Fall is here and these muffins welcome the season with wonderful pumpkin and pecan flavors! A simple yet flavorful muffin to satisfy your taste buds. I mixed the pumpkin flavors from my pumpkin pie scones recipe with the awesome pecan topping from my sweet potato casserole dish. These are oh so delicious and so satisfying with each bite.
2 ½ cups flour
2 cups sugar
½ tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pumpkin spice
1 and 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup flour
8 tbsp butter melted
3/4 cup pecans chopped
1 cup brown sugar
Preheat Oven to 375 degrees
Prep a regular muffin tin (24 count) with foil cups or butter the muffin tin. Or use 2 mini muffin tins 24 count each (for a total of 48).
Sift all the dry ingredients into a large bowl. Use a whisk to make sure it is mixed well.
Whisk together the wet ingredients.
Combine the wet and dry ingredients until well blended.
To make the pecan mixture, melt the butter in a small pot on the stove. Sprinkle in flour, brown sugar and chopped pecans. Mix well, until flour is not longer visible.
Carefully fold in 3/4 of the pecan mixture until evenly blended.
Using two regular spoons, scoop and scrape muffin ingredients into the muffin tins evenly.
Sprinkle the rest of the pecan mixture over the tops of each muffin.
Bake in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes if using regular muffin tin. Bake for 12 to 18 minutes if using mini muffin tins.
When muffins are ready (when the toothpick or knife comes out clean from center of a muffin) remove from oven and let cool.
As we enter into October I have started to long for fall foods. And not just your traditional pumpkin flavors but those amazing Thanksgiving flavors of turkey and cranberry. It is such a lovely combo that I just had to make these delicious pinwheels. Trust me you’ll love them!
6 oz whipped cream cheese
½ cup of avocado cilantro dressing
2 lbs of Turkey meat
1 container of sprouts or spinach
10 large flour tortillas, spinach tortillas or flat bread
1 cup of dried cranberries
Mix together the whipped cream cheese and dressing until well blended.
Made with yogurt
Layout the tortilla and spread the cream cheese dressing leaving ½ inch clear from the edge.
Sprinkle the dried cranberries evenly across the cream cheese dressing.
Lay the sliced turkey meat across the tortilla leaving a one inch area open (this is so the turkey isn’t wasted and sticks out the end when wrapping). You can do one layer or more.
Spread your choice of sprouts or spinach over the sliced meat.
Carefully roll your tortilla tightly starting at the opposite end of the one inch opened area.
Wrap the rolled tortilla tightly in cling wrap and place in the frig for about one hour before slicing and serving.
A nice, healthy snack or lunch item to satisfy the taste buds.
Add your favorite dressing to the cream cheese to make it your own. I’ll be trying honey mustard dressing next.
You can also leave it as a wrap and enjoy. I highly recommend adding pecans or walnuts to give it some crunch and extra flavor. Thanks for reading and that it was everything you were hoping for! 🙂 You can check out my sweet potato casserole dish that would pair well with this recipe.
If you have lived in the Brandon/Riverview Florida area for the past few years, you’ve probably heard about this local art festival. I have had the privilege to participate in this event multiple times. Winthrop Town Centre is a wonderful location full of people who enjoy community, art and some great food. If you have a chance to stop by, do so. There are some really talented people in our area. You would be so amazed by some of the artwork and crafts that are for sale.
Not only is artwork and food on sale at this festival but you get free entertainment too! Local musical artists, Winthrop Charter School students music, entertainers and performers of all walks of life. Seriously, this a great weekend get away that is so close to home. Support your local small businesses and artists and connect to the community.
For about four years my class participated in this event and the students loved creating works of art and crafts! Even more, they loved working the booth and seeing people enjoying their work. Here are a few pictures of some of the unique work my students have done. Trust me there are a lot of booths with many different items and interests that you’ll be sure to find something you admire.
Riverview High ESE Program 2012
Riverview High ESE Program 2016
There are many opportunities for children to enjoy this event as well. So bring the kids and encourage them to enjoy the arts. The Art Factory will be open to help kids get inspired and create something to take home to remind them of the artist in them.
Art lovers of all sorts are selling their priceless works of art as well as crafts on March 25th and 26th (2017). The Art Festival is located in Winthrop Town Centre area off of Bloomingdale and Providence. There is a large field area behind Boca’s Restaurant that will be filled with tents ready for customers. Hope to see you there!
Visit their website for more information and multiple ways to get involved in and support our community.