Meal Planning Monday ~ Bring on the Pumkin Farms!

This week’s blog post is by Leah Kelley.

Fall is my favorite time of the year – cozy sweatshirts, chili, hot chocolate, and best of all pumpkin farms! My family is a huge fan of pumpkin farms. We love the hayrides, corn mazes, caramel apples, and everything pumpkin. Most of the farms will open at the end of September and stay open until Halloween. We plan on visiting one farm every weekend! So, in celebration of the start of pumpkin season, I thought I’d share some of my favorite pumpkin recipes with you.

Pumpkin Cookies ~ I’m a fan of the soft pumpkin cookies with cream cheese icing.

Pumpkin Bread ~ Warm homemade pumpkin bread with fresh butter spread on top makes a delicious after-school snack for the kids (or a late night snack for you).  Here’s an easy and delicious recipe to try.

Pumpkin Pie Dip ~ What a great treat to bring to a Halloween party!  Purchase a small pumpkin or gourd, hollow it out, and use as a festive serving dish for this tasty dip.  You could also make this for a Thanksgiving appetizer.  I serve it with cinnamon graham cracker sticks.

Penne with Creamy Pumpkin Sauce ~ It may sound a bit frightening, but if you love pumpkin you’ll love this recipe!

Dinner in a Pumpkin ~ I made this last year for Halloween and my kids went crazy over it! They thought it was so cool that I made our whole dinner inside a pumpkin. Best of all, it was delicious!

 Penne with Pumpkin Cream Sauce  (from


  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 15 ounce can pure pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese, plus more for topping
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley


  1. In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the pasta until al dente. Drain, reserving 1 cup pasta cooking water.
  2. In the same pot, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Add the onion and season with salt and pepper; cook, stirring, until softened, about 6 minutes. Stir in the pumpkin and heavy cream and bring to a boil. Return the pasta to the pot along with the reserved pasta cooking water and toss. Stir in the parmesan; season with salt and pepper.
  3. Top the pasta with the parsley and more parmesan.


  1. Amy Desrosiers says:

    I love pumpkins! I love to see them, grow them, and decorate with them! They are so fun!

  2. Dawn Lopez says:

    I LOVE pumpkin everything too! Thanks for sharing your favorites, now I am hungry! I am SO intrigued by a whole meal in a pumpkin, I am off to check out that post! YUM!

  3. Alicia says:

    Your recipe sounds yummy! Don’t forget Pumpkin seeds, too! They are so good roasted.

  4. Not a big fan of pumpkins myself but my hubby sure would like this!!

  5. monica says:

    I just can’t wait to head to the pumpkin patch with my kids! I’ve never made a pumpkin cream sauce and your recipe looks awesome!

  6. brett says:

    i love love love pumpkins and fall!! it’s my fave time of year :) we do a dinner in a pumpkin dish as well

  7. Kristin says:

    Pumpkin cookies with cream cheese frosting?! I’m all over that!!!

  8. I love Fall, and one of my favorite recipes to make with pumpkin is pumpkin rolls, and now I absolutely have to check out the dinner in a pumpkin recipe, that sounds so cool and I know the kids would just love it!

  9. Ronnie says:

    I’ve never had pumpkin anything! The cookies sound awesome, but then again, so does everything else in the list. I must be invited to a Thanksgiving meal someday. :D

  10. Casey says:

    I love this “dinner in a pumpkin” idea. This would be a great idea for a dinner party or pot luck because of its fun presentation!

  11. Malia says:

    I came up with my own recipe for pumpkin cookies and they are so tasty! I was going to make them today, but don’t have all the ingredients.

  12. Joanne says:

    Thanks for the recipes! I’m going to give the pumpkin cream sauce a try.

  13. I am totally intrigued with that pasta with pumpkin sauce!

  14. OHHH YES please!!!! I can’t wait for the pumpkin farms… and what an amazing recipe, Pumpkin sauce.. I can’t wait to try it… Thanks for sharing and bring it on Fall

  15. Jennifer B says:

    I love pumpkin and these recipes sound delish! Saving them all to try!

  16. Dawn says:

    Gosh. The only think I have ever had on this menu is pumpkin bread and I LOVE it. I also love pumpkin flavor drinks that come out in the fall like pumpkin lattes and pumpkin flavored coffee. I am intrigued by your dinner in a pumpkin and I really want some pumpkin cookies now. :) Yum!

  17. Charise says:

    Sounds delicious! I’m so excited for everything pumpkin!

  18. Dinner in a pumpkin, wow! That is so cool, never heard of it. We are so gonna do that this year. Enjoyed your post, thanks.

  19. Shannah says:

    I am a huge fan of pumpkin anything. I love cooking with pumpking especially when making unexpected savory dishes like thai pumpkin soup.

  20. I personally don’t eat pumpkin but everyone else in my family does. So I love these ideas for making them something they like a lot…

  21. These all sound great, but I can’t wait to try the pumpkin dip!

  22. Awesome, I love this list! I need to try some of these out.