Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

October 27, 2013 13:11 by Suzy

I'm looking out at a gorgeous Ohio fall Sunday...bright sunshine, cool crisp air and falling leaves.  And football on the TV.  Life is good.

These muffins are the perfect treat for a late-October weekend.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins
adapted from The Loopy Ewe

Filling:
8 ounces cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar

Topping:
1/2 cup sugar
5 tablespoons flour
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
4 tablespoons cold butter, cut into pieces

Muffins:
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
4 eggs
2 cups sugar
2 cups pumpkin puree
1 1/4 cups vegetable oil

Beat together cream cheese and powdered sugar until well combined.  Scrape onto piece of plastic wrap and form into a log, 1 1/2 inches in diameter.  Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and place in freezer for at least 2 hours.

Combine topping ingredients in a small bowl.  Mix with clean hands or two forks until crumbly.  Keep in refrigerator until ready to use.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease muffin tins, or use paper liners.

In large bowl, beat together eggs, sugar, pumpkin and oil until well blended.  Add all of the dry ingredients and stir until combined.  Do not overmix.

Slice cream cheese log into 24 equal pieces.

Put a small amount (barely 1 tablespoon) of batter in each muffin tin well.  Top with piece of cream cheese mixture, then spoon batter on top, completely covering the cream cheese.  Sprinkle each muffin with topping.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.  Let cool on wire rack for a few minutes before serving.  Makes 24 muffins.



These Still Count As Goodies, Right?

October 7, 2013 21:54 by Suzy

These still count as goodies, right?

No, I haven’t completely given up cooking and baking goodies…I've just added knitted goodies to my repertoire!

JD and I moved to southern Ohio this past spring, and we’re loving the quiet, small town life. Definitely don’t miss the traffic, crowds, and high prices of DC. I was lucky enough to find a really good job fairly quickly, and JD is spending his days working outside with his grandfather…taking care of the house and 70+ acres of property, including a lake! We are both truly blessed.

So, in between my job, enjoying the peace and quiet of rural Ohio, and getting into Big 10 football in addition to the NFL (there go my Saturdays and Sundays!), I have been making food goodies in the kitchen and knitting goodies in the living room.

Most recently, I finished my Left Bank Cardigan and Moutons' Boutons fingerless mitts…

The Left Bank Cardigan is a design from Linda Wilgus of Wooly Mammoth Knits. It’s a great pattern, completely seamless, knit from the top down in an easy but distinctive rib pattern. I will confess, I did get a bit bored towards the end but the end result was so worth it! After finishing the body (whew!), the sleeves are knit in the round with a bit of the rib pattern at the cuffs. Then stitches are picked up along the edge and a seed stitch button band and collar is added.

The rib pattern is lovely, and gives the cardigan a nice fitted shape. I was very pleased with how this project turned out and it’s a perfect go-with-everything piece for my work wardrobe. I was also flattered and thrilled to hear from Linda Wilgus after I posted my finished project on Ravelry…she complimented my finished cardigan and asked if she could include my pictures on her pattern page! Wow!

I used Fyberspates Scrumptious yarn, in the Water colorway. Beautiful blend of Merino wool and silk.

Link to Ravelry project here.

Back in August I received my club yarn shipment from indigodragonfly yarns and OH MY GOD it was so gorgeous…a beautiful mix of purples, greens and blues in their super-soft-super-squishy MCN Sport base. I immediately began searching for the perfect pattern to match up with this treasure. A complex stitch pattern would get lost in the variegated colorway, so I looked for something simple and elegant.

Enter the Moutons' Boutons pattern. I loved the idea of surrounding my hands with the glorious Merino-Cashmere blend, and I even had the perfect buttons left over from the Left Bank Cardigan project!

The pattern is simple but not boring, and the sport weight helps make them a very quick knit…I finished them in 2 days! I love having the button band to add a little visual interest, plus you can get creative and a little wacky with your button choices. These would make great gifts that you can personalize.

Can't wait for the cold weather to get here so I can start wearing these mitts!

Link to Ravelry project here.

So that’s what’s going on here…I’m hoping to do some baking now that fall has arrived so you should see posts of that nature coming up. I’m planning to have regular posts to update “What’s On My Needles” and “What’s Cookin’, Good Lookin’,” as well as make some general updates to the About Me and Index pages and other stuff.

Stay tuned!



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