TWD: Pumpkin Muffins

TWD: Pumpkin Muffins

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so with the offset of the glorious autumm season, I can only sit at home and dream of the orange, red and yellow carpets of fallen leaves and the bare naked tree branches shivering in the early winter winds.

Perhaps it's just my silent yearning. It's always been a dream of mine, to be able to take in the seasonal weather phenomenons such as the auroras or northern lights, the blissful showers of sakuras in Japan and most of all the colorful shards of fall colors that pile up high every autumm. Scenes like that to change your life. Holding so much peace, so much composure in each and every angle. It just puts you at ease with life and the entiriety of the higher power.

This week, dearest Kelly of Sounding my Barbaric Gulp chose for all of us to do the Pumpkin Muffins. When i close my eyes and resonate the word pumpkin in my head, i imgaine an unadulterated world of warmth, comfort and joy of companionship and family. It's no wonder, with all that spices thrown in, I could perhaps get a little piece of the warmth involved...

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After making the pumpkin puree from scratch ( had been on the hunt for the canned pumpkin puree for ages, then decided to do my own instead), which involved a simple slow baking for 1 hour to reduce the pumpkin to a soft mush and then putting it in the food processor. I added everything as per se in the recipe. Reason being, i was a little too lazy for modification. So i did add sliced almonds instead of pumpkin seeds over the top; a change which i loved since i absolutely adore the crispy bits sticking out of the rocky beds. Other than that, the recipe was a pleaser. THe muffins could use a spreading of marmalade too...

Looking forward to the chocolate-chocolate cupcakes next week!

i just noticed it's my 500th post! *beams*

16 comments:

n.o.e said...

Congrats on the 500th post!!!! Your muffins are so pretty, and I like the way the almonds look on the tops. They are the perfect taste of autumn, no matter what the weather really is outside!
Nancy

Lori said...

500, what a great number! that's amazing. and so are your muffins - almonds sound like a great match, just the right bit of crunch.

kim said...

the almonds look great on top! kudos for making your own puree :)
also, congrats on your 500th post!!

Candy said...

Wow 500! These muffins look sensational. Love the almonds on top!

Peggy said...

Congrats on your 500th. That is quite a lot of blogging! Your description of autumn was wonderful. And your muffins look great - love the almonds on top!

Peggy said...

Oh, and I get totally amazed at someone actually making pumpkin puree for the muffins. But I bet it tastes sooooo good!

Kimberly Johnson said...

Your muffins look fabulous! I love the almonds on top.

Pamela said...

Like everyone else, I'm impressed about the 500th post! That's great. Nice looking muffins and the almonds were a nice touch.

The Food Librarian said...

Wow! 500th post! Congrats!

I love the sliced almonds on top...and you made your own puree! Wow!

Prudy said...

500 posts! Impressive! Truly! Those look lovely and the sliced almonds look extra pretty.

Karen said...

Yeah for 500 posts! :) Your muffins look wonderful and i love how descriptive you are! :)

pinkstripes said...

Your muffins look great! It's cool that you used homemade pumpkin puree.

Congrats on 500 posts!

TeaLady said...

Almond slivers. Sooooo much better than seeds. They look very tasty. Great job.

500 posts. Wow!! I am impressed. Thanks for hanging in there. And thanks for visiting me.

Cathy said...

500 posts -- WOW!!! Congratulations! You make making your own pumpkin puree sound easy, but I'm still really impressed that you did it! Your muffins are gorgeous!

Marthe said...

Congrats on your 500th post!! Wasn't making pumpkin puree easier than you thought?? I love the almonds on top!

Teanna said...

500 posts!! WOW! Congratulations!! I think you should eat four of those gorgeous muffins to celebrate! :)