Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread

Hello there makers! I’m all about Christmas decorating, crafting, and shopping… how about y’all? Although I’m completely in the Christmas spirit, I’m still looking forward to Thanksgiving (around the Christmas tree) with my family. I’ve been experimenting in the kitchen, turning some of my favorite recipes into gluten free versions. I’m also trying to limit my sugar intake and completely get rid of dairy. But I love food, so I had to figure out a way to not sacrifice some of my very favorite things because of my new no sugar, no dairy, no gluten choices. And one of my favorite things to bake up during fall and winter is pumpkin bread. After some trial and error, I have a delicious Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread recipe to share with y’all.

I wish you could have smelled my house as this was baking. My daughter kept coming downstairs to ask if it was ready to eat. It’s an absolute MUST try if you love pumpkin bread.

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted (butter replacement)
  • 3/4 cup of maple syrup (sugar replacement)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup of vanilla or plain nut milk (I used almond)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 – 1 3/4 cups of gluten free baking flour (I use Bob’s Red Mill)

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350* and grease your loaf pan with coconut oil. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the coconut oil and syrup. Then add the eggs, milk and pumpkin and whisk again. Next, whisk in the seasonings, baking soda, and flour (start with 1 1/2 cups of flour and add a bit more if needed). Don’t over whisk…it’s not good for the bread! It’s okay if it’s a little lumpy. Pour the pumpkin bread mixture into your greased loaf pan and sprinkle the top with cinnamon. Bake for 50 minutes to an hour. I always check it at 50 minutes with a toothpick. If it needs a bit more time, I turn off my oven but leave the loaf in it for another 5-10 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow cool time. Then it’s ready to serve!

If you wanted to, you could add chocolate chips or raisins or chopped nuts to your mix also! Variety is always a good thing. 

I love it just like this, but my husband and daughter love to smear butter on it. I probably would if I wasn’t trying to limit my dairy intake. Either way, it’s delicious with or without!

What’s your favorite thing to bake during this season? Are you a pumpkin bread fan too?

Have a great weekend and don’t forget to get your bake on!

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12 Creative Fall Pumpkins

I don’t know about you, but I am so ready for fall! The weather, the clothing, the holidays, the decor, and of course all the pumpkin everything. So naturally, I’m sharing 12 creative fall pumpkins! I know you’ll love them all.

Painted Pumpkins

I love these vintage chalky finish pumpkins as a centerpiece!

Dipped Pumpkins

This gold dipped pumpkin is so classy and pretty.

Sequins Pumpkins

Polka dotted sequins pumpkins are so fancy and fun!

Wooden Pumpkins

This fence slat pumpkin is so farmhouse chic! 

These distressed plank pumpkins are colorful and bold!

Yarn Pumpkins

This Yarn Pumpkin Garland is so super cute!

Glitter Pumpkins

I absolutely love these glitter stemmed pumpkins!

Succulent Pumpkins

These succulent pumpkins are so pretty and earthy and would make great table centerpieces and even look great on the front porch.

Doily Lace Pumpkin

This lace pumpkin is so pretty and so simple to make.

Fabric Pumpkins

These colorful fabric pumpkins are so fun!

Hand Lettered Pumpkin

I am pretty obsessed with all hand lettering projects so this pumpkin is right up my alley!

Hand Painted Pumpkins

I love the idea of using a pumpkin as your canvas! How adorable and fun is this hand painted pumpkin?

I love this time of year and I love decorating in fun ways with pumpkins. How do you decorate for fall?

Join us next week for more fall fun! I hope y’all have a great weekend!

 

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Pumpkin Carving Tips

Welcome to another week of Must Have Craft Tips! It’s Bev from Flamingo Toes here this week with some fun Pumpkin Carving tips!

Every year my family and I have a pumpkin carving competition. It’s one of our favorite traditions! We each pick a design and keep it secret from the others. On carving night we clear a huge space on the living room floor, pop in a movie and all carve our pumpkins, but we don’t let each other see what we’re making. When we’re finished, we have a big reveal and light them up! Then we take photos and post them on Facebook so friends and family can vote. The winner gets to choose a restaurant to go out to eat to celebrate! It’s so much fun and my favorite part of Halloween.

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I’ve gathered up some of my favorite Pumpkin Carving tips and tricks to share with you all, just in time for Halloween!

