are you have everything on hand to make these. Always a win. Don't have chia seeds on hand? Leave them out or sub them for something else like hemp seed hearts, chopped nuts, or some coconut flakes (and you can go up to a 1/2 cup of Continue Reading →


Easy Chicken Pumpkin Pot Pie

Few things are more delicious than a slice of chicken pot pie on a cool fall day. This hearty one dish meal is one of our favorites. I have made a few changes to this great classic and you are going to love it. Easy Chicken Pumpkin Pot Pie is a fun fall dish because it uses pumpkin cubes in place of the traditional potatoes and puff pastry in place of the pie crust. These two little changes make the dish prettier (hello, orange pumpkin) and easier (hello, store-bought frozen puff pastry). This dish only took me about 20 minutes Continue Reading →


Healthy Pumpkin Protein Smoothie

I've been on a healthy smoothie recipe kick lately and I wanted to bring some of my fall favorites into it. This Healthy Pumpkin Protein Smoothie is a little taste of fall that you can have for breakfast! It tastes a lot like a simple pumpkin pie filling or pudding, but it's thin enough to drink like a normal smoothie. I love this smoothie because it packs in about 20 grams of protein without any protein powder (and if you did add some, you could easily double that amount). The calories and fat will depend a lot on the type Continue Reading →


Pumpkin Sheet Cake with Caramel Frosting

Easy pumpkin sheet cake with a rich caramel icing that will feed a crowd! Fall is upon us, and that means that wonderful things like pumpkin, boots, hay rides, and pumpkin patches are just around the corner. With the heat of the summer behind us, we tend to have lots of parties and evening outside. We might roast hot dogs or just spend the evening on the porch swing; but either way, gatherings and groups often mean food! This simple Pumpkin Sheet Cake with Caramel Frosting is one of my favorite recipes to make in the fall because it's perfect for Continue Reading →


Creamy Pumpkin Chicken Enchiladas

Welcome to PUMPKIN WEEK! These amazing Creamy Pumpkin Chicken Enchiladas are going to change the way you think about pumpkin. Cassie from Wholefully and I have been planning this week for months, and I'm so excited that it is finally here. We are sharing 7 full days of new pumpkin recipes on our blog,s and then we'll share one massive round-up of all the pumpkin recipes we have on our sites. There are so many delicious things coming your way. Be excited! Today Cassie is sharing a recipe for perfect Whole Wheat Pumpkin Waffles. These freeze great so make a double batch Continue Reading →


Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins

Beautiful simple healthy pumpkin cornbread muffins are the perfect side to all your favorite soups and chilis. When I think of fall, I think of soups, stews, and chilis. Then my thoughts move from the main dish to the side dishes that go with those delicious filling meals. I love no-knead crusty bread, pumpkin biscuits, and of course, cornbread! Pumpkin cornbread is a must-make this fall, and I can't wait for you to try it. It's made with whole grains, sweetened with honey, and easily made dairy-free if that's your jam. I love this recipe! The color is beautiful, the muffins are tender but filling, and Continue Reading →


One Pot Creamy Pumpkin Pasta

One pot creamy pumpkin pasta with toasted walnuts and parsley is a simple meatless meal the whole family will love. Plus, it's done in 20 minutes! Few things are more wonderful than a hearty rich pasta dish that practically makes itself. You are going to love this One Pot Creamy Pumpkin Pasta. Here's what is awesome about this recipe: It's done in about 20 minutes. It has vegetables hiding in it (the orangey color from the pumpkin just looks cheesy). It's meatless, though adding a little protein to this dish would be a piece of cake (or chicken, for that matter). All of those things make Continue Reading →


14 Healthy Freezer to Slow Cooker Recipes (NO cooking on prep day!)

Today is the day! The book I've been writing, testing, and getting ready for you since last September is LIVE! Get all the details here. I started this massive project of learning about and creating the very best healthy freezer to slow cooker recipes last September. I had a big prep day with my sister and my freezer was full. I started eating my way through each recipe and trying them again and again. Little did I know that in October, my 4 oldest kids would be misdiagnosed and we'd be horribly ill for 6 full weeks. Raising littles and getting dinner on Continue Reading →


Extra Thick Pumpkin Cake

I'm a huge fan of dense, sweet, moist, and extra thick cakes; add pumpkin and a little pumpkin pie spice to that combo and I'm sold. This extra thick pumpkin cake is the stuff my dreams are made of! I saw this recipe on my friend Carrian's site and just knew that I had to make it. The recipe is different from any I've seen and I just knew it would be a good one. You mix together butter, sugar, six eggs (six!), pumpkin, evaporated milk, and then throw in a cake mix for good measure. What?! I don't know Continue Reading →


