Saturday, October 11, 2008

Autumnal Domesticity

I don't know what has gotten into me! On this cozy (snowy!) Saturday, my inner wannabe Martha wiggled free, and I tinkered around doing little domestic things.

I consider myself a fairly recklessly fun mom, but for the second year in a row the idea of the mushy messiness of pumpkin carving with a willfull toddler sounded overwhelming. Last year, I stole my sister-in-law's idea of simply tying ribbons on my doorstep pumpkins and calling it "good." This year, I added to this idea. I printed an H (using CK Forever Yours font in about 800 pt) on cardstock and cut it out for a stencil, then used generic art paint in a color named something like "coffee," and created a monogrammed pumpkin. I resourcefully kept the ribbon I used on my pumpkins last year (hint: use wired ribbon and curl/shape it with your fingers) and voila!

Sophie has the snack assignment for nursery at church tomorrow, so I busted out my favorite fall treat...dishonestly easy pumpkin muffins. Besides being easy, these babies'll make your house smell so yummy and cozy! It is with some inner conflict that I share the recipe with you, easier and more impressive-looking than Rice Krispie Treats. I feel like I've been living a lie, but I've never told anyone they're difficult so I think I'm on the up and up. Ok, here goes...mix 1 big can of pumpkin puree (not pie mix) and 2 boxes of Spice or Carrot Cake mix. That's it. I usually add a bunch of chocolate chips; nuts are okay; I surprisingly like adding a little coconut. Fill the batter in Pam-sprayed muffin tins and bake for like 25 minutes. You may think they're not done cause they look so moist. But they're actually just moist. I usually leave them just plain, but this time I drizzled a powdered sugar glaze (using the recipe from the back of the powdered sugar).

SIDE NOTE: Sophie and I counted 22 quail in our backyard at one time this afternoon.

SIDE NOTE PART DEUX: I'm loving Jason Mraz's latest album (We Sing We Dance We Steal Things). Track #2 "I'm Yours" will stir you to sing at the top of your lungs with your child's echo microphone and Track #3 "Lucky" will make you see stars the next time you see your husband, just like when you dated sooooo long ago and I'm not sure what Track #7 "Details in the Fabric" is about, but I'd like to pass the lyrics of the chorus along to my children... "Hold your own, Know your name, Go your own way."


Marianne & Clayton said...

Dang! And so awesome. Both crafts. And what about all of your sewing? That deserves a blog too. I tried painting pumpkins with my niece and nephews yesterday and was more than slightly disappointed with my attempt. I'll try to post pictures if only for you to feel extra awesome about yourself. And I will be making those muffins tomorrow.

Auntie Booboo said...

I love the pumpkins. And the muffins look beautiful. Almost good enough to eat.

Auntie Booboo said...

What I meant was they look too good to eat!! I have enjoyed these treats before. Perfect for this time of year

Meg said...

Wow, those are so cute. I love the pumpkins. And I'm going to try your super easy muffin recipe soon. They look DELICIOUS. Also, I love the pics of your daughter at the tea party! It looks like professionals took them and she is SO CUTE!

Janie said...

Those muffins will make it into my fall menu a lot this year. Yummy! And the pics of Sophie's tea party are absolutely beautiful!

Mary Karlee said...

Hi Allison,

I stumbled across your blog while clicking away one night and was happy to see your cute little fam. Your daughter is just beautiful! I tried your pumpkin muffins to finish off my YW's lesson today and they were a hit. One question though, when you say cake mix, do you mean only the dry cake mix or the cake mix with the added ingredients? I added eggs, half the water and oil, and they turned out great, but I thought I'd ask the expert for future batches.

Mary Karlee(Sycamore) Mullen

Allison Hansen said...

My recipe is ONLY the dry cake mixes and the pumpkin puree. The moisture of the pumpkin puree makes up for the oil and eggs. I don't add oil or eggs. Way to experiment, and so happy to hear from you!