It’s time again…
Can #2 wide open!
2/3 went into 2 freezer ziplock bags. 1/3 went into a glass container in the fridge.
And 1/2 a cup went into this recipe!
I DID end up doing yoga today!! A 75 minute Dave Farmar podcast that I actually managed to finish. Woo hoo! Felt so good, just like I knew it would. Thanks for your encouragement!
I also was successful in my bakery work – ordering a bunch of holiday things. Dipping oils, soup mixes, Dr. Pete’s Praline Mustard Glaze! Ordering is time consuming!
As I wrapped up, I got started on dinner – Angela’s Pumpkin Maple Baked Bean Cornbread Casserole
As promised – savory pumpkin!
I’m in a habit of listening to Pandora on my phone while I’m in the kitchen. It’s the best way for music at this time!
Also: amazing cocktail made with 1/2 cup coconut water, 1 cup sparkling water and lemon slice!
This recipe was SO easy to make.
Heat baked beans [ dump a bunch of things in a pot. Heat.]
Mix cornbread [dump a bunch of things in a bowl. Stir.]
I LOVED the vegan cornbread. Vegan breads are always more doughy than eggy breads – I need to remember this! The recipe was very similar to Ashley’s cornbread. Just like I did with hers, I used 1 cup cornmeal and 1 cup whole wheat flour (I think Angela used some gluten-free flours). Turned out great!
My dish was reallllllly big so the mixture was very shallow – but everything spread out just right. Loved the crispy cornbread edges!
On the side we had simple salads with fancy cheese and sugar-spice pecans
The pecans were the best part! I came up with this idea on a whim when I was dry-toasting them in a skillet. I poured on 2 tsp of maple syrup, a pinch of kosher salt and a pinch of cayenne pepper. They all got swirled together for 2-3 minutes until the syrup was caramelized and very sticky. Then I served the nuts on the salad right away (don’t think these would keep very well because they were so wet?)
Matt’s portion was about 2x mine! He’ll eat anything and be satisfied so long as there is ample volume.
And now back to sweet pumpkin
Matt brought home some of our new Pumpkin Cream Cheese Spread – OMG it’s like mom’s pumpkin chiffon pie! So delicious. I’m hoping to have some on a graham cracker sandwich a little later!
Off to watch Prohibition!
I love Pandora on my phone, I teach all my group fitness classes with it and talk during the commercials!
[email protected] says
If I were there, I’d never get my fingers out of that pumpkin cream cheese spread!!
Christine @ BookishlyB says
I’ve got to get on the pumpkin wagon. I think the 95+ temperatures we’re having on CA this week are putting a damper on my fall spirit. I’m doing yoga today too. I went last week for the first time and I think I may love it 🙂
Katie @ Peace Love and Oats says
I saw that recipe too! I really want to make it for my family when I go home for thanksgiving! I’m glad to hear it was easy and good!
Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat says
YUM! I’m totally with you on the pumpkin craze – pumpkin chili for dinner and currently eating some vanilla yogurt swirled with more pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice. Just.can’t.get.enough! Your toasted pecans look great too!
Your plate of food looks like Thanksgiving.
Christina @ Just Running says
Prohibition? It sounds like you should make Matt watch that after last night’s billion beers! 🙂
The pumpkin dish sounds yummy.
Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles says
Pumpkin cream cheese spread! Yep- pretend your 8 and make a graham cracker sandwich!!!
I saw you post this recipe on Twitter, and I immediately started drooling. This is going on my “must make” list!
Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl says
Loving the refreshing cocktail idea! Sprig of mint…
Casserole yum! And thank you for the great tip/response earlier too. 🙂
Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather says
Savory pumpkin with cornbread!? Oh yes please! It sounds simple and comforting.
Not sure I’d call that a “cocktail” when there’s no alcohol in it…
Well it was consumed during cocktail hour!
When is cocktail hour? I need to implement that in my day, alcohol or not! Just the idea of looking forward to a specific time for a specific drink would make the day breeze by. Thanks!
P.S. I caught up reading your sister’s blog and noticed that cocktail hour is also observed more or less. Now, is it a regional custom or just your family’s tradition? Hope you don’t mind me asking!
