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Pumkin Cupcakes!

If you are anything like me, the best part of fall is that pumpkin makes a comeback in a big way! Well, to celebrate Taste of Home Best Loved Recipes hitting the shelves nationwide today, they offered me this very tasty pumpkin recipe to share with you! I can’t wait to try it!

Pumpkin Cupcakes
Excerpted from Taste of Home Best Loved Recipes: 1485 Favorites from the World’s #1 Food & Entertaining Magazine

By Taste of Home
Yield: 16 cupcakes
Prep: 30 min.
Bake: 20 min. + cooling
A unique mix of pineapple and pumpkin creates a cupcake with mouthwatering flavor.
— Mary Relyea, Canastota, New York

Ingredients

2/3 cup shortening
2 eggs
¾ cup maple syrup
½ cup 2% milk
1-½ cups all-purpose flour
1-¼ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon ground allspice
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple, drained
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
¼ cup butter, softened
1-½ cups confectioners’ sugar
Directions
1. In a large bowl, beat shortening until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition (mixture will appear curdled). Beat in syrup and milk. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, ginger and allspice; add to shortening mixture and beat just until moistened. Stir in pumpkin and pineapple.

2. Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to a wire rack to cool completely.

3. For frosting, in a small bowl, beat the cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Add confectioners’ sugar; beat until smooth. Frost cupcakes.

About Taste of Home
Taste of Home is America’s connection to the personal recipes of people who cook at home as a way to bring family and friends together, particularly at the holidays. Each year, thousands of people from across the United States and Canada submit more than 40,000 recipes, of which 3,000 are published. Every recipe that is published is carefully evaluated and selected by the Taste of Home Test Kitchen, which ensures that it can be prepared with affordable, everyday ingredients. Taste of Home content is available in print; online at Tasteofhome.com; in books; via digital download on iPad, mobile apps and Kindle; and Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Obtain a subscription www.TasteofHome.com or on your favorite digital download device.

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Happy National Banana Split Day!

Did you know that today is National Banana Split Day? Well it is! And just in case you feel like celebrating, I have an amazing recipe to share with you from Taste of Home: Best Loved Recipes. If you haven’t gotten your hands on this cookbook yet, don’t delay, it’s seriously amazing. We have been trying dinner ideas from it ever since we got our review copy, and all have been hits so far. I can’t wait to make this desert though, doesn’t it sound delicious?

True, it’s not an actual banana split, but it’s close enough in my book! Enjoy!

Banana Colada Sundaes Recipe
Excerpted from Taste of Home: Best Loved Recipes: 1485 Favorites from the World’s #1 Food & Entertaining Magazine
By Taste of Home
Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients
6 tablespoons butter, cubed
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup orange juice
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
4 medium bananas, sliced
½ teaspoon rum extract
3 pints vanilla ice cream
½ cup flaked coconut, toasted

Directions
In a small saucepan, combine the butter, brown sugar, orange juice and cinnamon. Cook and stir over medium heat for 4-5 minutes or until sauce is smooth. Stir in bananas; heat through. Remove from the heat; stir in extract.
Serve warm over ice cream. Sprinkle with coconut. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutrition Facts: 3/4 cup ice cream with 1/4 cup banana mixture and 1 tablespoon coconut equals 398 calories, 22 g fat (14 g saturated fat), 66 mg cholesterol, 159 mg sodium, 50 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 4 g protein.

About Taste of Home
Taste of Home is America’s connection to the personal recipes of people who cook at home as a way to bring family and friends together, particularly at the holidays. Each year, thousands of people from across the United States and Canada submit more than 40,000 recipes, of which 3,000 are published. Every recipe that is published is carefully evaluated and selected by the Taste of Home Test Kitchen, which ensures that it can be prepared with affordable, everyday ingredients. Taste of Home content is available in print; online at Tasteofhome.com; in books; via digital download on iPad, mobile apps and Kindle; and Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Obtain a subscription www.TasteofHome.com or on your favorite digital download device.

For more information please visit http://www.TasteofHome.com, and follow on Facebook and Twitter.