Here Comes Fall…

fall leaves

With the official start of Fall less than 20 days away, it sure doesn’t feel much like it here in Texas. Even though the local weathermen are warning we have a long road ahead filled with many hot days still before we can enjoy those crisp cool mornings of autumn, I remain an optimist.

So today, I thought I’d share a little autumn beauty to get you in the mood.

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Are you feeling it yet?

Who’s ready for pumpkin patches!
Pumpkin lattes
pumpkin latte


Getting lost on a long walk.

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And Pumpkin Bread!

pumpkin bread


I thought I’d share one of my favorite Pumpkin Spice Bread Recipe with you all.

Pumpkin Spice Bread Recipe

1 cup sugar

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup smooth applesauce

3 large eggs

1 (15 oz) can solid pack pumpkin

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups wheat flour

2 teaspoons ground cloves

4 teaspoons ground cinnamon

2 teaspoons ground nutmeg

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour two 9x5x3 loaf pans or muffin tins. Beat sugar and oil in a large bowl to blend. Mix in eggs, pumpkin, and apple sauce. Sift flour, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, salt, and baking powder into another large bowl. Stir into pumpkin mixture in 2 additions.

Divide batter equally among prepared pans (muffin tins). Bake until tester comes out clean, about 1 hour for loaves, 20 min for muffins. Transfer to cooling racks and cool for 10 minutes.

Turn out onto racks and cool completely.

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Publisher’s Weekly Bestselling Author Mary Alford loves to create characters and to throw them into situations that test their faith. A lifelong resident of Texas, Mary was inspired to become a writer after reading classic romantic suspense novels by her favorite authors. Writing her own novels is a dream come true. Mary Alford can be found at: or you can email her at Follow Mary on Facebook at “Mary Alford Author” and Twitter at “MaryAlford13”.

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