pumpkin pizza wreath

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pumpkin pizza recipe

that’s right! i roasted some pumpkins last week and have been trying to figure out what to do with them ever since!  i love using pumpkins for dishes other than sweets, and this one hit the spot. with caramelized onions, apples, sage, and spinach- this ‘pizza’ envelops you with the flavors of fall.

ingredients:

  • - whole wheat pizza crust dough (here’s one of my favorite recipes)
  • - 2 cups of roasted pumpkin puree (see recipe at step 3)
  • - 1 cup of caramelized onions
  • - 1 tbs butter (vegan: earth balance butter)
  • - 1 crispy apple (like fuji, honey crisp, etc); chopped
  • - 2 cups of fresh spinach
  • - 1.5 cups of mozzarella cheese (vegan: daiya cheese)
  • - 5 leaves fresh sage
  • - 2 sprigs fresh oregano
  • - 4 tbs olive oil
  • - fresh parmesan for the topping (vegan: leave off)

*i know this looks like a lot of ingredients, but keep in mind that you can substitute or leave out anything you like! once you have your pizza dough, you can fill it with anything that floats your boat.

pumpkin pizza recipe

step 1: roll out your dough into a long oval.  mine turned out to be about 10″ by 25″.  using a knife, cut strips about 1″ wide down each side,  just make sure to leave about 5″ in the middle to stack your goodies.

pumpkin pizza recipe

step 2: caramelize the onions. heat 1 tbs of butter in a pan and add the onion.  cook on medium for about 15 minutes stirring often, until the onions have become translucent and are caramelized.

step 3: begin stacking your goodies! spread about 2 cups of pumpkin puree first, then add the caramelized onions and the apple.

how do you roast a pumpkin?

it’s easy! preheat your oven to 475 degrees. 1-3 lb pie (or sweet) pumpkins work best.  remove the stem and cut the pumpkin in half, then remove the seeds.  place on a pan cut side up and add 3-4 tbs of water to the center of each pumpkin ‘boat’.  cover with tin foil and roast until tender, about 45 minutes.  remove from the oven, let cool and scrape the pumpkin from the skin (discard skin).  use immediately or freeze in baggies to last you all winter long!

pumpkin pizza recipe

step 4: continue stacking by adding the spinach, gorgonzola and mozzarella.  sprinkle with half of the sage and oregano.

pumpkin pizza recipe

step 5: begin crossing over your dough strips to cover the filling.  you can criss cross, ‘braid’ or just lay them horizontally.

pumpkin pizza recipe

step 6: carefully pick up each end to turn them up and around to make a wreath.  pinch the open ends to seal. tip: i’m working on a lightly greased sheet of parchment paper to prevent sticking.

step 7: top your wreath with the parmesean and remaining sage and oregano.

pumpkin pizza recipe

step 8: bake at 375 degrees until golden brown on top, about 20 minutes.

enjoy! xox, bonnie

been loving lately

| handmade

etsy favorites

1 :: darbyshire feathered cloche 2 :: jersey turban 3 :: i see you fox 4 :: snow squall 5 :: teal wool button skirt

i have had each of these shops open in my browser now for days, knowing that i wanted to share them with you.  i mean, have you ever seen anyone pull off teal hair that well? or at all, really.. but i love it on her!  and the picture of this little fox leaves me speechless.  plus, i can just feel myself wearing that blue skirt, can’t you? hope you’ll go explore each of their shops, as they are all worthy of a browse.  enjoy!

before and after: planter table

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before and after: planter table

i found this little tray table at the thrift store for $5. i love it’s little tapered legs and rolling wheels!

after painting it with yellow zig zags, it’s now a little planter table and adds the perfect splash of color to our dining room.

before and after: planter table

i used love natalie’s grow print as inspiration, can you tell?  though her shop is temporarily closed, {update! her shop is now open!} you can see all of her watercolor paintings and diy projects on her blog- love, natalie.

before and after: planter table

method:

i only bought one shade of yellow paint, but mixed up a little batch of it with some added white to make the lighter color.  i first painted the top light yellow, then used this technique of painting chevrons to tape off the design.  after painting the whole piece darker yellow, i removed the tape and finished it off with a top coat.

