Pumpkin Pi

October 31, 2010

So I wanted to title this post "Christmas Eve." Because you know tomorrow is the start of the holiday season, right?! RIGHT!?! WHEEEEEEEEEE!

But first, some pumpkin pi:


This afternoon we carved pumpkins




My gosh, this was the most relaxing thing I have done in MONTHS!!!!!!!! I am much more of a hands on person than a thinker. Probably why I like photography more than writing.


Sifting through the pumpkin meat for the seeds was the most soothing task

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Ready to roast!


Pretty soon we had two carved punkins

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Candy was put out, but I held off till after dinner


Costume time! Guess I just dressed up for you guys since no one else seemed to notice Winking smile 






I found my old glasses (for reading) and retainer!!


Flamingo socks and all (oh wait, I wear these regularly!)


Faith + Tate came over for some Halloween hooligans


Bearing gifts of apples. I put out some spiced popcorn with the apples for an appetizer.


Along with the pumpkin seeds. We roasted them for 45 minutes at 275* (which was 3x as long as most recipes said!) covered in unknown proportions of cinnamon, cayenne, coconut oil, salt and more. Once they were finally done (the recipe we followed was not accurate for our seeds!), they were quite good! Rather fibrousy, but good.


We whipped up some Pumpkin Martinis too! They were inspired by this recipe. Sadly they were also not the best recipe. Well, we also didn’t have apple cider or maple syrup, so it was probably our fault. We mixed a shaker of pumpkin, Makers Mark, sweet vermouth, brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves and more and found them to be tasty, but not perfect.



I found myself reaching more for Matt’s giant glass of white wine!


The star of the night was pumpkin pizza!!


My sister Larbs had a pumpkin + sage pizza in a restaurant recently and I knew I wanted to recreate it.

We used Matt’s whole wheat pizza dough recipe and added a mixture of pumpkin (maybe half a cup per pizza) with parmesan and salt + pepper as the base.


Then we added cooked mushrooms (1 pint divided by 2 big pizzas) and eggplant (1 small) on top and a mixture of leftover cheeses, including bleu cheese. We topped the pizzas with chopped walnuts and grated parmesan and baked for about 10 minutes.


The end produce was AMAZING!!!!!!!!



I probably had 3-4 pieces of pizza plus a big plate of salad that Karen brought over topped with pumpkin seeds, and more wine!

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We got a handful of trick-or-treaters, but not many Sad smile



Head over to Gracefulfitness to nag Faith for this brownie (cake!?) iced dessert. It was very wholesome and delicious! 




And who was counting how many chocolate wrappers we all devoured? I have a stomachache now Sad smile 


Too bad my mom wasn’t here to remind me of that chocolate side effect!


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1 Amanda (Eating Up) October 31, 2010 at 8:03 pm

Pumpkin pizza?! I’m totally using one of my cans for pumpkin for that.


2 Evan Thomas October 31, 2010 at 8:03 pm

Oh my God, that cake looks sooo fudgy! Yum


3 stacey-healthylife October 31, 2010 at 8:04 pm

What a fun night. I love Halloween, sadly no candy in my house to enjoy since I don’t get any trick or treaters.


4 Emily October 31, 2010 at 8:05 pm

Ok your halloween costume annnnd pumpkin pizza recipe just totally made my day!! I am a huge nerd, too, and love every second of it :) And that pizza looks incredible, cannot wait to recreate it :)


5 Deva (Voracious Vorilee) October 31, 2010 at 8:06 pm

I have never tried pumpkin pizza before. There’s a pumpkin festival nearish where I grew up and they have pumpkin EVERYTHING there, including pumpkin fudge and pumpkin pizza. It sounds super yum!


6 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) October 31, 2010 at 8:06 pm

Another party at the KERF house? I wish we could party at your house every weekend! Love your nerd costume and esp. your pumpkin prop :).

I just found myself ‘HOMPH”ing at your pumpkin pizza. Mmmm!


7 Kath October 31, 2010 at 8:08 pm

“Homphing” is totally making me LOL :)


8 holly @ couchpotatoathlete October 31, 2010 at 8:08 pm

We had pizza for dinner too — not pumpkin pizza though. Looks good!

I love your nerdy look — no one else had the Halloween spirit though?


9 Hope October 31, 2010 at 8:09 pm

wow, your pumpkins look awesome!! I so wish that we got more into this holiday in New Zealand, but sadly we don’t get into it!


