Make Life Sweet

20111028-074922.jpg

This is what life should be like:

Cute – may your days be filled with an adjective you adore. Tiny houses, energetic puppies, endless fiction, lasting love, cute interactions (or cute boys or cute girls, etc.)

Peanut butter frosting – may you stick with someone you adore (but not be permanently attached all of the time)

Cupcake – individual but room to adapt

Pumpkin – the essence of Autumn (okay, or any season you like)

Spice – excitement! Lust! Life! Emotion! Exclamation marks !!!

Whipped cream is the cherry on top, it’s the final puzzle piece, the sweetness that’s necessary in life.

What do you think life should be like?

Easiest Pumpkin Cupcakes Ever

My garden gnome thinks he made these...

So today I started out by trying to make pumpkin muffins. This failed first because I couldn’t find our cupcake pans. Then I couldn’t find any baking powder so I had to substitute. Then I was convinced we were out of eggs. Amazingly they were in a carton on their own just above eye level in the fridge. I ended up substituting with flax seeds and water. We have no nutmeg. When I mentioned it later to my mom, she replied, “Hmmm, nutmeg, that sounds familiar…”

I made the “bread” anyway, and an hour and twenty minutes later, it still hadn’t all turned solid or bread-like. So I proposed a new plan. Pumpkin cupcakes the easiest way ever. My mom insisted that we had spice cake mix (she was mistaken, though I’m not quite sure where said mix would have gone… we don’t do a lot of baking in my house). So I used white cake mix.

Seriously guys, this is the ingredient list for the cupcakes I made:
one can of pureed pumpkin
box of cake mix
spices pretty much to your liking. i used cinnimon/ginger/cloves/all spice

Direction: mix together and took according to directions on the back of the box.

Optional: smear cream cheese, or Trader Joe’s pumpkin butter (or both!) on top/ middle.

Results? Amazing.