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Constellation Pumpkins

Fine and Feathered - Constellation Pumpkins

Pumpkin season is in full swing, and I love stuffing our house full with any and all different types I can get my hands on! I also have been itching to try something new with them. Growing up I don't remember carving pumpkins much, and for the most part I haven't been that interested in it, but this year I decided I wanted to give it a try. I wanted to doing something really simple, but interesting. I love looking at the different constellations and thought it would be really fun to do some on pumpkins! It ended up being super quick and easy to do, and I actually love the way it turned out! 

Fine and Feathered - Constellation Pumpkins

WHAT YOU'LL NEED : 

-Serrated knife for carving (I borrowed my husband's drywall saw) 

-Drill with several different sized bits

-Sharpies

-Spray Paint (optional)

Fine and Feathered - Constellation Pumpkin Carving

I started by cutting out the top, and removing the guts. For the moon I simple drew the shape I wanted right onto the pumpkin, and used it as a template to cut out with the knife (since I had spray painted it black, I just touched it up with spray paint when I was done to cover any permanent marker still showing). For the constellation I drew on the main start points, and then used my drill to drill them out. I then used my knife to carve the lines, but only going about halfway through the pumpkin flesh, that way it would show the glow just a little!

Fine and Feathered - Constellation Pumpkins

For the little baby pumpkins I just used regular and fine tip sharpies to draw the constellations right onto them, and love how adorable they came out! 

Fine and Feathered - Constellation Pumpkins

Instead of candles I opted for battery powered LED star light strands. I simply lined the bottom of the pumpkins with a little waxed paper, bundled up the lights and stuck them inside! I got mine from Target, but Here are similar ones on amazon. I love the glow they give, and I don't have to worry about keeping an eye on them!

Fine and Feathered - Constellation Pumpkins

 Have you guys done any pumpkin carving yet? 

Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes

Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes Recipe

When Frank asked me to make these the other day I instantly searched my blog for the recipe only to discover that I never shared it! I can't believe it when I think about how many times I made them last fall. So I figured that it was high time to made them again, and this time, share too!

These guys are super creamy and have just enough pumpkin flavor without being overwhelming. I love making them in cupcake form too, not only because it feels a lot easier than making a full cheesecake, and you don't have to worry about water baths or anything, but also because they cook and cool faster, which means you get to the eating part quicker, which is always good.

Mini Pumkpin Cheesecake Cupcakes Recipe

Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes

Makes 12 // Adapted from Cooking Classy

1 cups finely crushed graham crackers (from 8 sheets)

1 1/2 Tbsp granulated sugar

4 Tbsp salted butter, melted

2 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, softened

3/4 cups granulated sugar

1 1/2 Tbsp all-purpose flour

1 Cup of pumpkin puree

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 cup sour cream

1/4 cup heavy cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, whisk together crushed graham crackers with 1 1/2 Tbsp granulated sugar. Pour in melted butter and stir mixture until evenly coated. Divide graham cracker mixture among 24 paper lined muffin cups, adding about a heaping Tbsp to each. Press mixture into an even layer. Bake in preheated oven 5 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool while preparing filling.

In a small mixing bowl, whisk together 3/4 granulated sugar with flour until well blended. Add softened cream cheese to a separate mixing bowl and pour sugar mixture over top. Blend mixture on low speed until smooth. Mix in pumpin puree and blend on low speed, while scrapping sides and bottom of bowl and mixing just until combined after each addition. Add vanilla, sour cream and heavy cream and mix just until combined. Tap mixing bowl against counter top about 30 times to release some of the air bubbles. Divide mixture among muffin cups filling each cup nearly full. Bake in preheated oven 20 - 23 minutes, centers should still jiggle slightly, don't overbake (if they begin to crack they are starting to become overbaked). Remove from oven and allow to cool 1 hour. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and transfer to refrigerator and chill 2 hours. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator or freeze.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Cupcakes Recipe

And of course, you can't forget a good dollop of homemade whipped cream and a little cinnamon:)

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.

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! (photo from my instagram)

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

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! (photo from my instagram)

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

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:)