10 Estela @ Weekly Bite October 31, 2010 at 8:09 pm

Your costume is too cute :)


11 Lisa @bakebikeblog October 31, 2010 at 8:13 pm

oh my – LOVE LOVE LOVE your carved pumpkins!!!!


12 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) October 31, 2010 at 8:15 pm

I love carved pumpkins and fun halloween candy. Sorry about the stomach ache though! Those are no fun. :(


13 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine October 31, 2010 at 8:17 pm

You’re supposed to eat too much candy on Halloween- it’s an official rule. I LOVE the pumpkin pi!!


14 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 31, 2010 at 8:23 pm

Pumpkin pizza?! Yum!


15 Kristy @ KristyRuns October 31, 2010 at 8:31 pm

OK! The Pumpkin Pi carving is genius! How have I never seen/thought of that before!?!? Did y’all come up with that? Love it! :)


16 Lauren October 31, 2010 at 8:34 pm

hahah your costume complete with retainer made me laugh out loud. i’m surprised to read that you don’t care for writing-it certainly doesn’t show! your blog is always so entertaining to read!


17 hippierunner October 31, 2010 at 8:35 pm

The pizza looks so pretty!


18 Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun October 31, 2010 at 8:41 pm

I think the nerd costume is perfect! I would never think to put something together like that, but its so fun. :)


19 MonsteRawr October 31, 2010 at 8:41 pm

Pumpkin pizza sounds yummy. But my favorite is your “Pi” pumpkin. Hilarious!


20 Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama October 31, 2010 at 8:41 pm

We used a recipe from Men’s Health for roasting our seeds–it said 250 degrees for one hour. They were perfect.


21 Lily @ Lily's Health Pad October 31, 2010 at 8:50 pm

Those must’ve been some crazy thick pumpkin seeds! Mine roasted at 425 for 10 minutes flat, and then they were ready! (Even a bit on the dark side)


22 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey October 31, 2010 at 8:52 pm

That pumpkin pizza looks delicious! I have leftover pumpkin hummus and wanted to do something pizza’ish with it!


23 Colleen October 31, 2010 at 8:57 pm

We didn’t get a single trick-or-treater last year. We were so disappointed because it was our first Halloween in our house. This year we went to my sister-in-laws and had tons of fun handing out treats while sipping on warm spiced cider. Your costume was super cute. Happy Halloween!


24 Simply Life October 31, 2010 at 9:01 pm

pumpkin pizza- SO fun! I love the costume! :)


25 Allie (Nutty FlexitALLIEan) October 31, 2010 at 9:05 pm

Pumpkin Pizza? Nom nom nommm


26 Paige @Running Around Normal October 31, 2010 at 9:11 pm

Love the nerd costume! You’re too cute:)


27 Cheryl October 31, 2010 at 9:11 pm

I googled the same recipe for roasted pumpkin seeds. After reading your post, I may try a different source. I’m letting mine dry overnight and my oven is broken but will be repaired tomorrow.


28 Melissa @ I Never Imagined October 31, 2010 at 9:11 pm

Haha! Pumpkin pi! I love it!! … And sifting for pumpkin seeds is soothing?! Hook me up, girl!


29 Hannah October 31, 2010 at 9:27 pm

Cheese, chocolate, friends, and costumes. Does life get any better? If only we celebrated Halloween properly in Australia!


30 hemp jogger October 31, 2010 at 9:29 pm

love the costume and pumpkin! my siblings and i are huge math nerds, and always bring up a ‘pi’ reference whenever possible.

pizza looks amazing. must recreate. but holy cow those brownies/cake…gah! dying for that recipe.


31 Stephanie October 31, 2010 at 9:44 pm

Pumpkin really does make such a great fit for pizza, love it! Glad you had a nice halloween :)


32 Casey October 31, 2010 at 9:45 pm

I totally have that nerd tshirt! My husband is a nerd =)


33 Camille October 31, 2010 at 9:46 pm

My boyfriend just said that your pumpkin martini was “adorbs”.


34 Meghan (Making Love In The Kitchen) October 31, 2010 at 9:54 pm

Your costume is how I dress everyday! I suppose if the shoe fits, I’ll wear it… with striped socks and all.


35 Cara Craves... October 31, 2010 at 9:57 pm

That pizza looks so scrumptious!

