Pumpkin Macaroni N’ Goat Cheese, and Bloggy Seasonal Eats Link Ups!

For the past 14 months i’ve been surprised with how little sleep my body, and Baby Boo’s body, Β have been able to survive off of.

I know I joke about how Baby Boo made a deal with the devil when it came to sleep, but I just want you to know…it’s no joke.

I’ve seen the contract…in my sleep. That is, if I was sleeping, I might have been hallucinating.

Lack of sleep does that to you.

Come wednesday night, Baby Boo woke up around 12:30 crying. This was nothing out of the normal, so I got out of bed, walked into her room, and picked her up. When I picked her up, i quickly realized her body temperature was extremely hot. Not your average fever hot..

I turned on the light, and noticed that she was having little convulsions and twitches, and her heart was racing a million miles a minute. Of coarse, I lost it, and ran to hubby asking him what was wrong. We decided to take her to the ER, thinking her fever was extremely high…

This was wednesday night.

Now, it’s friday morning, and Baby Boo is doing a little better. We aren’t really sure of the cause for the fever spike, but she had shots this week, so we are thinking that might have been the problem. Right now we are just trying to keep her little body cool..and get her some sleep.

And if you were wondering, none of us have slept since wednesday night. But more so, I am glad that Baby Boo is ok!! My life wouldn’t be worth living if I didn’t wake up to see this precious face everyday:

Needless to say, our little fam damn needed some comfort. Of coarse we relied on food for that…

And nothing says comfort more than a bowl of Macaroni and Cheese! πŸ™‚

It’s actually Baby Boo’s favorite meal! She LOOOOVES macaroni and cheese!

So does the hubby..But he prefers the one in the blue box, which will go unnamed…But if you must know, it rhymesΒ with KrAp-ft…

Pumpkin Macaroni N’ Goat Cheese

Ingredients:

1 1/2 C.dry pasta of choice or 3 C. cooked pasta

(for the sauce)

1 C. pumpkin puree

1/2 C. + 2 TB. Non dairy milk

1 TB. chopped garlic

3 TB. hummus (I used roasted garlic)

4 TB. Nutritional Yeast

2 tsp. Paprika

1 tsp. dry mustard

salt and pepper to taste

3 TB non dairy butter (i use earth balance)

1/3 C. Goat cheese (or for kiddos you could sub non dairy cheese(such as daiya), or organic cheddar cheese)

1 TB. Nutritional Yeast(for topping)

Directions:

1. Cook pasta according to directions. While pasta is cooking, prepare sauce.

2. In a food processor, blender (or even by hand), blend pumpkin, milk, garlic, hummus, nutritional yeast, and spices until blended and creamy. Then in a sauce pan, pour sauce and add butter and cheese and stir until melted and combined. Remove from heat.

3. In a baking dish, add your pasta and mix with sauce. Fold sauce into pasta until incorporated. You can eat as is (I think kids like it this way the best) or for the adults you can bake it. We like to take out a little portion unbaked for Baby Boo, and then bake the rest of the pasta for us.

4. If you decided to bake, preheat oven to 350. Top pasta with a little extra nutritional yeast (about 1 TB) and a little bit of seasoned bread crumbs. Bake for 20-25 minutes.

Purely Comfort.

And in case you were wondering, hubby took that whole casserole dish, added avocado on top, doused it with tabasco, and dug in. I looked at him and said, Β “ummmm…Can I have some, or did ya think I made that whole thing for you?”

I haven’t been the only one in love with this fall/comfort season…

A few of my BFF bloggy friends have some delicious eats this fall too!

Heather at Get Healthy with Heather, who AlWaYs has something delicious to share, made this Chai Spiced Hot Chocolate!

And to top that off, she made Pomegranate and Almond Butter Deep Dark Chocolate Brownies!!!

Heather-you get brownie points for SURE!!

Ragnhild from Vegan Aphrodite (who is super cute might I add) loves to make this pumpkin pasta that she found from Green Kitchen Stories!

Can’t go wrong with Pumpkin Pasta! πŸ™‚

Anna from The Guiltless Life made TWO different kind of seasonal pies, because she is amazing like that, one being savory and one being sweet.

First one is a Leek, Spinach, Lentil, and Potato Pie:

Right up my alley!

And the next one is a Chocolate Fudge Pie inspired by Chocolate Covered Katie:

You can see now why Anna is amazing!

Alyssa from Fashion Fitness Foodie made a Pumpkin French Toast:

Hey Alyssa, can I come over for breakfast?

And last, but more certainly not least, Kate from A Healthy Passion made Sweet Potato Overnight Oats:

Kate, may I come over for breakfast TOO!!??

Thank you to all these fabulous bloggers that shared their tasty seasonal eats with us!! Everything looks so delicious, and I expect invitations to all your houses for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert in the near future!!

