Pumpkin Posts

Cake Pan Pumpkin Cookie

I saw a recipe out there, and I just knew I had to make it PUMPKIN…… If you out there on Instagram you may have seen this recipe by registered dietitian, @rachaelsgoodeats on Instagram. When I saw this dreamy recipe, I just knew it had […]

Pumpkin White Cheddar Mac & Cheese

Happy Monday pumpkin people! Chicago has taken a turn back to winter lately….brr! The temperatures dipped over the weekend, which had me craving something warm and cheesy and pumpkin-y! I had a box of Banaza pasta handy in my pantry, and just like I like […]

Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai, Apple of My Eye

Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai, Apple of My Eye

As I continue to explore the squash family (lol, aka I don’t discriminate when it comes to gourds!) I’ve found that spaghetti squash is cooler, easier to make, and more delicious than I ever thought! A few weeks ago I made some spaghetti squash, ever so simple, with just parmesan cheese and black pepper, which got me thinking how many more things it could lend itself to.

So I bring you this recipe for spaghetti squash pad thai! Instead of the peanut pad thai sauce you often come across at restaurants, I changed it up with almond butter, and it honestly tasted amazing!  I came home to find my mom eating it, and she’s a tough critic when it comes to non-Polish food, so I’d say that means you have to try it. It can be eaten literally out of the squash….you don’t even have to put it on a plate if you really can’t manage the dishes…..! It’s a one stop shop for flavor, colors, nutrients, protein, fiber, healthy carbs, and a little kick.

I loved the way this Asian squash “boat” came out, and I know you will too!

Ingredients

For the squash

  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 1 cup snow peas
  • 5-6 baby carrots, grated
  • 8-10 mini red, yellow & orange peppers,  julienned into thin strips
  • 1 egg, scrambled
  • 1 lime, quartered

For the sauce

  • 2 tbsp. low sodium soy sauce, I used this one
  • 2 tbsp. rice wine vinegar
  • 1 generous tbsp. of almond butter (homemade) 
  • 1 tbsp. (or a little less) grated, fresh, ginger

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut through spaghetti squash lengthwise and scoop out all of the seeds. Coat with olive oil and salt and pepper. Roast for 45-50 minutes, and let cool for 30 minutes before scraping spaghetti out with a fork

Meanwhile, prepare veggies and sauce. Sautee snow peas and peppers. Use a fork to loosen the spaghetti squash, then spoon sauce over squash. Add veggies, including grated carrot. Scramble the egg and put it on top of the veggies. Garnish with one quarter of the lime and enjoy!

I hope you like this recipe, and I would love to know what you think if you try it! Don’t forget to sign up for my FALL 2017 e-newsletter below! You don’t want to be in the dark on new pumpkin products come August when that first pumpkin spice latte strikes!

xoxo,

Pumpkin girl

When Places Do Pumpkin: 2017, Part I: Pret A Manger

Missed my train, took a lap around the train station and what do I see? Pret A Manger is serving up a new toasted tortilla with butternut squash! A butternut squash ricotta toasted tortilla, that caught my eye because aside from Panera in the fall, […]

Renting the Runway & Recipe Testing // Happy President’s Day Weekend!

Renting the Runway & Recipe Testing // Happy President’s Day Weekend!

The gorgeous bride, Briana and I! Not much feels better then the Sunday of a 3 day weekend….amirite?! This weekend was especially sweet because it was one of my childhood best friend’s wedding! She was a stunning, glowing, radiant, insert any other adjective for gorgeous, […]

Every Bath & Body Works PUMPKIN Scent Ranked

Every Bath & Body Works PUMPKIN Scent Ranked

It’s time to stop and smell the pumpkins….

