Mrs. Massmann’s Pumpkin Muffins

If I had to name my favorite cook outside of my family that I personally knew, hands down it would be Mrs. Massmann.  My best friend’s mom can cook EVERYTHING, and it’s all from scratch (and ridiculously delicious).  Even today, every time I go by the Massmann’s there is something freshly baked or cooked on the counter, in the fridge or in the process of being made.

Back in college Kirstin sent me a Word doc of her mom’s pumpkin muffin recipe.  Like all loved recipes, the piece of paper is worn and covered in old remnants of ingredients, so now I’m writing it down so I don’t lose it.   If you’re in the pumpkin spirit, this is a keeper!

Mrs. Massmann’s Pumpkin Muffins

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  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 2/3 C water
  • 2 C pumpkin puree
  • 1 C cooking oil
  • 3 C sugar
  • 3 1/2 C flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg

Preheat your oven to 350 degress.  Mix together the eggs, water, pumpkin and oil.  Add sugar and mix.  Add the remaining dry ingredients and mix well.

Fill a greased muffin tin half full and bake for 15-20 minutes for full size muffins, or 8 minutes for mini muffins at 350 degrees.  Top with chocolate chips if you’re feeling crazy.

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No Carve Vinyl Pumpkin

After going through the office after the hurricane, I came across a craft pumpkin I bought and forgot about (this happens way more than I’d like to admit).  I pulled it out and decided to play with the Cricut and make a no carve pumpkin to put on our front porch.

No Carve Vinyl Pumpkin

What you’ll need:

  • Craft pumpkin
  • Black vinyl
  • Cricut
  • Weeder
  • Transfer paper

First things first, create your design in Design Space.  I went with a simple “W” in Argo font and “est. 2016” below it (similar to my coasters).  Make sure to attach the 2 text files together so they’ll be in the right position when you’re ready to cut.

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Put the vinyl on your mat and cut it with the Cricut!  Watching it cut never gets old to me…

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Once it’s cut, use the weeder to weed away the excess around the design.pumpkin_vinyl-02

Next, put some transfer paper on top of the design.  Use the scraper to get any bubbles out and put the transfer paper on tightpumpkin_vinyl-03Peel away the backing (white part), making sure that the design stays on the transfer paper.  Place it where you want on the pumpkin, and run your fingers over the design to get it to adhere to the pumpkin, especially in the grooves.

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Slowly pull back the transfer paper, again making sure that the vinyl stays on the pumpkin.  You’re done – Now put it out in all it’s glory!
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I’m loving it on our front porch next to the Wilds planter that Liz & Blake gave us!  Guess I need to get a real pumpkin and carve it soon…

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Fall Craft Ideas

It’s officially fall, and the temperature is finally below 90!  To celebrate, I’m sharing some of my favorite fall crafts that I’ve made over the years.  Click the name to link to that DIY project and make your own!

Cotton Boll Wreath

This cotton boll wreath is my favorite wreath I’ve ever made.  With a total cost of less than $35, it’s no wonder why it’s my most shared DIY project on Pinterest!

DIY cotton boll wreath

Wine Cork Pumpkin

With wine corks always laying around, it’s easy to put a wine cork pumpkin together and you can paint the pumpkin whatever color you want to match your decor!  The more natural look fits right in with our home decor.

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Candy Corn Mason Jars

The candy corn mason jars were one of the first projects I blogged about, and they still come out as decor.  I still think they look cute years later and they’re great kids Halloween decor.

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Color Block Pumpkins

The color block pumpkins were the first time I had played with craft pumpkins before, and I was really into making non orange & brown fall decorations.  Again, you can customize these how you want to match your home & decor!

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Mummy Mason Jars

These were a quick project from last year, and one that would be great to make with kids.  They only take a few minutes to make and look adorable during the day, or lit up with a tea light at night!

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Decoupaged Map Pumpkin

Last year I went through a big decoupage kick and wanted to put maps on everything.  The cutest map project was my pumpkin, that’s back out and on the mantle this year.

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What are your favorite crafts or decor that you’ve made for fall?

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Succulent Filled Pumpkin

I was talking to my friend Marianne about pumpkin crafts the other day, and got the idea for a project I wanted to make this year involving succulents.  Taylor put succulents & Spanish moss in a big Le Cruset pot for his Thanksgiving centerpiece last year and that inspired me to do a version with a pumpkin!