Homemade Graham Crackers 3 Ways: Original, Orange Dark Chocolate, and Pumpkin Spice

There are few things more delicious in life than simple buttery homemade graham crackers. I've been making homemade graham crackers for my kids for years and years, and they ask for them often. Homemade graham crackers are essentially a buttery crisp cookie that you can cut into just about any shape you like. I taught my daughter how to spell her name when she was tiny by making homemade graham crackers with her and cutting out the letters in her name from the dough. She still remembers this fun kitchen lesson all these years later. Today I'm working with Bob's Red Continue Reading →


12 Savory Pumpkin Recipes

12 Savory Pumpkin Recipes so that you can eat pumpkin for all your meals and dessert!

Pumpkin desserts get a whole lot of attention this time of year, but I'm here to tell you that you can eat pumpkin for just about any meal AND dessert because there are tons of savory ways to prepare pumpkin. 12 Savory Pumpkin Recipes is just the pumpkin round up that you need in your life. Last year I wrote an ingredient spotlight on pumpkin and here's some nutrition facts that I included. That beautiful orange color is a dead giveaway that pumpkins are FULL of great nutrients. Pumpkin, like most orange veggies, is loaded with vitamin A (which aids in eyesight Continue Reading →


Pumpkin Sheet Cake with a Simple Cream Icing

I'm a big fan of sheet cakes because they are pretty quick and easy to make, they bake quickly, they make a bunch (perfect for our big family dinners, parties, and church functions), and because the cake is thin, you can eat a big old square of it and not even feel bad about it. Today I'm sharing a fabulous recipe for Pumpkin Sheet Cake with a Simple Cream Icing. My love of sheet cake stems from my childhood in Indiana. My grandma made the most fabulous chocolate sheet cake and it's very nostalgic for me (I just made that recipe Continue Reading →


Healthy Breakfast Cookies

You read that title right, cookies you can eat for breakfast! Now that can't be a bad thing. Healthy Breakfast Cookies have been on my mind for ages, and I finally got around to making some. These "cookies" are made with whole wheat flour and oats for fiber and pumpkin because that stuff is magic (and adding a veggie to breakfast is always smart). They are naturally sweetened with just a bit of honey and applesauce, and have a good amount of protein thanks to the addition of one special ingredient - hemp seed hearts! I've been doing a good job of Continue Reading →


12 Non-candy Halloween Treats

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Halloween is just around the corner and I thought I would share a cute list of non-candy Halloween treats that are just perfect for trick-or-treaters, to take to school, or to use for party favors. I love stealing candy from my kids as much as the next mom (bring on the Reese's Pieces!), but I also know they are going to get plenty of it. I'm not against them having candy this time of year at all, but I do feel like I don't personally have to add to the crazy amount they are getting. Other people will take care Continue Reading →


Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies because #Choctoberfest (plus a Giveaway!)

I am beyond excited today, because it is October 5.... and that means it is the first day of #Choctoberfest! #Choctoberfest is a virtual event put together by The PinterTest Kitchen. Bloggers from around the world will be posting their favorite chocolate recipes, and you'll get a chance to win some awesome prizes. I don't do this type of thing super often, but it's pretty fun every now and again. It's a great way for my to support other bloggers, too. I donated an apron from my Etsy shop to the prize pack, so I hope you enter! I love shipping Continue Reading →


Pumpkin Skillet Biscuits

Pumpkin Skillet Biscuits are heading your way, friends, and I so hope you take a minute to make them this week (they take 10 minutes to whip together!). Seriously, adding a little pumpkin to your meals in all kinds of fun ways just makes you feel like you are winning at life. Homemade whole wheat pumpkin waffles (super old post but I still love and use this recipe) have been gracing my table this week, I threw some pumpkin in my pot of homemade chili this weekend and you couldn't even tell it was there (it did give it Continue Reading →


Soft Pumpkin Cookies + Pumpkin Spice Kisses

Happy Cookie Baking Season, friends! Today I'm sharing a recipe that is a fun new twist on the classic peanut butter blossoms. I made soft pumpkin cookies instead of a peanut butter, and used Pumpkin Spice Hershey's Kisses instead of traditional chocolate kisses. The result is a pretty cookie that is soft and chewy, with just the right amount of sweet. These would be a great addition to your cookie plate this year! Speaking of cookie plates, I've teamed up with a handful of my favorite blogging friends today to bring you a cookie exchange! You can see all of the recipes that Continue Reading →


