Sunday we had our first cool day of the season. The high was 66 degrees. I broke out my monogrammed hoodie and made my favorite Tuscan bean soup for dinner. It was lovely. It was just a tease though… we’re now back in the high 70’s-low 80’s, and look to be there for a little while longer. But that taste of cooler weather kicked my love for all things fall into high gear! And one of the things I love most about fall is pumpkin. Pumpkin everything. Pumpkin baked goods, pumpkin home fragrances, and pumpkin home decor. So, here are some of the pumpkin things I can’t get enough of lately.
It is KILLING me that we go home for Thanksgiving, instead of hosting a dinner ourselves. I was browsing Pinterest the other day and saw pumpkins used as ice buckets for beverages. I LOVE that idea! Pumpkins are fairly cheap (I bought a massive pumpkin at Harris Teeter the other day for $5.) and you can use them throughout the season. If I were hosting a dinner, I’d buy pumpkins now, let them hang out as part of my seasonal decor through October and November, and then make them into ice buckets for Thanksgiving. I’d use one for a wine bucket, and one for beer. The only challenge would be finding pumpkins that are big enough, but based on the ones I’ve seen throughout Virginia, that shouldn’t be a problem!
Along with the pumpkin ice buckets, I saw a small pumpkin used as a dip vessel on a crudité platter. How cute is that? My in-laws always have vegetables and dip out for snacking, and I’d love to use a pumpkin for the dip. You could make it less messy and put the dip in a cup, and then put the cup in the pumpkin. That way it’ll be easier to store any leftover dip.
These mini pumpkin-ginger ice cream sandwiches from Trader Joe’s are AMAZING. I saw them on Instagram last week, and made a stop by TJ’s on my way home. I ate one before I was even out of the parking lot. They’re tiny, but they are so delicious. A serving is two of them, but it takes major self-control to stop at two. They are THAT good!
Pumpkin cupcakes with cinnamon cream cheese frosting. I’ve made these cupcakes so many times, and they are still one of my favorite fall desserts, ever. The recipe is from My Baking Addiction and it is perfect as is. Seriously, I never modify a single thing. The cupcakes are moist and full of flavor, but to me, the star of this recipe is the cinnamon cream cheese. This frosting is absolutely amazing, and I plan on topping more fall baked good with it throughout the season.
How cute are these monogrammed pumpkins?!?! Y’all know I love anything & everything monogrammed, so why not monogram a pumpkin. This could easily be done by hand with some craft paint, or you if you have a vinyl cutter, you could make a monogram in minutes. I would use a fake pumpkin, so I could keep it and use it every year. The black and orange screams Halloween, but gold or cream paint & ribbons would make it useable for all of fall.
Pumpkin challah bread. Is challah not the prettiest bread imaginable? I’m a little intimidated at the thought of making challah (okay, really, really intimidated by the thought of making challah), but this is definitely going on my fall baking list. I’m already drooling over the thoughts of the amazing French toast I could make with this. Maybe with candied pecans on top & homemade cinnamon whipped cream…