Adios, October!

School Pumpkin Patch trips, 

Fried everything and Turkey legs at the Arkansas State Fair,
Zombies at the zoo,
Fall Fest at school,
Trick or Treaty fun,
and Candy meltdowns! 
Even with our vacation this month,
October wore me out!
How about you? 
Adios, October- Hola, November!

Pumpkin Muffins

For Halloween I wanted to try a pumpkin muffin.

Now, muffins are something of a hit and miss at my house.
None of the five of us like the same kind so usually the chickens end up
with a few.
Not with this recipe!

Cinnamon-Sugar Pumpkin Muffins

Easy pumpkin muffins that are sure to be a hit!
Prep Time8 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time33 mins
Course: Breakfast
Servings: 12 muffins


Dry Ingredients

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (or Apple Pie Spice)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Wet Ingredients

  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil we like sunflower oil
  • 2 large fresh eggs


  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line muffin tins with paper liners (or grease well.)
  • Mix dry ingredients together in a medium mixing bowl.
  • Mix pumpkin and the rest of the wet ingredients together in another bowl.
  • Combine wet and dry ingredients until just incorporated.
  • Fill muffin tins with batter (I use a small ladle to fill.)
  • Sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar topping.
  • Bake until puffy and a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into middle of the muffin, which is about 25 minutes depending on your oven.
  • Cool in pan until you can touch, then transfer to a cooling rack to finish cooling.
  • Enjoy!


Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

My scary vampire, ghost, and Aladdin with our neighbors’ son getting ready to go Trick-or-Treating! (I don’t buy costumes for my kids- firm believer on that- but I did break down and buy M a scary ghosty mask for $2. I couldn’t find face paint anywhere!) They had a great time, and then we had fun at their house meeting some great AFS exchange students. They are hosting a sweet girl from Japan this year. Last year they had a student from Italy that was also a great girl.

I hope everyone had a safe, Happy Halloween!

Eat, Drink, and Be Scary!

Well, we made our annual Halloween Gingerbread Cookies.
This year I let the kids make them so they don’t look quite like last year’s,
but were much more fun to make!

Kids rolling out the dough

Getting ready to bake

We only had one minor squirmish (is that a word?) over how many cookies could have sprinkles and how many had to be plain. I used store bought Wilton cookie icing this year. I NEVER use store bought icing and now remember one reason why. It didn’t ooze right and the tip on the bottle was way too big. If you make these use the smallest (#1) tip to get the bones just right!

Finished products

Gingerbread just smells like fall! (Tastes pretty great too!)

Em’s skeleton bear

If you’d like to get in on the fun go visit Better in Bulk!

We had a month’s worth of rain YESTERDAY, so not sure how the Halloween plans will go. I am thinking about doing the Booseum Bash downtown this year. The Pharaoh exhibit at the AAC might be especially fun on Halloween! Still haven’t figured out the kids’ costumes. Know what I’ll be doing tonight!

Halloweeny things

We are trying to get into the spooky mood at my house.
The rain is helping.

I am secretly hoping it ruins all Trick-Or-Treating possibilities. I have the “trading” candy already so I could have the kids go from Scott to me Trick or Treating. OK, so that probably won’t work- I can dream though, can’t I?

M being “SCARED!”
(Crazy Hair Day at School today)

Here are some of our spooky decorations this year. Remember, I still don’t have a camera. (Explaining the lack of flash!)

My guard crow

Going to make gingerbread skeleton cookies today. They are so yummy! I have the dough chilling in the fridge, might cut them out with Jac today and bake them so we can ice when the kids get home.

Last Halloween’s cookies