P.S.S. You’ve got a nice family!
Some people (like my family) call cocktail hour “happy hour.” It’s a fun family tradition on the weekends 🙂
It’s just like happy hour – the hour before dinner time. It often includes drinks and sometimes appetizers, but not always. Sometimes you can just gather for cocktail hour and chat or do a puzzle!
Sweet and Savvy says
How do you thaw your frozen canned pumpkin?
In the fridge until it’s no longer frozen, i would think
Looks delicious! Pumpkin season is definitely in full swing over there!
I love sparkling water “cocktails” too, especially with cranberry juice 🙂
Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table says
That looks so good. I love that you are rocking it now – I saw that dish and thought “I should make that for Thanksgiving.” Must have been the orange. 🙂
Bet that would be mighty good with some pumpkin ale…
Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga says
The Pumpkin Cream Cheese Spread looks awesome. As does the whole meal.
And those nuts…bet they made the house smell amazing. Nuts that they sell at the mall around Xmas time, that scent of maple and cinnamon and roasting nuts in the air…oh, I love that.
Great eats in this post!
Totally off topic (sorry), but does anyone think Kath is playing out her NCAA eligibility as a volleyball player at Westminster College?
I manage the photos on the above website and occasionally drop in on katheats.com for Vitamix recipes . . . happy fall everyone!
Hahah – that does look like me!
Lauren @ What Lauren Likes says
Great dinner! I’ve been wanting to try that recipe! Looks amazing 🙂
lynn @ the actor's diet says
i haven’t even opened my can of pumpkin from LAST season!!!
Omg ! Pumpkin cream cheese spread ! Matt is a angel ! Two of my fav flavors in a spread – I can die now – were can i find some ? I sure wish I could order ur stuff from
Open sky but they don’t ship to canada 🙁
There are some Great Harvest’s in upstate New York?
I’m from Winnipeg Manitoba , NYC is Way to far to go to get goodies even tho they r probally worth the drive 🙂
Anna @ On Anna's Plate says
Hahaha, I can’t believe you’re into a second can already– although this casserole does look totally worth it. Yum!
kathleen @ the daily crumb says
i made this cornbread recipe last week for dinner with my in laws and it was a hit! so easy and such a crowd pleaser… vegetarians, vegans, and meat eaters alike!
that cream cheese spread looks to die for! i had a pumpkin bagel with pumpkin cream cheese at einsten’s the other days… but yours looks much better 🙂
Dani Delicatessen says
I stumbled upon this recipe yesterday and immediately bookmarked it for thanksgiving 🙂
Health Bee says
Great job practicing yoga today! The vegan cornbread looks delicious.
Why mention that Matt’s portion was twice yours? Seems unhealthy and less than nice/positive thing to say.
that just made me depressed thinking about how much more guys can eat than girls. matt’s plate looks more my speed LOL
especially when cornbread is involved!!!! the inventor of cornbread is my personal hero
Just noting the facts..
Ha, you just can’t win! If she had said, “we ate the same amount,” then some people would complain that she was starving her husband. Instead, she’s apparently calling him fat (which he clearly is not). This seems to be a silly thing to take away from the overall post.
I agree Bridget! Between this and a million beers some people are painting Kath as such a mean wife… It seems to me that she just tells it how it is. I am sure that if Matt has a problem with it he knows how to speak 😉
@Tricia I could care less if Matt has a problem or not… read my comment, its unhealthy to always be noting portion sizes, especially those that are not your own IMO, why not just say we both enjoyed the meal.
@Kath I personally hate it when someone makes a comment that I had seconds, or didn’t eat as much… seems unhealthy, I am sure there are many people that suffer from disordered eating reading this blog, and these kind of comments can really impact peoples views and perceptions of what is healthy and normal. I think you may not realize how this may impact your readers. I for one, don’t note my husbands portion sizes, he is an adult and doesn’t need me watching over him or recording every morsel that hits his mouth.
@Bridget… how do you know what I “take away” from the post? Seems “silly” that because I comment on one part, you assume that is my take away. I read plenty of blogs with plenty of take always and don’t comment on every aspect.
