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Fall Bucket List for Kids – Free Printable for Family Fun

Fall bucket list - Over 100 ideas for kids, teens, families, and adults for the autumn season! Includes crafts, recipes, and lots of fun activities indoors and outdoors. Free printable.

Have you ever heard of a bucket list? I’m thinking that you probably have, thanks to the wonderful movie by the same name a few years ago (like eleven!), and its many incarnations all throughout social media. Just in case you haven’t, the bucket list is supposed to be a list of things you want to do “before you kick the bucket.” I’ve taken a little different spin on it, creating lists of things for families to do in the season that they’re in, fun things to enjoy before the world moves on to something else, before life changes too … Read more

Pumpkin Flan

Pumpkin Flan

I like flan a lot. A lot lot. I know I have many favorite desserts, but flan really is one of my favorites. I love the creamy sweet custard and the slightly bitter sugary syrup and the dark brown top. Flan is just amazing, way better than cake or pie. I have cut and roasted two of the twelve large pumpkins we bought a couple of weeks ago. We’ve had roasted pumpkin seeds (twice), pumpkin pie pancakes, a disappointing pumpkin custard, and now an amazing pumpkin flan. As impressive as flan is, you might think it’s hard to make. It … Read more

Pumpkin Pie with Pecan Crumb Topping

Pumpkin pie says Thanksgiving to me. It’s not my favorite pie (that would be pecan), but I’m never able to leave it off of my Thanksgiving menu. This recipe is the best pumpkin pie I’ve ever eaten, due mostly to the thick layer of pecan crumb that I dribble over the pumpkin before baking. It could also have something to do with the whipped topping I dollop on top. This recipe and 11 others appear in Your Best Thanksgiving Ever!, the ebook I published in October. All 12 will grace my table this Thursday.   Print Recipe Pumpkin Pie with … Read more

Halloween Traditions

I don’t like Halloween. I don’t like celebrating scariness. I don’t like ghouls and goblins. I don’t like the dark, being afraid, collecting a glut of candy. It’s just not my thing. I know I’m not the only Mom who dislikes it. I asked on Twitter one day, and dozens of other Moms responded, “Me, too!” and “Let’s just agree to skip it!” Still, Grace goes to preschool, and she would notice if we skipped Halloween. She and her friends have a party at school, and they talk about their costumes for weeks before the big event. If I made … Read more

‘Tis the Season for Pumpkins

pumpkin pie with pecan topping

Grace, Joe, and I spent this afternoon at a Halloween party. It was sponsored by the local government and geared toward little kids. Everything was fun, nothing was scary. That’s my kind of Halloween party. One of the activities was painting pumpkins. We’re developing quite the collection of pumpkins around here. So many that we’ll need to be using them soon. Do you know how to use a fresh pumpkin? It’s really quite simple. Over the years, I’ve used fresh pumpkins for ice cream sundaes, milkshakes, cookies, cakes, and pumpkin rolls. I don’t think I’ve ever had any pumpkin foods … Read more

How to Cook with Fresh Pumpkin

How to cook with fresh pumpkin - It's simple and easy to use fresh pumpkins to make puree. You can freeze it to save it for later use in recipes like pie, bread, and cookies. What to do with a fresh pumpkin to make a healthy meal. Great for fall and especially Thanksgiving.

Cooking with Fresh Pumpkin Until very recently, I was under the impression that pumpkin came from a can. Har har. I knew it was a vegetable from a vine, but I didn’t know how to use one. I had no idea how to select a fresh pumpkin, how to cook one, or what to do with the pulp. And then I got a couple of fresh pumpkins for free. I couldn’t let them go to waste, so I figured out how to use fresh pumpkin. Here’s what I learned: Picking a Fresh Pumpkin When you select a pumpkin, choose one … Read more