Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Pumpkin Log - Day 4




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Welcome to Melva Loves Scraps. 

Welcome to Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 16 Block Tour Road Rally.
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And welcome to my "Pumpkin Patch".  Today I am not only sharing some tips and hints about my Pumpkin Log Block, but I am sharing with you some of my favorite Pumpkin recipes.

First off, let's take a look at my block...



The idea for this block came to me several years ago... actually around the same time as I created "Pieces of My Heart" - in 2012..

As I developed the idea for this block I was sipping on a cup of chai tea with some homemade pumpkin spiced creamer.  So many of the prepared creamers include ingredients that are hard to pronounce and who really knows what they are???

So, here is a really simple AND yummy recipe to make at home - where you can control the ingredients... 😉


Pumpkin Spice Creamer 

Ingredients
•1 can sweetened condensed milk
•1-1/2 cups skim milk, milk, half and half, or cream (you choose based on the fat content you prefer!)
•3 tablespoons canned pumpkin
•1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
•1/2 – 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, to taste

Instructions:
1.Combine ingredients in a container with a cover. Shake until combined, or use an immersion blender or traditional blender and blend until smooth.
2.Store, covered, in the fridge and shake/stir before using.



While the basics of my block are a log cabin, I used the stitch and flip method on the corners to offer a roundness to the pumpkin... You can see in some of my first pumpkin log blocks that they really needed the roundness added - note the lower block with the square top... not quite right.

And note that on the upper pumpkin the stem looks a little lost being in the orange of the pumpkin, not on top of the the pumpkin, like the lower one...



But this is how we learn, right?  Trial and error are the best teachers!

But of course, all that trial and error made me hungry!  It was time to stop for a break so I pulled out the recipe for some yummy Pumpkin Bars...  This recipe made its way to me via a friend of my sister-in-law Sharon, Denise... Thanks Denise and Sharon 😍




















Once I had refueled from all the trial and error stuff and I was satisfied with the final outcome of the pumpkins with the "rounded" corners and the stem on top of the pumpkin, I grew the pumpkin logs into a table runner... just perfect for a fall table.



One other tip... for the final "round" of the pumpkin I cut the strips a 1/4" wider than indicated in the pattern, to allow for a few "imperfect 1/4" seams".  We may try to be precise all of the time, but in reality, while we may try, a little extra allowance is sometimes needed.  When the entire block is pieced, trim to 12-1/2"

More recently, I was playing with some "wanky" pumpkins with some of my scraps.  I mean, not all pumpkins are perfect!



For this table runner that I was recently commissioned to make I played with some "bent" stems and am pleased with the result.


Now with all the pumpkins growing in the pumpkin patch I need one more recipe... And since I am on a restricted diet and am no longer allowed gluten products, among many other things, here is one that falls into my limitations AND still tastes good.  My husband even likes them!

It is from Elana's Pantry...


Nut-Free Pumpkin Crumb Muffins
Serves:8Muffins
Ingredients
  • Muffins
  • 5 large eggs
  •  cup canned pumpkin puree
  •  cup coconut sugar
  • ¼ cup coconut flour
  •  teaspoon celtic sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
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  • Topping
  •  cup palm shortening
  •  cup coconut sugar
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
Instructions
  1. In a food processor, combine eggs, pumpkin, and coconut sugar
  2. Pulse in coconut flour, salt, baking soda, and pumpkin pie spice until well combined
  3. Divide batter between 8 paper lined muffin cups
  4. Rinse out food processor
  5. In a food processor, combine shortening and coconut sugar
  6. Pulse in coconut flour and cinnamon
  7. Sprinkle topping over cupcake batter
  8. Bake at 350°F for 20-25 minutes
  9. Cool 1 hour
  10. Serve
Recently, our grand-children enjoyed a trip to the local pumpkin patch...
The kiddos may be perfect, but just look at that "Wanky Pumpkin" on the right!



I hope that you have enjoyed your visit to my Scrappy Pumpkin Patch and that you will stop by again soon.  You can subscribe, or follow me on Bloglovin', but either way... Do stop by again.  You can also catch me on instagram @MelvaLovesScraps or on Facebook, again, Melva Loves Scraps

There are two opportunities to win a copy of Volume 16.  To be entered follow my blog, instagram or fb, and let me know which recipe you might try.

Be sure to stop by Quiltmaker too!  There are daily prizes to be won!  You don't want to miss out!

Happy quilting,

Melva


Here are the rest of the featured designers... 
Block #1559
Designed by: Cynthia Brunz, Cynthia Designs

Block #1560
Designed by: Kate Colleran, Seams Like a Dream

Block #1561
Designed by: Melissa Corry, Happy Quilting

Block #1530
Designed by: Abigail Dolinger

Block #1566
Designed by: Yvonne Fuchs, Quilting Jetgirl

Block #1567
Designed by: Leila Gardunia


Block #1597
Designed by: Anne Wiens, Sweetgrass Creative Designs



77 comments:

  1. I follow you on Instagram (@notqnot) and I might try the muffin recipe.

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  2. I'm thinking I'd try the pumpkin muffins. Sounds yummy! I follow you on bloglovin'.

