Friday, September 25, 2009

Smells like FALL!

What smells does this new season bring to your mind? For me, it's all the foodie things: pumpkins, apples, cinnamon... I'm sure Cody would say burning leaves. Cloe said dead leaves. Carson said it smells like cake. McClain said it smells like a stinky diaper. (So, the kids didn't really get my little game.)

I baked these muffins for an outdoor get together tonight with some great church friends. The recipe is from one of Cody's mom's best friends who passed away a few years ago. Her daughter actually introduced me to Cody! Making these muffins made me think about my friend who is so young and already without her mom. I thought I should call my mom and tell her, "I love you." She answered all giddy, "We're in Silver Dollar City and just got off the train. Havin' a great time. Love ya! Bye!" So, maybe the sentimental conversation just wasn't meant to be today.'s the recipe. I decided not to go oober healthy with this since no one would probably eat them except my brainwashed family. Next time, though, watch out...I'll put my healthy swaps in parentheses.

Pumpkin-Chocolate Chip Muffins

1 2/3 c. flour (use whole wheat flour)
3/4 c. sugar (1/2 generous c. agave nectar)
1 T. pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp. bakings soda
1/4 tsp. baking powder
2 eggs
1 c. pumpkin puree
1/2 c. softened margarine (use unsweetened applesauce+2 T. ground flaxseed)
1 c. chocolate chips (mini are the best!)

Mix together egg, sugar, pumpkin. Add dry ingredients. Stir well. Add chocolate chips. Fill muffin tins. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.
*I doubled this since a can of pumkin is 15 oz. It was a little short, so I added a little less flour. I also only used 1 c. of chocolate chips in the doubled recipe. It's almost too much with a whole bag of chocolate chips.