Our Thanksgiving Table

We’re in full scale planning mode for Thanksgiving over here! Hubberman has purchased the turkey, I’m gathering ingredients for our side dishes, and I’m putting the finishing touches on the Thanksgiving decor around the house.

I thought I would share our Thanksgiving “tablescape” (and the little helper I had as I was arranging things.)

Autumn Table

Autumn Table

Autumn Table

Cat Centerpiece

Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving next week!

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Autumn Garden Gallery

 

A Grow Camp update is long overdue. The only remnant from the summer vegetables are the bell peppers and they are still going strong, despite the cold evenings we have had lately. So far, my autumn plantings are doing great – red and green leaf lettuce, onions and arugula are all sprouted and growing. I just hope my onions get big and strong enough to last through the winter. Enjoy the gallery…mouse over for captions. I threw in a photo of one of our pretty yellow mums for good measure. Happy Monday!

Pumpkin Muffin Monday

It’s Muffin Monday here at our house (I love a good meal planning alliteration, don’t you?) This Monday I’ll be departing from our usual chocolate chip muffins for something a little more autumnal…Pumpkin Muffins!

This recipe makes quite a bit of batter. It can yield one standard 12 muffin pan, and a pan of 24 mini-muffins. Though I’ve always made muffins from this, I’m sure it would make several nice mini-loaves if that’s your preference. We just make the muffins and pop the leftovers in the freezer. They freeze beautifully. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Muffins

  • 1 ⅔ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 ½ cups white sugar
  • 1 cup solid pack pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts (optional)
  • ⅓ cup water
  • 2 eggs

1. Grease 1 non-stick dozen muffin pan, and 1 non-stick 2 dozen mini-muffin pan. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

2. Measure flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and spices into a large bowl. Stir to blend. Add pumpkin, water, veg oil, eggs, and nuts. Stir until well combined. Pour batter about 2/3 full into prepared muffin pans.

3. Bake for approximately 17 – 20 minutes depending on your oven (check on the mini-muffins around the 10 minute mark with a cake tester – they will come out sooner.)

Coffee Cake for Chilly Mornings

Autumn is here and things have been pretty quiet in the garden (and here at Clover and Thyme, too.) The Grow Camp has been cleared of all but the peppers, and I decided  to plant a few fall salad greens which are sprouting quite nicely. While the pace has slowed in the garden, it’s certainly picked up in the home. Our house has been buzzing with homeschool lessons, piano practice, fall soccer, and weekly homeschool co-op and church activities.

I’ve been having fun revisiting all my favorite cool weather recipes, including this coffee cake recipe. The weather has been quite nippy over here for the past week, and let me tell you, there is nothing like indulging in a warm comforting breakfast baked in the oven on a chilly autumn morning.

This cake has that perfect coffee cake texture, dense, but tender and not dry at all. It has just enough cinnamon and buttery richness without being too much.

The recipe makes an 8×8 pan – enough for a family of four or more to each have a healthy serving with left overs. How long it lasts in your kitchen without a revisit from your family is another story altogether.

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 6 tablespoons white sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅓ cup shortening
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9 inch square pan.

2. In a large bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Cut in the shortening with a pastry blender until well incorporated.

3. In a separate small bowl, beat the egg. Stir in the milk and vanilla. Add the egg-milk mixture to the flour mixture all at once. Stir carefully until just blended.

4. Transfer batter into prepared pan and spread evenly (batter will be thick.)

5. In a small bowl mix together brown sugar, 2 tablespoons flour and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon with the butter. Distribute evenly on top of cake, occasionally poking the topping into the batter wherever you desire. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.