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I’m dedicating this pumpkin card to my sweet pumpkin-addicted friend, Jenny:

pumpkin card

Pumpkin-Finding Tip:

The Libby’s pumpkin has been a bit hard to find lately, due to a poor pumpkin crop this year. But apparently the poor conditions did not affect organic pumpkin farms. If your store is out of Libby’s or generic canned pumpkin, make sure to look in the organic section before you give up! Or try a natural-food store. And if all else fails, you can buy a real pumpkin and cook your own.

Happy Friday!

Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 

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  1. I LOOOVE pumpkin. I really think I love it more savory than sweet – in ravioli and such.

  2. Meg's Gut says:

    Pumpkin pie in a mug!
    Pumpkin, cinnamon + honey and a little crumbled ginger cookie = delicious!

  3. I LOOOOOOVE pumpkin!
    Unfortunately you can’t get canned pumpkin here in the UK, well not in your usual suspect supermarkets anyway.
    One of the leading ones here stocked it for a few months last year in autumn and I went nuts and bought tons, I was silently hoping they’d be there for good but sadly no. :(

    I used it in my oatmeal and made pumpkin pie, I was careful not to waste it as it’s soo precious!
    If I had it readily available I’d bake/cook a lot more with it.

    Butternut squash is a super duper substitute and my favourite but I prefer it just roasted. 😉

  4. Yes tell your friend her photo IS gorgeous!

  5. Jenny says:

    oh boo boo! you spoil me with words :) you me pumpkin and PB have to go on a double date asap 😉 love ya love ya love ya!

  6. jcd says:

    Jenny – your photo is beautiful. :)

    Pumpkin and I have a long standing relationship. I would panic if I didn’t have at least one tin of pumpkin purée in my cupboard at all times. And a winter squash in the fridge… I like to add it to my oatmeal, make pumpkin pie, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin pasta, pumpkin stew… and since I have discovered this blog I am also now in love with squash fries and pumpkin pie babies. Ahh… it’s a tough life. 😉

  7. BroccoliHut says:

    Total pumpkin addict here–I love adding it to smoothies and oats, or to mix it with wheat germ & PB as a toast topper.

  8. Stefanie says:

    I have 2 cans of pumpkin but am saving them for when the craving is unbearable. The stores I have checked do not carry them right now because of the shortage last year. My favorite way to eat pumpkin is in oatmeal. That pumpkin pie mousse looks good though. Right now I satisfy my craving by eating other squash.

  9. Sarahishealthy says:

    Oh my gosh that card is SO CUTE!!!

  10. Jessica says:

    Love that photo, Jenny! Teach me photography please???

  11. I go through pumpkin phases. Hasn’t really hit me much this year, but I do have a can in my cabinet. Actually bought it for the pups b/c I give them spoonfuls whenever we switch dog foods since it’s helps with their digestion. Hmm, maybe I’ll eat it instead. Sorry pups. 😉

  12. CCV says:

    Wha??? My pups are now angry with me for not ever feeding them pumpkin :(
    I didn’t know you could have it, guys: I’m so sorry!
    (I don’t think they forgive me…)

  13. Valerie says:

    I am the biggest pumpkin addict, so that card looks like it could be me: a pumpkin head!

  14. eatandrun says:

    Thanks for the tip about organic pumpkin! I only ever check in the baking aisle. Maybe I’ll have more luck in the organic section!

  15. Mary says:

    Katie, did you draw that card?!?!
    Are you good at everything?

  16. ieattrees says:

    I go through extreme pumpkin-love phases. Usually it hits me in the fall when you see pumpkin decorations and patches everywhere! Then I have to buy some pie pumpkins (and squash) and get baking!

  17. Oh, and that IS a deliciously amazing picture!

  18. Anonymous says:

    i think we can all agree that jenny has amazing photography skills. and YOU have amazing artistic skills. that card even LOOKS like jenny! so pretty :)

  19. Bekkah says:

    Pumpkin is one of my all time favorite foods!

  20. Inspired says:

    I make your Pumpkin Pie Babies and then cover them in chocolate and shredded coconut! They are the most amazing things!!! Like trail mix babies covered in chocolate. You should try it!
    :) :)

  21. Anonymous says:

    is that your handwriting and drawing? its soooooo pretty!

  22. CCV says:

    Yes, and thank you!!!

  23. In muffins, oatmeal…..even curries! Yum :-)

  24. Little Bookworm says:

    That Afri-card looks amazing! Your drawing is fantastic – it looks really cute. :) Love Jenny’s photo of the pumpkin pie mousse as well. :)

  25. Katie says:

    wow Katie that looks so good!! I have been looking for pumpkin everywhere!! I hope to find it soon, never know!!!
    love u!!! xoxo Have a great weekend beautiful!!!

  26. Ah-ha! I’ve been looking everywhere for canned pumpkin lately. I use it in my dog’s favorite dinner, made with pumpkin, red beans, and brown rice. But lately, I’ve had to sub sweet potato (which my dog also loves) because no one carries pumpkin right now! I thought maybe it was just a seasonal thing. Thanks for clearing up this mystery.

  27. *Andrea* says:

    i love pumpkin in my oats! i don’t eat it at school since we don’t sell it :( but at home i always have a few cans in my stash 😉

    your cards are so pretty!!

  28. eliza says:

    Love pumpkin! favorite things to do with it is the obvious pumpkin oats! Also banana ss with pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice, and truvia makes like pumpkin “ice cream” that is really yummi! and mixing it into polenta for a dinner + veggies etc is another fav.
    jenny’s photo of her mousse looks ridic amazing!

    xx happy friday

  29. Jennifer says:

    Wow I want to dive right into that! Good job with the photography, Jenny!

