Muffins and Milk on a Tiered Tray

Good morning and welcome to a new week!

In the past I've done several posts talking about how nice it would be if we could all have coffee together.  Today let's have muffins and milk while we chat. The muffins are chocolate and pumpkin - they are kind of made up based on a few recipes I studied. They are moist and yummy.  The milk is ice cold but I have hot coffee too, if you'd prefer.  I set everything up on the three tier tray so you can grab what you want.

So how are you doing? Is it fall where you are?  Everything is fine here and we are starting to see hints of fall. Our house is on the market but there's not a soul looking. We'll be patient and know that something great will come sooner or later. I'm getting lots of exercise keeping things spotless. Cleaning counts as exercise, right?

Have you been to the movies lately? We went to see The Light Between Oceans the other day and it was way too sad for me! We also saw Jason Bourne which was of course just as those movies
 always are.

I'm in a serious fashion mood lately but that always happens in the fall. Do you love fall clothes? They are so much prettier, I think. I decided to sign up for this fashion challenge led by Beth Roy of B. Styled. Here's a link to her site if you are interested in things like that.  This is not an affiliate link or would just be fun to have blogging friends doing this together. From what I can see, her clothing suggestions are very doable for the average person. She calls it "casual chic". That sounds good to me.   By the way, when I say "fashion", 
I'm talking about jeans and whatever I put with them that day. 

Let's talk about Harrison Ford...doesn't he just get better and better looking?   Amen.

We went out to dinner with great friends Friday night
We got to sit outside on the deck under the trees and stars. It was wonderful!
 Everything tastes better outside. Don't you think?

Fall always makes me miss the days when my boys were little and we'd go to the pumpkin patch. Such fun memories were made then and there. What are your favorite memories or thoughts of fall?  In my husband's eyes it's all about Texas Aggies football.

I'm glad you were here to share these muffins with me. 

You can go visit my Thoughts of Home friends today and then we'd love for you to link up tomorrow and share your tiered trays...or any trays you enjoy in your home.

yield: 16print recipe

Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins

prep time: 15 MINScook time: 20 MINStotal time: 35 mins
Super moist and delicious.


  • 1 Betty Crocker Super Moist Chocolate Fudge cake mix
  • 1 15 oz. can pumpkin
  • 3 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup oil


  1. Lightly beat eggs. Add eggs and oil to pumpkin and mix until smooth. Add cake mix to wet portion and mix just until lumps disappear.
  2. Bake at 350 in muffin tins with or without liners for approximately 20 minutes.

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  1. These muffins look delicious Stacey!
    Thank you for the recipe.
    And- I wish we were having coffee too:)

  2. How fun to be joining you in your pretty kitchen this morning, Stacey. A muffin with chocolate fudge cake in it... yes, please! I just love how you set up the serving tray with the little milk bottles.
    Do you think the housing market is slow due to school starting?
    Not feeling like fall here yet, although rumor has it that we may dip into the 80s. Keeping my fingers crossed for that.
    I am ready for fall clothing and could use some fashion tips. I'm going to check out Beth's challenge.

  3. Virtual coffee with a friend, the great thing is we still get to share whether we are drinking our milk and eating our muffins in the same room or not! Thanks for the warning on The Light Between Oceans, I wanted to see that but I will probably wait until I can cry at home where only my family gently mocks me. Lol
    Sorry that you aren't getting any lookers on the house, maybe now that kids are settled back in school people will feel like they have the time to look. Fingers crossed!

  4. Pumpkin patch memories are the best! These look so yummy and right up my alley! My husband and I went to see Sully the other night, it was very good. And for my man, fall is all about Notre Dame football! ;-)

  5. Oh what a great way to serve muffins and milk, love this idea and I would like a muffin too please.

  6. Those look delish, Stacey, and so pretty on your tray! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

    I've recently seen Cafe Society and Florence Foster Jenkins, both of which I enjoyed in different ways. But my big thing lately has been theatre -- just got back from Stratford, Ontario. Sigh...

  7. The muffins look delicious. A little cooler here, and by that I mean in the high 80s. But, I am not letting that stop me from adding fall to our home.

