The Organized Life, October Paint Bucket

My monthly “Paint Bucket” is a list of recipes to refer to for cooking ideas and inspirations for the upcoming month. It is my way of organizing my meals and menus by choosing 16-18 recipes that are seasonal and appetizing, thus saving a lot of time endlessly browsing through Pinterest boards and saved recipes all month long

I also think it’s fun to have a theme or Flavor of the Month and choose recipes that either have the ingredient or go with the theme

The theme for October is,

you guessed it,


If you don’t like Pumpkin,

don’t worry, there are plenty of other tasty recipes too!


Buttery finger cocktail from

Cheesy Pie Crust Parmesan Sticks from HGTV

Apple Cheddar Pizza w/ Caramelized Onions, Walnuts from Oh My Veggies

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Dip from Delish

Side Dish

Sweet Potato and Bacon Skewers from Home Cooking Memories

Roasted Sunchokes with Herbs from Blogghetti

Pumpkin Risotto with Walnuts & Bleu Cheese from Krumpli

Main Dish

Pumpkin Cheese Stuffed Bolognese Pasta Bake from Half Baked Harvest

Broccoli Cheddar Soup Mini Pies from Half Baked Harvest

Chili and Cornbread Casserole from Plain Chicken

Butternut Squash Noodles w/ Prosciutto and Sage from Food Network


Butterscotch Cashew Bars from Bake or Break

Pumpkin Trifles from Southern Living

Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffins from Sally’s Baking Addiction

Easy 5 Minute Moist Peanut Butter Mug Cake from Lifestyle of a Foodie


Pumpkin Walnut Spirals from the Painted Apron Archives

Here’s what I made from the September Paint Bucket

The flavor of the month was Rainbow Vegetable

Broccoli Bacon Salad with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

from Haphazard Homemaker was the inspiration for

Rainbow Roasted Vegetable Galette

I also made a new version of one of my favorite galettes,

this one is full of fresh corn and zucchini

Zucchini and Corn Galette

Zucchini Enchilada Roll-ups from Closet Cooking was the inspiration for

this super easy Tex-Mex Chicken Corn & Black Bean Lasagna,

HHjr shared his recipe and technique

for Mongolian Beef with Vegetable Stir Fried Rice

I didn’t have a chance to make this, 

but don’t be surprised if you see it in the next few weeks

Almond Amaretto Pound Cake from Dixie Crystals and The Novice Chef

In the meantime, Fall is the perfect time to enjoy 

Million Dollar Pound Cake with Toffee Almond Crown

Million $ Pound Cake

My crew loves Chex Mix, and I was going to make Caramel Nut Snack Mix

from Butter with a Side of Bread

But it sounded very sweet,

so I made my more traditional salty mix

adding sesame sticks, pumpkin seeds

and peanut M & Ms for just a touch of sweet

Autumn Snack Mix

And here we are, Happy October!

I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

Meal Plan Monday   Love Your Creativity  Over the Moon

Between Naps on the Porch,  Celebrate Your Story,

All About Home/ Common Ground Follow the Yellow Brick Home

 Tasty Tuesday   Oh My Heartsie Girl Turn About Tuesday 

 Full Plate Thursday  Centerpiece Wednesday Creative Crafts

Thursday Favorite Things  Creatively Crafty   Creative Cumpulsions

18 Responses to “The Organized Life, October Paint Bucket”
  1. Happy October, Jenna! As I was looking over the flavor of the month, you had me at pumpkin risotto! And if that wasn’t enough, I then see pumpkin cheesecake muffins. Your September Paint Bucket offered so many delicious looking recipes. Enjoy this gorgeous weather!

  2. Rita C. says:

    Happy October, Jenna! Oh, that almond amaretto pound cake looks delicious! I checked out the ingredients……

  3. thefrenchhutch says:

    Adorable pumpkin centerpiece. October sure has my attention with so many delicious recipes and meal ideas. The cake certainly would be a hit here! Happy October Jenna……

  4. Martha says:

    I’ll be popping back over when I start working on my menu plan for next week – yummy!

  5. My mouth is watering, looking at that list — lots of really good sounding recipes there. And I ADORE your radish/asparagus painting. It’s fabulous!

  6. Shelia says:

    It’s a little cool over here in Georgia, but oh so pretty. I am sitting here reading all your wonderful October offerings and it just doesn’t get any better than this. I am really crushing on the Million $ Pound cake with a hot cup o’ joe. Thanks, Jenna, for ushering in October with a vitrual cornucopia of ideas. Shelia

  7. Sweet potato and bacon skewers sound good! Happy October Jenna:@)

  8. Nancy says:

    Happy October sweet Jenna! Delicious recipes galore for us to explore! Yum!

  9. marilyn1998 says:

    Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn

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