I’m digging deep into the archives today to pull out some long-forgotten pumpkin recipes. Some are from the beginning of the blog…so I can guarantee that they are good, but I can’t guarantee the photo quality. ;)

I’m really surprised that I have managed to have this many pumpkin recipes considering that my husband loathes pumpkin almost as much as mushrooms. Crazy dude, that husband of mine.

Pumpkin Recipe Galore - I'm pulling out the best pumpkin recipes that I have shared on the blog over the years!

This Pumpkin Pie Dip is a newbie that I posted last fall. All you need is 3 ingredients and about 3 minutes of time to whip up this crowd pleaser. It’s pretty much like pumpkin pie in dip form. Delish! And the 3 minute-3 ingredient part doesn’t hurt either!

Pumpkin Pie Dip - All you need is 3 ingredients and 3 minutes of time to whip this up!

Is there anything better on a cool fall morning than a warm breakfast? This Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal makes a healthy and delicious breakfast. It’s perfect reheated through the week and freezes wonderfully! You simply must try baked oatmeal if you haven’t.

Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal - Great warm breakfast on a cool fall morning!  Reheats well through the week and freezes wonderfully!

Chex Pumpkin Pie Crunch is a great snack and one of my favorite Chex recipes. It’s packed full of fall flavor!!

Chex Pumpkin Pie Crunch - A great fall snack that is also great for gifting!

A terrible picture, but you have to trust me on this one. Emmy’s Pumpkin Bread is THE best! Simply the best.

Emmy's Pumpkin Bread - Pumpkin Recipes from The Cutting Back Kitchen

I love a good scone with a cup of hot tea. These Pumpkin Scones are delicious and have the most wonderful glaze on them.
Pumpkin Scones - The Cutting Back Kitchen

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins can get me in some serious trouble. Since I’m the only pumpkin-lover in the house I have to freeze most of these for later or else I would eat them all!

Gluten Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

This wins the award for the most unique use of pumpkin – Chicken Tortilla Soup. It’s a favorite around here! You can’t tell at all that it has pumpkin in it and it’s as great healthy dinner!

Chicken Tortilla Soup with Pumpkin

An oldie, but a goodie – one of my very first blog recipes – you can’t go wrong with Paula’s Pumpkin Bars!

Pumpkin Bars - Pumpkin Recipe Round-Up

Make a batch of Pumpkin Spice Latte Mix and you will have enough to drink all week! It’s so delicious it’s dangerous…for my waistline, that is. I want to literally drink it everyday, and that’s just a bad idea.

Pumpkin Spice Latte

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Weekly Menu Plan

by Katie on October 14, 2014

Well, we are officially homeless for the week. This is the week we are getting our first floor wood floors refinished. I shared a “last day of golden oak” picture on Instagram Monday. I took the picture at 9 am and when I returned at 12 to pick a new stain color the golden oak was GONE. It was awesome to see it go.

The doors are now white, the baseboards white, and now new darker floors..the only remaining golden oak is the upstairs bath vanities – and I have big plans for those bathrooms in the near future. :) (I mean no offense if you like golden oak…it just isn’t my thing and I had to live with it for quite some time…so I’m more than ready to see it go.)

I was very nervous about picking a new color. I have to look at these floors every day and it’s not something you just refinish when you feel like it, so I wanted to make sure I got it right. It didn’t end up being as big of a deal as I thought because I pretty much knew in my head what I wanted. I’ve only seen a sample spot done, so I can’t wait to stop over and peek in today and see the stain on the floors. And hopefully we can move back in early next week!!

Until then here is my menu for this week, which includes my parents since we have moved in with them. What is on your menu this week?

menu planning

Breakfast: Quiche Cups or Eggs, Oatmeal

Lunch: Leftovers or Salad

Monday- Slow Cooked Spaghetti Sauce and Salad
Tuesday- Beef Cabbage Soup and Fresh Gluten-Free Bread
Wednesday- Homemade Pizza
Thursday- Creamy White Chili and Garlic Biscuits or Grilled Cheese
Friday- Breakfast for dinner
Saturday-  Out to eat
Sunday-  Out to eat


About the Book:
The Old Testament Comes to Thrilling Life in the Latest from Lynn Austin

In one life-changing moment, the lives of the Jewish exiles in Babylon are thrown into confusion and despair when a decree arrives from the king’s palace in Susa. It calls for the annihilation of every Jewish man, woman, and child throughout the empire on the thirteenth day of Adar, in less than one year. Ezra, a quiet Jewish scholar and teacher, is suddenly called upon to lead the community as they seek God for a reason for this catastrophe. When a second decree arrives, authorizing them to fight back, Ezra is thrust into the role of military leader as they defend themselves against their enemies.

