Pumpkin Pecan Oatmeal #PumpkinWeek

Wake up to a warm bowl of pumpkin pie in oatmeal form with crunchy pecans. You’ll never go back to that instant stuff again.

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Hi and welcome to day 4 of #PumpkinWeek hosted by Terri from Love and Confections. We are celebrating our love of the season with a whole week of pumpkin goodies, leading up to National Pumpkin Day. 17 Food Bloggers have come together to share over 65 recipes with you. In addition to homemade pumpkin puree, pie, and cookies, we are also sharing savory pumpkin dishes like hummus, chili and pumpkin corn chowder. Come back every day for #PumpkinWeek recipes. You can also find these great recipes and more on Love and Confections’ #PumpkinWeek Pinterest Board!

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This oatmeal was a spur of the moment improvisation by my dad. I had some leftover homemade pumpkin puree and he decided to try it in his trusty oatmeal recipe, substituting for the chopped apples. The result was pumpkin pie in oatmeal form! I even put some spiced pecans on top.

If you’ve never had homemade oatmeal before you are severely missing out. Nothing beats a warm bowl of homemade oatmeal in the morning, especially during the cooler fall months and it couldn’t be easier to make. This morning my dad and I are going on a hike to see the fall colors and I may need to make another batch of this in preparation.

One year ago: Pumpkin Popcorn Balls

Two years ago: Caramel Apple Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes
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S’mores Pumpkin Pie #PumpkinWeek

Pumpkin pie meets s’mores in this adventurous rendition of a classic recipe. Graham cracker crust, a layer of chocolate, classic pumpkin filling, and toasted homemade marshmallow topping.

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Hi and welcome to day 3 of #PumpkinWeek hosted by Terri from Love and Confections. We are celebrating our love of the season with a whole week of pumpkin goodies, leading up to National Pumpkin Day. 17 Food Bloggers have come together to share over 65 recipes with you. In addition to homemade pumpkin puree, pie, and cookies, we are also sharing savory pumpkin dishes like hummus, chili and pumpkin corn chowder. Come back every day for #PumpkinWeek recipes. You can also find these great recipes and more on Love and Confections’ #PumpkinWeek Pinterest Board!

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When it comes to Thanksgiving recipes such as pumpkin pie, there’s a reason why the classic recipes are classics – because they are just good. However I cannot resist the chance to try new things, especially when I can use the same recipe as the base. Last year I took a baby step by adding a brown sugar walnut topping to one pumpkin pie and the made a second without. Despite everyone’s protests, the pie with the crumble topping disappeared first.

Taking that experience into mind I jumped off the deep end with this new pumpkin pie rendition. Pumpkin pie meets s’mores. A graham cracker crust with a layer of chocolate sits beneath a classic pumpkin pie filling, which is blanketed by a thick layer of homemade marshmallow topping. Don’t have a kitchen torch to toast the marshmallow? Throw it under the broiler but keep a close eye on it. Or do what I did and use a real, full-sized blow torch O:-).

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One year ago: Cheddar-BBQ Turkey Meatloaf Muffins
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Slow Cooker Vegetarian Pumpkin Chili #PumpkinWeek

Chili has never been easier, just throw everything in your slow cooker and let it do the rest. Try this vegetarian version with cauliflower and pumpkin.

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Hi and welcome to day 2 of #PumpkinWeek hosted by Terri from Love and Confections. We are celebrating our love of the season with a whole week of pumpkin goodies, leading up to National Pumpkin Day. 17 Food Bloggers have come together to share over 65 recipes with you. In addition to homemade pumpkin puree, pie, and cookies, we are also sharing savory pumpkin dishes like hummus, chili and pumpkin corn chowder. Come back every day for #PumpkinWeek recipes. You can also find these great recipes and more on Love and Confections’ #PumpkinWeek Pinterest Board!

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Recently my friends hosted a chili cook off and obviously I participated. Normally I stick to my dad’s tried and true chili (which has won competitions in the past) but I decided to do something completely different. I figured what better time to experiment than with a crowd of people to eat at least some of the potentially disastrous results?

