Favorite Fall Recipe and.. A Giveaway!

Last night I thought it would be fun to try something different for dinner, so I picked a new recipe from the Slow Cooker Classics from Around the World cookbook — Chardonnay Pumpkin Sausage Sauce. It was a BIG hit!! I loved it because it was quick, and very easy to make. It’s perfect for an Autumn dinner with ingredients like pumpkin, sage, and cinnamon. Also?? Can I tell you how GOOD my house smelled while this was simmering away in the slow cooker??


Want to make some? ((Of course you do!)) Luckily, I get to share the recipe with you Β — Thanks to Seller’s Publishing for permission to re-post AND for sponsoring a giveaway of this great cookbook!)

Chardonnay Pumpkin Sausage Sauce

1 pound pork sausage, like Jimmy Dean
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (this was the only thing I omitted, since the girls ate it too.)
1 cup chopped sweet onions, like Vidalia
10 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon snipped fresh sage
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
1/2 cup chardonnay wine
1 1/2 cups College Inn White Wine & Herb Culinary Broth (may substitute regular chicken broth)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon sugar

Place sausage and red pepper flakes in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Cook sausage for 2 minutes, breaking it into small pieces with a wooden spoon. Add onions and garlic and saute, sitrring frequently, for 2 more minutes. Transfer sausage mixture to a 4 quart slow cooker.

Add pumpkin puree, wine, broth, salt,Β cinnamon, and sugar to slow cooker. Stir until all ingredients are well combined and smooth. Cover slow cooker and cook on low setting for 3 1/2 hours. Serve over pasta or transfer to covreed containers to refrigerate or freeze until needed. Makes 8 cups.

I have to say, this dish tastes even BETTER the next day — perfect for leftovers for the next day’s lunch!

There are so many inspiring recipes in this book and in all the books from the Good Food at Home Series. There are four other books in the series:

Quick, Cheap Comfort Food
Leftover Makeovers
Weeknight Desserts
Make-Ahead Meals

I like that all of the Good Food at Home cookbooks are designed for busy families on a budget — a big plus!!

Now the fun part — One lucky Frugal Family Fun Blog reader will win a copy of Slow Cooker Classics from Around the World by Victoria Shearer!! To enter for your chance to win, leave a comment on this post sharing what you love most about Autumn. Giveaway is open to U.S. readers only, and winner will be chosen at random. This giveaway ends Saturday, October 15 @ 6:30pm EST. I just LOVE giveaway, don’t you?? For official giveaway rules, click here.

Good luck!!

Giveaway is now closed, and the winner is…. Allison! Congratulations!!! A big thank you to everyone who entered this fun giveaway!! Another great giveaway starts soon!
* Disclosure — I was provided with a copy of each of the cookbooks from the Good Food at Home series to facilitate my review. No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.


  1. I love the color in the leaves of north! Wow! So beautiful! I also love planting a fall planting of cold weather plants in our green house. I love the squashy meals that happen in the fall!

  2. Kristen mcveay says

    I love Autumn because it reminds me of childhood for some reason. It makes you want to get the kids outside and just be outdoors. Autumn is the beginning of family time of the year. The smell in the air. It is the perfect time of year.

  3. I love autumn because it’s harvest time (I grew up in an Idaho farming community), you can break out the sweaters, and the air smells wonderful.

  4. It doesn’t usually feel like “fall” where I live, so I try to convince myself otherwise, so I love all off the yummy fall smells and flavors-apple, cinnamon, ginger, pumpkin, etc.

  5. I love making soups and chili in the Fall. I also love all the festivals and pumpkin patches this time of year. They’re not really pumpkin patches, so much as they are crates with pumpkins piled on top, but that’s okay. We have beautiful beaches and are never buried under snow here in Florida πŸ™‚

  6. I absolutely LOVE the weather cooling down. I live in the middle of the desert and it gets so hot. Even though it is is October, this weekend is still supposed to be around 95 or so degrees! Yucky! I just love when it cools down and we get to enjoy delicious comforting foods, bundling up in blankets and watching the kids play outside and enjoy it. I just love it!

