I Never Thought I’d add Pumpkin To…

Do you ever wake up to this?




Like jump out of bed with that awful feeling that you shouldn’t be sleeping…see the sun streaming in through the windows which confirms that you should indeed be awake and at work and you just know that it’s going to be a long day!




Apparently we lost power at some point which turned off our clock (even though my alarm was still set for 6am) causing me to sleep in unexpectedly.  I raced downstairs to call my first patient feeling awful that I wouldn’t make my first appointment of the morning.  Waking up after 7:00am when your work day starts at 7:30 and you live 30 miles from work means that first appointment is not going to happen.  Needless to say, I didn’t get in this morning’s timed plank as I was too busy getting myself out the door.  I showered quickly, grabbed a bite, and ran to my car.  Only to realize that my car needed a few minutes to defrost.  I headed back indoors to enjoy a few more sips of tea and let the BOY try to tempt me into staying home.  I got to the office with plenty of time for kiddo number 2 and the day progressed as usual except I ended up staying late to make up for arriving late this morning.


After work, I swung by Trader Joe’s to pick up a few things.  Meal planning this week has gone really well, but I needed an avocado for leftover turkey tacos and some red meat for tacos for the BOY. 




Almost $100 later, I had way more than a few things.




Including one of my favorite seasonal teas!




What can I say…That store is just dangerous!  Especially because I know the season stuff won’t last long.  I stocked up up precut sweet potatoes and squash with THIS RECIPE in mind.  Plus a pie crust for my Thanksgiving Day assignment.




And…a Pumpkin Pie!




Random…I know!  But apparently the BOY read an article today naming the Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pie the best store bought pie available, so he insisted that I pick one up during my next TJ’s visit.  Lucky for him, that was tonight!




He heated up his pie for dessert and covered it with Reddi Whip.  I couldn’t resist a few bites myself, and man, that is a good pie!  It is super fresh and flavorful!  Which brings us to pumpkin and back to the title (and point) of this post.  It’s a bit of stretch but because it’s Friday, let’s just go with it…So what is the one thing that I would never think to add pumpkin to???






But I’ve seen too many recipes combining chickpeas with my favorite fall squash to not give it a try!  The recipe calls for cayenne powder which I don’t have (but need to get) so I subbed in this Emeril’s Bayou Blast.




Spicy pumpkin mixed into a hummus is a total fall appetizer winner!


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And with this recipe…the spicier the better!




So add tons of spice and then dive straight in to this dip!




It’s pretty surprising that I made it through this day, but I am happy to be snuggled into my comfy couch under a blanket and catching up on TV shows (I am becoming a huge fan of Elementary and Scandal is…well…scandalous!) with a glass of wine sharing this versatile recipe with you.  What else can I say, but…

Happy Friday!


Spicy Pumpkin Hummus

From Beanie Bumbles



1 15 oz can of chickpeas/garbanzo beans

1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree

2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped

2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

2 tbsp tahini

1-2 tsp cumin (the more the better!)

1/2 tsp cayenne (I used Bayou seasoning instead…the more the better!)

3/4 tsp salt



Combine all ingredients in food processor and blend until smooth.  This may take a few minutes.  Adjust seasoning to taste.      Make it spicy!  Refrigerate to let the flavors blend.  Eat with pita chips, crackers, veggies, or smothered onto a sandwich!



How Random was your Friday?

What unexpected recipes to you add Pumpkin to?

13 thoughts on “I Never Thought I’d add Pumpkin To…

  1. I didn’t know TJ’s pumpkin pie was supposed to be so good! Nice! I’ve added pumpkin to a couple of soups so far this season, and really enjoyed the outcome. Not so much pumpkiny, but it gives the soup a thicker, more satisfying consistency. I liked it.

    • I didn’t know they had pie either, but I’m happy that I found it! Thanks for the comment. I added some pumpkin to a chili and it really made it thick and hearty, but didn’t taste too pumpkiny. That is similar with the hummus. It really adds texture.

  2. UGHH I hate waking up late, especially when it wasn’t my fault thanks to a power outage. Thank god for TJ’s to save the day. That tea is one of the best selling seasonal items, you were smart to get so many!

  3. Now that’s an expensive avocado!!
    I took Friday off work and had a one hour massage (bliss) and the worked from home for eight hours straight (not bliss). Curling up on the couch with some wine, maybe a little food, a fire in the fireplace sounds like heaven right now. Maybe tonight….hope you enjoyed your weekend.

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