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

The Simple Joy of Autumn


Autumn is my favorite time of year. I always feel a sense of renewal when the leaves begin to change, the days grow shorter & the weather becomes cooler. Even living in SoCal has not lessened my love of Autumn. The change of seasons may be more subtle but they are apparent. I find myself energized, preparing our home for winter, pulling out my sweaters &, best of all, BAKING!

I decorate our home for Autumn, adding touches of Halloween when October arrives. I begin thinking about Thanksgiving & the, GASP, Christmas! Yes, this time of year not only increases my energy but my creativity as well!

To help you enjoy Autumn, to relieve the stress it brings with a return of school & busy schedules after a relaxing, slow paced summer, my friend, Shaunna Privratsky & I have put together a collection of articles & recipes for you & your family. Just click the link below to download your FREE copy! And keep an eye out for our FREE Thanksgiving & Christmas e-books! Enjoy!

The Simple Joy of Autumn

Chocolate Chip Cake Mix Cookies

You have your small group coming over today & there’s no time to run to the store for refreshments. Now what? Easy! Make a batch of these delicious & oh-so simple cookies for your gathering. Everyone will want the recipe & will never believe you when you give it to them! Oh, you better make a second batch for your family. I guarantee you won’t have any leftover for them!

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

51 Slow-Cooker Suppers

Slow Cooker Red beans & Rice

You KNOW how crazy I am about my slow cookers! And if you don’t you should know right off that I have 3 of them: small, medium & large! I prepare entire meals using my slow cookers, including most of my Thanksgiving meal. But more on that later. I am ALWAYS on the lookout for new slow cooker recipes. I believe you can cook anything (almost) in a slow cooker. Plus, you can put the meal together in the crock the night before & put dinner on to cook before you head out in the morning! Anyway, Southern Living has added to my slow cooker repertoire with this selection of, COUNT THEM, 51 slow cooker recipes. These are perfect for your small group days, allowing you to enjoy your fellowship while comforted by the thought your family will enjoy a fabulous dinner!

Slow Cooker Recipes

Kick Off Summer with Memorial Day Desserts


Sweeten up your Memorial Day menu with these recipes from Delish.

Delicious Easter Brunch Recipes


Easter brunch at your house this year? No need to panic! Whether you are serving a few or a crowd, BHG has a selection of recipes to help you host a fabulous, and low stress, event!

40 Fresh New Ways to Cook with Spring Produce

Salt-and-Pepper Chicken with Spring Quinoa Pilaf

Winter is made for comfort food that is hearty & sometimes rich. However, when the weather turns warmer & Spring breezes in, it’s time to lighten up your family menu. One of the best ways to do this is by adding plenty of fresh produce to your recipes. Not sure how to begin? Country Living has so many Springtime recipes for you to try, you may never run out! Enjoy!

Spring Produce

Wonderful Winter-Break Breakfasts

I know many of you have made a commitment to enjoy healthier meals in 2015. I agree! But I also feel it is important to start the day off with a hearty, healthy breakfast. Not a huge meal but enough of the great fuel you & your family need to get going & keep going!
I’m sharing these fabulous breakfast ideas from Betty Crocker to help you create incredible breakfasts for your incredible family! Enjoy!

Winter Breakfasts

The Simple Joy of Summer

Grab your swimsuit & get ready! We are celebrating summer this week on A Life of Simple Joy! I have tips & ideas to make this summer less stressful & more enjoyable for the whole family! Grab a cool beverage, sit back & relax with Simple Joy!

The Simple Joy of Summer

The Weekly Buzz The Fourth of July

The Weekly Buzz The Fourth of July

I’ve started a new podcast designed to help you soar in all aspects of your life. The first episode, I discuss bees, offer tips on choosing a Vacation Bible School for your kids, share my Yankee Doodle Party idea & more! Enjoy!

The Fourth of July