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For weeks and weeks, I have been craving pumpkin pie.  CRAVING.  And yet I cannot find it at any nearby grocery stores (Doesn’t that seem wrong? It’s practically Thanksgiving!). 


And then, today, the clouds parted and angels sang – Mama Pea posted a vegan pumpkin pie recipe on her blog.  Doesn’t it look fabulous?



I copied the recipe to my iPhone and was halfway to the grocery store when I remembered that our oven isn’t working.  The other day, the ‘bake’ function just went kaput.  Definitely a ‘thank goodness we rent!’ moment, but we’re still without a working oven.


Then I proceeded to drive to two different stores before FINALLY locating a pumpkin pie.  Success!


Not as good as Mama Pea’s – I’m sure – but pretty good.  The filling is always the best part. 


I did actually eat a proper dinner first.


First time trying the Against the Grain brand of gluten-free pizza.  I loved it, but the Husband hated it.  So I guess it’s a mixed review. 


Oh, and I definitely had to borrow the neighbor’s oven to prep this pizza. 



I wish I could say I made it to the gym today, but I didn’t.  Instead, I made it to the mall to help the Husband hunt for new work shoes.  Do laps around department stores count as cardio?  Here’s to hoping!


BBQ chips for a snack. 


What fabulous holiday recipes have you been eyeing in the blog world?  Link away, please!



  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga November 14, 2011, 7:16 pm

    Glad you finally got your pumpkin pie craving handled!

    The picture of the sky is gorgeous!

  • Erin @ The Grass Skirt November 14, 2011, 7:17 pm

    I’m not sure if you checked Harris Teeter, but they have pumpkin pie near me, and I also saw it at the Earth Fare in Ballantyne. 🙂

    • Caitlin November 15, 2011, 10:46 am

      I found it at Earth Fare! Finally!

  • katie @ KatieDid November 14, 2011, 7:17 pm

    I totally count shopping as cardio! Lugging groceries around- strength training!
    I’ve seen that brand before (yay Vermont!), but have never tried it as I’ve never had much luck with GF pizza. But glad to know you liked it!

  • Amanda November 14, 2011, 7:19 pm

    I pretty much ate an entire pumpkin pie over the course of the weekend. I just could.not.stop. taking bites every time I walked past it. Here’s the recipe if you want to check it out:


    I’m excited to try Mama Pea’s version next!

  • Stephanie @cookinfanatic November 14, 2011, 7:20 pm
  • Laura November 14, 2011, 7:21 pm

    I’ve recently decided to go gluten free for health reasons, so I’m looking for tons of gluten free recipes for things I can bring to T-day. Mostly, rolls. If I have to sit there while everyone else eats rolls a large part of me might die.

    I haven’t found the perfect recipes… yet.

    • Caitlin November 15, 2011, 10:47 am

      Rolls on Thanksgiving are going to kill me.

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb November 14, 2011, 7:26 pm

    shopping is quite often my weekend cardio. have you ever seen those serious mall walkers with the gym shoes and iPods?! you can work up quite the sweat!!

    i’m scouring the internet for pumpkin pie recipes for thanksgiving. there are some good ones out there!

  • Kim @ Wonderings November 14, 2011, 7:27 pm

    Definitely trying to find a stuffing recipe for my Thanksgiving feast. It’s my favorite dish and I am not settling for a box mix this year…

  • Kim November 14, 2011, 7:33 pm

    Honestly, I don’t have much chance for activity every day. I’m exhausted with other things in my life (caregiving duties). So, I try to walk 30 minutes a day, and I do 10 minutes of pushups and situps every 2-3 days. This is highly unambitious and lazy to most people. But you have to do what you like. I’m just not a runner or gym person like I was in my hay day. A walk for 30 minutes and then back to my life.

  • Lauren L. November 14, 2011, 7:36 pm

    I made this cranberry salsa last night and it got rave reviews: http://jamiecooksitup.blogspot.com/2010/11/cranberry-cream-cheese-diphold-wood.html (I left out the jalepeno!)

  • Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter) November 14, 2011, 7:38 pm

    I love that opening photo- so gorgeous!!

    I looove pumpkin pie as well- I need to get some asap!

  • Lindsay November 14, 2011, 7:43 pm

    I have been eyeing this recipe: Brownie Pumpkin Pie with a Crunchy Pecan Topping http://ohsheglows.com/recipage/?recipe_id=6005705

  • Emily November 14, 2011, 7:55 pm

    I’m dying to make Jess’ Grown Up Hot Chocolate with Homemade Bailey’s Marshmallows! http://www.howsweeteats.com/2011/11/grown-up-hot-chocolate-with-homemade-baileys-marshmallows/

  • Molly @ RDexposed November 14, 2011, 7:56 pm

    Do I spy a dachshund snout in the last picture?!

    • Caitlin November 15, 2011, 10:47 am

      She always sticks her nose in everyone’s business.

  • Sana November 14, 2011, 8:12 pm

    🙂 At least your utility bill will be cheaper?

