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Pumpkin Seed Toffee
Pumpkin Seed Toffee
By Erin Huffstetler | 10/17/2018 | No Comments
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Get your hands on some pumpkin seeds, so you can make this pumpkin seed toffee. With layers of salty pumpkin seeds, buttery toffee, chocolate and nuts, it’s all the reason you need to carve pumpkins or make a batch of pumpkin puree.

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Pumpkin Seed Brittle
Pumpkin Seed Brittle
By Erin Huffstetler | 10/16/2018 | No Comments
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Planning to carve some jack-o-lanterns, or make some pumpkin puree? Be sure to save your pumpkin seeds, so you can make this pumpkin seed brittle. It’s ridiculously tasty, and really easy to make.

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Pumpkin Seed Bark
Roasted Pumpkin Seed Bark
By Erin Huffstetler | 10/14/2018 | No Comments
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Carving pumpkins is a messy job (especially when kids are involved). Reward yourself for making the effort by roasting the pumpkin seeds, and using them to make this simple, two-ingredient pumpkin seed bark.

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Three-Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins
Three-Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins
By Erin Huffstetler | 10/10/2018 | No Comments
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These moist and flavorful pumpkin muffins require just three ingredients and 20 minutes of oven time, which is a good thing, given how fast these get gobbled up at my house.

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Creamy Pumpkin Soup
Creamy Pumpkin Soup
By Erin Huffstetler | 09/18/2018 | No Comments
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This creamy pumpkin soup is packed with nutrients and flavor, and only requires five minutes of hands-on time to make. Get a pot going on the stove. Then, enjoy 20 minutes of downtime, while it finishes cooking.

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Homemade Pumpkin Puree
How to Make Pumpkin Puree
By Erin Huffstetler | 11/01/2017 | No Comments
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Pumpkin is a staple in my house. We use it in soups, pasta dishes, pies, muffins – heck, we even feed it to our chickens. So, when fall rolls around, I get busy making lots of pumpkin puree. If you’ve never made it before, it’s definitely worth the effort.

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How to Roast Squash in the Crockpot
How to Roast Squash in a Crockpot
By Erin Huffstetler | 10/25/2016 | 2 Comments
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Roasting squash usually means having to babysit the oven for an hour or more, but not if you do it in the crockpot. Follow these simple steps for perfectly roasted squash, minus all the hands-on time.

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Pumpkin Pie Icebox Cake
Pumpkin Icebox Cake
By Erin Huffstetler | 10/20/2016 | 1 Comment
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Don’t let this pumpkin icebox cake fool you: while it looks like it would be super complicated to make, it requires no baking and very little kitchen time. Of course, if you want everyone to think you spent a ton of time baking it, we can keep that part secret. Here’s the recipe.

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Homemade Pumpkin Butter
Crockpot Pumpkin Butter
By Erin Huffstetler | 10/10/2016 | 3 Comments
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Celebrate the arrival of fall with a delicious batch of pumpkin butter. If you make it in the crockpot, it’ll practically make itself. Here’s my recipe:

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Pumpkin Tomato Sauce
Pumpkin Tomato Sauce
By Erin Huffstetler | 11/03/2015 | 6 Comments
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Ever made a recipe that you found on Pinterest or a blog, only to have it be a big flop? Yep, that happened to me last night.

One of my favorite blogs had a recipe for creamy pumpkin spaghetti, which sounded amazing, and looked better still. So, I made it for dinner, and the sauce came out a liquidy mess. I triple and quadruple checked the recipe to make sure I hadn’t made a mistake, but nope. There must have been a typo somewhere in the recipe.

I grabbed an extra jar of pumpkin puree to thicken the sauce, and that got dinner on the table, but it wasn’t the amazing dish that I’d been anticipating all afternoon. Bummer.

It did get me thinking, though. Surely, I could come up with a pumpkin tomato sauce that was all the things I had expected that one to be. A sauce with the gorgeous color and creamy texture of pumpkin and the savory goodness of a tomato-based sauce.

Yep, I could do that. And while I was at it, I’d also make sure there wasn’t anything fussy about the recipe. It would be something with minimal ingredients and minimal cook time. It would contain ingredients that most people have on hand, and it wouldn’t leave little bits of ingredients left over. If it required opening a can of something, I’d make sure the whole can went into the recipe. In short, it would be the kind of recipe that I look for.

And that’s how I found myself in the kitchen today, making batch after batch of sauce, until I landed on the winner. And oh boy, is it a winner. My new pumpkin tomato sauce recipe has a gorgeous color and texture, and it melds the pumpkin and tomato flavors beautifully. It’s jam-packed with nutrients, too; so it’s something you can feel good about feeding your family. Oh, and did I mention it takes less than 30 minutes to make? Yep, definitely a winner.

But don’t take my word for it. Make it, and see for yourself.

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