Foodie Friday ~ Pumpkin Ginger Cupcakes

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2 cups all-purpose flour

1 (3.4 ounce) package instant butterscotch pudding mix

2 teaspoons baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/3 cup finely chopped crystallized ginger

1 cup butter, room temperature

1 cup white sugar

1 cup packed brown sugar

4 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree

Directions

Preheat an oven to 350 degrees. Grease 24 muffin cups, or line with paper muffin liners. Whisk together the flour, pudding mix, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ground ginger, allspice, cloves, and crystallized ginger in a bowl; set aside.

Beat the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until light and fluffy. The mixture should be noticeably lighter in color. Add the room-temperature eggs one at a time, allowing each egg to blend into the butter mixture before adding the next. Beat in the vanilla and pumpkin puree with the last egg. Stir in the flour mixture, mixing until just incorporated. Pour the batter into the prepared muffin cups.

Bake in the preheated oven until golden and the tops spring back when lightly pressed, about 20 minutes. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.

Thursday Crafts For Kids ~ Paper Plate Pumpkins

Such a cute little jack o’ lantern that your children will adore making! Not only is it easy, it’s the perfect little project for an afternoon at home. Hang it on a door or in a window.

Perfect for ages 4 and above (with mom’s help!).

What you’ll need:

Mini paper plate

Orange acrylic craft paint

Yellow craft foam

Green craft foam

Brown craft foam

Scissors

Glue

Place the paper plate upside down on your work surface and paint it orange. Set aside to dry and repeat with a second coat if needed.

Cut out facial shapes (triangles for eyes and a mouth with a few missing teeth) and glue to the plate.

Use scissors to trim the plate into a pumpkin-like shape. Do this by cutting a dip in the top where the stem would be and trim the bottom to flatten it a bit.

Cut two simple oval-shaped leaves from green craft foam and glue to back of the plate at the top of the pumpkin.

Cut a simple rectangular stem from brown craft foam and glue to the back of the plate, between the leaves.