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  3. Fun block! I'm also gluten free so will try your pumpkin muffins--thanks for sharing! I follow on bloglovin'

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  4. Awesome block Melva! I really love this block. Congratulations!
    I already follow you on Bloglovin, but am now following on Instagram. I would love to try the muffin recipe.Thank you for the giveaway.

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  5. You just gotta love this block. So cute and so dang easy. Going to print off all of your recipes. This was certainly a fun blog to visit today. Just really make my day. Thank you for being a part of the Road Rally Tour and wishing you Happy Holidays.

    Sandi Timmons
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  6. One of my favorite recipes is pumpkin dump cake, can you adapt to your needs? Best with spice cake topping or yellow cake with the spices added.
    cork@pa.rr.com

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  7. The muffins sound good. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  8. Dang! Your block made me want to sew, and the recipes have my mouth watering! Love it all! No need to enter me in the drawing - I am on the block tour also.

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  9. I follow you on BlogLovin. I would make the pumpkin bars = they sound yummy!

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  10. Congratulations. Thanks for the recipes, I am going to try the muffins.

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  11. I would love to make the Pumpkin Bars. Yum! Thanks for the recipe. I started following you on bloglovin. Thank you, peterstankovich@comcast.net

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  12. I follow on Face Book. Thanks for your block and I sure like the suggestion to cut the final strip 1/4 inch wider, that would really eliminate some frustration if the block turned out to small.
    djcutting2(at)gmail(dot)com

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  13. I love the block and the stories.

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  14. The pumpkin bars sound good to me. rita_l_39212@yahoo.com

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  15. I already follow your blog (and enjoy it). This is a great block for this season --- it is going on a sweatshirt for me. The pumpkin spice creamer is the recipe I will try.
    quiltschon@att.net

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  16. I'm following you on FB, and I'd try the muffins!

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  17. You have adorable grandchildren. Your pumpkin block is pretty cute too. I would like to try the gluten free recipe you included in your post. Thanks for sharing your talents.

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  18. I have the same pumpkin bar recipe. I could eat those all day long!

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  19. The gluten free recipe would be my choice. prycek(at)mymts.net

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  20. I really like pumpkin bars! I think my recipe is close to, if not the same as, yours.

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  21. I might actually try the Nut-Free Pumpkin Crumb Muffins as it appears to be gluten free. Yay! Thanks for providing the recipes! By the way, congrats! dlk3265@gmail.com

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  22. I am now following you on instagram. :-) @dlk3265

    dlk3265@gmail.com

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  23. I would like to make the pumpkin bars, love seeing the recipe card. okruhlik6 at aol dot com

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  24. I follow in bloglovin, instagram and fb.

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  25. I want to make the pumpkin bars. They sound yummy!

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  26. Love your pumpkin! It is so good for this time of year. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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  27. Love your block, but then Log Cabins are my very favorite! And your muffin recipe sounds delicious. Can’t wait to give it a try. Thank you.

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  28. Cool block! Thank you for sharing! Enjoy your day! I would try the muffins! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

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  29. A great table runner pattern. The muffins look good

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  30. I'm following you on IG and I will probably try the pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting.

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  31. So those pumpkin bars look great. I'm following you on Bloglovin. I like the block and like the idea of cutting those outer strips a little larger. It will save some swearing at the end and as you say, it can be trimmed down. Love the "bent" stems.

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  32. The pumpkin crumb muffins sound good. I follow you through email.

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  33. Your recipes were making me hungry - I love my husband's pumpkin bread whenhe makes it but those crumb muffins sounded great!!! mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

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  34. Cute block and darling grand kids! Thanks for taking the time to share your recipes.

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  35. I like your block and your recipes. it's hard to make a choice
    I think that the pumpkin crumb muffin are the best

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  36. Cute pumpkin. I like your gluten free recipe, as many of my friends have issue with gluten too. I follow via FB!

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  37. The pumpkin bars sound yummy! Love your pumpkin runner.
    barbkaup(at)(yahoo)(dot)(com)

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  38. I signed up to get you on Bloglovin'.
    barbkaup(at)(yhoo)(dot)(com)

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  39. Cute pumpkins - all of them - even the 2 kiddies! I love scraps too. I'm going to follow you on Instagram as iambartsmom.