Oh, I wasn’t assuming anything about you, Lisa. I’m sure you’re a doll.
@Bridget, again please note that my comment was in regards to your comment about what I took away, not my personality. But since you felt the need to comment on my personality, yes, yes I am a doll, thank you very much. You are too sweet!! 🙂
I do note my husband’s portion size. I don’t pay attention because I’m concerned with how much he eats. I’m much more concerned with the TYPE of food he eats. But when we first got married I didn’t realize how easy it was to just eat what he eats. Since I’m smaller than him, that was not a good plan! Since then I pay attention. He and I have different body sizes and should NOT be eating equal portions. Anyway, everyone takes things differently. When I read about Matt’s portion size, I didn’t dwell on it but I kind of thought to myself, “Hmm, maybe I can feed my own husband all vegetables and just load his plate up!” Ha! Probably wouldn’t work for him.
Kath, why did you say that Matt will eat ANYTHING? That seems very unhealthy and an unnecessary thing to say. Do you realize that some of your readers may take this literally and want to start eating *anything*, too? I really wish you would be more careful with your words. I mean, maybe you should just stop typing any words at all, since it is clearly possible for people to perceive almost anything you write in a negative way, however benign. And it will be all your fault, Kath, oh yes, it will.
I’m pretty sure she just meant he’s not a picker eater….
Lol Jillian I typed up a whole response to you before I realized you were being sarcastic 😀 Phew!
Obviously you don’t take eating disorders seriously, having a flippant attitude saying that what HLB state has no impact on readers, especially those with disordered eating, is quite naive.
I was anorexic in my late teens/early 20’s, and developed heart problems as a result. I used to have to wear a heart monitor and record everything I did and at what time- it scared the crap out of me and I took responsibility for my life because I didn’t want to live that way anymore. Kath is not responsible for people overreacting or reading into to any little thing she writes whether they have a disorder or not. I took responsibility for my issues, as everyone must do if they want to get past them and live a healthy, balanced life- that’s just how it is, and blaming other people or asking them to tip-toe around you is completely irrational, especially random people on the internet. Her comment about the picture of his plate of food was completely benign. It was a fact, and she is not responsible for people attempting to turn simple facts into something completely skewed.
@Jillian, first of all, anorexia is a scary disease, and congratulations for finding strategies to deal with it.. I know it must be a life long struggle.
I agree people need to ultimately take responsibilty for themselves, but Kath and any “healthy” living blogger does have a certain degree of responsibility to her readers. How many people are eating smoothies in bowls now? Readers post daily how she impacts their lives in a positive ways! I guess Kath isn’t responsible for the good influences then?
Ofcourse she is!
Ofcourse she influences readers, in many, many good ways, but I am not convinced that her perspective is always healthy either (eg my comment on portion sizing).
She certainly posts healthy food, but I think Kath often refers to less as “good” – eg only a nibble, a bite, or so and so ate “twice” my portion.. not very healthy thinking. Common amoung many women, but few of us are reaching over 1 million women per month.
For example, I think I watched a video once where she weighed oatmeal portions… there is such a thing as taking it too far.
And before the rabid white knight fan readers go bat crazy, note, there is no need to start flaming me, calling me a Negative Nobody, etc, etc. We can discuss these things in a mature manner without all of that useless banter. I think these types of blogs could really benefit from some real conversation.
(Can’t seem to respond to your lower post).
What I think you are missing here is that this started as a weight loss blog. I was overweight and used tools such as portion control and calorie counting to lose that weight. Those habits stuck with me for a while, hence the oatmeal video. I think one beautiful thing about KERF is if you had time to read all the posts over 4 years, you’d find that I have grown a lot. I no longer measure anything and generally eat whatever I want. I nibble a lot as a means to maintain my weight – there’s really no reason for me to eat an entire cookie, entire savannah bar, 1/4 cup peanut butter in one day. Sometimes I just want a tiny bit – i think the French women would probably say that my nibble is their portion. I am very clear on this blog that I was once overweight, lost it and am now on the up and down journey of maintenance.
It’s not a life-long struggle- I have no issues with eating anymore, I was just referencing that because I wasn’t sure if the “you have a flippant attitude toward eating disorders” comment was directed toward me.
