cream cheese filled pumpkin muffins

This post originally appeared on Every Day Cheer, it is hands-down one of the easiest and most delicious pumpkin recipes you’ll make all fall, I promise! 

Is anyone else ready for everything that Fall brings? I’m talking pumpkin, boots, and cooler temperatures. I’m ready to see the temperatures take a dive and get out of the upper 80’s and 90’s, the first sign of cooler weather and I’m pulling out the boots and scarves, you can bank on that fact. But, I’m not opposed to enjoying the tastes of fall, even if the weather wants to hang on to summer a bit longer.

Saturday morning, we baked up some delicious pumpkin muffins. They were filled with a sweet cream cheese mixture and topped with a cinnamon goodness, that you’re going to love. Even better? I used an easy pumpkin recipe for the muffin to make the process quick and easy.

Because when you need pumpkin, you need it quick!

And when I tell you these are delicious, I really mean that. As evidenced by the fact that my husband is a self-proclaimed pumpkin hater, and he ate three. Yes, three!


Cream Cheese Filled Pumpkin Muffins
  • Filling:
  • ½ block cream cheese
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • Muffins:
  • 1 box spice cake mix
  • 1 can pumpkin
  • Topping:
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (cut into small pieces)
  1. Preheat your oven to 330 degrees.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine softened cream cheese and sugar. Put in the refrigerator until it is needed.
  3. In a second bowl, combine pumpkin and spice cake mix.
  4. In a third bowl, combine sugars, cinnamon, and flour. Add the butter and cut into the dry mixture using two forks. Combine until the mixture is coarse and crumbly. It'll look like wet sand when it's ready.
  5. Line 12 muffin tin with liners. Fill each cup with a small amount of muffin batter. You really want to just fill it enough to ensure the bottom is covered. Split the cream cheese mixture amongst the 12 cups and add it on top of the batter. Then, use the remaining batter to cover the cream cheese mixture.
  6. Sprinkle a small amount of topping over each muffin.
  7. Bake for about 20 minutes. Enjoy!! Side note: I think they're even better the next day!



normal day, you are a treasure

A few months ago I came across this quote:

“normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. let me hold you while i may, for it may not always be so. 
― mary jean irion

The words are so perfect that I couldn’t get them off my mind. I kept going back to the quote to re-read it over and over. As we were deciding on the final touches for our kitchen, I had a space to fill and immediately knew what I wanted to put there. I sent a message to Between You and Me Signs  and the final product arrived yesterday. It is just how I imagined it would look in our kitchen.

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Too often, we find ourselves counting down to the next big thing. Looking forward in anticipation to some big event, a vacation, or the next milestone.

But, that’s not where the extraordinary lies. It’s here, all around us, every day. My hope is that we never find ourselves so wrapped up in some distant tomorrow that we forget what a gift we have right in front of us.

Normal days are where the memories are made, the foundations for relationships, the heart and soul.

In a world with a culture that screams to us, You’re missing out! Work harder, do more, be more! Let’s choose to not listen.

In a world that says simple isn’t grand enough, ordinary isn’t to be celebrated. Let’s prove that wrong.

Rather than being afraid of missing out on the next great thing, let’s turn our attention to the gift that is right in front of us.

These normal days that are so full of extraordinary moments, they have so much to offer. I never want to take a single one for granted, I never want to forget how each little detail of the day filled my heart with so much joy.

The way my childrens laughter fills the air.

The sound of their feet running across the floor.

The way they run to the door and jump into Allen’s arms the moment he arrives home from work.

Their weight on my chest as I rock them to sleep.

The wonder and amazement when they learn something new.

Simple dinners around the kitchen table.

Tiny hands folded in prayer.

Conversations with the people I love.

These are the familiar, the memories we will hold onto forever, the ones we’ll come back to time and time again.  They aren’t grand by the worlds standards, there was no chalkboard countdown, but they are just as precious, just as much a gift.

Let’s vow to celebrate the normal, let’s promise ourselves that we won’t let these days pass us by in search of something bigger and better.

These are the best days, because they are our days.


home tour tuesday: the back deck

I haven’t done a Home Tour Tuesday in sometime, but if I can get my act together, I might just deliver three in a row.

Our house already had an awesome screened-in back porch area, the screened-in porch opens to a larger deck that overlooks our back yard. From the time we moved in, I started talking about turning the area into an outdoor living space. It never really moved up the list of priorities because we always had some other project happening.

I envisioned reading books and sipping my coffee out there in the mornings. Truly, it’s hard to get a man on board with a leisurely area such as this. Let him build a fire pit in the backyard? He’ll stay up until midnight getting it done. Of course! So, then it hit me. Last summer, I changed the verbiage a bit, and started talking about how nice it would be to have an area where we could watch football games in the fall.

And would you believe by the first football game we were all set up and ready to go?

Hook, line, and sinker, friends.

Here’s what we started with. Well, almost what we started with. The screens are out at this point, they had seen their better days, so Allen took them out and replaced them. Also, the wood along the bottom section had already been changed a bit, too. Those boards ran vertical across each section. Some of the boards were warped (not terribly, but enough that I noticed and it bothered me), but I hated the idea of replacing them all,  it seemed like a big waste just to quiet my Type-A mind. Instead, Allen configured them a little differently and we re-used all of the same wood. We also cleaned and re-stained the wood in a darker color.

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Let’s talk about patio furniture. Honestly, I found this process to be such a huge pain. We originally looked at a few local places to purchase the furniture and we faced a little sticker shock at the price of some of the sectionals we found. Like, double the cost of all of Judson’s nursery furniture combined (and we bought it from Pottery Barn, for crying out loud). Seriously, I took one look at the price tag and said to Allen, There is no way, this is going to be outside. Bugs will crawl on it! Nope. Not happening. 

So we looked to the trusty internet and had plenty of people point me in the direction of Lex Mod. We measured and taped out the area and settled on the Corona 7 Piece Set in Mocha.


In all fairness, the pieces that we were looking at were exceptional quality, super heavy, and in some cases, hand woven. The LexMod furniture is light-weight, but it certainly serves its purpose well. In hindsight, I would still go with this sectional over and over again.



Curtains were my other major request. I went straight to Ikea for these. They’re Merete panels come in the exact length we needed, 2 panels to a set for around $35. We sprayed the grommets at the top with Rustoleom and the actual panels with Scotch Guard (along with the cushions on the sectional). I’ve washed them once and they clean up perfectly.


As far as the curtain rods go, Allen made those (y’all, he’s super awesome). He used conduit  from the hardware store and it really looks fantastic, and it’s super inexpensive.


I decorated the area with bright colors. Rug from Target and pillows from Tuesday morning. I snagged that piece of drift wood from my father-in-law after Judson’s birthday party.


Overall, it was such a fun project and we both agree, we should have done this a long time ago. We put a patio heater out here for chilly days. It’s also the perfect date night at home escape, there’s always time for a movie and popcorn after the little ones are sleeping.