Sweet & Savory Pumpkin Recipes Roundup!

I LOVE pumpkin…like everybody else does I guess during the fall season. From pumpkin spice chai and lattes to sweet treats, I can’t get enough of it during this time of the year. Which is why I thought having a pumpkin recipes roundup would be fun!

Sweet & Savory Pumpkin Recipes Roundup

Everybody goes crazy for pumpkin in the fall! Mommy of a Monster shares a roundup of pumpkin recipes, from sweet to savory and everything in between.

Sweet Pumpkin Recipes

Pumpkin muffins are one of my favorite things in the world, in fact I’ll be sharing a recipe for mine soon! Ashley over at It’s Fitting feels the same way. She is sharing a recipe for mini pumpkin muffins that I’m pretty sure I could eat them all in one sitting.

Tracy at Sellabit Mum also shares a pumpkin muffins recipe that I can’t wait to try…and I bet the story she shares with the muffins recipe will crack you up!

And my friend Greta at G*Funk*ified shares a recipe for gluten free pumpkin muffins.

Everybody goes crazy for pumpkin in the fall! Mommy of a Monster shares a roundup of pumpkin recipes, from sweet to savory and everything in between.

And while they’re not muffins, these Pumpkin Bars with Cranberries are delicious too. But Elaine’s at The Miss Elaine-ous Life has a recipe for Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting that will be on our table this Thanksgiving!

Everybody goes crazy for pumpkin in the fall! Mommy of a Monster shares a roundup of pumpkin recipes, from sweet to savory and everything in between.

Is there anything better than pumpkin bread? I don’t think so. Anna at In the Next 30 Days shares her super moist pumpkin bread recipe.

Kristin over at Two Cannoli shares her pumpkin cake with frosting. Yum!

Everybody goes crazy for pumpkin in the fall! Mommy of a Monster shares a roundup of pumpkin recipes, from sweet to savory and everything in between.

Jennifer the lovely lady behind Jennifer P. Williams is hosting  31 Days of Cookies, and these pumpkin snickerdoodles sound simply AMAZING!

If you are looking for quick and easy, this recipe for Simple Pumpkin Cookies couldn’t be any easier. There are only two ingredients. In the time it takes you to mix a can of pumpkin with a box of cake mix, you’re done.

Everybody goes crazy for pumpkin in the fall! Mommy of a Monster shares a roundup of pumpkin recipes, from sweet to savory and everything in between.

Or what about Pumpkin Butterscotch Cookies? YUM! You’ll find the recipe at my friend Laura’s place Mommy Miracles.

Everybody goes crazy for pumpkin in the fall! Mommy of a Monster shares a roundup of pumpkin recipes, from sweet to savory and everything in between.

I’ve told you before that Once a Month Meals (formerly Once a Month Mom) is my go-to site for finding awesome recipes. And what pumpkin recipes roundup would be complete without a recipe for Pumpkin Spice Lattes!

And for a sweet ending, over at Leah’s Thoughts Leah shares a bounty of pumpkin desserts.

Everybody goes crazy for pumpkin in the fall! Mommy of a Monster shares a roundup of pumpkin recipes, from sweet to savory and everything in between.

I couldn’t have a roundup without one of my favorite recipes in the whole world…my recipe for Upside Down Pumpkin Cake. It’s so easy to make and you will never eat pumpkin pie again. Scary Mommy even featured it in her Guide to Surviving the Holidays e-book!

Savory Pumpkin Recipes

Everybody goes crazy for pumpkin in the fall! Mommy of a Monster shares a roundup of pumpkin recipes, from sweet to savory and everything in between.

Nothing says comfort food better than soup. Jennie at A Lady in France shares her honey-mustard pumpkin soup recipe. Definitely on my list to make soon!

Everybody goes crazy for pumpkin in the fall! Mommy of a Monster shares a roundup of pumpkin recipes, from sweet to savory and everything in between.

Ashley at Fiddle Dee Me shares a recipe for Pumpkin and Shrimp Alfredo that I can’t wait to try!

