For many Minnesotan's, fall is their favorite season. The cool, crisp air, the reemergence of sweaters and flannels and the intense colors that herald this wonderful season. It is also the time when we are all starting to think about cozying up and settling in for the long winter ahead. So enjoy a cup of apple cider and maybe make a batch of pumpkin muffins (recipe below) and enjoy a walk through the fallen leaves. Happy October!
October's Book Recommendation
October's book recommendation is The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Temperance Howe. A spooky fall read full of witches, mystery and intrigue. Book plot travels back and forth between modern day Massachusetts and Salem, MA in 1681 during the infamous Witch Trials. One of my all-time favorite books and I am rereading it again right now!
October's Recipe of the Month
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
1 c. Pumpkin or squash puree
1/3 c. Oil or applesauce
1 c. Sugar
1/4 c. Milk
1 t. Vanilla
1 1/4 c. Flour
1/2 t. Baking powder
1/2 t. Baking soda
3/4 t. Cinnamon or pie spice
1/4 t. Salt
1/2 c. Chocolate chips (recommend mini size as they go farther)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin pans with liners. Stir together pumpkin puree, oil or applesauce. sugar, milk and vanilla. Sift in flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Stir together until well combined. Fold in chocolate chips. Fill liners 2/3 full and bake for 22-25 minutes. Remove when toothpick comes out clean. Cool on wire rack. Makes 12 standard size muffins.
These are one of my kids' favorite treats and a great way to sneak some veggies into their diet. Enjoy!
Looking to have more time to enjoy
these beautiful fall days before the snow flies?