13 Awesome Pumpkin Recipes

13 Awesome Pumpkin Recipes

Autumn is here and that means it is time for ALL THINGS PUMPKIN! I’m not sure why we tend to only eat pumpkin flavored foods in the fall much MUCH more than any other time. It’s so good we really should eat it all year round! If you’re looking to add a few new pumpkin foods to your recipe collection, these 13 awesome pumpkin recipes, many made with Pumpkin Puree and Pumpkin Pie Spice should fit right in.

Top Pumpkin Recipes I Want to Make!!

  1. Savory Sausage and Apples
  2. Pumpkin Spice Wontons
  3. Cinnamon Rolls ith a Pumkin Twist
  4. Savory Pumpkin Sage Pasta Dish
  5. Make it Upside Down
  6. Sweet Pumpkin Bread
  7. Smores Meet Fall
  8. Gluten Free Protein Bar
  9. Easy Dump Cake
  10. Pumpkin Knots
  11.  Pumpkin Angel Food Cake
  12. Refreshing Smoothie with a Twist
  13. Savory Sausage and Apples

Dragon’s Blood Red Halloween Punch Recipe

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This Dragon’s Blood Punch made with Hawaiian Punch and 7-up is quite delicious.  While it is perfect for Halloween with its deep blood  red color, I think this may end up being a year-round party drink for us.

Dragon’s Blood Red Halloween Punch Recipe

1/2 Gallon Hawaiian Punch Fruit Juicy Red
3 oz package of cherry-flavored gelatin powder
1 cup water
1/2 liter 7-up

Put Hawaiian Punch in a large freezer-safe container. Bring water to a boil. Mix in gelatin and stir for 2 minutes or until dissolved. Add gelatin mixture to Hawaiian Punch and stir. Divide into four smaller containers.  Freeze overnight. When ready to serve, place frozen mixture in a punch bowl, add 7-up and stir until slushy.

Lawry’s Copycat Recipe – Make Your Own Seasoning Salt

Lawry's Copycat Recipe

Seasoning salt is an easy way to perk up a recipe. It is also great “straight up” as a seasoning for potatoes, chicken, popcorn and more. If you want to save a bit of money over prepackaged seasoning salt, or if you just prefer to know exactly what ingredients go into your seasoning, here is an easy Lawry’s Copycat Recipe to make your own seasoning salt.

Lawry’s Copycat Recipe

2 Tbsp salt
2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp cornstarch

Mix all of the above in a small bowl until well blended.  Store seasoning salt in an empty spice bottle or other airtight container.

Turkey (or Chicken) Taquitos Recipe – They’re Even Gluten Free!

Turkey Taquitos Recipe

This recipe comes from Christy at The Shopper’s Apprentice. These Turkey Taquitos are a great way to use up leftover turkey, or you can substitute chicken if that’s what you have on hand. They are crispy and delicious and a way to turn your leftovers into something special!

Turkey Taquitos Recipe

12 corn tortillas
1 lb. cooked turkey, shredded (or chicken)
1 onion, chopped
1 package Taco seasoning
3/4 cup hot water
1 clove garlic, minced
Vegetable oil

Lightly sprinkle each tortilla with water. Wrap the stack in aluminum foil and place in a 200 degree oven for 10 minutes to soften.  Leave in foil until ready to use.  In a skillet, combine meat, seasonings, water, onion, and garlic.  Stir well. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. Place 2 Tbsp of the mixture in the center of each warmed tortilla. Roll up tortillas tightly, securing with toothpicks. In a large, deep saucepan, heat oil to 375 degrees. Fry rolled tortillas in oil until golden brown and crisp. Drain on paper towels.  Keep warm in oven.  Remove toothpicks before serving.  To serve, place on a bed of lettuce and garnish with salsa and guacamole.

Turkey Taquitos Recipe

Sara Lee and Entenmann’s Back-to-School Reader Giveaway


It’s time to get ready for back-to-school and time to start thinking about some fun ideas for lunch boxes and after-school snacks. Sara Lee® Snacks and Entenmann’s Little Bites® baked snacks are ready to help with their ABC’s of Back To School campaign. In the video below, Kathleen Robbins, head baker at Sara Lee Snacks, Entenmann’s Little Bites is a full-time mom and shares with us how her family gets through the mornings with some tips and DIY homework helpers, the fun Little Bites Party Cakes Caterpillars and exciting Sara Lee Brownie Chocolate Chip Snack Kabobs!