Pumpkin scents being back at Bath and Body Works is right up there with when Starbucks not so secretly brings PSL’s back in August. Don’t try to hang out with me the day after Labor Day. I’m busy hitting all stores I deem “pumpkin lovers”… bath and body works being near the top on that list! I don’t know if it’s the pictures of leaves and perfect pumpkins on the labels of these scents, or their names that I love more. If you’ve never stocked up on pumpkin hand cream, anti-bacterial soap, body spray, body wash, body cream, body lotion, shower gel, or bubble bath, from BB&W’s pumpkin collection I’m not sure you’ve experienced fall to it’s fullest. If you don’t smell like a pumpkin, you’re not doing it right. And I haven’t even mentioned the candles!

So here we go, I’m taking the time to stop and smell the pumpkins. Literally. You can thank me when it’s still hot out but that huge sign at Bath and Body Works announcing their fall flavor draws you in, and it’s over. Banana pumpkin muffin, pumpkin french toast…it might get confusing if I’m eating these or putting them on my body, so try to keep up! Enter my room and you’d think I’m living in one of these candles. And that’s just the way I like it!

#18 Pumpkin Woods

Maybe because I'm not outdoorsy, but the pumpkin in this one was lost on me! I do love the cute owl on the label, so props for that one BBW, just don't put me in the woods because that's not where the pumpkins are.... Maybe because I’m not outdoorsy, but the pumpkin in this one was lost on me! I do love the cute owl on the label, so props for that one BBW, just don’t put me in the woods because that’s not where the pumpkins are….

#17 Pumpkin Cranberry Cider

I do love dried cranberries in my pumpkin bread, and this scent reminded me of a sweet pumpkin dream. Not my favorite, but if cranberries are your thing it's definitely something to mull over...get it?! I do love dried cranberries in my pumpkin bread, and this scent reminded me of a sweet pumpkin dream. Not my favorite, but if cranberries are your thing it’s definitely something to mull over…get it?!

#16 Pumpkin Berry Crumble

Maybe it's the blue color of the label that doesn't draw me into this one, but anything pumpkin flavored with a crumble gets points in my book. When it's 3 for $12, this would be my 3rd! Maybe it’s the blue color of the label that doesn’t draw me into this one, but anything pumpkin flavored with a crumble gets points in my book. When it’s 3 for $12, this would be my 3rd!

#15 Pumpkin Spiced Cheesecake

I make a pumpkin cheesecake every year for Thanksgiving. The aroma fills the house and just smelling it baking is like a warm fall hug. You can almost smell the cream cheese and spices all baking together. This one reminds me of that, and I'm all for it! Definitely one to try if you haven't yet.  I make a pumpkin cheesecake every year for Thanksgiving. The aroma fills the house and just smelling it baking is like a warm fall hug. You can almost smell the cream cheese and spices all baking together. This one reminds me of that, and I’m all for it! Definitely one to try if you haven’t yet.

#14 Heirloom Pumpkin

Bring the pumpkin patch to your living room with this one, people. When I pluck a pumpkin right off the vine in the middle of an enchanted pumpkin patch somewhere in Michigan, this is what it smells like. Completely real! Bring the pumpkin patch to your living room with this one, people. When I pluck a pumpkin right off the vine in the middle of an enchanted pumpkin patch somewhere in Michigan, this is what it smells like. Completely real!

#13 Berry Pumpkin Strudel

Fruity, pumpkin fun with this one. It fell short for me though, maybe the decor on the label did too. I love blueberries, but they wouldn't be my fruit of choice to pair with anything pumpkin. That right is reserved for bananas, duh! Save your pumpkin pennies for others.  Fruity, pumpkin fun with this one. It fell short for me though, maybe the decor on the label did too. I love blueberries, but they wouldn’t be my fruit of choice to pair with anything pumpkin. That right is reserved for bananas, duh! Save your pumpkin pennies for others.

#12 Pumpkin Apple

Pumpkin and apple. A quintessential fall combination...and for good reason! I would also call this one tart pumpkin. Think a cross between a granny smith apple and a pumpkin...aka granny pumpkin, or me on a Saturday night!  Pumpkin and apple. A quintessential fall combination…and for good reason! I would also call this one tart pumpkin. Think a cross between a granny smith apple and a pumpkin…aka granny pumpkin, or me on a Saturday night!