Do you always eat your apples with the stickers on ? :)


36 Kath November 1, 2010 at 7:14 am

Oh no, they stickers were just our labels to know what variety of apple each section was!


37 Sana October 31, 2010 at 10:30 pm

That is really too cute! Pumpkin Pi! I have never seen that!


38 lynn (The Actors Diet) October 31, 2010 at 10:32 pm

i can’t believe you still have your retainer!!! happy halloween!


39 Maddie E October 31, 2010 at 10:39 pm

Giiiiiiiiirl, I love seeing healthy living bloggers succumb to the sugary goodness of Halloween candy once and a while! I had to smile when I saw the wrappers…looks like my table this time of year! Thanks for being REAL :)


40 Kristen @ Kristen, Sweetly October 31, 2010 at 10:46 pm

I can’t believe I was surrounded by engineers and science kids all through college, and no one came up with that amazing pumpkin carving!!! Ehehehe.


41 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) October 31, 2010 at 10:54 pm

I LOVE HELLO KITTY!!! I love your costume!! 😀 n3rd lyfe!


42 Maddie October 31, 2010 at 11:11 pm

I love the nerd costume and pumpkin “pi.” The chocolate cake/brownie looks delicious! Glad you had a good Halloween :)


43 Nancy @ The Wife of a Dairyman October 31, 2010 at 11:40 pm

Such a cute nerd! Love it!
We just arrived home here on the west coast from trick or treating. Fun times:)
Your pizza and wine looks GOOD:)


44 Char November 1, 2010 at 3:29 am

Yum! So good 😀



45 Lauren at KeepItSweet November 1, 2010 at 4:45 am

what a great idea with pumpkin pizza!


46 Christie {Honoring Health} November 1, 2010 at 5:56 am

You are the cutest nerd I have ever seen!


47 Jessie -- TheMessieKitchen.com November 1, 2010 at 6:22 am

Oh silly Kath… Christmas eve officially starts the first day of October!!!! I’ve been getting in the holiday mood since September… oops :)


48 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) November 1, 2010 at 6:29 am

Looks like a fun night! The pizza and brownie look delicious!


49 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 1, 2010 at 6:53 am

Haha I cracked up at the pumpkin “pi”!

I can’t wait to start getting ready for Christmas now that it’s November! Time to start playing Christmas music! 😀


50 Food & Other Things November 1, 2010 at 6:58 am

Love the pumpkin with “pi” carved in it! Brownie cake sounds delicous!


51 Heather November 1, 2010 at 7:39 am


Oh the pizza looks fabulous! Do you have the nutrition stats on the pizza dough?

I have some other odd questions too if you do not mind.

Which one of the ugg boots did you get soo cute!

When you make coffee 1/2 regular and 1/2 decaf what are your measurements I can not seems to get it right yet!

Thanks and have a great day!



52 Kath November 1, 2010 at 7:59 am

I don’t have the pizza stats, but you could plug it into a recipe calculator.

The Uggs were the Broome II

I make all caf coffee, but if you were to do half – use 50%!


53 Rachel November 1, 2010 at 7:44 am

You should definitely try the Jack-O-Lantern cocktail as written! That was the drink of choice over at my house for pumpkin carving (along with pumpkin brownies-YUM) and it was a huge hit. Seriously, give it another try with the all the components.


54 skinnyrunner November 1, 2010 at 7:52 am

haha love the retainer! i actually wore mine the other day and not just to be a nerd.


55 Kaci November 1, 2010 at 7:57 am

You’re outfit and “pi” pumpkin had me seriously laughing out loud! Too cute and creative! So many people (including myself!) could learn so much from your bubbly personality. I just love how much you embrace life.
That pizza and brownie looks so scrumptious! I’m sorry your tummy gave your problems. :( I hope it’s better this morning!
Have a splendid day Kath!
P.S. I’d like to see people who try to give healthy blogging a bad rap now after you just enjoyed some yummy Halloween candy. You show how to balance nutrition and everyday life and holidays while NOT promoting eating disorders and the like. It’s all about eating well and enjoying the little things without deprivation!


56 Kath November 1, 2010 at 8:00 am

Thanks Kaci :)


57 Samantha @ Bikini Birthday November 1, 2010 at 8:01 am

I only got 5 trick or treaters. Such a bummer


58 RhodeyGirl November 1, 2010 at 8:05 am


Next weekend I am going to take down all of the Christmas decorations and clean them up so that immediately after Thanksgiving we can have a decorating party for 2 at our place!

