Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese

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Happy Tuesday my friends! Our visit to Atlanta is over and we will be flying back to Denver today. We had such a fun time and I can’t wait to tell you all about our trip! Since I’ll have to save all those sweet details for another time, I thought I’d give you a another kind of treat today. One you could eat!

pumpkin cupcakes

Anyone who knows me, knows that fall is my favorite season.  And in my opinion, you can’t truly experience fall without a few pumpkins in your life! Every year I have to make something with my favorite fall gourd. In the past, it’s been pumpkin pancakes or waffles which have always been a big hit.

But I think these Pumpkin Cupcakes may now be the new family favorite! What’s not to love about these sweet treats? Besides the awesome organic pumpkin puree, they have some tasty fall spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Plus, your whole house will smell amazing while these lovelies are baking. :)

Pumpkin Cupcakes-2

These cupcakes would make a great dessert for Halloween, Thanksgiving or anytime really! And if you are crunched for time, make the cupcakes a day ahead. Then add the icing right before you plan on serving. Couldn’t be more simple or more fall!

What’s your favorite fall dessert?

 

Makes around 30 cupcakes

For the Cupcakes:

  • 3 cups all purposed flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees then line your muffin pan with cupcake liners. In a large bowl combine the first six dry ingredients, flour through nutmeg. In a stand mixer bowl, combine the butter, granulates sugar and brown sugar until creamy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add your dry ingredients and milk, alternating until well combined. Mix in pumpkin puree. Fill your cupcake liners about 2/3 full with batter. Bake for about 18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow the cupcakes to cool for about 15 minutes in the pan, then

For the Icing:

  • 1 1/2 sticks butter, softened
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 4 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

In a stand mixer bowl, combine the butter and cream cheese until well combined. Gradually add confectioner’s sugar one cup at at time. Add vanilla and cinnamon. Mix until combined. Place your icing into a pastry bag. Use a large round tip to frost cupcakes.

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Six on Saturday: New Uses for Cooking Spray

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We all know that cooking spray helps prevent our food from sticking to dishes. But did you know that same spray can do more than just help your food have a clean escape?

new uses cooking spray in your home - IFM

Discover six new uses for cooking spray that will leave you sticky-free! :)

1) Form perfect patties. Cooking spray can be your best friend when working with meat. Coat your hands in the oil and you won’t have to deal with food remnants getting stuck to your fingers.

2) Grate your cheese with ease. That chunk of cheddar will slide across your grater so much easier with by coating it with cooking spray first.

cooking spray helps you grate cheese

3) Silence those squeaks. Apply some cooking spray directly onto the hinge and it should silence those squeaky doors and windows.

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Friday’s Fantastic Finds

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Hey there!

happy friday

How was your week? Mine was busy! Yesterday I ran a bunch of errands including having the oil changed in not one, but TWO vehicles. It was like officially car maintenance day yesterday. Today looks like it will be pretty crazy as well. We are attending a family wedding this weekend so there are haircuts to get and clothes to buy. Nothing like waiting to the last minute! ;)

Here’s wishing you a more relaxing Friday! Enjoy this weeks fantastic finds….

Fantastic Fall Dessert: Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cake.  I love pumpkin desserts, don’t you?

Pumpkin-Cinnamon-Roll-Cake

 

Fantastic DIY: How To Build a Fire Pit. Could someone just build this for me in my back yard? I’ll take the furniture too!. Thanks! ;)

how to build a fire pit

 

Fantastic Kitchen Help: How To Shop Your Pantry. Great ideas on food to always keep in stock plus 3 easy weeknight dinner recipes.

how to shop your pantry

 

Fantastic Fall Outfit: Yes, it’s very neutral but still very classic and might I even add…comfy? :)

fantastic fall outfit

 

Fantastic Words of Wisdom:

its not the circumstances

 

Fantastic Good-to-Know: Fall Colors Map. I was just thinking about when we should drive up to the mountains to see the fall colors. Then I discovered this map that shows you the best time of the year to see the foliage. Sweet!

best time to see fall leaves

 

Fantastic Soup: 15 Minute Lentil Soup. It’s so cold in Denver today, I would really love a bowl of this for lunch!

15 minute lentil soup

 

Fantastic Weekend Breakfast: Apple Pie Overnight Stuffed French Toast. You had with the words “apple pie.” ;)

stuffed_french_toast

 

Fantastic Funny: So that’s what it’s called. :)

mom sleep

 

Have a fantastic weekend!
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Q and A Day

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For today, I thought we could have a Q and A Day. Feel free to ask me any question in the comments and I’ll respond back as a reply to your comment.

fall chairs

Let’s pretend we are sitting in this fall wonderland sipping a warm delicious drink and having a real life conversation like good friends. So…please…ask away! :)

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