Mill Hill Meadow Messenger. * Edition 5 *

 By: Kerin
                                        Mill Hill Meadow Messenger Correspondent

Well readers, it's here!
At last, it's October!!
 My most favorite month of all.

*October is the month for Pumpkins.
There are so many wonderful varieties of pumpkins, gourds and squash!
So many colors and shapes, and lets not forget about the flavors!
Do yourself a favor, and click on the link to learn all about pumpkins!
You will find  a ton of great information all about pumpkins, including recipes, tips to preserve pumpkins, carving tips, etc...
All across the country, there are pumpkin carving contests, and pumpkin festivals.
 Maybe there's one in your area!
*Link to Pumpkin Festivals
Here at Mill Hill Meadow, we didn't have a chance to grow our own pumpkins this year.
The first picture  in this post is of our pumpkins that we grew last year at the homestead. 
 Next year, we will have a pumpkin patch.... even if it's a small one.
*Decorate with pumpkins:

Pumpkins decorate not only the front porch, but mantles, kitchen tables, and hutches. 
I love to decorate with pumpkins! I have pumpkins on my t.v hutch, pumpkins on my island, and pumpkins on my front porch.
Ceramic pumpkins on shelves in the bathrooms, and wicker pumpkins on the console table.
When I was young, my parents only bought pumpkins for carving on Halloween. 
 My mom never used pumpkins for decorating with, and she certainly never brought pumpkins indoors.
How times have changed.
*Poem for October:October

By:  Robert Frost      

O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;
Tomorrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow.
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
Beguile us in the way you know.
Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away.
Retard the sun with gentle mist;
Enchant the land with amethyst.
Slow, slow!
For the grapes’ sake, if they were all,
Whose leaves already are burnt with frost,
Whose clustered fruit must else be lost—
For the grapes’ sake along the wall.

* Bake it!
Bake up something with pumpkin in it!
How about Pumpkin Scones?

Pumpkin Scones
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes
Yield: 36 scones
    For the Scone:
  • 4¼ cup flour
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • ¾ tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • ¾ cup butter, cold, cut in cubes
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 eggs
  • For the Vanilla Glaze:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp heavy cream
  • For the Cinnamon Glaze:
  • 1½ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp allspice
  • 2-3 Tbsp heavy cream
  1. In small bowl, mix the pumpkin, heavy cream and egg with a whisk. Set aside.
  2. In mixer, using paddle attachment, mix flour, sugar, baking powder and spices. Add in cold butter cubes and mix until crumbly. Slowly add in pumpkin mixture and mix until thoroughly combined.
  3. Divide dough in half, and form the dough into a 12x5 inch rectangle. If it’s too sticky, using hands, mix in enough flour so it is easier to shape.
  4. Cut dough into triangles by making three vertical cuts (you should now have 3 rectangles. Cut each of the rectangles by making an X, I use a pizza cutter. Then make ONE horizontal cut across the center. You should have 18 triangles.
  5. Place each triangle onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake in a 425 degree oven for about 13-15 minutes. Repeat with other half of dough.
  6. Cool on rack. Make sugar glaze by whisking the sugar with heavy cream. Using a brush, paint the tops of each scone with the glaze.
  7. To make the cinnamon glaze, whisk all the ingredients together until smooth. Pour into a ziploc bag and cut the corner. Drizzle the glaze over all the scones. Allow to dry (about 15 minutes). Eat and enjoy!
(adapted from The Shoebox Kitchen)
I'm giving this recipe a try today!
I'm not a coffee drinker, but I have heard rave reviews about Starbucks pumpkin scones.
So, on a recent shopping trip to the big city, we stopped by a Starbucks, and my sweet husband bought me a pumpkin scone to try.
Yummy!  Loved the pumpkin scone, and now, I just have to make some of my very own.
Have you ever made pumpkin scones before? If you have, then by all means email me your recipe!
Well readers, just remember to enjoy this wonderful month of October, and enjoy all things Pumpkin!


  1. I love pumpkin scones Kerin. I'm emailing you a recipe for my favorite ones. I visited Beck's twice this month and have a haul of pumpkins. Lori grows so many varieties and I think I may have bought WAY too many squash to eat. I couldn't resist.

  2. I love October too! I'm just getting started with my autumn decor & Halloween bling. I guess you could say I'm really behind in that department. HA!
    I love the pictures you posted, very inspiring. The recipe looks delicious.


  3. My mom never brought pumpkins inside either, but I love to decorate with them. I love the pictures you shared and the scones look wonderful!
    I've got some pumpkins for outside, but I need to get going on the inside.

  4. We got about 25 pumpkins from our first try at growing them this year. I will certainly check out the pumpkin web site.
    I haven't made pumpkin scones but I do have a good recipe for pumpkin bread.

  5. Hi Kerin, I LOVE pumpkins too!! What great decor ideas with a pumpkin~~~I do want to light one up this year on my stoop at the cottage...I haven't done that since my son was younger~~~thanks for the great recipes! Blessings~~~Roxie

  6. I have been trying all day to get here to read your latest edition. The sun may be down but I made it. :) I will have to make those pumpkin scones. They look wonderful. I have never tried those at Starbucks nor have I tried and Pumpkin Latte. I must be the only one who hasn't. I am too cheap. :)
    I love the pictures of all of your pumpkins. I love those grape vine ones. Yes, next year you can grow a few. :)
    No wonder it took a long time to write there is so much loveliness here. Have a wonderful evening. I hope tomorrow is quieter. :)

  7. October is my favorite month, too! Love, love autumn. Pumpkins are a must this time of year. I've never had any luck growing them, tho. I have had a pumpkin spice candle burning the last few evenings and it smells so good.
    Love all your photos, Kerin, and the scone recipe sounds so delicious!

  8. Love pumpkins and can't wait to grow some one day!! Thanks for sharing a yummy scone recipe!! Happy autumn week to you! xo Heather

  9. Well we are knee deep in fall and I have barely even gotten to decorate. Too busy! I love your new blog format! Have a great day!

  10. I love pumpkins and one can NEVER have enough!
    It is funny how now we use them EVERYWHERE.
    We only had them outside when I was little too.
    Times have changed in more ways than one.

    M :)

  11. Pumpkin Scones sound wonderful . . ,
    What a gorgeous time of the year!
    The colors of this season keep me warm as the temperatures begin their annual drop. Enjoy these next days and the Autumn bounty . . .
    We arrived home last evening and I will be back soon with pictures and posting!

  12. Kerin. I love the pumpkin pictures. We never had them in the house either. Just a jack-o-lantern on the porch. How funny, I never thought of that. Looks like a yummy recipe too. Pumpkin pie is one of my favorites..Happy Sunday..Judy

  13. It's been a beautiful October so far here in northern Utah! Love pumpkins too and that recipe sounds delish. Thanks for sharing. Mimi

  14. I made a quick trip to visit my mom for her birthday last week... she has pumpkins in EVERY room! We all love our pumpkin time of year... I enjoyed hers since I don't have a one with all the sawing and hammering and such going on... dust flying everywhere... I'm just having to enjoy everyone else's pumpkins! Thank you for a little dose here.
    I don't have a pumpkin scone recipe... but, I did buy an Edward's Pumpkin Crème pie last week and oh, my goodness!!! It was marvelous! And, I'm very picky about my pumpkin products. ;) A lazy, but wonderful treat!

    blessings and hugs ~ tanna


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