Pumpkin Dump Cake with Chocolate

Easy pumpkin dump cake recipe topped with chocolate chips and drizzled with caramel. A great alternative to pumpkin pie, similar to a crispy cobbler! Easy Pumpkin Dump Cake with Chocolate Topping Fall is definitely the season for pumpkin desserts. I am not a pumpkin dessert fan unless it contains chocolate. But this easy pumpkin dump […]

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15 Pumpkin Spice Treats You Need Right Now

This is your comprehensive guide to everything pumpkin spice.  These fifteen products are the pumpkin spice treats that you need right now.  Because if we’re going to go beyond the standard Starbucks Frappuccino, we might as well put a little bit of pumpkin in everything (except for these things).   Here’s a few of our favorites, and some fun ideas about how to enjoy them!

1. Pumpkin Spice Jello

Your guide to all things pumpkin spice

This stuff is actually delicious and layers amazing in a graham cracker crust with cream cheese jello.  It’s the easiest pumpkin cheesecake you’ll ever make!

2. Pumpkin Spice Cheerios

Your guide to all things pumpkin spice

My children cannot get enough of these.  If you love Cheerios, you will love this autumn twist!

3. Jack Skellington Lip Balm

Your guide to all things pumpkin spice

This is my personal favorite!!  This lip balm is the cutest and the fact that it’s pumpkin spice just makes it that much better!


SEE MORE:  20 Fall Treats That Aren’t Pumpkin


4. Ghirardelli Pumpkin Spice Caramels

Your guide to all things pumpkin spice

These are the classic decadent Ghirardelli milk chocolate squares but with a hint of fall.  I love them.

5. Pumpkin Spice Milanos

Your guide to all things pumpkin spice

I have a weakness for Milano cookies.  I love the buttery shortbread and this sweet layer of pumpkin spice with the usual chocolate is lovely,

6.  Pumpkin Spice Biscotti

Your guide to all things pumpkin spice

What is better than hot chocolate on a crisp fall morning?  Hot Chocolate with pumpkin spice biscotti!


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7.  Pumpkin Spice Syrup

Your guide to all things pumpkin spice

Pour this all over oatmeal pancakes.  You will thank me.

8. Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Your guide to all things pumpkin spice

You had me at Spiced Vanilla Glaze!

9. Pumpkin Spice Yogurt Pretzels

Your guide to all things pumpkin spice

I’m a sucker for a good yogurt pretzel and these look amazing.  The cherry on top would be mixing these with a bag of chocolate yogurt pretzels!

10. Pumpkin Pie Sauce

Your guide to all things pumpkin spice

Grab a cheesecake from Costco and just smother it in this sauce.  Top with whipped cream and you are a chef now.


SEE MORE:  Pumpkin Spice Caramel Popcorn Recipe


11. Pumpkin Spice Almonds

Your guide to all things pumpkin spice

For when you need a fall snack on the go!

12. Pumpkin Spice Oreo Cookies 

Your guide to all things pumpkin spice

I love these.  These are also the perfect crust for a pumpkin cheesecake.  Just crush a bag, add some melted butter and smash into a pie tin.  Delicious!

13.  Pumpkin Pie M&M’s

Your guide to all things pumpkin spice

Anyone else keep getting hooked on all of the fun M&M flavors?  This one is particularly good, but I do miss the pumpkin spice latte ones from last year!


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14. Werther’s Original Pumpkin Spice Caramels

Your guide to all things pumpkin spice

This way you can get Grandma on board with the pumpkin spice trend.

15. Pumpkin Spice Instant Oatmeal

Your guide to all things pumpkin spice

I love this stuff.  Chop up some pecans or walnuts and mix with whole milk and you have the perfect Saturday morning breakfast.  It is so yummy!

What are some of your favorite Pumpkin Spice Treats??

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Pumpkin Spice Caramel Cheesecake Mousse

Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Caramel Mousse! A delicious and easy no bake dessert! Perfect for a fall party or Thanksgiving.

I finally came up with the most delicious pumpkin spice recipe! Even though I’m not a huge pumpkin fan, I’m jumping on the pumpkin craze and sharing this VERY GOOD, easy to make no bake Pumpkin Spice Caramel Cheesecake Mousse. You will absolutely love this, I promise!

Lately, I’ve been baking and cooking like a mad woman! I mean, have you seen my new white kitchen??? You would too if you were me right? If you haven’t taken the new kitchen tour, check out my before and after photos–> here. I still pinch myself that I live in all of that happy white space!