Mahealani @ Beauty, Brains, and Balance says
WOAH! That’s a ton of pumpkin! So glad you managed to sneak in some yoga too, even a little bit makes me feel great.
Krystina (Organically Me) says
Is that cornbread moist? It looks like it’s really dry. But the pecans look amazing – I would just eat warm ones straight from the pan. 🙂
Yes! Nice and doughy
Molly @ RDexposed says
Do you think any college kids have figured out a drinking game for Prohibition yet?
Ha, wouldn’t surprise me..
Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife says
I love adding nuts to my salads–OH so good 🙂
That sounds like a fun recipe!
J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) says
Dinner and pumpkin cream cheese sound so yummy! I really like the cornbread crust on your bakey thing. 🙂
Laura Jane @ Recovering Chocoholic says
Wow, that dish looks delicious. I’ll need to try it. I always have a hard time finding canned pumpkin, though.
Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey says
I haven’t remembered to read OSG at all lately – I need to get back over there. I’ll eat anything with cornbread. Perfect for autumn!
As for the pumpkin cream cheese spread… that is right up my alley. I’ve been making spiced pumpkin cream cheese for a couple of weeks now… (recipe on my site for anyone who is interested – simple and fantastic!).
I made the same casserole this weekend. Awesome! I love your idea for the pecans. That sounds like an amazing salad topper!
coconut water + sparkling water + lemon slice is not a cocktail! I read the “I made a cocktail” part of the sentence and was hoping to actually see one!
Add a shot of vodka and you have one!
That drink sounds so refreshing!
Melissa @ My Mango Has Roots says
Wow, there are a lot of Negative Nancys today!! I think it looks great, Kath and I’m inspired to try the veggie cornbread – I’ve never seen anything like it and it sounds perfect for the fall weather. Definitely craving more hearty meals, and a nice simple salad would go really well with that. Thanks!
Cait's Plate says
I baked with pumpkin tonight too!! I made pumpkin scones, way less interesting, but still delicious!
That pumpkin cream cheese spread sounds HEAVENLY!
A Teenage Gourmet (Sami) says
If you need help getting rid of that pumpkin, fell free to drop some by my dorm! 😛
I always have Pandora going when I’m cooking. So crazy, but I made some pumpkin cream cheese the other day. It was pretty good but sadly it didn’t taste like pie. I guess I have some tweaking to do!
Deva @ Deva by Definition says
I love pandora for driving music! My car has an aux input so I put it on a station and go! Lately it’s been Explosions in the Sky and The Album Leaf – what station did you play tonight?
Hooked on Film Scores!
Alexa @ SimpleEats says
I love your idea for glazed nuts…nothing tastes better on top of a salad!
Kim @ Eat, Live, and Blog says
The pumpkin cream cheese sounds wonderful! 😀
Diana @ frontyardfoodie says
Mmmm, what a deliciously fallish meal! I need to get some red romaine, that salad makes me want it.
I love having either music or background noise from the TV while I’m cooking. And a drink too. Makes making dinner more fun. 🙂
My husband is a larger-portion-eater than I am too. Makes me jealous but I do get full from less portions than him!
katie @KatieDid says
mmm that recipe totally caught my eye also when she posted it… delicious! Every time I try yoga at home I never make it through the whole thing.
Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio says
Dinner looks awesome!! LOVE cornbread anything.
Namaste Gurl says
Dinner looks excellent! Now I have to try out Ang’s cornbread pumpkin bake, thanks to YOU 🙂
Just hand me a spoon, no graham crackers necessary for that spread! 🙂
Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf says
I always listen to Pandora while working in the kitchen! I’m convinced my food tastes better for it. 😉
Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel says
Pumpkin cream cheese spread? Ooooh that sounds delicious. I found pumpkin bagels in Wegmans the other day, but didn’t end up buying them (UGGGGH, why did I not buy them?!). Imagine pumpkin cream cheese on those! Ahhhh mouth watering.
I would copy/paste my previous comments about the negative nobody’s you have reading your blog but it seems like you have a lot of readers who have your back! Thank goodness for that!