Tools:


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Carving the hole: If you carve your hole at the top, make sure you’re cutting at an angle, in towards the center of the pumpkin. This way, the top sits in the hole – if you carve the hole with your knife pointing straigt down, the top falls right into the pumpkin. (which we may or may not have done on occaision). Carving the hole at the bottom is another option.! It makes the pumpkin sit straight and it’s super easy to add a light, you just set the pumpkin over it!

For scooping out seeds: We’ve found that metal spoons work best. In ice cream scoop or large serving spoons are great for this. If you also scoop out some of the sides, this will make carving easier. You can also do some really fun things with partial carving if the pumpkin is thinner. Just scrape away portions of the outside in a design to let the light shine through. It makes for a really pretty effect!

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For cutting: We use the little knives that come in the pumpkin carving kits. They have small blades that work well for carving delicate designs and they’re easy to handle. If you’re wanting to do really advanced designs, a dremel and/or drill work great too!

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Fancy Carving Tools from This Old House

Fixing an oops: If you are cutting a delicate part and accidentally cut too far, you can easily add back in the section by connecting the open part with the part you cut off with a toothpick. If you need to, break the toothpick in half for really tiny sections. It works great!

Lighting:

Battery operated tea lights are our favorites! These little tea lights are so inexpensive now and you can even find styles that flicker. They last for a long time and you don’t have to worrry about open flames or the flames blowing out. Easy peasy!

Battery Christmas Lights: Thre are some really fun battery operated Christmas lights now so you could light your pumpkin with different colors, or even flashing lights!

Just for fun: If you use a real candle or tealight to light the pumpkin, sprinkle a little cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice on the inside of the lid. It will smell like a pumpkin pie!

Preserving:

Petroleum Jelly: Rub the open areas of the pumpkin with vaseline or the generic equivalent – this will keep them from drying out quickly.

Photo and more tips from A Real Life Housewife

Soaking: If your pumpkin still gets a little shriveled, soak it in a cold water bath for up to eight hours to help revive it!

Do you carve pumpkins at Halloween? We’d love to hear any tips you have too!

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Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies

Hello there, makers! As soon as fall hits, I’m all about the pumpkin. Pumpkin decor and pumpkin flavor. Gimme all the pumpkin. 

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I thought I would whip up a batch of our favorite cookies, but with a pumpkin twist. I was hoping they would turn out delicious, and they did. Say hello to these Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies!

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They were fluffy and had the perfect combination of pumpkin and cinnamon mixed into a cookie. They are definitely a must try if you are a fan of pumpkin like myself.

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Ready for the recipe?! I pretty much took my snickerdoodle cookie recipe and added some organic canned pumpkin to the mix. 

Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies
Yields 18
Your traditional snickerdoodle cookie with a pumpkin twist! Perfect for fall.
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Cook Time
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Cook Time
12 min
For Cookies
  1. 3 3/4 cups flour (gluten free flour optional)
  2. 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  3. 1/2 tsp salt
  4. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  5. 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  6. 2 sticks butter, room temperature
  7. 1 cup sugar
  8. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  9. 1 cup organic pumpkin puree
  10. 2 tsp vanilla extract
  11. 1 egg
For Coating
  1. 1/2 cup sugar
  2. 1 tsp cinnamon
  3. 1/4 tsp nutmeg
Instructions
  1. 1. Mix dry ingredients in medium bowl (flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg).
  2. 2. In large bowl, mix butter, sugar, brown sugar, pumpkin, egg, and vanilla together.
  3. 3. Stir dry ingredients into wet ingredients. Cover and place in fridge to chill for an hour minimum.
  4. 4. Preheat oven to 350* and in a shallow bowl mix coating ingredients together.
  5. 5. Roll dough into 1-1.5" balls and then roll in sugar/cinnamon/nutmeg coating. Place on greased baking sheet (or on parchment paper or a Silpat). Press lightly on dough balls to slightly flatten.
  6. 6. Bake for 12 minutes. Remove from oven and allow a few minutes to cool before removing them from the pan.
  7. 7. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. *Optional: Add a dash of pumpkin spice to coating mix for even more pumpkin flavor!
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 There you have it! Feel free to print off the recipe or pin it to your recipe board on Pinterest! They make a tasty fall snack or dessert.

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See you soon for a fun kids craft tutorial! Hope you’re having a great weekend.

Tips for Preserving Pumpkins

Welcome to another segment of Must Have Craft Tips and More!

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It’s October, a new month for the series, but Bev, Kara, Allison, and I are stilling bringing you fall-themed tips. You can’t have too many of those right?