Succulent Filled Pumpkin

What you’ll need:

  • Craft pumpkin
  • Wood slice
  • 1/2″ screws (2)
  • 1″ washers (2)
  • Drill
  • Floral craft foam (depending on size of your pumpkin)
  • Fake succulents
  • Spanish moss

This is another example where I decided I wanted to make something that night, so ran to Michael’s for the craft pumpkins & foam, then Hobby Lobby for the fake succulents after work.

Do you have to use fake succulents? Nope! But I am in this rut where I keep killing any indoor plant (hence the paper philodendron), while keeping everything outside alive, so it was in my best interest to use faux plants, and these look pretty darn real!

I found my white craft pumpkins at Michael’s (yay for a sale!) and got the kind with a cut out on one side so I wouldn’t have to do that part myself.
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I wanted the succulents coming out of the top, so the opening faces up.  Learn from my mistake and realize that with the opening facing up, the pumpkin doesn’t sit flat.  First, we’ll resolve that part.

Get a wood slice (can also be found from your local craft shop) and screw the pumpkin into the slice using washers and screws.  I have to give Hunter credit on the idea to do this, and he helped me screw it in – because I think he just wanted to use the drill.

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Now that your pumpkin will sit up straight, put the floral foam inside the pumpkin.  I had 2 blocks of foam for my large pumpkin, and had to cut one block in half so it’d fit.  There are 1.5 blocks on the bottom, and the remaining half block sitting on top like so:
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Now you’re ready to add your succulents.  Put your succulents securely in the pumpkin by making sure you put the stems through the foam.  Arrange them however you like.  I think I ended up using 9 succulents in my big pumpkin.

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Next add some faux Spanish moss around the succulents to cover the foam.

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Viola – Your centerpiece is ready!  Sorry for all the finished pictures, but I was really happy with how it turned out, from every angle.

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I’m not gonna lie, this is totally my favorite pumpkin project to date – probably because I love succulents and it doesn’t scream fall with orange & brown.  It looks perfect as the centerpiece on our dining table, and will most likely stay there through Thanksgiving!  I’m debating making some smaller ones as gifts too…

After I made the pumpkin, I saw that it fits this month’s #SeptemberFauxFlorals challenge for the 12 months of DIY: Win-win.

Update: Since I had a smaller craft pumpkin and extra faux succulents I decided to make a smaller version.  This time I let the opening face outward and the pumpkin sit upright.  Because the front is a little heavier, I used an oyster shell underneath the pumpkin so it’s sit fully upright on our entry table.  Same great look, but slightly different version!

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PS – You can find all my pumpkin projects here!

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Favorite Thanksgiving Sides

In need of a Thanksgiving side dish for the big feast this week?  Look no further >>  I’ve put together a list of some of my favorites, so you just need to pick one and your family will love you for it.

Rollene’s Sweet Potato Casserole

Obviously the list had to start with my favorite Thanksgiving dish of all time: Rollene’s sweet potato casserole.  The holiday wouldn’t be the same without it and I could eat it all day.  Recipe is here.

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Roasted Butternut Squash, Brussels Sprouts & Onion

Marianne makes great dishes, and I have been drooling over this dish ever since she posted it. I may skip the onion (because I’m a child, and onions still kinda scare me), but this knocks out a bunch of veggies in one dish. Recipe is here.

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Truffled Mac N Cheese

Natalie’s dishes always look delicious, and the combination of truffle oil and mac n cheese is killer.  Another perk: it’s kid friendly.  Recipe is here.

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Spicy Garlic Green Beans

Put the canned green bean and cream of mushroom casserole aside, and bring it up a notch with this green bean dish.  Recipe is here.

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Brussels Sprouts au Gratin

We all know I’ve become obsessed with brussels over the last few years.  I made this brussels sprouts dish for our family Thanksgiving last year and it converted a brussels hater (must have been the cheese and pancetta).  Recipe is here.

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Pumpkin Pinwheels

While this isn’t necessarily a side dish, this would be a great starter to get your stomach ready for all of the fall dishes coming it’s way.  Recipe is here.

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And for good fun on the table, make some turkey leg name cards!

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Happy Thanksgiving, y’all!