Home Made Pumpkin Empanadas in a Tiny Kitchen

Fall is here y’all 🍊 and we have been busy managing a pumpkin patch for Halloween (really cool workamping gig!) And we had a BUNCH of leftover sugar pumpkins! We gave away a lot of the big and small ones to local farmers (pigs, chickens, turtles, dogs, turkeys, etc) so I feel we paid it pretty well forward! I kept about 20 pumpkins to make pumpkin everything I can find lol. I FOUND some recipes on Pinterest, and then spiced it up for what worked for me! Now enough talking…lets get cooking!!



  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 TBLSP white sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter, unsalted and CUT INTO CUBES
  • 2 eggs whisked
  • 2-4 TBLSP milk


  • 2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp cloves
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • (If you want to do it an even easier way, don’t use this spice mix above, use the pumpkin pie spice!)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 TBLSP butter unsalted


  • 1 egg whisked
  • White sugar for sprinkling


First start with the dough, it needs to chill for a few minutes anyway.

Add flour, sugar, butter, and salt into a bowl and mix til combined. Add the cubed butter and then I use a butter knife to cut it repeatedly until it is all crumbly like. Pour eggs and 2 TBLSP milk and mix. I really get in there and use my hands! You want to make it to a ball..of its too crumbly add 1 TBLSP of milk at a time til it all sticks together. Cut it in half, wrap each half in cling wrap and Stick in fridge until you are done with the puree. Cold dough is easier to mess with than warm dough.

NOW onto the filling. Preheat oven to 350 now or right after this step!

In a saucepan on medium heat, melt butter, add puree, brown sugar and all the spices, vanilla, and salt. Stir and cook til the sugar is melted and the mix looks darker. Taste it and you may have to add sugar…I usually do. Remove from heat and let cool.

While that cools
Pull out a dough ball and some wax paper. Sprinkle flour on the paper and lay your dough down. Roll it out in a thin sheet…or do like I did if you don’t have a roller and just press repeatedly and stretch the dough out. More work, but you do what you have to lol. Then I use a big cup and cut out big circles. Then I stretch those out til it’s a big flat circle that I can make decent sized empanadas with…its up to you how big, thin, or thick you want. I do a mix of thin and thick bc I love CRUST 🙂

NEXT, the fun begins….

 Take a dough circle, put about a spoonful of puree in the middle. Fold it over, making a cresecent shape if you can,  then use a fork and press the edges of the empanadas down with it to make the pretty edge:) DON’T FORGET TO USE THE OTHER DOUGH BALL IN YOUR FRIDGE!

BUTTER THE SHIT OUT OF YOUR COOKING PAN!! Unless you have a good non stick one. I only lost the bottoms on a few good soldiers❤ Then put each empanada on the pan as you make them.

 Prepare THE EGG WASH (the one egg you whisk) and the Sugar for sprinkling. Brush the wash over each one and then sprinkle sugar all over them. The more you do the more candied the crust will be! And experiment! Then poke a hole in each to allow heat out.

Cook for 20 minutes or so…until golden brown. Remove, let cool, and enjoy!!🍊❤🥐

Easy Pumpkin Puree in my Tiny Kitchen

Here is a quick way to get the most out of your pumpkins from Halloween and Thanksgiving decor. It is best to use sugar pumpkins (the smaller ones but with thick stems) or white pumpkins give a different yummy flavor🍊

1.Preheat Oven to 400°

2. Cut pumpkin in half

3. Scoop out insides (bake seeds if you want!)

4. Bake 30-40 minutes upside down in a pan a fingernail full of water. Until the outside skin is soft

5. Take out, flip over to let heat escape and cool down a few mins

6. Dig out all the pumpkin

7. Mash or blend it!

You can can in a jar or freeze the mix in ziplocks! I did 2 cup bags and 1 cup bags in my freezer. Each pumpkin yields 2-3 cups.

Enjoy ❤

Best Homemade Mediterranean Pizza Dough & Sauce Recipe!

We have given up on store bought, delivery, and frozen pizzas. IT will just never be as healthy as home made pizza with the right ingredients! Below is a combination of recipes I have found, and my family agrees on this one:) Don’t be scared to experiment, it is easier than you think.


In a small bowl-

2 1/4 teaspoons yeast

1 teaspoon brown sugar

1 1/2 cups of warm water

A Large Bowl-

1 teaspoon garlic salt

2 tablespoons olive oil

3 1/3 cups all purpose flour

1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning (optional)

1 Tablespoon Minced Garlic or 1 Garlic Clove (Optional)- We love Garlic here so I always cook with it when I can


Ingredients for dough. Obviously I don’t have all the organic ingredients, but this will do for anyone trying to do their own pizza!


1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast and brown sugar in the water. Let Sit 10 minutes. While you are waiting, you can dump your flour into the large bowl.

2. Stir the salt and oil into the small bowl with yeast solution.

3. Poor liquid solution, Minced Garlic (optional), and Italian Seasoning (optional)  into the flour slowly while mixing. I like to use my hands for this whole recipe. It gets a little messy but you really get a good mix going.

