30 Sweet and Savory Pumpkin Recipes to Get You Pumped for Fall

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Nothing says Autumn like pumpkins. This time of year, there are dozens of pumpkin products in stores & restaurants for us to enjoy. I love the way my home smells when I make pumpkin bread. What a wonderful, welcoming fragrance for any home!

I always pick up a few pumpkin products to enjoy but I also like making my own pumpkin goodies. Therefore, I am ALWAYS looking for new recipes that use pumpkin. How wonderful that Good Housekeeping offers, not just a few but 30 pumpkin recipes for all of us to try!

What is your favorite pumpkin recipe? I invite you to share it with me & other women. It’s always fun to learn all the creative ways we use such a basic ingredient like pumpkin. Enjoy!

Sweet & Savory Pumpkin Recipes

Pineapple Orange Salad

My grandmother made this salad for dinner guests. It is light & tasty. I LOVE it!

Cake Mix Chocolate Chip Cookies


I featured these cookies in my Create Your Own Candy Bar video & I PROMISED to share the recipe! Here it is. And so simple, you will make them all the time!

2014-12-21 14.08.22Ingredients

  • 1 box Duncan Hines™ butter cake mix
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • Chocolate chips

CC cookie batterPreheat oven to 350 degrees. In bowl, mix oil, eggs & vanilla. Add cake mix, mixing thoroughly. The mix may have lumps. Just work it with a spatula until all the dry lumps are mixed in. Add chocolate chips. I have used semi-sweet, a mix of milk chocolate & semi-sweet (half a bag of each) & mini chips. Just add enough chips to it is perfect for you.

Use parchment paper on your cookie sheets. This allows you to prepare all your batches with only 2 cookie sheets. Spoon out batter on paper, 12 if small, 9 if large. Bake 11-12 minutes. Allow to cool. Store in air tight container. Enjoy with cold milk or hot chocolate!

 CC cookies

Cake Mix Snickerdoodles

I teach a Bible Study for women every Tuesday evening. We meet for dessert first so we can visit before we begin our class. I usually bake cookies for the group every week. Well, not just cookies but cake mix cookies! I have found great joy discovering new ways to create yummy cookies for my family, friends & people at church.

Last week, I noticed a recipe for Snickerdoodles on the box of Duncan Hines yellow cake mix. Snickerdoodles are one of my very, very favorite cookies but I never baked them. With this recipe, I will be baking them all the time. I am sharing the recipe below Use the Duncan Hines cake mix to make your Snickerdoodles. Other mixes then to make cookies that have a cake-like consistency. These look & taste like regular cookies. So easy. I like to impress people with my smarts as well as my talent in the kitchen. Nothing is smarter than finding a simpler way to do something!


  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 package Duncan Hines yellow cake mix
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Cinnamon & Sugar
Cinnamon & Sugar

Combine cinnamon & sugar in small bowl.

Batter Bowl from Sur la Table
Batter Bowl from Sur la Table

Mix oil, eggs & a splash of vanilla together. The recipe didn’t call for vanilla but it can’t hurt!)

Scrap sides well. Mix by hand.
Scrap sides well. Mix by hand.

Add cake mix & blend well. The mix becomes a bit lumpy. Just keep working it with a spatula until it is smooth.

Use a shallow wide container to coat cookies
Use a shallow wide container to coat cookies

Shape dough in 1″ balls & roll in sugar mixture.

LOVE parchment paper!
LOVE parchment paper!

The recipe says you should grease your cookie sheets. I always use parchment paper. It is fabulous! It allows me to make all my sheets of cookies while only having 2 actual cookie sheets! I was able to get 9 cookies on each sheet. You can flatten the cookies with the bottom of a glass. I didn’t. I like them looking rugged!

Bakery fresh & just as good!
Bakery fresh & just as good!

Bake for 8-9 minutes. Allow to cool completely. Store in air tight container. Great with spiced tea, hot apple cider or cold apple juice!

Basic Muffins

Fresh Strawberry & Blueberry Muffins
Fresh Strawberry & Blueberry Muffins

I love a basic muffin recipe. Even a basic muffin mix. This allows me to make any kind of muffin. I am now making fresh muffins on Saturday for our continental breakfast at church (FPCO) on Sunday. Today, I used a basic mix someone found for me. I haven’t been able fond a basic mix in a few years. Fortunately, I have a recipe from my grandmother, the Infamous Lena B. I can use to make a variety of muffins. Having to mix the muffins from scratch in messy & time consuming. Really like the mix better. If you know where I can find basic (plain) muffin mix, PLEASE let me know!

When making from scratch, I prefer to make enough for at least 2 weeks. Thus, I only have the mess for one week. Messy but worth it. I LOVE the people at my church so my baking is a labor of love!

Basic batter with fresh blueberries
Basic batter with fresh blueberries

Here is my recipe:

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup melted butter

Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees. Sift dry ingredients together. Combine liquids. Add liquids to dry ingredients. Stir until dry ingredients are just wet but not smooth. Batter will be lumpy. Fill greased muffin pan (or pan lined with muffin liners) 2/3 full. Bake for 25 minutes. Makes one dozen muffins. You can mix the dry ingredients together ahead of time & store in plastic bags. Only put one batch per bag. Saves on the confusion!

This is a basic recipe. To it, I add a variety of fruit, flavors & nuts. Today, I added fresh strawberries & fresh blueberries. I also use dried fruit. I like cherry/almond muffins, blueberry/pecan muffins, apricot/pecan muffins. I plan to make orange/pineapple & oatmeal/cranberry muffins.

I also make an incredibly easy pumpkin muffin but…. I plan to share that another day!

Fresh Strawberry Muffins hot from the oven
Fresh Strawberry Muffins hot from the oven

Mix up a batch for a week-end morning. Serve with juice, fresh fruit, yogurt, coffee for an wonderfully relaxing morning! I like them on my front porch!

Ah, I LOVE  my Simple Joy Life!

Meatless Chili

Yummy family (or potluck) dish!
Yummy family (or potluck) dish!

It is a cool & cloudy day here in SoCal. Glancing over the posts of friends on FB, it appears to be a cold & snowy day in other parts of the country. Today is the perfect day for my vegetarian chili recipe!

I began making this dish for my friends who are vegetarians.However, many of my meat loving guests also enjoy my special chili.It is made with 4 kinds of beans and plenty of spices to make it thick and flavorful.

  • 1 large can chili beans
  • 1 large can pinto beans
  • 1 large can kidney beans
  • 1 large can black beans
  • 1 cup frozen chopped onions
  • 1 cup frozen chopped green pepper
  • 1 large can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 small can of tomatoes with chilies
  • 1 large can of tomato sauce
  • 1 box vegetable broth
  • garlic salt
  • chili powder
  • hot sauce
  • salt and pepper

Pour chili beans into large crock pot. Drain and rinse other beans. Add to crock pot.

Mix.Add onions and green peppers. Add tomatoes and tomato sauce.Season to taste. Top pot with broth, making chili stirrable but not “soupy.”Simmer on low 4-6 hours adding broth as needed.