Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Pumpkin; Sweet and Savory

Good morning everyone!  Happy Humpday Wednesday.

Ok, so I’ve gotten the memo.  The blog world is tired of more pumpkin.  My intention wasn’t to come up with a pumpkin post or sing the praises of pumpkin.  I just realized as I was about to post, that both of my creations yesterday involved pumpkin.  (Um, yeah, could be due to the 6 – 32 oz cans of Libby’s pumpkin we bought at Sam’s Club recently.)  By the way, canned pumpkin is one of Ava’s favorite foods.  Plain, unadulterated, pumpkin – by the handful. 

I had a little extra free time in the morning, due to Ava’s extra long nap, so I was determined to make the Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Blondies I have seen over at Delectably Free.  These are gluten free and vegan for anyone that is interested.  I loved that I could eat the batter and not worry (which was delicious.)  

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I impressed myself by making my own chocolate chips which are also on the same page as the recipe.  I never knew how easy it was!!  Even if you have no interest in pumpkin anything – check out the chocolate chip recipe. 

Of course, I’m all about pumpkin since I have a lifetime supply it is the season.  Well, that and the fact that I ran out of time to reduce orange juice and let it chill to make the orange, ginger and cilantro sauce for the grilled shrimp that I had planned.  So I improvised and came up with a pumpkin, ginger and tahini sauce that was magnificent with some grilled shrimp and grilled spaghetti squash.  Feel free to make this, I am posting the recipe so I remember to recreate it in the future.  We LOVED it!


Pumpkin, Ginger and Tahini Sauce/Dressing

  • 1/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 Tbsp. organic Tahini
  • 2 Tbsp. plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp. Agave nectar or honey
  • 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. fresh grated ginger

There you have it.  And, you have a promise you won’t see anymore pumpkin recipes on my blog. 

Wednesday To-Do’s

Target (aka Money Pit)


Make an acupuncture appointment  (I’m going to try it for my tight hip)

Long Walk with my friend, Denise, and the babies

Tackle laundry

Question:  Have you ever  tried acupuncture or any other alternative medical treatments?


  1. oh WOW this shrimp looks and sounds GOOD!!

    I never tire of pumpkin, but I eat it year round. :D

  2. Kristina, I agree, I never tire of pumpkin and I eat it year round too. (When I can find it.)

  3. Love the both the sweet and savory dishes! That dessert is impressive!

  4. I have done acupuncture for my migraines and it helps a lot!

  5. Love the savory sauce, so creative!
    I haven't had pumpkin ANYTHING yet :( Way behind.

  6. I also never tire of pumpkin recipes...ok well...maybe once June rolls around...I tire of them by then:):)

    I've never tried any alt. med. treatments....unless you count massages....but in my opinion...i'd rather go that route before going to a traditional physician.

    Do you foam roll regularly!?!?!?
    That might take care of your hip!!
    You can read more about it on-line.
    but I bet it might help a bit:)

  7. heather, I do foam roll regularly. (I own 2 foam rollers.) I can't seem to get this hip to cooperate.