Gingersnap Pumpkin Pie

042I have decided to start off my Thanksgiving recipes Dessert first. Let’s begin with the traditional pumpkin pie. A few weeks ago I made gingersnaps and last week I saw a post on pinterest for pumpkin pie with a ginger cookie crust, boom, hello I was meant to make a gingersnap pie. Here is the result, which I have brought to all my most dedicated taste-testers. The overall verdict is that I should make this on Thanksgiving and that the gingersnap is a great pairing. A little dollop of coconut whipped cream on the top and you have the perfect dessert.

Gingersnap Pumpkin Pie


  • 2 cups almond meal
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 4 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ginger
  • 1/3 cup honey


Blissgiving: Upcoming Recipes thought I would make this site just about the food, I have a blog after all where I can bare my heart and thoughts, but today I can’t help it. I love FALL! This time of year just seems so magical and special to me. A reason, a freaking Holiday reminding us: be thankful, embrace gratitude. A season of connection. Where we can gather together and celebrate. We can see ALL of our family and ALL of our friends. We can get together over good food and good drinks to reconnect. What has the year brought you? What’s new? What are you working on? Who is special in your life now. I have a BIG family. Both my parents come from larger families, which if you connect the dots, means I have lots of aunts, lots of uncles, and lots of cousins (which continues to grow as the next generation makes it’s way into the world, we will have four new babies alone at this Christmas for the Paulin’s). Sure I have always been the quieter one, who sat back and watched my big, crazy family erupt in personality. Literally erupt. Every family has it’s own brand of crazy, dysfunction. Mine I love for their boldness. They are direct. They have thoughts. They have opinions. But they are fun. They are loyal, and they have your back to the end. Last year it really hit me when my aunt Cheryl admired our ‘availability’. If someone needs something, boom one of us pops in to help. To me life is about connections, we are all in this together. We all struggle, we all try to bring meaning to our lives. This time of year we get together and talk, and listen, and hug, and laugh, and cry, and have fun. I am so, so thankful for me. Continue reading “Blissgiving: Upcoming Recipes”

Pumpkin Caramel Apple Dip

057I messed up (again), go figure. But life is about digging deep and making something better or growing from your mistakes. For my last market I tried to take shortcuts (hello a big blinking sign reading, “Potential Lesson”) on a Pumpkin Chocolate Caramel Bark. It did not set up. Hmm…. it is caramel after all, what if we keep this simple and dip a crisp green apple in there? PERFECTION! My mom is a big granny smith fan and this little added bonus is right up her alley. There was a layering of flavors with the pumpkin and spices that created depth to keep it from being your average caramel, plus tis the season for caramel apple and pumpkins, why not combine them? Duh, here have at it.

Pumpkin Caramel Apple Dip