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Pumpkin Recipes I Just Love

I know som people are all ready to jump right into Christmas, but it's still fall, and I plan on taking full advantage of that fact as long as I can! I'm a total pumpkin addict, so I thuoght I'd share a few of my favorite recipes...

If you haven't made your own Pumpkin Puree from scratch, you should give it a try! It's actually really simple and you can freeze it to keep for a few months too! Here's my recipe.

Fine and Feathered Pumpkin Bagels

A week or two ago I really wanted to try my hand at making bagels and decided I had to start with Seasons and Suppers Pumpkin Pie Bagels - they are a bit of work, but boy are they worth it! I froze most of them so I can just pull them right out whenever I need one!

Fine and Feathered

My Pumpkin Spice Scone and Pumpkin Cake Pop recipes I shared last year - still some of my favorites!

Fine and Feathered Pumpkin Roll

I've already made this one at least five times this year. This Pumpkin Roll Recipe from My Baking Addiction is incredible, and leaves me scraping my plate every time!

Pumpkin Pie Granola - I really need to make some soon!

Fine and Feathered Pumpkin Cup Pies

I really would love to try making these again, this time maybe a little cuter and more dressed up! Either way, Pumpkin Cup Pies are delicious (and just another way to celebrate my never-ending love for Pushing Daisies).

I've also made these Pumpkin Cinnamon rolls twice this year, and thanks to my family they haven't even lasted long enough to snap a picture. Do you guys have any good fall recipes? Please share! I'm always looking for new ones to try out:)

Pumpkin Cake Pops // Cake Pop Tutorial

Even though I love to bake, I generally don't talk about it too much on here, but I've had quite a few people ask about how I did the cake pops for my sister wedding. I have to admit, cake pops can be quite frustrating without knowing the right technique (I think the first 2 or 3 times I made them I ended up with a pile of cake mush in melted chocolate).

So here's how I make them. My technique is adapted from the amazing Bakerella's...

What you'll need: -Cake mix cake (I used pumpkin for a tasty fall flavor:) -little tub of Icing (I used cream cheese) -Chocolate melts or chocolate chips (I used chocolate) -lollipop sticks -Styrofoam block (I have one of the ones people use for flower arranging, found in the flower section of craft stores!)

take that cake you have and cut it into chunks and throw it in your mixer. run it through your mixer until it's just crumbs! Then put a few little globs of icing in there and mix up (start with just a little icing, and keep adding little-by-little until you get a dough-like consistency - If you're not sure if you're there yet just grab a hand-full and see if you can make a nice ball with it)

Grab small hand-fulls at a time and roll between both hands until they're nice a smooth . Don't make them too big or they fall off the sticks!

NOW FREEZE! I mean... freeze the cake balls. For a half hour, or until nice and firm.

Now that they're nice and firm you can stick the lollipop stick about half way through and then take a little bit of icing and go right around the base of the stick.

NOW BACK TO THE FREEZER! For at least another half hour to hour. You want the icing to completely harden before you go to the next step.

Now it's time for those bad boys to take a nice little dip in a chocolatey hot tub. If you've never melted chocolate before it's pretty simple. Either temper in a double-boiler over the stove until melted (AS SOON as it's melted though, take it off! It can go from perfect to trash in no-time-flat!), or go the super lazy girl way (ahem-this is what I do) and stick them in the microwave for 10 to 15 seconds at a time, stirring in between until just melted. So have that little Styrofoam block and any sprinkles you may want on top ready to go. I take the pops out one-by-one as I'm doing them so that they don't get too soft. So with your dominate hand hold the lollipop stick, and with your other hand tilt the bowl toward you so you have a nice deep chocolate lava pit for your pops to dive into. Take the pop and completely submerge the one side and immediately twist to cover the whole pop in chocolate. If you're adding sprinkles you need to put them on right as you pull them out of the chocolate because it dries fast! and then just stick them in the Styrofoam to keep them up-right until they completely dry (it usually only takes 5 minutes at the most).

PHEW. hard part is OVA!

Now just do that a thousand more times until they're all done:)

and seriously, don't worry if the first few come out not so pretty, even after making a million of them I still end up with ugly ones. Just keep at it and you'll totally get it!

PS. The pumpkin/cream cheese/chocolate combo ended up being totally delish! Seriously, such a good fall snack! Perfect amount of pumpkin, cinnamonyness and chocolate:)

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I have been completely MIA this week, I know! Being in my sisters wedding has meant running straight from work to my parents house to make massive amounts of cake pops and attend various pre-wedding activities. But we beat out (well...for the most part:) the storm headed our way and I will be spending the rest of my extra-long weekend laying around with my amazing husband, playing with our new techy-toys (will have to show mine off tomorrow!), and maybe starting a few new crafts and blogging a little more... Congrats again to my lovely sister!