Cranberry & Pumpkin Carrot Cake Muffins



Believe it or not even with the hot temperatures fall is right around the corner! I always find myself dreaming about the cool crisp air, the sound of leaves crunching under foot, and the smell of fall about this time every year. School is back in session and the schedule is starting to form. I’m canning the last of the summer produce and preparing for the winter ahead. Kinda like a squirrel hiding nuts so it can have a memory of something not bitter cold with the taste of something fresh. haha

I had to cave in and make my first batch of pumpkin something a few weeks ago. You know the temptation to cheat and try and encourage fall to come a little faster by making something fallish!

Here is the recipe that I made…

Cranberry & Pumpkin Carrot Cake Muffins

Ingredients: There is only 3…Yes it really is that easy!!!

1 Boxed Carrot Cake Mix

1 sm can of 100% pumpkin

1 6oz pkg of dried cranberries




Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare muffin tin by spraying lightly with non-stick spray or use muffin liners.

Mix all ingredients in large bowl until well combined.


Scoop into muffin tins until about 3/4 full. Smooth tops.


Bake for 14-16 minutes or until baked through. Cool on wire rack before removing from tin.


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In the Charlotte Mason style – children will learn to write by studying some of the “greats” – collections from famous and talented authors of the past. Who best to learn from – than the Masters themselves?

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Based on the Charlotte Mason style of learning, students will study writings by famous and talented authors from history. They will then complete age appropriate assignments using oral dictation, writing summaries or additional writing.
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All Level 1 books contain historically relevant reading selections divided into four chapters: short stories, time period tales, poetry, and cultural tales. There are two writing models following each reading selection. One or both can be used for copywork. If the student is ready, the second model can be used for dictation.

In the Level 1 books, the two different writing models are presented differently for each reading selection. For the first model, children write in an area that has ruled lines below each word they copy. The second writing model is written at the top of the net page, and is followed by ruled lines in the lower half of the page. The second model requires students to write from memory.

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Today Is My Birthday!!!!

I usually don’t do spur of the moment posts but today I wanted to publicly thank my Hubby for a great night!

Today is my birthday! We celebrated early last night with a date night! I has been a long time since we successfully had a night away from the kiddos. My mom and dad kept them last night so BIG thank you to them also!


We spent the evening at a local fair and rodeo. We had great seats in the VIP booth thanks to hubby and John Deere.

I couldn’t have asked for a better view or better weather! It was 85 when we arrived and 65 when we left which is almost unheard of for August in SE Ks.