Sweet And Crumby

Baking, a Love Story


Pumpkin Insanity Featuring Pumpkin Citrus Cupcakes with Cinnamon and Nutmeg Spiced Buttercream

Lately, I am concerned about my sanity or rather lack there of.  I can’t seem to stop the pumpkin posts. Yes, I know you are done with them and I know I should be done with them but I’m not, and I don’t think I CAN stop.

This photo provided to you by Zoie, my 13 year old daughter.

These soft, citrus-y pumpkin cupcakes with cinnamon and nutmeg spiced butter cream are definitely worth squandering my sanity over. No question about it, but I DO have to wonder….WHY can’t I seem to pull myself AWAY from the pumpkins?! It’s odd at best. Continue reading


A Maple Roasted Pumpkin Salad Coercion

Hello Fall,

Nice of you to stop by for maybe a minute or so. Was I not welcoming enough? Did my three batches of pumpkin cookies, one batch of pumpkin muffins and my huge pot of sweet potato soup not convince you to stay?!

Well, too darn bad! Because I am going to push onward and continue to whip up Fall dishes like this earthy maple glazed pumpkin salad despite your stealthy escape. I am going to win you over…I am sure of it. As sure as I am of loving chocolate and hating Mondays, I am positive that I can get you to plant yourself for at least a couple of months…illusiveness aside. Continue reading


Pumpkin Angst and Pumpkin Envy

Once again I am being tormented by my mother’s homegrown pumpkins.  What? Have you never been tormented by a pumpkin?  It’s a rather common occurrence over here.  I know you and I have had this conversation before.

The scenario is always the same…a beautiful bright orange pumpkin has been bestowed upon me from my mother’s overflowing garden, and it sits on my counter waiting, waiting, more waiting —until the decision has been made and the perfect use of this pumpkin comes to me like a vision. Continue reading


My Spider Mite Sanctuary and Incredible Starbuck’s-esque Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

I know, I am supposed to be waiting for October to showcase my pumpkin recipes—that’s sort of an unspoken rule.  Yes, I realize that summer barely has ended, but I am not very good at delaying gratification. So much for “good things come to those who wait”, because these muffins are oh so good and I did NOT wait until October.

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Pumpkin Pie for One Anyone?

No this post is not about a single gal’s lonely Thanksgiving for one…and if I have just insulted you…I am sorry.  Instead, this is one of those brilliant accidents.  Although, it’s not quite as good as the accidental invention of Ivory soap, but it’s a great idea nonetheless.

Let me back track a few steps.  I am not making Thanksgiving dinner, but I am bringing a pumpkin pie, a chocolate pudding pie and the cranberry sauce.  I had gotten my crusts out of the way and was up to my elbows in pumpkin puree, when something went awry.  I put double the amount of cinnamon into the pumpkin filling.  I know, it does not sound like that egregious of an error, but I am always a proud baker, and I don’t believe in serving anything short of taste perfection if I can help it. Continue reading


Pumpkin Pancakes—A Great Excuse to Eat Dessert First

Breakfast is the best meal of the day as far as I am concerned.  For a sweet toothed baker like myself it is an excuse to rightfully eat dessert as a meal. Pumpkin pancakes are no exception.

These fluffy pancakes are packed with the good for you vitamins that pumpkins are famous for, but taste like soft and tender tiny spice cakes lightly sweetened with brown sugar and perked up with nutmeg and cinnamon.  I even teamed it up with a creamy maple cream cheese topping (breakfast talk for FROSTING!).  Doesn’t that spell dessert for breakfast to you? Continue reading


Legendary Pumpkin Bread Pudding and My Favorite Gongoozler

First of all, you are probably now asking yourself two things…1)What makes THIS pumpkin bread pudding so extraordinary?and 2) What the HECK is a gongoozler? I will proceed to explain both if you are patient.

Oh how I wish I could transport that nice little casserole dish to you so you could slowly chew the spongy, luscious pumpkin bread pudding permeated with ginger and cinnamon-y goodness.   I would even pour you a cup of coffee while I state my case.  Then my case would be self-evident, and you and I could just sit back and enjoy the ride. Continue reading


Pumpkin = Chocolate = This Post has been Blog-jacked

If you are afraid to try something new with pumpkin for the sheer and utter fear that you will soon be addicted to yet one more pumpkin recipe, then run now, while you still can.  This recipe for pumpkin whoopie pies might totally take the cake, may be the big pumpkin Kahuna, and will in one bite convince you that perhaps pumpkin is the new chocolate!

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It’s Raining Pumpkins, Spider Mites and Muffins—Oh My!

I had it all planned out since the inception of my blog.  October was going to be PUMPKIN MONTH. A pumpkin recipe a day week for those people, like me, who are pumpkin obsessed maniacs.  But like most other things, life had its own mission and I am simply a passenger hanging on with a fierce grip, a half smile and a determination to go where it takes me.

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A Bundt that is Sunny Side Up

Isn’t it cheerful? What could be sunnier than a beautiful pumpkin citrus bundt cake with juicy little Mandarin Oranges garnishing the top? Even the name “bundt” is cheerful. Say it a few times in a row…did you crack a smile? I thought so.

You may think that this pumpkin and spice laden bundt should be baked in the fall where it would fit right in with the other flavors of the season, however, I could not pass up the opportunity to use a HOME GROWN PUMPKIN from my mother’s bountiful garden. Continue reading