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Feels Like Fall

September 14, 2015

We got our first bout of true fall weather this weekend—temps in the high sixties/low seventies…beautiful sunny blue skies…NO HUMIDITY. 

We took advantage of it and spent a lot of time outside, hitting up the park:

…and taking a couple of long walks through the neighborhood.

This afternoon, I went into full-fledged fall overdrive.   I made this slow-cooker pot roast recipe, which ended up really tasty— just a classic, comforting meal.  It was a lot of food—enough for one more meal, plus some to freeze:

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While the meat and veggies cooked in the slow cooker, Lila and I decided to take the fall fun a little further (is it just me, or is there a lot of alliteration in this post?), baking up some pumpkin muffins.  We started with a basic recipe but changed it up quite a bit.  I have some different gluten-free flours in our pantry that I’ve been trying to use up, so I experimented a bit with that.  Here’s what we came up with:

Pumpkin Muffins

1 cup all purpose flour

1/4 cup almond meal

1/2 cup gluten-free all purpose flour (I used a mix from Bob’s Red Mill)

1 tbsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. each cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, and ginger

1 cup pumpkin puree

1 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup oil

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.

In a mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients (flour through spices).  In a separate bowl, combine the remaining ingredients.  Stir wet ingredients into dry until just combined.  Distribute into greased muffin tins, filling cups 3/4 full. 

Bake 25-30 minutes.  Remove to a cooling rack.

Optional extra step: leave the room while muffins are cooling on the table and come back after two bad dogs have devoured half of them.

Damn dogs.

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Temps are supposed to get back up to 80 later this week, but this weekend sure was a nice preview of what’s to come in the next couple of months.  Hope you had a good weekend!

xx

One Comment leave one →
  1. amberbusyboldblessed permalink
    September 15, 2015 3:51 pm

    I love the first few tastes of fall!

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