Pumpkin Walnut Pumpkin Spice Swirl Bread

Happy Thanksgiving weekend to all of my Canadian Buddy-old-pals!!

IMG_8551 IMG_8552 IMG_8538 IMG_8588

This long weekend ( like many long weeks) to me is the official kick off of fall … warmer clothes, my heat goes on in my condo (yippee)..it’s also the official kick off of hockey? YEEESS!! Hahaha .. you can take a girl out of Canada, but you can’t take the Canada out of a girl.

Do you guys remember making hand turkeys when you were younger? … I’m pretty sure I did in elementary school … and then things got a lot more sophisticated when we began making placemats in grade 5. Those were the cool days!!


This weekend Mr. LTSL and I will be spending it with family, there’s sure to be lots of food and probably a few post-turkey naps tossed in.

I hope you all have a beautiful weekend, filled your loved ones … and a little (or a lot) of turkey doesn’t hurt either. And while the focus maybe on dinner, I have a breakfast that will blow your family away.


Almost too pretty to eat. Almost. And then you take a bite, and you’re in love.

Pumpkin Walnut Pumpkin Spice Swirl Bread


 1/2 cup milk

3 tablespoons butter

2cups all purpose flour

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1 large egg

1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

n a medium sized bowl, heat milk and butter in microwave for 1 minute should be warm to the touch. Transfer to a large mixing bowl and add 2 cups flour, sugar, egg, yeast, and salt. Mix until well combined. If the dough is too sticky, add 1 table spoon of flour at a time, until you get a firm dough. On a lightly floured surface, place dough and knead until smooth and elastic. Form into a ball.

Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl.

Cover and allow the dough to rise for 2 hours.

IMG_8537 IMG_8555


 ½ cup Pumpkin Puree

1/3 cup brown sugar, packed

1 tablespoon pumpkin spice

¼ cup walnut halves

1 large egg, beaten

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

In a small bowl, mix together the pumpkin puree, brown sugar and pumpkin spice. Set aside.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to approximately an 11 x 15-inch rectangle. Spread the pumpkin  mixture uniformly on the dough, leaving a 1/2-inch border around the edge. Starting lengthwise, roll the dough like you would a cinnamon roll. Pinch together the edges to seal.

IMG_8589 IMG_8591 IMG_8592 IMG_8593 IMG_8596

Using a sharp knife, cut the rolled dough in half lengthwise. Pinch together one end of the dough and braid the two long strands. Pinch together the remaining end. Form the dough into a circular shape and pinch together the pinched ends. To create a pumpkin swirl wreath.  Transfer the circle to a lightly greased cast-iron beaten egg. Gently tuck in walnut halves sporadically around the dough. Bake for 30 minutes.

Remove from oven and allow to cool for at least 30 minutes. Dust with icing sugar and serve.


Enjoy, remember to take a moment this weekend to remember how lucky we are to live in such an amazing country – with all of the opportunities presented to us. Take a moment to be thankful for great friends, your health and you’re happiness. It’s the simple things … like how amazing your house now smells ;)


Toffee Malted Pumpkin Spice Popcorn


Are you fine looking folks ready for pumpkin season? I’m pretty impressed that most of the pumpkin madness at least waited for mid September – it seems like last year I had an ice cream in one hand and a Pumpkin Spice Latte in another!!

Can we think of today’s recipe as a transition snack … you know, snacky like summer ( although, I’m down to snack on popcorn no matter what the season is!) and warm and cozy like fall … and addicting. Man – oh – man this popcorn is ADDICTING!!


And I used smart pop so I pretty much just ate a bowl of celery … or something like that. heh. either that, or I’m starting to bulk up for winter … you know, like the bears.

My justification skills just got to a whole new wicked-amazing level.


Toffee Malted Pumpkin Spice Popcorn

  • 3 Tb. powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tb. Pumpkin spice
  • 2 Tb. malted milk powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tbsp Skor chips
  • 1 bag ready-made popcorn ( or 2 bags, smart pop)



  1. In a small bowl, mix the powdered sugar, pumpkin spice, malted milk powder, salt and toffee chips together. Set aside.
  2. Pop the popcorn, and place in a large bowl. While still hot, toss in malted pumpkin powder
  3. then pour the chocolate malt powder over the top and toss vigorously


Happy Snacking xo