Must Have Craft Tips: The BEST Tips for Preserving Pumpkins all fall long
I’ve rounded up some of the best tips from around the web for preserving your pumpkins, whether carved or not, to make them last as long as possible. I don’t know about you, but I’m a complete sucker for decorating with pumpkins in the fall! I love the natural look in my decor.

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We have a wonderful local pumpkin patch that grows all sorts of pumpkins and gourds and allows you to go picking in the patch. This poor wagon from last year didn’t know what hit it after I went hunting for pumpkins! You can see I went a little crazy. I did say I love my pumpkins! And, of course, I want to make them last as long as possible through the season.

I also love to bring some of my pumpkins indoors. I have the Pioneer Woman Cake Stand that I love to dress up for the holidays because, let’s be honest, it’s NOT always full of cake, much to the chagrin of my little boys. But placing live pumpkins and moss under a sealed dome can lead to problems. Moisture builds up and mold sets in. But one of the tricks I’m sharing with you today will keep that moisture away and keep everything under the dome nice and dry!

I give you a brief description of each pumpkin preservation tip, but be sure to click the links on each one to read the tips in full.

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365ish Days of Pinterest
This blogger swears by soaking pumpkins in a bleach bath then giving them a good wipe down with Vaseline to extend their lives.

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Graceful Little Honeybee
A warm bath and a good towel off is what this blogger recommends to stretch pumpkins out for months of decorative use.

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A Real-Life Housewife
There are some great tips here to extend the life of a carved pumpkin, including spraying the inside with a bleach mixture to keep bacteria at bay.

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It’s Great to be Home
Floor cleaner can not only give your gourds a pretty shine, but it can create a layer to keep moisture out of them.

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Creative Cain Cabin
This blogger says after giving your pumpkins a good wash and dry to spray them with a clear spray paint to keep moisture from getting in.

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Family Food Garden
If you grow your own pumpkins, these are some great tips for harvesting, curing, and storing them until you are ready to use them.

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Embracing Homemaking
This is a pretty powerful photo. And, as stated, this blogger tried 7 different methods to preserve her pumpkins and 1 worked like a charm.

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My Science Project
This blogger did all the work for you on testing methods to find out how best to preserve a carved pumpkin by trying 5 different methods, including a white school glue method I had never heard of. Do you think you know which method was best?

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The V Spot
This tip is the one I was hinting at earlier. It is one of my favorite tips for keeping moisture out of my pumpkin displays. But I do recommend keeping the silica in the packets. It will work just as well.

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Join us next week for another must have craft tip for the fall season!

 

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Mini Monster Pies

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With Halloween around the corner, we have been busy in the kitchen making some fun holiday treats! Because I teach kids’ culinary classes, I often come up with fun and creative food ideas for the little ones to do and holiday themed recipes are the best! This past weekend we made these yummy Mini Monster Pies.

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Would you believe there are only 3 easy ingredients in these pies?

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To make the pies, you will need:

  • Dannon® Greek Yogurt Oikos® Pumpkin Pie (3 containers)
  • Keebler Ready Crust Mini Pie Crusts (6 count)
  • Reddi-wip® original

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One container of yogurt will fill 2 of the mini pie crusts. So spoon in half of the container of yogurt into the pie crust and smooth with the back of the spoon.

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You’re ready to create your monster face! You can use whatever candy, cookies, nuts, etc that you like. You can even make these again after Halloween with your leftover Halloween candy!

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These are so super easy for your little ones to make and they can be creative as they want with the monster faces.

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You can find all 3 ingredients at your local Walmart. I can’t wait to see all of your Mini Monster Pies!

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What do you like making in the kitchen with your kids?

 

Fence Slat Pumpkin

Hello friends!

I am so excited to finally share this project with you! I made these adorable little guys a while back for one of my handmade sign auctions on Facebook in September and have wanted to blog about them ever since. I added a couple of fun things to them since the auction and now I’m more in love than ever. What do you think of my Fence Slat Pumpkin?

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I know, right? So much shabby, chippy, glittery goodness! 

If you want to make one for yourself, you need a few things…

  • old fence slats
  • paint sticks
  • screws
  • drill (Ryobi)
  • jig saw or table saw (Rockwell Tools)
  • glitter
  • Mod Podge
  • sponge brush
  • white paint
  • paint brush
  • clear matte spray paint (I love Rustoleum)
  • doily 
  • hot glue gun & glue stick
  • pencil

First you want to lay out your fence slats (face down) close together. Use your saw to cut a stem piece from one of your fence slats and place it where you want it on your pumpkin (face down). Secure the slats together using the paint sticks and screws. Keep your screws away from the edge so that they aren’t in your way when you cut. Flip the slats over and draw out what you want your pumpkin to look like. Using your saw, cut on the line you drew. Be careful of your screws!