4. Next, Grab your flour board or a clean flat area to roll your flour. Sprinkle flour on the area and pound, roll, and massage that flour ball like there is no tomorrow. I do this for about 2 minutes or so.

5. You can leave the pizza whole, or split into pieces. I will split this dough ball into 2 pieces if making separate pizzas for my girls. They like to decorate them with the toppings.. so it can also  be a family event!

6. Sprinkle some of the oil on the sides and bottom of the large bowl. Place flour ball into bowl. Sprinkle some oil over that. Place a damp warm towel over the top of the bowl. I have even used seran wrap here, but it rises faster with the damp towel. I don’t know why..

7. Let it rise for about an hour, maybe less. At least until it is double in size.

8. About 30 minutes into doubling, start the sauce!

Pizza Sauce Recipe:

4-6 Ripe Tomatoes, chopped

2-3 Cloves of Garlic or 2 Tablespoons minced garlic

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

2 teaspoons sea salt

1/2 teaspoon white sugar

1 small can of Tomato Paste (OPTIONAL)- I like it to keep it thicker

1 Tablespoon Basil (Optional)

Pizza Sauce Ingredients

Pizza Sauce Ingredients


1. Medium Saucepan, cook garlic in olive oil for 5 minutes or until soft.

2. Add the Tomatoes, salt, and sugar. Raise the heat a little and cook rapidly. Stir Frequently and allow tomatoes to give off juices. WIll cook down to a thick mass, 15 minutes.

3. Watch and stir to ensure it does not scorch.

4. Add the tomato paste and basil here (optional). Heat Through.

5. Keep at a low heat until pizza dough is ready. PRE HEAT OVEN to 500 DEGREES. Kudos to you if you have a pizza stone. I don’t:(

Pizza Sauce Ready!

Pizza Sauce Ready!


The Dough should ready now!  GO ahead and spread some flour out on that area again, and place one roll ball on it. Start rolling it out. Mine did not look like circles at all when I first started this..I usually had long rounded rectangles…But I have finally established a circle as the official Crab Homestead Pizza!

Next, Smear a little olive oil on one side of pizza. Flip oil side down onto pizza pan. Smear sauce all over that bad boy!

Add Your Fixins!

We like Cheese, Mini pepperonis, Onions, Bell Peppers, Mushrooms, and more cheese! The choice is yours. This is where it gets all “Burger King” like. Go Ahead..Have it Your way 🙂

Cook for 8 Minutes or until Crust is Golden Brown.

Enjoy that amazing pan pizza!

The Yummy Pizza

The Yummy Pizza

I usually double this recipe, my husband and I share one (we like all the veggies), and the girls split one flour ball and make their own pizzas. This is usually done Friday nights and we have lots of lunch leftovers on Saturday. I hear money being saved as I eat! lol!

Here is a great book for Mediterranean Folks! I get lots of our recipes from here!

Great Mediterranean cook book

Great Mediterranean cook book

Zuppa Toscana Recipe- Olive Garden Soup Knock Off

I love Olive Garden’s Endless Soup and Salad…It has been 2 years since I have been to an Olive Garden though! I try to make all of our food fresh (no frozen dinners or lunches in this house!) and healthy! My kids (5 & 8) LOVE this soup and I love that they love it and eat all of the greens in it! Since changing to a healthy lifestyle last year (started juicing, eating more vegan based diets, then moving to mostly our chicken, our turkey, and wild caught fish from HEB…we used to eat mostly red meats and lots of Carbs. You know the Good Ole American Diet!) I try to not use as much pork or beef unless I buy it from local stores. However, I make exceptions b/c I am not a Nazi and I have to be realistic about food and what we want to eat. So anyways, here is the recipe that I found from food.com or allrecipes.com with a few changes. People love this recipe everytime I make it and it really does taste just like Olive Garden’s Famous Zuppa Toscana!


My Zuppa Toscana Recipe! mmm mmm mmm bizzle! Check out those crispy looking kale leaves!



1 lb. Italian Sausage (I look for the ground sausage or the sausages stuffed in that clear packaging that looks like brats. I cut them open and squeeze it into the pan)

3-4 Large Potatoes or 6-7 Small Ones

1 Large Onion, Chopped

2 cloves of garlic, minced or 2 Tablespoons minced garlic in a jar

16 ounces chicken broth

1 Quart Water

1 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream

1 bunch of Kale

4 slices of bacon (optional)

Salt and Pepper to taste


1. Brown the sausage in your soup pot; start cooking the bacon in a separate skillet too

2. Add Chicken Broth and Water to Pot

3. Drop Onions, potatoes, and garlic in the pot.

4. Cook on medium heat until potatoes are done (15-20 minutes on propane)

5. Add Bacon (optional)

6. Salt and pepper to taste

7. Simmer 10 minutes

8. Turn to low heat

9. Add Whipping Cream, heat through

10. Add Kale right before you serve it (5 minutes or less), the crispiness is amazing!

11. Add Red Pepper flakes for extra spice (a teaspoon or so)