I love to cook and bake in the Fall! I love the smells of pumpkin, cinnamon, nuts and even pot roast and garlic....there is something about those smells and cool Autumn weather that feels so homey and magickal....I would love to learn more wonderful recipes that are a Fall favorite.......This is just one of my favorites and it's really easy too :)

Magick Pumpkin Pancakes

When I was a breakfast chef at a B&B I would make these every Autumn at least three times a week....starting in October and not stopping until Thanksgiving. The guests just LOVED them and of course I would always make myself a couple extra.
I still make these on Sunday mornings with bacon and coffee for a perfect fall breakfast.

I would actually start out with complete buttermilk pancake mix.....the kind you just add water to.....I would always add other ingredients to "tweak" them but the basic mix was always the simple plain old mix. 1$ a box at dollar stores.

To make about a dozen pancakes:

2 cups complete pancake mix

1 1/4 cups water

1/2 cup canned pumpkin

about 3 heaping spoons of brown sugar

nutmeg and cinnamon to taste

Grill pancakes in a nonstick lightly oiled skillet over medium heat until little bubbles form...flip and continue cooking about 30- 45 seconds.

 If you have a sweet tooth (which I do) you can add a small hand full of white chocolate chips or some cranberries and raisins for a "healthy" pancake.

Garnish with toasted walnuts or pecans and LOTS of butter and maple syrup. ENJOY!!!!!

 Magickal properties of pumpkin include abundance, fertility and aid in contacting the spirit world. The magickal properties for nuts are prosperity and grounding and you get faerie magick from the cinnamon.


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Many Autumn blessings to you!

Sounds so super good!

Mabon Apple Dump Cake

Get out the crock pot or slow cooker and use your clean fingers to grease the sides and bottom real good with a dab of butter..

Dump in 2 cans of apple pie filling.
Dump in a box of spice cake mix.    You can spread it out some DON'T stir it or mix the layers!
Dump some cinnamon, brown sugar and chopped up nuts on top of that.

(Are you beginning to see why it's called a "Dump" cake?)
Finally, cover the whole top with a cube of butter cut into thin layers, put the lid on and let it cook for about 3 hours.

Serve it up warm with a big dollop of whipped cream.

 (Got this from the website Pooka's Pages for kids)

Samhain is the Night of Remembering the spirits of friends, loved ones and ancestors that have  "crossed over" to the Summerland.  One of the ways Elsie & Pooka like to do this is by setting a little plate of "goodies" out for the spirits to enjoy -  usually some Haystack Cookies (they look like miniature haystacks that you see around the countryside this time of year) and a chalice of spiced cider.   Of course the spirits can't eat all those Haystack Cookies, so there's plenty left over for you to enjoy too!

Haystack Cookies

Melt 12 oz. of butterscotch chips.  You can do this either in the top of a double boiler while stirring constantly or in a microwave set on low and stirring every 30 seconds. Once it's melted, stir in 2 Tablespoons of peanut butter.  Then stir in 1 cup of Spanish peanuts and about 1 1/2 cups of crispy chow mien noodles. Scoop out small spoonfuls and plop them on a piece of wax paper. Then try to leave them alone until they cool!

(Got this from the website Pooka's Pages for kids)

My step-mother used to make these every fall when I used to live at home...they are SSSOOOO good! I am tempted to make them this year now that I have kids old enough to appreciate them! LOL

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies


1 cup canned pumpkin puree
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 large egg
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips


1. Preheat oven to 350F and line baking sheets with parchment paper.

2. Whisk together pumpkin, sugar, vegetable oil, vanilla and egg in a large bowl . In a separate bowl, whisk together together flour, baking powder, baking soda, ground cinnamon, and salt. Add the flour mixture to pumpkin mixture and stir until combined.

3. Stir in the chocolate chips.

4. Take 2 tablespoons full of dough and drop onto cookie sheet, about 2 inches apart. When finished, try to shape the dough to resemble a cookie. The cookies dough should be round and flat and smooth, resembling close to the finished baked product because the cookies don't spread much during baking and will rise up. It helps to work with the dough if your hands are freshly washed and slightly damp.

5. Bake for approximately 10 minutes or until lightly brown and firm. The cookie dough will be almost the same size and shape as the finished cookies as the batter does not spread much.

Pork with Apples & Bacon 

You'll be slow cookin' up a storm when you make our Pork with Apples & Bacon tonight. This hot and hearty dish has the right amount of sweetness with a touch of saltiness that we know you're gonna love! Serves: 4 Cooking Time: 6 hr 10 min

What You'll Need:

4 slices bacon

1 (3-pound) pork butt or pork shoulder

2 sweet onions,

sliced 2 apples,cored and cut into chunks

1 tablespoon dark brown sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/2 cup chicken broth

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

What To Do: In a large skillet, cook bacon until crisp; remove and drain on paper towels, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings in skillet. Crumble bacon and set aside. Add pork to hot drippings and cook about 7 minutes, turning occasionally until browned on all sides.   Coat a 5-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Combine crumbled bacon, onions, apples, brown sugar, salt, and pepper in slow cooker; place pork on top of mixture. Pour broth and vinegar over pork.   Cover and cook on LOW setting 6 to 8 hours, or until pork is tender.

