Pumpkin Chili, Mummy Hotdogs, and Spider Pizza, Oh My!

Good Morning Everyone!

A very Happy November to you!! How are you doing today? I hope you all are well. Yesterday was Halloween and I meant to put up this post, but I got swept away in watching “Hocus Pocus” with the family, and eating lots of goodies. Around my house, now that my daughter is a tad older, Halloween isn’t as big of a deal. Trick-or-treating became replaced with, “let’s do something fun together” which, if I’m being totally honest, I much prefer. That being said, yesterday I was cooking up a storm in the kitchen! I began the day with making a slow cooker white bean and pumpkin chili for my husband to take to his work’s Halloween party.

Y’all… out of the many dishes that were on the table, this soup was the “go to” recipe, in which people kept coming back for again and again. Thankfully there were leftovers so I was able to taste it that afternoon, and I was completely blown away. Unlike the rich, spiciness of traditional chili, this broth had depth and all of those autumnal flavors that we long for. There was sweetness from the pumpkin followed by a gentle heat from hot chili powder and cumin. It was the perfect blend, and such a delicious spin on a Fall favorite.

Next, my daughter and I got busy in the kitchen whipping up Mummy Hotdogs. This has become an annual favorite of hers, except this year she was old enough to get in there and help wrap them up right alongside me! This 2-ingredient recipe is about as simple as it gets. Crack open a can of crescent roll dough, and un-roll each triangle. Stretch out the dough and wrap it around a hotdog! Bake for 13 minutes until the rolls are golden and fluffy and you’re done! We like to give our mummies mustard eyes, but anything works for decoration.

Lastly, we finished up the night with spider pizza. This was a recipe that was new to me, but so much fun to make. A can of black olives was transformed into spooky spiders that we nestled in a bed of Arrabbiata sauce and cheese. It was a great balance of spicy and savory while still keeping things simple and easy. I was able to whip up all of these dishes in under 30 minutes each, which left me plenty of time to enjoy the holidays! I hope you all love these recipes as much as I do. Have a wonderful day everyone, and keep on cooking! 🙂

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