I am starting to ready our home to host gatherings with friends and family to welcome in the autumn season. Sharing recipes with my friends in the “Tastes of the Season” series hosted by Ella Claire has put me in just the right mood to bake and entertain.
My kitchen smells delicious after these perfect sized pumpkin muffins go into the oven. Scents of cinnamon and clove begin to fill the air and suddenly autumn is here. It is as if there is a passing of the baton from summer to autumn and a new season has happened upon us.
Keeping it simple is the key to how I entertain no matter the season. Simple food and simple decorating make for gatherings that everyone enjoys.
I like to set up different food and drink stations throughout the house when I entertain. This helps prevent people from crowding into one spot. Sometimes that means having to think a little creative, but that is when that magic happens.
Substantial pieces and those that have a history to them are just some of the ways I create an autumnal feel when entertaining at this time of year. The vintage wooden crate that I found at a barn sale and old books that I covered in fabric convey those messages perfectly.
To find out about the items I use to entertain in the fall season please sign up for my free checklist. Hint, you most likely have most of them in your home!
My 10 Autumn Decorating Tips
My 10 simple autumn decorating tips using items you most likely already have in your home!
Pumpkin Patch Muffin Recipe
- 1 cup canned pumpkin
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 2 eggs
- 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the pumpkin, sugar, water, vegetable oil, and eggs. Beat until well mixed.
- Measure the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, baking powder, nutmeg, and ground cloves into a separate bowl, then still until well combined.
- Slowly add the pumpkin mixture to the dry ingredients, stirring until just combined.
- Spoon the batter into a 12-cup muffin tin lined with paper baking cups.
- Bake the muffins for approximately 25 minutes.
- Cool for at least 10 minutes.
Please visit with some of my friends in the “Tastes of the Seasons” recipe series. I promise you will be inspired to welcome autumn into your own home. Enjoy!
Pumpkin Custard Pie with Gingersnap Crust by Ella Claire | Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Bread by Nest of Posies | Pumpkin Creme Brûlée by Maison de Pax | Pumpkin Cake with Creme Cheese Frosting by Dear Lillie | Pumpkin Tomato and Bacon Soup by Craftberry Bush
Spiced Pumpkin Pancakes by Boxwood Avenue | Paleo Pumpkin Chili by Nesting with Grace | Pumpkin Ginger Molasses Cookies by anderson + grant | Pumpkin Baked Brie en Croute by French Country Cotage | Nina Hendrick Design Co.
Pumpkin Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies by A Burst of Beautiful | Maple Glazed Pumpkin Hand Pies by Love Grows Wild | Pumpkin Patch Muffins by House 214 | Pumpkin Maple Pancakes by Finding Home Farms | Miniature Pumpkin Tarts by Zevy Joy
Oatmeal Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies by Miss Mustard Seed | Pumpkin Toffee Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Frosting by My Sweet Savannah | Pumpkin Pan Pie by Inspired by Charm
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