(Recipe from Mrfood.com)

Applesauce Meat Loaf

Ready to shake up your tired old meat loaf? Applesauce and chili sauce give plain ground beef a tangy flavor that's sure to be the change you're looking for. Serves: 4 Cooking Time: 1 hr

What You'll Need:

1 1/2 pounds ground beef

3/4 cup dry bread crumbs

1 egg

1/2 cup applesauce

1 small onion, finely chopped, or 1-1/2 teaspoons instant minced onion

1 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

2 tablespoons chili sauce

What To Do: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, thoroughly combine all ingredients except chili sauce. Place mixture in a greased 9- x 5-inch loaf pan. Bake 30 minutes; remove meat loaf from oven and spread chili sauce over top. Return it to oven and bake 30 more minutes, or until no pink remains and juices run clear. Serve hot or cold.

Note This makes great meatballs, too! Just shape the raw mixture into balls and simmer in your favorite tomato sauce or meat gravy until thoroughly cooked. Serve with pasta, rice or potatoes.

(Recipe from Mrfood.com)

Apple Raisin Glazed Ham

This is no "pig tale"! For an easy and fancy-looking main dish, there's nothing better than a dressed-up Apple Raisin Glazed Ham. Serves: 10 Cooking Time: 1 hr

What You'll Need:

1 5- to 6-pound fully cooked boneless cured ham

1 (18-ounce) jar apple jelly, divided

1/4 cup packed light brown sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons dry mustard, divided

3/4 cup apple juice

1 cup raisins

1 cinnamon stick

2 tablespoons cornstarch

What To Do: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9" x 13" roasting pan with cooking spray; place ham in roasting pan.   In a small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons apple jelly, the brown sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon mustard; mix well. Spread evenly over ham and bake 50 to 60 minutes, or until heated through.   In a small saucepan, cook the apple juice, raisins, and cinnamon stick over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes, or until raisins are plump. Add remaining apple jelly and 1 teaspoon mustard, and cook 1 to 2 minutes, or until jelly is melted; remove and discard cinnamon stick.   In a small bowl, combine cornstarch with 3 tablespoons sauce from saucepan; stir until smooth then add to saucepan and stir until sauce is thickened. Remove ham to a cutting board and slice. Serve with sauce.

Note: Can substitute apple juice for apple cider, and/or apple jelly

(Recipe from Mrfood.com)

Apple Glazed Chicken

After reading this recipe name are you thinking, Apple Glazed Chicken, are you kidding? We kid you not. These flavors really complement each other and treat your mouth to a taste sensation that you fall in love with. Serves: 4

What You'll Need:

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 (3- to 3-1/2-pound) chicken, cut into 8 pieces

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 cup apple jelly

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

3 red apples, cored and cut into 1/2-inch wedges.

What To Do: In a shallow dish, combine the flour, salt, and pepper. Dip the chicken into the seasoned flour, coating completely.   In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Brown the chicken in batches for 5 to 7 minutes per side.   Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the apple jelly, lemon juice, and cinnamon; mix well then stir in the apples. Add entire mixture to the skillet and reduce the heat to medium-low.   Add reserved cooked chicken to skillet and simmer for 25 to 30 minutes, or until no pink remains in the chicken and the sauce has glazed the chicken, turning it halfway through cooking. Serve chicken topped with apples and any glaze remaining in the skillet.

Note I like to use Cortland apples for their particular color and taste, but any apples you have on hand will work. And if you prefer, you can peel them first.

(Recipe from Mrfood.com)

Apple Nut Muffins

This wholesome homemade apple muffins recipe with walnuts is a welcome addition to your rise 'n' shine routine or as yummy edible gifts. Everybody loves homemade goodies, and these muffins are no exception! Makes: 12 muffins Baking Time: 20 min

What You'll Need:

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup granulated sugar

3 teaspoons baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 eggs

3/4 cup milk

1 apple, peeled, cored, and finely chopped (about 1 cup)

6 tablespoons butter, melted

1/3 cup chopped walnuts

1/4 cup packed light brown sugar

What To Do: Preheat oven to 375 degree F. Coat a 12-cup muffin tin with cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and the salt; mix well. In a medium bowl, beat eggs with milk. Stir in chopped apple and melted butter. Add apple mixture to flour mixture and stir just until moistened. (Batter will be very stiff.) Fill muffin cups 2/3 full with batter, distributing evenly. Combine walnuts, brown sugar, and remaining cinnamon; mix well. Sprinkle nut mixture evenly over batter. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Immediately remove from muffin tin. Serve warm.

(Recipe from Mrfood.com)

NOTE: Those who are lactose intolerant or just do not drink milk, almond milk works great instead of cow's milk in this recipe!

Sweet Potato Casserole

There couldn't be an easier way to make an elegant sweet potato side dish. Canned sweet potatoes are a huge time-saver, and when they're mixed and baked with a few ingredients and topped with pecans, it makes this Sweet Potato Casserole hard to resist. Serves: 6 Cooking Time: 45 min

What You'll Need:

1 cup chopped pecans

1 cup packed light brown sugar

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened, divided

1/4 cup sweetened flaked coconut (optional)

2 (29-ounce) cans sweet potatoes, drained and mashed

3/4 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs

1/2 cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon salt

What To Do: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 3-quart casserole dish with cooking spray. In a medium bowl, combine pecans, brown sugar, flour, 1/4 cup butter, and the coconut, if desired; mix until crumbly, then set aside. In a large bowl, combine remaining ingredients, including remaining butter; mix well. Spoon into casserole dish and sprinkle evenly with pecan mixture. Bake 45 to 50 minutes, or until bubbly and heated through.

(Recipe from Mrfood.com)


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