Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie

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Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie – change up your pumpkin pie this year and serve a pumpkin ice cream flavored pie!

Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie - change up your pumpkin pie this year and serve a pumpkin ice cream flavored pie!

I can’t believe that Thanksgiving is right around the corner!  October was over in about 2 days, so I can only imagine how quickly November is going to fly by.  I am headed out of town tomorrow for a conference, so this week has been a little crazy around here.  Hard to believe when I get back I will have less than 2 weeks until my parents get here, and then it is time to actually have Thanksgiving.  Plus my son has his regional Lego Robotics competition in a couple weeks, so getting them ready for that is going to be a lot of extra meetings!

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes – super light and fluffy pumpkin pancakes full with lots of chocolate chips and topped with maple syrup.  

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes - super light and fluffy pumpkin pancakes full with lots of chocolate chips and topped with maple syrup.

Saturday mornings in late summer and fall often mean we are up before 6am and on the road by 6:30.  We love the mountains, and try to go up there as often as possible to hike.  But to get a parking spot near the trail head in Rocky Mountain National Park, or get off the mountain before the lightening comes in, means we have to leave early.  It is worth it with the stunning views (follow in Instagram for pictures).  Thankfully that means that Sunday mornings are lazy.  Pancakes or waffles breakfast, lounging in pajamas, and sleeping in. And now that it is fall, pumpkin pancakes are a must.  And pumpkin chocolate chip pancakes are even better!

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Cashew Milk Pumpkin Steamer #SilkCashew

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Cashew Milk Pumpkin Steamer – a hot cashew milk drink with pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice.  Perfect way to warm up this holiday season. 

Cashew Milk Pumpkin Steamer - a hot cashew milk drink with pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice.  Perfect way to warm up this holiday season.

I can not believe that we are less than a week away from Christmas.  I have no idea where the time has gone!!  My son has his last day of school today.  Which means I should have presents bought and wrapped, work done, cookies baked, and everything else ready for Christmas.  Like maybe know what is on our Christmas dinner menu, and have it purchased.  But I am not sure that any of that stuff is done yet.  We might be close to done shopping, but not all of the stuff has arrived yet, and I have yet to wrap a single present.  Each year I start December off really well, and tell myself I will keep up and not get buried at the end.  I think I always just think I can do more than is possible.

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Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins with Pumpkin Spiced Glaze

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Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins with Pumpkin Spiced Glaze are a great treat to have around for breakfast, lunch box treats, or after school snacks.

Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins with Pumpkin Spiced Glaze

My son has a 4 day weekend this weekend.  They have Thursday and Friday off for conferences.  My in-laws are coming to visit, so he is going to have lots of time with them. Often times when family comes to visit he has to go to school, and misses out on seeing them more than just the weekend.  Not this time!  And he is beyond excited.  Saturday my husband and I are headed to Denver for time to ourselves.  Not sure what we are going to do yet, but we haven’t had a night away in forever, so it will be a nice break.

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Apple Pumpkin Coffee Cake

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Apple Pumpkin Coffee Cake - a great fall coffee cake

I hope that you are having a great weekend.  My parents are in town, so we are getting to spend time with them, and my brother.  Considering my brother lives less than an hour away, we don’t really see him that often.  Everyone works, our son has activities, and they live downtown (read small apartment, with no parking), so it doesn’t always work out.  They are in the process of building a house in a suburb of Denver though, so hopefully that means we will get to see them more often.  So when you have a house full of people in the morning, what do you make for breakfast?  Personally, I love something easy and fun, and my son wants something with cinnamon.  So apple pumpkin coffee cake it is!

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Chocolate Pumpkin Bread (12 Days of Giveaways)

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Chocolate Pumpkin Bread

Today we are kicking off December with a giveaway.  There are a lot of giveaways coming up over the next month, so I hope you like winning free stuff!  A few of my favorite things are going to be involved too.  I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  My parents are visiting, so we have had lots family time and lots of good food.  On Thanksgiving my brother and his wife came up from Denver.  We also had a friend join us.  It was a full house, and we went very non-traditional and had Calzones and homemade cannolis.  It was fun to switch things up this year.

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Pumpkin Caramel Layer Bars

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Pumpkin Caramel Layer Bars

On Friday I got to have a lunch date with my husband and see Gravity in 3D thanks to his company.  A couple times a year they rent out a theater and the employees get to go see one of the new movies that is out.  This is the first time they had extra tickets, and I was able to go too.  I can’t remember the last time we saw an adult movie in the theater, so it was a fun afternoon.  The only downside; they didn’t supply the popcorn.  Can you go to a movie and not get popcorn?  It is my favorite part!

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Pumpkin Dream Cake #ChristmasWeek

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Pumpkin Dream Cake – Three layer pumpkin cake with a Cinnamon Butter Cream Frosting. Gorgeous, and perfect for any Holiday table.

Three layer pumpkin cake with a Cinnamon Butter Cream Frosting.  Gorgeous, and perfect for any Holiday table.
Welcome to day #3 of Christmas Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen of Juanita’s Cocina. Today’s theme for Christmas Week is “Christmas Cakes and Cupcakes”.

