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."