This morning was a rough morning. We usually stretch out the summer skirts for The Girl as long as possible since she loves wearing them so much. This year seems cooler sooner than the last couple of years, so we’re transitioning her a little sooner into pants. She’s not happy. Part of the bribery process was telling her I would make something with the can of pumpkin that I bought for her a few days ago. She kept asking for Tollhouse chocolate chip cookies but the chips have milk in them, so I kept trying to get her to choose a pumpkin recipe. For pants? She wants chocolate. I told her that if she can wear pants every single day this week without having a meltdown then I’ll make her a batch of Tollhouse on Saturday.
I was going to research a pumpkin recipe after the girls got home from school so that she could help me find something and expected her to ask for the Libby’s Iced Pumpkin Cookies, but I got a call from the pediatrician asking why I didn’t bring the two youngers in for their flu shots yesterday. Oops.
If you ever read my entry from last year’s flu shot drama, you’ll understand why I enlisted help from my husband this year. It still wasn’t pleasant but at least I had some muscle with me this time for The Girl. The Eldest already had hers last week at her physical, and The Youngest took hers like a champ. It was Meltdown City for The Girl, however, and she was the Meltdown Mayor. It still wasn’t as bad as last year. I think it’ll be difficult to ever top last year.
When it was over, he sort of looked like a dear in the headlights. He sat in the car, looking a little stunned to me. I chattered on and on about how well it went and how good the girls were. The Eldest and The Youngest commented on how that was the easiest, least dramatic year ever. Again… stunned.
When we got home, The Girl decided on pumpkin muffins and I found the best recipe ever. She ate three already, maybe four. The recipe made 24, for crying out loud. I think that’s a pretty good reward for being so good (relatively speaking). I mean, this year I came away without any bruises from the event. That’s a win. No one bled profusely. That’s a win too. Only one child cried. Another win. The child that cried is still talking to me. All around win.
Pumpkin Muffins with Streusel Topping
Submitted By: BRETTNSHARA
Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Cook Time: 25 Minutes
Ready In: 55 Minutes
Servings: 18 (actually it’s 24)
“Moist and hearty pumpkin-oat muffins are topped with a brown sugar and oat streusel perfect for a quick breakfast or a holiday brunch.”
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
2/3 cup vegetable oil (replaced with 10 tsp melted butter with excellent results)
1/2 cup applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup raisins (optional)
Topping (double this or you’ll be short):
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter, softened
2 tablespoons rolled oats
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease or line 18 muffin cups with paper liners.
2. Combine 2 1/2 cups flour, 1/2 cup oats, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together in a bowl. Whisk pumpkin puree, 1 cup brown sugar, white sugar, vegetable oil, applesauce, eggs, and vanilla extract together in a separate large bowl. Stir flour mixture into pumpkin mixture; mix well. Fold in raisins.
3. Beat 1/4 cup brown sugar with butter in a bowl until creamy and smooth. Whisk 2 tablespoons oats and 2 tablespoons flour, using a fork, into sugar-butter mixture until streusel topping is crumbly.
4. Pour the batter into the prepared muffin tin. Sprinkle each muffin with streusel topping.
5. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean, 25 to 35 minutes.
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