Can’t Get Enough-Pumpkin Pie Pudding

Continuing on ALL things Pumpkin, this week I made a wonderful, quick little breakfast….ahem…I mean lunch.  OK darn it, it’s a dessert, but don’t judge.

I am so absolutely pumpkin-frenzied this time of year, that when meeting a friend for dinner last week, she brought me a little gift.  She know me well!

A Friend That Knows Me Well, Is a Great Friend Indeed

A Friend That Knows Me Well. Pumpkin Devotion Starbucks Card

This Pumpkin Pie Pudding is good any time of the day, night, or middle of the night and is literally bowl-licking good!  I promise I won’t add that picture!!

It’s super fast, so you can whip it up in a flash.  It’s the fasted pudding I’ve ever made.

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Pumpkin Pie Pudding

¾ Can pureed Pumpkin (not the pie filling) or roast your own pumpkin, scoop and puree in food processor or blender

2 TBSP Pure Maple Syrup

1/4 cup Brown Sugar

1 tsp Cinnamon

¼ tsp Nutmeg

Pinch of Ginger

3 TBSP Cornstarch

1 ½ cups Almond Milk

*Coconut Whipped Cream (a great non-dairy option)

In a medium saucepan add pumpkin, spices and maple syrup.  While stirring, bring to a bubbly boil and continue to cook for 4-5 minutes.

Whisk in the cornstarch, and almond milk.  Whisk together well.  Return to a boil, and continue to cook for another 3 minutes, or until thickened.

Place pudding into bowls and refrigerate until chilled.

Optional: Top with *Coconut Whipped Cream

*Recipe to follow

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Can’t Get Enough-Pumpkin French Toast

I don’t know about you, but something comes over me this time of year.  It’s this crazy force that makes me want to have Pumpkin…..EVERYTHING!  Pumpkin coffee, pumpkin creamer (homemade) pumpkin pie, pumpkin soup, pumpkin pudding, pumpkin pancakes….I mean lets face it, if I could incorporate pumpkin into every aspect of my life, I most certainly would.  I’m obsessed.  I have been in the kitchen this week cooking up a whole-lotta pumpkin…

And how about the beauty outside right now?  Wow!  I’m just taking in all of this gorgeous weather and extraordinary fall colors right now.

 

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Pumpkin French Toast

1 cup of pureed pumpkin

1 1/2 cups of almond milk (or your favorite non-dairy milk)

2 TBSP cornstarch

2 tsp cinnamon

1 1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp ground cloves

1 TBSP dark brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1 stale Baguette sliced into 1 inch thick slices (I always go into the bakery and ask for a day old, preferably 2 day old baguette, or you can “stale” it yourself in your oven) *If you don’t get stale baguette the inside could be mushy after cooking.

Mix together all ingredients.  Place baguette slices into baking dish.  Pour pumpkin mixture onto bread and coat evenly.

Preheat griddle, cook baguette about 5 minutes, flip and cook other side.  They should be golden to medium brown when cooked through.

Serve drizzled with cinnamon non-dairy butter,  warm syrup and coconut milk whipped cream.

 

Splendid Fall

It’s Friday and I am so happy for that! We have a full weekend with NOTHING on our calendar!  Thankful!

The past 3 weekends I (we) have been on the run, out-of-town.  One Canadian adventure to see friends and participate in some fabulous wine events/tastings for 4 days during their Fall wine crush.  A quick out-of-town to the Gorge to see Maroon Five with 7 crazy girls, only to have them cancel due to weather.  I mean…what’s a little hurricane force winds, right?  We had a blast, nonetheless….and last weekend, in Seattle.  Seattle was a wind down weekend.  After an amazing summer, we wanted a little closeness with our Cub.  High school flies by, as we saw with our older kids.  They literally step onto the high school campus as freshman, and in the blink of an eye, you are watching them cross that stage, being handed their diploma.  The older they get, the harder it is to really have that quality time.  I heard the idiom once that trying to have quality time with teenagers is like nailing jello to a wall.  That’s some truth right there!  Now, I’m not a helicopter parent.  I don’t hover over my kids and require them to sit on my lap when they would rather be (and should be) out exploring the World, becoming independent, and finding out who they are and their place in this life, but we really felt like we needed some good one-on-one time with her.  So off to Seattle we went for along weekend.  Everything about it was delectable.  We laughed, shopped (that girl can SHOP) indulged in some amazing food, and sought out some sites that we had not visited in a long time.

In Canada at the Farm to Table event.  Gorgeous 6 course dinner, paired beautifully with wines from the Okanagan Valley.

In Canada at the Farm to Table event. Gorgeous 6 course dinner, paired beautifully with wines from the Okanagan Valley.

What's a trip to Seattle without seeing the Gum Wall?

What’s a trip to Seattle without seeing the Gum Wall?

....and the Fremont Troll?

….and the Fremont Troll?

An afternoon in Who-ville.  Loved these Sonic Blooms and hearing their symphonic sounds and we walked under them.

An afternoon in Who-ville. Loved these Sonic Blooms and hearing their symphonic sounds and we walked under them.

What a great food city Seattle is.  We just enjoyed the moment.  Really savored our family time.  I adore moments like that.  When the world stops spinning, the other people around you are faded out into the background of your minds photo, and all that is there is the three.  We talked about past trips to Seattle, and had some funny stories of when it was the five. It’s weird being a parent with your last child at home.  Thankful are we, that we enjoyed every drop of our kid’s lives growing up.  And still do.  As our older two are off into the world, gleaning their careers, finishing school, and getting ready to move away, we are still proud parents, watching them, relishing who they are becoming as adults, but it’s still strange, to be on the cusp of an empty nest.  We have “trained them up” (Prov 22:6) and now it’s time for them to leap out.

On another note, I am LOVING this fall running weather.  The crispness in the air. The stunning scenery of the changing leaves.  This is truly one of my favorite times of the year.  The colors here are amazing.  God has given us such a beautiful world to live in, and right now, it’s like living in a painting.  I think I forget ever year…. I forget what it looked like, and then fall arrives, and I see it again with fresh eyes.  I am wowed every year!  Hope you are out enjoying it.

I have been laid up with an injury the past few weeks, which has taken me out of my fall marathon.  That saddens me.  But I am so thankful, that with a little rest and some therapy, it is starting to feel better.  I have been out doing some short 4-5 mile runs.  It’s not where I want to be, but it’s where I need to be.  And sometimes, after an injury, you come back stronger than ever, right?  I’m banking on that.  I’m trying to keep a good focus on my form, and trying not to overdo it on the days I feel strong.  That’s a hard thing for a runner.  I’m on “simmer”  which I suppose is just about perfect for Fall.  It’s giving me some time for the other things I love.  Reading, decorating, cooking new recipes (speaking of simmering) and planning my race season for next year.  I have a few races picked out that I am excited about!

Have you started planning for next season?  What races will grace your calendars?

Driving up my hill to our home and stopped dead in my tracks by the beauty of Fall

Driving up the hill to our home and stopped dead in my tracks by the beauty of Fall