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Saturday, September 8, 2012

Say G'Day Saturday Linky Party {54} ~ Delicious Pumpkin Spice Muffin Recipe

G'day sweet friends! Welcome to this week's Say G'Day Linky Party.

Say G'Day Saturday Linky Party, Natasha in Oz


I hope you are ready for a delicious muffin recipe! This week I made Pumpkin Spice Muffins and they were divine! More about that in a minute though because first I need to apologize for being MIA for the last few weeks.  I've been unbelievably busy with school commitments ( for me and for my kids!) and I knew that I needed to take some time to focus on my family and to step away from the blog or I would get way too distracted! I've been quietly lurking keeping up to date with you all on twitter, facebook, google+ and instagram so I don't feel like I'm completely out of the loop!

Along with the mothering, wifeing (is that a word?), teaching, marking, marking, marking.....you get the picture...I've also been trying to stop cheating when it came to my kid's lunch boxes. I try to make sure they always have a healthy sandwich made with wholemeal bread and I always add a serving or two of  fruit but recently it was getting way too easy for me to grab a store bought granola bar for them to snack on. With some of them containing more than 20% sugar and delivering more saturated fat than a packet of chips, I figured I should try to make my own lunch box treats.

So to say goodbye to Winter here in Australia I made a batch of  Pumpkin Spice Muffins! 

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I'm very proud to also say that I even baked and puréed the pumpkin all by myself! 

Say G'Day Linky Party, Pumpkin Spice Muffins, Natasha in Oz

My whole family loved these yummy muffins and I think my American friends will like them too, especially since Fall is right around the corner and these are just oozing with Autumnal flavours!

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Pumpkin Spice Muffins



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Delicious Pumpkin Spice Muffins
These delicious Pumpkin Spice Muffins are the perfect Fall/Autumn treat.
Ingredients
  • 2 1/4 cups All-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Baking soda
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 cup Loosely-packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup (heaping) Pumpkin Puree
  • 1/3 cup Milk
  • 1/3 cup Light Olive oil
  • 1/4 cup Maple syrup
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1/2 cup Golden Raisins
  • 2 Eggs
  • * Topping
  • 2 tablespoon Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Ground cinnamon
  • * or
  • White chocolate buttons
  • (for greasing) (Butter)
Instructions
Preheat oven to 400F/200C degrees. Grease a muffin tin with cooking spray/butter or use cake/muffin liners if preferred. Combine flour, spices, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Mix together brown sugar, pumpkin, milk, oil, syrup, vanilla extract, raisins and eggs. Add sugar mixture to the dry mixture and stir until just combined. Pour batter into muffin cups filling the cups to at least 3/4 full. Mix together the sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over the batter or add a chocolate button in the middle of each muffin. Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove muffins from muffin tin immediately and serve warm.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 12 large muffins


Say G'Day Linky Party, Pumpkin Spice Muffins, Natasha in Oz


Have you been baking anything special this week? Maybe you have been getting ready for the new season by decorating your home. Have you been crafting, baking, planning, gardening or even organising a party this week? I would love it if you could share your favourite post of the week with me at this weekend's



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Thanks so much for joining in and linking up! Don't forget to come back later so you can say G'day to some of the lovely bloggers who have linked up!

I just wanted to let you know about one more thing-from now on I will be very vigilant about truncating my posts so I'm so sorry if you hate clicking that "Read More" button. If you would like to read why please just click here. Let's just say there are some very shady people out there....

Thank you so very much for stopping by today despite the fact that I have been absent for so long! What would I do without the support and friendship of my sweet on-line friends! Please know that I appreciate every single one of you!

Best wishes for a beautiful weekend,

Natasha In Oz 


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59 comments:

  1. You are so right about it being too easy to grab store bought snacks for the kids. My sons' school doesn't allow chocolate, but does allow cereal bars which are often even less healthy! Once my littlest is at school full time I want to start making them homemade treats to take every day - your recipe looks yummy!

    Angela
    www.atypicalenglishhome.com

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  2. Thank you for hosting, Natasha! Love your pumpkin muffins - perfect for those of us getting ready to head into Fall :) Enjoy your weekend!

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  3. Hello from Tulsa, Oklahoma! Thank you for hosting the linky party!
    Your muffins look delicious! I'm so impressed you used real pumpkin!

    Smiles,
    Carol

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  4. Natasha,
    Glad you are back!! We all need a break every now and then!!

