I don’t understand pumpkins.

How does something that unappealing (those innards are seriously gross people) contribute to the wonder that is pumpkin spice, pumpkin pie, pumpkin bars, pumpkin pudding, pumpkin beer… Seriously, pumpkin never fails. 

Usually, by this time of year I have blown entire paychecks on pumpkin spice lattes, I have dove head first into a pan of pumpkin bars, I have made special trips to Village Inn for a slice (okay, sometimes an entire pie) of Pumpkin Cream pie.

Unfortunately, this year is different…I Hayley Ann Grade, have been on a diet.

Pumpkin season is the very worst time to go on a diet….you heard it here first. 

But, I do currently weigh less than I did Junior year of high school….so I can’t bitch too much! 😉

Instead of eating my body weight in pumpkin flavored goodness I have turned to Pinterest….there I can lust after mind blowing recipes, pin them and pretend like I have the option to actually make and ingest them.

Since I don’t, I thought maybe my wonderful readers might….you’ve got like a month left before your pumpkin obsession makes you weird…so get started! 😉

::5 of the Best Pumpkin Recipes on Pinterest::

1. Pumpkin Oreo Cheesecake by Inside BruCrew Life

Pumpkin Oreo Cheesecake - pumpkin cheesecake with an Oreo cookie bottom and an Oreo cookie top http://www.insidebrucrewlife.com

(image via Inside BruCrew Life)

You realize what just happened here, right? Three of the most amazing things on earth came together to create a gift from God. I could cry.

2. Pumpkin Cupcakes by 58 Day Dreams

pumpkin pie cupcakes

(image via 58 Day Dreams)

Look how moist and gooey they look!!

3. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies by Ellen in the Kitchen

(image via Ellen in the Kitchen)

This recipe gives me hope…that if I combine my favorite thing (Pumpkin!! Duh.) and Andrew’s favorite thing, Chocolate Chip Cookies then we could finally have the perfect treat! Unfortunately, my husband finds it extremely entertaining to loathe all of my favorite foods.

4. Pumpkin Bread with Pumpkin Buttercream by NancyCreative


(image via NancyCreative)

You guys….buttercream! PUMPKIN BUTTERCREAM.

5. Pumpkin Spice Buddies by The Recipe Critic

(image via The Recipe Critic)

Muddy buddies or what I like to call…Puppy Chow, is toward the top of my favorite things list! Adding Pumpkin…makes it a winner! I used to make Puppy Chow in college pretty much weekly…and I would eat…all of it. Probably has something to do with the reason I am on a diet now! 😉

Let me know if you try any of these, take a few extra bites just for me! 🙂