Pumpkin Applesauce Muffins

Hello friends! These pumpkin applesauce muffins remind me of fall… even though autumn is not really an official “season” here in Philippines.  We like to pretend it is, though, and it’s easy to do when a typhoon rolls through and it gets dark and stormy like it did this past week.  If the air-con is turned up high enough, we can cuddle up under a cozy blanket, watch the winds outside, and think to ourselves it must be cold enough to turn on the oven and bake something….

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Stuffed Acorn Squash with Barley, Kale, Dried Cranberries & Pecans

Stuffed acorn squash with barley, kale, dried cranberries & pecans

Sometimes jet lag beats you down.  Other times, it gets you up.  Literally.

After returning from the U.S. late Friday night, I spent most of the weekend with my face planted in my pillow.  This was the result of not sleeping much for the 48 hours surrounding the trip, with a wee bit of over-the-counter sleep aids thrown in for good measure.  I slept so much over the weekend that last night I went to bed without taking a sleeping pill, figuring I was “over it.”

I was wrong… Hello 12:45am!

But jet lag certainly makes time for all those things I didn’t get to whilst delightfully under the influence of said pills!

I enjoyed the autumn weather so much while in the U.S. last week, and its crisp coolness definitely inspired me to eat all things reminiscent of the season.  Fresh Honeycrisp and Jonagold apples, stove-top cooked oatmeal with maple syrup, warm baked sweet potatoes with pecans… I could not get enough.  Every morning I would go to Starbucks to have coffee and use their wifi, then stop by the natural grocery store to pick up whatever I was going to make for dinner.  It was my daily joy to peruse the produce aisles to see what would grab hold of me!

One day I walked in to be greeted by an entire bin full of winter squashes- on sale!…

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