Pumpkin obsession

Hello! I have missed the last couple of weeks because we were busy with a fun fall giveaway and lots of DIY projects and crafts on my Facebook page plus we’ve had family visiting all this week. Be sure to stop by our page to see all the projects and like our page to stay in the know for future posts. Since we just had Thanksgiving, I wanted to share a few pictures of our week and some pumpkin inspired recipes and projects.

This is our front step decked out for fall with a few pumpkins :

For our other pumpkin inspired project I made a sign on an old cutting board from a Pinterest inspired project by printing the quote, transferring it to the board with chalk and painting it in. I sanded it a bit and rubbed in some finishing wax to bring out some luster. I am going to do a similar project on a smaller scale for our fall giveaway prize. The little fabric pumpkins were made a few years ago with some scrap fabric , gathering it and stuffing them . I use real pumpkin stems for the tops!

I tried out a couple new pumpkin recipes and a couple tried and true. The first new one was for pumpkin cookies from the blog” So much better with age“. You can find her recipe here. It is delicious and true to  pumpkin pie flavours. It has a raisin or chocolate chip option – of course I chose the latter.  Between me and my little nephew, they aren’t lasting too long.  I then made a pumpkin spice creamer for my coffee. I had tried a few of MacDonald’s Pumpkin Lattes this season but I like mine just as well with less additives and sugar in it. The recipe is from Dashing Dish here. This website is a membership website if you want access to more recipes but she does offer a lot of free recipes as well. I love her approach to clean eating and her wonderful Christian spirit with lots of motivation and articles as well as an emphasis on exercise in her content.

This next recipe is one I tried from her website as well that you can find here– Pumpkin breakfast oatmeal cookies- I think they ended up looking like owl faces after I took them out of the oven 🙂 . They will go well with this pumpkin butter I made last year and froze- I have some pie pumpkins I can’t wait to cook up and use for butter again and for baking throughout the year.

One of the tried and true recipes are pumpkin muffins from Armadale Dairy in Sussex , NB that they shared on their Facebook page last year.  I am sharing their recipe with their permission  I have used their Quark cheese they use for the icing  but cream cheese also works for the icing. They suggest that they are similar to the Tim Horton version. They are awesome but what makes them even better is knowing what is in them.

Pumpkin Spice Muffins with Quark Icing

2 cups All Purpose Flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1.5 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg
pinch of cloves
2 eggs
1 heaping cup pumpkin puree
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1.5 tsp vanilla
2/3 cup milk
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds, divided

Quark Icing

250 g Quark
6 tbsp Icing Sugar
1.5 tsp vanilla
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Preheat oven to 375 Celsius

In a bowl, mix together all dry ingredients and 1/4 cup of the pumpkin seeds. In a separate bowl, mix together wet ingredients. Combine dry and wet ingredients until just combined. Divide in greased or lined muffins tins. Don’t be shy to fill them full, they won’t rise excessively. Top muffins with the rest of the pumpkin seeds. Bake for 20 minutes.
**You may have a little bit of batter left over. I created this recipe myself, and couldn’t quite get the amounts perfected without affecting the taste. It was a good day to be a kid in the test kitchen though!

Mix together the 4 ingredients for the icing with a whisk or mixer and let set in the fridge until the muffins are cooled. Transfer icing to a cake decorator or piping bag. In the middle of each muffin, cut an X with a sharp knife. Insert your cake decorator (with your thinnest longest tip) into the muffin and squeeze some icing into each muffin, with a dollop on top. If you don’t have a cake decorator or something similar, you could just put the icing on top. Muffins should be refrigerated where they contain Quark.

The last pumpkin recipe is one I’ve been making for years since my colleague and friend from Waterside introduced it to me. It’s called Pumpkin Crunch- it’s like an upside down pumpkin pie with a sweet and salty flavour and you don’t have to make a pie crust. Bonus!

Here’s the recipe:

1 package yellow cake mix,16 oz solid pumpkin, 1can evaporated milk, 3 eggs, 1.5 cups sugar, 4 tsp pumpkin pie spice, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 c chopped pecans, 1 c margarine or butter,melted. Combine pumpkin,milk, eggs,sugar, spices and salt- mix well. Pour into 9 x 13 pan . Sprinkle dry cake mix over pumpkin. Top with pecans. Drizzle with melted marg/butter. Bake at 350 for 50-55 min or until golden. Cool.Top with whipped cream! 

Here is our dining table all set for dinner!  We had 15 gather for dinner on Monday. So blessed to have family from all sides and special family from New York share a meal together. I got the cute little white pumpkins from the Green Pig Market in Salisbury.

I hope you all had a blessed Thanksgiving and try out some of these fun and yummy pumpkin recipes.

 

Canada Day Celebrations

There was so many events going on this past weekend!!  I hope you all had a great weekend wherever you celebrated!  We ended up inviting friends and family for an open house in Waterside. It was a gorgeous weekend for weather so we were glad it worked out the way it did. Next year we may do it a different weekend because people were so busy with other Canada Day celebrations!

We had some neat visitors for the start of the weekend that we weren’t expecting. Mark captured some wonderful shots of these old cars that passed by in front of our place. They were part of  “The Great Race” featuring vintage cars travelling from Buffalo, NY to Halifax, NS. We had a hoot watching them come down the hill in their various decorations and attire. Mark captured some beautiful images of them and added some artistic flair. I just love the vintage feel they evoke. Makes you feel you were back in the 1900s!

I picked up some neat items at a neighborhood yard sale a couple weekends ago and was so excited to include them in our decor. First was this display case. I thought I had taken a before pic but I must have deleted it. Here it is finished with  a layer of typewriter black milk paint with schloss over top with a little distressing. It looks soo much better- it was a dark  reddish  tone before- I really love it and can’t wait to display different items in it. I need to find a little handle for it!

I found this cute wool hooked rug at the yard sales too- it was $20 . I couldn’t resist those maple leaves and the colours. I whipped up these pillows for the day as well using these pennants I got at My Home Mercantile in Moncton on Main St. It is the cutest shop hosting many local handcrafted and Maritime wares. They also house My Home Apparel https://myhomeapparel.com/ featuring clothing with a Maritime and Canadian flavour  that are made in the old Stanfield Warehouse in Truro.

I stencilled up this little sign using a Dollar Store Canvas and Fusion Mineral paint.

Here are some pics of the actual party on Canada Day with food , sun and people . What a great combination! Notice the extra little visitors we had in the morning- we had a Mama groundhog and her 3 littles visit the yard. They were cute but how will they be when they grow up??

We had a great time. Thank you so much for spending your day with us all the way down in Waterside!

This was the day after the party when we felt more relaxed- a day on the beach, post party food and general relaxation on our last vacation day. I did bring out a blanket on the deck but that only lasted a few minutes. It was hot in Waterside this weekend. So grateful and blessed.