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A Warm Fire and Fresh Pumpkin

As I write this I am sitting near a fire with fresh pumpkin pie in the kitchen and an almost empty mug of gingerbread latte beside me. It’s pouring rain outside and I am loving every minute of it. THIS is my favorite time of the year. Plans for Thanksgiving are being made, Christmas is right on the horizon (or right in front of your face if your doing any shopping this week) and my kitchen is stocked with yummy ingredients to make my favorite November cold weather treats.

Most of them I’ve discovered on the internet over the last few years and make perfect Thanksgiving day treats or just something to make on a rainy Sunday afternoon.

I adore Pumpkin Pie and make it a number of times through October and into December. I like to buy the extra large cans of pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling, but canned pumpkin). That way one can will usually make a pie and one of these recipes or two of these recipes.

  • Pumpkin Spice Latte (recipe): I’ve given this crock-pot recipe away to a lot of people over the last few years. It’s been a huge hit at every holiday gathering I’ve made it for. I suppose there are latte recipes that don’t take a crock-pot but I love using the crock-pot because the smell hangs in the house so much more. These are fabulous and easy. Also, you can serve the kids just the latte part (without the coffee) and they’ll love it as well.
  • Pumpkin Soup (recipe): Another popular item I’ve served the last couple years during holiday gatherings. I equate it to being somewhat similar in consistency to tomato soup, except pumpkin of course. It can be served with bread or in a mug. In fact there are many variations our there of this soup, and you could pretty much add whatever you want. And keep in mind this is also a great dish to make when your house is down with a cold. It is the ultimate in comfort food.
  • Pumpkin Cookies (recipe): This has become a Halloween traditional snack in my house. Something we offer friends and family as we prepare to go trick or treating.
  • Pumpkin Pie (recipe): This is (in my opinion) the best pumpkin pie recipe hands down, but I do change one very important thing. This recipe calls for ¾ cup of sugar. I actually split that up and make half of that brown sugar.
  • Pumpkin Chili (recipe): This may sound strange, but give it a chance. Consider putting this on the stove or the crock-pot during a Christmas tree decorating get together or a pre Thanksgiving party. Or, as most of the recipes are perfect for, just a cold and rainy Sunday afternoon…