Before I go into my TWD post, as originally planned, I thought I’d take a minute or so to get everybody in the proper “pumpkin-y” mood. I love pumpkin – every year around the middle of September, I start drooling over all the pumpkin recipes I’ve yet to make – there’s a lot of them out there, but hey, all I got is time, people! :-)  In fact, I’ve got my eye on a sinfully delicious looking pumpkin cheesecake recipe that’s just calling my name. Sure, there is lots of new, uncharted territory when it comes to pumpkin recipes; but what about the old stand-by ones? The ones you can’t help but make every single year as soon as there’s the slightest hint of a nip in the air? (except not really in Texas…..there isn’t an actual “nip” in the air until about Thanksgiving, and you’re lucky if you even get one then!) The ones like the pumpkin muffins my mom would make for me in the Fall when I would come home from college for the weekend. Ahhh, pumpkin muffins – one of my great loves. Moist, fluffy, full of spice,packed with pumpkin and dripping with melty butter….does it get any better? I think not! Which is why I was so very excited when Kelly of Sounding My Barbaric Gulp (interesting blog name, no?) chose Pumpkin Muffins for this week’s TWD recipe. God love her!

Usually when I make pumpkin muffins, I like to use either my mother’s recipe or one from allrecipes.com (Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread), but I was more than happy to give Dorie’s recipe a shot – I mean, let’s face it, everything I have ever tried of hers’ has been a complete success (unless I did something to screw it up). And really, her recipe was almost exactly the same as my mother’s…cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin puree, sugar…all the usual ingredients. The only big difference is that she adds walnuts (which I love) and raisins (which I do not love and gladly omitted) to the batter and tops them with sunflower seeds (which I didn’t have so I left out). So, by the time I finished omitting most of Dorie’s different-from-everybody-else’s ingredients, these were almost identical to the one’s I love so much. Perfect!

Now, its just not Fall until you’ve made pumpkin muffins, so if you haven’t and you’d like the recipe, just head on over to Kelly’s blog and then make these as soon as possible! Otherwise you’re only cheating yourself out of the complete “Fall Experience”.

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  1. that’s such a nice muffin memory! and yours look just wonderful.

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    Comment by Lori — October 21, 2008 @ 5:17 AM

  2. Pumpkin recipes are a love of mine as well and this one was pretty killer.

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    Comment by rainbowbrown — October 21, 2008 @ 6:25 AM

  3. i share your pumpkin love! yours look delicious :)

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    Comment by kim — October 21, 2008 @ 8:40 AM

  4. They look fantastic! love the little bowl of pumpkins!

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    Comment by Katie — October 21, 2008 @ 9:09 AM

  5. I totally agree that fall equals lots of pumpkin flavored baked goods! Yours look great!

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    Comment by Rachel — October 21, 2008 @ 10:16 AM

  6. Beautiful! :) I loved, loved, loved these and can’t wait to make them again… I’ve already eaten way too many and it’s not even lunchtime!

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    Comment by hornedfroggy — October 21, 2008 @ 10:27 AM

  7. YUM! Glad you enjoyed – I love pumpkin too!!

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    Comment by Carmen — October 21, 2008 @ 10:39 AM

  8. You gotta try the pumpkin cheesecake and then send it to me! Glad you loved these muffins!

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    Comment by Christine — October 21, 2008 @ 12:50 PM

  9. I LOVE pumpkin and these look great! Thanks for checking out my bacon pancakes- let me know if you try them:)

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    Comment by jillian — October 21, 2008 @ 1:52 PM

  10. i love these in the red cloth set in the wicker baskets. Make me want to just reach in and grab one! terrific!

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    Comment by Sihan — October 22, 2008 @ 5:28 AM

  11. I SO agree about all things pumpkin. I’m head over to allrecipes to check out that pumpkin bread! Your muffins are beautiful and I’m glad they made such a hit.

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    Comment by Nancy (n.o.e.) — October 22, 2008 @ 6:05 AM

  12. I love pumpkin anything and these muffins look delicious.

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    Comment by Pam — October 22, 2008 @ 3:22 PM

  13. I love pumpkin too! This is my favorite time of the year food wise b/c of all the pumpkin. Great job on the muffins!

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    Comment by Heather B — October 22, 2008 @ 6:47 PM

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