We had a chance to try two of the newest creations from Sara Lee and Entenmann’s – both ready to be popped into a lunch box or enjoyed as a yummy after-school treat.

Sara Lee Brownie Chocolate Chip Cakes

Sara Lee has a brand new snack: Brownie Chocolate Chip Cakes. These fresh baked, individually wrapped snack cakes, are perfect for the lunch box. They are made with a double batter mix of brownies and the classic favorite chocolate chip.

Entenmann's Little Bites Party Cakes

Entenmann’s Little Bites are pre-portioned bite sized muffins and brownies and they now have a NEW flavor: Little Bites Party Cakes. These golden mini cakes are cute and fun with rainbow sprinkles. They can make any day a party! Little Bites is also hosting a “ Life of the Lunchbox” sweepstakes from August 1st through September 25th on the Little Bites Facebook Page.

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Reader Giveaway: One lucky Thrifty Recipes winner will win a back-to school prize package, valued at $60 – including: two boxes of Sara Lee Brownie Chocolate Chip Cakes, two boxes of Little Bites Party Cakes, three Sara Lee Snacks coupons valued at $4 each, three Entenmann’s Little Bites coupons valued at $5 each, one Sara Lee Snacks water bottle valued at $5 and one upcycled Little Bites pencil case valued at $10. To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59pm on 9/4/15. Good luck!


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Tuna Bruschetta Recipe

Tuna Bruschetta Recipe  #shop

Tuna can be a very versatile staple to keep in your pantry. Of course there are the old standbys of tuna salad sandwiches and tuna noodle casserole, but there are a LOT more possibilities beyond that. Case in point: this Tuna Bruschetta Recipe. It uses fresh, simple ingredients and is packed with nutrition.  It is light and perfect as an appetizer or as a lunch all by itself.

Tuna Bruschetta Recipe


4 whole wheat pitas
1 Tbsp olive oil
coarse sea salt
1 can Ocean Naturals Skipjack Chunk Light Tuna
2 tsp Italian seasoning
4 vine ripened tomatoes, chopped
2 Tbsp fresh basil, chopped
2 Tbsp red onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp olive oil
2 tsp balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper

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Heat oven to 375 degrees.  Cut each pita into eight wedges. Brush lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with coarse sea salt.  Spread in a single layer on a cookie sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes, flipping once.  Let cool.

In a medium bowl, combine tomato, basil, onions, garlic, olive oil and vinegar.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Refrigerate tomato mixture for at least 20 minutes to blend flavors.

In a small bowl, combine tuna with Italian seasoning and salt and pepper to taste.

To serve, place a spoonful of tuna on each pita wedge.  Top with tomato mixture.  Enjoy!!

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Blue Bunny Ice Cream Coupon + an Ice Cream Sandwich Recipe

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We’re headed toward the end of summer, but there is still plenty of time left to cool off on a hot day with ice cream and keep the good times rolling with blue Bunny! Plus, this Sunday, August 2nd, you can check your local newspaper for a coupon for $1 off* Blue Bunny cartons, sandwiches and bars. Whether it’s the signature Bunny Tracks, classic Simply Vanilla ice cream sandwiches or irresistibly fun Mini Swirls, ice cream aficionados throughout all 50 states can choose from tantalizingly tasty Blue Bunny ice cream flavors and a delectable collection of cones, sandwiches and bars.
Made in Le Mars, Iowa, Blue Bunny uses fresh milk sourced from local dairy farms and turns it into delicious ice cream within 24 hours.

*The following states will receive a $.75 cent offer: NV, ND, CA, ID, KS, LA, MN, TN, WI, CO. Offer not available in DE and WY.

Click here to find a retailer that carries Blue Bunny near you. For more information about Blue Bunny, visit www.bluebunny.com.

You can use your Blue Bunny ice cream to make these Star Spangled Ice Cream Sandwiches!

Star Spangled Ice Cream Sandwiches


What is your favorite flavor of Blue Bunny Ice Cream?

Easy Cranberry Salsa Recipe

Cranberry Salsa Recipe
Did you know that salsa is America’s #1 condiment? Maybe that has to do with having SO MANY different variations available. You can make an interesting spin on your next bowl of salsa by making this sweet and spicy Cranberry Sala Recipe. You can choose how spicy you want it to be by increasing or decreasing the amount of jalapeño you use.

