Fall is here!
Now I am a summer-loving gal through and through: I love short sleeves and bare feet and long, sunshiny days.
But there’s a certain magic, (for lack of a better word,) to autumn. I start feeling it in the air somewhere around the middle of September, just the slightest sense of something beginning to change. The air has a different smell. The sun has a different cast. The breeze is…different somehow. And then there are a few cool mornings and I start to notice the slightest change in the colors of the trees and it becomes official…fall is upon us!
And fall means PUMPKINS!
My grandmother made the best pumpkin pie I’ve ever eaten. Hers was not exactly traditional — it was a large, flat pie, often baked in an iron skillet and thinly spread with a pumpkin mixture — so you could pick it up and eat it with your fingers like a cookie. Few things made me happier as a child than arriving at my grandparent’s house to find Mammaw had made one of her pumpkin pies!
I still love a good pumpkin pie, but there are so many wonderful ways to use this autumn jewel! Here are a few pumpkin recipes you might want to add to your cooking plans in the next few weeks…
I’ve made this Yummy Pumpkin Pie Dip from Handmade in the Heartland multiple times and it is super easy and SO GOOD. Serve it with graham crackers or ginger snaps, or even with pear or apple slices It goes a long way, so it’s perfect for a fall get-together.
After years of gentle, (and sometimes not-so-gentle,) nudgings from my husband, I have FINALLY purchased a waffle maker, meaning I have to try these Pumpkin Waffles from No. 2 Pencil. I have a feeling they will be a huge success on an autumn breakfast table. Or a supper one…whatever.
Confession: I’ve never tried pumpkin butter. People tell me I’m really missing out on something and so I’m intrigued. This recipe from Tasty Yummies for Crock Pot Pumpkin Butter sounds like it couldn’t be much easier. And you can freeze it to enjoy all winter long! I HAVE to try this this autumn.
Cheesecake has to be one of the most delectable sweet creations known to man. Mix it with pumpkin and wow. Just…WOW. Check out this Pumpkin Cheesecake from Natasha’s Kitchen. Topped with the caramel sauce, it’s sure to reduce your taste buds to happy tears.
If you’re in the mood for a cookie, (describes me most of the time,) you might want to try these Pumpkin Snickerdoodles from Cooking Classy. Snickerdoodles are fabulous cookies anyway. Add pumpkin and they’re sure to be amazing.
Quick, 3-4 ingredient homemade ice cream treats have become some of our favorite late-night snacks. Now I’m ready to try this Clean Eating Pumpkin Ice Cream from The Gracious Pantry. I have no doubt it will be a hit with my family!
Caramel is one of my favorite sweets and it pairs beautifully with pumpkin. The Salted Caramel Pumpkin Parfaits from Love Grows Wild are pretty as well as delicious. I love the idea of serving them in half-pint jars.
Pumpkin coffee drinks are all the rage in October. If you prefer a cold drink, (particularly one without all the fat and calories,) try the Skinny Pumpkin Frappuccino from Sally’s Baking Addiction. If hot coffee is more your cup-of-tea, check out this Crock Pot Pumpkin Spiced Latte from Thriving Home. It makes enough for a small crowd, but is super easy to prepare.
Maybe your taste for pumpkin is more savory than sweet. I’m really anxious to try this Pumpkin Tortilla Soup from Mama Miss. The creaminess of the pumpkin mixed with smooth avocado HAS TO BE delicious, besides the fact it contains all the other wonderful ingredients of a hearty Mexican soup.
So have you pulled out your old pumpkin recipes yet? If not, maybe this will give you a new place to start. The hardest part for me is deciding which recipe to go with first!