Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Pumpkin Palooza

"What calls back the past, like the rich pumpkin pie?" ~ John Greenleaf Whittier

Our Alabama weather may say summer, but today I am thinking fall.  Favorite decorations are spilling from the cupboards, and I am mulling over favorite harvest recipes. Tis the season for pumpkins, so I'm rounding up past pumpkin posts. It's a Pumpkin Palooza here on A Little Loveliness, so let's take a stroll through pumpkin patches past.

I can't believe three years have passed since "CinderEmma" visited the pumpkin patch for preschool fun.

Her coach didn't turn into a pumpkin, but there were plenty of pumpkins on hand for picking, peeking and pecking.

While Emma picked pumpkins, pumpkin picks added a festive touch to lunch baskets for teachers. Find details and recipes here.

Pumpkins added a touch of fall to our Thanksgiving table last year.

We hosted my family for the holiday, and perfectly-placed pumpkins filled vases, spilled out of bowls and marked each place at the table. A few pumpkins have rolled into recipes on A Little Loveliness over the years, too. 

Find my grandmother's pumpkin roll recipe here.

Warm up with a bowl of velvety pumpkin soup here.

And enjoy pumpkin cookies with browned-butter icing -- the perfect complement to a cup of tea here.

Pumpkin muffins are perfect for nibbling at a little ladies lunch.

Or tuck them in to a baket laden with lunchtime treats for a pair of favorite fourth-grade teachers. Find this to-go box here.

Greet a crisp, cool morning with a cup of spiced pumpkin latte here.

Or sit in the autumn afternoon sun with a refreshing pumpkin sundae.

This favorite cheese ball made an appearance at a fall party disguised as a pumpkin.

And these sticky pumpkin treats were perfect for greeting a preschool class for a lunchtime play date.


What is your favorite way to greet the season with pumpkins? Be sure to enter for a complete library of Julie Klaussen books here before this giveaway turns into a pumpkin. 

"Oh how we love pumpkin season. You did know this gourd-ish squash has its own season, right? Winter, Spring, Summer, Pumpkin. ... We anxiously anticipate it every year." ~ Trader Joe's Fearless Flyer

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