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Recipe: Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Fall is here! I don’t know about you but I just can’t get enough of fall. Warm colors, cozy cardigans, wearing tights every day, fall decorations, costumes, and pumpkin flavored everything! So I am going to add to the pumpkin madness with this recipe for some delicious cupcakes.

For Cupcakes: 2 1/4 cups of all purpose flour , 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice , 1 teaspoon salt , 1/2 teaspoon baking soda , 1 teaspoon baking powder , 1/2 cup of softened butter , 1 cup of white sugar , 1/2 cup of brown sugar, 2 large eggs , 3/4 cup of milk , 1 can of pumpkin puree

For Frosting: 1 package of softened cream cheese , 1/2 cup of softened butter , 3 cups of powdered sugar , 1 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract

(I also used a package of mellowcreme pumpkins to top the cupcakes)

Preheat an oven to 375 degrees F. Line 24 cupcake cups with paper cupcake liners. Mix together the flour, pumpkin pie spice, salt, baking powder, and baking soda; set aside. Beat 1/2 cup of butter, the white sugar, and brown sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until light and fluffy. The mixture should be noticeably lighter in color. Add the eggs one at a time, allowing each egg to blend into the butter mixture before adding the next. Stir in the milk and pumpkin puree. Stir in the flour mixture, mixing until just incorporated. Pour the batter into the prepared cupcake cups.Bake in the preheated oven until golden and the tops spring back when lightly pressed, about 25 minutes. Cool in the pans for a couple minutes before removing to cool on a wire rack.

While your cupcakes are cooling, make the frosting by beating the cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer in a bowl until smooth. Beat in the powdered sugar a little at a time until incorporated. Add the vanilla extract and beat until fluffy. Once the cupcakes are cool, frost with the cream cheese icing and top with a pumpkin.

Enjoy!

Happy Fall!

xo Trish

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July-August goals recap

Toward the middle of July I made a lists of goals for myself to finish or attempt before the end of August. My plans (as they usually do) changed a lot and I ended up moving to a new house in August so some the things on my list were pushed back, taken off completely or just didn’t get done. I like giving myself a list. Even if everything doesn’t get done it’s nice to have around to keep yourself motivated and always moving forward.

Here’s a recap of my list:

  • organize‚Ķeverything. Get rid of clutter, downsize a little. – Done! Moving gave me extra motivation to do this.
  • take a trip to IKEA. – Sadly, this did not happen. Maybe next month!
  • donate clothes. – Done! Twice I think.
  • take one (maybe two) more roadtrips. – This did not happen. I really wanted to go and I had about 15 different ideas but I just couldn’t justify spending the money once I found out I was moving and had to get ready for school as well.
  • develop film from the duaflex. – I feel like a real slacker for not doing this one. I thought about it alot. ha! This will be going on another list soon.
  • finish two sewing projects. – I ended up finishing 5 different sewing projects and this month I’ve already made two dresses. yay!
  • throw a couple of parties. – I planned a party, but ended up cancelling it because of the move. I want to have a bonfire and smore’s roasting party sometime soon though! The weather is becoming just perfect!
  • read two books – Done!
  • spend a day at lake James. – Nope.
  • see Moonrise Kingdom. – I saw it twice.
  • see to Rome with Love. – It was playing an hour away from us for about a week and then they stopped showing it. I missed out.
  • make a budget for the Fall. – Done!
  • make a schedule for the Fall. – Done!
  • try 4 new recipes. Done!
  • take Emma swimming. – This happened quite a bit after we went the first time. She kept saying “Trish, we go fimming pool today?” you can’t resist that. Especially since she pronounces the sw sound as an f.
  • go to the drive in one more time- Nope.
  • Be Optimistic! – I did really well being optimistic until I got walking pneumonia that lasted for the first two and a half weeks of school, it really put a damper on things.

Camping!

Last month we went camping on Roan Mountain in Tennessee. I used to go camping there 2-3 times a year when I was little and I just loved every minute of it! It was great to go back with some sweet friends and Delilah, who was crazy territorial the whole time and just precious. We drove over the border of North Carolina and went to a waterfall and swam in the freezing water, hiked a bit, spent some quality time with my hammock, cooked and ate a lot, and sat around the fire probably more than anything else!

The day after we got back I started moving in to my new house and decorating my room. I’m absolutely in love with my new space and I can’t wait to show you how it turned out. Have you guys had any camping adventures lately?

xo