Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Pumpkin muffins of love

And so it begins.... Fall and baked goods! I realize that you can buy cans of pumpkin year around to make all of the different yummy treats possible, but it just isn't the same. It would kind of be like having a Christmas tree in May. It would still smell great and look pretty but it wouldn't be Christmas now would it? I made pumpkin muffins for a bake sale and the drop off ended up getting canceled. Shucks! Oh what ever will we do with a dozen pumpkin muffins?? This weekend I am making pumpkin cookies with icing.. I am so glad that with Fall weather also comes baggy clothing. Did I mention that I love pumpkin? Oh... how about chocolate chip pumpkin cookies? Chocolate and pumpkin? I say yes!

Now please notice the raisin's in the picture, only three muffins actually got the raisin treatment. I am not a fan of raisin's baked into things, however Barry loves them so I made the extras for him. The recipe also calls for nuts so please feel free to add them if you wish. Oh how about chocolate chips in my muffins next time? ( Please notice the placement of Tupperware in my picture...even the lovely microfiber towel is Tupperware) Gratuitous: Please come visit this website:

In a large (Tupperware) bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Please note that I do not have the best camera in the world. It will serve it's purpose for now..

Stir to blend in a separate bowl, pumpkin (yummy), melted butter, milk or half-and-half, the beaten eggs, sugars, and vanilla; mix until blended. Okay so now it really starts to get interesting.

Stir the pumpkin mixture of love into the dry ingredients until moistened. At this point you can fold in your raisin's and nuts... Oh ya or chocolate chips. Do not over mix.... Line 12-cup muffin tin with paper liner or grease well and dust with flour. Now before you put them into the oven, and before they fill your house with that yummy aroma.... sprinkle them with cinnamon and sugar!

Here are my completed pumpkin muffins of love! Or I guess I should say here WERE my pumpkin muffins of love. I think that next time I may add a 1/4 cup of applesauce to kick it up a notch.... Bam! and chocolate chips....The recipe is below just in case you want to give them a shot...
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 scant (really?) teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can (15 oz) pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk or half-and-half
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • cinnamon/sugar for topping, 1/2 cup chopped pecans or raisins Optional

375 for 15 minutes and then feel the love!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Step up and have ton's of fun!

This is us " warming up " before the walk. Smiles ready? check... tutu water bottle in hand?check... camera in tow? check.

Madison and Mr. Wolf... She had so much fun. Please note the smile ( she had just stopped laughing from the size of his bootox )

LC and Alayna became even more famous on Saturday when channel five news had them stop to make an appearance.

Please meet LC and her parents Courtney and Justin. The balloon's were more interesting than I was to LC, but I understand completely baby girl. ( I bore myself a lot )

Have you ever seen such flippin' cute babies? My insides were making all kinds of noises, which of course Barry promptly quieted (many times)
What a great Saturday! Beautiful weather, fun activities and most of all meeting new friends.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Olathe Northwest Ravens

Last night we went to the Olathe Northwest Ravens football game to watch Mady cheer and man it was cold. Last Saturday she spent the afternoon with all of the cheerleaders preparing for the game and they did such a great job!

Mady wanted to take a picture of me and her Dad. Did I mention it was cold?

Friday, October 2, 2009

Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Creed Of Babies With Down Syndrome Poem

My face may be different

But my feelings the same

I laugh and I cry

And I take pride in my gains

I was sent here among you

To teach you to love

As God in the heavens

Looks down from above

To Him I'm no different

His love knows no bounds

It's those here among you

In cities and towns

That judge me by standards

That man has imparted

But this family I've chosen

Will help me get started

For I'm one of the children

So special and few

That came here to learn

The same lessons as you

That love is acceptance

It must come from the heart

We all have the same purpose

Though not the same start

The Lord gave me life

To live and embrace

And I'll do it as you do

But at my own pace

-author unknown