    I linked up several posts I did in your absence... I hope that is okay!
    Thanks for hosting!!

    Hugs,
    Deb

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  5. Haven't seen nor heard from you for absolute ages Natasha. I knew you must've been busy. Great to see you back again.

    Anne xx

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  6. Thanks for hosting again, Natasha! I missed your party every week :-)
    Hope you have a great weekend,
    Linda {from a rainy South-Africa!}

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  7. These sound so good! Love these spices! Thank you for hosting and for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

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  8. Great that you are back, Natasha! Thanks for hosting. Not long now until the school holidays... Hope the beautiful weather we've had here in Brissie will continue! Those muffins look yummy - homemade treats are the best!

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  9. Glad all is ok on your side of the world. Life gets to all of us. It always seems to get in the way...
    Thanks for the party. Have a super weekend.

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  10. Thanks for the party and for the truncating suggestion....I had no idea! I am impressed you used real cooked pumpkin too! The muffins look divine! Hope you have a great weekend!

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  11. Mmmm, those muffins look scrumptious. Such a fun party...thanks so much for hosting. Happy Friday!

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  12. Thanks so much for hosting. Your Pumpkin muffins looks so yummy! I've done the cooking and pureeing pumpkin once before...I felt really amazed I could do such a thing. Way to go!

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  13. Thanks for hosting! Your muffins look so yummy!

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  14. Natasha,
    Hi! Those pumpkins muffins look so good I'm going to try them this week-end.
    Thank you for hosting.
    Pat

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  15. Thanks for hosting this fun party!! There are so many things to come back and check out when the kids are in bed :)

    My NO RULES Weekend Blog Linky Party is now open all weekend as well if you'd like to link up!!

    Have a good one :)
    Paula
    lifeasweknowitbypaula.blogspot.com

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  16. Thanks for hosting, these Pumpkin Spice muffins are already pinned and I can't wait to make them. Thanks!!

    Anna @ Bean Bug Crafts

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  17. Thank you for hosting! Wishing you a grand weekend. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  18. Glad to see you back, Natasha! No worries, you take care of family first. Thanks for hosting.

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  19. The muffins look so yummy!! So glad to see you back. Missed you!!! Thank you for hosting. Have a wonderful weekend. HUGS

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  20. I wish i lived next door to you so i could smell those muffins baking! I loved the party tonight. I literally went around the world and at one point was very lost deep in Blogland. Thank you for hosting such an entertaining party!

    Distressed Donna Down Home

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  21. Now those look delicious. I just linked up another pumpkin recipe at #81! Have a wonderful weekend, and thank you for hosting. :)

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  22. Thanks for hosting and the lovely recipe, Natasha.
    Have a fantastic weekend!

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  23. Great job on roasting your pumpkin, the muffins sound fantastic! Thanks for hosting and have a great weekend!

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  24. Yum! I'm so impressed that you baked and pureed your pumpkin too!!! They sound so good!

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  25. So glad I found your party! Thanks so much for hosting!
    Leslie

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  26. The pumpkin muffins sure look tasty. I've been doing fall prep for winter weather and found a post that needed repaired. Used mostly thrifted and left over bits, got that job finished and on to the next.

    Thanks for hosting.

    Rob

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  27. Thanks for hosting!!! Your pumpkin spice muffins look delish...wish I had one right now! :) Have a great weekend! ~ Judy

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  28. Thanks for stopping by and leaving that lovely compliment.
    Your pumpkin spice muffins look so inviting.

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  29. Hi Natasha! Thank you so much for hosting & for sharing your yummy recipe too. I am gearing up for a whole bunch of baking so this is perfect :)

    xoxo, Tanya

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  30. Oh My they look SO YUMMY! AND I must confess, "I would gobble down that roasted pumpkin before it EVER made it to the muffins"!!! I (((LOVE))) anything that includes PUMPKIN or any of the related squashes!!! HOW do you roast your pumpkin(it looks SOOOOO GOOOOOD)???
    Thank you for sharing...
    Have a wonderful weekend,
    Donna

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  31. Your pumpkin spice muffins look so good! Yum!

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  32. Those muffins sound great Natasha! Only two weeks left of term, so you'll be free as a bird soon :))
    Cas x

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  33. These look fabulous! Love the white chocolate button. Great to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

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  34. Those look so delicious! I have seen similar ones all week at Starbucks and really wanted to try them. I might just give your recipe a whirl. Thanks for sharing! Stacie xo

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  35. Mmmmm, these sound wonderful! Thanks for sharing, cannot wait to try them!


