If you’re anything like me, you are deeply affected when seasons change. And there is not a season that affects me more than Fall – it’s beyond my control what it brings me to do.
For example, in the last week I have completely cleaned and organized a toy filled basement, made a chicken chili, cleaned out my closet and got it fall/winter ready, made chicken noodle soup, reorganized my desk, braised a pork shoulder roast (remember this wonderfully ridiculous recipe?), completed some much needed fall shopping (check out this beautiful H&M blouse I got it in a ‘pumpkin’ shade – $9.99!) and baked two batches of these kick%*& pumpkin chocolate chip muffins. All the while wrapped in cozy cardigans while smelling my pumpkin candle and sipping a glass of red (not white!) wine. And now I am currently dealing with the severe urge to paint my nails the darkest shade of purple I can find.
A month ago I would have passed out if I read I had to complete all of the above in a week. Fall Courtney? Bring. It. On.
I LOVE fall. It brings out a really good (/scary?) side of me. I’ve always had a slight attachment to this season but I think it shifted to borderline compulsive once I had L. He was born in October so in my mind fall signals change as well as severe ‘nesting’ mode. Which is a bit odd since I am definitely not currently 8 months pregnant. It’s the best way I can describe it though – I want my home clean and organized and I want my tummy warm and full from a heartier style of cooking. Oh, and some new clothes in the closet.
A great way to satisfy the fall ‘urge’ is with these pumpkin chocolate chip muffins. They are everything the season is about: cozy, orange, warm, satisfying, and sweet. They are unbelievably moist – a real treat with a warm cup of coffee or tea at any point in your day. During a lovely impromptu play date I sent my friends son home with a plate of them still warm from the oven. He, 3 years old, held on to that plate for dear life and would stop at nothing to insist on holding it the entire time until he was finally home munching away on one. Warms my heart!
So, two things – first off all, what is your season and why? I’d love to hear! Secondly – what are you waiting for? Get the eggs on the counter to bring to room temperature for this recipe. I promise that you will ‘fall’ in love.
- 4 eggs, room temperature
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 16 ounce can of pumpkin
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
- 3 cups flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp salt
- 12 ounces semi sweet chocolate
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Mix together the eggs, sugar, pumpkin, vanilla and oil in a large bowl. Sift together the dry ingredients then add to the wet ingredients and mix together. Add in the chocolate chips and stir to combine.
- Line a muffin tray with paper cups and scoop batter into the cups.
- Baking for 16 - 20 minutes.
Off to paint my nails!
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Oh my gosh, that is the cutest picture of H ever. I love it.
Those muffins were delicious and sent me on my way to start ‘nesting’ as well. Being new(ish) to the concept of seasons, I have to say that fall is my new favorite. Growing up a year round summer girl, witnessing the leaves changing, getting cozy in a sweater while burning a pumpkin spice candle, and preparing crock-pot meals has become something I really treasure. I wish I could rearrange the season however and some how omit winter all together, sans my birthday and Christmas.
Great post. I will certainly be making these delicious treasures and I already hit up the grocery store for the chocolate chip mini’s for a batch of banana muffins!
So happy you enjoyed the muffins and are enjoying experiencing the different seasons! You looked adorable in your fall striped shirt today!
While nothing beats summer sunshine, I am falling for fall as well! I wish I could drink some red wine with you (maybe a sip or two) and have your nesting rub off on me! My tubs of maternity clothes and 2T for C have me a bit overwhelmed…..so when will we have that wine? These muffins look perfect–thanks, pumpkin!
I’d love some red wine and a ‘nesting’ play date soon. Let’s get these school boys WELL and get it on the calendar sunshine! 😉
I MISS fall!!!!
I too am trying to nest, store food for the winter (I have enough pasta sauce to feed a small army) and burn my cranberry citrus candle (much to M’s disliking cause the windows are closed and the air is on!). Just doesn’t seem right while the ac is cranked and I am in a tank top and flip flops.
Maybe it is burned into our midwestern ways??? I am longing to throw on a wool sweater and some thick socks and sit by the fire pit watching the leaves change color………..I can smell the crisp cool air now.
I will have to bake these muffins. P is all about pumpkin too. She loves pumpkin pancakes (thank you Mimi!). I will have to try them, not a pumpkin fan. This could convert me though….curse you evil chocolate peanut butter bars!
Ah Carrie! I can’t imagine not experiencing all that Fall offers – and I laughed out loud, I can totally picture you ‘nesting’ in your tank top and flip flops, too cute! Keep me posted on the pumpkin muffins….I’m anxiously awaiting your verdict!