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feeling fallish

Today I felt very fallish (like lemurish, but more pumpkin spicy, heh-heh)  I got all the fall decorations out and started planning pumpkin spice bread and pumpkin cranberry muffins and other wonderful fall baking moments.

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I think what started it all was this little glass turkey I found at Jo-ann this weekend.

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Isn't it sweet?  My grandmother had one like it, (or maybe it was my great-grandmother, sort of  hard to remember now) and I just felt all mushy when I saw it. 

(Plus it was 60% off and I had a coupon so they practically gave it to me.

No. Really. They said, "Please, take this turkey and here's five dollars too"...

well, you know what I mean.)

The coupon I had was a teacher discount coupon.  If you're a homeschooler did you know that you can sign up for the teacher discount program at Jo-ann?

I don't  know about you, but I buy a ton of supplies there for school projects and crafty educational things.

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There are all kinds of specials for teachers and you get a card for 15% off *all* your purchases!  You need a homeschooler I.D. card (like from your support group) to sign up in the store.

Or you can get an access code from PEAH (Parents Educating at Home) here if you want to sign up online. Neat, huh?

While I'm on the subject, another great place for homeschooler bargains is the Homeschool Buyers Co-op.

We've been able to get lots of great deals on educational supplies through the group buys they set up.  Plus they have a field trip database and free printable student/teacher I.D. cards for members. And it's free to join!

So back to my fall feeling.  I thought I'd share one of my family's favorite fall recipes and a little flickr inspiration too.

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins

Ingredients:

3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil (can be replaced with applesauce)
2 eggs
1 15 oz can of of pumpkin (not pie mix)
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup of chocolate chips plus a tablespoon of additional flour.

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
2. Prepare muffin pan with grease and flour or use paper tin liners. (look at these cute ones! Or maybe you are the eco-friendly type!)
3. Mix sugar, oil and eggs.  Add pumpkin and buttermilk.
4. In a separate bowl mix together the baking powder, baking soda, flour, spices and salt.
5. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir just until combined.
6. Add tablespoon of flour to chocolate chips and stir (the flour keeps the chocolate chips from sinking to the bottom of your muffins.) Add chips to batter.
7. Fill muffin cups about 2/3 full with batter.
8. Bake in pre-heated oven for 15 to 25 minutes, depending on your oven.

And here is more fall decorating inspiration for you.  My favorites from flickr:

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1. Fall Centrepieces, 2. Candle Light Glow, 3. Pumpkin Centrepiece, 4. Centerpiece, 5. Pumpkin Centerpiece, 6. more pumpkins!, 7. fresh pumpkin and white chocolate cupcakes, 8. pumpkin pie pumpkins, 9. Pumpkin-Cranberry Muffins, 10. A Sea of Pumpkins, 11. Pumpkin Pecan Cupcakes, 12. Scarecrows guard pumpkins at Matices Riversbank Farm Blenheim, 13. Thanksgiving Table, 14. Thanksgiving Table Detail, 15. thanksgiving decorations, 16. Thanksgiving Decorations, 17. Pumpkin family, 18. DSC07468, 19. autumn decor, 20. Cute pumpkins in Mishawaka, 21. Fall Cookies, 22. Fall Decorating, 23. Autumn's Bounty, 24. Fall Decorating


So have you started decorating for fall yet?  What are some of your favorite recipes or traditions?  I'd love to hear about them!



Grace and Peace,

Melissa~

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"...the Word of God makes them happy, and they think about it day and night. They are like trees growing beside a stream, trees that produce fruit in season and always have leaves. Those people succeed in everything they do."
-Psalm 1:2-4

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