I keep on thinking that around every weather corner, we will hear those words many of us are longing to hear—”Fall is in the Air!” So I’m just going to pretend that I’ve heard it and I’m ready for some fall recipes!

When we first married, we lived in Murray since both of us were attending Murray State University. I did a great deal of my shopping at Owens Grocery on Main Street. One day, I saw a cookbook they were selling and bought it. It was the 1967 version of the Murray Woman’s Club Favorite Recipes cookbook. I can say that I have truly worn the covers off that cookbook!

It was the first cookbook I would check when I was looking for a recipe. Now, I may use the internet first to look for a recipe, but I still check that cookbook. My strawberry cake, chocolate no-bake cookies, strawberry pie, and even the old-fashioned apricot nectar cake are all recipes from there.

I was looking for some fall recipes to share with you, and guess where I went to look? Yes, my Murray Woman’s Club cookbook. I first want to share the recipe for pumpkin bread. I will be honest to say that I’m not a huge fan of pumpkin, but this one sounds like something I might even like. If I had a can of pumpkin in my pantry, I would even try it tonight.

The second recipe is for buttermilk pancakes. I don’t keep pancake mix in my pantry, so I thought this would be a good one to try. Buttermilk is not something I keep all the time, but when I do have it, I usually have some left that I am at a loss for using. Now, I can make pancakes. How many of you eat pancakes for dinner rather than breakfast? We do! I very rarely have them for breakfast, but on a crisp fall night, nothing is better than pancakes!

I’ll keep listening for the “Fall is in the Air” forecast, but at least when I do it, I will have two recipes that will be delicious.


1 ½ cup sugar

1 ½ cup flour

¼ t baking powder

1 t soda

¼ t cloves

¼ t cinnamon

¼ t nutmeg

½ cup oil

½ cup water

2 eggs

½ cup chopped nuts

1 cup pumpkin (I’m thinking pumpkin pie filling)

Sift dry ingredients together. Beat eggs; stir in oil, water, and pumpkin. Add this mixture to the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Add nuts. Bake in greased 9x5x3 loaf pan for one hour in a preheated 350˚ oven.

This recipe was submitted by Mrs. Edward Ken (Carolyn) Adams. When I read that, I knew the name sounded familiar. After making a phone call, I discovered my first thought about familiarity was right. Ken Adams worked with my dad at West Kentucky Rural Telephone and for many years, I heard his name. I can even remember visiting them in their Kirksey home. Also, they are both originally from Farmington. I love it when I can put a face to a recipe!


2 eggs

2 cups buttermilk

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 t baking powder

1 t soda

½ t salt

Sift dry ingredients. Add eggs and buttermilk to dry ingredients and beat well.

Submitted by Mrs. N.B. (Marilyn) Ellis