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Fall is undoubtedly one of my favorite seasons. As much as I enjoy the pleasures of summer, fall brings lots things I love together at the same time: comforting flavors, mild temperatures, bold colors, all things cozy, and pumpkin-everything. It’s a bit of heaven on earth.

Today, I’m kicking off fall here with a recipe for Pumpkin Muffins with Maple Glaze plus a simple, yet bold tablescape to get you ready for fall entertaining.


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If I told you how many times I’ve been to my local HomeGoods stores over the past month, you might think I was a poor planner or a bit nuts. However, HomeGoods is one of my favorite places to shop for all things fall and Halloween. Usually, I leave the store with a full cart and a full heart, so it’s well worth the trip. It’s also bunches of fun!


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Beyond the seasonal section of the store, you are likely to find me in the gourmet and kitchen section. I’m always on the hunt for new entertaining and cooking supplies. On one of my recent visits, I found this pumpkin muffin pan as well as this colorful plaid tablecloth. Those items, along with a few other goodies, inspired this entire post.

Let’s start things off by whipping up these muffins; then I’ll show you my table.


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These Pumpkin Muffins with Maple Glaze have great fall flavor and are super simple to make. As I mention a lot on my own blog, with pumpkin recipes it’s all about the spices, so don’t skimp on those or you’ll miss out on that great flavor.


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Also, if you don’t happen to have a pumpkin pan, don’t worry. A muffin pan with paper liners will work just as well.


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A few other notes: The pecans are optional. If you’re baking these muffins for younger kids, chocolate chips could be a tasty alternative. Also, be sure to use pure maple syrup for the glaze. It’ll give you the best flavor.


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Let’s bake!

Pumpkin Muffins with Maple Glaze
Makes 12 muffins

Here’s what you need:
1 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2 eggs
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 (15 ounces) can pumpkin puree
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup sour cream
1/3 cup chopped pecans, optional

Maple Glaze
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
2-4 tablespoons milk

Begin by preheating your oven to 375 degrees F. Use a baking spray to grease your muffin tin. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, ginger, and salt. Set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs and brown sugar until smooth. Stir in the pumpkin, melted butter, and sour cream until blended. Add the pumpkin mixture to the flour mixture and stir until almost blended; then stir in the pecans until just combined.

Spoon the batter into the prepared pan. (Divide the batter evenly so the muffins are will be the same size.) Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center of a muffin comes out clean. Cool for about 5 minutes in the pan. Remove from the pan, invert so the top of each muffin is up, and allow to finish cooling on a wire rack.

To prepare the glaze, whisk together the powdered sugar, butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract, salt, and one tablespoon of milk at a time. Add the milk until you achieve a consistency that will uniformly coat your muffins. Brush on the glaze with a silicone brush.

There’s nothing overly fancy about these guys, but I like it that way. Their unique shape, bright orange and moist interior, and sweet maple glaze are all you need. I think you’ll find them as delicious as I do.


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That reminds me of something else I love about fall: rustic and easy are celebrated and encouraged.


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For my table, I took inspiration from the colors in the tablecloth as well as goodies from my local farmers market. All the fruits, veggies, and fresh flowers were purchased this past weekend at the market.


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To all of that, I added blush pink plates, white ceramic pumpkins, and bold plum napkins for a slightly modern touch. I love the juxtaposition of the organic lines and shapes with the crisp modern elements.


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If you’re ever struggling with decor for entertaining, I always recommend using color as your inspiration. As I mentioned, this tablecloth brought it all together for me. Once you have a starting point, build from there. Whatever color, aesthetic, or seasonal look you are going for, HomeGoods has tons of options to match.


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Are you as excited about fall as I am? I hope this recipe and tablescape provide some baking and decor inspiration for your seasonal celebrations. Enjoy!

Michael Wurm Jr. is a paid blogger and founder of the popular lifestyle blog, Inspired by Charm, where he shares his love for a decorated life. Whether it’s ideas for easy decorating, a delicious recipe, entertaining inspiration, or a unique DIY project, his goal is to provide tools and tips for everyone to live a happy, colorful life. You can also find Michael on InstagramPinterestFacebook, and Twitter


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