Thes brilliant people here have married two of my favorite things: muffins and cinnamon rolls. I must meet the pastry chef for this joint, because he or she is a genius.
The afternoon passed pleasantly as I baked in a Cinnamon Roll Muffin nirvana.
I had to stop by Target to get some ingredients for dinner (another dish from Kirsten ), and once again, I forgot how completely overwhelmed I feel at Target during my first visit before any large holiday.
It is sensory overload for the a “grocery shopping addicted” girl like myself. This is just a small snapshot of the tempting Halloween fare at Target.
Candy Corn Coated Pretzels, Caramel Apple Frosting, Pumpkin Spice M&M’s OH MY! PS, if you live in the Hudson Valley area and know where I can find some Pumpkin Spice M&M’s I would be eternally grateful. Apparently, they are quite popular, because I’ve seen a sign for them at 3 stores so far and an empty shelf immediately behind the sign. Sigh.
Once again I entered Target with a list and once again I stayed 20 minutes longer and spent 20 dollars more than I intended. There must be some sort of name for this Target Shopping Syndrome, because I feel like many people have the same issue.
When I got home, I proudly showed the BF my merchandise and bragged at the restraint I showed only buying a few things.
Restraint in action.
He wasn’t that impressed.
In fairness, the Clif Kid Z Bars are a snack for the girls at Girls on the Run practice today, and the other purchases were practically a necessity. It is essential to have Halloween-themed chocolate chips and marshmallows at one’s house during all of October. (Sidenote: Word on the street from Michelle was that these Candy Corn Starburst weren’t very good. In true Sometimes Healthy fashion, I had to see for myself. At first, I thought they tasted fruity and delicious. Then, I realized they tasted very similar to lip gloss.)
Before dinner, we took the pup out for a quick walk to burn some energy, because he greeted me with literally three toys in his mouth at once. The view screamed fall.
It’s beginning to look a lot like…fall time! Soon the leaves will falllllll….
While I had originally planned on making a pumpkin based chili for dinner, Kristen’s Chipotle Chili Turkey With Apples caught my eye during my morning blog peruse, and I just couldn’t resist.
Get in my belly!
I don’t know where she dreams up these ideas, but this recipe was just on-point. I had to make a couple of substitutions, because Target didn’t have the adobe chiles that the recipe called for. Instead, I used an adobe salsa and canned green chiles. The flavors meshed together so well. The sweetness of the apples perfectly balanced out the kick of the adobe chile and spices. We ate the chili while watching The Voice and were completely stuffed by the time we finished.
But, that didn’t stop us from indulging in a little dessert: Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Pumpkin Glaze
This cupcake looks angry that I am going to eat him.
Here’s a shot with the sinfully sweet pumpkin glaze.
I’m going to eat you muahahahaha.
I become a little obsessed with my pumpkin shaped muffin pan during Halloween. Sorry for partying.
This dessert came together in a flash. Simply combine Betty Crocker Spice Cake Mix (or any brand) with 1 can of pure pumpkin. Mix away and bake in the oven for about 20 minutes. You’ll come out with about 12 mean-looking pumpkin cupcakes (or just plain ol’ cupcakes will do). I’ll share the recipe for the glaze later this week!
Since this blog is about embracing the imperfections, I must be honest and tell you that I completely forgot to grease the pan for my first batch of muffins. This left me with six broken muffins.
But, as I always say in the Sometimes Healthy Kitchen: There are no mistakes in baking. Just Detours.
Out of my broken cupcakes came this unbelievably rich, fall-flavor packed cupcake in a jar.
There are no mistakes in baking, Just cupcakes in a jar.
This jar contains layers of pumpkin spice cupcake, alternating with caramel apple frosting, pumpkin cream cheese and some chocolate chips. Oh, and I topped with the pumpkin glaze to seal the deal. Let me know if you want me to mail the jar. First come, first serve, ya’ll.
Too good to be true?
I can’t think of a better way to conclude this Fall Flavor celebration post than with a Pumpkin Spice Cupcake in a Jar.
With that, I’m off to eat my Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes (or muffins) for breakfast .
Fall v. Christmas – Which one is the most wonderful time of the year?
Favorite fall flavors and recipes? Please feel free to share links in this post!