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pretty pumpkin projects

October 2, 2012

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six pretty pumpkin projects, perfect for autumn. do you like to carve or decorate pumpkins this time of year?

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basil pumpkin soup

July 19, 2012

basil pumpkin soup i know i know, pumpkin’s in july?! while i realize that this recipe won’t exactly be seasonal for most of you, it’s really just a testament to the amazing produce they grow here in california! needless to say, we were gifted some pumpkins this week, and this is what they turned in to. it was so tasty that i thought you might enjoy it as well, even if you do just bookmark it for november!


- 3 small pumpkins, roasted
– 1 large onion, chopped
– 1 can coconut milk
– 2 cups veggie stock
– 2 tbs coconut oil
– 1 cup of fresh basil, chopped
– 2 tbs fresh ginger, minced
– 1 tsp cinnamon
– 1 tsp nutmeg
– 1 tbs turmeric
– 1 tbs red curry paste
– salt + pepper to taste


1. preheat oven to 450°f. place pumpkins on a baking sheet and roast whole for 30-45 minutes, until a knife easily glides through the flesh of the pumpkin. once cool enough to touch, start peeling away the skin (if they roasted long enough, this part will be easy!). cut in half and scoop out the seeds, then chop pumpkin flesh. set aside.

2. place a large stock pot over medium heat and add 2 tbs coconut oil. add onions and cook until translucent, 5-7 minutes. add pumpkin and basil and continue to cook for another 5 minutes.

3. add coconut milk, veggie stock, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, turmeric, curry paste, salt and pepper and let simmer about 15 minutes.

4. puree the soup. i use a hand blender, but you can also work in batches with a standard blender. enjoy!

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forgotten ingredients: pumpkin

November 16, 2011

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the pumpkin. we often decorate with them, pick them out at the local punkin’ patch or grab a can of it at the store for making pies. but how often do we grab a whole pumpkin and use it in our recipes? turns out, we should probably be doing it more than we actually do (especially since pumpkins are only in season during the fall!).

the nutritionally robust pumpkin boasts loads of fiber, potassium and iron. the pumpkins bright orange color is also a giveaway that it’s loaded with beta-carotene, a very important antioxidant. studies show that a diet rich in beta-carotene reduces the risk of developing certain types of cancer and protects against heart disease.

pumpkins are also very low in calories, so let’s get to cookin’! here are a few of my favorite pumpkin recipes. do you have any? please share!

pumpkin recipes


leaf learn how to roast a pumpkin and toast their seeds

leaf pumpkin pizza wreath

leaf cashew, coconut and pumpkin curry

leaf pumpkin pasta sauce

leaf pumpkin spiced latte

leaf roasted pumpkin with sage

leaf homemade knekkebrød (crackers)

and make sure to keep you pumpkin seeds, they are full of health benefits as well!

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dinner ideas 10.28.11

October 28, 2011

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it’s officially pumpkin season here in california! (that’s only my favorite time of the year.) this week’s menu was packed full of hearty fall veggies, pumpkins and comfort food. i hope you find a few new seasonally inspired recipes to try! what have you been cookin’ this week?

fall dinner ideas

above: veggie pot pies, tuscan kale chips, pumpkin soup, cashew coconut and pumpkin curry, tomato basil cream pasta, fall veggies with lentils


personal veggie pot pies with roasted potatoes and tuscan kale chips


tomato basil cream pasta with roasted veggies and smoky miso tofu


cumin black beans served over forbidden rice, topped with sauteed kale & potato cakes


thai green curry with homemade bread


cashew coconut and pumpkin curry, fall veggies with lentils, pumpkin soup (sub veggie broth)

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Chevron Painted Pumpkin

October 24, 2011

Posted by in handmade

chevron pumpkin

I’ve been so enthused with many different ways to decorate a pumpkin lately, that I just had to try painting a pattern onto one. The idea came to me because I am about to paint a large chevron pattern in grey on my living room wall. To paint it on the pumpkin involves the same idea: painter’s tape, measured and spaced equally apart, and carefully peeled off to enjoy the crisp design.

Another great thing about painting a pumpkin is that you can leave it prettily painted in your home, as table decor, on your kitchen counter, or on your mantel, and when it gets closer to Halloween, the pumpkin can still be carved – the jack-o-lantern will just have an eye-catching pattern on it’s face. Let’s get started!

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– a pumpkin – size of your choice
– painter’s tape
– a ruler or measuring tape
– pen or pencil
– paint – color of your choice
– brush or sponge

Begin by deciding how big you want your stripes to be, and how close together. This will be largely influenced by the size of your pumpkin. I have a sweet little pie pumpkin, and I measured the dips of my chevron pattern two inches apart, top to bottom and left to right.

After I marked off where my dips should be, I measured out pieces of tape. Since my pumpkin was so small, I started in the middle with 3″ long tape strips, and created a zig zag pattern, as evenly-spaced as possible. For the top and bottom layers of tape, the tape strips only had to be 2″ long.

