all things pumpkin

Such a nice weekend!!  I’m finally starting to feel better too.  This head/sinus thing has really stuck around.  We had a really fun night Saturday with Pat, Natalie, Peter + Michelle.  Too bad I didn’t bring my camera because there were some of the most amazing costumes I have ever seen!! 

I hopped on the bike today for a little over an hour but took it really slow.  It felt great to do something active, besides walking the doggers. 

I took a weekend hiatus from oats, to make this magical breakfast again.

Vegan Pumpkin French Toast

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I only made a triple decker this time because I used Ezekial English muffins, which are a bit more substantial.

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Banana was layered in between the muffins and pumpkin butter + maple syrup + walnuts were smothered on top.

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What a breakfast!!  This kept me full for hours.

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I was determined to carve a pumpkin this year, but didn’t feel up to it all week.  I thought I was doomed because pumpkin carving tools were nowhere to be found.  Well, at least not at Target or Walmart.  Where do you get them???  However, I decided the pumpkin was going to get carved 1 way or another…so I got out a steak knife, a large spoon, and an xacto knife. 

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I love the smell of big pumpkins and the gooey guts!!!

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I had a hard time remembering pumpkin carving rules, like cutting the top at an angle, so it sits properly when you put it back on.  I drew my face on the pumpkin with a pen and messed up the mouth area a little bit.  At first, I carved the whole mouth out, which messed up when I added the other features to the pumpkin…luckily, I was able to stick the mouth back in to get the final look I wanted.

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Sweet + salty, cinnamon pumpkin seeds were roasted.

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And sooo delicious!!  I just tossed them with a little safflower oil, cinnamon, cane sugar, and a pinch of salt.  Roasted them at 300* for about 45min.  Deeeeeeeelish.  My stomach is grumbling from all the fibrous seeds.  Wooooooops.

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Today was the first day I couldn’t wait for the sun to set!!! 

My pumpkin says “FEEEEEEEED MEEEEEEEE!!!”

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Not too shabby, since I haven’t carved a pumpkin in about 8 years!

This week is a little hectic…gotta finish some things tonight.  See you tomorrow with a breakfast recipe that will knock your socks off.  Pumpkin included.