November 27, 2013

Fall Round Up

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Time to say goodbye to pumpkin and apples and cranberries. To cool weather, and orange leaves and three quarter sleeves. 

After this Thursday, winter and Christmas are going to take over!  But before you welcome all things mint and eggnog ( so excited for those two flavors!) here is a round up of some of my favorite fall recipes I made this fall.

*Please pin from the source link, not this post.  Thanks!*

Mexican Pumpkin Chicken Chili


{Carrot, Cranberry, Walnut} Snacking Cake

Candied Pecan Cheesecake Tart

Vanilla Chai Loaf with Chai Oatmeal Crumble


One Bowl Coffee Nut White Chocolate Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Pie Fudge Cups

4 Ingredient Pumpkin Toffee Brownies

Pumpkin Spice Glazed Soft Pretzel Bites

{Whole Wheat} Pumpkin Maple Chunk Cookies

Pumpkin Oatmeal Coconut Oil Maple Syrup Waffles


Caramel Apple Granola

Apple Pumpkin Maple Muffins

Apple Crisp

This Thanksgiving, Mom challenged us to write down things we are thankful for and also, not just to be thankful, but CONTENT.  There is a big difference and it's one I haven't mastered.  These things I list I don't want to just appreciate, I want to be satisfied with them.  Reminding myself of how blessed I am helps in keeping content.

~New jeans and sweaters
~Hot coffee
~Mom willing to go out of her way to make things important to me important to her, too
~Dad willing to work hard so I don't need anything
~Our military, so that war and death aren't things I am confronted with daily
~Lots of fuzzy blankets and pillows and a good long book (like North and South!)
~Goals and challenges
~The security of a God who never changes, even when everything else does
~Thanksgiving stuffing :)

My Mom also reminded us that peace goes right along side thankfulness.  When we are at peace, its a lot easier to be grateful, but being thankful brings peace.  I love how I learn something each year! :)

So maybe you need a last minute Thanksgiving dessert ... well, I've got you covered!
Try this brownie pumpkin pie!  I 100% recommend it!  But I also 100% recommend letting it sit at least for 24 hours in the fridge ... I was very unimpressed with it when I tried it a couple hours out of the oven.  A day of sitting in the fridge and I couldn't get enough of it.  The longer it sits in the fridge, the fudgier it gets.  The pumpkin pie layer is really more like frosting and is really good.  You can get the recipe HERE.  Just spread the brownie layer in a lightly greased pie pan and then spread the pumpkin pie layer over that. Bake at 350 for about 35-40 minutes. And let sit overnight!!!


Before you go, I have one more recommendation:)

If you are a die hard pumpkin pie person, then you must try this.  It is better than pumpkin pie.  I just made it again last night and it was once again dubbed one of the best desserts.  Ever.  Especially with whipped cream on top. Yum.
Pumpkin Dump Cake

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!  I'm so thankful for all you who take the time to read my blog!  Every time, your sweet comments just make my day.  Really.  Thank you guys!
xx Mary Frances


  1. I'm going to have to celebrate thanksgiving 10 times to keep up with your recipes!

    1. I think that every time I look in my Bloglovin feed! Your pumpkin cornbread stuffing is something I'm going to make after the holidays ... still dreaming about that one!

  2. Oooh you make that pumpkin brownie pie look so good!!! That's interesting--I didn't try it warm out of the oven because I had to bring it to a potluck the next day, so it just happened to have sat overnight before I tried it. Good to know that the overnight rest is a must! If you like texture, you should try the pecan topping on it next time! So so good.

    And just to let you know, the links to the pumpkin dump cake and your link to the pumpkin brownie pie recipe don't work :(

    1. Thank you so much for letting me know about the links! I think (hope!) they are fixed now.
      I bet the pecans were amazing! I added some to my piece, but I knew some of my siblings would just pick them off ;) Thank you for pinning it so I could find it!

  3. Noooooooooo say it isn't so! I'm not ready to give up pumpkin, apples or cranberries! I think cranberries are still very Christmasy. ;-) Happy Thanksgiving! Have a great one!

    1. True! Whew, well, I don't have to say goodbye to everything! :) Thank you Reeni!

  4. Lots of tasty stuff here! I'm always a little sad when fall ends because it is my favorite season. But, now we have a blanket of snow and after tomorrow, I'll be in Christmas and winter mode, too!

    1. I don't like change, but I am so excited to be in Christmas mode! Thank you Amy!

  5. Dang girl, you have some good-looking recipes in this round-up! I'm a little sorry to see fall food go, but can't wait for mint EVERYTHING. Come to meee! Also, that pumpkin fudge pie is insane. In the best way.

    1. Thanks Elizabeth! Coming from you, that means a lot. I'm ready for mint everything, too! Can't wait to see what you've got up your sleeves ... ;)

  6. I need to try everything on that list! And that fudgy pie sounds aweosme!
    Lovely list by the way! And Happy Thanksgiving :D

  7. Thanks for this roundup girl!! Can't wait to see your Christmas creations!! :) Happy Thanksgiving btw!!

  8. What a lovely and wonderful fall round up. Everything looked so good. I think the waffles are calling my name though. I think I can squeeze in one more pumpkin recipe before December hits! Thank you for sharing!

    1. I think you can, too! Hope you try the waffles, they're really good. Thanks Monet!

  9. OMG I just can't take my eyes off of the pumpkin pie fudge cups and the 4 ingredient Pumpkin toffee brownies!!!!! Happy Thanksgiving Mary Frances! :)

    1. Haha, that happens to me a lot ... see food, can't stop staring:) Happy thanksgiving to you too Samina!

  10. As much as I love fall food, I am so onboard with all things mint and eggnog! Awesome round up girl...and I love your thankful list. It is always so good to keep those things in mind as we go about our day!!!


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