Pumpkin Pie from Fresh Pumpkin

Thanksgiving is here! I'm so grateful to be spending the week with my parents. We'll drive up to Indiana to be with grandparents and my large extended family on Thursday, and I'm giddy with anticipation. It's been 6 or so years since we've spent this holiday with my family here in the Midwest, and I'm excited for my kids to have a few memories of the things I enjoyed so much as a kid! I made this pumpkin pie from fresh pumpkin for my husband's birthday, and have been saving the recipe for this week! The pie is awesome. The addition Continue Reading →


Ingredient Spotlight: Pumpkin

I worked with Emily from One Lovely Life today to bring you a really fun ingredient spotlight on pumpkin. Since chances are good you'll be downing a piece or two of pumpkin pie this weekend, you might as well know a little bit about them! And if you happen to remember a few of the facts and bust them out at the dinner table you might just impress your great Aunt Sue. Who doesn't love some good trivia?! I know I'm a sucker for it. Basics Pumpkin is a member of the same family as squash. I mentioned this with summer Continue Reading →


Pumpkin Fun Facts and Simple Recipes

I'm over at Hobby Farms today sharing a fun article I wrote all about pumpkins. I included everything from simple recipes to fun facts and long term storage tips to ways to use pumpkin on the farm. I would love for you to pop on over and enjoy it! Have a great Halloween! Find the Pumpkin Article Here.


Honey Roasted Pumpkin Seeds with Cinnamon

Honey Roasted Pumpkin Seeds are a healthy naturally sweetened way to enjoy those little gems that you just dug out of your jack-o-lantern. Or if you plan on cooking a few pumpkins using the perfect method I showed you yesterday, you'll have the seeds to enjoy too. Between scooping out the seeds for roasting and the flesh for cooking, I used practically the whole pumpkin. What little skin and pulp was left made for a tasty chicken treat. I think it's fun when everything has a purpose and very little waste is created! I love roasted pumpkin seeds because I think Continue Reading →


The Best and Easiest Way to Cook a Pumpkin

Have you ever tried to cook a pumpkin to use in a recipe instead of buying canned pumpkin from the store? I always think that it sounds like a fun idea but I rarely do it. A few years ago I cooked a small pumpkin in the oven and what didn't stick to the pan tasted too roasted to enjoy in sweet dishes. My quest for a better option started early this year when I decided to plant sugar pumpkins in my garden. They grew well and now I have about a dozen sitting on my porch! Sugar, sweet, or pie pumpkins Continue Reading →


Soft Pumpkin Cookies with Sprinkles

Cooooookies! These gorgeous (and ridiculously fun) soft pumpkin cookies with sprinkles are just the kind of cookie Fall is begging for. Have you ever had those cake mix pumpkin cookies where you add a box of spice cake mix, a can of pumpkin, and some chocolate chips? I know you have, and you might even love them. But from a friend to a friend, I'm here to tell you that they aren't that good! I know they are popular and all, but you kind of get what you put into them, in my opinion. Not to mention that 80% of the Continue Reading →


Homemade Pumpkin Pie Pudding Cups

Homemade pumpkin pie pudding cups are just the kind of treat to enjoy when you'd like some pumpkin pie, but don't want to make a whole pie. It's that time again! 12 bloggers, 12 recipes, 12 ingredients or less and this month's theme is just perfect for October: Pumpkin! I love pumpkin in everything, from curry to pie. Today's recipe for homemade pumpkin pie pudding in a cup is just the kind of treat to enjoy when you'd like some pumpkin pie, but don't want to make a whole pie. This recipe is naturally gluten-free too, so it's a fun option to Continue Reading →


One Hour Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

One hour pumpkin cinnamon rolls are just the recipe that we need to kick October off with a bang, am I right!? The best part about this recipe is not only that they take just one hour from start to eating, but that it makes 12 perfectly sized cinnamon rolls. Now, do I love recipes that make 4 dozen rolls to call my own, but I don't really need that many hanging around the house; twelve is much more manageable. These are soft, sweet, and tender with just the right amount of pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon to make them Continue Reading →


Whole Grain Gooey Pumpkin Butter Cake from Texanerin Baking

Hello all! While I’m enjoying the newest (and teeniest) member of our family, I have asked some of my very favorite blogging friends to share some of their absolute favorite posts with you. Today's post is from Erin. She's my healthy dessert idol! She's never met a recipe that she couldn't improve with whole grains and my, is she good at it! If you are looking to be a little more healthy but still enjoy your desserts and baked goods, Erin and her blog are the place for you. Enjoy!   Hi everyone! I'm Erin and blog over at Texanerin Baking. Originally Continue Reading →


