Fall at Die Heimat Country Inn


Fall is such a beautiful time of year here in Homestead, Iowa as the evenings get cooler, the maple leaves begin to color and the fields of corn dry and turn yellow. September and October are among our busiest months, so we get to host many wonderful guests.

And, Marc gets to make a scarecrow as part of the Villages Association fall Scarecrow Trail. mr-picketts-4

As you can see, he goes all out and has a lot of fun designing, creating, and playing with his unique creation…..

mr-picketts-3…… this year made of left-over fence pickets from when ACLUD busted us for having a high fence and he had to cut off the tops; thus, the name “Petey Pickets”. See more photos on our FB page.



In the fall, I enjoy baking with pumpkin and apples. Here is one of my favorite coffee cake recipes:

Pumpkin Coffee Cake

Bake at 350 in a square 9”x9” pan or double the recipe for a 9”x13” pan

2 cups flour

1 tsp. baking soda

½ tsp. baking pwd.pumpkin-coffee-cake-single-slice

½ tsp. salt

2 tsp. cinnamon

¼ tsp. nutmeg

¼ tsp. cloves

1 C. pumpkin puree – I use cooked butternut squash

½ C brown sugar

½ C. vegetable oil

¼ C. maple syrup

¼ C. milk or buttermilk

Mix dry and wet ingredients together separately. Pour wet into dry just until mixed. Do not over mix. Batter is very thick. Put into baking pan. Sprinkle crumb topping over and gently press into batter. Bake for 30-35 min. or until done. Drizzle glaze over semi-warm cake.

Crumb Topping:

½ C flour

¼ C butter, cold

1/3 C brown sugar

¼ tsp. salt

2 tsp. cinnamon



1 C pwd. Sugar

1-2 T. cream or pumpkin spice creamer

One thought on “Fall at Die Heimat Country Inn

  • October 20, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    Petey Pickets looks like a very amiable companion! He looks a little on the slim side–maybe he should be joining you two and your guests for breakfast!


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