    ~Melissa
    www.mywatermelonmoon.com
    I love visitors! Come by and see me some time!
    I'm trying to get 100 followers before the end of the month, hope you decide to join me too!

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  36. Thank you so much to linking up to my first linky party! I treasure your friendship. You are truly wonderful!! HUGS sweet friend.

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  37. These look and sound very yummy ~ I'm pretty sure *I'd* enjoy one with my lunch!

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  38. Great recipe! It looks delicious!
    -Sarah
    pampereddaughterthriftywife@blogspot.com

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  39. Thanks for the heads up on truncating the post, Natasha. I never wanted to do it either and it is a pain, but if that is one of the ways to protect things, I'm all for it because I keep forgetting to watermark my pictures.

    Thanks for hosting your wonderful party, as always!
    Liz

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    1. So sweet of you to take the time to come by and check out my post and give it your thumbs up! Thank you!
      Liz

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  40. That is a very yummy sounding recipe! Can I still link up to your fun party?

    Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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    1. Of course you can still link up Susan! I would be so thrilled and honoured if you could join in and link up a favourite post.

      Thanks so much for dropping by today. Hope you are enjoying the last few days of Summer!

      Best wishes,
      Natasha

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  41. Impressive! I've been so anxious for the pumpkin recipes to start popping up on the internet. I've had fun looking over your blog. I would love to have you come share 'Your Great Idea' in my link party...it's hosted on Saturdays, but you can still enter today. I hope to see you there! http://www.oneshetwoshe.com/2012/09/hello-weekend-50-mikarose-giveaway.html

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  42. Delicious muffins Natasha!

    Need an easy and delicious veggie side dish? I shared a broccoli salad that is sweet enough for kids, and healthy for moms. Also a great make-ahead and a pot-luck favorite!!

    http://dontwastethecrumbs.com/2012/09/yummy-recipe-broccoli-salad/

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  43. Hi! This looks absolutely delicious! I found you at the Six Sisters' Link party and would love for you to share them at my link party at http://mommyssweetconfessions.blogspot.com/2012/09/sweet-confessions-sunday-link-party-6.html . See you at the party!

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  44. Hi! This looks absolutely delicious! I found you at the Six Sisters' Link party and would love for you to share them at my link party at http://mommyssweetconfessions.blogspot.com/2012/09/sweet-confessions-sunday-link-party-6.html . See you at the party!

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  45. Natasha - these muffins look amazing!
    I also cook and make the pumpkin puree as we don't have here canned pumpkin

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  46. Your muffins sound delicious! I like anything with pumpkin!! YUM!

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  47. I live for pumpkin.
    I am here from TIOT. I recently started my own link up and I hope you'll stop by.
    http://www.five4fivemeals.com/main/2012/9/7/friday-five-sept-7-and-five-things-i-love-about-baby-boy.html

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  48. Your pumpkin muffins look soo yummy and on such a pretty plate.

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  49. G'Day! Thanks for hosting! I linked up my post on ginger tea and lemonade, both made with either stevia or raw honey, for stage 1 GAPs:
    http://gapsfort2.blogspot.com/2012/09/ginger-tea-lemonade.html

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    1. Thanks so much for joining in Jackie. I love Ginger tea!

      Best wishes,
      Natasha in Oz

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  50. Thanks for linking up at Take it on Tuesday. I'm pinning this, so I can try the pumpkin spice muffins sometime...maybe this weekend!!

    Betsy @ Romance on a dime.com

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    1. I hope you enjoy them! They make the house smell just like Fall!

      Best wishes,
      Natasha in Oz

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  51. Such a yummy recipe! Thanks for sharing this at Sunday Blog Love, I'll be featuring your muffins as one of my favorites. Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Thank you so much Terry! I really appreciate the shout out. See you then!

      Best wishes,
      Natasha

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  52. Thanks so much for stopping by to share this! I would love to have you come again today, the link party just opened up! Each week I pick two favorites to reshare on the blog, share on Facebook, pin, and follow on Pinterest. I would love to see more of 'Your Great Ideas,' and I know my readers would too. :)

    www.oneshetwoshe.com

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  53. Thank you so much for sharing this at All my Bloggy Friends last week. I just wanted to let you know it will be one of the features tomorrow! :)

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