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Fall Harvest Pumpkin & Beef Stew, a Bread Bowl’s Best Friend

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There are many things in life that make the best of friends. Certain things partner up in such a way making them better together than they ever could've been apart: a cool evening and a blanket; a good movie and some fresh, hot popcorn; a golden-pink hued sunset and a contemplative walk; a heart filled with love and a warm embrace or a kiss. The things that go together give a little extra definition to life, and create warmth and preciousness; they offer color and a ... {more please!}

Pumpkin Cream Sauce Fettuccine, & Keeping Things Together When They Want To Come Apart

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Ah, the best laid plans... My heart desired nothing more this morning than simplicity: to sit down at my computer, quiet my mind for a moment, and then connect with the writer side of myself and put to paper (or to screen, in this case) my thoughts in order to see what essence or mischievous imp wanted to be unleashed. But alas, things wouldn't go quite as planned, as our water heater decided to fritz out this morning just a little bit, in turn placing my ... {more please!}

A Cozy Thanksgiving: Say Hello To My Little Friend, Spiced Pumpkin Velvet Cake

A Cozy Thanksgiving: Say Hello To My Little Friend, Spiced Pumpkin Velvet Cake post image

I've been making some very good use of pumpkin lately, and I've enjoyed every sweet minute of it. Several weeks back, my son and I went on a pumpkin pie “bender” and baked about four large pies over the course of a few days, as he had asked me if we could find a way to make our own completely-from-scratch pumpkin pie recipe. His request? No canned pumpkin, no pre-made pie crusts, and no whipped cream out of a spray can. And me being overcome with ... {more please!}

A Cozy Thanksgiving: Spiced Pumpkin Cream Parfaits, A No-Bake Treat

A Cozy Thanksgiving: Spiced Pumpkin Cream Parfaits, A No-Bake Treat post image

You may or may not know this about me: I have a thing for dessert parfaits. Though I thoroughly adore the idea of having homemade, from-scratch baked goodies like cookies, cakes, croustades and rustic pies at my fingertips, we don’t usually have those sweet treats but on special occasions, or when I'm specifically in the mood to bake. Here’s my confession: I lack a baker’s patience. It just seems to take too long when that sweet tooth hits to prep all the ingredients, then bake, and ... {more please!}

Roasted Pumpkin Risotto, And The Legacy Of “The Littlest Pumpkin”

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Many years ago, there was a very special, itty-bitty little pumpkin called “The Littlest Pumpkin”, and he belonged to a very special, itty-bitty three-year-old boy, my son. “The Littlest Pumpkin” was about the size of a small apple, and his unblemished and smooth skin was the vibrant, orange-yellow color of a fall fire; his gorgeous golden-green little stem was just slightly curled and twisted at the end, and he sat ever so proudly, perched on my son’s little table in his room, keeping him company as ... {more please!}