Back in 2010 I started a little garden in
my Colorado Springs backyard. It took
me quite a while to dig out my lawn and
plant because I worked full time +.
I remember I had already been
participating in Sandy's Tea Time
Tuesday blog party for quite a while
and then I decided to incorporate the
garden I was developing and have my
own weekly link party called "Tea
In The Garden".
(Back then, in the winter,
to (Friends Sharing Tea")
(click for link)
We had so little rain here in
Missouri in July, our lawn is very sad
so I hung up these old antique curtain
pieces to dispel the dreary lawn. Please
help yourself to hot tea. It is only
in the 80's this week which is wonderful
weather compared to the high 90's.
So though I started counting these
photo shoots in years back in
Colorado, now they take place
in our Missouri garden. Of course
these places have very different
Time does fly just like they
say. I can hardly believe we
have now lived in Missouri 6 years.
I just started collecting a few pieces
of Green transferware which
will be lots of fun to hunt for
and this pattern (tray) is called
Havana by Johnson Brothers.
And of course for this occasion,
baking is important too so I looked
at my fall muffin folder and found this
recipe I had cut out of the Colorado
Springs Gazette back in 2010.
It is for Fall Harvest Muffins and
includes pumpkin, an apple, some
craisins and pecans. I have the
recipe at the bottom of this post.
Right now I have some lovely white
with green hyrangeas and on one
side of our house, we have those
strawberry type ones.
Many years ago in Old Colorado
City there was a darling and
elegant little shop called
"The Lace Chest". It was in
the west side historic district
of Colorado Springs where I had
my business and was owned by
Sharon Dougherty. Back then, she
went to England and to Paris
to buy her inventory. Her shop was
so tiny but gorgeous! She sold all English and French vintage and antique lace
that was cleaned and ironed
Also, she sold antique jewelry and
I purchased these old antique
curtain panels from her.
375 degrees makes 16
reg oven: 20-25 min
convection: 18 min
Use a large muffin tin: grease with butter
and flour well. Shake out excess and
will be filling 3/4 full
Mix ingredients in a bowl:
1 cup of reg flour, 1 cup of whole wheat (I used all regular), 1 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp ground ginger,
1 tsp ground allspice, 1/4 tsp cardamon, 1/4 tsp ground cloves, 1/2 tsp salt, 3/4 Cup of melted butter, 1 cup dark brown sugar, 2 eggs (I used 3), 1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup of canned pumpkin, 1 chopped, peeled and grated apple, 1/2 cup pecans chopped and 1/2 cup of dried craisins
Mix all above dry ingredients well and then add fruits and pumpkin Pour into muffin tins and top with 1-2 tsp topping below:
Topping: 4 Tb melted butter, 1/4 cup flour, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup gran. sugar, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 cup oats