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  40. I like your pumpkin block and the journey it took to get "perfect", altho the best pumpkins, like Charlie Brown's little Christmas tree aren't perfect. Your table runner would be just right on my Thanksgiving Table next week. Guess I have to get the 100 Block magazine to make things perfect. (Looked today at the grocery store and it isn't there yet, but living in rural Alaska that happens...it will get there sometime) Thanks for sharing your talents.

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  41. I like your pumpkin block! I would probably try the pumpkin bars, they sound yummy. Thank you!

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  42. Love Halloween, so absolutely love your pumpkin block. I would make the gf recipe as I also eat gf. Thanks for sharing. odiane79atyahoo.com

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  43. Fun block—I would have to try every recipe—I’m a pumpkin addict!

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  44. The gluten muffins GF with 5 eggs seems yummy and something I can make for son. Pumpkins are fun to make and log cabin is hot again. Did see this block at fabric store in Mo made mini size all by hand too, so seeing it your size I think I could manage a table runner made on the machine.

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  45. Great block! I want to try the pumpkin bars, they sound yummy. I'm a new follower on Instagram as ceciliaquilts. Congratulations on being included in the magazine.

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  46. I'm also gluten free - your muffin recipe sounds great. I love making pumpkin pie without the pie (really, nobody eats the crust anyways). I follow your blog.

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  47. Congratulations on having your block included in Quiltmaker’s 100, Vol. 16! Love your block! A tablerunner is definitely on the to-do list. ;-D Thanks for all the yummy receipes! Can’t wait to try the Pumpkin Creamer!

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  48. my doctor, bless her, is always trying to get me to reduce my coffee intake... this pumpkin spice creamer will not help... I enjoy a good flavored creamer or flavored coffee. Thank you for sharing your recipes... those bars look good too... they just might find there way to Thanksgiving dinner.
    kaylace@bellsouth.net

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  49. Pumpkin creamer sounds yummy for hot chocolate! And pumpkin bars sound yummy!
    I'm going to make a log cabin quilt, and this pumpkin one is the bomb! (Loved the heart, too!)
    Congrats!
    reillyr2(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  50. Nice to meet you, I'm now following on Bloglines vin!
    reillyr2(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  51. Following on instagram....would love to try the pumpkin spice creamer

    Barb
    spurr@mymts.net

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  52. I do love the season of pumpkin flavored foods. i love pumpkin pies, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin muffins. I will be making pumpkin raisin cookies (with chocolate bits) to take with for Thanksgiving dinner at my friend's home. I'm gonna ask my sister to make me some pumpkin bread too.

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  53. Really cute. Thanks also for the recipes.

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  54. Love to try the pumpkin block and bars. rozz01 at cox dot net

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  55. Following you at Facebook rozz01(at)cox(dot)net

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  56. Log cabin block is my favorite and I am loving your pumpkin block. Congrats! I follow you with bloglovn!

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  57. Thank you for the recipes - I for sure am going to try the pumpkin creamer!

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  58. Cute scrappy pumpkins! I recently inherited a bunch of orange scraps, so I’m set to try your block!

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  59. What a fun block and a yummy post! I am on a diet, but i think thanksgiving will be free rein to eat all the goodies!

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  60. Your block is the best pumpkin design! I want to try the muffins. I might add Craisins to them. Thank you for the giveaway. jskbloomers@gmail.com

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  61. I love to add to my coffee any flavor so the creamer would be great!

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  62. I'd like to try the pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting. Your Pumpkin Log block is great! Follow you on instagram: @minibea123.
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  63. Definitely would make the pumpkin bars.

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  64. I follow you at Bloglovin'- I am a scrap lover myself :) And I would like to try the more wholesome creamer recipe~

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  65. I'm a new follower of yours on IG! I do love anything pumpkin and would like to try your creamer recipe!

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  66. I followed you by email... I will make the usual pumpkin pie this year.. son in laws would revolt if I didn't.. thanks for the chance to win.. drhodes9@cox.net

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  67. Thanks for the fun block! It is definitely going on my to do list to help celebrate the season! Also thanks for the great recipes! I'm planning on trying all three! They all sound yummy! :)

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  68. I follow you via email . nsue21702 at gmail dot com. Love your block! Just like all pumpkins, each has their own character!

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  69. I'm going to try the pumpkin spice creamer. It is soooo hard to buy one that doesn't have hidden glutens in it. I think yours is fabulous. (And I'm one of the persons that an do pumpkin spice {and hallmark channel holiday movies} all year round! You made my day!! Congrats on your wonderful block being published!!

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  70. Love your pumpkin blocks! Trying a new pumpkin cheesecake bar recipe today! deb.rick at live dot com

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  71. I think I will try the muffins. Love that you included recipes!

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  72. I will make your pumpkin bars. My husband loves pumpkin pie (and I make plenty of them) so bars would be a nice treat.
    bgk 44 @ msn. com

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  73. I forfot to mention that I follow your blog.
    Betty from bgk 44 @ msn.com

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