Fall must be right around the corner!

September 2, 2012 by Judy Trull

Halloween spirit...!!!Or at least that is what I keep telling myself.  I realize there are those of you out there who may be frowning at someone who is hoping for a bit of cooler weather, after all this is Wisconsin and it’ll be here sooner then any of us wants it.  However, I must confess that Fall is one of my favorite seasons, the crispness in the air and of course those foods that we enjoy as the days and nights turn cooler.  I mean I just can’t say that I can’t wait to dig into a bracing hot bowl of soup….when it’s 90+ degrees outside.  My dear friend and neighbor (when we lived in our last home), we would joke that it wasn’t officially Fall until Miss Lisa made her pumpkin bars, which if I may say are completely scrumptious.  So I realize Lisa may not have made her pumpkin bars, but I decided to throw caution to the wind on this beautiful labor day weekend morning and try a new recipe that I found on Pinterest.  It turns out that these pumpkin poppers are absolutely fabulous and quite easy and to answer your next question…our guests enjoyed them.  One woman even asked to take the 2 she couldn’t eat with her and enjoy them tomorrow.  Personally for me I am sure if I had those in the car with me, they wouldn’t make it all the way home (;  So here is the Pumpkin Popper recipe that I first discovered on a blog called Just the Little things, and it turns out who we have to ultimately thank for this delicious recipe is a blog called Domestically Speaking, either way these are a winner and give them a try……your family and friends will thank you.


Pumpkin Poppers recipe from Domestically Speaking and Just the Little Things

  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. allspice
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup milk

For Coating

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted  (I used salted butter, I don’t usually have unsalted butter on hand)
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp. cinnamon (I used Penzey’s Spices Cinnamon)

Preheat oven to 350 F and spray mini muffin tins with non-stick cooking spray.
Combine flour, baking soda,salt, and spices in a bowl and whisk until combine.
In another bowl, mix oil, brown sugar, egg, vanilla, pumpkin, and milk.  Pour in flour mixture and mix until just combined.  Fill mini muffin tins until almost full and bake 10-12 minutes.
Melt butter in small bowl.  Mix sugar and cinnamon in a separate small bowl.  After popper cool for a few minutes, dip them in the butter and roll them in the sugar mixture.

Farm Market & Craft Fair

September 14, 2010 by Judy Trull

It’s true, who can believe that fall is here already.  It seems that just yesterday we were celebrating the beginning of summer, however time certainly marches on thru the change of seasons.  Cooler days and nights, sleeping with the windows open and yes even pulling back out the cooler weather duds.  Here in Central Wisconsin it is festival time, all different sorts.  In Manawa you know that fall has arrived not only due to the cooler weather and the changing leaves but it is the Farm Market and Craft Fair, held the third Saturday in September each year.  In year’s past we have had alot of fun with the pie eating contest, too funny to see people digging into pies face first and showing their enthusiasm for all things pie.  This year we will mark the day with our first annual chili cook-off, a way to showcase all the different and delectable ways that chili can be made.  I have encountered people who are big fans of noodles in their chili, you have the standard chili lovers, and then those who like to crank up the heat factor.  We hope to have all different genres of chili competing at our chili cook-off. The entrants will be vying for a $100 first prize, $75 second prize and $50 third prize all paid in Chamber Bucks, as to support local businesses.  After the judging, we will be selling the chili for $1 per bowl and the proceeds will be donated to the Manawa Food Pantry.  There is no charge to enter as this is our first year of holding the chili cook-off.  It is a good warm up (pardon the pun) or practice run if you will, to also compete in the annual chili cook-off held at the Zion Lutheran Church here in Manawa, it is their major fund raiser that they hold each year.  They serve other food along with the chili and it is one price to sample all of the different chili’s that they have entered each year.  So come on out to the Farm Market & Craft Fair this Saturday September 18th, there will be a variety of vendors, pumpkin bowling for the kids and much more.  On 2nd Street in Manawa.  Come out and enjoy the beautiful fall here in Central Wisconsin.