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Yarn Covered Pumpkins

2016 September 22

Fall has arrived and with it, pumpkins! For the last few years now I’ve ditched my carving tools for more un-traditional decorating supplies. I’ve painted and glittered my pumpkins and this year I’m covering them in yarn. Yes, yarn-covered pumpkins are so granny-chic I just love them!

Yarn Covered Pumpkins How-to for Halloween

All you need is yarn, hot glue, and either real or faux pumpkins to make these cozy little gourds. I chose un-traditional yarn colors but you could of course use black and orange yarn for Halloween! I bet an all-black, yarn covered pumpkin, would be very chic! Here’s how to make them…

Yarn Covered Pumpkins How-to for Halloween

You will need:

Yarn, in various colors
hot glue
hot glue gun
scissors

Yarn Covered Pumpkins How-to Step 1: Starting at the bottom of your pumpkin, apply a generous amount of hot glue in a circle and begin winding the yarn around.
Step 2: Once you have created a small “base” begin either working your way up the pumpkin in vertical rows (show here) or in one giant spiral (see the hot pink pumpkin for reference.)
Step 3: Apply hot glue in dots or strips up the pumpkin and follow with yarn. Loop the yarn when you reach the stem and work your way back down towards the base.
Step 4. Work in sections cutting off the yard and starting a new section every so often. I worked in spirals.

Yarn Covered Pumpkins How-to for Halloween

I covered my pumpkins in spider webs and displayed them on various cake pedestals, what a fright! Minus the cobwebs, these yarn covered pumpkins aren’t just for Halloween. They make cozy fall decor all season long! So, how do you plan to decorate, or carve your pumpkins this year?

Yarn Covered Pumpkins How-to for Halloween

Yarn Covered Pumpkins

 photos by Leah Bergman

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Pumpkin Bread with Maple Butter Icing

2016 September 20

Pumpkin bread, glorious pumpkin bread! There are few recipe in the world that are easier to make and more satisfying than pumpkin bread. It’s moist, delicious and blurs the line between breakfast foods and desserts so nicely. Sure, you’ve probably tried a recipe for pumpkin bread, but you haven’t tried THIS recipe and maybe, just possibly, it could be the best of all time…

Pumpkin Bread with Maple Butter Icing

So, remember last week when I wrote about how the weather here in LA was finally beginning to cool down, blah, blah…fall on it’s way and all of that? Well, I jinxed it. Yes, I spoke too soon and this past weekend was a scorcher. We’re talking 97 degrees on Sunday and I’m over here baking Pumpkin Bread and cursing the heat. Because this time of year all I want in the world is a cool crisp breeze and a possibly a sweater…is a sweater too much to ask for?

Pumpkin Bread with Maple Butter Icing

Pumpkin Bread with Maple Butter Icing is the classic sour cream pumpkin bread recipe that I’ve been making for years now but with a tasty addition of maple butter icing and chopped walnuts. Pure pumpkin puree make this bread moist and the addition of sour cream insures it is rich and dense. And in the land of quick breads, it really doesn’t get more perfect than this.

Pumpkin Bread with Maple Butter Icing

So, if you make just ONE of my recipes this fall, let it be this one. And if you happen to be cranking the AC and pretending like the brown leaves on your lawn are signs of fall and not just dead from the blazing heat…I’m standing in solidarity with you. Now eat a slice of pumpkin bread and stand under that ice cold ac vent…this too shall pass.

Pumpkin Bread with Maple Butter Icing

Pumpkin Bread with Maple Butter Icing
A sour cream pumpkin bread with a maple syrup infused icing.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature, plus more for pan
  2. 1 cup granulated sugar
  3. 2 large eggs
  4. 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  5. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  6. 1 teaspoon salt
  7. 1 cup pumpkin puree
  8. 1/2 cup sour cream
  9. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  10. 1 tsp cinnamon
  11. 1/2 tsp nutmeg
Maple Butter Icing
  1. 2 Tablespoons butter, softened
  2. 1/4 cup maple syrup
  3. 1 cup confectioners sugar
  4. 2-3 teaspoons milk, or more if needed
  5. chopped walnuts, optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and line a loaf pan with parchment; set aside.
  2. In an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add eggs, and beat to incorporate.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Add to the butter mixture, and mix until just combined.
  5. Add pumpkin, sour cream, and vanilla; mix to combine.
  6. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake 45-50 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Let rest in pan for 10 minutes, then pull out of the pan using the parchment paper and place on a cooling rack to cool completely before icing.
Make the Icing
  1. In an electric mixer, beat butter and maple syrup until well combined. Add in the confectioners sugar and beat until smooth.
  2. Add in the milk one teaspoon at a time until the icing is able to be drizzled but still thick.
  3. Drizzle over the top of the cooled pumpkin loaf and sprinkle with chopped walnuts.
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Bourbon Maple Apple Cider

2016 September 16

Happy Friday! Fall is only six days away and for once the weather is actually starting to cool off in time for it. The mornings have been chilly and by dinner time I’m opening all of the windows in the house to let the cool air in. Does this mean a cool fall for us in Southern California? I sure hope so. With weather like this, it’s time for apple cider!

Bourbon Maple Apple Cider Cocktail Recipe

One of the most “pinned” cocktail recipes here on Freutcake is my Bourbon Maple Apple Cider. I first posted this recipe in November of 2013 and it has been a hit ever since. My photography skills have definitely improved over the last three years so I decided to re-shoot this favorite. The photographs may have changed but this cocktail remains as delicious as ever.

Bourbon Maple Apple Cider Cocktail Recipe

Served cold or hot, this Bourbon Maple Apple Cider is perfect for Halloween or even Thanksgiving celebrations. Too soon to mention turkey day? I apologize…moving right along! If you prefer your cocktail warm, simply heat up the cider and skip the whole shaken over ice bit. Stir in the bourbon, lemon, and maple syrup and serve in a heatproof mug. Ta, da! Hot boozy apple cider to keep you warm on a cool fall night.

Bourbon Maple Apple Cider Cocktail Recipe

This cocktail is strong, slightly sweet, and has just the right amount of spice from the Spiced Cider. I love the flavor of the Spiced Cider they sell at Trader Joe;’s but you could always use a plain apple cider as well. So, who’s going apple picking this weekend? Don’t forget to pick up some cider and make a round of these cocktails why dontcha? Happy weekend!

Bourbon Maple Apple Cider Cocktail Recipe

Bourbon Maple Apple Cider
Serves 2
A delicious fall cocktail served hot or cold.
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Ingredients
  1. 4-6 ounces Bourbon
  2. juice of 1/2 a lemon
  3. 4-6 teaspoons pure maple syrup, to taste
  4. 1 cup spiced apple cider, Trader Joes has a good one!
  5. apple and lemon slices for garnish
  6. crushed ice
Instructions
  1. Fill glasses and a cocktail shaker with ice. To shaker, add bourbon, lemon juice, maple syrup, and apple cider; shake vigorously.
  2. Strain into glasses and garnish each with a slice of apple and lemon. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. You could also serve this apple cider hot by warming the apple cider and then mixing in the boubon, maple syrup and lemon juice by hand. Serve in a mug.
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