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  7. The weather!!! I think the perfect outfit consists of long sleeves, jeans, and sandals πŸ™‚

  8. I love the smell outside…..warm and toasty with a touch of fire

  9. Akane Everitt says

    I love all the pumpkin flavors that come out…pumpkin bread, pumpkin spice lattes….it’s just an array of pumpkin heaven out there! =) http://www.jugglingwithkids.com/

  10. The golden glow of the sun that is different from the brighter summer sun.

  11. I love the colors of fall.

  12. The cool crisp winds that are fresh, plus gives me a chance to sit around the bonfires

  13. my family goes apple picking every fall and has since before i was born. now i take my own kids and they love it! i also love having fresh apples to eat and yummy apples to make apple pie with! πŸ™‚

  14. I love the fall colors. It’s so beautiful outside! I also love the cooler weather, so I can bake without sweating!

  15. The fresh, crisp air….with the smell of wood burning fireplace!!!

  16. A true fall to me is crisp air tinged with the smell of autumn leaves crushed underfoot. The colors of the maple leaves, pumpkins and the tastes of autumn fare are always a hit in my house. Of course, the pumpkin coffee is a hit with me personally.

  17. Wow… it’s so hard to pick my favorite thing about fall. It could be the crisp in the air, the magnificent colors, bulky sweaters, the smell of the air, or all the wonderful fall holidays. I just can’t decide!

  18. I love baking! Turning on the oven on cool mornings is the best.

  19. Turtlenecks! Mama looks gooooood in turtleneck weather! πŸ™‚ Okay. I like the would stove, knitting, apples, pumpkins, raking leaves and Indian Summer days too.

  20. What’s not to love about Fall? The cooler weather, leaves changing colors, caramel apples, apple cider, the pumpkin patch, yummy comfort food… It’s our favorite time of year! :o)

  21. That we can play outside again with out getting a sun burn automatically.

  22. I love going to pick pumpkins with my children

  23. Every fall I buy Little M a bunch of little pumpkins and Indian corn. We use them as decorations but she is allowed to play with them. Every year she carries them everywhere and this year she has used them to make designs on the floor. That is a my favorite thing about fall=) (and using my crock pot…but we do that all year long!)

  24. The crisp air and the smells – leaves, fires, pumpkin guts, straw in the hayrides…ahhhh.

  25. I can’t wait to start using the crockpot more to cook with my 3 year olds this fall!

  26. Apples. I love apples. I think we’ve gone through over 250 apples in the past two weeks making desserts, apple sauce, and simply eating them.

  27. I love getting to wear my big comfy sweaters. πŸ™‚

  28. The colors and going to a pumpkin patch!

  29. I love autumn for our yearly field trip. We take a tractor hay ride to pick apples from the orchard, pumpkins from the pumpin patch, and play on a giant slide, Mommy too, can’t let the kid have all the fun!

  30. I love the cooler weather, the colors and pumpkin! πŸ™‚

  31. I love the cooler weather, but most of all I love the leaves changing color. SO beautiful!!!

  32. I love how the weather is nice enough to go for nature walks with my daughter, and I don’t have to worry as much about sunburn or heat exhaustion. And I love how I feel after the walks as well!

  33. Awesome! What I love most about autumn are lazy rainy afternoons with hot cocoa, fireplace and puzzles.

  34. That pasta dish sounds delicious! I think I may try it soon. My favorite thing about autumn is the crisp weather. I love wearing boots, scarves, and sweaters. I love the warm comfort foods that I look forward to using my crockpot. I love the start of the festive coffee drinks that once again are available.

  35. i love sitting on my porch in the dark on those cold mornings. just for a few minutes before the kiddos are up and going.

  36. Thanks so much for the giveaway. I love crunching through the leaves! Also, the cooler weather, which hasn’t so much happened yet this year πŸ™‚

  37. That looks REALLY good, although I’m not sure I would be brave enough to try pumpkin puree, wine, cinnamon, and sausage together (sounds like an odd combo!) without someone telling me how good it is. Now I’m Very curious! Not to mention hungry.

  38. I love the days in a classroom where there is a nice breeze blowing and everything seems so fresh and exciting. I even used to have a classroom where we’d see deer running through the fields.

  39. I love everything about autumn. I love the leaves changing color, the apple picking, the trips to the pumpkin patch, the pumpkin recipes, and so much more!

  40. My favorite thing about autumn are the smells…the leaves, cider brewing, pumpkin pie spices, etc…

  41. I love the colors, the leaves on the ground, the crispy air… Apple picking, pumpkins everywhere. I can’t pick one favorite thing!

