Category Archives: Appetizers

Pumpkin Muffins and the Pumpkin Patch

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Who doesn't love fall?  If you don't, you can just leaf!  Okay, that pun was not my best.  But let's be honest, fall is arguably the best time of year.  It's finally cool enough to wear those cute sweaters, drink pumpkin lattes, and light cinnamon bun candles in every room! My nephew, Destin, just had his first birthday a few weeks ago, so my mom and I drove all the way to Oklahoma for his party.  Let me tell you, 12 hours is a LONG time to be in a car!  Unfortunately, my nephew probably won't remember that I was there,  so I made sure to get in the video.   Every little bit counts when you're competing for "favorite Aunt" status.My sister threw a perfectly sweet party at Parkhurst Pumpkin Patch.  We roasted smores, climbed hay bales, pet goats, and even got lost in a corn maze!  The adults had a great time, but honestly I think Destin's favorite thing was his new bouncy balls.  He's such an adorable little chunk!  Look at that face.  Yes, his cheeks are just as squishy as you are imagining them to be.We had a great week visiting with my sister, Anna.  I have to brag on her a little because she made some magazine-worthy meals while we were there.  I really enjoyed the delicious spaghetti squash pumpkin soup! Ever since that visit I've caught the disease. The fall fever.  The sweater spirit.  The pumpkin pox.  When it comes fall and winter, all I want to do is bake.  The only problem is that if I make it at my house, I'll eat everything!  So, at the coffee shop where I work, I made some acorn shaped pumpkin spice muffins with a maple glaze.  That would appease me.  I almost took some home to my family, but at the end of the day, I forgot.  The next morning I went to the gym like I normally do, and when I came home, the house smelled AMAZING!  To my surprise, when I walked in the kitchen, my dearest mother had made pumpkin muffins! She has made these muffins so many times for my brother and me.  They are my absolute favorite!  They are the perfect texture.  So moist, and delicious.  Sometimes she makes them with banana or applesauce instead of pumpkin.  I don't know which kind I like best... no wait, I do know. It's the ones with the chocolate chips! Those are my favorite. These muffins just make me feel warm inside.  Like snuggling up on the couch with a plaid blanket.  There's just something magical about them.  So, here's her recipe for pumpkin spice muffins.  I know first hand that these will make your family look forward to fall every year.  Enjoy!   Also,  you can follow my lovely mother on her blog at praiseyouinmystorm.wordpress.com Abby Hughes
Pumpkin Muffins
 
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This versatile muffin is always a hit!
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Serves: 24 medium muffins
Ingredients
  • 1 cup soft butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups pumpkin, bananas, or applesauce
  • 4 cups whole wheat flour (or all purpose)
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ginger
  • 1 cup chopped pecans (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, and pumpkin.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk dry ingredients.
  4. Stir flour mixture into liquid mixture just until combined.
  5. Scoop into greased muffin tins.
  6. Bake 15 minutes for mini muffins and 20 minutes for medium muffins.
Notes
Batter will keep in fridge for 4 days.

Oh My Goodness, Where Do I Start?

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Happy September 1, 2017!  It has been 10 months since I stopped blogging and as I sit at my computer my heart is beating extra fast at the excitement of writing again for My Daily Bread Body and Soul.

The past 10 months have been filled with many blessings as I stepped away from blogging and concentrated on other aspects of my life.  When I stopped blogging last year I thought it was a permanent “stop.”  However, many times this year I clearly have heard God saying the stop was temporary, much to my surprise and delight.  I look forward to sharing many God moments with you as I move forward.


I want to share Romans 8:28 with you today because this scripture has been meat for me these past months.  What I have come to realize through the Apostle Paul’s writing of Romans 8:28 is that we can trust that God desires everything together for good for his children.  And that “good” doesn’t necessarily mean earthly comforts but instead a closer fellowship with God and bearing good fruit for His kingdom and ultimately His glory!

In full transparency, I will admit I haven’t been cooking or baking a lot of new recipes.  I have however relied on the many fabulous recipes I’ve collected and shared on this blog since 2011.

Our friend George is arriving tomorrow from Denver.  In true southern style, I am making my list and checking it twice for some yummy treats for him this week.  Tonight we stopped by the local truck farm vegetable stand and the green tomatoes called my name!

Fried green tomatoes are a delicious treat but especially in September when green tomatoes are a plenty as gardens wind down and tomatoes can be picked early.  Some of the grocery stores have even been stocking them!  Yummy, yummy put on your list for this long holiday weekend.  From appetizer to side dish – click here to get the recipe!

Have a blessed weekend,
~Catherine

 

 

 

 

 

Jalapeno Popper Dip

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Maribeth's Jalapeno Popper Dip
Maribeth’s Jalapeno Popper Dip

I’ve been MIA from my blog for the last week.  I have “written” a dozen posts in my mind but none on my computer!  That happens sometimes and in the nearly five years since I began blogging I have had to learn to “go with it” when life happens!

A few things have happened this week including my 60th birthday! Yep, 60 years young and feeling so thankful for this life I am living.

On my birthday, I transported my husband and our cousin Tim up Springer Mountain in Georgia to the beginning of the Appalachian Trail.  I also spent a good deal of the week helping them to launch a website to journal their adventure.  You can read about it here.

Corelle White on White Dishes
Corelle White on White Dishes

My sous -chef dish-washing mom bought me new dishes for my birthday.  Honestly, it is rather embarrassing to think I have new dishes because I  have a few sets,  quite a few sets, many sets, a lot of dishes!  I like setting the table with different dishes each meal.  I have some that are a large plate for BIG meals.  Then there are the smaller plates from my Franciscan Ware set for lunch or smaller suppers.   But wait there’s more! Click to continue reading

Super Appetizers Fit For Any Gathering!

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Taco Dip plated

Unless you are living under a rock or don’t watch or listen to any media, you will know this is Super Bowl Weekend.  I don’t really get into the hype of football games but when Denver goes to the Superbowl – I’m going to watch!  Growing up in Nebraska and living for many years in Colorado the Denver Broncos were the “hometown team!”  Since that time I have lived in several other States but I still cheer on the Broncos when I have a chance.

Adding to the excitement of Super Bowl Sunday, we are celebrating my sous chef dishwashing mom’s 85th birthday!  And if that wasn’t enough excitement, my brother Mike and his wife Kay will be here for the weekend.  Mike is a football enthusiast of gigantic proportions.  That makes for a perfect trifecta for our Super Sunday!


This morning I am putting together my grocery list for snacks, chips, dips, and food to munch on during the game.  We will probably be on sugar overload from the afternoon “cake” festivities.  So sweets won’t be part of our evening. (I will share pictures from mom’s party next week.)  Here are a few of my past favorites.

Layered Taco Dip
Layered Taco Dip

Taco Dip For Fiesta Fun

Cheese ball cut open

Homemade Cheese Balls

crispy thyme cheese half

Just In Thyme Crispy Cheese Crackers But wait there’s more! Click to continue reading

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