Pumpkinfest: 7 Ways to Love Pumpkin


Today is the second week of my new feature “Balance Your Life.” I have teamed up with some pretty incredible ladies  to offer a few ways to bring balance in all areas. The goal is to to share information on four different blogs balancing Spirit, Mind, Body and Heart.


Spirit is represented by Heather @ My Sweet Mission.  Visit her to see what great wisdom she is sharing today.

Body will be represented by Caroline @ Fit Pink Mom. She shares simple exercises to to get the body moving. 

I represent Heart @ Pure Grace Farms and  will be sharing healthy recipes and ideas with an emphasis on whole food. I love sharing with you what’s going on in my kitchen! 

Mind comes from Christina and Millie @ 2 Crochet Hooks  sharing easy crafts you can make from items found in the home, great book reviews, fun games and activities to build memory. Fun stuff, you won’t want to miss. 

I hope Balance your Life enriches your experience here at Pure Grace Farms and you take the opportunity to see the great ideas from all four blogs that may help to bring balance to your life.

Let’s Talk Pumpkin!

Pumpkinfest: 7 Ways to Love Pumpkin The weather in Boise is beginning to turn. I feel a nip in the air that always heralds the coming of fall. I am thrilled! This means harvesting will soon come to an end. Fruits and vegetables will be tucked away in cupboards and freezer, and I will have a brief respite before the holidays are fully upon us.  Pumpkin: Pure and Simple My thoughts turn to leaves of crimson, yellows and oranges, delicious smells from the kitchen and crisp, cool evenings. There will also be pumpkins, an integral part of the fall season. With that in mind, today’s review is all about pumpkins. A true Pumpkinfest of flavors to enjoy this fall season. Roast your pumpkin for a fresh pumpkin puree that adds great flavor and freshness to all your fall treats. If you have never had the pleasure of roasting your own pumpkins, let me suggest that this year be your year. I readily admit canned pumpkin is convenient, but there is a world of difference in flavor when making your own. Did you know that canned pumpkin isn’t really all pumpkin? There may be a touch included in the mixture but butternut squash is usually the main ingredient. I have been roasting my own pumpkins for years and the process is quite simple. Pumpkin also freezes up beautifully. Roast up a few when you can purchase them in the store at a bargain. You’ll then have plenty of pumpkin puree to enjoy all year long. How to make your own fresh pumpkin puree How to Make Fresh Pumpkin Puree Pumpkin Seeds with Cajun Seasoning: Don’t waste those precious pumpkin seeds, roast them instead How To Roast Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkinfest: 7 Ways to Love Pumpkin

I’ve gathered a few recipes around the web this week to highlight all the great ways to enjoy pumpkin. I would love to hear a few of the ways you use pumpkin too. If you have a favorite recipe, leave me a link in the comments to what you like best. I will be sure to visit and spread the love your way.

Pumpkinfest: 7 Ways to Love Pumpkin Pumpkin Spice Scones: Honey and Birch

Pumpkinfest: 7 Ways to Love Pumpkin Pumpkin Oatmeal: Somebody’s Dinner

Pumpkinfest: 7 Ways to Love Pumpkin Pumpkin Bundt Cake With Whiskey Butter Sauce: Pure Grace Farms

Pumpkinfest: 7 Ways to Love Pumpkin Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles: Bourbon and Brown Sugar

Pumpkinfest: 7 Ways to Love Pumpkin Pumpkin Focaccia Bread: A Dash of Sanity

Pumpkinfest: 7 Ways to Love Pumpkin Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins: A Dash of Sanity

Pumpkinfest: 7 Ways to Love Pumpkin

GF  Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies: Mommy Summers


I do hope you enjoyed all the great features this week and take some time to visit each one.

Have a wonderful week!



7 Ways to Love Pumpkin shared with:

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  1. says


    I love pumpkin and you did a great job with your pumpkin roundup. I am ready for Fall and it looks like you are ready too.
    I am going to promote this pumpkin roundup on my Facebook page tonight during Wonderful Wed. Blog Hop.

    Blessings and have a great week!

  2. says

    Hi Shari! This round-up of pumpkin recipes has really gotten me excited for fall and since I love summer as much as I do………that’s saying something. Such wonderful recipes here. Quick question……my cousin made a pumpkin pie from fresh pumpkin and it turned grey. Any idea why it didn’t stay the beautiful orange color?
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      I have never heard of fresh pumpkin turning grey before though the color is quite a bit different than the artificially dyed squash you buy in a can. Usually a paler yellow depending on the variety of pumpkin you use. It is simple to add a little natural color to the pumpkin to give it a nice orange hue. India Tree has some beautiful all natural dyes that work wonderfully. Hope this helps.

  3. says

    Ok. You convinced me. I have never made fresh pumpkin puree, shockingly. We love pumpkin and pumpkin recipes. I’m always in the kitchen baking up a storm. You would think by now I would have tried it. I guess I’m just spoiled with the ease of opening a can. We will be harvesting some pumpkin from the garden soon so I will give it a whirl.

    • says

      Once you get past cleaning the pumpkin seeds the rest is a breeze. Be sure to save those seeds and roast them. So yummy! Thanks for stopping in and taking a moment to comment and have a great rest of your week.

    • says

      Me too. The scones look amazing and I am a huge fan of the pumpkin spice! I may have to break down and make them today with the last bit of pumpkin I have in the freezer.

  4. says

    I have never taken the plunge into making my own pumpkin puree, but I think I will give it a try this year. Thank you for the inspiration Shari!

  5. says

    Hi Shari – Well, I am sad for summer to be growing to a close (although it will linger for quite a while here in SC), but I do love pumpkin. And you have made me realize that, while I bake various kinds of winter squash, I have never made my own pumpkin puree. That seems kind of crazy now that I think of it! Thanks for the tip and the great recipes. Pinning.
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      I have 4 sugar baby pumpkins in the garden just turning orange now. Just in time too since my pumpkin from last year is almost all used up. I am glad you enjoyed the post. Thanks for stopping by.

  6. says

    I absolutely love anything pumpkin flavored and am totally pinning for all these recipes, especially the scones and snickerdoodles. I finally just had my first pumpkin spiced coffee yesterday and also a pumpkin muffin for this fall season and totally couldn’t be happier for this time of the year because of this :)
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    • says

      I look forward every year to my first pumpkins spice latte. It brings back wonderful memories of me walking to work everyday when I was on assignment in Philadelphia. I loved that early morning brisk walk and my daily visit to Starbucks on the way to the hospital. The colors of the leaves were all changing and it was so beautiful. I appreciate you stopping by. Have a wonderful week.


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