#11 Pumpkin Pie

Ah yes. You can't go wrong with this classic pumpkin scent. But with flavors like pumpkin french toast, are you really going to just settle with this one? Think about it. I still got one thought because, yeah.  Ah yes. You can’t go wrong with this classic pumpkin scent. But with flavors like pumpkin french toast, are you really going to just settle with this one? Think about it. I still got one thought because, yeah.

#10 Pumpkin Pecan Waffles

Let me start by saying, I hate pecans! I know! I know! They do go well with pumpkin stuff, but they don't go well with me. I have this one in a mini candle and that's the perfect amount of nutty pumpkin for me!  Let me start by saying, I hate pecans! I know! I know! They do go well with pumpkin stuff, but they don’t go well with me. I have this one in a mini candle and that’s the perfect amount of nutty pumpkin for me!

#9 Caramel Pumpkin Swirl

Ribbons of pumpkin laced into sweet sticky caramel..anyone else thinking of a decadent fall drink? Yeah, best part of this is the scent is calorie free, and lasts longer. A way better investment if you ask me!  Ribbons of pumpkin laced into sweet sticky caramel..anyone else thinking of a decadent fall drink? Yeah, best part of this is the scent is calorie free, and lasts longer. A way better investment if you ask me!

#8 Pumpkin Apple Cider

A little sweet for my taste, but with hints of sweet cinnamon-y apple cider, and buttered rum it may be confusing if your supposed to drink this body wash or use it in the shower! Either way, I don't hate it.  A little sweet for my taste, but with hints of sweet cinnamon-y apple cider, and buttered rum it may be confusing if your supposed to drink this body wash or use it in the shower! Either way, I don’t hate it.

#7 Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin

Correct me if I'm wrong but this scent was one of the original BBW pumpkin scents. I have it in body wash, body lotion, hand cream, mini hand cream, anti bacterial and the list goes on! It will always remind me of fall, and a great gateway scent if you're just getting into the pumpkin game.  Correct me if I’m wrong but this scent was one of the original BBW pumpkin scents. I have it in body wash, body lotion, hand cream, mini hand cream, anti bacterial and the list goes on! It will always remind me of fall, and a great gateway scent if you’re just getting into the pumpkin game.

#6 Salted Caramel Pumpkin

My sister loves everything caramel. You could say that is her flavor! This scent is like a mix of the both of us. Sweet, classy and hard to resist! It's definitely one of my favorite new ones that came out last fall! Caramel lovers won't be able to stay away.  My sister loves everything caramel. You could say that is her flavor! This scent is like a mix of the both of us. Sweet, classy and hard to resist! It’s definitely one of my favorite new ones that came out last fall! Caramel lovers won’t be able to stay away.

#5 Pumpkin Spice

The queen B of pumpkin scents, if you will. Anything but basic, this scent will put you right in the mood for fall, especially if you buy it in August when it's still summer. White barn is affiliated with BBW, so if you have one of those near you, you won't miss out on the pumpkinpalooza! The queen B of pumpkin scents, if you will. Anything but basic, this scent will put you right in the mood for fall, especially if you buy it in August when it’s still summer. White barn is affiliated with BBW, so if you have one of those near you, you won’t miss out on the pumpkinpalooza!

#4 Pumpkin Banana Muffin

Does anything sound better than actually eating one of these bad boys?! I'd take a pumpkin banana muffin any time, any where and that's just how I feel about this scent! Light the candle and bake some muffins, people.  Does anything sound better than actually eating one of these bad boys?! I’d take a pumpkin banana muffin any time, any where and that’s just how I feel about this scent! Light the candle and bake some muffins, people.