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Have a great weekend everyone!!

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Comments

  1. I’m glad to hear Baby Boo is doing okay. How scary that must have been! The mac and cheese recipe looks incredible. One of Meghan’s favorite dishes, too. πŸ™‚

  2. I love all the links you posted and I have seen many of those, too, and was also drooling.

    But now I swoon over your mac n cheese and your little adorable cheesey covered princess πŸ™‚

  3. You can always come over for breakfast…especially if you bring baby boo!

  4. April McEvoy says:

    Sorry to hear about Gia! Hope she gets feeling better soon. Jaren gets fevers like that EVERY time he gets sick. The first time he hit 104.3 i about died… i rushed him to the ER. Now, we are just used to it… but it can be scary! Hope life is good for you guys other than sick baby πŸ™‚ Miss ya!

  5. Im so glad your little Baby is ok! And Im sure this mac n cheese will help too- it looks amazing! Pumpkin+pasta is just really really good!
    And thank you for putting my picture out there πŸ™‚ Made me so happy πŸ™‚ And also those other recipes looks wonderful! I wish I had a tray of those brownies with pomegranates right now!!!
    Happy weekend πŸ™‚

  6. WOW! I knew I shouldn’t have visited your site hungry! The pumpkin addition to your mac & cheesiness looks amazing and I need to add this to my must-make list!! πŸ™‚

    I hope baby boo feels better soon! πŸ™‚

  7. What a great list of seasonal eats! Have to check out the recipes afterwards and can’t wait to try the swee potato overnighties.

    Btw – Just made my first vegan Mac’n’Cheese two nights ago and I am officially fixed now – have to try your pumpking version throughout the next week: great idea!

  8. So sorry to hear about baby boo : (

    My son would get seizures when he had high fevers from when he was about 9 months to 2 years old, it was scary the first time it happened, but every time it was always just so scary, I always knew when he would get a fever that a seizure was coming, they were febrile seizures, they did not harm him, but we took him to ER every time, to be sure, as the doctor told us to. I hope she gets better, and maybe this is what happened to her, its common in young children, they grow out of them. Anthony would completely be non responsive when he had them, VERY scary.

    Love ya girl, the mac and cheese looks great!!

  9. Oh My, Arielle!!! How scary about your little girl!!! I would have been freaking out! So glad she’s okay but I can only imagine not sleeping the rest of the week from that. It could have been the shots. Ella didn’t do well with her first set of shots and got a little fever but nothing like that! Thinking about yah!!

  10. I think Baby Boo and Carter are on the same schedule because he is sick, too. When we dropped him off at preschool on Thursday, we saw/heard a child (the SAME one who is ALWAYS sick) coughing up a lung. So I knew that he was going to be sick. And low and behold – he has a cold. I’m fully expecting to be up with the nebulizer tonight, but fingers crossed, we won’t need it. I hope Boo is feeling better. So scary when we don’t know how to help them!!
    Um, this mac n’ cheese looks UH-MAZING! My hubby’s fave is KraP-ft, too. But he is from Canada well it is actually called “Kraft Dinner”. Even the box says “Kraft Dinner”. πŸ™‚

  11. I think I can get used to this mac n cheese!!! hubba hubba, it looks FANTASTIC! What a great idea girl…your so amazing with your recipes πŸ™‚

    xxoo

  12. Oh crap! I was so super busy that I completely forgot to email you my link up for this πŸ™

    but I am so so happy that baby boo is okay! I know how frightful it is when the wee ones are super sick!! I love the looks of that mac & cheese, and since I have a can of pumpkin and goat cheese at home – I think I will be enjoying this in the very near future. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  13. yum I just bookmarked this post I want to try every single recipe! thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  14. Loving the use of pumpkin in mac and cheese! Perfect for fall πŸ™‚

  15. that pumpkin mac and cheese looks heavenly!! and I am not even a huge pasta person πŸ˜‰ YUM

  16. This mac n cheese looks absolutely amazing!!! Before I try it, though, I noticed that the recipe mentions mixing in butter to the sauce, but butter isn’t in the ingredients list. How much butter do you melt in? Also, 4 T of nutritional yeast is listed twice. Is this a typo or do I blend in 8 T altogether? Thanks!

    • Thank you so much Julia for bringing this to my attention!! Sometimes I write these post up at like midnight, so I’m not all there haha πŸ™‚
      I fixed the recipe for you. There are 3 TB non diary butter, and I meant to write 1 TB nutritional yeast at the end to sprinkle on top for a little topping. Hope that helped! Let me know if you make it and how it turned out! πŸ™‚

      • The stars aligned and I happened to have the ingredients on hand, so I FINALLY made this tonight– delicious! I added in a bag of frozen peas, too, because I just can’t fathom eating mac ‘n cheese without them… weird, I know. Thank you for the recipe!

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