Hello Autumn!!– and Pumpkin Baking


Hey there friends– It’s come!  Autumn has finally arrived.  Maple leaves are starting to cover the backyard and amazingly, we supposed to see rain tomorrow!! I wonder, are you one of those people who love autumn??  It just seems like a fresh new start after the hot lazy summer days. The best!

“Delicious Autumn!
My very soul is wedded to it,
and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth
seeking successive autumns.”
— George Eloit

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
— L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

I’m with Anne– So glad for Octobers!! Looking forward to the month ahead..

 

      

HOPES FOR OCTOBER
#1.  Pumpkin Cream Puffs– Let the pumpkin baking begin!!
#2.  Pull out my Halloween kid’s books to read with the Grand-girls
#3.  Mugs of hot Caramel Apple Cider
#4.  Hang the Fall Eucalyptus wreath on the front door
#5.  Take a brisk hike through Craig Park and the fall colors
#6.  Join in the Oktoberfest at the Rockwell’s
#7.   Make pots and pots of soup (Corn Chowder, Pozole, Chili)
#8.  Pull down all the cozy sweaters from the top of the closet
#9.  Evening fires in the fireplace & mugs of apple cinnamon tea
#10. Plant the Sweet Peas (for blooms in the spring)
#11. Just sit and watch the leaves drift down from the backyard Maples
#12. Cal Football & mugs of hard cider & a huge bowl of pop corn (Go Bears!)
#13. Harvest Party with my MOPS moms & their adorable kids!
#14. Have our friends in for Sunday Supper– pumpkin pancakes
#15. San Francisco with Mom to see her great grand-kids for Halloween.
#15. Make our Thankful Heart Chart to be ready for November 1st!

 

Started in on the list this week with those Pumpkin Cream Puffs– They look tricky to make, but cream puffs are so easy– and the way they puff up in the oven to be light and hollow is like magic!


LITTLE PUMPKIN CREAM PUFFS
Puffs:
1 cup water
1/2 cup butter
pinch salt
1 cup flour
4 eggs

Filling:
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup powdered sugar
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

Garnish:
powdered sugar for dusting the tops

Set oven to 425 degrees.

In a saucepan bring the water, butter and salt to a rolling boil.  Take the pan off the heat and stir in the flour until it forms a big glob.  In a separate bowl whisk the eggs together and then with a fork beat the eggs into the flour mixture until it’s a sticky smooth batter (no lumps! takes a few minutes)

Drop the batter by rounded spoonfuls onto baking sheets that have been sprayed with cooking spray.  Leave about 2″ between each puff– they will grow!!  Pop them in the hot oven for 20 to 25 minutes until they are puffed and golden.  Let them cool completely, then slice each puff horizontally with a serrated knife.

To make the filling, beat the cream, powdered sugar and pumpkin pie spice with an electric mixer until it is a stiff cream.  then gently fold in the pumpkin.

Drop a spoonfuls of filling in the bottom half of each sliced puff and then set on the top half (it’s best to not fill the puffs way ahead– they could get soggy!).   Dust with powdered sugar through a sieve.  Makes about 20. Ready to eat!!

And to my way of thinking, there’s never too many pumpkin treats this month.  Here’s a few baking ideas:

Baked Pumpkin French Toast

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Pumpkin Bran Muffins

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Maple Pumpkin Granola

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Pumpkin Pecan Rolls with Maple Glaze

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So HAPPY AUTUMN!!  Hoping you enjoy all the coziness and brisk days.

“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.”
–Lauren Destefano

36 thoughts on “Hello Autumn!!– and Pumpkin Baking

  1. I love this post! I can almost feel the fallen leaves crackling under my feet as I walk home to sit in front of a fire and sip that apple cinnamon tea!
    Thank you Rhonda I am definitely making these pumpkin cream puffs!

  2. Rhonda, these pumpkin cream puffs look DELICIOUS!!!! What a great fall bucket list, love the reading Halloween books to the grandchildren and your soup making practice! It’s definitely time for soup here!😊❤️

  3. Hi Rhonda – I love your list. Since summer is so fleeting here in Chicago I have a summer list but I never thought to make a fall list. I will have to do so. Tops on my list is going apple picking! Love these cream puffs. That’s the kind of dessert you make for company bec. it looks impressive but is secretly easy to make. -Kat

    • You’re so right Kat– these look a whole lot fancier than they really are. I really like making them. And– apple picking sounds awesome! Do you go to an actual farm?? Is it near your town? I’m baking apple bread right now– wish I could say it was from fresh apples I’d picked!! ha! What else are you doing this time of year?? I’ll bet the trees are beautiful back there by now. hugs hugs friend!

      • Hello Rhonda! We do not have a fall season here. But there will be Halloween activities for kids around the last week of October and 1st week of November. It’s rainy season here and we are 1 month away before the dry season kicks in. xoxox😘

        • Hi Lilly– that sounds like the weather the year we lived in Costa Rica! Rainy every summer afternoon. And then dry, but no real change in the vegetation– it was always so green and beautiful! Happy Halloween– what kinds of things do you do?? hugs hugs!

  4. Yes! I agree wholeheartedly! Autumn is my favorite season, too! I looked up your Pumpkin Pecan Rolls with Maple Glaze and they look so good! I’ve got it on my list to try next time we have family & friends over. I love cinnamon rolls, and your recipe (with the pumpkin and maple is one I have to try!).

    • Hi Daisy!! That’s kind of when I bake too Daisy– made a chocolate cake this morning because our daughter-in-law is bringing her parents from China for dinner– hope they like chocolate cake! And– are you affected by this latest hurricane??! Thinking about you there. God keep you. xox

    • Thanks Ursula– It’s starting to really be fall here– it actually rain stormed here this evening!! Just right to dig into fall baking. Made 2 chocolate cakes this week! Hope all’s going well with you up north! xox

  5. I love your quotes and these cream puffs look amazing!! I love making cream puffs but I’ve never made pumpkin ones! Perfect for fall!

    I’m glad I stopped by because I just remembered I left my sugar pumpkins in the car from when I picked them up the other day and we’re getting cheated! It’s going to drop to 28 degrees tonight, so I better run out and get them!

    • Hey Mollie– did you rescue the pumpkins??! Are they for decorating for fall– or are you baking with them?? And– I can’t believe it would drop 28 degrees!! yikes! We had a real rain storm here this evening and I’m counting that as official fall weather!! hooray!! hugs hugs friend.

      • Yes, I ran down (I have a 1942 house with a detached garage and since I’m off a lake, I have to take steps to get to the car!) in the middle of the night in my bathrobe and carried them in! I was like the crazy kamikazee pumpkin lady hoping no one was up who would see me, lol! And they’re sugar pumpkins so they’re decoration until I bake with them!

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