Friday Five: Pump up the Pumpkin

Every Friday I’ll indulge my order-crazed brain in a list of randomness. Welcome to my Friday Fives.

*Part 3 of our Park City adventure, aka: The Final Frontier, is coming!*

Last week at this time I was eating cheesecake for dinner. Cheesecake, people! Tonight we’re having salads. *shaking head* What a harsh reality we live in.

Speaking of reality, how is it already September? I’m not ready to pack up my sandals and tank-tops for another nine months. I’m not ready for football tomorrow. I’m not ready for most of what’s coming my way as winter inches closer.

*Most*  …there is one thing.

With September’s ambush also comes the season for Fall baking. And when it comes to Fall baking, I’m Cinderella out way past curfew. It’s Pumpkin City up in heeeeeah. See, mom? Lots of good things happen after midnight. Disney told us so.

(I know, I know…it’s not technically “Fall” yet, but we all know I’m the worst when it comes to patience.)

So far this season I’ve already had pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin doughnuts, pumpkin muffins and a much-anticipated Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino that led to a new nickname for several days.

“Marej”????? Starbucks strikes again.

I recently started following a bunch of pumpkin-specific boards on Pinterest, which has led to my own bursting with new possibilities.

So, until someone comes up with new names for the beloved “Pumpkin Dump Cake” and “Better than Sex Pumpkin Cake,” here are my current top five contenders…coming to a kitchen and blog near you, I hope.

5. Pumpkin Doughnut Muffins

I have my favorite recipe for doughnut muffins and I have a favorite recipe for pumpkin muffins. Close the books, right? Well, what would happen if they got friendly? A little bow chicka bow wow? Oh, no big deal, just possibly the best muffin ever. (We’ll call it the Better than Sex Pumpkin Dump Doughnut Muffin! Or not.)


Photo and recipe credit: Damn Delicious

Doughnut Muffins - EPC

Photo and recipe credit: Ezra Pound Cake

4. Pumpkin Cookies

These cookies from last NYE were a huge hit, especially with Joe, but I’m open to any and all cookies. You know this. Here are some that have me drooling:


Photo and recipe credit: Cooking Classy


Photo and recipe credit: Bake at 350

3. Pumpkin Pizza

Pumpkin isn’t just paired with sugar, ya’ll. Just check out this pizza. We’ve got the most incredible Indian food restaurant here in town—shocker, I know. A bigger shock is that it’s located in a gas station. That’s never stopped me before and I have a feeling we could make some killer pumpkin pizza using their homemade naan. (Minus that chicken sausage, of course.)


Photo and recipe credit: Climbing Grier Mountain

2. Pumpkin Pasta Sauce

Another savory item for the win! Joe and I make a pumpkin mac-n-cheese that’s packed with fall flavors, but sometimes the cheese and apples start to overpower the pumpkin. Not that that’s a bad thing any other day, but I want a rich cream sauce that screams GOURD. What better place to look than some fettuccini alfredo action?


Photo and recipe credit: How Sweet Eats

alfredo TCA

Photo and recipe credit: Tracey’s Culinary Adventures

1. Pumpkin Scones

If you look at my pumpkin board, it is teeming with scone recipes. Who knows which is best, but I’m pretty sure I’ve pinned them all. I’m still trying to perfect high-altitude scones. This might be the best time to try my hand again. (Anything that’s a Starbucks rip-off is at the top of the list. Those things are laced with crack.)

starbucks copycat scones

Photo and recipe credit: Cooking Classy (again!)


Photo and recipe credit: Chelsea’s Messy Apron

snickerdoodle scone

Photo and recipe credit: A Kitchen Addiction

So much nom, you guys. So. much. nom.  Thanks to all you awesome food bloggers for sharing your pumpkin treats and letting me share them here. For a full look at my love affair with pumpkin, check out my Pinterest board. Now go get your Cinderella on.


2 thoughts on “Friday Five: Pump up the Pumpkin

  1. Did you know they have pumpkin M&M’s now? Janet bought some last weekend for Rachel–but we couldn’t really tast the pumpkin all that much. The chocolate kind of overwhelmed the pumpkin. But that didn’t keep me from eating them! 😉

  2. Pingback: # sweet goodbyes | hashtag marci

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