I enjoy just about any sort of cornbread—and to save you from having half a can of pumpkin puree hanging around, I’ve doubled the original recipe. If you only want a dozen muffins, use 1 cup of pumpkin and halve the remaining ingredients!

1 15-oz. can pumpkin puree (NOT pie mix)
2 cups milk
¾ cup honey
½ cup sugar
4 large eggs
2½ cups yellow cornmeal
1½ cups flour
2 T. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 T. cinnamon
½ tsp. nutmeg
½ tsp. ground cloves
1 stick butter, melted

Preheat oven to 375° F. and coat two regular-sized 12- cup muffin tins with non-stick spray. In a medium bowl, whisk together the pumpkin puree, milk, honey, sugar, and eggs. In a large bowl, whisk the dry ingredients and spices, and then stir in the pumpkin mixture and the melted butter. Mix until just combined. Spoon batter into the muffin tins and bake about 20 minutes, or until tops are lightly browned and firmly set. Cool in pans for 10 minutes and then remove to a wire rack—or to a basket for your table!

Kitchen Hint: These are best served warm. To reheat, place desired number of muffins on a microwavable plate, tuck a wet paper towel around them, and microwave for about 30 seconds.

 

“Hubbard writes Amish stories with style and grace.” —RT Book Reviews

As the year draws to a close, the brand-new colony of Promise Lodge is thriving, a welcoming community that offers three Amish sisters a fresh start. And as Christmas approaches, gifts big and small are given with love . . .

As Promise Lodge’s first wedding arrives, the evidence of a community building a foundation for the future is a cause for celebration. But the bishop’s narrow-minded wedding sermon doesn’t sit well with the Bender sisters, the town’s courageous founders, especially widowed Mattie Schwartz. She believes marriage and family aren’t the most important of God’s gifts—even if she suspects her tender feelings for Preacher Amos Troyer run deeper than simple friendship.

Amos hasn’t given up hope that stubborn, spirited Mattie will change her mind about taking another husband, but when an accident threatens to change the course of his life forever, he wonders if the Lord has sent him a message. He’ll need faith, hope, and charity to find the right path—and a Christmas blessing to convince Mattie to walk it with him.

Praise for Charlotte Hubbard’s Seasons of the Heart series

“Another great book centered around the Sweet Seasons Café.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars

“These very special books will sit proudly on my keeper shelf!” —Romance Reviews Today

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