I based this recipe off of my dad’s but with lots of substitutions including black beans, pumpkin puree, and cauliflower. When I first tasted it I felt like something was missing only to realize it was meat. So while it wasn’t a failure, as a meat-eater this chili was just okay. Seems kind of wrong to post a recipe that I’m not screaming is the best thing in the whole wide world but that’s life, not everyone likes the same things. If you are vegetarian it may be right up your alley and it is for you that I post this recipe. To me chili just isn’t the same without meat! The chili I voted for (and which won) was made with pulled pork – something I definitely need to try.

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One year ago: Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon Buttercream

Three years ago: Stuffed Flank Steak with Potato Cakes and Amaretto Chocolate Cheesecake
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Brown Butter Pumpkin Cupcakes with Biscoff Frosting #PumpkinWeek

Moist and flavorful brown butter pumpkin cupcakes topped with sweet cookie butter frosting. If you’re bringing them to a party you may want to double the batch!

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Welcome to #PumpkinWeek hosted by Terri from Love and Confections. We are celebrating our love of the season with a whole week of pumpkin goodies, leading up to National Pumpkin Day. Seventeen food bloggers have come together to share over 65 recipes with you. In addition to homemade pumpkin puree, pie, and cookies, we are also sharing savory pumpkin dishes like hummus, chili and pumpkin corn chowder. Come back every day for #PumpkinWeek recipes. You can also find these great recipes and more on Love and Confections’ #PumpkinWeek Pinterest Board!

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If you haven’t been browning your butter you really should start. One extra step is all it takes to increase the depth of the flavor or whatever you are cooking, whether it be sweet or savory. In the case of these cupcakes the result was so delicious that I should have made a double batch. I brought them to a party and people were practically fighting over them and the last one was split into fourths just to keep the peace. The cupcakes are a bit heavier than traditional cupcakes due to the addition of pumpkin puree but they are not lacking on moisture. And if you love Speculoos/Biscoff cookies, you will rave over the frosting made out of cookie butter!

P.S. For those of you wondering, my friend Maggie adored her birthday cake saying it was “the best cake ever“! Just like the cake the weekend was filled with greatness. We also ran a 5K in which both Maggie and I placed 2nd in our respective age groups. If Maggie hadn’t just turned 30 I would’ve only made 3rd place haha.

One year ago: Cinnamon-Raisin Bagel for One

Two years ago: Peanut Butter-Chocolate Molten Lava Cake

Three years ago: Whole Wheat Pumpkin Waffles by Lauren’s Latest
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Bagel Quiche

Bagel quiche AKA the portable quiche. Bake a quiche for one in the shell of your favorite flavor bagel. Add beaten eggs and your favorite fillings. 

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Are you ready for a hand-held quiche? An on-the-go quiche? You didn’t think that was possible did you? Well grab a bagel and tear its guts out because its time to eat breakfast.

Although this recipe does take 20-30 minutes to bake, it is a fun thing to try on the weekend and would be a perfect grab and go breakfast option if made in advance and reheated. After digging out the insides (similar to a bread bowl), fill with beaten eggs and your favorite additions. Bake and enjoy!

Don’t want to go to the store for one bagel? Try my bagel for one recipe.

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One year ago: Easy Peanut Butter and Dark Chocolate Fudge

Two years ago: Guacamole Seasoning

Three years ago: Breakfast Quesadillas
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Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Dark chocolate peanut butter cupcakes with dark chocolate peanut butter frosting. As dangerous as they sound especially in the deceptively innocent mini size. 

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Last year during football season I made white chocolate peanut butter mini cupcakes and they were super addictive. Since today is National Chocolate Cupcake Day I decided to revisit that recipe using dark chocolate peanut butter. It’s the dark-side equivalent of the more innocent looking white chocolate peanut butter cupcakes, but equally as sinful. That’s why I made them minis so you can eat 4 or 5 of them without feeling guilty. Oh the deception!

One year ago: Horror Show Pistachio Zombie Cupcakes

Two years ago: Review: Baking for Friends

Three years ago: Homemade Potato Knishes by Overtime Cook
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Pumpkin, Sage & Sausage Stuffed Shells

Pumpkin and stuffed shells come together for the ultimate fall comfort food. Stuffed with sage pork, cooked in a pumpkin-tomato sauce, and topped with mozzarella and goat cheese.