This Cranberry Salsa Recipe is great served with chips or add a bunch of extra flavor to your enchiladas or a chicken quesadilla.

Cranberry Salsa Ingredients

Easy Cranberry Salsa Recipe

Yields: 6 Servings
Prep Time: 15 Minutes

1 bag cranberries
1 granny smith apple
1/8 medium red onion
½ large red pepper
¼ large green pepper
2 tablespoons pickled jalapeño
3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
½ cup sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/3 cup apple juice

Cranberry Salsa Process

1. Chop the apple, red onion, bell peppers and jalapeño into large pieces and place in food processor.
2. Add the bag of cranberries to the food processor.
3. Use the food processor to chop and combine the ingredients.
4. Move the chopped ingredients to a bowl and add sugar, lemon juice, apple juice and cilantro. Stir together.
5. Best if chilled in refrigerator for 2 hours before serving to allow flavors to combine.
6. Serve with chips.

Brownberry Healthfull Bread Swap Out with Reader Giveaway

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I won’t lie, we go through a lot of bread around here.  There are only four of us but we like sandwiches, and french toast.   We usually buy the same brand of bread, but occasionally we will branch out and try something new.  When I was given the opportunity to do the Brownberry® Healthfull® Bread swap out, I did not tell my family, I just went ahead and signed up for it.  Of course they noticed the change right away, the slices are slightly smaller, and is a bit more dense than our regular bread.  So I couldn’t hide the fact that our bread was different, and swapped out. Luckily my family is pretty easy going and did not complain about the swap.


First I tried our favorite Brinner (Breakfast for Dinner at our house) French Toast.  I decided to try the Steel Cut Oats and Honey Brownberry® Healthfull® Bread for this particular meal.   The Steel Cut Oats and Honey bread tasted great for this recipe.  It is not fancy or hard to make.  Just a few simple ingredients.   Judging from this smile, it looks like our daughter liked the new bread:)IMG_0861

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Brownberry® Healthfull® Bread Swap out
Recipe type: Easy French Toast
Serves: 4
  • 8 thick slices bread
  • 3 eggs
  • 1½ cup milk
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional)
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • I don't always measure and we like cinnamon and nutmeg so as you can see from the photo I add more than the recipe calls for. All of the items are sort of add more or less depending on how you like your french toast.
  1. Beat together egg, milk, desired spices and vanilla.
  2. Heat a lightly oiled griddle of skillet over medium-high flame.
  3. Dunk each slice of bread in egg mixture, soaking both sides. Place in pan, and cook on both sides until golden. Serve hot.

Our second “recipe” is not hard to make and is our version of “Grilled Cheese”.  This time we tried the Healthfull® Nuts & Seeds bread.  We used sliced colby jack cheese and then sliced turkey. Instead of butter I put coconut oil on the outside of the bread, so it still gets the golden grilled look to it.


This was a success as well.  The best part of this bread is that it is better for you!  The Healthfull® Nuts & Seeds bread for example:

  • No artificial colors, flavors or preservatives
  • No high fructose corn syrup
  • 13g whole grains per serving


If you are looking for some new recipes the Brownberry website has some great ones.  Why not change things up a bit, and swap out your bread for a good tasting and better for you bread?

Reader Giveaway:  One lucky reader will receive a $25 Visa gift card and one (1) coupon, valid for $5 off any Brownberry® Healthfull® Bread. To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 7/2/15. Good luck!

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Ginger Berry Fizz Drink Recipe

Ginger Berry Fizz Drink Recipe

Summer is nearly here and that means it is the season for refreshing, light and delicious drinks! I personally love drinks with real fruit added to them. This easy recipe starts with ginger ale and then makes it special with the addition of frozen berries. You can use regular ginger ale, or opt for a lighter option with a low-calorie soda.

Ginger Berry Fizz Drink Recipe


2 cups frozen mixed berries
1 Tbsp sugar
Ginger Ale


Mix the sugar with the frozen berries in a small bowl. Microwave until starting to soften. Place berry mixture in blender and pulse until a puree forms with a few large chunks of berry remaining. To serve, put ice cubes in a glass. Add a big scoop of berry puree. Fill glass with Canada Dry TEN Ginger Ale, stir and serve!