Pumpkin Lasagna

Pumpkin Lasagna sounds a little strange, right? Even though it gets put in a lot of sweet seasonal things, pumpkin is just another squash when it comes down to it, and it makes an absolutely delicious lasagna! I made a full batch of this and it has made many a lovely lunch and dinner for Tim and me. If you’ve never tried pumpkin in a savory dish, I would definitely recommend trying this out – it is definitely going to become a regular dinner item in this house!

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Pumpkin Muffins

Holy November. When did you get here?

October was birthday/harvest/promotion/family and more, but there is no excuse for me neglecting my little piece of the internet.

If you’re reading, thank you for still being here. I missed you.

These muffins will make your hands smell like cinnamon and your house smell like fall. It takes about 5 minutes to whisk them together, and although they are not the most healthy thing to eat, they are also not terrible. Pumpkin has tons of vitamins and antioxidants, and it adds moisture to the muffins that other baked goods might get from butter or more oil. You could add some flax seed or pepitas (aka pumpkin seeds) on top for a little extra fiber and crunch, but I went the cinnamon sugar route…and it is oh-so-delicious!

Is there anything you’d like to see me make? Looking for a particular holiday recipe but not sure where to start? Leave a comment and let me know!


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Oven Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

pumpkin seeds close up

While I was in college, I worked at a preschool. Come Halloween time, we would play “Spooky Walk,” go pumpkin picking, and carve a class Jack-o-Lantern.  The class would vote on whether they wanted a happy or scary face and we would get to work…making sure to save the seeds.

Shetland Sheepdog Sheltie Pumpkin Jack o Lantern

Dolan on a Pumpkin!

It was in this wonderful little preschool that I first discovered roasted pumpkin seeds, and I’ve had to carve a pumpkin every year since so that I can have this special treat once a year.

For my birthday, Brian took me pumpkin picking at K Family Farm in Paso Robles (what can I say…I like fall things!), and for Halloween, we carved our pumpkins!  Brian made a SCUBA diver, and I paid homage to my Sheltie, Dolan…what do you think?

When we carved our pumpkins, I made sure that we both saved the seeds to roast. The hardest part of this recipe is carving the pumpkin, and the results are worth the slimy work!!

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Maple-y Pumpkin Loaf

pumpkin loaf

So the last week of October is upon us, and I just realized I have not baked a single pumpkin creation yet! I blame the 80 degree weather…oh, California, how I love thee.

Anyway, in honor of Halloween, and autumn, and my birthday (which is today!) I give you my first pumpkin recipe of the season: Maple-y pumpkin loaf!  I have always been a huge fan of Starbuck’s Pumpkin Loaf, splurging on all those calories once or twice a year. This year, I decided to make my own homemade version, with the addition of maple syrup, a fabulous fall flavor. This loaf is moist and delicious, with a subtle maple flavor. So fall!

Happy Birthday to me!

drips

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