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02 December 2010 @ 09:39 am
My Entire Worldview Has Been Rocked.  
There are constants in the world. There are things that never change. There are things you just KNOW you can count on.

*E will always equal MC squared.

*Nolan will always tell me that I look beautiful, even if I have bedhead and haven't showered for two days.

*Pamela Anderson's breasts will forever and always point northward.

*The Dewey Decimal System

*Stevie Nicks' hair

*The speed of light in a vacuum.

*Carrie's consummate hatred of all things gourd.

However, my dear friends, I've been introduced to something whose utter and complete deliciousness will not be denied. Are you ready for this, people? Pay close attention. It is...The Pumpkin Muffin.

It's wonderful. Simply amazing. And it makes me wonder if, perhaps, I might have misjudged all gourds. Is squash really good? Is zucchini something that I should try more often? Should I actually order the pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks?

(Right now, from the general direction of Louisville, Kentucky, I can hear my sister's shout of disbelief, and from Arlington, Texas, my mother's smugness.)

I just don't know, anymore. Up is down and left is right! Should I try tapioca pudding again? Is celery really not as nasty as I've always made it out to be? Are liver and onions really a taste treat? Are raisins actually good in cookies? IS TEQUILA REALLY NOT NAUSEATING (and something that I can really get over, given the events of October 1992)?

*snort*

I'm not drinking tequila. I haven't lost my damn mind, thankyouverymuch. You live and learn. And hoo, boy, did I ever learn.

Seriously, though, it does make me wonder if my tastes have changed. I'm going to have to do some exploring, that's for sure. Although I remain, as ever, skeptical. While I'm over here thinking about it, here's a recipe and how to for you nice folks. It comes from my friend filia_umbrae, whose entry was one of the winner's of my July contest this year. She entered Pumpkin Bread, and I made pumpkin muffins, because there's no slicing that way and I'm lazy.



Pumpkin Muffins

This is a two bowl recipe. Preheat your oven to 350. Assemble the usual suspects.



1 cup butter
3 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 16oz can pumpkin
1 tsp vanilla



Blend all this well in one bowl first.

3 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp clove (I used allspice. I didn't have ground cloves)
1/2 tsp nutmeg



Mix all this together and add slowly to the wet mixture.



If you'd like, you can add 1 cup chopped nuts or raisins, but that's entirely optional, and in filia_umbrae's opinion (and mine), totally unnecessary.



Grease and flour (or use Baker's Joy) on a muffin pan, and bake for about forty-five minutes (thirty minutes of mini-muffins), or until you can get a clean toothpick, and then you're set for delicious, amazing pumpkin muffin bites of heaven.



And if you're feeling especially decadent, you can put butter on a warm muffin and time yourself to see how fast you can eat it.



My time is .00045 seconds. Not that I'm bragging.

Really, though. Make the muffins. You'll thank me.
 
 
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Jandy the Gnome Whisperer: Tracey - Giddyjandjsalmon on December 2nd, 2010 03:43 pm (UTC)
Oh my goodness - they look SOOOO yummy!


And yes - you should try Tapioca again. I know you know this about me already - but it is one of the few things that have brought me REAL joy... (you know aside from my husband and children and my faith in God... tapioca is right up there). :)
Carrie Leigh: getting Gibbs a coffeecarrie_leigh on December 2nd, 2010 03:48 pm (UTC)
Well, ordinarily I would nod politely and dismiss anything to do with tapioca. But in the light of the pumpkin muffin, anything is possible.
seegrimseegrim on December 2nd, 2010 03:51 pm (UTC)
Who the hell are YOU and WHAT have you done with Carrie?

My world's been rocked a bit, too. I'm going back to bed. This has been way too much of a shock for early morning.
Carrie Leigh: Laverne and Shirleycarrie_leigh on December 2nd, 2010 03:52 pm (UTC)
I know. I KNOW! Anything is possible, at this point.
seegrim: L&S BFFseegrim on December 2nd, 2010 03:55 pm (UTC)
Nope, not a good enough response. I'm going to have to ask for some kind of authenticator. You're acting like you're Carrie, but I'm still not convinced.

I need proof.
Carrie Leighcarrie_leigh on December 2nd, 2010 04:00 pm (UTC)
LOL.

Um, Given a choice, I'll always choose flip flops, Queen's Killer Queen is one of our collective favorite songs, and I know that you hate the word, "setee."
seegrim: cupcake no sweetie!seegrim on December 2nd, 2010 04:04 pm (UTC)
Huh. I'll be. It is you.

What I want to know, is what made you cave and buy a can of pumpkin in the first place? Sorry, I'm just still having a hard time wrapping my mind around this! And what's Emily gonna say, hrm?
Carrie Leigh: My cupcakes bring all the boyscarrie_leigh on December 2nd, 2010 04:06 pm (UTC)
I don't know. I did dither in the aisle. I actually put it back once.

And my baby sister will be calling, I'm sure. I'm going to hear it. The fallout will be enormous. ;)
seegrim: my friend... you know too muchseegrim on December 2nd, 2010 04:09 pm (UTC)
Seriously. I almost called you about this.

This is almost as monumental as you declaring your sudden undying affection for dolphins. Which, by the way, if you do, I'm hopping a plane to Amarillo to make sure someone isn't holding you at gunpoint. Just so you know.
Carrie Leigh: Dolphins are gay sharkscarrie_leigh on December 2nd, 2010 04:18 pm (UTC)
If that happens, you totally should. It would be apocalyptic, like the warming of the Earth.

Trust me, that won't happen.
with a head full of foliage: cupcake kidkitty_mrowr on December 2nd, 2010 05:58 pm (UTC)
Do you know how much I love you for this? XD I am a pumpkin FIEND. You just kind of made my life. I haven't logged on to LJ in...well, MONTHS...but it was very nice to come "home" to Pumpkin Muffins XD ♥
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Queen of La La Landstarlitekisses on December 3rd, 2010 12:40 am (UTC)
Try the Pumpkin Bagel and the Pumpkin Cream Cheese from The Bagel Place. It does not disappoint.
It is said that your tastebuds change every 7 years...so maybe it is time to explore new things. :)
JEB: Heeeeyfilia_umbrae on December 3rd, 2010 04:23 am (UTC)
Bleheheeh. I can't tell you how pleased I am that you have succumbed to the deliciousness of the pumpkin bread/muffin.















I told you. *glee*
seegrimseegrim on September 27th, 2011 01:58 am (UTC)
I still can't believe you made this recipe in the first place. I'm really going to have to try it. Or perhaps some pumpkin chocolate chip cookies... or pumpkin whoopie pies... YUM. :)
Carrie Leighcarrie_leigh on September 27th, 2011 06:21 pm (UTC)
Pththth.

P.S. I have texting, now, in case that's something that you do. :)