The Color of Change

September 9, 2009

First, I want to say thank you for all of your wonderful comments and emails yesterday. It just made me smile to read each one.


Yesterday morning I stepped outside to take the trash out, and there was just something different about the air. It was hard to explain, but it just felt crisp and clean, and not really like Summer. For all my talk about the coming of fall, this was the first time where I just knew that it was on the cusp. Even the boys commented on it when they went out to play.

When we stepped into our creative time in the afternoon, Jacob wanted to talk about the coming Autumn family festival that he just has tons on ideas for. The seasonal changes have always felt like such wonderful times to gather for celebration. We try and make a day of it, and each season is celebrated very differently. We always try and wake to see the sun rise, and then the day progresses with family, fun, food, and nature. For our nature table this year, we spent the day yesterday dying playsilks with natural dyes. We used the same dyes that I use for yarn, and I am always so happy with the way that the silk absorbs the colors.


Red, orange, brown and yellow are now set to decorate the table that will house all of our treasures in the coming months.

In our ode to apples, we came in and made apple zucchini muffins. Keeping to my promise of creating enough of our baking to freeze for those mornings that call for it, we packed in a lot of muffin cups.

We made this recipe two ways yesterday, one with GF oats, and one with out. I happen to like the crunch of the oats, so that is always my favorite type of muffin. But the boys, well not so much.

The thing that I love about muffins is that you can add anything to them, you can freeze them and just cook what you need, and they only take 18 minutes (I hate waiting for anything sweet).

I use the base muffin mix of flours from the wonderful book Easy Gluten Free Baking, but when it come to wet ingredients, I change it up a bit. I use coconut or almond milk instead of dairy, and I use applesauce instead of eggs, and always honey instead of sugar (any kind of sugar is very hard for those with celiac to process). You know, I am starting to find a real love for applesauce as an egg replacer. Up here at 5000 feet above sea level, it adds a great moisture to the baking.

Then we add what is in season and sounds good.

Warm up some spiced local apple cider for the little ones, some coffee or tea for you, and call it the perfect morning.

Apple Zucchini Muffins
Adapted from Easy Gluten Free Baking from Elizabeth Barbone

1 cup white rice flour
1/2 cup of sweet rice flour
1/4 of cornstarch
1 tablespoon of baking powder
* Please note that if you are using a mix, or if you are making these using regular flour, this is where you will pick up from

6 Tbs butter (vegan works fine with this recipe)

1/4 cup honey

1/4 cup of applesauce, OR 1 egg

3/4 cup of milk (almond, coconut or rice can be substituted)

If you are using large fruit like cranberries, blueberries or raspberries, you will use 3/4 cup
If using grated veggies or fruit like apple or zucchini, you will use 1 to 1/2 cups.

For the apple zucchini muffins I added in 1 tsp of cinnamon and 1/2 tsp of nutmeg

Preheat over to 350
Whisk together dry ingredients
In a separate bowl, cream together butter and sugar for one minute
Add egg or applesauce
Blend well
Add half of the dry ingredients and mix until dough forms
Add milk
Add spices of choice

In a small bowl, coat fruit with the cornstarch and fold into batter along with 1/2 cup of oats if desired
Spoon batter into muffin tins and either freeze or bake for 15-20 minutes
For frozen muffins, the cooking time may be a bit longer

Remove and cool

Also wanted to let you know that Hip Mountain Mama is having a wonderful blog giveaway on natural art supplies. So head on over to her blog and check it out

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

livingslowly September 9, 2009 at 5:16 pm

The changing of the seasons is better than the actual seasons themselves for me. The energy in the air on the first cool morning after a long hot summer is amazing.

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Chelsea September 9, 2009 at 5:29 pm

You've been sharing the greatest recipes lately! We just got several apples in our produce box — I can't wait to try your cake…

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Bria September 9, 2009 at 5:37 pm

Yummy!! I have a giant box of apples and summer squash on my counter… now I have something to make!

