Monthly Archives: November 2015

11/24/15

The Best Pumpkin Muffins

Have you heard that the Pumpkin crop is low this year?

Truthfully, I hadn’t until I went to 2 different grocery stores and both were sold out of 100% pumpkin puree I had my heart set on. The young store clerk clued me in to this devastating information and so, next time Mom and I ran into inventory of pumpkin puree, we bought it up! Just in case. Tis the season, you know.

So, all that to say, with your limited supply of canned 100% pumpkin puree, you must be selective which dishes you create so as to savor the flavors of the season most completely. And this one is most definitely one of them. Delicious, tender, moist, and incredibly flavorful Pumpkin Muffins. You won’t be able to stop at simply one.

The Best Pumpkin Muffins Recipe 

Ingredients:

  • 1 & 3/4 cup All Purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 extra large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 15 oz can 100% pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil, or coconut oil is great too
  • 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and place 12 paper liners into each muffin tin.

2. In a medium bowl, place flour, sugars, baking soda, and spices and whisk until incorporated and lightened. Set aside.

3. In the bowl of a mixer, fitted with a paddle attachment, mix the eggs, pumpkin puree, oil, and vanilla until thoroughly combined.

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I love the color of this batter. So rich and inviting!

4. Add the dry ingredients a little bit at the time until just mixed.

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Do not overmix this batter! We want light & fluffy muffins.

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5. This recipe will make 12 gorgeous, domed muffins, so fill them almost to the top of rim of the muffin pan. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out cleanly.

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6. Serve warm or at room temperature. Delicious with a smear of butter or cream cheese.

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They are absolutely perfect.

Share some with ones you love over a mug of hot coffee. It is sure to warm you both up, from the inside out.

These ultra soft and flavorful pumpkin muffins are the perfect way to start your day. With just the right balance of flavors, these muffins are sure to be a crowd-pleaser!:

Savoring those moments together is what this season is all about. Pumpkin muffins just sweeten the deal.

xoxo….

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11/22/15

We’re Fall-ing in Love.

Our sweet Sarah girl is getting married in January.

And we couldn’t be more thrilled!

So, in honor of her and Jim’s impending nuptials, we threw a Fall-themed Bridal Shower this past weekend for her, her family, and friends, and we had such a wonderful time doing so!

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So, for the food. We served rather non-traditional shower fare mostly because Sarah doesn’t like it!  Plus, this girl’s favorite season is fall & football season and any of these recipes would be just as delicious served at a tailgate party on a Saturday afternoon. As one of the party-goers said, “This is real Southern lady food”, as she skipped back through the buffet line for seconds.

My kind of girl. #soulmates.

What we served:

  • Ham & Cheese Party Sandwiches with poppy seed dressing & sweet caramelized onions
  • Spinach & Artichoke Dip with crackers
  • Hot & Spicy Corn Dip with tortilla chips
  • Veggie Tray with hummus dip
  • Toffee Apple Dip
  • Assorted Cake Pops, in Pumpkin & Red Velvet
  • Hot Apple Cider, warmed in the crockpot
  • Cranberry Champagne Cocktail
  • Water

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One of my duties was the Toffee Apple Dip. This has been a staple in my household since Cousin Carol brought it to the first Family Christmas weekend years and years ago. It’s simple, it’s delicious, and I have yet to meet a soul who doesn’t gobble it right up!

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Toffee Apple Dip 

Ingredients:

  • 1 block Cream Cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2- 3/4 cup of Toffee bits or finely chopped Heath Bar

Directions:

  1. In a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the cream cheese and brown sugar together until smooth & thoroughly combined and no longer gritty. Add the vanilla and mix.
  2. Fold in the toffee by hand so you don’t break up the little pieces too much.
  3. Serve with crisp sliced Granny Smith apples.

So, so good.

*Will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, but best served the day of or the day after it is prepared. 

For games, we played the “Don’t Say It” Ring game.

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The easel instructs party guests to grab their favorite “diamond” ring and not to say the words “bride” or “wedding” and those that do, lose their ring! The lady with the most rings by the end of the party wins a prize!

Our winner turned out to be Carter, the 8 year old flower girl. Watch out for those young party-goers. They are incredibly sneaky.

And then we also played a quiz with 15 different famous & recognizable romantic movie quotes. I made a hand-out for each guest to fill out and then whoever guessed the most wins a prize!

You can get incredibly creative with this one, there is so many to choose from, but just to get your mind spinning in the right direction, I have listed one of my alltime favorites below…

“Well, it was a million tiny little things that, when you added them all up, they meant we were supposed to be together… and I knew it. I knew it the very first time I touched her. It was like coming home… only to no home I’d ever known… I was just taking her hand to help her out of a car and I knew. It was like… magic.”
– Sleepless in Seattle

But, as with any social gathering, the food and decor take second fiddle to the amazing company. The people certainly make the party, the laughter, and the fun. And this was no exception.

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So, happy shower day sweet Sarah! We hope this season of life with its hustle and bustle and fun and frivolity is extra-special for you, because you are oh-so-extra-special to all of us!

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Love you, precious friend.

xoxo…

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