Pumpkin Bandwagon

I jumped on the pumpkin bandwagon this weekend.  Actually, we tried to squeeze in as many fall events we could this weekend before it was too late.

We got an early start Saturday morning to check out Casket Races…

casket race

What a riot!  Some really creative designs, including one made of 1100 lbs of ice.  I hope they keep this tradition going.

We went costume shopping, hit the farmer’s market, and I got in my last long run before the marathon.  Eight miles, done and done. Stopped by a neighbors block party and then had a few pumpkin beers with friends before heading to the main event, a Halloween party.  Such a fun night and as always lots of amazing costumes.


Sunday was not too productive, except in the kitchen.  Last time I was at Whole Foods I grabbed a few cans of pumpkin to have on hand.  With everyone posting all kinds of pumpkin recipes lately I knew they would come in handy.


This pumpkin is so different from the Libby I am used to using, it was like solid pumpkin and not a puree.  On the menu tonight, Pumpkin Ragu over pasta.  I used turkey Italian sausage, but beside that I followed the recipe exactly.  Delicious!  There was over half a can of pumpkin left, so found a recipe to incorporate it into dessert.

pumpkin chocolate chip cookies

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies, yes please!  Even better with a pumpkin spice latte.  This year Starbucks makes it easy and convenient to make them at home.

pumpkin spice starbucks

I stocked up on these to get us through Thanksgiving.  Oh, and has any tried the Hershey Pumpkin Spice Kisses? YUM O!



  1. Aimee says:

    I swear Hershey’s is the devil! No I haven’t tried the pumpkin spice kisses yet, but I’ll be on the lookout. I’m all over pumpkin. I’m eating it in my oatmeal this morning. It’s funny though come January whatever cans I have left will likely sit there until next year.

  2. biz319 says:

    Glad the pumpkin ragu turned out for you! I still wouldn’t know pumpkin was in there if I didn’t put it in there myself!

    I am getting my stitches off at lunch – I got 9.3 miles in before work – I think I’ll make my 170 mile goal by Friday!!

    So excited for your race!!! (while I’ll probably still be in my pajamas!)

  3. jillyinmn says:

    Try making snickerdoodle kiss cookies with those bad boys. They are delish! Every time I go to Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s I buy at least two cans, but right now I am actually out again, I have been using pumpkin in everything and I love that pumpkin fluff dip, I use no fat so sugar vanilla pudding and low fat cool whip, delish! I am mad that I missed the pumpkin spiced chai at Trader Joe’s though, I guess it sold out really fast.

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the pink lady’s, man she looks so grown up, you have to shrink them, in the dryer they go!

  4. chicago foodie girl says:

    Hershey Pumpkin Spice Kisses are EVIL!! I try to stay far, far away from them because they are just too amazing!

    Also, I love that Farmer’s Market pumpkin. I bought some at WF last year and was a bit surprised by the consistency. I made some pumpkin bread with it and discovered how much more flavorful is actually is – I’m never switching back to Libby’s!

  5. Sara says:

    Loving the casket races – what a great idea, I’ve never heard of anywhere doing that! Great costumes too. 🙂 I’m totally craving some of those pumpkin cookies now, yum…

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