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Ghost Pudding

Ok, I know this is a bit late but these ghosts are too cute! I just had to share. The best part is that they tasted yummy! This really wasn’t too difficult to make, even after roasting a pumpkin. I don’t know how I cooked/baked before my Kitchen Aid stand mixer. Oh wait, I do remember, I didn’t do as much cooking/baking with lots of mixing!

I made these for a work party and I am happy I did. They were a bit difficult to transport but the ones that survived were a hit. I haven’t yet, but I want to just make the pudding…num, num.


  • 1 packet gelatin
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 egg yolks (reserve 2 whites)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cups pumpkin puree


  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/3 cus sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • tube of black gel frosting

First, in a medium bowl add ~1 tbs of warm water and the packet of gelatin. Next, in a double boiler or your stainless steel mixing bowl over a small pot of boiling water combine all other pudding ingredients and cook till it simmers, about 12-17 minutes or until it coats the back of a spoon. Then pour into 3-4 ounce cups and refrigerate for 4-8 hours.

Just before the pudding sets up make the topping. Wash your stainless steel mixing bowl or double boiler and get some water boiling again. Briefly mix all topping ingredients (except black gel frosting) and then cook over boiling water for 1 to 2 minutes. Then get that mixing bowl on the mixer with a whisk attachment and whisk for ~5 minutes or until stiff peaks form.

Get your small containers of pudding out of the fridge and begin to shape the topping on top. Do your best to make them look like ghosts. I accomplished this by swirling a knife around the top. Lastly, add black eyes. Enjoy!


Happy Halloween!!

Pumpkin Cookies

Fall is wonderful. I love the abundance of fall squashes, especially pumpkins. Roasting pumpkins on a weekend afternoon is a wonderful way to warm up the house. Oh, and then I roast the seeds with some olive oil and salt and they are delicious. Roasting the pumpkin and seeds is an easy process. First, wash and cut the pumpkin in half. Scoop out pulp and reserve the seeds. Heat the oven to 350 and then place the pumpkin halves cut side down in a dish/pan with ~1/4″ of water. Depending on size roast for 1 to 1-1/2 hours. Allow to cool a bit and then scoop pumpkin into a strainer and let rest for about an hour. You want to set the pumpkin in a strainer to allow excess water to drain from the pumpkin. Next, puree and the pumpkin mash is ready to use in all your favorite recipes. Oh yeah, back to the seeds. Separate them from the stringy part of the pumpkin and rinse. Let them dry a bit and heat the oven to 325. Toss seeds with olive oil and salt, and spread on a cookie sheet. Bake for 25 minutes while stirring occasionally.

Now on to the cookies. To be honest I am not a frosting fan. This is probably because most frosting others use is the store bought kind that is full of crap. I am a bit of a food snob and believe food should be as natural as possible. Is the frosting in these cookies super healthy, well no, but I can pronounce every ingredient. 🙂 These cookies are almost cake/cookie and I say that because of the nice soft texture they have. Once, you top them with the creamy, dreamy frosting you will wonder why you haven’t made these before. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Cookies with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting Cookies


2 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1-3/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon ginger

1/4 teaspoon cloves

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 1/4 cup pumpkin purée

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla


1/2 cup butter, softened

1 (8oz) package cream cheese, softened

3 cups powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 tablespoon cinnamon

For the cookies:

Preheat the oven to 350.

In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices, and salt; set aside.

In your mixer bowl cream together 1/2 cup butter, 1 cup sugar and 1/2 cup brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in the pumpkin, egg and vanilla until smooth.  Mix in the dry ingredients until blended.

Scoop the batter onto greased baking sheets and bake for 15-18 minutes, until the cookies spring back when you gently press the tops.  Remove to a cooling rack and cool completely before frosting.

For the frosting:

In your clean mixer bowl, beat together the remaining 1/2 cup butter and the cream cheese until smooth.  Beat in the powdered sugar, vanilla and cinnamon until fluffy.  Spread on top of the cooled cookies.

For best results, store these cookies in the fridge and let them come to room temperature before serving.


The brew in the recent photo is our first attempt at a pumpkin beer. We had to try and make one this year because I am in love with Southern Tier Pumking.
Our Pumpkin Juice brew is still two weeks premature but tasted great! We added a tiny bit more spice and will hopefully be kegging it soon!
With this blog it is my plan to add more detail as I go. Please leave questions and comments 🙂

Pumpkin Juice