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Articles from: February 2011

Pumpkin Love

I know that spring is right around the corner and without fail, that brings a smile to my face and joy to my heart.  Don’t get me wrong, now.  I love the change of seasons.  I know myself well enough to know that I would be bored with the same views outside every day.  But seriously, this winter feels like it has lasted for a year already and it’s only February!

There are some good points to the chilly season however.  Around my house, the crisp air and chill in the air means the start of Mumpkin Puffin season!  No, I am not dyslexic.  I can’t remember who coined it first, either my husband or my son, but my pumpkin muffins have lovingly been renamed Mumpkin Puffins.  As my daughter says, “Mom, these are good because you made it with love.”  What can I say?  A comment like that will get me into the kitchen.  Flattery will get you everywhere with me!

Allow me to explain…..I have a thing for pumpkin.  Like, I really like pumpkin.  No, no.  That’s really kind of vague.  Let me be explicitly clear here.  I am slightly obsessed with pumpkin.  My mouth salivates like Pavlov’s dogs at the thought of pumpkin.  Ok, as long as we are clear on that.

With the Mumpkin Puffin spirit in the air, I took to the net to find more pumpkin recipes.  More variations, more combinations.  What new thing could I try?  Could this be the next family favorite?  The next “Mumpkin Puffin, mom!”  I am pleased to say I found some real possibilities.

I stumbled across http://thebakingbird.blogspot.com and found a most intriguing recipe for lavender pumpkin bread.  I don’t know if you’ve ever had lavender anything, but I highly recommend it.  I first experienced this dance of the palette two years ago.  Pink Moon Cupcake Bakery in Powell, Ohio makes an amazing lavender cupcake that will not only surprise you with its delicate flavor, but will bring you back for more!  Be forewarned, they are seasonal and kind of addictive.  That said, I am intrigued by this combination!  For those of you that are adventurous, please click on the above link for the recipe and report back your findings.  Post a picture.  What did you think?  I have not had a chance to make this yet, but I when I do, I will post my results – and the family’s opinions too!

My Zen from me to you!  Enjoy!  Where do you find your zen?