I’m also incredibly happy to have a functional kitchen just in time for the holidays. We have been dealing with construction and eating out for months. What a crazy summer it’s been! Now the fall whether is rolling into Texas and we’re getting out our boots and sweaters. Who else loves this time of year? I LOVE IT! So, I can’t wait to make this pumpkin spice recipe again.

If you need a simple dessert recipe for Thanksgiving or a holiday party, try making this whipped mousse. It’s made with homemade whipped cream, pumpkin puree, ginger snap cookies and caramel. All of my favorite fall flavors.

Head over to the Oriental Trading Company’s blog to get the entire recipe. I love writing for them and would love to hear what you think of this tasty dessert! Thanks ~ Amy

Click here –> for the Pumpkin Spice Caramel Cheesecake Mousse Recipe

I hope you enjoy it. Have you liked my Facebook page yet? If not, I’d love for you to head over HERE and join the fun. I’m going to start doing more LIVE craft and food videos. FUN!


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Pumpkin Spice Latte Cinnamon Rolls

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cinnamon Rolls make any morning feel special! With a hint of coffee, and combination of cream cheese and pumpkin spices, your taste buds will jump for joy. Enjoy a quick and easy homemade breakfast in less than 25 minutes with this tasty recipe! Pumpkin Spice Latte Cinnamon Rolls Pumpkin Spice Latte Cinnamon Rolls are amazing and […]

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15 Pumpkin Items from Trader Joe’s You NEED In Your Life

Remember back in the day when the only pumpkin flavored things that came around in the Autumn were pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, pumpkin pie, that one Yankee candle, and…actual pumpkins?

Then Starbucks came around and BLEW OUR MINDS with pumpkin spice lattes and we lost our ever-loving minds over all things pumpkin.

Don’t get me wrong, both my feet are firmly planted in the pro-pumpkin camp, but I’ve been burned.

Pumpkin Spice Gum? AVOID.

Pumpkin Spice Hershey Kisses. TASTES LIKE A CANDLE.

I had a particularly bad run in with a brand of fancy pants yogurt that made me question my life choices and my continued devotion to pumpkin spice.

But a few years ago, Trader Joe’s finally came to our town, and I went BUCK WILD. If it had pumpkin in the name, I bought it. I tried it all and I have a few seasonal favorites that you need in your life.

Want to feel fancy? These will do the trick nicely. They are light and delicious and I highly recommend hoarding these for your holiday festivities, because believe me, no one is going to pass these up even after pumpkin season has shifted to peppermint. Since you can find them in the freezer case, they’ll keep until you ring in the new year. And you can’t beat the price! $4.99 for 12 mini macarons.

15 Pumpkin Items from Trader Joe’s You NEED In Your Life

Speaking of things to hoard—these should be on your “to give” list this holiday season. Stock up and give these to your neighbors, coworkers, as hostess gifts…to yourself for whenever you want a treat that will knock your socks off. The creamy caramel has just a hint of spice and the dark chocolate is really delicious and the whole thing is sprinkled with red hawaiian sea salt, so popping one of these in your mouth basically makes your eyes roll back in your head.

15 Pumpkin Items from Trader Joe’s You NEED In Your Life

I wish I would’ve snapped a picture of my kid’s faces when I fed them these because it would tell you all you need to know about how tasty these suckers are. Trader Joe’s didn’t skimp with the icing packet so every roll can be drenched in icing…much to the delight of everyone at my breakfast table.


I would eat this for breakfast with a cup of coffee every morning if my pants would allow it. But you should be a grown-up and eat this for dessert, as it was intended, because it would be wonderful with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream. This is going to be featured right along with the pies at Thanksgiving, for the guest who, like me, would walk by 10 pies for a chance at CAKE.

15 Pumpkin Items from Trader Joe’s You NEED In Your Life

Use it like jam. And use it on anything and everything. Toast, english muffins, pancakes (so good with maple syrup), waffles, and my personal favorite— a thick slice of artisan sourdough that’s been slathered with butter and toasted under the broiler until the bread is toasty and the butter has browned. HEAVEN.

15 Pumpkin Items from Trader Joe’s You NEED In Your Life

These mini biscotti are perfectly sized to be a nice little treat with your morning coffee. But they’re out-of-this-world when you dip them in a cup of hot cocoa. These would be a great gift for the coffee lover in your life.

