When the air becomes crisp and the burnt orange leaves begin to fall from the trees, I can already taste the pumpkin spice. I love pumpkin: ice cream, soup, lattes, candles, body cream, bagels, and pie (although as far as pie goes, pumpkin is my second favorite. The tangy sweet strawberry rhubarb just can’t be beat, especially with a creamy scoop of vanilla ice cream).
1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar, divided
½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
4 egg whites divided
½ cup fat free milk
¼ cup canola oil
2 cups flour
2 ½ tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
¼ tsp. salt
1 pkg, (8oz) Philadelphia Neufchatel Cheese 1/3 less fat than cream cheese, softened.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a nonstick 9 x 5 inch loaf pan; set aside. Mix pumpkin, 1 cup granulated sugar, 3 of the egg whites, mild and oil in large bowl. Add flour, baking powder, pie spice, and salt; stir just until moistened. Set aside. Beat Neufchatel cheese, remaining 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar and the remaining egg white with a wire whisk until well blended.
For those of you who love pumpkin as much as I do, check out these wonderful looking items from pumpkin loving Etsy shops
Here is a sugar scrub which exfoliates and moisturizes skin with a blend of pure white sugar, Pumpkin Spice Essential Oils, and Jojoba Oil, leaving your skin looking radiant, smooth and renewed. I love the feel skin after a great sugar scrub!
This Pumpkin Spice Body Butter is skin nourishing with shea butter and cocoa butter, infused with calming, pumpkin essential oils to soften and protect the skin. It looks so lush!
If the smell of pumpkin spice just isn't your thing, don't feel down! Just grab this Jack Pin by Pea Soup and I'm sure your mood will lift instantly. This little brooch captures all that is happy about Halloween. This pin is made from wool felt and is about 1 ½ inches square-maybe a little larger, because all pins are slightly different from each other-- the beauty behind handcrafted items, if you ask me!You can find this pin and dozens more at www.peasoup.etsy.com