2 Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins

I know it sounds too good to be true, but I promise you it’s not.  These are absolutely delicious and literally require a box of spice cake mix and a can of pure pumpkin.

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Dump the 2 ingredients into a mixing bowl.

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Mix with a handheld mixer.

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Spoon into a nonstick mini pumpkin pan and bake for 12-15 minutes at 350 degrees.

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You’ll know the muffins are done when the tops are starting to lightly brown and a toothpick comes out clean.

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I placed them in clear bags that I tied with twine and then popped them in welcome baskets for out-of-town guests.

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But you could also bring them as part of a hostess gift or give them to a nanny, hair stylist, neighbor, or colleague as a token of gratitude.

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Or let’s be honest, just have them to nibble on Thanksgiving morning.

So easy and so delicious!  NBD.

 

 

 

Cheater Cheater Pesto Eater

Guys this recipe is RIDIC.  So easy, so good.  I feel like I’m cheating whenever I make it, which is at least once a week. Seriously how can a home-cooked meal be so simple and make my family so happy?  A working mom’s dream! Actually, let’s be honest, any parent’s dream.

You’ll need olive oil, tomatoes, chicken breasts, pasta, and Trader Joe’s quinoa pesto.

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Start by preheating oven to 375.  Rinse chicken breasts and place in a dish.  Dice a few tomatoes.

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Sprinkle tomatoes on top of chicken. Drizzle with olive oil, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes.

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Bake for about 30 minutes.

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Dice chicken.

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Toss with pasta and quinoa pesto.

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YUM!

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You’re welcome.
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NBD.

Update: Still Transitioning

Dry earth, Santa Ana winds,  record-breaking heat, and wildfires have been our reality in Southern California in recent weeks.  Seemed ridiculous to complain about the weather cramping my autumn vibes when I was fortunate enough not to have been evacuated from my home.  #perspective

Still I forged ahead, putting one pumpkin branch in front of another, lighting fall-scented candles, willing a shift in seasons.

At it worked!  At long last the heat seems to have broken…hopefully for good this time.  So I’m going to do this foggy, cool November morning justice with a classic fall bouquet.

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I picked up some leafy greenery, pumpkin branches, and hydrangeas.

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In a tall vase with a few inches of water, I placed the greenery first.  I just love these wispy leaves.

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Next I evenly distributed the hydrangeas among the greenery.

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Then finished by placing pumpkin branches throughout.

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Voila!

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The hydrangeas will die first.  When they do, pluck them, put them in the trash, change the water in the vase and buy yourself another couple of days with just the greenery and the pumpkin branches.

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NBD.