I love your blog, so inspiring. :)

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Kelly September 9, 2009 at 6:33 pm

I love the color of those play silks. What kind of dye did you use? I haven't ever seen colors like that before, mainly just pastels

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patty-jean September 9, 2009 at 6:35 pm

Love the dyed silks matching the fall leaves! mmm. and wonderful recipe!

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the craftivist September 9, 2009 at 7:05 pm

love the dyed silks, and am super excited to try out that muffin recipe! i keep wanting to make food for my husband and i that will be better for us, and these muffins sound like a great place to start!

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julesinseach September 9, 2009 at 7:11 pm

I am having virtual weight gain from your Blog…those yummy muffins those look so good.

Summer sun is still shining here, but I agree, there is nothing like crisp fall air.

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valariebudayr September 9, 2009 at 7:36 pm

I've felt this change to, very suddenly in the last week. It almost seems as if summer just flew by, but bring on the change. I love each new season and gladly welcome it. The muffins look delicious. :) Happy Season Changing.

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Christina September 9, 2009 at 7:37 pm

The colors of fall are starting to pop up where we live too. I love the play silks as well. Thanks for all that you give

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Ann September 9, 2009 at 7:55 pm

I will certainly be trying out the muffins and I agree I hate waiting too long before they are out of the oven and you can eat them. I love raspberry muffins and I often have an over-ripe banana that I use for banana muffins.
The air over here in the UK is also crisping up in the mornings and I need my jacket on as I leave for work at 6.00am

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Sigrun September 9, 2009 at 8:41 pm

I really enjoyed this post–about autumn. I love autumn after I get over mourning the end of summer.

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larissa September 9, 2009 at 9:57 pm

your play silks resemble high-end scarves sold at fancy boutiques! they're gorgeous! i think you should start selling these. and we are way overdue for some muffins around here – must bake some.

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Green Acres in the City September 9, 2009 at 10:21 pm

Yum I will be making these later tonight. What a great treat for the morning!

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Stacey September 9, 2009 at 11:58 pm

Beautiful silks. What do you use to dye them?

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renee ~ heirloom seasons September 10, 2009 at 1:25 am

So many beautiful autumn colors! These last days of summer go quickly, don't they?

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Adrie September 10, 2009 at 2:29 am

Thanks for the giveaway heads up! Love the dyed silks – would you share where you purchase the undyed silks? And maybe some good books/resources on diy dying? That would be lovely. Happy almost fall!

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imene September 10, 2009 at 4:04 am

I'm going to try this recipe on friday. Maybe it will get me out of my cooking rut.

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Anastasia September 10, 2009 at 10:20 am

Hi Heather. I'm visiting from Imene's blog on TypePad. It's getting cooler over here as well with the temperature dropping down to 31*C. Thank God, it's still warm enough to go to the beach! Apple zucchini muffins! I've never heard of them before! Thank you for sharing the recipe. I'll try it and I promise to post a photo whether they're a success or not!

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Hilarie Mae September 10, 2009 at 11:24 am

I went for my run this morning and was absolutely entranced by the subtle changes towards fall. It's my favorite season and I can't wait for all the cool weather and beautiful colors!

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Naturalearthfarm September 10, 2009 at 11:56 am

I was just telling the children this morning how energizing the cool morning air feels as we were dancing around the house.
Thanks for the recipe. As I am baking bread this morning I am contemplating if another batch of zucchini muffins is in my future or do I start in on the apples – now you have offered a nice transition.
Thank you.

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Izzy 'N Emmy September 10, 2009 at 2:43 pm

Mmm, such beautiful colors and yummy treats!

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Anastasia September 27, 2009 at 1:34 pm

As promised I made your apple zucchini muffins and posted a photo on my blog. Of course, they don't look as good as yours but I guess it's the effort that counts. They are very tasty, though! And now I know what apple zucchini muffins are! Thanks, Heather.

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