Pumpkin Mufcakes with Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Frosting

November 17, 2008 at 12:27 am | Posted in bread, Cupcakes, Dessert, Muffins, Pumpkin | 1 Comment

Mufcakes is a word I just made up.  Don’t you like it?  It was either that or cuffins.  I liked mufcakes much better.  You see, the reason I am calling these mufcakes is because I actually  used a muffin/bread recipe to make these, but I put icing on them so I’m not sure they were really a muffin anymore…?  I’m overthinking this.  🙂  Sheridan and I made these last weekend to take to my parents and my grandparents and we had a good time making them as always. 

I used this pumpkin bread recipe for the muffins and this icing recipe for the homemade vanilla bean cream cheese icing.  I figured it would turn out okay and boy was I right! 

This is a yummy fall recipe to make – it makes about 32-ish mufcakes.  I remembered I needed to take a picture after I had already taken a bite out of the last one so excuse the picture  🙂

Mrs. Pig Rating:  The combination of the most amazing pumpkin bread recipe ever and this to die for frosting made these SO FREAKING GOOD.  I definitely will be making these every year now.

Mrs. Pig Co-Worker Rating:  One of my co-workers said these were right up there with the apple spice cookie bars and those are her favorite thing ever so that was a great compliment!

A Weekend of Halloween Fun!

October 29, 2008 at 1:25 am | Posted in Cookies, Fun, kids, Pumpkin | 7 Comments

This past weekend was a blur for us we had so many things going on.  I won’t bore you (or make you tired) by listing out all of the details.  Let’s just say that we crammed about a month’s worth of activities into one weekend.  I guess that is what happens as kids get older and get invited to parties and have all sorts of activities at school  : )

Our fun activity Friday night was going to the pumpkin patch to pick out our pumpkins.  We always each pick one to carve and one to paint.  We paint smaller ones to sit around the house – Sheridan loves doing this!  I get out all of my acrylic paints and let the kids just get creative and do whatever they want.  We have a blast doing this!  Hard at work:

Saturday night (after the Fall Festival at the kids school…after our nephew’s soccer game an hour away…after the Halloween party the kids went to at the country club…etc. etc…) Sheridan and I baked sugar cookies.  This is her favorite cookie to make – she loves making the icing different colors, using our cookie cutters, and using all of the sprinkles.  We do this every holiday and I just let her make a mess and don’t really care about it for one night.  Anyone who knows me knows that is a hard thing for me to do.  LOL  I let Sheridan decorate all of the cookies so here are her masterpieces…

Sunday morning the four of us along with my great friend Lindsay carved jack-o-lanterns at our house.  It was a little chilly so we did them in the garage this year instead of outside.  This normally turns out Tommy and I doing most of the carving.  This year was no different.  : )  Lindsay brought a book of Disney Princess patterns and Sheridan wanted to do a rose and Lindsay did Arial The Little Mermaid.  Tommy, Will, and I chose more traditional patterns.  : )  Our handywork:

Lots more stuff going on this coming weekend – Friday I have my work Halloween party followed by seeing the kids trick or treat followed by a Halloween party that night and another Halloween party on Saturday night.  Whew!  Holidays are nuts!  But I secretly love it.  : ) I’ll post costumes next week! 

Happy Halloween all!

Best Pumpkin Bread Ever

October 7, 2008 at 2:06 pm | Posted in bread, Muffins, Pumpkin | 10 Comments

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again.  I LOVE LOVE fall baking.  I love apple and pumpkin things the most.  I have been wanting to find a really good pumpkin bread recipe and I found this one on allrecipes.com and had great reviews so I gave it a shot.  This recipe as it reads makes enough for a normal size loaf of bread as well as about 12 muffins.  This was perfect timing because my best friend had her wedding this past weekend so I took the muffins for our getting ready Saturday morning breakfast. 

Recipe from www.allrecipes.com; picture from my kitchen

Ingredients

  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 3 cups white sugar
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour three 7×3 inch loaf pans.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, water and sugar until well blended. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. Stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until just blended. Pour into the prepared pans.
  3. Bake for about 50 minutes in the preheated oven. Loaves are done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Mrs. Pig Rating:  This is THE best pumpkin bread I have ever made.  It is so moist you will not believe it.  And it tastes so good in muffin form.  Make this recipe – you will NOT be disappointed!!!!

Mrs. Pig Co-Worker’s Rating:  My co-workers really liked this one as well.  They kept talking about how moist it was.  : ) 

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