Just look at this cake! This is the first cake recipe I have ever shared on this blog, and I am so excited with how it turned out!  In my family, pumpkin does not stop at Thanksgiving.  We have pumpkin pie at Christmas too.  Plus, with how pretty it is, how could you not have this as part of your Christmas celebration?

Pumpkin Dream Cake {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

I actually made this for Thanksgiving, in addition to pumpkin pie.  There were the traditionalist in the room that shunned it because it wasn’t pie, but everyone who tried it, loved it!  The frosting is a Cinnamon Butter Cream, and is just amazing.  You can see the flecks of cinnamon in the frosting, and it adds so much depth to the cake.  The cake itself is a little dense, but still light, and super moist (bad word, I know!).

Pumpkin Dream Cake - three layers of moist pumpkin cake with a cinnamon buttercream frosting

This cake actually comes together very quickly.  The mixer does all the work for you.  Beware the batter is a little thicker than I was used to when baking a cake.  Then as soon as it comes out of the oven you put it in the freezer.  This stops the cooking process, and cools it quickly, so you don’t have to wait forever to frost.  Freezing the cake, made it so easy to get the cake to come cleanly out of the pan.  I will be doing this trick from now on with any cake!  I changed up the frosting from the original cream cheese based, because there was no room in the fridge for a cake.  And also, cream cheese frostings aren’t my favorite.  This cake would be perfect as the center piece of your dessert table this holiday season.

Pumpkin Dream Cake #ChristmasWeek
 
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Pumpkin Cake topped with a Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting
Ingredients
  • Cake
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 Tblsvanilla
  • 1 (15 oz) can pumpkin
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 1 cup milk
  • Cinnamon Buttercream
  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 (2 lb) bag powdered sugar
  • ⅓ cup milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Generously butter the bottom and sides of 3 - 8 inch cake pans. Set aside.
  2. In a bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Using an electric mixer cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy (about 2 minutes). Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Stir in vanilla, pumpkin and canola oil until combined. Mix in the flour and the milk, alternating between the two, until everything is well combined.
  4. Pour into prepared pans. Bake for 35-45 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Once fully cooked, immediately remove the pans from the oven, and place them in the freezer for 45 minutes. This stops the cooking process, and makes the cake very easy to remove from the pan.
  5. Meanwhile, prepare the frosting. Using an electric mixer beat all of the frosting ingredients together. You can adjust the milk and sugar amounts to get the desired consistency. You want it a little on the thin side, but not so thin that you can drizzle it.
  6. After 45 minutes, remove the pans from the freezer. Remove the cake from the pans, and begin to frost. Spread a layer of frosting between each layer of cake, and then spread along the edges and top.
Notes
Adapted from The Novice Chef

 

Pumpkin Biscoff Bread #SundaySupper

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It is getting to be that time of year.  The time where we all need gift ideas for neighbors, teachers, caregivers, the mailman etc.  It can be hard to come up with those little gifts each year.  I am a firm believer that, if you put the time and effort into making something, it will be much more appreciated.  So I would much rather bake someone cookies than buy them a gift card.  Today Susan from The Wimpy Vegetarian is hosting the #SundaySupper “Holiday Gifts from the Kitchen” event.

We moved into our house over the summer.  We live on a long cul-de-sac, and I have yet to meet all of our neighbors.  I was thinking of baking mini loaves of bread this year, and delivering them around the block as a way of meeting everyone.  The first time I saw this bread was at Love From The Oven, where she used applesauce and flax meal.   Then I saw Budget Gourmet Mom had a version with Greek Yogurt, and I was sold.

This made 4 mini loaves, or 1 full sized loaf if you don’t feel like sharing.  Pumpkin and Biscoff were pretty much made for each other.  This isn’t the first time I have had the combination, and it won’t be the last.  This bread is tender, and full of the great pumpkin flavor you love.  I printed the recipe, and glued it to a colored piece of paper.  I then used ribbons and a plastic gift bag to package it.  All set for delivery!  If you really liked your neighbors you could get ceramic mini loaf pans.  I have seen them at Michael’s craft store for $1.99.

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Snickerdoodle Pumpkin Kiss Cookies

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The weekend is almost here!  We have lots of stuff going on this weekend, so I am ready for it.  Tonight we are going to a pumpkin patch, doing the corn maze, and other fun things with my husbands work.  Saturday night my son has a birthday party to go to, so that means hubby and I get date night!  Then two flag football games for my 7 year old on Sunday.  Hopefully the weather stays nice.

But even if the weather doesn’t cooperate, these cookies will be sure to put you in a good mood.  My friend, Roxana first turned me on to these Pumpkin Spice Hershey Kisses.  I didn’t realize they existed, and immediately added them to my shopping list.  One of my favorite Christmas cookies, is Peanut Butter Blossoms.  You know those peanut butter cookies with chocolate kisses in the center.  I thought these kisses would be perfect for a fall version of this cookie.

Snickerdoodles seemed like the perfect thing to pair with these kisses.  I have made Snickerdoodles before, but I wanted a version that were super thick and fluffy.  So I set out to find the perfect recipe.  Thanks to How Sweet It Is, I found it.  The cookies were full of cinnamon, thick, chewy, and the Pumpkin Spice kisses were perfect.  I hope you try these, they really are a wonderful cookie for fall.

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