Archive for October, 2011

Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix

Pumpkin themed food and drinks are showing up everywhere.  At my house, we’ve enjoyed Pumpkin Spice Lattes, pumpkin pie oatmeal and pumpkin granola (not post-worthy, yet!).  We still have pumpkin chocolate chip muffins, pumpkin pancakes and pumpkin granola bars to make.  Just about all of these recipes call for pumpkin pie spice.  I, of course, have none.  Never fear, pumpkin pie spice is super simple to throw together.

Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix

Ingredients for 1 pie (2 tsp):

  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp Ginger
  • 1/8 tsp Cloves

Ingredients for 5 pies (10 tsp):

  • 1 T plus 2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1 1/4 tsp Ginger
  • 1/2 tsp Cloves


  1. Add all ingredients to a small air tight container (recycled spice containers work well) and shake well.

You may also enjoy Italian Seasoning Mix and Taco Seasoning.

Photo Credit: rick

Menu Plan Monday – October 3

Are you enjoying the drop in temperature as much as I am?  I shared on Facebook that my family and I spent some time in Gatlinburg, TN last week.   The weather could not have been more perfect.  The kids and I had a blast exploring hiking trails and discovering waterfalls. Have you had a chance to get out an enjoy the weather?

Here’s what we are planning for dinner:

Monday – Orange, Honey and Cumin Roasted Chicken

Tuesday Sloppy Joes and Honey Carrots

Wednesday Tacos

Thursday – Asian Chicken Noodle Soup

Friday – Barbecue Chicken Potato

Saturday – Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili

Sunday – Leftover Buffet

What’s on your menu this week?

This post is part of Menu Plan Monday.