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What to Make with Pumpkins?

I’ve been so busy with work, with family and with my oldest child’s transition into kindergarten I barely have had time to notice that fall has arrived. Until, of course, my CSA farm share starting showing up with apples, carrots, beets, butternut squash, and pumpkins…beautiful pumpkins.

And they are simply lovely and look so festive on my kitchen counter. But I feel a bit of “eat local” guilt if I only use them as ornamental home accents. I can’t say I have a ton of experience cooking with fresh pumpkins. I once made a pumpkin pie from scratch – fresh crust, fresh pumpkin, local cream, etc. My sister told me she liked pie made with the canned stuff better. Ugh! All that work to make in my opinion the BEST pie ever (even if it wasn’t).

So this time I’m going to Pinterest for pumpkin “pin”spiration. Here are a few of the recipes I’ve found so far.

Pumpkin Turkey Chili


Pumpkin Granola


Pumpkin Frozen Yogurt


Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting (a classic!)


Pumpkin Spiced Donuts (baked not fried)


Pumpkin Smoothie (ignore the canned puree in the picture – haha!)

Source: via Amy on Pinterest


Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies (for the kids of course!)


And as I was pinning my way to pumpkin bliss I found these darling “non pumpkin” Halloween kid’s recipes. I just had to share. I love edible art!!

Mini Halloween Monster Cupcakes


Halloween Cat Cookies


So how about you? What do you make with pumpkin (besides Jack-o-Lanterns!)?

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