Hello, September!

By Elizabeth Mowers

If Facebook has taught me anything, it's that you can separate people into two groups. In the first group are the folks who can barely make it until September 1st to break out all things autumn. In the second group are the folks who can barely stand the first group.

I suppose I'm more from the first group. Living in Northeastern Ohio means we don't get a lot of sunshine (166 days per year versus the 205 U.S. average! Yuck!), so as much as I'm sad to lose those summer days and full sunshine, I sure do love the smell and look of autumn.

So much happiness for $3!

My family and I have a goal to hike eight different trails this fall. Our hike yesterday was fun, but I can't wait for the leaves to change! Red, orange, yellow...bring 'em on down! They smell fabulous.

After a summer of (trying to) eat healthy, my children have been begging me to bake. Back when I was a full-time stay-at-home mom, I baked A LOT. The Fannie Farmer cookbook is my favorite go-to for recipes of all kinds. If you want to know how to make Irish stew, Lobster broil or homemade egg noodles, this is the book for you. My mother bought it for me when I got married and as you can see from the second picture, it's gotten a lot of use.

I lost the book jacket many years ago.

That middle section falling out is where the dessert section begins!
As my youngest starts school this week, I decided to make these delicious pumpkin muffins as the Mowers Family Kick-Off to Fall. They're perfect for breakfast, lunch and dessert. Are you having company over? Serve these warm with a pat of butter and a cup of tea or coffee. 
My entire house smells like cinnamon and nutmeg. Fa la la la la!

I absolutely promise you will love these little packages of pumpkin bread. You can make the recipe in a loaf pan (50 minutes), round muffins (15 minutes) or rectangle muffins (20 minutes). The rectangle shape is my favorite!

Here's Fannie Farmer's recipe. Note: I add an entire can of pureed pumpkin (1 3/4 c.) instead of Fannie's suggested 1c. Trust me on this one. 

Pumpkin Bread

SIFT together:
1 1/2 c. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. sugar
1 tsp. baking soda

In another bowl MIX:
1 c. pumpkin puree (do a 15 oz. can instead)
1/2 c. vegetable oil
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 c. water
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. allspice

1/2 c. chopped nuts, optional (but why ruin a good thing?!)

Combine dry and wet ingredients, but do not mix too thoroughly. Stir in the nuts. Pour into a well-buttered loaf pan or muffin tins. Bake until a toothpick comes out clean. Immediately turn out of pan onto a rack to cool.

Bake times:
Loaf pan  50-60 minutes
Round muffins 15 minutes
Rectangle muffins 20 minutes

This recipe can easily be doubled.

Happy September and I wish that you all have a great fall😊

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  1. Yummy! I love pumpkin bread, and will be trying your recipe. With any luck, I'll have pumpkins of my own to cook and eat. I've discovered pumpkin risotto, and developed a pumpkin Thai curry recipe that my husband loves. Yay, fall!

    1. Growing your own pumpkins would be fun. I love roasting the seeds!

  2. I'm with the autumn folks myself. There's something about the Midwest that makes so many of us members of your first group. I live near some glorious apple orchards, and while I don't carve pumpkins or do any of that, I just like looking at them in the fields or stacked up for sale. Fall is short here in Wisconsin, but it's my favorite season anyway. Thanks for the photos.

    1. When I lived in Michigan, visiting apple orchards was a highlight of fall. Along with eating the cinnamon sugar donuts and apple cider they sold there.

  3. I love pumpkin anything! I'm an autumn girl, too. I think maybe it's a gift of the Midwest.

  4. I’m part of the first group. I was ready for Fall by June, LOL. I cracked up at Pumpkin Gasoline. Those muffins and loaves look DELICIOUS!! I’m going to head over to your website to check our your new book. ( :

  5. I love autumn and start putting things out begging of September. Thank you for this recipe. Sounds delicious. I will be making this for our bible study this sunday.

    1. Let me know how it turns out! Your friends will love it!

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