Thursday, September 20, 2012

My Pumpkin Bucket List

Where have I been? Ugh. Real life has officially taken over and let's just say that real life often makes it IMPOSSIBLE to do the things you want to do, like bake and blog. And for that, I am sorry.

First and foremost, while at school, I don't have a kitchen at my disposal - sigh. This makes it extremely difficult to bake (duh) which means I am a sad, sad undergrad (like my poem?). Also, school requires a lot of work. Who knew? And all this work is making it very hard to attend to my blogging duties.

With fall rapidly approaching (tomorrow!!) and  in an effort to return to my Tar Heel Taste Bud friends, I have been hounding Pinterest for recipes for fall! I am a pumpkin lover so I compiled a few recipes here that I am DYING to make!!!!!

Here's my Pumpkin Bucket List for this fall (in no particular order)...

1. Pumpkin Cinnamon Streusel Muffins from Two Peas and Their Pod

Not only are these muffins topped with cinnamon streusel, but they have a cinnamon sugar filling. Basically I need to eat these every morning this fall.

Chilly weather does not mean you can't eat a frozen treat. This homemade pumpkin frozen yogurt is easy to make and a fun (and relatively healthy?) alternative to typical pumpkin treats!

In my humble opinion, you can't go wrong with Monkey Bread. It's a well-known fact, people. But add pumpkin puree AND a maple glaze - DONE. Give me.

I love cornbread (nom) and I feel like it is the perfect addition to every warm, hearty meal. I am dying to try this PUMPKIN cornbread with my favorite fall meals (i.e. Chili while watching NFL) and/or smothered in honey.

Ever since this recipe popped up on my Pinterest page, I knew I needed to try it. First of all, I love cake mix recipes because they are super easy and always yield surprisingly wonderful results. Second, I love cinnamon rolls, so I know I won't be able to resist cinnamon rolls with pumpkin in sheet cake form. Count me in.

This is a bold statement but I may love white chocolate more than milk or dark. Eek - I said it! There is just something about it that I can't get enough of. I blame it on the fact the fact that I am not a die-hard chocolate fan; I'm definitely a vanilla girl. These muffins look so moist and delicious and I know that the white chocolate will perfectly complement the pumpkin flavor. Definitely looking forward to testing these out!

Oh my. I must admit I hate pumpkin pie, but I love cookies and I love pie crust. Combine the two and I'll be in heaven. I cannot wait to enjoy a pumpkin chocolate cookie, surrounded by pie crust, and topped with vanilla ice cream. Yes.

Um, yes. As I mentioned this summer, I love pancakes. LOVE. I want these pumpkin pancakes right now, preferably covered in butter and maple syrup. Waking up to whole wheat pumpkin pancakes this fall sounds pretty darn good to me.

It wouldn't be right if I made this bucket list and didn't include a recipe with caramel. Caramel is a fall staple, trust me. I am a bar/blondie dessert fan all the way. I am dying to make these blondies, but may switch the chocolate chips for butterscotch chips - yum!

Pumpkin cheese makes an annual appearance at my house every Thanksgiving and my family cannot get enough of it. I love that this recipe is a simplified spin on one of my all-time favorite desserts. I'm positive that the addition of the maple cream cheese glaze will only add more excitement for my taste buds. Yumz.

For more pumpkin recipes, check out Two Peas and Their Pod's 50 Pumpkin Recipes for Fall and visit my Pumpkin Pinterest Board for additional inspiration!


  1. NOM NOM is about all I can say right now. My fav probably has to be the cornbread because I just LOVE cornbread. But that fro-yo is coming in a close second..

  2. oh my gosh i have pumpkin definitely on the brain now thanks to all these yummy pumpkin treats!! need to make each and every one!