before and after: planter table

did you notice my little collection of blue bottles? i got inspired by johnny miller a while back, and have been collection blue and green bottles and jars ever since.  mine needs some work to be anywhere near as beautiful as his, but i think it’s pretty catching the afternoon light.

my favorite new blog: august empress

| crafty blogs

hello lovelies!  someone very dear to my heart has started a blog that has become one of my addictions daily reads.  jo klima is always my go-to-gal for design work.  that’s right- she designed going home to roost and selling the handmade way! after all these years of designing blogs and websites for other people, jo has finally been able to start her very own blog, august empress.

august empress by jo klima

and it’s to die for!!

as you can only imagine a designer’s website would be, august empress is smart, beautiful, and full of to-die-for goodies.  she posts design elements and backgrounds free for you to download (notice the backdrop to this post?), patterns, inspirations, home decor ideas and more.  really, you must see for yourself!

>> meet jo – the designer of ghtr and selling the handmade way!

>> check out her free downloads

>> enter the giveaway to win a copy of print & pattern and creative, inc (by 11/15)

on another note: are you looking for a graphic designer? i can’t say enough wonderful things about jo klima & her web design business, the darling tree. jo’s design sense is like no other i’ve come across & the way she combines feminine whimsy with business smarts & branding identity is unmatched. she’s timely, affordable & an absolute dream to work with!

flat four accessories

| indie fashion

flat four purses

i get so excited when i stumble across a new designer that seems to be doing everything right.  so, when i found flat four’s bold designs and beautiful photography, i was thrilled! handmade by london based costume designer hadar vander, you can tell her conceptual eye has rendered itself useful in these one of a kind purses. visit flat four’s shop to learn more and to receive 20% off!

a guest post by my mom: diy pumpkin vase

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hi all! this is bonnie’s mom, maxine, and i’m so excited to post for you today! i am always inspired by bonnie’s projects- in fact, her whole life inspires me. i inherited a few of her youngest chickens when she left for colorado and they began to lay this week! i was absolutely thrilled. one of them is an easter egger, which means she will lay blue eggs. i really miss bonnie, but i know she’s where she is supposed to be right now, and i’m excited for her.

diy pumpkin fower vase

she asked if i’d like to post instructions for a floral arrangement that i made for becky’s (her sister’s) halloween party. this arrangement would be nice to use through thanksgiving and it’s really very easy to do.

diy pumpkin fower vase
 

supplies:

– a pumpkin
– assorted flowers
– assorted greenery (i used hydrangea stems, bradford pear tree limbs and ornamental grasses, all from my yard)
– chicken wire (about 5″ x 24″) or florists foam (the kind that absorbs water)

diy pumpkin fower vase
 

directions:

step 1: cut out the top of the pumpkin. save it to use in the arrangement.
step 2: clean out the inside of the pumpkin and discard. (seeds and gooey stuff)
step 3: roll up the chicken wire into a loose ball & stuff it inside the pumpkin. it won’t move around if you push it in place. if you don’t have chicken wire you can use florist foam. it needs to be slightly larger than the inside bottom half of the pumpkin so that it will stay firmly in place.
step 4: use a florist pick or wire to attach the pumpkin top to the front side of the pumpkin edge. I used a few 3″ long florist wire pick.
step 5: arrange your flowers as desired. add the greenery where needed.
step 6: fill with water and enjoy!

weekend recap- fall series trail race

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happy monday lovelies! i know this isn’t the usual for ghtr- but the hub and i ran a trail race this weekend (thanks for all the good luck’s!) and since we had a few good pictures i thought i would share them with you!

fall series trail race

the race was 5.9 miles and was hilly, rocky, sandy and rooty.  yes- i just about died because i hadn’t really trained for it, but my goal was just to finish- and to have fun!  my time was 1:13:43 and i was 4th (out of 7) in my age group, and 314th overall. what does that say about my age group? that we are slow!

fall series trail race here’s david! he finished in 43:32, got 5th in his age group and 27th overall. he finished in plenty of time to walk back on the trail, find me and run with me to the finish line.  boy, was i happy to see him!

off to pamper my sore muscles.. (and gather some diy goodness for you)

what did you do this weekend?