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Fall baking involves a lot of pumpkin but what about its savory side? Savory pumpkin recipes make for excellent comfort food and one of my favorite comfort foods is stuffed shells. I have made stuffed shells with a pumpkin cream sauce before but this time around I used a pumpkin tomato sauce and stuffed the shells with sage pork instead of a meatless ricotta mixture. Then the shells are sprinkled with some mozzarella and creamy goat cheese. Both recipes are good for different reasons so you should probably make them both.

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One year ago: Birthday Explosion Mini Cheesecakes

Two years ago: Stovetop Cajun Chicken Mac and Cheese

Three years ago: Pumpkin Biscoff Cream Cheese Bread
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Reese’s Oreo Chocolate Cake with Funfetti Cookie Dough Filling

Ever have trouble deciding on your favorite kind of cake? Combine them all in one with Reese’s, Oreos, Funfetti, and cookie dough.

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Remember when I told you how most of my friends (and myself) are turning 30 in the next 12 months? Well today marks my friend Maggie’s 30th birthday! Last year she made the wild request for her birthday dessert to include cheesecake, cookie dough, funfetti and Oreos and you better believe I delivered with what I dubbed birthday explosion mini cheesecakes. This year however she was a bit stumped as last years dessert topped anything should could have ever imagined. She did finally challenge me by requesting the same combination plus Reese’s peanut butter cups. It took me lots of brainstorming to finally decide on what to make.

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This cake should be named “All of Maggie’s Favorite Things”. It is a chocolate cake with chopped Reese’s and Oreos mixed in, Funfetti cookie dough filling, chocolate ganache, Funfetti frosting, and more Reese’s and Oreos on top. Now that’s a birthday cake! I fear for her 31st birthday. We may need to regress to simpler ideas.

What is your ideal birthday dessert?

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One year ago: Spicy Black Bean Burgers

Two years ago: Mini Pink Ombre Sugar Cookie Cake
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Pesto Chicken Pizza with Mascarpone, Spinach, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

This pizza may have a long name but it’s nothing to be afraid of and if you haven’t tried mascarpone on pizza before, you are seriously missing out!

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Most of the people in my life are not huge bakers/cookers and to some, food blogging is an exquisite realm full of weird ingredients and crazy techniques. And stories. I had to laugh when one of my best friends expressed her dislike for scrolling down a post to get past the story and to the recipe, because it’s true. When people use Google to find a recipe they want the recipe, myself included. Yet here I sit not writing about this pizza with its long name and unusual ingredients like “mascarpone” and “caramelized onions” and I’m okay with that because I started this blog to chronicle my food adventures and to share those recipes to anyone who wants to try it for themselves. I cannot tell you how many of my parents’ friends have been directed to my blog for the recipe for “X”. People besides my friends and family reading beyond the recipe is just a bonus (heck even my friends and family reading is a bonus). So whether or not you read this, leave a comment, or skip over it all to the recipe I appreciate you being here :-).

P.S. After trying this recipe you’ll want to put mascarpone on every pizza you make from now on.

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One year ago: Lattice Chicken and Sweet Potato Potpie

Two years ago: Apple-Cranberry Oatmeal
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Apple Pie Cookies

Cookies or apple pie? Now you don’t have to decide between the two because you can have them both at the same time with these fresh apple pie cookies.

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Since today is National Dessert Day it seemed fitting to share a dessert recipe, but I decided one dessert wasn’t enough. Introducing “Dessert Mash-Ups” from Dorothy Kern, the mastermind behind Crazy for Crust, with 52 creative recipes combining your favorite desserts – Blueberry Muffin Waffles, Pumpkin Cheesecake French Toast, Mint Chip Truffles, Oatmeal Cookie Cheesecake Bars, Snickers Cake Roll, Banana Cream Pie Dip, Chocolate Chip Cookie Toffee Bark, etc.

Dessert Mash-Ups

With is being apple season I jumped on the apple pie cookies. You cannot go wrong with cinnamon cookie cups with apple-pie filling and I bet you could change up the fruit in the middle depending on the season. I’m dreaming of blueberries and I happen to have some frozen from the summer’s haul. But for now let’s focus on apples and apple pie in miniature cookie form.

What’s your favorite two-in-one dessert combo?

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One year ago: Pumpkin Spice Brownies

Three years ago: Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate with Oreo Crumbs
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