roasted pumpkin

Jessica’s having a baby!

Let me tell you. Nothing is as exciting to me as people having babies. Anytime anyone ever excitedly says I have news! I immediately think that person is having baby. It’s what my heart wants for them. Oh, you got a new job…you mean, you’re not with child? Oh, oh, okay. OH! Congratulations, I mean. That’s exciting too!

But really. Babies. I am elated to see Jessica as a mama. She is going to deck that baby out in neon and sprinkles and they’re going to be the cutest duo of all time.

But in all seriousness, I think she’s going to be a heck of a mom. The number of people that jumped in for this virtual baby shower is evidence of her incredibly caring and thoughtful nature. The amount of love that she pours out into this food blogging world is, I imagine, only a little snippet of the care she’s going to devote to being a good mama. Despite the fact that she likes to portray herself as nothing but a TV watching, slightly neurotic, trashed-up food genius…I think we can all see that she’s the real deal. Her little nugget is so lucky to have her. I just can’t wait to see it (on the internet for now, and I SWEAR in real life one day).

Okay, bacon. Because this is Jessica we’re talking about. Not only did I put bacon on top of this pizza, but I caramelized the onions in bacon grease. Oh yes I did.

pumpkin pizza

And I so badly wish this little baby shower here was in real life, because ONE, I haven’t ever met Jessica in real life, but it’s a life goal. And TWO…there’d be so much incredibly good trashed up food (seriously, go look at that list down there!) Alas, I can only imagine, which is a shame. But in my imagination, we’d all eat and drink and then take a group nap.

Naps! Babies! Bacon! This is my kind of party.

pumpkin pizza with bacon

roasted pumpkin pizza


for the sauce

  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 C crushed, fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1/4 C pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/4 t pepper
  • dash of balsamic vinegar

add the oil to a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for a minute or so, or until fragrant. Then add the rest of the ingredients and cook on low until the sauce is heated through and everything is incorporated. set aside.

for the pizza

  • 2 C cubed pumpkin, roasted (I bought a bag of pre-cut pumpkin from Trader Joes!)
  • 2 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 1/2 C gruyere cheese
  • 1/2 medium onion, caramelized in a tablespoon of bacon grease (cook on low/medium heat for about 20-30 minutes!)
  • roasted pumpkin seeds for garnish (optional, and in my case, forgotten. Whoops.)


my pumpkin with his pizza

how sweet

trashed up salads

  1. Gimme Some Oven – Asian Broccoli Salad with Peanut Sauce

  2. The Lemon Bowl – Brussels Slaw with Tahini Dressing and Za’atar Crostini

  3. With Style & Grace – Kale Salad with Apple, Hazelnuts & Bacon

trashed up cocktails

  1. Dine & Dish – Hot Buttered Rum Cocktail

  2. Food For My Family – Cranberry Orange Dark and Stormy Cocktail

  3. Minimalist Baker – Bourbon Pumpkin Milkshakes

  4. Stylish, Stealthy & (sometimes) Healthy – Apple Cider Shandy

  5. A Spicy Perspective – Preggy Punch Mocktail

  6. Girl vs. Dough – Boozy Maple Peanut Butter Cup Milkshake

  7. Honestly Yum – Maple Bacon Pisco Sour

  8. Cookin Canuck – Pink Grapefruit Margaritas

  9. A Thought For Food – Mezcal Citrico Cocktail

  10. A House in the Hills – Pomegranate Rosemary Spritzer

  11. The Novice Chef – Ginger Bourbon Apple Cider

  12. Bran Appetit – Citrus Cider Punch Floats

trashed up burgers

  1. Edible Perspective – Meatloaf Veggie Burgers with Mashed Potatoes + Gravy

  2. The Little Kitchen – Salmon BLT Sliders with an Avocado Aioli & Brie

  3. Daisy At Home – Balsamic Beef Burger with Mac and Cheese

  4. Cookies & Cups – Candied Bacon Maple Cheddar Burger

  5. Climbing Grier Mountain – Trashed-Up Steak Burger with Chicken Fried Bacon & Dijon Gravy

  6. Dessert For Two – Bleu Cheese Burgers + Sweet Potato Fries

  7. Country Clever – Fig Rosemary Roast Chicken Brie Brussels Sprout Panini

  8. Foodie Crush – The Best Cheeseburger Soup

  9. Lady and Pups – Spicy Sambal Chicken Meatball Sub with Eggs

  10. Two Peas & Their Pod – Sweet Potato and Kale Grilled Cheese

  11. Bake Your Day – Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich

trashed up tacos

  1. Spoon Fork Bacon – Crunchy Ground Beef and Cheesy Tacos

  2. The Fauxmartha – Boozy Beef and Butternut Tacos

  3. With Food + Love – Harvest Hash Breakfast Tacos

  4. Mountain Mama Cooks – Crispy Kale and Brussels Sprout Tacos with Bacon

  5. Heather Christo – Bahn Mi Tacos with Spicy Sriracha Honey Sauce

  6. A Couple Cooks – Loaded Huevos Rancheros Tacos

  7. Fitnessista – San Diego Lobster Street Tacos

trashed up desserts

  1. Table for Two – Salted Caramel, Dark Chocolate, and Brown Butter Shortbread Bars with Sprinkles

  2. My Name is Yeh – Mini Vanilla Loaf Cakes, All Trashed Up

  3. Picky Palate – Pumpkin Spice Butterscotch Sprinkle Cupcakes

  4. Sprinkle Bakes – Cake Batter Confetti Cupcakes

  5. Averie Cooks – Easy Homemade Funfetti Cake with Vanilla Buttercream

  6. Sweet Phi – Trashed Up Shortbread Cookie Bars

  7. Love & Olive Oil – Loaded Junk Food Brownies

  8. Lauren’s Latest – Bakery Sugar Cookies

  9. Cookie + Kate – Peanut Butter, Banana, Honey and Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies

  10. Flourishing Foodie – Triple Layer Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel Buttercream Frosting

  11. The Sugar Hit – Salted Caramel Popcorn Ice Cream Cake

  12. Hummingbird High – Breakfast Cereal Cake Donuts

  13. Top With Cinnamon – Triple Chocolate Vanilla Swirl Crumb Cake

  14. Bake at 350 – Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sundaes

  15. Simple Bites – Lemon Layer Cake

  16. Bakerella – Baby Block Cake Pops

  17. She Wears Many Hats -  Chocolate Covered Grapefruit

  18. Bakers Royale – Trash’d Street Tacos

trashed up pizza

  1. Bev Cooks – Beer Battered Fried Calamari Pizza

  2. Rachel Cooks – Apple and Chicken Sausage Pizza with Macaroni and Cheese Stuffed Crust

  3. Foodie With Family – Trashed Up Barbecue Turkey Pizza

  4. Shutterbean – Pesto Potato Bacon Pizza

  5. i am a food blog – Grilled Cheese Pizza

  6. My Life as a Mrs – Chili Cheese Dog Pizza

  7. Simply Scratch – Steak + Blue Cheese Pizza with Crispy Fried Shallots and Honey Balsamic Drizzle

  8. The Beeroness – Beer Cheese Tater Tot Pizza

  9. Yes I Want Cake – Roasted Pumpkin Pizza

  10. Two Red Bowls – Bacon Mashed Potato Pizza

  11. Dula Notes – Pork Bahn Mi Pizza

  12. Weelicious – Trashed Up Mexican Pizza Pockets

  13. Take a Megabite – Roasted Beet Pizza

  14. Hungry Girl Por Vida – Hard Cider Braised Pork with Sour Cherries and Cheesy Polenta

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