Salutation Nation and Pumpkin Butter

by jessica on September 10, 2011

First Saturday of fall and it’s over 80 degrees. Jeez. I want my cool temps back!

This morning I met up with Kelly and Holly for Lululemon’s Salutation Nation at Vilas Park.


I think yoga outside needs to happen more often. 🙂


After Salutation Nation, Kelly and I had brunch at Cafe Zuzu which is across the street from the Vilas Zoo. It’s a cute coffee shop!


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We both had egg+cheese sandwiches with iced coffee

After brunch I had to stop at Trader Joe’s which happens to be across the street from the Lululemon showroom…



Happy Salutation Nation!!

I had some cake with the ladies at Lululemon and did a little shoppin 😉

This afternoon I made pumpkin butter. One batch should last me all fall, and now my house smells like a pumpkin pie…or pumpkin spice latte! Best part? You make it in the microwave! I changed up the spices a bit from last year because I didn’t have all the spices on hand. It tastes exactly how I remember it. I use a medium size round gladware container so that I can cook and store in the same container.

Microwave Pumpkin Butter

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes


  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 15 oz. can pumpkin puree

In your microwave safe bowl, stir together the sugar, water, and spices. Microwave for three minutes. Stir in the pumpkin puree, and microwave for five minutes. Stir and allow to cool. I store mine in the refrigerator.


I love pumpkin butter on toast, a waffle, or stirred into hot oatmeal

Did you celebrate Salutation Nation?


{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Kelly Nigl September 10, 2011 at 7:10 pm

Holy crap, I look like a giant in that photo! Lol!

What did you buy?!


katie September 10, 2011 at 7:12 pm

YUM! the pumpkin butter looks great!!! How cool to make it that easy!

I did not partake in the salutation nation yoga, I lived through you ; )


Asuma September 10, 2011 at 9:10 pm

Wow, this pumpkin butter sounds so deeeelish 😀 And it’s definitely a huge plus point that it’s so easy to make 😉 I am so definitely going to make this!!!!!!


Lisa @ Fit in the Midwest September 10, 2011 at 9:24 pm

Unfortunately, I always seem to have plans during Salutation Nation every year! I must put it on my calendar and go next year because it would be cool to do yoga in the Third Ward of Milwaukee. Glad you got to participate!

That pumpkin butter sounds so easy to make and delicious! I starred your post so I can go back and make it. Thanks Jessica!


Jessica September 10, 2011 at 10:09 pm

I love the Third Ward!! Maybe next year I’ll go to Milwaukee for Salutation Nation!


bedelia September 11, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Oohhh just made myself some pumpkin butter! Thank you, Jess! I actually had a jumbo can of pumpkin so I made some otther things too: pumpkin pancakes (whole wheat flour, canned pumpkin, fat free yogurt, splenda or brown sugar, almond milk) and pumpkin yogurt (non fat plain yogurt or vanilla, canned pumpkin, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice). Pumpkin is the best!


Jessica September 11, 2011 at 5:03 pm

Love all these pumpkin ideas! I’m going to have to try a few out!!


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