  • April November 14, 2011, 8:14 pm

    I have been pinning all these amazing treats on Pinterest for the holidays. I don’t really like pumpkin pie (took me 20-something years to figure out I only like the filling) so I might make a low-fat pumpkin cheesecake instead.


  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey November 14, 2011, 8:20 pm

    I think I had that pizza at a GF expo before – I can’t remember it being downright amazing, but I’m sure it was okay. Surprisingly, I’m not a fan of pumpkin pie. I could eat pumpkin everything, but pass on the pie.

  • Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) November 14, 2011, 8:39 pm

    It’s taking everything I have not to make my crustless pumpkin pie before next Thursday! That and my cornbread dressing muffins! I want them so badly!

  • Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} November 14, 2011, 9:06 pm

    Pumpkin pie is one of my all-time favorite desserts. Definitely worth multiple grocery store trips. 🙂

  • Amanda November 14, 2011, 9:06 pm

    I’ve seen that pizza before, but never tried it. I guess I missed something, is the husband eating dairy again? I’m looking forward to Thanksgiving so I can make my Pumpkin Dump Cake I make every year.

    • Caitlin November 15, 2011, 10:48 am

      He eats dairy very occasionally, mostly when I force him with dinners like this.

  • Savannah @ Sweet and Savvy November 14, 2011, 9:16 pm

    Too bad about the oven! The bake feature is a pretty important one!

    I do not normally like nuts in baked goods. I love them separate, in butter form, in salads, etc, but when I want a cookie, I want a cookie.

    I did spy these Vegan Cashew Brownies the other day, and they look phenomenal!


  • Sarah November 14, 2011, 9:47 pm

    That first photo is beautiful! Totally captures fall!

    I’m impressed that you’re craving seasonally appropriate food! When I was pregnant last year during a snow storm I was CRAVING lemonade and I wanted to eat nothing but fresh pineapple and oranges and grapefruits all winter long. That got a bit pricey!

  • Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats November 14, 2011, 10:06 pm

    If you want to see great recipes check out Angela’s post from today! The rice pilaf dish sounds incredible! 🙂 http://ohsheglows.com/2011/11/14/vegan-holiday-dinner-ideas-a-new-recipe/

  • @HilaryFleming November 14, 2011, 10:15 pm

    pretty much anything from Oh She Glows. SHe’s got it going on.

  • Sarah @ Celiac in the City November 14, 2011, 10:49 pm

    mmm… pumpkin pie!

    recently did a guest post on a friend’s blog — not quite pumpkin pie, but pumpkin spice cookies… and they’re gluten-free. I think you’ll like ’em. (there’s maple cream cheese frosting involved!)


  • Deva @ Deva by Definition November 14, 2011, 10:58 pm

    I haven’t really been looking for holiday recipes, even though I probably should. I am, however, currently baking up some incredible zucchini bread from Smitten Kitchen’s recipe:


  • Heather H. November 14, 2011, 11:05 pm

    I saw that pumpkin pie recipe in peas and thank you too. All these pumpkin pie posts are making me want pie! I actually love pumpin rolls.
    Hope your oven gets fixed!

  • Rachel November 14, 2011, 11:30 pm

    Holiday food has been on my mind too! I’ve been eyeing a different Mama Pea recipe though – the cornbread dressing with tempeh bacon, cherries, and portabella mushrooms. Sounds soooo good!

  • Sam November 14, 2011, 11:36 pm

    This is kind of random, but I finally listened to Tina Fey’s Bossypants on audiobook the other day and she had a really interesting perspective on photoshopping. She basically said she was all for it, and that anyone who wears makeup, earrings, or even likes oil painting portraits shouldn’t quibble with it. She also said she knew of several feminist magazines (including Bust) who actively support photoshopping, and kind of flipped the who argument on its head, saying that it was good for women. She’s clearly thought about this a lot, and wrote a whole chapter on it. It definitely made me think, and I’m curious if you’ve read her book or have an opinion on it?

    • Caitlin November 15, 2011, 10:49 am

      Many people have told me about that chapter! I haven’t read it yet but I’d love to.

  • TeenyLittleSuperChef November 14, 2011, 11:46 pm

    Walking the mall absolutely counts as exercise. I sometimes find it to be more tiring than when I actually go to the gym. And I totally saw the recipe for Mama Pea’s Pumpkin Pie and now I want to eat that pie each and every day for the rest of my life. She is a freaking culinary genius.
    Where did you get that gluten-free pizza? It sucks that the hubs didn’t like it but at least you did. That’s what counts, right?

    • Caitlin November 15, 2011, 10:50 am

      From Earthfare!

  • Khushboo November 14, 2011, 11:51 pm

    Er mall cardio is only the best kinda cardio out there!

