Sunday, September 1, 2019



Along with probably a ga-jillion other people in the world,
When September comes I start counting the days until I can officially kick-start the arrival of autumn.

What is it they say?

Maybe it's because I can finally say adios to Oklahoma's hot summer days, or perhaps it's seeing the children return to learning, walking to and from school again, book-bags in hand.


Yesterday morning, like I have many times since her passing, I pulled out my mother's Woman's Home Companion Cook Book and began flipping through the tattered pages before me.  I love so many of things about this old book~but mostly I love knowing it was once in my mother's hands...

I skimmed the pages as I wanted to bake something to celebrate the changing of the seasons, something more than the apple spice muffins my mom made during my growing-up years...

Sadly, the only thing I really found was a recipe for a pumpkin cake!  NO MUFFINS!

The cake didn't sound too appealing, so I found a recipe online that was more in line with what I was looking for!


3 1/2 cups flour
2 2/3 cups sugar

1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin spice
1 Tablespoon orange zest
1 cup milk
2 cups  mashed pumpkin
2 slightly beaten eggs
2/3 cups melted shortening
1/4 scant cup molasses
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup golden raisins

Mix dry ingredients together and set aside.
Mix wet ingredients and add to the dry.
Add one cup chopped pecans and one cup
golden raisins.  Stir well.

Fill greased/floured large muffin tins about 2/3 full.
Sprinkle top with 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Bake at 375 for about 20 minutes until muffins are firm to the touch.

Let cool.  Remove from tin.

Serve with honey butter and ENJOY!


My mother loved to bake!  She loved spending holiday time with her family and she would have loved the big Labor Day party planned at our nephew's home tomorrow.  Lots of swimming, great food, and a gentle nod to the last days of summer.


Recently my mom's younger sister sent me the photo above (my momma is the child in the photo above and my auntie is the toddler in my grandmother's arms).  I love it so much.  My mom would be so happy to know we have carried on without her...even though her passing brought us all many tears.  I try and celebrate her life every chance I get...and yesterday was no different.  Sweet memories of her in the kitchen and tender reminders of what she will always mean to me.

Today is Sunday...thoughts of

I have a long-time prayer that passes my lips every single day.  Over twenty years now.
In God's time I will see it answered.

Love to you...


(P.S.  My blog is page protected and that was done a LONG TIME AGO!  Mr. AGPMan is TRYING to figure out how to remove it so you can easily copy photos or recipes!  More soon!)


CHERI said...

I absolutely love FALL!!! It has been another hot, hot, hot summer here in south GA and I am so over it!!! I look forward to cooler weather, watching the falling leaves, and anticipating my boots & sweaters:) The muffin recipe sounds great...I do love my pumpkin spice ANYTHING!!!

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Rebecca,
Such photos are treasures to have!
Love the baked Pumpkin Spice Muffins!
Hugs and happy Sunday to you,

Julie McNeish said...

Thank you for the link to your blog! Like a ga zillion million other people, I LOVE everything you do!!!!

KarenL said...

❤️ You brighten my day and warm my heart in so many ways. I am so glad you are healing and I have so missed you. So glad you are back. Have a blessed day.

Cathy Rowan said...

I missed hearing your stories! Welcome back.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I haven’t blogged for several years so am happy you link to yours from FB. I loved the nostalgic family photo and hope to make theses scrumptious looking muffins. Autumn is my favourite season!

Grandma G said...

Loved being able to read your thoughts of fall, your fond memories of your mother, and your gentle musings on life. You write just like you paint. There is a beautiful vintage vibe that encompasses what you share. Speaks right to my own vintage soul ��

Jocelyne said...

Glad you’re back! I’m going try those muffins when I get back home.

Vintage Girl 901 said...

It’s good to read your writings and feel your heartbeat. I don’t have much time to write any more. Working harder than I’ve worked in my life and for less but ever so grateful to be near my children. Sweet memories and a precious picture. A real treasure.

Deanna said...

Lovely post. I know you miss your mom. Wonderful memories you must have that go deep into your soul. The food looks awesome. Delicious.

Junkchiccottage said...

With it being September 1st it will be Pumpkin Spice Everything lol! Your muffins sound yummy. Glad even with missing your mom you chose to honor her life by living on with your own. She is smiling down on all of you that you miss her greatly but your life can still be enriched and full. It is always hard when a big piece of our heart is taken with the loss of a parent. Have a great holiday weekend.

Dogmom Diva said...

Lovely post and pictures, Rebecca! I miss my mom, too. Lately i have had questions for her..i pray.
Glad you are blogging again
Hugs, Barb

Theresa said...

YUM! I would love to have one of those with my morning coffee:) I love old cookbooks, especially those with memories attached. That is a beautiful picture and I know you will treasure it! Have a blessed day dear friend, ours will be quiet and that's ok with me! HUGS!

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