Happy Thanksgiving!!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Enjoy your day!

Soooo Excited!!!

In 4 days my family will be here!  I’ve planned out the week, made reservations for tea and dinners, and made an itinerary for them while I’m in class.  I CAN’T WAIT!!!

We are a crazy family but I’m sure most would consider their family crazy also.  We laugh at the littlest thing and just enjoy our time together.

Most say my mom and I are twins.  Do you agree?

This photo is so ugly but I think it describes my family perfectly…..always blaming Alex for something.

Things Planned:

Abbey Road

Borough Market

Portobello Market

Afternoon Tea

Bumpkin

Belgo

Selfridges

Harrods

Big Ben

Westminster Abbey

A Tour of my School

Winter Wonderland

The Hobgoblin

Buckingham Palace

And many many more!!

I even have an arrival  gift for them. I hope they like it!

It’s Pumpkin Time!!

We raided Whole Foods for Libby’s pumpkin.  Even though they are a little more expensive here than at home (they are imported) we had to buy a couple of cans. The Americans scoop them up so fast so it’s hard to find. Once I had the cans in my hands I started to google for pumpkin recipes.
I decided on a pumpkin muffin recipe (with some changes) from An American Girl In Chelsea.

Pumpkin Muffins Recipe: 

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups white sugar (I used 1 1/2 cups splenda granulated)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1/3 cup water
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup canned pumpkin puree (Available at Waitrose, Whole Foods, and Partridges).

Preheat oven to 200 C and line muffin tray (didn’t have a muffin tray so I made a cake)

1.  In an electric mixer bowl, beat the sugar, oil, eggs, and water until combined
2.  Sift into this mixture the flour and spices
3.  Mix until moistened
4.  Stir in pumpkin
5.  Spoon batter into muffin tray
6.  Bake at 200 C until wooden toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean (15-17 minutes for large muffins; 10-14 minutes for smaller muffins)

This recipe usually makes about 2 dozen muffins.

My cake came out delicious!  It would be great with cool whip on top but I can’t find that here.  It would be great with a creamcheese icing but I’m too lazy.  I’ve eaten it alone and with ice cream on top.  Both equally satisfying.

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