Pumpkin Apple Muffins



I tend to skim over what people write in the beginning of recipes, they get soooo loooong….so here is a haiku instead.

I always look for
this recipe from my Mom
Most scrumdiddlyumptious

2 ¼ cups all purpose flour

2 tsp. cinnamon (you can never add too much in my opinion I add an extra 1/2 tsp.)

½ tsp ginger

¼ tsp nutmeg

¼ tsp cloves

—if you prefer, use 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice—

1 ½ tsp baking soda

1 ¼ tsp salt

¼ tsp baking powder

1 large (2 small) apple – peeled, cored, diced ~ 1 2/3 cups

1/3 cup raisins (I use golden – they bake up softer)

½ – 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans (or walnuts)

½ cup butter (1 stick softened at room temperature)

1 ½ cups light brown sugar

3 eggs

1 ½ cups pumpkin

1/3 cup milk

For Muffins Preheat at 375º for 15 minutesspray with cooking spray
For a Bread Loaf Preheat at 350º Bake 1 hour and 20 minutes

or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

In a small bowl, combine flour, spices, baking soda, salt, and powder.

In another small bowl combine the chopped apple and raisins; toss with 2 Tbsp. of the flour mixture. (This helps the fruit to stay suspended in the loaf and not just sink to the bottom.)

–On medium speed, beat butter and brown sugar until combined. On medium-low, beat in eggs and pumpkin until blended. The mixture will look curdled.)

–On low, alternately beat in the flour blend with the milk until all are blended. Stir in the apple/raisin mixture and pecans. Transfer the thick batter to the pan or muffin tins. Cool on a rack for 10 minutes in the pan. Slip the muffins or bread out and let it cool some more on the rack. You can drizzle a powder sugar/milk icing on if you like it sweeter, but I like it plain.


Instead of this, try this… natural remedies

Natural substitutes I’ve picked up throughout the years.

witch hazel
1. Instead of an expensive astringent on your face try WITCH HAZEL

Pick some up at a drug store, put it on a cotton ball and clean your face after you wash it. It helps fight acne, and reduces puffiness on your eyes, freshens your skin and tightens your pores.  If you read most astringent labels, chances are witch hazel is on the ingredient list. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Witch-hazel

2. Instead of a heartburn medicine try BAKING SODA

1 teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate aka baking soda with a glass of water can help heartburn. Because it’s a base, it helps neutralize stomach acid. Obviously if you have heartburn you should work on the underlying cause but baking soda is a great temporary fix. Peppermint is also known to soothe the stomach.

Whole and sliced ginger root in isolated white background

3. Have motion sickness or an upset stomach? Try GINGER

Go straight to the root – the ginger root. Buy ginger root at your local grocery store, cut up a few slices and steep in boiling water. Add honey if necessary. I use it too when I have a cold. Ginger tea bags are available too. Green tea ginger is a tasty option.
Ginger chews or Ginger Altoids are a great way to take your ginger on the go to help motion sickness.

Ginger has a long history of use as an anti-nausea herb recommended for morning sickness, motion sickness, and nausea that accompanies gastroenteritis (more commonly called stomach flu). As a stomach-calming agent, ginger also reduces gas, bloating, and indigestion, and aids in the body’s use and absorption of other nutrients and medicines. It is also a valuable deterrent to intestinal worms, particularly roundworms.