Purely Pumpkin by Allison Day + A giveaway!

I’m not exactly a hard sell when it comes to all things pumpkin, so I was delighted when I heard Allison Day was working on a pumpkin-packed follow-up to her wonderful first cookbook, Whole BowlsPurely Pumpkin: More Than 100 Seasonal Recipes to Share, Savor, and Warm Your Kitchen came out last week and it’s the most gorgeous ode to one versatile and nutritious fruit. There’s sweet and savoury pumpkin breakfasts, desserts and everything in between — think sharp cheddar, pumpkin, and pecan scones; vegan pumpkin, onion, and spinach lasagna with white bean ricotta; gingerbread pumpkin cheesecake with pecan oat crust; classic pumpkin pie (naturally!); and several better-for-you takes on the beloved pumpkin spice latte. Read on to learn a little more about the book, get Allison’s ah-MAZE-ing recipe for morning glory pumpkin muffins and enter for your chance to win a copy of the book.  Purely Pumpkin by Allison Day + A giveaway!

Five things (and a winner!)

Raise your hand if you’re all ready for Halloween. I see a lotta hands out there! Usually we’re scrambling around at the last minute, but this year we’re nearly set. The decorations are up, the costumes are made, the treats are bought (and sampled) and we even have our pumpkins, ‘tho we won’t carve them ’til tomorrow afternoon. Here’s a peek at some of our prep, plus a few other pics from the past week. Oh! And I’ll announce the winner of my Fall faves contest. (Hugs if you read the post before scrolling down to see who won.)

Halloween monster decoration

If you trick-or-treat at our house you’ll see Frank, the monster hubby made out of cardboard and tissue paper a few years ago. We put him in the front window every year. Scary stuff!

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I’m not dressing up this year (the kids are a vampire and a robot), but I did make these festive pumpkin hair clips to wear. The easy how-to is up on So Fawned, along with my tips for a safe and happy Halloween.

tub time

We even have a little Halloween decor in the bathroom! My guy took a bath after school one day this week with this adorable rubber duckie from Loblaws.

sugar cookies

Okay, these are autumnal rather than Halloween, but they’re in our pumpkin-shaped cookie jar on the kitchen island.

urban barn books final absolutely

And last week I submitted another entry for Urban Barn’s dining hack contest, this time suggesting books as pedestals to elevate serving trays and create visual interest to your table. The grand prize winner will be drawn next Wednesday. Cross your fingers for me, everybody!

And speaking of winners, a huge thanks to all of you who entered my Fall faves contest. I loved reading about your Fall faves and seeing all of your retweets (some of them daily!). I’ll pop the prize in the mail to the winner next week. Was it you? Click here to find out.

Happy Halloween, everybody. Wishing you more treats than tricks and a safe, fun night.

Pumpkin pudding

So it’s the beginning of a new week and you’ve got a million things to do, but trust me when I say you’ll want to find some time to make this pumpkin pudding. It is ridiculous, mes amis.

pumpkin pudding

The recipe’s from my dear friend Carolyn (check out her fab fashion blog!), who loves to curl up with a big bowl or two this time every year.

Make it for a get-together or a night at home with the fam. You’ll thank me. And Carolyn! It is that good.

pumpkin pudding

Pumpkin pudding

Serves 6 to 8

Ingredients

1/2 cup + 1 tbsp of room temperature butter
1 cup (I use half a cup, it’s plenty!) + 1/3 cup of brown sugar
1 egg
2/3 cup of pure pumpkin
1 cup of flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp cloves (I use 1/2 tsp cinnamon plus 2 heaping tsps pumpkin spice instead of the nutmeg and cloves)
1/4 cup raisins
1 2/3 cup of boiling water
1/2 cup orange juice

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 325 F.

Grease a 2-quart baking dish.

Cream together 1/2 cup of butter and 1/3 cup of brown sugar. Beat in egg and pure pumpkin.

In a separate bowl, stir flour, baking powder, salt and spices. Gradually stir into the pumpkin mixture. Fold in the raisins.

Spoon batter into prepared baking dish . Sprinkle 1 cup of brown sugar over the mixture. (I use half a cup and it’s deelish!)

Combine 1 tbsp of butter, boiling water and orange juice in a bowl. Pour slowly and evenly over the entire mixture (this will look weird but it’s right).

Bake for 45 minutes.

Serve warm and top with whipped cream.

Five things

Last week was exciting, mes amis! Starting with the grand opening of Ottawa’s first American Girl boutique in one of our favourite stores, Chapters! The Rideau Street location is one of just four specialty boutiques across Canada.

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My daughter’s pored over the dolls and their accessories in the American Girl catalogues countless times, so she was enchanted to see and touch them in person. And bonus, a goodie bag for every visitor on opening day! Lily has been playing with her doll dining kit all week. (It was in the bag, along with a doll-sized t-shirt Lily put on another doll as soon as we got home.)

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We completed another DIY for So Fawned, this DIY pumpkin bowling using toilet paper for pins and mini pumpkins and gourds for the bowling balls. Check out the easy how-to!

Steves birthday cake

Somebody couldn’t keep her fingers out of her dad’s birthday cake. Those are Malteasers around the outside (aka Whoppers in the US).

you wonderful thing you for blog

Sunday the kids were at a playdate for most of the day, so I took some time to write some snail mail. Isn’t it so nice to get a letter in the mail?

gourd table setting

And remember my gourd tea light holders? Last week they were featured on Urban Barn’s blog! I know, what? Hop on over and take a look! (Love Urban Barn!)

Hope you have a great week ahead, everybody.

(Mine aren’t normally this exciting but you know, we try to make our own fun.)

Five things

Okay, so we cannot talk about this week without mentioning the weather. Suddenly it’s Fall! And suddenly so c-c-c-cold. We are this close (um, that’s really close) to turning on the heat.

Converse

I love my Converse, but I wouldn’t mind a few more warmer days for flip flops, you know?

Benny and pumpkin

Yes Halloween’s still a month and a half away but I couldn’t help myself — I bought a pumpkin. It’s festive!

apples

First apples of the season this week from a neighbour’s tree. I turned most of them into applesauce in the crockpot.

Nordicware-pocket-pie-press

… and saved a few to make more wee pies with my Nordic Ware pocket pie press. It’s the same one I used for the Concord grape pies (now on Foodgawker too!)

DIY mallet collie 2

And my DIY puzzle piece hooks are up on So Fawned. I don’t know why I didn’t make them ages ago. Our coats and backpacks are so much more organized now that we’ve got these hanging up at our back door.

Hope you’ve got a good week ahead, everybody!