It is officially pumpkin season. Pendleton's Country Market sent an email advertising $1 pick-your-own pumpkins this week. They also have tools to allow you to do your pumpkin carving at the farm and leave the mess for their compost pile. Last year we purchased many winter squash as well as pumpkins for the girls to decorate.
I think this year we will go pick up several pumpkins to cook so that we can learn how an unprocessed pumpkin puree tastes. Recently the girls helped me make pumpkin muffins and while I was opening the can of pumpkin I thought that we were finally ready to take this next step in our journey toward cleaner eating. It is a slow process for us but one we are enjoying.
Audrey's daddy and several of his coworkers spoke highly of the pumpkin muffins so I thought it would be a good recipe to share:
Pumpkin Pie Muffins
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 1 1/4tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp ground cloves
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
- 1/3 cup canola oil
- 1/3 cup water
- 2 tbsp raw pumpkin seeds
Mix dry ingredients in one bowl and wet ingredients in another. Add dry to wet and mix until just combined. Spoon into greased or lined muffin tins and then sprinkle with raw pumpkin seeds. Bake at 350°F for about 20 minutes.
|My models ready to begin.|
|Mixing and messes.|
|Mo's turn to spoon into tins.|
|Audrey is an old pro at this.|
|Ready to bake with pepitas.|
It really is worth it to get on the mailing list for Pendleton Country Market. They do not send out many emails and the ones they send are all full of really good information.
We linked this post up with Halloween Traditions on JDaniel4's Mom's blog. There are costumes, recipes, crafts, memories, it is a great link up. She was so awesome to put something like that together. I sometimes wish I had great ideas for link ups and then I realized then I would have to be on top of things all the time, which I am not. Ever.