The cocktail looks delicious. What on earth is coconut water though?
The pressed liquid of a coconut – thick and sweet and full of electrolytes
Hilliary @ Happily Ever Healthy says
I saw this recipe on angela’s blog and have been dying to make it!
What sparkling water maker do you have?
We use a beer keg infused with CO2 from a tank
Alexia @ NamasteYoga says
I love your fall photos!! the recipe looks great too, how could i manage to make it taste similar without an oven? any suggestions?
Hmmm… I think it would be pretty hard not to bake. You might be able to camp fire cook it, microwave it or grill it with the lid closed?
Lisa D says
I loooooove listening to Pandora in the kitchen. I’m usually in charge of cooking and my BF is in charge of playing the music(and chopping garlic bc I hate it). Makes it soo much more enjoyable to have both the music and the company.
Anna Lise says
Just wanted to share a little tip I came across (I think from Real Simple magazine?) If you put your phone in a regular old coffee mug, it works like a speaker system! I almost always use my iPhone for music or listening (I do a lot of podcasts while cooking/cleaning) around our house, and it’s so easy to keep the music coming, at a really great volume, and know that my phone is a little more protected because it’s sitting in a little home! And very portable!
Anna Lise, that is a great idea! I am going to try that tonight. 🙂
What a fabulous tip!
Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning says
I live to rock out to Pandora while I cook in the kitchen. The only pain is clicking “I’m still listening” while my hands too busy prepping a meal!
I’ll have to try out a yoga podcast- I do yoga at home about 75% of the time instead of taking classes and just have a few DVDs that I rotate. It would be good to switch things up!
Maria @ Sinfully Nutritious says
We have also been eating an abundance of pumpkin and winter squash. I made vegan pumpkin cheesecake the other day, and my 8 year old daughter said, “mommy, I love pumpkin, but, why does everything you make have pumpkin in it?”
Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin says
Angela’s recipe looks awesome! I’ve been on such a cornbread kick lately.
Hope @ With A Side Of Hope says
That cornbread looks delicious! 🙂 Lately, I’ve been loving pumpkin cream cheese! It tastes even better on a pumpkin bagel.
[email protected] and spice says
Yum! Candied pecans, cornbread, pumpkin? Talk about Fall 🙂
Claire @ Live and Love to Eat says
This looks so good – love your salad with it too! I need to try this recipe.
yummo…perfect early Autumn dinner, esp. those roasted, candied pecans…those are going to be tossed on my greens tonight!
We’ve been working our way through Prohibition too. It’s so interesting to see some of the causes that led to it, and hear what was going on from both sides.
Our kitchen is open to our family room, so I stream Pandora over the home theater system through our blu-ray player for music throughout the first floor when cooking, cleaning, or just relaxing. It’s the best when I’m tired of my iTunes playlists.
Thanks for the link for Dave Farmer’s Yoga. I’m always looking for different podcasts!
That casserole looks similar to one I saw on Regis and Kelly this week. Larry the Cable guy was co-hosting and he made his famous Beanie Wienie Cornbread Casserole! Similar, but also very, very different!
this meals seems lovely! I think I will try that cornbread combo tonight with my leftover chili!
Lindsey Grossman at Lindsey Living says
Yum! I’ve been looking for yummy canned pumpkin recipes. I’ll have to try this one out for me and the boy. Only my husband doesn’t like beans:( Is there a good substitute for beans? I feel like as a family we miss out on so many great recipes because of his aversion. Advice? Please and thank you!
Hmmm…lentils? You might be able to just use chopped veggies like carrots or sweet potato too, but you’d lose the protein factor.
Congrats on the new blog!
Angela (Oh She Glows) says
I’m glad you enjoyed the recipe!
Shaun @ snackasaurusrex says
Maple pecans and fancy cheese…now that’s my kind of salad 😉
And yes there can be non-alcoholic cocktails…I drink my diet ginger ale out of a wine glass during the week just to have that feel. I try to cut out alcohol during the week to save calories. Your coconut water cocktail sounds great!
Zoe @ loseweightandgainhealth says
That recipe looks great and I want to try it so I hope I can find some cornmeal.
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