Monday, September 27, 2010

It's FINALLY Fall Y'all! Recipes, weather and football!

I was absolutely delighted to wear a sweatshirt on my drive to campus this morning. This was the weather we had in Mississippi this morning:
I could not be more thrilled!!! I am really glad it looks like it will be cooling off some this week. It doesn't feel right making pumpkin baked goods and drinking cider when its 85 degrees out!
Speaking of pumpkin...since we are having an 11:00 game this weekend, I am making muffins for the tailgate before the game. I wanted to share this recipe with y'all early this week in case you want to make some too! Starbucks makes some pretty amazing pumpkin cream cheese muffins, and now you can make them at home!

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins
1 cup of canned pumpkin
1 cup plus 2 tbsp of sugar
1/2 cup of packed brown sugar
4 egg whites (3 in one cup, 1 in the other)
1/2 cup milk
1 cup of canola oil (I've used vegetable-works fine too)
2 cups of flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp salt
1 pkg cream cheese, softened

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease muffin pans (or use paper cups with Pam) and set aside.
Mix pumpkin, brown sugar, 3 egg whites, milk, and oil. Next stir in flour, pie spice, and salt. Set aside.
In second bowl, mix cream cheese, last egg white and 2 tbsp of sugar. Use a beater.
Spoon some pumpkin batter into each muffin tin, then add some cream cheese mixture, and spoon a little more pumpkin mixture on top.
Bake for 25-30 minutes, until toothpick in center comes out clean.
Enjoy as they are or add something extra to them! I like to put some chai frosting on top, which I make by adding some chai concentrate (I use Tazo brand, other brands would work also I'm sure) to cream cheese frosting and sprinkle some candied pecans or pumpkin seeds on top. So good!

I had a pretty dang good weekend! Friday night Mary Catherine, Kevin, and I went up to Tupelo for the Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean concert. We ate a great (but very quick!) supper at The Grill in Tupelo and walked over to the arena. We had so much fun! Both of them were really great live!
Here we are at the Bankcorp South Arena waiting for the show to start!

Saturday started bright and early for tailgating for the Mississippi State vs. Georgia game.
Kevin and Andrew playing corn hole. Hadn't seen Andrew in forever! Glad to see him!
Matt with a bulldog!
Casey, Jesse, and Kevin cooking ribs!
Jesse had spent hours making these ribs for the tailgate. They were so so good!
Caitlin and Dan finally made it to a game! Caitlin has been busy writing/defending her thesis and Dan just came back from deployment so we were really glad to have them join us for a game before the head to Oklahoma. Definitely going to miss them a ton!
Caitlin and I in the stadium!
The East side of the stadium wore white and the West side of the stadium wore maroon. Go State!
The group waiting on the game to start. Liza had to work so she wasn't there :( It wasn't the same without her!
The game was an incredible game to watch. The score was 7-6 State for most of the game. Finally the game picked up and the MISSISSIPPI STATE BULLDOGS BEAT GEORGIA 24-12!!!
Hey GEORGIA! We just beat the HELL OUTTA YOU! Maroon! White! Fight Fight Fight! Mississippi State!!! Damn right!!
We all celebrated out at the tailgate for hours after the game. Caitlin and I took a picture with the huge cowbell!!
And of course, my FLORIDA GATORS also won vs. Kentucky this weekend. Go Gators!!

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1 comment:

  1. Wow, those muffins look great! Thanks for sharing the recipe. Glad y'all had a good time at the game. I'm looking forward to watching the gators whoop up on alabama this weekend!!