Monday, October 8, 2012

parks, pumpkin, peas, and some red hair. {miscellany monday}

hey, howdy, hey!
hope your weekend was spectacular.
linking up with carissa for some miscellany monday.
(she's also doing a giveaway!)

i'm pretty consistent with going to the salon. my hair gets tangly pretty fast if it's not trimmed or dyed about every 6 to 8 weeks. it's my excuse for some me time and it's necessary, right? probably not, but i started getting grays at 20, and i'd prefer not to let them show yet. sometimes i dye it myself with old reliable loreal, and sometimes i like a splurge and get it done professionally.
my last hair appointment was in may, so my hair was hard to put a comb through.

lately i've just been medium brown. i've needed a change, but didn't want to lose length, so a color change it was!
i have a crush on red hair. i mean in love crush. it's beautiful. i always wished i was born a red-head like my dad. 
i didn't go all red despite the picture. it does make my whole head look red. i still have my dark hair but with red highlights. super fun. i feel like all i need now is a nose ring.  

this boy loves his daddy. and we think it's super cute when he puts on his dad's shoes and tries to walk in them. 

we've been having some fun park days, even though it's crazy hot here! we shouldn't be able to call it october if it's 86 degrees out. 

baby girl got some new shoes and loves walking in them.

my future fashionista.

who doesn't eat peas as a bedtime snack? 

 even though it's in the 80's, we still needed some pumpkin goodies to commemorate the coming of fall.
this is one of my new favorite pumpkin muffin recipes.
thank you the pioneer woman.

i altered it a tiny bit because i didn't have ginger, and i wanted to add chocolate chips...because everything's better with chocolate chips. am i right? well maybe not everything, but most things. so, if you want to try the original, follow the link.
otherwise, enjoy.

pumpkin chocolate chip muffins

1 cup white whole wheat flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
4 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
1 can pumpkin puree
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 
1 cup milk chocolate chips (or whatever chocolate chips you like)

preheat oven to 400 degrees.generously grease 12 muffin tins, or use muffin cups for less clean-up.
sift flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. cut in butter with paddle attachment on your mixer. in a separate bowl, mix together pumpkin, evaporated milk, egg, and vanilla. pour pumpkin mixture into the flour mixture. mix with whip attachment until mixture is just combined. add chocolate chips.
pour into muffin cups.
bake for 25 minutes. cool for 2 minutes in the muffin tin and then transfer to a bakers rack. these are excellent warm.
my kids loved these for breakfast.


  1. i love red hair, too! maybe i'll be more brave next time i do color and follow in your footsteps...:) oh, and definitely a nose ring! ;)
    your kiddos are adorable...looking forward to seeing you all in person this winter!

  2. I think you were totally in the right to add the chocolate!

    Loving the red in your hair! Makes you feel just a bit sassy huh ;)

  3. Go for the chocolate chips. Love muffins for breakfast!
    Red highlights are sassy!

    I too love red hair; deep rich alburn. Maybe one of the grands will end up red?.

    Love red shoes too.
    Yes way to hot for Oct.


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