Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Fall Joyous Home Journal!

The Fall Journal is now available!

Autumn Decorating ~ Make a burlap cornucopia, decorating with dried beans, make a burlap table runner, napkin ring conversation starter, and a table setting.

Fall "Y" Pillow ~ Learn the "Y" seam technique to make this beautiful pillow!

Build a Dollhouse ~ Step-by-step photos for building a basic wooden dollhouse. A great project for Dad and boys to build together for the young girls in the house!

Soups, Bread & Rolls ~ Recipes for delicious soups: Split Pea, Beef Vegetable, and Creamy Italian Potato Soup. Try making yummy breads: Foccacia Bread, Parmesan Pepper Rolls, Cheddar Cheese Biscuits, and Olive Bread.

Crockpot Desserts ~ Desserts for your crock pot! Gooey Hot Fudge Pudding Cake, Butterscotch Pumpkin Cake and Apple Crumb Pie!

Warm Drinks for Chilly Days ~ Make your own coffeehouse favorites: Pumpkin Spice Latte, Salted Caramel Latte (make it a mocha too!), and Double Dark Hot Cocoa. You must try the Sweet 'n Salty Whipped Cream!

Roast fresh pumpkin from the garden ~ Make some deliciously spicy pumpkin butter, soft pumpkin bread and some cream cheese pumpkin cinnamon rolls.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Whole Grain Pumpkin Muffins

Almost all of the pumpkins in our garden are ripe and ready to be picked. We just recently roasted one of them for some recipes, and this was one of the treats we enjoyed from our harvest.

Whole Grain Pumpkin Muffins

Combine in a large bowl:
    3 cups freshly ground soft wheat flour
    1 1/2 tbsp. baking powder
    1 1/2 tsp. sea salt
    2 tsp. ground cinnamon
    1/2 tsp. ground allspice
    1/2 tsp. ground ginger
    1 1/2 cups brown sugar
    Whisk together. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and add:
    1/2 cup melted butter
    1 cup sour cream
    1 1/2 cups fresh pumpkin puree`
    2 large eggs
    2 tsp. vanilla extract
Stir together just until all of the ingredients are moist. Line a muffin pan with paper liners. Spoon the batter into the cups, filling no more than 2/3. Leave plain, or sprinkle with cinnamon or maple sugar. Bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 

Serve with homemade pumpkin butter (we included our recipe in the Fall '12 Joyous Journal!), or spread them with soft, homemade spreadable butter. Delicious!      ~ Makes 18-20 muffins 

Enjoy! ~ Jessica

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Easy Doll Quilt - Free Lesson

If you or your daughter would like to learn basic quilt block construction, here is a simple project for you! Complete with photos and instructions, it's a good beginner lesson. This would make a nice Christmas present.

I recommend ages 10 +, and a little experience at a sewing machine. Feel free to ask questions here. Just download and enjoy!

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