Like many Americans, I love Autumn. I grew up in Texas, but my love for this time of year came when I lived in New England for 4 1/2 years. The brilliant reds, oranges, and yellows that dotted the streets; the apple picking followed by applesauce, apple butter, and apple pie; and of course incorporating pumpkin into the weekly menu. The sights and smells were beautiful and a jumpstart to the holiday season just around the corner.
Autumn presents itself to me in a much different way than those New England years. I make my home in the Southern Hemisphere now, so while October will forever be associated with Fall in my brain, I’m currently celebrating Spring. The brilliant reds, oranges, and yellows have been replaced with the purple blooms of the jacaranda trees. There’s no apple picking to be had. Instead I’m snatching the last of the lemons left from the Winter harvest. However, I will forever cling to those favorite pumpkin recipes even though I have to substitute pumpkin for butternut. They’re in the same family, and the taste is practically the same.
If this time of year inspires you to cook and bake like it does me, then please take a look at my roundup of favorite pumpkin recipes and share links to your favs below!
Pumpkin Bread ~ We love our sweet breads, and this recipe is a perfect match for the season. Yum!
Pumpkin Scones ~ I love a good scone with a cup of tea. With or without the glaze, these are great and incredibly moist.
Turkey Pumpkin Chili ~ Let’s throw a savory dish in here for good measure. Chili is perfect for the cooler Fall temps. I love the added health benefits with throwing in some pumpkin and the smoothness it brings to this classic dish.
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies ~ Grab a glass of milk to pair with these treats. Everyone loves a good chocolate chip cookie. Throw in a little pumpkin, and you have the perfect Fall snack.
Pumpkin Pie ~ This is a classic, right? I love this recipe, because it’s sans sugar! A little whipped cream on top complements nicely as well as reading an evening board book together (is it just me or does anyone else have a stack of board books out this time of year?). The perfect pair to pumpkin pie is A Pumpkin Prayer. It’s a reminder to be thankful for all things, including pumpkin pie to munch!
Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal ~ We’ve covered dessert and dinner. Now let’s cover breakfast! This recipe is a gem. It’s even dairy free for those that have to omit that from their diet.
Like A Pumpkin Prayer reminds us, Autumn is a time to remember to be thankful. The harvest season teaches us so much about trusting in God for his provision and then remembering to say thank you for the many blessings He provides. As you enjoy the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes this lovely season has to offer, remember to offer your Heavenly Father thanks for the loveliness He gives us to enjoy.
For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven… Ecclesiastes 3:1
Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods. Psalm 95:2-3
What is your favorite Fall recipe? What is one thing you are thankful for this season?