Home Economics: Pumpkin chili… Fall comfort food!

imageIf you haven’t yet tried one of my soups or stews, you HAVE to make this one! It’s the best! I stumbled upon this recipe years ago when I started at a Crossfit gym and learned about the Paleo lifestyle. I originally found this pumpkin chili recipe on Feed Me Paleo. Click here for the original recipe.

imageAll the ingredients can easily be found at Trader Joe’s or your local grocery store. Of course, I had to modify the recipe a bit. I used 2 lbs of ground turkey instead of 3 lbs and added a bag of shredded carrots. I also had some extra zucchini noodles, or zoodles, so I threw them in as well. There is something about the combination of the chipotle salsa and the pumpkin flavor that tastes soooo good. This recipe is on constant rotation all fall. It’s great on its own, but it is even better over a baked sweet potato. Enjoy!

You can easily make a vegetarian version of this chili by swapping out the meat for beans and more veggies.

Homework: What would you serve with this pumpkin chili?

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Home Economics: Two ingredient pumpkin cookies

imageMy pumpkin obsession continues with the easiest recipe ever! All you need for the world’s greatest pumpkin cookies is a box of spice cake mix and a can of pumpkin. That’s it! Click here for the official recipe on the Cookies and Cups website. It’s so simple!

You can add frosting to the cookies or make them into muffins. You could also add chocolate chips or toffee bits! The possibilities are endless!

A box of cake mix with a can of pumpkin and the cookie recipe would make an awesome hostess gift!

Homework: What would you add to the pumpkin cookie recipe?

Honor Roll: Popped Potato chips and pumpkin pancake mix

imageI love Trader Joe’s! Finding new products to try is so much fun. Today, I found two new things to test…

This pumpkin pancake mix is amazing. I have been eating pumpkin pancakes for dinner all week! They are that good and really easy to make. You just need to add milk, an egg, and some melted butter. Delicious! I might plan a brunch just so I can serve this awesome fall treat and watch other people enjoy them.

I love barbecue flavored Pop Chips. I was excited to find that Trader Joe’s had their own version called Popped Potato Chips. I had to try them to see if they were comparable to the original brand. They were… as evidenced by the empty bag in the picture! Plus, they were only $1.99. You must try them!

Head to Trader Joe’s and try out these yummy products!

Homework: What is your favorite fall product at Trader Joe’s?

The Beauty Locker: Pumpkin Body Butter

imageFall makes me crave all things pumpkin flavored and scented. It smells and tastes so good! One of my favorite fall purchases is Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Body Butter. It’s amazing! All year long, I buy the coconut version, and slather it all over me, but come fall, I stock up on the pumpkin scented lotion. Today, I bought six of them! They don’t last long in the stores at only $4.99, so you need to stock up while you can.

imageThey make great hostess gifts and birthday treats. I have a gift closet downstairs, where I keep things that I can use at the last minute when I need a gift for someone. Lotions and potions make great gifts for everyone. I also buy scented candles, holiday or floral napkins, and cute coasters. I try to never arrive at a party empty handed.

Homework: Favorite pumpkin food or product?