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Using your paint brush, lightly brush the white paint over the top of the fence slats, giving it a white wash look. Allow time to dry. Then using the sponge brush, paint the stem with Mod Podge and sprinkle glitter on top. Spray lightly with clear spray paint to seal.

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Hot glue the doily where you want it on the front of the pumpkin and done!

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Set it inside or outside your how for all of fall. Isn’t it pretty?? Be sure to let me know if you make one! And if you don’t feel like making one, you can always order one from my shop

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And in case you didn’t see my new shop logo designed by the lovely Amy Delightful, here it is… I’m over-the-moon happy with it! 

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Thanks for stopping by friends! See you soon.

Food-a-licious Friday: Easy Gluten Free Pumpkin Donuts

Happy Halloween friends!!

I’m stopping by quickly to share a new favorite recipe at hour house. Recently my daughter joined me on my gluten free journey so we have been adding recipes to our gluten free stock pile. One day she was craving donuts…and let’s be honest…who doesn’t crave a good donut? So we decided to make our very own, super duper Easy Gluten Free Pumpkin Donuts. They just sound delicious don’t they?

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They look good too, don’t they? And trust me friends. They taste good too!

You will need:

  • 1 box of yellow gluten free cake mix
  • 1 can of pumpkin puree
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin spice creamer
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • a donut pan
  • coconut oil (to grease the pan)
  • powdered sugar

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350* and grease the donut pan.

2. In a mixing bowl, mix all ingredients (except powdered sugar) together.

3. Put mix into a piping bag and pipe into the donut pan.

4. Bake in the oven for 13-15 minutes.

5. Remove from the oven and allow time to cool.

6. Remove the donuts from the pan and dust the tops with powdered sugar.

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This recipe is easy enough to let the kiddos help with. It’s a recipe I used in my kids’ cooking classes, and even the 3 year olds love it! Especially the piping and the dusting…those are always the favorite steps in this recipe. 

A yummy cinnamon cream cheese frosting would be good on these too. And I dare you to just have one…it’s almost impossible. 

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Have a safe and magical Halloween, friends! 

Food-a-licious Friday: 10 No Bake Pumpkin Recipes

Hello and Happy Friday y’all! Our recipes contributor, Erin of Crafty Auntie, is here today to share an awesome round up with us! I don’t know about you, but I LOVE all things *pumpkin* in the fall and I’m thinking Erin does too!

10 no bake pumpkin recipes

With Halloween right around the corner and Thanksgiving not far behind, I thought we all could use some no-bake pumpkin recipes. All of these treats look so delicious. A few are even healthy! Check out these 10 No Bake Pumpkin Recipes!

1. Pumpkin Pie Fudge {More than a mom of three} 

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2. Pumpkin Spice No-Bake Cheesecake {Skinnytaste} 

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3. Pumpkin Cheesecake Truffle Mummies {Crème De La Crumb} 

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4. Pumpkin Dip {Deliciously Sprinkled} 

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5. No-Churn, Two Ingredient Pumpkin Ice Cream {Empowered Sustenance} 

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6. Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow {Sally’s Baking Addiction} 

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7. No Bake Pumpkin Cookies {Plaid & Paleo} 

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8. Pumpkin Spice Krispie Treats {Essentially Eclectic} 

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9. Oreo Pumpkin Spice Cake {Debbie Doo’s} 

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10. Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies {Chocolate Covered Katie} 

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Pumpkin is a great addition to no bake treats. It gives a whole new meaning to eating your vegetables. I hope you find at least one or two to make and share with friends during the upcoming holidays. These are even great to make with your kiddos! 

What is your favorite pumpkin treat this fall?

Teach Me Tuesday: 15 Pumpkin Crafts for Kids

Welcome to Teach Me Tuesday, friends!

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Only a couple more days until Halloween! Do you have your candy and costumes all ready to go? Have you carved your pumpkins yet? We carved ours last night…got it in just in time. 

Another one of our Halloween traditions is to make fun Halloween creations! So today on Teach Me Tuesday I am sharing my favorite 15 Pumpkin Crafts for Kids!

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Aren’t these pumpkin crafts so fun and creative? Makes me want to go get my craft on! My daughter picked out the Pumpkin Paper Plate Mask and the Pumpkin Jar to make today during homeschool. Which one are you excited to try out with the kiddos?