Tomorrow marks the start of October, and I'm over here loving on all things pumpkin. I'll admit, there's a lot of fall flavors I love more than pumpkin, but these muffins combined with a crumb topping and a glaze icing are such a perfect blend of the season.
1 1/2c flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spie
1/2c vegetable oil
1/2c brown sugar (I used light)
1 15oz can pumpkin puree
1. Preheat oven to 350. Spray a muffin tin with nonstick spray or grease with butter.
2. In a mixer, mix the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, pie spice until blended. Then, add in the oil, sugars, pumpkin, eggs and milk. Mix until combined.
3. Slowly spoon or pour the batter into the muffin tin, about halfway.
As the oven preheats, make the crumb topping for the muffins.
1/4c brown sugar
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
4-5 tbsp melted butter
Mix together (with a fork) the flour, sugars and spice together in a small bowl. Then, slowly add bits of the melted butter in and continue to mix until it becomes a crumb-like consistency. You may not need all of the butter - you want to add until it's the consistency that you prefer and not too wet.
Slowly sprinkle the crumble over the muffins in the tins and then bake for about 20 minutes. .
What is a pumpkin muffin without a delicious glaze over top?
1 1/2c powdered sugar
1 tbsp syrup
1 tsp nutmeg or pie spice
2 tbsp milk
Whisk all of the ingredients together until smooth, and drizzle over muffins once they come out of the oven.
The first day of Fall is tomorrow, and I couldn't be happier! I'll admit, I'm definitely a warm weather person, but there's something about this season that I love. From the food to the celebrations to the sweaters ... I'm sold on Fall!
Tonight, I decided to put together one of my go-to recipes for chillier weather, Swedish Meatballs. Served over mashed potatoes, they are filling (which means a little goes a long way with a crowd) and flavorful. Round this meal out with a green side, and you're set!
Start with ... Allie's Baked Meatballs
3 cloves of minced garlic
1/3c shredded parmesan cheese
3 tbsp chili sauce (or ketchup)
1 tsp salt
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. In a large mixing bowl (I use my stand mixer), mix everything together.
3. With the meat mixture, form meatballs (about 2 inches) and place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
4. Bake the meatballs for 20 minutes.
As the meatballs are baking ... Mashed Potatoes
Bag of yellow/gold potatoes (or Russet if you prefer)
1/2c heavy cream
1/4c unsalted butter
1/4c sour cream
1. Peel and cut the potatoes into quarters.
2. Put the potatoes into a large stockpot, and cover them with salted water. Allow to boil about 20 minutes, or until the potatoes are soft enough to poke with a fork and begin to fall apart.
3. Drain the potatoes, and then return to the stockpot.
4. Add the heavy cream and begin to mash the potatoes, then add the butter once the cream is mostly combined. Allow the butter to melt a minute and then continue to mash.
5. Mash in the sour cream, and then set aside.
While you're waiting for the potatoes to boil ... Swedish Meatball Gravy
7 tbsp unsalted butter
3c beef broth
3/4c sour cream
1. Melt the butter over medium heat. Once melted, slowly whisk in the flour.
2. Slowly pour the beef broth in, one cup at a time, and whisk constantly for a couple of minutes or until the mixture begins to thicken.
3. Whisk in the sour cream and add seasoning of your choice (I added a dash of garlic powder and salt).
4. When the meatballs are done cooking, add them into the pot of sauce to heat through.
Pour the Swedish Meatballs over the Mashed Potatoes, and enjoy!
If you know me, you know I love me some southern food. I've found the holy grail.
Back in college, I frequented The Social Lounge; however, I was much more familiar with their bar than I was their menu. On Friday, a girlfriend of mine (and my MOH!), suggested that we grab dinner and double date at The Social in West Chester. Dan and I weren't sure if it was the same place ... and it kind of was but also wasn't.
We haven't been back for dinner to West Chester in a long time, and we're not even sure when The Social expanded their menu and location, but we're very happy about discovering this gem. If you know me, you know I'm a little southern lady trapped in the body of a suburban-Philly twenty-something and so stumbling upon this gem of a restaurant warmed my insides.
On the menu, we found things like Chicken and Waffles, Fried Green Tomatoes, Pimiento Cheese and Shrimp and Grits. To say I was in heaven is one heck of an understatement.
The portions are huge, so we decided to do a few appetizers and drinks instead of the entrees. Next time, I'm doing the Chicken and Waffles (literally dreaming about it). If you're into southern cuisine, you need to add The Social to your list.
For almost a year now, I've been in contact with Gemma from AR Workshop in Malvern, brainstorming an event before they even officially opened their doors. I'm so excited to finally announce that we've got an event on the calendar!
If you haven't heard of AR Workshop just yet, it's essentially Pinterest come to life. The designers behind the company (founded in 2010), has launched into a workshop-based franchise where the public can attend classes and parties to make popular projects for their homes. How fun is that!?
With the autumn season upon us, we thought it would be a fun time to collaborate, so that you can bring some of those fun projects to your own space. While this is not the same as our traditional GNO's (we're still hosting one on October 9 in Downingtown!), we thought it would be fun to incorporate an optional get-together for those who might want to attend.
We're already seeing a lot of you expressing interest in attending ... whether you've been dying to go and couldn't find anyone to go with you or if you have a group of girlfriends who just haven't gotten around to booking a workshop ... now is your chance!
AR Workshop in Malvern is BYOB, so grab a bottle of wine, your girlfriends and register for a project for our special Philadelphia Housewives Workshop!