Fun Fall Recipes!

So, it is safe to say that I am officially nesting. I am absolutely exhausted and achy, yet I just can't stop cooking and decorating and cleaning, etc. I guess my body knows that little Miss Etta Jayne will be making her big debut soon! So much to do, so little time... and SO LITTLE ENERGY!

I had posted some pictures to my Instagram feed of some of the items I have cooked lately, and because there were a few of you wanting recipes, I decided to just put them all here to make it easy! Please note that 3 of the 4 of the following recipes are PUMPKIN recipes. I just can't help it!

Hearty Chicken Stew with Butternut Squash & Quinoa Recipe

Picture from Cookin' Canuck blog

This first recipe is from a great and healthy food blog called Cookin' Canuck. This is what we ate for dinner tonight! It is absolutely delicious and very very healthy!

I have cooked this 3 times now, and it is so yummy each and every time! This time, I used a whole chicken instead of chicken thighs because the whole chickens were on sale for 99 cents a pound at our local health food store!  I boiled the whole chicken, shredded it and reserved about half of the meat for this recipe. So that means I still have half a chicken left. Score! I also used the broth from the boiled chicken for this recipe and added some bouillon. It tasted just as yummy prepared this way.

One note is that this recipe does take a little bit of time to cook. So if you are exhausted, 9 months pregnant, and have a toddler running around like crazy... just know that your feet might swell profusely and you will need to rest them after you are finished cooking ;)

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Picture from

Picture from

Here is a nice and simple recipe from This is another favorite fall treat here at our Headquarters. One, it has pumpkin. Two, it has sugar. And three, it has dark chocolate. It is bound to be delicious right?! You can make different substitutions to try to make this healthier... but I never do :) These cookies aren't your typical cookie. They are kind of cake-like and have just the right amount of flavor in them. And they don't take long at all to whip up a batch!

Pumpkin Pancakes With Cinnamon Syrup

Picture from Tastes Better From Scratch

Picture from Tastes Better From Scratch

This recipe is from a blog called "Tastes Better From Scratch." These little babies are DELICIOUS! I haven't cooked them this fall yet, but my hubby has literally asked me every morning if I would make them. (I will make them soon baby, I promise!) When you cook them, be sure to spread the batter thin enough, because I have had them come out a little "doughy" in the middle before. And also, the recipe for the syrup makes quite a bit, so if you don't want any leftover syrup, maybe cut the recipe in half.

Pumpkin Hot Chocolate

Picture from Food Doodles blog

Picture from Food Doodles blog

This tasty recipe is from a blog called "Food Doodles." Sadly, we botched this recipe the other evening. The hot chocolate came out way too thick. Apparently, we failed to read the part of the blog that said to "use less puree if you are using store bought." Hello! I think if we would have followed her instructions, we would have had much better luck! It had great flavor for sure, it was just a little thicker than your average cup of hot chocolate. I also would like to experiment with replacing the maple syrup with honey. Could be worth a shot! Anyhow, please test it out and let me know how it works for you! And be sure to use less puree if you are using store bought instead of making your own. And... don't forget the marshmallows :) And... you should probably serve this with the pumpkin chocolate chip cookies!

That's it for now! I have lots of other fun recipes I want to share, but for now I am going to prop my feet up on the couch and lay back on my heating pad while my tiny little baby kicks me in the gut :)