#3 Marshmallow Pumpkin Latte

This scent is like a fluffy pumpkin cloud. Can someone please tell me how to make an actual marshmallow pumpkin latte that I can drink while I rub marshmallow pumpkin latte lotion all over?! I'm obsessed with this one and have it in every single shape and form....you should too!  This scent is like a fluffy pumpkin cloud. Can someone please tell me how to make an actual marshmallow pumpkin latte that I can drink while I rub marshmallow pumpkin latte lotion all over?! I’m obsessed with this one and have it in every single shape and form….you should too!

2# Coconut Pumpkin Latte

Am I on a tropical island or pumpkin patch?! Or both?! This scent is the best of both worlds, and if you know a place where I can get an actual coconut pumpkin latte, I want to know! Stock up on this one in the hand soap, because long after you've washed your hands you'll smell this, and be happy for fall, pumpkin and life!  Am I on a tropical island or pumpkin patch?! Or both?! This scent is the best of both worlds, and if you know a place where I can get an actual coconut pumpkin latte, I want to know! Stock up on this one in the hand soap, because long after you’ve washed your hands you’ll smell this, and be happy for fall, pumpkin and life!

#1 Pumpkin French Toast

To give you a complete picture of why I picked pumpkin french toast as TOP PUMPKIN BATH & BODY WORKS SCENT, I can't even have this candle open in my room without automatically feeling hungry, thinking about fluffy pumpkin french toast and running to the kitchen to start making brunch. Absolute pumpkin genius with this one and recipe inspiration too! When you see this one out this fall, grab as many as you can and run! To give you a complete picture of why I picked pumpkin french toast as TOP PUMPKIN BATH & BODY WORKS SCENT, I can’t even have this candle open in my room without automatically feeling hungry, thinking about fluffy pumpkin french toast and running to the kitchen to start making brunch. Absolute pumpkin genius with this one and recipe inspiration too! When you see this one out this fall, grab as many as you can and run!

xoxo,

Pumpkin Girl

No Bake Pumpkin Oat Energy Bites

Roll em’, pop em’ and forget about em’! Don’t forget about these though, because they are seriously a must have when on the go this fall! They are the perfect mini bites of pumpkin indulgence you can feel good about—the best part is, this recipe […]

Pumpkin Chocolate Avocado Mousse

If I didn’t tell you, wouldn’t even know there was avocado OR pumpkin in this recipe. At a restaurant in Seattle this past fall, I had my first taste of chocolate avocado mousse. I did the whole “i’m just going to have a bit” thing […]

Pumpkin Spice Almond Butter

Pumpkin Spice Almond Butter

Pumpkin Spice Almond Butter

It’s no secret I’m a big fan of pumpkin spice peanut butter. Correction, I’m a big of peanut butter in general! When I don’t have peanut butter with something for breakfast, I feel like my whole day is out of whack. Any one else?! I do like switching it up with almond butter once in awhile, and having a Vitamix makes it super easy to not pay over ten bucks for a jar! (I buy my almonds in the bulk section of the grocery store when they’re on sale!) So especially this time of year, adding pumpkin pie spice extract and extra pumpkin pie spice to my almond butter was a NO brainer, and I’m telling you I can’t stop putting it on everything! It’s perfect on top of pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin waffles, with a banana, or just by the spoonful after a long day. Recipe below! You bettah, make this buttah 🙂

Ingredients

2 cups almonds, chopped into pieces

2 Tbsp. coconut oil

4-5 drops of pumpkin pie spice extract

1-2 heaping Tbsp. pumpkin pie spice

Directions

Place almonds, coconut oil, and pumpkin pie extract in Vitamix. Blend on high. Reduce speed as almond butter begins forming. On low, add pumpkin pie spice. Refrigerate and enjoy! 

New Year in New York Update!

New Year in New York Update!

  It’s been a while since I sat down to write and reflect on the happenings of my life, but today felt like just the right time to do so. I came back to the city after a long hiatus at home in Chicago for […]