  8. So happy you shared the recipe with us, mouth is watering right now! It's too hot here in ATL for it to feel anywhere close to fall yet. Of course, I was in Hobby Lobby over the weekend and the whole store was decked out in Christmas stuff...ACK!

  9. Such a darling tiered tray Stacey. From the time he was little Sweet Guy has LOVED Harrison Ford. One Halloween he went at the traditional professor Indy and the next as adventurer Indy. We've had Raiders of the Lost Ark parties, all of it. He was thrilled when he met him in person at the air show this past summer. :)

  10. I love your tiered tray. Mine is packed away. I have not started decorating for fall really. It is still so hot here. Those muffins sound great.

  11. Those chocolate muffins look great! And I always appreciate a recipe with instructions that are only 2 lines long. ;) Yes, keeping your house neat definitely counts as exercise. At least I hope so. Fall brings back great memories for me too. I have a ton of pumpkin patch pictures from when my boys were little. And yippee for fall fashion! My fall wardrobe is by far my favorite. :)

  12. Both adorable and practical! I will do this the next time I have a full house for breakfast.

  13. ummm, I'm in a muffin mood...thanks for the party and the your tray

  14. Stacey
    These muffins sound so yummy and I love your tray! Thanks for the movie tips,;-)

  15. Hey Stacey - I wanted to go see that movie and now you have proven to me that I shouldn't. I am so emotional - I bet I couldn't handle it!!!! As for some of my best fall memories....I would have to say that I miss my annual Fall Harvest celebration that I use to have. I miss all of "my people". I loved growing all the pumpkins and mums and everyone shared in the laughter, good food and all things fall. Those were good times. My son is 14 and he still humors me by going to the pumpkin patch....God love him. I know those days are numbered so I'll enjoy them as long as I can. Hope you have a fantastic fall!

  16. Hi Stacey
    Thanks--I'm in the mood for a nice moist muffin and glass of milk! I like to make muffins with my granddaughter as its easy for her to mix them in a bowl and measure out the mix in a muffin tin with a small ladle, and of course she loves to eat them afterward!

    I had gap years of not going to the pumpkin patch but happily the grandchildren now keep that tradition going. We visit a really nice farm a county away that has lots of activities, including a corn maze and barrel rides. The mornings and evenings are cool and crisp but the middle of the day still gets hot...Colorado sun is intense.

    I hope some house buyers come your way soon! I know they will love your house once they see it!

  17. Hi! Your muffins look as good as Harrison Ford!=}
    Seriously, fall fashion is the best! I'm not sure I can commit to a "closet cleanse". I harshly cleaned out my closet in the spring, and now I'm scrambling to find things to cover my backside for fall.....well, at least my arms! I'm having to replace my jean jacket. Who gets rid of their jean jacket?
    That right there is essential clothing!
    I'm enjoying your blog!

  18. What a sweet post. I love how you displayed those yummy looking muffins and milk. Now that the temps are finally getting comfortable, I am thinking of fall decor. No movies lately though. Fall will be a great time to catch up with a few.

    It would be a pleasure to join you for coffee and muffins.

    Have a wonderful week.


  19. Stacey, your muffins looks delicious!
    No fall here yet, luckily, it's still 86°F during the day.
    Hope you're doing well.
    Have a nice week

  20. It was so nice chatting with you and having one of your delicious muffins Stacey. Love the tiered tray idea for serving them! I like the finish on your tray too. I haven't watched any movies at the theater lately, we always rent a DVD for our Sat pizza night at home. Harrison Ford ... yes! I have admired him since Star Wars when I was just a young tweenie ;) Fall to me is hiking in the woods with the fall colour all around me. Plan on doing that in two weeks time for our fall camping trip.
    Well, gotta run,
    Wendy x

  21. Muffins and Milk!!! Yummy! Your muffins look great. I agree about Harrison Ford. He just keeps getting better. Have a great week!

  22. Oh Stacey, that recipe sounds so good and easy! I recently deoorated two tiered trays for Fall, one for the dining room and one in the kitchen. I am looking forward to the link up! I took my granddaughter to see Pete's Dragon this past Friday and it was such a wonderful movie! We both loved it! I do love Fall clothes and have been picking pieces up all summer in anticipation. I have also found a new love for leather jewelry. A new trend seems to be a long pieces of thin leather with beads on the bottom that you can wrap around your neck and then just drape down the front. So pretty! I also got a leather bracelet from Magnolia Farms.