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com November 15, 2011, 12:01 am

    I love this easy home-made upside down pear cake recipe I developed using whole wheat!! Definitely has all the holiday flavors 🙂


  • Laura @ She Eats Well November 15, 2011, 12:20 am

    I really want to try Angela’s Sweet Potato Casserole. I could eat a sweet potato every single day and not get sick of them. Ever. http://ohsheglows.com/2009/11/24/this-aint-grandmas-sweet-potato-casserole/

  • Mama Pea November 15, 2011, 12:28 am

    Awww, man. I have half that pie still in my fridge. I’ve packed a piece in Gigi’s lunch. I ate some for breakfast. Pea Daddy had another piece. I can’t get rid of it! (but it IS delicious)

  • Rachel Starr November 15, 2011, 1:36 am

    I must be a weirdo bc I hate pumpkin pie! Blech! Something about that weird consistency combined w/ all the cinnamon…I hate cinnamon too. But hey, more power to ya. Me, I’m an apple pie kinda girl & I make a mean one myself 😉 The pregnancy cravings only get stronger, which is why it’s AWESOME being pregnant during the holidays. We’re expected to gain weight!

  • Jessica @ Jess Go Bananas November 15, 2011, 7:32 am

    I love pumpkin pie! I can’t believe the stores did not have one!! Mmmm that pizza sounds very good-and healthy! 😀

  • Melissa November 15, 2011, 7:37 am

    Congratulations Caitlin! Laps around the mall totally count when you’re pregnant- any day that you move off the couch is a win in the late first trimester! If you are able to stay this committed to exercise now you should do great (for me weeks 8-12 were the hardest of the whole pregnancy). What they say about the second trimester being the easiest is completely true. Good luck!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 15, 2011, 8:07 am

    Of course shopping counts as cardio! 😉 Especially now that the Christmas madness has started – I find it ups the intensity haha.

  • Jessica Washburn November 15, 2011, 8:12 am

    Pumpkin pie is my fave…I just came across a frozen pumpkin pie recipe with cool whip and ice cream and cinammon graham crust…sounds SO amazing! That pizza looks good to me, but gluten free doesn’t sound so good. :/ Yeah, I think you can call all your shopping a workout! LOl.


  • Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count November 15, 2011, 8:17 am

    Beautiful photo! We’ve been having pretty sunrises and sunsets her in NJ, too!

  • Logan November 15, 2011, 8:47 am

    I’ve tried that brand of pizza and thought it was pretty greasy. I think I also paid something like $16 or $18 for it, which was way too much for a frozen pizza. I have fallen off the gluten free wagon but yesterday had such horrible stomach pains that I needed to leave work. Today is day 1 back to the gluten free life.

    • Caitlin November 15, 2011, 10:52 am

      Yeah – it was like $11 at EarthFare – so $$$$$$

  • CJ @ http://healthy-happy-whole.com November 15, 2011, 9:06 am

    I wanted to ask, have you had any weird cravings yet?! Pickles and ice cream perhaps?!
    I havent really started my recipe round up yet, but maybe I should. How is thanksgiving next week!!!!

  • HRCK November 15, 2011, 9:47 am
  • Carolina John November 15, 2011, 9:47 am

    With a Side of Sneakers (pregnant blogger girl in greensboro) also has tons of vegan and pumpkin recipes, and I’m pretty sure I’ve recently seen a pumpkin pie on her posts. http://www.sideofsneakers.com/ you should really check her out. she’s fabulous. but you probably already know that.

  • Amber K November 15, 2011, 12:51 pm

    I’ve definitely been having a lot of pumpkin smoothies lately. Tastes just like the filling of the pie, which I agree is the best part anyway!

    My favorite gluten-free pizza is Amy’s roasted veggie pizza. Although I really shouldn’t eat it (the caramelized onions don’t agree with me) but it’s just so darn tasty!

  • Wendy November 15, 2011, 4:45 pm

    I haven’t really decided what to make (with me being the only vegetarian in the entire family) but will definitely share if I come across some good recipes. One favor to ask you tho, we’re coming in town for the ACC Championship game (hubby being a crazy Clemson fan) Any places to recommend? To eat or just to visit for fun. Thanks! Hope the pregnancy is still treating you well 🙂

    • CaitlinHTP November 15, 2011, 4:58 pm

      Yay! We’re tailgating at the game so maybe we will run into each other.

      I love Cowfish (need reservations), 200 East, Basil, Big Daddy’s to eat at!

      • Wendy November 15, 2011, 11:07 pm

        AWESOME!! I’ll definitely jump out from nowhere and say hello (I’ve warned, don’t be scared! :P)

        • CaitlinHTP November 16, 2011, 8:16 am

          We’ll be the only people with a Miami tent 🙂 Heheh.

  • lauren November 15, 2011, 5:09 pm

    I starred Mama Pea’s recipe to make too! The crust looks good. I’ve never actually had pumpkin pie, likely because I don’t like warm pumpkin or cinnamon – so I’ll have to make it, let it cool, then refrigerate it before I can try it.

  • Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel November 15, 2011, 8:15 pm

    Oh gosh, pumpkin pie…just 9 days until I gobble it up (pun definitely intended) on Thanksgiving!!!

  • Andrea November 15, 2011, 8:32 pm

    Oh myyyyyy goodness I just watched the hunger games trailer for the first time, and I literally got chills! I have read the series three times and am absolutely in love with it. I can not wait to see this movie!

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