Y'all, I absolutely am in love with autumn. By far, it is my favorite season. I grew up in Nebraska, and there were wonderful orchards that I frequented every year with my family. I remember how excited my grandma would be about having her granddaughters with her - showing us off to her neighbors (hello, rural Nebraska!), buying my sister and me endless amounts of rock candy, honey sticks and warm apple pie.
I miss my grandma terribly during these fall months. But instead of becoming sad, I use this time to celebrate all things fall-related in full force. It brings back all the happy memories I have of her. I decorate our apartment (just got some great new place mats!), eat apples like it's my job, bake with pumpkin and enjoy cider whenever possible.
|Pretty new place mat!|
My grandpa loves chocolate. And love makes you do silly things sometimes.
Grandma Rogers' Pumpkin Muffins
Adapted from: Pumpkin Wheat Honey Muffins
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (or a combo of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger)
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup applesauce
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup chocolate chips (I used regular and white)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 12 cup muffin pan, or line with paper cups.
In a large bowl, stir together flour, sugar, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Make a well in the center, then ad the eggs, pumpkin, applesauce and honey into the center.
Mix just until the dry ingredients are absorbed. Stir in chocolate chips. Scoop batter into muffin cups so they are 2/3 full.
Bake for 18-20 minutes (until the tops of the muffins spring back when lightly pushed). Cool in pan before removing.