  23. Hi Stacey, I love your cute display of bottles and muffins! Wonderful fall treat. I love fall clothing as well. I'm sure someone will come along and fall head over heels in love with your home.

  24. Cute, cute tray. I'd love to have coffee with you for real. Thanks for your help. Hopefully, I'll be back tomorrow for the Tiered Tray party.

  25. What a sweet tray full of yummy pumpkin- chocolate muffins and milk. A great combo.
    I would love to have a cup of coffee with you anytime.

  26. The pumpkin chocolate muffins sound and look so yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe! Sure will be one to try soon! And yes, I agree, cleaning certainly does classify as exercise! ;) Looking forward to the link up tomorrow, see you then! ~Rhonda

  27. Those muffins look delicious and I love those cute milk bottles! I would love to share one with you! Can't wait to see the other tiered trays!

  28. I enjoyed my visit with you, Stacey! I felt like you were visiting just with me. You tiered tray looks so pretty and those muffins...why I'd just love to try one, and they're so easy, too.
    Thanks for checking out my visit to paradise!

  29. Yum, I'd love to sit and chat and eat one of those muffins! How pretty it all looks! A perfect use for a tiered tray, if you ask me! :-)
    I'm going to go check out the fashion thing...I'm a jeans gal myself! I miss my kids being young too, finding the perfect pumpkins to carve for Halloween, and football a tiny bit. (Go Aggies!)
    Looking forward to getting to wear my Fall clothes. Ready for a change!

  30. OH Stacey, cold milk and homemade muffins are the perfect pairing, and arranged on your awesome galvanized stand, everything is irresistible! Very lovely, looks like a magazine cover- thanks for the fun link up!

  31. Chocolate pumpkin muffins?? Are you kidding me?? Yum!! Off to pin...oh and yes, cleaning counts as exercise! :)

  32. Thanks to all of the ladies for such a fun party!
    Your muffins look delicious.

  33. Hi Stacey, I love your pretty tiered tray displayed with milk and muffins! I can't wait to make those muffins.
    Thanks for sharing the recipe to make the muffins at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.
    Enjoy the week.
    Julie xo

  34. Your tiered tray is so inviting. Love those milk bottles.

  35. I wish I was really there! :) Those muffins look delish and I'm sure they would be wonderful with a cup of coffee. I love milk too though! Your tray is lovely and a great way to serve.

    Fall is my favorite season! I just about despise summer clothes ~ seems we just wash them to death and I so dislike summer and our brutal heat. I did love the temps this past weekend ~ such a nice change! Love wearing jeans, socks, jackets, etc. So much more fun than summer clothes.

    I definitely agree that keeping your house ready for realtors and others is definitely exercise! :)


  36. aww that is so sweet, I wish I really could stop by for a sip and a bite

  37. Your tray looks so inviting! The recipe sounds delicious. I am pinning and trying very soon. Thanks so very much!

  38. I'm so in love with that tiered tray. That recipe looks pretty dreamy as well. I'll have to give it a try. Visiting from Share Your Cup.

    Sarah @ Gypsy Girl Revivals

  39. cute! :)

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  40. Stacey, Chocolate muffins is always a favorite of mine. I love the milk in jars. Thanks for sharing. Sylvia D.

  41. I adore your tiered tray, and those muffins sound delicious! I also adore Matt Damon, so Jason Bourne was a must-see! YES, Harrison Ford does get more handsome with age. He hasn't lost that crooked smile and mischievous twinkle in his eye that made me swoon over Han Solo!

    Have a great week!

  42. Hi Stacey, I featured this at our Monday Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up! Thanks for sharing with us and have a wonderful week.
    Julie xo

  43. All my favorite ingredients. Yummy and I am so happy you shared at Dishing it and Digging it link party. We love having you.

  44. Your blog is just so warm and inviting! And your muffins looks dee-licious! Thank you for sharing with us on the Art of Home-Making Mondays at Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth! It is nice to have you :)

  45. Good morning! Just a little note to let you know that this post has been *FEATURED* today on the Art of Home-Making Mondays (at Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth) on our special pumpkin edition. Thank you for sharing with us! :)


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