Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Woke Up This Morning. Smiled at the Rising Sun.

Ok, three little birds were not outside my window singing "every little thing is going to be all right," and in fact, it's not one of those days where I need to hear it.

But, it is one of those mornings that begins a great day. (Well, if the day turns our crummy, at least the morning will have been fantastic.)

Woke up early, set the coffee pot, spent some quiet time in a St. Gerard novena, and then decided it's a muffin kind of day. Nothing spells Fall like baking pumpkin goodies (well, there are those wonderful temperatures), and I decided today that on this random Wednesday, there would be muffins!

And yes, I wish I could tell you that I subbed the eggs/oil and used applesauce and made other wonderfully healthy changes and they tasted amazing, but I can tell you that I made them as directed and they tasted amazing! My body needs the extra calories to prepare for the upcoming "winter" right? ;)

Why hello Pumpkin Chocolate Chip (and sometimes Toffee) Muffins! You can find the original recipe here, and I didn't change much. I simply left out the cloves which is currently not in my spice rack.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip (and sometimes Toffee) Muffins

3 c pumpkin
1 1/2 c vegetable oil
4 c sugar
6 eggs

4 3/4 c flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp nutmeg
(and for next time... 1 1/2 tsp cloves)

* 1/2 package chocolate chips
* 1/2 package toffee chips

*I took the suggestion to separate the batter and add toffee to some and chocolate chips to some. The toffee muffins are my favorite as the chocolate was a bit overwhelming. I actually made some plain for W and enjoyed those the best.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line baking
Mix pumpkin, oil, sugar, and eggs.
Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl.
Mix in with pumpkin mixture.
Stir in chips.

Bake at 350 for 18-23 minutes (depending on how much batter you put in muffins)


Now if I only had some festive Fall baking liners!  This recipe makes plenty to share and freeze so get ready for it!

I've got another pumpkin treat coming soon, but I'm going with it as a Halloween tradition, so it won't be revealed until the 31st, and then the door's wide open until Christmas!  I may have blogged about it last year if you can't wait and want to try to find it.

And an added bonus--The Sheriff approved! He didn't crush it and down an entire muffin, but getting this kid to eat "sweets" and bread-y textures is huge!


Erin said...

These look SO yummy! I just bought stuff to make some pumpkin cupcakes today! I just love this season :)

Nicole said...

They look great!
Will be praying for your intentions, esp coming up! Will have BH say a prayer too. He loves his special saint.

Natalie said...

This looks delicious...looks like you had a happy camper!

the workaholic momma said...

UUMMM...YUM!!! Those look amazing...I've never made any goodies the healthy way...although maybe I should start trying;)