  42. I love the smell of autumn, when you walk outside the front door and feel your nose getting chilly, and the world smells like woodsmoke, crunched-up leaves, and excitement.

  43. I love everything about fall! It’s my favorite season. I think what I love most though is walking in the woods on a crisp fall day when the leaves are turning – just appreciating the brilliance of the colors.

  44. I LOVE the colors that fall brings!

  45. Kimberly Schotz says

    My favorite part of Autumn is the cooler temperatures

  46. We’ve had such a wonderful, warm fall this year. I love it when the trees change colors and walking through the fallen leaves. I also enjoy all the pumpking flavored treats!

  47. I love fall. The leaves changing colors, football games, pumpkin and apple picking, sweaters and boots come back, Pumpkin Spice Latte returns! All very good things.

  48. My favorite thing about Autumn is the color changing on the leaves. It reminds me how beautiful God created the world!

  49. I love all the pumpkin recipes that come out in fall. This year I especially like seeing my young son comprehend and explore the changing season. It’s given that reason to slow down and enjoy the discoveries all over again through his eyes.

  50. Whats not to love about autumn? The cooler weather, the colors, jeans, boots, sweaters… the food (I love to bake during the fall/winter months). There is even something I just love about shorter days and longer nights. The holidays, family, fun.

  51. I love autumn because it has traditionally been a time of year that God surprises me with something – he has given me a husband, a baby, a new job, and many other blessings in the fall.

  52. It’s all about the weather. I love the mellow fall weather, when the leaves are just starting to turn and the nights are cool.

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  53. Krista Tjossem says

    I LOVE my crockpot in the fall- it makes soup on a daily basis. πŸ™‚ And I love that my son was born in the fall.

  54. SOUP!!! I love to cook it and eat it. It’s so filling and comforting.

  55. The cooler weather, football and gumbo! πŸ™‚
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  56. I love being able to sleep with our bedroom window open again!

  57. I love going apple and pumpkin picking with the kids this time of year. It’s so much fun to watch them and then to come home and let them help make all the goodies like apple crisp, apple bread, etc. With the cooler weather here I am so ready to pull out my crockpot. Thanks for the chance to win!

  58. I love the smells, the colors, and the clear, azure sky!

    Thanks for the awesome blog!

  59. The baking! Pumpkin, apple, cinnamon . . . !!!

  60. MamaFeelgood says

    Apple cider…yum!

  61. Lorrie (pinklady705) says

    My favorite thing about Autumn is the cooler weather. After a long scorching summer in Texas…the cooler weather is a welcome change. I enjoy being able to get out of the house without sweating to death,not having to keep the a/c cranked 24/7, and the biggy, time to turn on the oven and cook up some warm comfort food.

  62. I love walking through crisp, dry, leaves on a sunny Autumn day.

  63. Yum! My favorite thing for autumn is picking pumpkins with the kids – and then painting and carving them for Halloween.

  64. I love the crisp air, great sweaters, and pumpkin patches!!!

  65. It’s hard to say what I love “most” about autumn… I love almost all of it! The weather, the smells, the sights, family time, getting cozy under a blanket with my son and some hot cocoa – so much!
    Thanks for this kind opportunity. My husband and I were just discussing utilizing our slow cooker more!

  66. Sarah Pickering says

    I love autumn because its the time of year where all the things I love to cook are plentiful. Its a great time to start by freezing for later.

  67. I love the smells of fall. . .soups, roasts, baked goods! I also love building a fire in the fireplace, cuddling with my loved ones and enjoying family time.

  68. I love puddle jumping in the rain with my 3 year old!

  69. It’s so hard to choose just one thing I love about fall! I love the smell of leaves, crisp air, apples, cinnamon and I love most of the foods of fall, anything with apples, squash, pumpkin. I love the autumn and harvest festivals too.

  70. I love wearing clothes that hide the fact that I went to the ice cream shop down the street a few too many times with the kids this summer! I love having an excuse to use my crockpot, and pretty pie plates and casserole dishes that were secluded in the cabinet over the summer. I love apple picking, and pressing every perfect leaf that the kids find, until the phone book is filled with red and orange and yellow leaves! I love the post from Kate who loves pumpkin guts! woo hoo! too fun!

  71. Fall Festivals, back to school, both my kids birthdays, but most of all…cooler weather. Houston’s too hot.