Archive for the ‘September Is – Fall’ Category

I have approached the most dangerous time of year for my waist line and the best time of year for food!  I love fall foods with pumpkins, zucchini, apples, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, all spice.  Mmm…I’m drooling and I havent even mentioned all the other fall deserts and foods I love.

I thought I’d take this months theme to share some of my favorite recipes with you.  This post is devoted to my families top four favorite fall desert breads.  Read further so you can drool along with me!

Zucchini Bread:

My husband and I prefer this bread plain while my kids love it with mini chocolate chips baked on top!


3 eggs, beaten

1 c canola oil

2 c sugar

2 c shredded zucchini

2 tsp vanilla

3 c flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon, heaping


Preheat oven to 350°.  Mix together in medium sized mixing bowl, the eggs, oil, sugar, zucchini and vanilla.  Add remaining ingredients and pour into two greased bread pans.  Bake 45-60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Allow to cool before removing from pan and serving.

Sweet Potato & Raisin Bread

I’m not really into sweet potatoes but I love this bread!


2 1/2 c flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon, heaping

1 tsp nutmeg

2 c sweet potatoes, mashed

1/2 c brown sugar

1/2 c sugar

1/2 c butter (not margarine)

3 eggs

1/2 c raisins


Preheat oven to 350°.  In medium sized mixing bowl beat potatoes, sugars, butter and eggs until well mixed.  Add remaining ingredients and stir with spoon.  Poor into one greased loaf pan and bake for 1-1 1/4 hours or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Allow to cool before removing from pan and serving.

Pumpkin Bread With Cream Cheese Filling

When I made this bread last fall it quickly became my family’s very favorite way to have pumpkin bread!



15 oz can pumpkin puree

1 c brown sugar

1/2 c sugar

3 eggs

2 tsp baking powder

1/4 c milk

5  TBSP butter (not margarine)

2 3/4 c flour

2 TBSP cinnamon


8 oz cream cheese

1/3 c sugar

1 egg


Preheat over to 350°.  In a large bowl beat pumpkin, sugars, eggs, milk butter, flour, baking soda and cinnamon until well mixed.

In a separate bowl beat cream cheese, sugar and egg.

Generously grease and flour one loaf pan.  Spoon 1/3 of bread batter into bottom of the pan.  Then spread 1/2 the cream cheese mixture over this followed by 1/2 of the remaining bread batter.  Spread the last of the cream cheese mixture over this layer then pour in the remainder of the bread batter.  Bake for 45-60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Allow to cool before removing from pan and serving.

Apple Streusel Bread

This bread is so good when warm with a butter on top!


2 c flour

3/4 c brown sugar

2 tsp cinnamon

1 TBSP baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

1 1/2 c apples, peeled and chopped very small

2 eggs

1/2 c canola oil

1/2 c milk

Streusel Topping:

1/4 c brown sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

2 TBSP flour

2 TBSP butter, softened

Preheat over to 375°.  In medium bowl toss apples with flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, salt and nutmeg.  Add eggs, oil and milk and mix thoroughly.  Pour into one greased loaf pan.

In small bowl combine sugar, cinnamon and flour.  Using a fork or pastry blender cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  Sprinkle streusel mixture on top of bread batter and bake for 40-50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Remove from pan and allow to cool on wire rack.

I hope you enjoy these breads as much as we do.  These are a few breads we plan on trying out this fall (Sites with the recipes are linked through the images.):


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Caramelized Spiced Pears

This delicious, fast, super easy fall treat was inspired by the Spiced Pear Yankee Candle I received as a wedding gift 12 years ago. Sadly the candle has been discontinued but luckily I’ll always be able to have these!


2 – 3 Ripe Pears

1 TBSP Brown Sugar

1/2 tsp Cinnamon

1/2 tsp Ground Cloves

1/4 tsp Ground Ginger

A dash of nutmeg

1 1/2 TBSP Butter (not margarine)


Combine brown sugar, cloves, ginger and nutmeg in a small bowl and mix.

Melt butter in skillet and toss in pears, cook on medium heat stirring constantly for about 2-3 minutes.  Add sugar and spice mixture and cook for an additional 5 mins or until pears are soft, again stirring constantly.  (Do not overcook pears they will become mushy and not taste as well.)  When done spoon spiced pears over ice cream and enjoy!

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That’s right it’s fall!!!

The beginning of September is the beginning of fall.  At least to me it is.  When the leaves change into their autumny best in hues of cranberry red, burnt orange, mustard yellow and all other warm fall colors an excitement grows inside of me and suddenly…

Among the beautiful fall foliage these are more of my fall favorites and you’ll probably be seeing posts related to these things over the next month…

This is probably tied for first place of my favorite things about fall…Football and my beloved Packers (I honestly look forward to this as soon as the previous football season ends.)!!!

All the deliciously spiced food…pretty much anything pumpkin & apple, hot mulled cider, warm soups, stews and chili, hot cocoa with a large dollop of whipped cream, the list goes on!


(You might want to click on that image so can link up with some of these awesome recipes!  I’ve tried some of them and they are delish!)

Fall/Winter clothing is the absolute best!!!  (This would be the thing that ties with first place with football.) I love fall clothing!  The colors, the layering, boots, scarves, jackets, blazers…it’s all FANTABULOUS!

Wonderful fall activities like bon fires on cool crisp autumn evenings, hay rides, fun fall festivals (Like the Stone Lake Cranberry Festival), jumping in piles of leaves with my family, going to Spooner High School football games, baking (and eating), building scarecrows, carving pumpkins, visiting apple orchards and pumpkin patches…

Fall smells, like spiced pumpkin, warm apple cider, fresh baked goodies, moist autumn air.  I love putting a simmering pot on my stove full of apple and pumpkin slices or oranges and cranberries mixed with cinnamon sticks, cloves and other delectable spices.  Yankee Candle captures the smells of autumn perfectly in my favorite scents like…

Spiced pumpkin is in the center because it’s my favorite fall scent!

(Click Yankee Candle image to link you to their buy 1 get 1 50% off of select fall fragrances.)

Last, but certainly not least (in fact it also ties for first place) is that fall is the perfect snuggle weather!!!

What are a few of you favorite things that accompany the fall season?

*Most images courtesy of other sites.  Images that could be are linked to the site I borrowed them from.


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