Love your costume Kath- it is awesome!


59 Kath November 1, 2010 at 8:07 am



60 Lindsay November 1, 2010 at 8:13 am

cafe press has a pumkin pi shirt……… SOOOOO cute!


61 Christin L. November 1, 2010 at 8:55 am

I love the shirt and the pumpkins… too cute!! And that pizza looks divine!


62 Jill November 1, 2010 at 9:09 am

Question for you about coconut oil… so I’ve been on the look out for it and happened upon some by the popcorn kernels in the grocery store. I wanted to see if that’s the same stuff you’re talking about it? coconut oil that is often used for popping popcorn (It’s “Amish Country” brand)? I’ve never made the correlation before, but I’m thinking I’ve got the wrong stuff cuz this jar is yellow colored instead of a creamy white. Ingredient list: coconut oil with natural color. When I look on their website, it says it’s colored with beta carotene. What are your thoughts? Usable? or save it for the popcorn? Thanks Kath! You’ve been an inspiration!


63 Kath November 1, 2010 at 9:11 am

That sounds right. I find mine by the oils in the grocery store though. Might want to check there for comparison.


64 Heather November 1, 2010 at 9:35 am

looks so fun, love your costume! the pumpkins are too cute!


65 Mary @ Bites and Bliss November 1, 2010 at 9:53 am

hahaha I was wondering why you’d carve pi into a pumpkin! But it’s perfect for your costume. 😀 You guys had an amazing Halloween..and YAYYY for the holiday season officially starting!!!


66 Cathy B. @ Bright Bakes November 1, 2010 at 10:44 am

pumpkin pizza…..I have to, HAVE to, make this soon!
cathy b. @ brightbakes


67 Tricia @ Saving Room for Dessert November 1, 2010 at 11:05 am

I am always so happy when the candy is gone! I told my son and his girlfriend to give out big handfulls – don’t leave any candy left at this house. They did good. We are done. Happy November – look out turkeys!


68 Amber K November 1, 2010 at 11:20 am

I ate too much candy last night too. Although I was able to stop before the stomachache! Just enough for a nice chocolate buzz. :)


69 Sophie November 1, 2010 at 11:47 am

Love the Pumpkin Pi! Such a cute idea.


70 Summer November 1, 2010 at 11:49 am

That’s so funny…I carved my pumpkins a few weeks ago and I did pumpkin pi! Nerds unite!


71 Dana @ my little celebration November 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm

What a fun halloween post. I liked your nerd costume, especially the retainer. So funny.

Your dinner looked incredible! The pumpkin pizza, cocktails AND chocolate brownie cake made for one triple-threat meal. I’ve gotta check out that recipe for the brownie cake STAT. Thanks Faith!

As I was reading your post I once again realized how much your blog always inspires me, whether it’s to try a new meal or ingredient, or to get to the gym and get in a good workout.

Great job lady! Always enjoy your blog.



72 Clare @ Fitting It All In November 1, 2010 at 12:49 pm

I have a whole wheat pizza crust in my freezer and now I know what is going on it! Looks DELICIOUS!

Also…I am in a permanent candy hangover. Why does it seem like such a good idea at the time??


73 Krista (kristastes) November 1, 2010 at 2:39 pm

Ummm NERD ALERT: I still wear my retainer…from 7th grade. Not even joking!! (insert super nerd smiley face here)


74 Kayla November 1, 2010 at 6:04 pm

Aww, you are such a cute nerd! I especially love your “pi”! LOL

And the pizza looks divine!!


75 nicole November 1, 2010 at 6:09 pm

best recipe i’ve found for pumpkin seed roasting: http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/toasted_pumpkin_seeds/

love her technique of boiling first in salted water.


76 Kaitlin With Honey November 1, 2010 at 7:42 pm

I love your costume! You looked adorable.


77 Dee November 2, 2010 at 12:56 pm

Awww, I love your costume! That shirt is TOO cute!

All the foods look good! As does your pictures! Are you using your 35mm exclusively now? Or do you sometimes switch over to the 50mm still?


78 Janie Graham November 9, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Wow, you guys (at least you) really got into the spirit of fall! Did you catch a corn maze or haunted house? Haha, I’m very excited for the holidays and really enjoyed looking at your pictures.


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