Autumn! My favorite time of the year! The colors are vibrant, the food, well I am a foodie at heart. It is truly Autumn when there are apples galore and pumpkins too! Here are two of my favorite comfort foods for fall!


Ingredients  (Makes approximately 15 muffins)

1 (18.5 ounce) spice cake mix (you can use a white or yellow mix, just add 1/4 tsp. nutmeg and 1 tsp. cinnamon)

1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin

1/2 cup water


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly grease 2 muffin tins or 10×15 inch square pan. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, Combine all ingredients until well blended.
3. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.


Hot Apple Cider


6 cups apple cider or 100% apple juice

1/2 tsp. whole cloves

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

3 cinnamon sticks or 1 tsp. ground cinnamon


In 3 quart sauce pan, bring ingredients to a boil. Reduce to simmer, and simmer for 10 minutes. In slow cooker, heat ingredients on high for 45 minutes or 1 hour until very hot, reduce to simmer.
Before serving, strain cider mixture to remove the spices. You can avoid this step by placing spices in cheese cloth or coffee filter and tying bag shut. Simply remove bag before serving.
Refrigerate any left over cider and simply reheat. Will stay safely for 4 days. You could then freeze the remaining cider if you have more leftover. Simply thaw and reheat.


Ranae Aspen

Ranae Aspen lives in the middle of Nebraska in the heartland of America. She shares her home with her husband Dan, and teens Daniel and Leslie. Sunset Acreage is home to fruit trees, chickens, cats and rescue dog Sampson. Ranae is passionate about sustainable living and sharing her life’s journey to help others thrive in this crazy thing called life. She loves writing!  You can connect on Facebook at  You can also find her blog all about Sunset living at .