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Food For Life - 10/24/11

Fri, Oct 21st, 2011
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Pumpkin Muffins

October is my favorite month. The cooler weather means I feel like making homemade soup, and I feel like baking again. It also means I am in the mood for pumpkin.

Halloween has always been my favorite holiday. I am a big fan of scary movies, and have been watching them since I was a little kid. I love seeing people all dressed up, and I love taking my kids trick-or-treating. They love it, too, but I think it's mostly because of the candy. But, really, who doesn't want to dress up and be someone else, even for a little while? It's a chance to be creative, expressive, and have fun.

As a child I loved dressing up for Halloween, but I wasn't very creative. I was a gypsy three years in a row. I remember being a ghost, covered with a white sheet with holes cut out for my eyes. I remember wearing an uncomfortable plastic Strawberry Shortcake mask that I could barely see through. But it was always worth it.

This time of year I tend to go crazy with cans of pumpkin. In the past I have made pumpkin bread, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, pumpkin oatmeal cookies, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin chocolate chip cupcakes, pumpkin bars, pumpkin smoothies, pumpkin get the idea. This year I have a new recipe I can't wait to try out for a pumpkin gingerbread with spiced butter cream frosting. Oh, yeah. It's real. And how can it not be delicious?

These muffins truly live up to their name. I have read a lot of recipes that are called things like "OMG the Best Brownies Ever, I Swear!" or "You Will Never Need Another Chocolate Cookie Recipe Because This is the Greatest!" but this one is truly the best pumpkin recipe I have ever tried. I love making muffins, because they are delicious, there are so many different kinds to make, and they are sweet, but not overly sweet like a cupcake. The last time I made these, I made mini muffins, and my life has never been the same. When they are small, you can have more, right? But still, remember moderation. This is not fat free sugar free health food here. Just an occasional treat. Even though pumpkin is a vegetable.

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