When the battles come to an end, Ezra’s brother Jude is dead and Ezra is required by the Law he so diligently studies to marry Jude’s widow, Devorah, and provide an heir. Fatherhood changes Ezra, and he asks God to make a way for him and the other exiles to leave Babylon for good and return to Jerusalem. His prayers are answered and the exiles move to Judea to revitalize worship at the temple—but the fight to keep God’s Law is never easy. As more and more of his community are tempted, a new battle emerges . . . this one for the survival of God’s covenant and the souls of His chosen faithful.


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About the Author:

Bestselling author Lynn Austin has sold more than one million copies of her books worldwide. She is an eight-time Christy Award winner for her historical novels, as well as a popular speaker at retreats and conventions. Lynn and her husband have raised three children and live near Chicago.

My Thoughts:

If you have been around my blog for a while, you probably know that Lynn Austin is one of my favorite authors. She just has such a special way with words and her stories always draw me in and I just can’t put them down.

I read and reviewed the first book in The Restoration Chronicles series, Return to Me last year so I was thrilled to have the opportunity to review her latest book in the series.  I really enjoyed this book – it took me a little bit to get into it, but then the story just started rolling and I didn’t want to put it down.

I especially how she weaved the books of Ezra and Esther together. She drew me in to the time and I felt like I was right there experiencing all of it with them. I enjoyed it so much that it inspired me to go bad read the book of Ezra.

It was such a great story and I can’t wait to for the next book to come out!

Read what other bloggers are saying about this book.

Keepers of the Covenant Lynn Austin

Disclosure: I was given this book for free from Litfuse in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


Weekly Menu Plan

by Katie on October 7, 2014

I will be cooking through Thursday this week and then we will have to resort to eating out or quick eating as we have to move out of our house because we are getting our floors refinished next week.

We have been working on house projects for what seems like forever. I’m tired of talking about it, I’m tired of working on it and I’m just ready to be DONE.  After the floors are completed there are only finishing touches to complete – and anything else we do in this house will be hired out.

The end is in sight, but before that we have to pack up our entire first floor and move it out of the house. Appliances, a full pantry of food, items in the fridge/freezer, furniture…everything…like we are packing and moving to a new house.  Only we aren’t.  Then a week or two later we have to bring it back in and unpack. Is it worth it? I think so, but I’m not looking forward to the work I have to do this week!

We are eating easy dinners so I can spend my time packing things up!  What kind of meals do you make when you are short on time?

menu planning

Monday- Ham Fried Rice
Tuesday- White Chicken Chili and Salad
Wednesday- Sweet Potato with Turkey Sausage, Apple and Onion with Salad
Thursday- Fall Quinoa Salad
Friday- Out to eat or something easy
Saturday- Out to eat
Sunday- Out to eat


Cherry Baked Oatmeal Cups {Perfect Back to School Freezer Breakfast}

October 1, 2014

Cherry Baked Oatmeal Cups make mornings easier!  Mornings are hard, right? Nobody likes getting up early. You’re tired. You’re in a crazy rush to get out the door on time. And you know what often gets neglected? Breakfast. {If you are shaking your head no to everything I just said…well, I’m afraid we can’t be […]

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Menu Plan Monday

September 29, 2014

My menu plan can be summed up with two words this week – EATING OUT!  Okay, that’s a joke, but I’m not going to lie…that’s what I feel like doing at this very moment on this very Monday afternoon. I was a baking machine this past week and had what might have been my busiest […]

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Bring A Little Fall Into Your Kitchen Without Spending A Lot

September 26, 2014

Can I just say that I LOVE fall!  There is just something about the pumpkins, mums and beautiful colors of fall!  That whole love thing carries into my home…every room of my home declares the entrance of the best season of the year. My Aunt Cherie is responsible for this fall decorating craziness because her […]

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Atomic Fireball Applesauce

September 24, 2014

Atomic fireballs. Oh my, these were my favorite as a child! This recipe takes me back to my childhood when my Grandma would always have homemade applesauce for us. She would make regular applesauce, but when she broke out the Fireball  Applesauce I was in heaven. Regular applesauce is good and all, but the Atomic […]

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Menu Plan Monday

September 22, 2014

Hello, there! It’s time for another menu plan! This week is a super busy baking week so I’m keeping things pretty easy, utilizing the crock pot and we are eating out a few times from Friday through the weekend because I can’t cook and bake at the same time. I love how my crock pot […]

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Breakfast Enchilada Casserole

September 19, 2014

Raise your hand if you like breakfast for dinner! {hand raised} I happen to be partial to breakfast for dinner for a few reasons. It’s a great inexpensive way to feed you family and, well…saving money makes me happy! I never make a real breakfast during the typical breakfast hours, so if it weren’t for […]

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