A Pumpkin Muffin Recipe and a Fall Blog Hop Party!

Happy first day of fall to y’all!
Today I’m joining a lovely group of
decorating ladies sharing all kinds
of ideas to help you decorate
for the season 
in a 
Fall Blog Hop Party
Southern Hospitality

If this is your first time visiting here
I’d like to welcome you!

My husband and I are recent empty~nesters and we live in 
Southwest Riverside County, California.  This area is very Mediterranean~like in its climate and with that we grow all types of citrus, avocados and grapes. 
The City of Temecula which is just to the west of us is known for its award~winning wines and wineries.  I like to think of this part of Southern California as being affectionately known as…
The Other South{Magnolia trees DO grow here though not always so well as out your way.}   We just had a gentle rainstorm over here after quite literally 4 1/2 months of NO RAIN and we all are quite happy to have some
different weather to get us in the mood for fall!
Our fall really starts here late in October and I joke about the season’s changes as being mixed~up and overlapping as: six weeks of fall, then six weeks of winter, and finally six weeks of spring, followed by eight months of summer.  The math doesn’t add up but the crazy seasons of Southern California is pretty close to the above.


Here’s my go-to:
Pumpkin Bread Recipe 
I’ve made it a bunch of times and I’ve adapted it over the years by adding pecans one time then maybe walnuts the next and, of course,  chocolate chips ~ my secret yummy weapon!
Let me know how you like it!
3 1/3 c. flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
2/3 cold water
3 cups granulated sugar
1 c. chopped nuts
1 c. vegetable oil
4 eggs
2 c. canned pumpkin pureé

*chocolate chips, as desired
* Sift together dry ingredients, including sugar. 

* Make a deep well in the dry ingredients and add
remaining ingredients.

* Mix well until smooth.

* Divide into three large loaf pans which have been 
greased and floured (or small pans or a combination thereof).  
Can also bake as muffins.

* Bake at 350* F for 1 hour or until a tester
poked into the bread comes out clean.
This pumpkin bread freezes well after it’s cooled and wrapped in plastic wrap or foil.  The mixture can be left pre~mixed in the 
refrigerator and baked the next day.  A note I wrote years ago on the bottom of my old hand~written recipe says that this bread tastes better [cooked] the next day.  My mother gave me this recipe ~ it was always the one she baked for us as children.
My living room coffee table decorated two years ago ~ still loving that deep orange candle!
With this party I thought I’d share some of my favorite fall photos with you!  These were taken at our former home ~ what I now call “The Big House.”
I shared about meeting Sarah, the Dutchess of York at a Macy’s event at the Costa Mesa Mall in Orange County, California.  During this time period {the early 2000’s}, was when I received this tea set as a Mother’s Day gift from my husband. My friend Cheryl and I drove over together to attend the Duchess’ talk and afterward she signed tea items for guests ~ it was a fun time and the Duchess was very gracious!  

Of all the tea tables I’ve created so far for my friends when they would come for our tea~luncheon parties or just for our family
I think this one has been my favorite!  If you like, you can check out that story here.
The combination of the cream~colored baby boo pumpkins with the very soft velvety brown and green pumpkins tucked in then
the white creamware dishes atop an older Rachel Ashwell Simply Shabby Chic tablecloth… it’s a combination that I love.
{I’m kinda gaga over all the Shabby Chic line of linens ~ I have a 
bunch of comforter covers and they will start coming out soon!}

Of course, what would fall be without a picture
of gently fallen leaves strewn about the yard??
And a stack of Cinderella pumpkins
waiting for a handsome prince to come wandering by…?

Then finally a pretty basket of posies filled to overflowing with homegrown and market provender… sigh!  This beauty will be making an appearance in some new fall photos this weekend internet~willing!

I hope you’ve enjoyed your fall tour over here
French Ethereal.
Please do visit the rest of the bloggers
who are part of the tour!
Thank you for stopping in & I hope to see you 
again soon!
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I look forward to visiting with you!
Blessings to you,

Sharing with ~
Fall Blog Hop Party ~ Southern Hospitality

Create Link Inspire ~ The Crafty Blogstalker

Feathered Nest Friday ~ French Country Cottage

Today’s Fall Blog Hop Party People ~

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