Leaves are turning into that colorful shade of reds and yellows and the light has this magical glow. Mornings are crisp while a few hours later we can still sit outside in shirts soaking up sunshine and enjoying the wonderful day. Bit there is no denying summer is coming to an end and fall is sneaking up on us. Time for me to think about adventures in fall and compile my seasonal fall list.
As always I will check in on my summer bucket list and see how many items have been crossed off.
In all my time blogging I have never shared a muffin recipe here. Not because I don’t like them. Not because I don’t bake them. No I didn’t share because I am very protective of my recipes. Some at least. Today I feel like sharing tough. Not any muffin recipe no. Pumpkin Muffins – perfect fall dessert and my all time favorites. I’ve used to make them quite often but it’s been almost 10 years I last made them. Ingredients were hard to come by back then. Nowadays it’s a bit easier though.
I can not even say why those muffins are something special. They are sweet but not too sweet, they are always moist and soft even when days old – in case they last that long. I used to bake them for my host family and it’s actually a recipe from my host mom from back in the day.
But without further ado here are the ingredients to make Pumpkin Muffins:
If you want to make the pumpkin pie filling from scratch: cut up a pumpkin. I have used the regular halloween pumpkin as well as Hokkaido. Put in oven on low temperature until soft. That’s it. I have not done cooking it because I feared the taste will diffuse in the cooking water.
How to whip up your pumpkin muffins:
In a large bowl beat eggs, sugar, pumpkin and oil until everything is smooth.
Combine flour, baking soda and baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
Add to pumpkin mixture and mix well.
Fold in chocolate chips
Fill greased muffin pan.
Bake at 200°C/400°F for about 16-20 minutes.
This makes about 12 muffins. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
Fall is finally here. I have much looked forward to this season as summer was really tough this year being prone to migraines. Just not a huge fan of those hot temperatures and high humidity. So I welcome this season with a new fall bucket list. But as always before getting started with new goals, dreams and wishes let’s have a look at the summer list:
✓ Spending some more time strolling along Berlins lakes and canals. → We went for some visits at Wannsee, Tegler See and walked around Alt Stralau. So yes.
✓ Enjoy the balcony to the fullest. → definitely did this. I even managed to keep my plants alive during this heatwave of summer.
Taking a photo trip to a part of Berlin I haven’t yet been or wasn’t for long time.
✓ Celebrating Mr. ♡ milestone birthday. → It was a good birthday. Even though he felt sick on his birthday we had a ice cream party and a week later a wonderful dinner with friends and family.
╳ Finishing #the100daysofcraftaliciousimages project. → still working on it. Currently 31 days to go.
✓ Sewing summer clothes. → I managed to sew two shirts, have another one ready to stitch together and a short pants (that unfortunately doesn’t fit because I thought I was smarter than the instructions…)
✓ Making some more jewelry. → I made some lovely birch wood jewelry. Also thinking about selling a few.
✓ Spa Day with myself → It was wonderful to finally spent a day relaxing.
╳ Baking from a new recipe → nope… only staples
╳ Go swimming. → unfortunately not but I came close. I was at a lake and went almost skinny dipping because I had no swim suite. But I chickened out because I didn’t want to leave car keys and camera unattended.
╳ Eat lots of veggies. → huge fail here. Less veggies more chocolate and cake.
Summer you have been other than expected but still great. But now it’s time to move on. For me fall starts with my moms birthday which happens to fall on the official fall start – tomorrow. Here is my fall list I’ve compiled for this season:
Finishing #the100daysofcraftaliciousimages project. As mentioned still 31 days to go. I will get this done. However I need to make adjustments for next year.
Participating in #inktober I feel like drawing and sketching and I always am more into it when doing a challenge. However I might be putting too much on my plate here.
Participating in #NaBloPoMO again Always fun to spent more time on this blog and this would be year four to have a full blogging month.
Sew a pencil skirt I have this blue textured fabric and I have a pattern in mind. Just need to sit down and do it.
Baking pumpkin muffins They have been a favorite 20 years ago and I haven’t had one in ages. It’s bit more effort since there is no pumkinpie filling available in Germany and you have to make that from scratch.
Getting started on xmas presents Every year I feel like I should have listened to people when they tell me of things they like so once Christmas comes around I am not lost of ideas. I want to make an effort to already collecting ideas throughout fall. Maybe I’ll have good clues at hand when it gets time to buy things.
I am looking forward to the season. Have you written a fall list too? Please share your ideas. And if need more ideas check out last years list.
Did you enjoy the last days of summer? I sure did but I have to be honest I am looking forward to cooler temperatures and the cozy home feel that comes with the fall season.
Just this week I was visiting my friend and instead of just hanging out and chatting our time away we ended up making apple sauce from her 7 apple trees – and chatting our time away. This inspired me to make a fall bucket list. Actually the first one on this blog – how did that happen?
Making apple sauce. I realised I have never done it before only watched my grandma.
Make a tassel necklace. As I didn’t get it done in summer – let’s try in fall.
Try a new pumpkin recipe.
Let me know if you have any good ones.
Drink lots of tea. Nothing more to say…
Read even more books. I let you in on a secret: I already managed to hit my reading goal for this year. Come join me on Goodreads to share some fun. Check out my posts about my favorite books 2018 part I & part II
Taking walks in the park and cemetery and observe the leaves changing. It is always such calming experience.See here.
Go mushroom picking.
It’s a long lost love and I wish I could make time to do so. Maybe this year.
Celebrate my mothers 60th birthday. It is really weird doing so. I remember celebrating my grandpas. Anyone else having strange feelings?
Participating in a charity. I’m thinking about going the “Christmas in a shoebox”. The last years I’ve been too late.
Here is my blogpost about the experience.
Going to BLOGST a blogging conference. Lucky me snatched a ticket third time in a row so I will be going to Cologne in November. Who will I meet? Read about my experience and what I learnt about networking here.
Work on my craft lab. This is so embarrassing but I put it out here: I am still not done with this room. I really want – no need – to finish it by the end of the year. It drives me crazy. Well, this is semi done I’d say. Not as far as I would like but you can see progress. However I won’t manage my yearly goal I am afraid.
Making a floral arrangement for Sunday of the Dead. And maybe donating it to an unattended grave. I made two arrangements however only for my grandparents grave.
Sitting on the balcony listening to the rain.
Preferably wrapped in a warm coat and som hot beverage in my hand.
Reading more blogs and commenting. At least on the weekends I want to catch up and leave some lovely words.
Enjoying a spa day with myself. I have to admit that I prefer those days maybe even a tiny bit more compared to having company.
What plans do you have for fall. Love to hear about it in the comments.