Sunday, September 28, 2014

Revisiting Your Inner Child

Fall Tea: The Charm of Home
When I was a child I used to love to color.  I confess I still catch myself doing it when I am spending time with my nieces.  I sometimes wonder why we quit doing certain things when we become adults.  Have you ever found something you played with as a child and opened it up and discovered it was like a time capsule?  It is still in the box or case right where you last left it.  

Fall Tea: The Charm of Home
I am stepping back in time today with my tea.  I have been coloring a fall doodle image.  I am also going retro with my tea cup today.  Does anyone remember the Kresge lunch counter?  I barely remember it, but it made a lasting impression.  They used this now vintage style restaurant-ware coffee or tea cup.  I remember them being upside down and you would turn the cup over if you wanted coffee or tea when you sat down.  A trip into town used to be such an adventure when I was so small.

Cinnamon and Sugar Mini Pumpkin Muffins
A friend sent me the idea for these Cinnamon and Sugar Mini Pumpkin Muffins this week.  Pumpkin is the flavor for October.  

Cinnamon and Sugar Mini Pumpkin Muffins
These mini muffins were so sweet and petite that they fit perfectly on the rim of my tea cup.  They reminded me of a baked donut hole. 

Cinnamon and Sugar Mini Pumpkin Muffins
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup canned pumpkin puree
1/2 cup milk

1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line your mini muffin pan with paper liners or spray with a baking spray.
Combine in a large bowl flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, ginger, and nutmeg.  Set aside. In a medium bowl add melted butter and brown sugar, blend.  Add egg and mix 1 minute until fully incorporated.  Slowly pour dry mix into wet mix and stir till blended but, don't over mix.
Use small spoon and place batter into the muffin tin with each muffin only filling the each muffin cup 2/3 of the way full. 
Bake 11-12 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.  Cool completely on a wire rack.  If you have used paper liners remove them all before applying the topping.  
For the topping: combine sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.  Melt the butter and brush over each mini muffin.  Roll each muffin in the cinnamon and sugar mixture and place on serving tray.
Yield: 36 mini muffins
Recipe adapted from: Sally's Baking Addiction 

Cinnamon and Sugar Mini Pumpkin Muffins
Have you done any fall baking yet?  Enjoy the season!
I will link this to:
Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage 
A Return to Loveliness  at A Delightsome Life 
Tea Cup Tuesday at Martha's Favorites
Tea Cup Tuesday at Artful Affirmations
Tuesday Cuppa Tea at Antiques and Teacups 
Friends Sharing Tea at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog 
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Say G'Day at Natasha in Oz
Your Going to Love it Tuesday At Kathe with an E
The Scoop at Confessions of a Plate Addict
Time Travel Tuesdays at Brambleberry Cottage

The Weekend Retreat at Play, Party, Pin


CoziNest Antiques & Decor said...

Sherry, you take me back to my own days of doodling and then the much later days of learning to love hot tea. Thanks for the trip down memory lane. I'm not much of a baker, but you've whet my appetite for something pumpkin!

Betty said...

I love that fall picture, you need to frame it and put it up. I used to love to color when I was little and also with my kids. I was able to do the same with my grandkids. What the heck, I may just by me a coloring book at the store next time and just do it by myself for the fun of it. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I am going to start baking next week.

Cranberry Morning said...

Those look yummy! I haven't done any fall baking, but will be baking pumpkin and apple pies this weekend for our family's 'Early Thanksgiving.'

Deborah Montgomery said...

Don't tell anyone, but every once in a while I get out the big box of crayons, and add some curly-cues or something to my journal (I can't draw!). Love your fall picture.
Fun memories of the Kresge counter.

Antiques And Teacups said...

Guess what I'll be baking this week??? I love the mini muffins. Occasionally I read favorite children's books by favorite authors. I think I must have a bit of a kid in me...that's why I said I taught I could act like a kid and get paid for it! Thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

Karen said...

Your retro teacup does remind me of having tea out while shopping with my mom. And yes, I do remember Kresges. There was one downtown New Westminster on Columbia Street that I used to visit when I was little. Such happy memories - Thank you! Love your pencil crayon artwork - so fallish! Happy Tea Day! Karen

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Sherry, what memories you have brought back! My Daddy used to get my brother and me the biggest, thickest colouring book he could find for Christmas every year, along with lots of brand new crayons. What fun we had! Actually, I am thinking about getting my mother a colouring book and crayons to help her with her hand coordination. Those little pumpkin muffins look delicious! Thanks for your fun post and for joining me for tea.


Millie said...

I have been thinking about coloring one of the fall printables to enhance the colors. Your dessert looks delish!

Beth in NEPA said...

i do remember the lunch counter at Woolworth's! thanks for the memory.

Martha's Favorites said...

I loved having lunch at Woolworth's! Those were the days. Have a great week. Blessings, Martha

Bernideen said...

Actually I was still going to Woolworth's in college on Friday nights to get a hamburger! This is a fun posting!

Unknown said...

Love your post! I am obsessed with zentangle and anything artsy. I just bought a bunch of watercolors so my daughter and I can make fun paintings and then doodle on them.
I am hosting my first ever Tuesday Link Up Party. I hope you can come over and link up with me!! I love meeting new ladies and getting to see all the amazing content everyone has to offer!

Our Hopeful Home said...

Oh yes I have! My individual salted caramel apple pies are up on my blog today...they were a big hit. Your treats look yummy, and pumpkin is definitely the flavor of the season.

Poppy said...

Hi Sherry,

You had me at colouring! Still love it; find it very therapeutic for its nostalgic nuance. Your pumpkin treats are very pretty, and I'm sure, just as tasty! Thanks for the beautiful photos; I especially love the last one!


Carrie said...

What a lovely fall post. Very pretty picture and those mini-muffins look delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe! I hope you have a great week :)

Zaa said...

OMG ....cinnamon sugar mini Pumpkin muffins sound yummy ... especially when coupled with your retro teacup... It's a nostalgia high (ha Ha)... You doodling with your inner child is fabulous therapy for your inner soul. Super post ..Thanks for sharing.

Unknown said...

Lovely, lovely post... wonderful muffins! So nice to have discovered you on the Weekend Re-Treat link party :)

Jamie @ Domestically Vintage said...

Hi, Sherry! Your fall doodle is so cute! You should frame probably already have! :) Your recipe looks delish! I have done a little fall baking with mini cheesecakes with a pumpkin topping. I also made pumpkin fudge this week. I finally have a new blog post up with my fall home tour. I will link it up next week! :) Have a wonderful fall weekend! ~ Jamie