Monday, November 11, 2019

Easy Pumpkin Muffins

 Recently, Julie, at Julie's Creative Lifestyle, shared an easy pumpkin bundt cake, and I decided to make the cake into muffins, and put a crumb topping on.   I'm trying to make my way through my Republic of Tea Pumpkin Spice, and Twinings Chai Pumpkin Tea, before I start on my holiday teas.  My pumpkin tea towel and adorable pumpkin are from a sweet blogging friend. 

 My youngest son and daughter-in-law went out of town again, and this time, my son, Mike, and I went to their house to watch the girls.  Here's Harper mixing up the easiest muffins or cupcakes ever. 

 Hayden wanted to help, too, and she's putting on the topping.

 She looks quite pleased with herself, don't you think?

 My morning friends are enjoying their breakfast. 

Yield: 12 muffins

Easy Pumpkin Muffins

Easy Pumpkin Muffins

These are the easiest and most moist muffins ever! I think a yellow cake mix would work, too, but add maybe 2 teaspoons of pumpkin spice to it. Cream cheese frosting on top would be great if you want cupcakes!


  • 1 Spice cake mix
  • 1-15 ounce can pumpkin (not pie filling)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Topping (if desired)
  • 2 tablespoons of softened butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar


How to cook Easy Pumpkin Muffins

  1. For the muffins:
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Line the muffin pan with cupcake liners, or spray with cooking spray.
  4. Mix the ingredients together in a bowl. 
  5. For the topping:
  6. Mix the butter, flour and brown sugar together to form crumbs.
  7. Fill the pan with the batter, filling to the top.
  8. Sprinkle on the topping, if desired, or use some sparkling sugar, or leave plain.
  9. Bake for about 18 minutes.

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Monday, November 4, 2019

Pumpkin Date and Nut Bread

Since we've had freezing temperatures already, please join for an inside tea with some wonderful pumpkin date and nut bread and some pumpkin spice tea. 

I found this Autumn Delights cakelet pan last year, and love using it for Autumn treats.  

These little loaves are perfect for gifting!

Yield: i large loaf, or four mini loaves and six cakelets

Susan found this recipe from a friend, but the recipe comes from Maida Heatter's Cakes Cookbook. If you love dates, spices and pumpkin, you'll love this bread!  Aldi has whole dates at a good price.


  • 2-1/2 cups  flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1- and 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • about 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg (my addition)
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 -15 ounce can pumpkin
  • 8 ounces pitted dates, cut up with kitchen shears
  • 1 cup walnuts, broken or coarsely chopped (I toasted mine)
  • 1-2 tablespoons of raw sugar for sprinkling on top of the loaves, optional


How to cook

  1. Preheat oven to 350 and place rack to the lower third of the oven. Butter or spray a 10x5x3 inch loaf pan .  (I used four mini baking loaf pans and my 6 cavity Autumn Delights cakelet pan.  )
  2. Sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon,  cloves and nutmeg and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, with a hand mixer set on low, beat the eggs just until combined. Add the sugar, beating just to blend. Add the oil, beat just to blend. Mix in the pumpkin, then add the dates. Add the flour mixture and stir or beat only until it is blended, then stir in the nuts. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan(s) and smooth the top. Sprinkle with a little raw sugar over the top of each loaf.  (I didn't add any sugar to the cakelet pan.)
  4. If you are using a large pan, bake for 70-80 minutes. If using smaller pans, baking time will be less, about 45-55 minutes.  My mini leaves took  50 minutes and the cakelets took 25 minutes.  Start checking the loaves with a clean toothpick before the recommended time is over as all ovens are different. The toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf should come out clean. Cool in the pan(s) for 15 minutes before removing to cool on a rack.
  5. Cover and store at room temperature or refrigerator for several days or wrap in plastic wrap and freeze for up to 2-3 months.
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 This little cutie pie, Harper, has a birthday this week, and she had her five-year-old birthday party.  Can you tell that she's having fun at her gymnastics party??!!

Happy Birthday, sweet girl!

My handsome Marine grandson, Connor, is celebrating his 19th birthday this week! Happy Birthday, sweet boy (he'll always be a boy to me)!


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Monday, October 28, 2019

My Grandson's Graduation from Marines Boot Camp

 Graduation Day from the Marines Boot Camp took place in San Diego!  

 Family Day was the day before graduation when we first got a glimpse of Connor, during practice, after almost three months! 

 After the new Marines got in formation before the crowd, they were released to find their loved ones.  Here's Connor with his girlfriend and his Mom.  We had the rest of the day to spend with him on base,  until 5:45, when he had to return to his barracks.  He was so excited and so happy to just be with us, and he chatted away about his experiences and his time doing the Crucible.  He was so thoughtful and answered all of our questions that we had.  He also ate, and ate, and ATE!  He had ice cream first, then candy, a burger and fries, and our leftovers, and more candy, ice cream, and Nutrigrain bars.  He didn't want to go to the arcade, the bowling lanes or anything on the base, but just sit and talk to us!!

 Here's the family with our new Marine!

 This is his platoon on Graduation Day.  San Diego happened to be having a heat wave while we were there.

 We found our Marine!

 We were so excited to congratulate him!  He quickly got his bags and was out of there lickety split! 

 The first thing he wanted to do was to go to In and Out Burger and to take the food back to the condo that my daughter and son-in-law rented.  My son, Kevin, on the right, flew in the night the night before graduation.

 Connor and Rachel out on the sunny deck. The condo was a few steps away from Mission Beach.

 We did enjoy some beach time while we were there.  Riley is throwing the football to Caiden and Cissy, who didn't mind being in the cold Pacific Ocean.  Connor didn't even want to see the beach since he said that he had to hike in the sand for 8 miles in his boots, and part of it was in water. 

 Molly and I had some fun in the sand!

 The sun was just about done for the day, and we were a happy bunch!

 Cissy and Kevin doing handstands in the sand, with Caiden about to join in.

Before we headed to the airport, my daughter suggested we head to La Jolla, where Kevin, Caiden and Cissy tried out the scooters, and we had lunch.

Here I am with two of my four children, my youngest and my oldest.  Goodbye California!  We really enjoyed our time here and we have so many wonderful memories to hold on to. All the new Marines get 10 days to be home, but Connor gets an extra 7 days, to help with recruiting.  After that he returns to California for School of Infantry training, which every Marine is required to do.  Congratulations to Connor!!  He was so happy, mature, and confident.  We are all so very proud of him!

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