15 Pumpkin Items from Trader Joe’s You NEED In Your Life

This is THE pumpkin cookie to buy! They remind me of a gingersnap and they are coated in either a yogurt (white) or spice (orange) frosting. With sprinkles. Because everything’s better with sprinkles. IT’S SCIENCE.

15 Pumpkin Items from Trader Joe’s You NEED In Your Life

Spicy and creamy and exactly what you want in your mug on a blustery autumn afternoon. The best part is that this powder mix blends with hot water so it’s quick and easy without feeling like you skimped.

15 Pumpkin Items from Trader Joe’s You NEED In Your Life

I’ve tried every “pumpkin spice” coffee that I can find. This one is my favorite. I take my coffee black so I’ve found that most flavored coffee tastes pretty artificial in the absence of cream and sugar. But Trader Joe’s pumpkin spice coffee is filled with actual spices and brews up nice and smooth.

15 Pumpkin Items from Trader Joe’s You NEED In Your Life

Cereal isn’t really my jam, but I figured my kids would like it, so I tossed it in the cart. When they cracked it open, I tossed a handful in my mouth and gave a hearty “Oh! WOW!” A bowl of this with ice-cold milk would be pretty fantastic as a midnight snack. Think of them as a pumpkin spice Froot Loop. (Is it weird that I only think of cereal as a late-night thing? Takes me back to my college days.)

15 Pumpkin Items from Trader Joe’s You NEED In Your Life

I had my skeptical pants on when I grabbed this from the shelf, but this stuff is GOOD. Really good. Tangy, spicy, flavorful, and not remotely sweet. Use this on mixed greens with some roasted beets, apples, bacon, goat cheese….maybe a handful of pistachios and you’ve got yourself an absolutely delicious meal on your hands.

15 Pumpkin Items from Trader Joe’s You NEED In Your Life

This has some kick! Mildly sweet too. If you’re a person that digs peach or mango salsa, then you’ll love this autumn version. I like that it’s thick and substantial. This alongside some guac would fill your tummy right up. Pairs well with Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Tortilla Chips below…

15 Pumpkin Items from Trader Joe’s You NEED In Your Life

I didn’t know what to expect. My mind sees “pumpkin” and still thinks PIE, so I expected something sweet. Nope. Just a salty, sturdy tortilla chip with a heartier taste—super similar to sweet potato tortilla chips, which I’m obsessed with. I have a feeling that a batch of nachos using these would be delicious.

15 Pumpkin Items from Trader Joe’s You NEED In Your Life

This one won’t be for everyone. For example, if you aren’t a super fan of yogurt, but live for PSL season, you are going to want to cruise right by this item. But if you’re a greek yogurt lover, this flavor will be an awesome seasonal treat. Extra credit if you pair this with Trader Joe’s Pecan Praline Granola.

15 Pumpkin Items from Trader Joe’s You NEED In Your Life

Trader Joe’s Coconut Body Butter is absolutely amazing. It’s best body butter product I’ve ever used on my crazy dry skin. I figured the pumpkin flavor would be a little odd, but it smells so good! The scent is more like an autumn apple to me, but maybe I’ve just gotten too narrow in my pumpkin worldview. I’ll work on that.

15 Pumpkin Items from Trader Joe’s You NEED In Your Life

This post isn’t sponsored. I just super duper love Trader Joe’s.

15 Pumpkin Items from Trader Joe’s You NEED In Your Life

Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

If you’re a pumpkin pie lover and just can’t get enough of the filling…this cupcake is for you.  It’s moist, creamy pumpkin pie goodness and so easy to make.  No worrying about crust, conveniently packaged in individual wrappers-these are perfect for any holiday party you’re attending this autumn.

Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes



15 oz Pumpkin Puree

3/4 cup Sugar

2 large Eggs

1 tsp Vanilla

3/4 cup Evaporated Milk

2/3 cup Flour

2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice

1/4 tsp Salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

Whipped Cream

Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes


  1. Line 12-muffin tin with cupcake liners.
  2. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  3. Whisk together pumpkin puree, sugar, eggs, vanilla and evaporated milk until well combined.
  4. Whisk in  remaining dry ingredients until batter is smooth.
  5. Fill muffin cups to 3/4 full (about 1/3 cup batter each).
  6. Bake for 20 minutes and allow to cool in pan for 20 minutes.
  7. Remove from pan and refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving.
  8. Garnish with whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice and enjoy!

Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

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Pumpkin Spice Caramel Popcorn Recipe

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Pumpkin Spice Caramel Popcorn Recipe

I’ve grown very particular about caramel popcorn-I only like it soft and completely saturated in caramel.  I don’t have time for that crunchy stuff, or for not enough caramel!  Adding pumpkin pie spice to my favorite caramel corn recipe just made sense…but if you’re not in the mood for the extra spice, this recipe is delicious without it!

Pumpkin Caramel Popcorn

Soft Pumpkin Caramel Popcorn

1 CUP Butter

1 CUP Corn Syrup (can be replaced with 1/2 CUP Honey)

3 Bags Popped Popcorn (or 1 CUP in a popper)

2 1/4 CUP Brown Sugar

1 CAN Sweetened Condensed Milk

Pumpkin Pie Spice

Pumpkin Spice Caramel Popcorn

Stir together butter, corn syrup and brown sugar in a saucepan over med-high heat until warmed through.  Take off heat, add sweetened condensed milk and stir until smooth.  Add to bowl of popped popcorn, 1/2 cup at a time and gently stir.  Sprinkle with pumpkin pie spice as liberally or sparingly as you please!

This is best eaten as soon as it cools enough to eat it!

EXPERT TIP:  Be sure to separate and toss out any kernels you have left in your popped corn so they don’t incorporate with the caramel-your teeth will thank you!

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Minnie Mouse Halloween Pumpkin Craft

This fun Minnie Mouse pumpkin painting craft is easy for kids and makes a great Disney Halloween party activity. Creative pumpkin without carving.

Two of my most favorite things are Halloween and Disney! We’re excited to visit Disney World this week, so I thought it would be fun to share my Minnie Mouse Halloween Pumpkin. This is one of my most favorite Halloween crafts ever and perfect to show during my 8th Year of Blogging Celebration!

This DIY Minnie Mouse Pumpkin was one of my first crafts that went viral around the internet. Blogging had just started, and it was such an exciting time! Imagine if you will a time before Pinterest, Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook. Things went viral because people tweeted or emailed each other the link! Having something special that I made for my daughter get recognized in this way was such a thrill and helped give me the confidence to purse blogging as a career. I’m so happy to bring back the Minnie Mouse Pumpkin in a step-by-step tutorial for you. Enjoy!

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How to make a Minnie Mouse Halloween Pumpkin! This simple pumpkin painting craft is easy for kids and makes a great party activity. LivingLocurto.com

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10 Spray Painted Pumpkin Ideas for Halloween

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A carved pumpkin is cool, but a spray painted pumpkin is way cooler. Plus, you get the whole bonus of your one-of-a-kind pumpkin lasting longer than a few days before turning inside out and falling totally apart. Arguably, spray paint can be messy too but at least you’ll have fun channeling your inner Banksy, amiright?

Pumpkin Minions! A personal favorite of mine because Rachael is a bit of a genius for coming up with these.

Spray Painted Minion Pumpkin "Dave"

A Frozen inspired pumpkin with glittery spray paint, jewels and a crown, need I say more?

Frozen inspired spray painted pumpkin

Fight crime with these Super Hero inspired pumpkins on your front step.

Super Hero pumpkins to guard your front porch!

This glitter stem pumpkin is a yes, because the world needs more glitter. Always.More.Glitter.

Spray paint and glitter stem pumpkin

Spiderweb Pumpkins, because these are awesome.

Ombre Spray Painted Spiderweb Pumpkin

Personalize your pumpkins with your own fancy monogram, you can even make it extra fancy with glitter!

Personalized monogram pumpkin with spray paint and glitter

Gold leaf pumpkins – go crazy with a stencil for this seasonal finish.

Spray Painted Pumpkin Ideas

Metallic pumpkins

Metallic Spray Painted Pumpkins

Glow-In-The-Dark pumpkins, these are so rad!

Glow in the dark spray painted pumpkins

Asymmetrical Pumpkins

Gold spray painted pumpkins

Happy spraying!

15 Fun Fall Party Ideas

15 Fun Fall Party Ideas. Fabulous recipes, crafts, gifts and more!

Now that the kids are back in school it feels like things start to move too quickly. Football games are here and class projects are underway! With all the hustle and bustle we all deal with daily, it is easy to forget to stop and enjoy our favorite time of year, FALL!

I love the changing of the leaves and the cooler temperatures. That means time to make pumpkin flavored everything! To get in the mood for fall party time, we have rounded up some great recipes and fun craft projects from some of our favorite bloggers.

We hope you take some time to enjoy the weather and flavors of the season this year. These ideas will surely kick off your creative juices.

Enjoy these Fabulous 15 Fall Party Ideas!


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