Morning Tempest’s Pumpkin cranberry muffins

 I love these muffins.  They are so easy to make and it fills the house with the smell of fall.  I love to make a batch of these and watch as the family comes creeping into the kitchen to see what’s baking.

Prep Time: 10 MinutesCook Time: 20 Minutes Ready In: 30 MinutesServings: 24


2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour1 teaspoon baking soda1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 eggs

2 cups sugar1 cup canned pumpkin1/2 cup vegetable oil

1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries,



In a bowl, combine the first four ingredients. In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs and sugar; add the pumpkin and oil and mix well. Stir into the dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in the cranberries. Fill foil-or paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full. Bake at 400 degrees F for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.

We are opening our shop again! A letter to our fans.

Dear Morning Tempest Fans,

I left for a while because I was really upset with some of the policies related to allowing some sellers to actually be portals for cheap scams.  Items were not actually handmade, imported goods from large manufactures and possibly even child laborers were allowed as long as one person opened the shop and claimed that they were the sole owner and then Etsy began to allow larger merchandisers to participate in the craft site.

But.. I loved my shop.  I loved meeting my customers and hearing their stories.  I left with a heavy heart and needed to spend some time away from my machine to focus on what was important. My family comes first.

In that time I also learned that I loved the identity of “business owner” that Morning Tempest Studios allowed me.  I love knowing what I am doing for the day and how I am going to accomplish my goals. No, the money isn’t great and sometimes the hours are long and draining, but that is life in the real world.

I also needed to learn from some costly mistakes that I was making over and over. I finished out last year having made a profit, but it wasn’t what I expected.  So, we are going to do things a little different from now on and hope for the best.

Thanks to all of our fans and customers who have waited this out with us and continue to motivate and inspire me.

~ Crysta ~

Nerd Craft: Knit Your Own Outlander Cowl

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Thanks to the wonders of Pinterest, I’ve absolutely fallen in love with all the knitting from Outlander. There’s cowls, shawls, arm warmers, and shrugs, and they’re all absolutely lovely.  I want to knit everything from the show, but being practical, I started with one simply project: Claire’s cowl.

The “Sassenach” Cowl was fantastically easy to make yet comes out so cushy and elegant that it seems very high end. I written up a rundown of everything you’ll need to make your own cowl so that whether you’re a beginner or old pro, you’ll know exactly what’s what before going into this project.

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