If I listed everything related to pumpkin, you’d be reading until next Tuesday! This is my favorite time of year and most of the reason has to do with pumpkin everything!
- PUMPKIN PATCHES
- PUMPKIN SONGS
- PUMPKIN MUFFINS FROM STARBUCKS
Just keep in mind, these yummy cream cheese muffins are a whopping 53g carbs and 14g fat! I do make a copycat recipe at home, however – it makes me feel less guilty. Will I share it? Well, of course! My recipe will still have carbs because it uses all-purpose flour, which is what gives baked goods the bounce and great texture we love. Does it have as many carbs? No – I substitute Splenda for sugar and cream for milk. Let’s make muffins!
COPYCAT PUMPKIN CREAM CHEESE MUFFINS
For the muffin:
1 cup Splenda
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup pumpkin puree’
1/4 cup cream
2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
For the filling:
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup Splenda
1 tsp. vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Put muffin liners in tins. Stir pumpkin, oil and Splenda together in a large bowl. DO THIS BY HAND. Stir in eggs, pumpkin pie spice, salt and baking soda. Stir in 1 cup flour, then stir in cream, then stir in remaining 1 cup flour. Divide batter among muffin tins, filling 1/2 full. Stir together cream cheese, Splenda and vanilla. Drop 1 Tbs. onto the top of each muffin.
Bake for 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the muffin part comes out clean.
Cool at least 5 minutes before serving. Store in refrigerator. You can freeze these for a quick snack later.
- PUMPKIN HAIR MASK
Nope – I’m not joking! Thanks to NaturallyCurly.com for this really great hair mask!
1/2 cup pumpkin
1/4 cup plain yogurt
2 Tbs. honey
Put everything in a bowl and puree well. If you don’t, you’ll end up with pumpkin chunks in your hair. Separate hair in sections and smooth from root to tip all over. Put on a shower cap and wait 20-30 minutes. Shower and shampoo/condition as usual.
Fun Fact: Pumpkin contains over 100 beneficial nutrients and is exceptionally high in beta carotene thus making it an ideal ingredient for hair products.
- PUMPKIN SCENTED LOTIONS
Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin from Bath and Body Works – well, that really WORKS for me! Have you tried it? If they made that into a wax melt, I’d buy it! Okay, I may not buy it if it’s super expensive, but I’d want to buy it. 😉
- PUMPKIN WAX MELTS
Here’s how I roll on wax melts… when I can get them for .89 a package from Bed, Bath & Beyond – I go for it! There’s just one drawback to buying wax melts on the cheap… I buy the fall and winter scents in the summer, and the spring and summer scents in the winter! On a good day, I can buy up all they have and use my handy dandy coupon for more savings!
I’ll tell ya though – I don’t like paying upwards of $2 a package for them, so I buy the pumpkin scents in June, July and August because if I live long enough, autumn will show up eventually and it will be time to use them.
- PUMPKIN POETRY
I have enjoyed sharing Lucinda’s poetry on my blog – and I know you’ve enjoyed reading it! When I mentioned a salute to all things pumpkin, she got to work! I thought I’d see one, maybe two poems at the most. LOL – can you believe this… she wrote a ton of pumpkin poems!!! I couldn’t think of one to write – is this girl talented or what?
Oh wait… that one was mine – from like 3 years ago! Thanks again to Matthew Deets for sharing a photo of his punkin’ pie! I’m looking forward to some punkin’ pie pretty soon – with whipped cream on top! Yum! I did a non-scientific poll of my friends on facebook, asking what their favorite PUMPKIN thing is – and most said PIE – and I’m right there with ya – it’s pie for me too! That’s my pumpkin thing, followed closely by the pumpkin spice coffee creamers – sugar free, of course.
Let’s enjoy some more pumpkin poetry from Lucinda:
And a couple of poems I wrote to add – right at the last minute – whew! Made it!
Of course, my favorite part of fall is decorating with my pumpkin baskets!
Nothing is more cute than seeing little people with little pumpkins – just so cute!!!
We’ll be talking about this more on October 1st, but there’s some special pink pumpkins that are important to us. Ladies, if you have not had your mammogram yet this year – get it done!
There are so many ways to PUMPKIN-IZE your autumn! Have some fun and make the most of the season. Oh, and don’t forget to make the punkin’ pie! 🙂