Everybody goes crazy for pumpkin in the fall! Mommy of a Monster shares a roundup of pumpkin recipes, from sweet to savory and everything in between.

A cup of chili con carne with coriander

And this Pumpkin Chili looks and sounds delicious!

Still want more pumpkin recipes? Tonya from Letters for Lucas sent me this pin she found from SkinnyTaste for 50 more pumpkin recipes! These will keep me busy all fall!

And for even more pumpkin, check out my For the Love of Pumpkin board on Pinterest.

If you have a one or two favorite pumpkin recipes to share (especially savory recipes!), feel free to leave a link in the comment section.

One Bowl Baking ::Book Review::

I don’t know about you, but I could spend hours browsing through cookbooks. That’s a lie; I could probably spend days perusing cookbooks. And from the first time I picked up One Bowl Baking, I fell in love with the gorgeous photos and simple recipes.

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One Bowl Baking author Yvonne Ruperti has been baking and cooking for over 15 years, in professional kitchens, test kitchens, and her own bakery. She spent three seasons on the Emmy-nominated hit PBS cooking show, America’s Test Kitchen. She is also a writer and currently pens the weekly Chocoholic column for the James Beard award winning food site, Serious Eats. She knows her stuff.

Over the years, Yvonne realized that when she baked at home, she often condensed steps in a recipe in order to make the process easier, and to avoid washing unnecessary bowls and equipment. This sounds perfect for busy moms, right? Let me explain why it is.

Many times when I am  browsing through cookbooks, I am disappointed over the time wasted. Although the photos are swoon-worthy and the recipes sound delicious, the recipes also list 20 steps in the directions and can require a gazillion ingredients; many that I don’t have on hand and would never use again. This is definitely not the case with One Bowl Baking.

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While these recipes look and taste like they took hours to make, I was surprised that most of the recipes can be put together and in the oven in 15 minutes or less. What’s even better is that some of the recipes don’t even require a bowl—they’re mixed directly in the pan!

In One Bowl Baking you will find recipes for breakfast muffins and scones, cupcakes, cookies, layer cakes, cheesecakes, tarts, and more.

One-Bowl-BakingThis Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting was simply amazing and simple to make.

All the cake ingredients are made in one bowl, and then dumped into a pan. Wash the bowl and make the frosting, and you can make the recipe in just one bowl. Ridiculously easy to make.

This is a cake that I’ll making for the upcoming holiday gatherings, and I’m sure I’ll be asked for the recipe!

Next on my list are the Pumpkin Pie Muffins. I have all of the ingredients in my pantry right now, and I can’t wait to try them.

I also like a few other things about One Bowl Baking

All of the ingredients are listed and show the conversion for cups, ounces, and grams. Handy for those cooks who aren’t in the US.

I also like the tips that Yvonne includes throughout the book. Like how to fill a pastry bag and make a sugar flower.

And of course, I absolutely love the gorgeous photos. While my photos will never compare to those in the book, I will make sure to share them after I make those muffins this afternoon.

If you love to bake, I HIGHLY recommend picking up One Bowl Baking for its simple recipes. Simple enough that even those who don’t like to bake can follow these recipes!

Happy baking!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of One Bowl Baking in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own. Photos are from One Bowl BakingThis post also includes Amazon.com affiliate links.

How To Soften Hard Bread

Tonight I’m planning on making albondigas soup (Mexican meatball soup…it’s A-MAZ-ING so check out the recipe!), and just realized that the bread I bought to make with it is as hard as a rock. Seriously, I could use it as a weapon. But it’s okay, because I know how to soften hard bread.

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It’s easy. And it will also save you money because you aren’t going to just throw it away or let the kids feed it to the ducks and then go buy more bread.

How To Soften Hard Bread

It’s as easy as this: Wrap the bread in a damp dish towel or even in several damp paper towels. Place the bread on a microwave-safe dish, and microwave on high for 10 seconds. Check to see if it has softened. If not, turn the bread over and repeat a few more times.

