My Week on Wednesday and Pumpkin Things

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Hello, and welcome to another My Week on Wednesday. Fall is in the air and that means woolly socks and woolly sweaters, fires in the fireplace, and some of the most varied weather in Upstate New York has to offer. In fact, as I type this I can see brilliant sunshine streaming in the window behind me, and out of the back window, I can see dark gray clouds serving as a dramatic backdrop to glowing golden leaves. I love it!

And, of course, Fall means pumpkin spice everything.

When we think of pumpkins, we often think of jack-o-lanterns, pie, and of coffee shop drinks that don’t actually have any pumpkin in them. But their are many different varieties of pumpkins, coming in many colors, sizes, textures, and even flavors. Pumpkins are storehouses of beneficial vitamins and minerals, and I often wonder why I don’t include more pumpkin into our fall dishes. Pumpkins can be baked, steamed, boiled, roasted, and turned into soup.  My husband, who is still in Germany, has been telling me about this delicious soup he has been enjoying which is made from a particular variety of pumpkin (I can’t remember its name) created in Japan. (He will have recipe-recreating homework when he gets home!)

In order to more fully enjoy the pumpkin, I have a bunch of posts about what to do with pumpkins to share with you, from myself, my fellow bloggers at the Homestead Bloggers Network, and other bloggers from around the Web.

But before we get into that, what have I been doing this week… The short answer is nothing. As I said, my husband is still in Germany, and I am finding that if I am not writing or eating, that I am not sitting down. However, routines have been established, and no one has ***knock on wood*** had to go back to urgent care!

On to the pumpkins!

My Week on Wednesday and Pumpkin Things via Once Upon a Time in a Bed of WIldflowers


Replace Your Canned Pumpkin with Homemade Pumpkin Puree — This is insanely easy and makes me wonder why I’ve been buying canned pumpkin all these years!

How to Process your Pumpkins for Storing — Seriously, this is SO easy. Why am I not doing this?

Pumpkin Pie Latte — This is pumpkin pie in a coffee cup. Need I say more?

Homemade Pumpkin Soup Recipe — Mmmm… this sounds delicious!

Pumpkin Cheese Cake — I have never made a cheesecake. I don’t even have the pan. This seems SO wrong… especially now.

Creamy, Dreamy, Paleo Pumpkin Bites — These are little bites of pumpkin pie heaven. No lie. And if you have a bit of the mixture left over, try making Pumpkin Spice Tea. 😉

Flourless and Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies — Need I say more? Okay. They look ooey and gooey and I want to go make up a batch right now.

Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies — These are loaded with walnuts and dried cranberries and look fabulous.

Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate and Pumpkin Spice Mocha — These are mine, and they make wonderful morning treats.

Sweet Cream Pumpkin Parfait — This sounds delicious!

Pumpkin Pie Soup — More soup! I love warm soup on a chilly day.

Easy Peasy Pumpkin Pancakes — These are a day after Thanksgiving tradition for us!

Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches with Gingernsaps — Here’s the ice cream recipe, plus the gingersnap recipe! Now… this isn’t the first time we’ve seen gingernsaps on this list, is it? But it is the first time the recipe has been included! 🙂

Homemade Spiced Pumpkin Butter — This would be fabulous on oatmeal!

Pumpkin Puree — This would make a tasty, nutrient dense side dish!

Harvest Pumpkin Scones with Spice Glaze — Well, now, who has the tea?

Or, maybe Pumpkin Spice Cider with Whiskey — Because who wouldn’t want that?!!

Pumpkin Granola — I love granola as a quick breakfast, or in the kids’ school lunches.

Pumpkin Smoothie and Pumpkin Hot Chocolate — This is perfect because in the Fall you never know if it will be warm and you’ll want a smoothie, or chilly and you’d rather have hot chocolate. For example, if I were to go out my front door right now, I would want a smoothie… but if I were to go out my back door, hot chocolate would be the best choice.

Pumpkin Apple Steel Cut Oats in the Crock Pot — Yup. This is the same post I shared last week… but it was so perfectly appropriate that I’m sharing it again!

Pumpkin Cannoli — Just because they sound fantastic!

Maybe you don’t want to eat your pumpkin. Try making Pumpkin Soap instead!

It wouldn’t be a good list with out a link to How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds, would it? Or 33 Pumpkin Carving Ideas and Recipes?

And there you have it: a list of fabulous pumpkin recipes to get you through Fall! 🙂

(Okay, sorry, this post has been up for barely 12 hours and I had to add an UPDATE. Pumpkin Lasagna with Sage White Sauce. I can’t even begin to describe how delicious this sounds.)

Now for the Quote of the Week. Approximately daily, I post quotes on my Facebook Page. The quote with the most likes, shares, and comments will become the Quote of the Week.

Quote of the Week from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Thank you for joining me for My Week on Wednesday. Tell me, what did you do this week? I’d love to hear!

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