Pinning and Planning Our Dinner Menu – Week of August 31

Last week, Starbucks announced and returned its long-awaited, fall favorite Pumpkin Spice Latte (PSL) to stores which promoted the Food Babe to announce why we shouldn’t drink PSL. That led to Snopes’ dissection of the Food Babe’s accusations and reminding us to everything with a grain of salt nutmeg.

Food Babe PSL Dessection

All I know is that I prefer not to ingest food coloring and HFC and as much I do love pumpkin everything in the fall, it’s still way too hot down here in Florida to even think pumpkin yet.  However, it’s never to early to pin and plan pumpkin dishes! I’m planning to make some of our favorite pumpkin dishes once the weather cools, like this Skinnytaste’s Pumpkin Spiced Latte or Skinnytaste’s Pumpkin White Bean Chili.

Pumpkin Turkey Chili

Or this new to me overnight oatmeal pumpkin recipe by Rabbit Food For my Teeth.

pumpkin oats

My friend, Jennifer of Peanut Butter and Peppers, shared an AH-Mazing recipe roundup of pumpkin goodies.


While it’s pumpkin everything season, it’s also fig season.  I stumbled upon this amazing fig bread by Purely Twins that I can’t wait to try.


But before we start digging into piles of pumpkin goodies, I want to embrace and enjoy Labor Day weekend. Two weeks into the back to school hustle and bustle and I’m ready for a long weekend, because this Mom Taxi schedule is kicking my butt!

We have two cook-out pool parties this weekend with the first one happening today at my friend’s, Chrissy, house. Years ago, our lives were filled with play dates and we saw each other almost every day. These days, life has us going in all different directions between jobs, sports and other after- school activities. I love that we still find time to reconnect as friends. I truly treasure moments like this.

Tomorrow, we’re heading to my sister’s house for another cookout with the family. I feel so blessed to be given two days to spend time with the people I love.

Here’s what on the dinner menu for two cookouts and the rest of the week. Since the cookouts will be primarily carnivorous, I moved our meatless day to Tuesday.

Sunday – Salsa Verde Pepper Jack Burgers with Quinoa Tabbouleh

Monday – Tequila Lime Grilled Shrimp Lettuce Wraps and DeConstructed Egg Rolls

Meatless Tuesday – Baked Penne with Spinach and Sundried Tomato

Wednesday – Grilled NY Strip Steak with Chimichurri and Black Beans and Rice

Thursday – Brinner (Breakfast for Dinner) Made to Order Omelets and Homefries

Friday – Pizza

PinningPlanning RunDMT Pinning and Planning Our Dinner Menu   Week of August 24 What are your Labor Day Plans? What interesting recipes and pumpkin dishes are you pinning and planning? What’s on your dinner menu this week?


  1. Stacey says:

    Last year I tried the SB Pumpkin late and thought it was one of the most disgusting things I’d ever had. I know I’m in the minority tho. However I do love pumpkin recipes & can’t wait to try your oatmeal smoothy. Do you like Pumpkin icecream? I have an unhealthy addiction and keep pinning different variations

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