One of my goals this month was completing King Arthur Flour’s October Bake-along Challenge:Whole-Grain Bread. © June Scroggin, All Rights Reserved After assembling all my tools and necessary ingredients, I got to work. It really was not at all hard ...

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  1. October Bake-Along and Bake for Good
  2. Halloween Time
  3. Celebrating Autumn: Hobbits and Muffins
  4. Goodbye, Summer!
  5. National Apple Dumplings Day
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October Bake-Along and Bake for Good

One of my goals this month was completing King Arthur Flour’s October Bake-along Challenge:Whole-Grain Bread.

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After assembling all my tools and necessary ingredients, I got to work. It really was not at all hard to make this bread.


The challenge also fulfills my pledge to bake and share with someone in my community as part of Bake for Good Month. For every pledge made in October, King Arthur Flour will donate to Feeding America to fight domestic hunger.

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After cooling, my nutritious bread offering went next door to my very pregnant neighbor.
    

Halloween Time

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A Halloween cross-stitch project finished early this morning is now added to my October decorations. I love this month—it does seem to me to be a magic-filled month.

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My new Halloween decoration is NeedleWorkPress' "Halloween Time". I ordered everything I needed from 123Stitch.com.

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The project is stitched on Weeks Dye Works 30-ct Grasshopper linen using one thread over one thread. Embroidery threads used are Gentle Arts Sampler Thread, Weeks Dye Works, and a Kreinik metallic for the numbers.

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The finished piece fits inside Tim Holtz's Idea-ology assemblage clock.  There is also a “Christmas Time” piece which came out at the end of September which I’ve got in the line-up to stitch. It can replace the Halloween work. As "times" change, I can store each piece inside the clock so nothing gets lost.
    

Celebrating Autumn: Hobbits and Muffins

In addition to today being Autumn Equinox, it is also the birthday of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins! To celebrate, I participated in the Hobbit Day 5K. September is also World Alzheimer’s Month. As I honor hobbits, part of my race fee goes to the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund where 100% of donations goes directly to research towards a cure for Alzheimer’s.

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Next up was King Arthur Flour’s Monthly Bake-along Challenge. The recipe this month is Inside-Out Pumpkin Muffins.

There’s ingredient (boiled cider) that needed to be made ahead of time as it takes a few hours, so I did this step last weekend in preparation for today’s baking effort. Here is a recipe card I made using "The Washington Post’s" recipe.

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I could have skipped the boiled cider ingredient, but if I’m going to the trouble to participate in a challenge of any sort, then I try to do so as authentically as possible. 

The finished results were photographed by looking down the top of the Mason jar where I let it cool before storing in the fridge. The picture reminds me of the mosquito in the amber depicted in the Jurassic Parkmovie. 

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The rest of the recipe was pretty simple and did not take long at all to make and assemble. Here is how it looked coming out of the oven.

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These yummy muffins are perfect for saying hello, autumn!

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I wish you happy autumnal days full of hobbits and yummy muffins.
    

Goodbye, Summer!

Today is the last day of summer. It's hard to really see a transition to fall from summer in Florida, but we gave it a go today. I made Key Lime Pies in Mason Jars—here is the recipe link.

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After tucking the treats in the fridge for later, my husband and I wandered over to the beach to say goodbye to summer. Living on the Gulf coast in the Florida panhandle, the water has brilliant days we call Emerald Days. Today’s water was gorgeous.

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While we won't really see any cold weather until around Halloween, we still try to celebrate the seasons in our own beachy-kind of way. Goodbye, Summer!
    

National Apple Dumplings Day

The National DayCalendar says today is a bunch of celebratory days, but I’m honoring National Constitution and Citizenship Day as well as National Apple Dumpling Day.

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I made apple dumplings using King Arthur Flour’s recipe. Here they are fresh out of the oven.

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The napkin is one of a set I made years ago to go with a quilt throw for picnics. My homemade vanilla bean ice cream goes perfectly with the dumplings. Here’s to standing up and honoring our citizenship and our Constitution!
 
    

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