  30. Evan Thomas says:

    I can go through a good 40 ounces of pumpkin a week with oats–it’s just too good. It definitely begs for a sweet peanut butter to get the sweet and savory thing going

  31. Mama Pea says:

    Who knew there would be such a pumpkin crisis this year? I have literally driven across town multiple times to find a can. I’ll sell anyone the can of Libby in my cupboard for $24.99. :)

  32. Michal says:

    That picture is so pretty and detailed wow! I am honestly not a big pumpkin fan. Maybe I have never had it done right, but pumpkin pie is okay. Perhaps I should take a leaf out of your book and try me some! :)

  33. Another Jenny says:

    Katie, I’m so glad you posted this, because now I’ve found another cute blog!

    So hi Jenny!!!:)
    (and Katie too!)

  34. Janna says:

    omg what a cute afri-card!!!

    i love pumpkin! my favorite thing to make with canned pumkin would have to be pumkin scones or pumkin scuffins!

  35. That pumpkin concoction looks really good! I have to admit, I had kind of relegated pumpkin to pies until the past year or so – now I use it in all kinds of things and I wonder how I went so long without incorporating this into everything!

  36. Katie says:

    I stocked up on canned pumpkin in the fall, but blew threw my stash before christmas. I’ve been using pureed butternut in it’s place, which is just as good, but not as convenient. I pretty much eat it in everything, but I love making savory sauces with it, or just mixing it with a little milk and some cinnamon for a creamy “mousse”.

  37. i am a true pumpkin addict but have no intentions of 12 stepping it anytime sooN!

  38. Justine says:

    I am more of a sweet potato kind of a girl when it comes to ‘autumnal’ beta carotene sources. But I don’t complain about pumpkinytreats. :)

  39. EE says:

    I really like pumpkin pita pizzas. :)

    Uh oh, Katie, are you getting naughty Pings? That sounds weird in and of itself…

    I love that card, too.

  40. Leah says:

    I bought 2 huge pumpkins this winter and froze the puree, and have been enjoying it especially with the shortage…but now I’m out!! I looked in 3 different stores today!!! nada! I don’t know what to do, I eat it every day! I wonder if you can order it online haha

  41. Jess says:

    I love the flavor of pumpkin! Too bad it’s not fall…Oh well! 😀
    <3 jess

  42. caronae says:

    I love Jenny, pumpkin, and you for this post and those pumpkin patch pics!

  43. Serena says:

    I love pumpkin pie, but I have yet to be *more* adventurous with pumpkins….pumpkin spice bread is good too 😉 and muffins…oh oh…

  44. Mae says:

    Jenny’s photos look so amazing. I love her blog!!! 😀

  45. I love pumpkin!! Although I tend to only eat it in the fall

  46. Marina says:

    I adore pumpkins, squashes, everything like that. But, they’re out of season now, so I have to wait a few months :( And that makes me sad, I need my beta-carotene :))

  47. I love pumpkin. I make pumpkin cookies and pumpkin muffins and they are the two most popular items in my bakery. Unfortunately Saudi and Bahrain have not had ANY pumpkin in stock for the past 4 months or so. Excuse me while I go cry…

  48. Let’s just say, I eat it every day and almost had a heart attack the other night when I realized I was all out!

  49. Kristie says:

    I used to not like pumpkin but lately I have been craving pumpkin pancakes like crazy but can’t find it anywhere! My goal next week is to look more places 😉

  50. I’m a weird one (or probably just Finnish) but I never eat pumpkin. In anything. Hmmm.. I’m intrigued about it, because almost everyone in the blog world seems to be eating it on everything and with everything 😀 I think I’d like to try pumpkin ice cream, that can’t be bad!

  51. I’ve been eating so much pumpkin lately – thanks for letting us know why it’s been hard to find! I thought the grocery store just had a thing again me :). I love pumpkin in my oats, yogurt, and pancakes!

  52. I loooove pumpkin. Period 😉
    Have a great weekend, Katie!

  53. Cara says:

    I’m so in love with pumpkin that I’m still working off the huge quantities I bought at BJ’s and Sam’s club last fall. I heard a little rumor that canned pumpkin is scarce right now, but I haven’t had to look for it! Unfortunately, I will need to look soon and I’m not looking forward to not finding it!

  54. Heather says:

    I was just in search of canned pumpkin today and they were all out :( I miss my pumpkin oats in the morning.

  55. Pumpkin Pie Shakes for breakfast :)

  56. I like pumpkin in small doses, usually in muffins or pancakes. Sometimes I stir it into my oatmeal straight out of the can, but I REALLY have to be in the mood. I’m more of a sweet potato kind of girl!!

  57. Christine says:

    LOVE the picture and it looks delicous! I went to the link for pumpkin mouse, but it didn’t say anything about the topping…it looks like you have some yummy crisp topping on it. I love crumbly crisp toppings! I’d love to know how you got the crisp on top:)

  58. I LOOOOVE pumpkin! I love it in bread/muffin form, pie form, yogurt form, oatmeal form… basically in any form of sweets :)

  59. Lol, I noticed your weird pingbacks on Thursday when I read your post.

    I love pumpkin, especially with cinnamon and the other pumpkin spices on it. Yumm!!

  60. I love pumpkin!! In oats, muffins, cookies, you name it!! I have to only buy it once in a while though because I do not want to get sick of it…. or turn orange!

  61. Alex says:

    i entered both giveaways! thanks!

  62. Simply T says:

    Has anyone ever told you that you should write a cookbook? You totally should. I know I’d buy it! I’m actually making a shopping list for the week and I came here to find some of your amazing looking recipes. I’ll let you know how they turn out!

  63. Eileen says:

    Pumpkin rice pudding is one of my favorite comfort foods, but that Pumpkin Pie Mousse looks pretty amazing. I might just have to try it.