You can also soften it in the oven. Simply preheat your oven to it’s lowest temperature setting. Wrap the bread in a damp dish towel or even in several damp paper towels. Place the bread on a cookie sheet, and let it heat in the oven for about 10 minutes. I usually check it after 6 minutes to see how it’s doing.

Another lady I know uses a basting brush and rubs the entire loaf of bread with olive oil. She then bakes it in the oven for about 15 minutes.

Or maybe you already bought new bread but are still wondering what to do with the stale bread. Like I said, you can take the kids down to the nearest lake and feed it to the ducks, or you can also use it to make some pretty good recipes. Here is a list of recipes that tells you what to do with stale bread.

What tips do you have on how to soften hard bread?

The Best EVER Garlic Bread Recipe (Just Don’t Kiss Anybody After You Eat It)

Garlic bread. Seems like a super simple thing to make, right? You slap some garlic and butter on bread and throw it in the oven to toast. NO! That is not good garlic bread! I am going to share a garlic bread recipe with you that will make your taste buds rejoice! The kids will like it. The husband will like it. Anybody you serve it to will like it. But you may want to stay away from others after you eat it…this is not a breath-friendly recipe.

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The Best Garlic Bread Recipe EVER

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Ingredients

  • 1 loaf of French bread, Italian bread, a baguette, or 6-8 slices of sourdough bread
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil, minced
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup grated parmesan & romano cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cut bread loaf in half lengthwise, and then slice the two large pieces into 8 smaller pieces.
  3. Combine butter, garlic, basil, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Spread over the bread.
  4. Sprinkle the top of the bread with all of the cheeses.
  5. Bake until crisp, 10 to 12 minutes. Serve warm.

Notes

Grill it! Wrap each half in tin foil and throw it on a low grill for about 15 minutes or so (just continue to check it as it cooks to make sure it doesn't burn!)

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If you aren’t a fan of fresh garlic, you can definitely substitute out the garlic cloves for garlic powder. You will need about 2 teaspoons of garlic powder (or about 1/2 teaspoon for every clove).

Switch up the cheeses and try a different variety or combination. I think that any ooey gooey cheeses would work well. Mozarella of course would be fantastic. Try adding in different herbs as well. I actually like adding more basil than this recipe calls for because I really love it.

I know it sounds super easy to make and it is. It’s also versatile because you can serve it with a soup and salad, any pasta dish (like Kludgy Mom’s Fast Spaghetti and Kick Ass Meatballs), or even with your favorite steak. Believe it or not, I have actually used it before to make yummy sandwiches (like a kicked-up BLT). Just make sure that the side of the bread with all of the yumminess on it is on the inside of the sandwich so it doesn’t all fall off!

Do you have a favorite garlic bread recipe? Feel free to leave a link in the comment section.

Amaretto Cherry Biscotti Recipe At See Vanessa Craft!

It has been a very long time since I’ve been asked to guest post on another blog, and that’s exactly what I’m doing today! I’m sharing a biscotti recipe over at See Vanessa Craft!

Vanessa is an AMAZING crafter and a bloggy friend whom I would have never met had it not been for our gig as Chiquita Moms. I’m so glad to have met her – I’ve gotten lots of fun ideas from her blog and she’s a great person…in fact, it was her I got the idea from to post before and after pictures and my measurements when I did the Brazil Butt Lift Challenge. It was how she held herself accountable during her weight loss challenge.

Now back to my biscotti recipe…I love biscotti with coffee or as an afternoon treat. I thought it would be difficult and time consuming to make, but it’s not. It’s really easy, and now that I’ve made the Almond Biscotti recipe, I’m sure I’ll be making variations of it.

Amaretto Cherry Biscotti Recipe

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This Amaretto Cherry Biscotti recipe also would make a great gift this holiday season for neighbors, friends, and teachers. It’s also inexpensive to make…in fact I bet you have most of the ingredients on hand right now!

And if you are leary of this recipe because you don’t know what you’ll do with an entire bottle of amaretto, I’ve got a couple of other ideas for you! How about a Amaretto Mimosa or Amaretto Truffles?

Now head over to See Vanessa Craft and see just how easy it is to make my Amaretto Cherry Biscotti recipe!