Cheater Gooey Pumpkin Butter Cake

Happy Monday! My mom left this morning after a glorious week of hanging out with our little family to help take care of the new baby. We crafted and enjoyed precious time together. When you live thousands of miles apart, any time together is precious. I thought it would be fun to share one of my favorite recipes of hers today in honor of her departure. This cheater gooey pumpkin butter cake is something I can remember her making when I was a kid. I think she first tried the recipe to take to a church activity and when she brought the Continue Reading →


Pumpkin Buttermilk Pancakes from One Lovely Life

Hello all! While I'm enjoying the newest (and teeniest) member of our family, I have asked some of my very favorite blogging friends to share some of their absolute favorite recipes with you. First up is Emily from One Lovely Life. If you are a regular reader you know that I adore Emily. Long before I dreamed of a food blog of my own I was reading hers. One Lovely Life is the very first food blog that I ever followed and she is the one who truly inspired me to start a little blog of my own. Not only Continue Reading →


Pumpkin Caramel Spice Waffles with Caramel Maple Syrup

Fall is in the air and I can think of nothing better than a cool Saturday morning munching on these decadent waffles. These perfect Pumpkin Caramel Spice Waffles with Caramel Maple Syrup are everything their name implies and more. SO good. It seems like fall is the true beginning of the holiday season because there is always something fun to do. Weekend plans like apple picking, pie making, going to the pumpkin patch, or taking long Sunday drives to go "leaf hunting" happen with as much joy and excitement as all the holidays that follow. If I know that we Continue Reading →


One Dozen Amazing Pumpkin Recipes

Hello all! Fall is in the air and I plan on doing my part as a blogger to fill your fall-time needs. I asked on my Bless this Mess Facebook page if you all liked "round-up" style posts. The answer I got back was a big yes! Someone mentioned that too long of a list was overwhelming and a short and sweet compilation of recipes might be better. I thought that was an awesome idea so I asked a few of my blogging friends to send me their favorite pumpkin recipes to share. It was really fun to see what they Continue Reading →


Pumpkin Cupcakes with Whipped Cinnamon Icing

I shared this fun recipe for Pumpkin Cupcakes with Whipped Cinnamon Icing over at Honey Bear Lane a few weeks ago and thought I'd post it here in case anyone missed it. Pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin! I just can't get enough of the stuff this time of year. Pumpkin cupcakes with a whipped cinnamon icing should probably make it onto your to-do list for the weekend. Now, I'm not eating sugar until Thanksgiving (you can read my meal plan for tasty healthy eating here), so you enjoy one of these for me, OK? Pumpkin Cupcakes with Whipped Cinnamon Icing Adapted from Joy of Baking Printable Recipe Makes 12 Cupcakes For the Continue Reading →


Roasted Pumpkin Seed Brittle

I'm so excited about today's post! I actually woke up at 4:30 am to the old windows in our room whistling and rattling in a wind storm. I laid in bed for a while but kept thinking about working on this post, so here it is just before 5 am and I'm out of bed blogging. :) Peanut brittle. I love the stuff. Roasted pumpkin seeds. I love the stuff. Have you ever thought to marry the two? I sure hadn't until Carrie (Bakeholic Mama) asked how we like our pumpkin seeds on her Facebook page. I answered roasted with butter, garlic powder, Continue Reading →


Pumpkin Pie Pudding with a Gingersnap Crust and White Chocolate Whipped Cream

Man, weekends in the fall seems to be jam packed with greatness don't they? I know I'm not the only one enjoying the weather, being outside, baking up a storm, picking and preserving the fruits of the season, and just enjoying life. This recipe is the perfect little treat for for me to share with you on this lovely first day of October. I've been following Carrie over at Bakeaholic Mama for a while now. I actually won a King Arthur Flour giveaway that she did earlier in the year! She's always rolling out crazy-good recipes. I noticed last month that she was Continue Reading →


Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with a Whipped Cinnamon Filling

I feel like I'm in a blogging funk. I hope you all aren't catching my vibe.... are you? Fall is here and all I want to do it bake, make, and sniff the air. I have a million projects done and photographed but I'm struggling to get them posted. What's my deal? While I figure out how to get motivated, you better figure out how to get motivated to make these. I loved them! I cracked open my first can of pumpkin this season and I couldn't be more pleased with the first thing I chose to make. Whoopie Pies! Just Continue Reading →