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Special note: these are flat, rectangular strips of tape that we are applying to a round, uneven surface – don’t expect exact zig-zags. Pumpkins are organic forms that rarely grow evenly, so a little imperfection will still look great!

Carefully paint the pumpkin between the paint strips – painter’s tape makes it okay to be a bit sloppy here.

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Once the paint has dried, carefully peel the tape away to admire your well-defined chevron stripes! Any paint that got peeled up with the tape, or extra paint that snuck under the tape, can be touched up with a small paint brush, or softly scraped away with a fingernail to achieve a straight line.

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And that’s it! Now imagine introducing more colors, or layers of color within the stripes! Try outlining the stripes with permanent marker borders, or trimming them with a line of black upholstery nail heads – the possibilities are endless!
ashley paul indie pretty project Out to find ways to make life simpler, Ashley is tackling life one DIY project at a time. Learning as she goes, she also spends her days writing Indie Pretty Projects and creating for her Etsy shop.

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dinner ideas 10.21.11

October 21, 2011

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seasonal dinner ideas

clockwise: autumn gazpacho soup, pan seared brussel sprouts, butternut squash pasta, corn medallions, cashew, coconut and pumpkin curry, fig pizza*

this week’s meals were hearty, wholesome and (as always) inspired by our local produce. our favorites for this week were most certainly the fig pizza and pumpkin coconut curry. yum!

what have been some of your favorite meals this week? please share with us in the comment section!


grilled veggie kabobs, autumn gazpacho soup, pan seared brussel sprouts and corn medallions


butternut squash pasta served with a garden salad


cashew, coconut and pumpkin curry with sauteed kale


fig pizza*, garbanzo bean and veggie mashed potatoes*, stuffed poblanos (stuffed with last night’s leftovers!) and grilled squash


need ideas! what are you cookin’?

fig pizza

brush 1 tablespoon of olive oil over your pizza crust, then layer with spinach and slices of fresh fig. sprink with salt and top with fresh thyme or sage. bake at 400 degrees until crust is slightly brown, about 25 minutes. drizzle with honey and serve!

garbanzo bean and veggie mashed potatoes

saute in olive oil 1 onion, 1 carrot and 1 celery stick (all chopped) until translucent (about 6 minutes). add 2 pounds of potatoes cut into thick chunks and 1 can of garbanzo beans. add enough water to cover slightly. let simmer until potatoes are soft to the touch. pour out liquid and transfer to mixing bowl and mix until a mashed potato consistency is formed (optional: add vegan butter and milk!).

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Diy Pumpkin Pasta Sauce

October 17, 2011

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Last week I made pumpkin spice lattes, and with a lot of pumpkin puree left over in my fridge, I had to use it for something. Enter: DIY pumpkin pasta sauce. I experimented with the flavors as I went – it started as a sweeter sauce, but I quickly realized adding herbs and black pepper would make it perfect. So, this sauce is thick and savory, with just a hint of sweetness in the nutmeg – perfect on top of plain pasta or ravioli. It’s also very easy to make, and it’s vegetarian – I’ve included substitutes for vegans as well!


– 1/4 cup butter (vegan substitute: 1/4 cup vegan “buttery” spread OR 3 tablespoons canola oil)
– 1 shallot
– 2 – 4 garlic cloves (depending on your taste)
– 1 – 15 ounce can of pumpkin puree (or follow Bonnie’s instructions for pumpkin puree in this – recipe)
– 1/2 cup vegetable stock
– 3/4 cup milk (vegan substitute: 3/4 cup soymilk, rice milk, etc.)
– 1 tsp salt
– 4 teaspoons fresh, minced sage leaves OR 2 teaspoons dry ground sage
– 2 teaspoons fresh, minced thyme leaves OR 1 teaspoon dry ground thyme
– 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
– pinch of nutmeg

optional toppings:

– 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
– parmesan cheese


After shallot and garlic are minced, sauté in skillet of melted butter (or vegan substitute) on medium for about 5 minutes.

Reduce heat to low, and stir in pumpkin puree. Continue to stir for 3 minutes, and slowly add stock, milk, salt, pepper, sage, and thyme. Allow sauce to simmer, covered, until ready to serve. Top with walnuts and parmesan cheese, if desired.

ashley paul indie pretty project Out to find ways to make life simpler, Ashley is tackling life one DIY project at a time. Learning as she goes, she also spends her days writing Indie Pretty Projects and creating for her Etsy shop.

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lovely fall things

October 5, 2011

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lovely fall things

pumpkins, acorns and lovely fall things.

clcokwise: pumpkin note card set- $18, needle felted pumpkin- $10, classic footed cutting board- $55, handmade felted acorns- $24, 3 boo pumpkins print- $17, pumpkin stationary- $20, felted wool sunny acorns- $12.95, pale gold pumpkin- $23.

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