I looked at the recipes we’ve posted this fall and noticed a distinct lack of pumpkin dishes. Maybe that’s because I love sweet potato everything (including a sweet potato cake coming next week), but I thought it was time to have some pumpkin in my life. People go crazy over pumpkin. I made these pumpkin cupcakes last year and they were quickly devoured by my sister, roommates, and an accidental serving to my roommate’s dog. Are dogs supposed to have pumpkin cupcakes? I guess he wasn’t about to miss out on a pumpkin cupcake, and you shouldn’t either. The cream cheese frosting tastes like a cinnamon roll and is a perfect complement to the pumpkin cupcakes.
Growing up in the midwest, apple picking was a popular fall activity. Southern California does not quite have the same apple picking appeal, but in an effort to make it feel a little like home, I like to travel to Julian, CA, and visit their apple orchards. Julian is a cute, little mountain town that is known for their apples. Some great cider comes out of there if you’re a fan… California is experiencing a severe drought right now, so there were only two orchards open this year. We made the best of it and were able to come back with a bag of (fairly small) apples. There’s no way we can eat all of the apples before they go bad without cooking them, so I used some of our haul to make a healthy breakfast muffin. These less guilt muffins are quick to throw together and you get apple in every bite. An apple muffin a day keeps the doctor away. Continue reading