Hello October

Hello October.  And happy birthday month to my sweet, Emma Rose.  Although she squeaked by only hours before November began, she was and will always be an October baby.  So, since one day is not enough to tell her how much she means to me and since Halloween is already shared with so many other littles, I will be helping her celebrate all month long by sharing a round-up of her current favorite things, baking special cakes and whipping up special treats.  And providing lots of old and new photos that we have collected since we welcomed her, over the next handful of weeks as well.

flash ghost pancakes

To kick things off, we started this morning out with these ghost pancakes.

Just make a batch of your favorite pancakes and top with syrup and a big swirl of redi-whip.  Then, add two chocolate chips for the eyes.

ghost pancakes up close

{Make sure to let the pancakes cool a bit, so that the whipped cream doesn’t melt too fast} and enjoy!

Happy October!

My Life Lately {As Told Through Photos}

We have officially leaped into a new season and it happens to be my favorite one of all.  My husband and I got married in the fall, our first child was born in the fall, and then there’s apple picking and pumpkin picking and homemade apple pie.  And watching adorable babies get dressed up for Halloween and the absolutely amazing fall foliage, which is hands down what I love most about living in the northeast.  Then, there is Thanksgiving and football, and as you and can see the list can go on for days.  So, here are just a few snapshots of our sweet, sweet autumn so far.

5 year anniversary{Five years of marriage and one littlest best friend as a result}

hand pies{Apple hand-pies}

pumpkin patch{Pumpkins for days}

pumpkin patch 2{Prettiest pumpkin in the patch}

fall foliage{Fall foliage}

chili{A big bowl of chili on a crisp East Hampton day}

fall decorating{Fall decorating with my little helper}

fall giveaway 3{Plaid scarves and pumpkin souffle scented candles}

10685336_335226926649368_7483736604216417267_n{Wheelbarrow fun}

1010779_335226883316039_4414258868299662151_n{Wolffer wine stand}

10609478_331688143669913_6847858148698827245_n{Leftover dutch apple pie heated up for breakfast}

scoop du jour{Just horsing around}

Happy Fall!


In The Kitchen: Apple Pie Pops

I really enjoy finding new and different goodies to bring with me to people’s homes or to serve up at parties.  This one is so simple and the absolute perfect treat for fall.  These apple pie pops will be making an appearance at Emma’s birthday party this October and are easy enough to make any night of the week for a special dessert.

3 pie pops

I based the ingredients for these pops off of the apple filling in my mom’s very own homemade dutch apple pie recipe (just scaling down the measurements…by a lot)!

ingredients for apple pie pops


  • 3 medium to large baking apples
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 packages refrigerated, rolled pie crust
  • egg wash (using 1 egg yolk)
  • circle cookie cutter or top of a glass
  • sugar for sprinkling before baking (optional)
  • lollipop sticks
  • parchment paper
  • ribbon for decorating

uncooked apple pie pops


1.     Preheat oven to 425 degrees and line baking sheet with parchment paper.

2.     Mix together the diced apples, melted butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice, flour, salt, sugar and light brown sugar.

3.     Use a circle cookie cutter or the top of a glass to cut out circles that are approximately 3 inches tall and 3 inches across from the refrigerated pie crust.

4.     Assemble the pie pops by first wetting the edges of a dough circle.  Then, place a lollipop stick in the center.  Top with about 1 tablespoon (or more) of your apple filling.  Wet the edges of a second dough circle and place it on top of the first, with the wet edges down.  Seal the two edges together by crimping all the way around with a fork or with the end of another unused lollipop stick.

5.     Brush with egg wash and sprinkle lightly with sugar.

6.     Place pops on baking sheet (if you assembled elsewhere) and bake in preheated oven for about 12 minutes or until golden.

7.     Let cool and tie with a ribbon of your choice.

pie pop single


  • I definitely used a little more than 1 tablespoon of the apple filling per pop, so that each one was chock full of the good stuff, but just make sure you don’t have so much filling that the second dough circle won’t fit on top of the first one to close.
  • To make things super convenient, I assembled the pie pops right on the baking sheet, so there was no need to transfer them.
  • I was only able to fit 5 or 6 on one sheet, so that they weren’t laying too close to one another.  You can make in batches or use more than one baking sheet at a time.
  • If you don’t need a whole lot of these for a party or get-together, you can easily bake only a few at a time.  Just reserve any leftover apple filling in an airtight, sealed container in the refrigerator and use to make more pops as you wish.
  • To display, lay neatly in rows in a basket over a fun dishcloth or large decorative cloth napkin, sticking out of a small haystack or placed in a lollipop stand, like this one shown HERE.
  • Or skip the sticks all-together and serve them as hand pies.

hand pies


Pumpkin + Rose Fall Favorites Giveaway Winner

First off, thanks so much to all of those who participated in the Pumpkin + Rose Fall Favorites Giveaway…our first giveaway ever!  We had a great time viewing all of your fall favorites and appreciate you following us and ‘liking’ our page along the way. 


The winner, who was selected at random, is Jaimie Hinshelwood / @jaimielynn617.  Please email gina@pumpkinandrose.com to redeem your prizes.  Thanks again to all for your support!

xo gina & pumpkin + rose



Rainy Day Essentials

Rainy days call for certain essentials, such as sleeping-in, late afternoon movies and casual pieces that look as pulled-together as they are easy to find in your drawers year-round.  And a hot cup of cocoa for good measure never hurts.

rainy day essentials{super old THE NORTH FACE rain jacket, similar HERE and HERE / J.CREW color-block football tee / cuffed AG ADRIANO GOLDSCHMIED dark blue ‘the stilt’ cigarette leg jeans, on sale now via BLUEFLY/ STARBUCKS vanilla brulee hot cocoa (with a Hershey’s chocolate square thrown in for fun) / CONVERSE CHUCK TAYLOR low sneaker}

Happy Thursday!