I got to meet Tracey Eyster a few years ago and I was immediately delighted. This woman lives to encourage others – moms especially – and the thing is, she doesn’t even have to try hard to do it. The love she has for her family and her life as a mother comes shining through every word she says, blog she posts and books she writes. Her goal is to shine a huge, bright spotlight on the joys of motherhood and then pull others into its shimmering brilliance. Somehow she’s able to accomplish this in a way that’s practical, realistic and utterly relatable.
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like when she tells us to slow down long enough to create fall memories for our family that will make these cooler months absolutely delicious!
MMMMM. . .my mouth is already watering. Pumpkin. Spice. And Everything Nice.
He busted into our home headed towards his room to gather some “guy gear” and suddenly he stopped in his tracks, “What’s that smell? Are those pumpkin muffins?”
Interestingly, yet not surprisingly, he allowed his activities to wait, while he sat at the kitchen counter and chowed down on my “world famous” (or at least neighborhood famous) chocolate chip pumpkin muffins.
Along with the chowing down was him reminding me that was one of his favorite things about fall – that I always make my amazing pumpkin chocolate chip muffins! He also confessed that sharing them was always hard because they were so very good. I quickly let him know I had made a triple batch to help him remain unselfish!
I too have memories of tastes and smells of my years growing up with a mom and grandmothers who took the time to make homemade yummies for my siblings and me.
I know we are all busy, but allow me to encourage you to take the time to bake homemade treats for your family, they will appreciate it and they will stop, chat with you and shower you with words of gratitude…and mouths stuffed full of goodness!
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
1 2/3 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 Table pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp baking powder
1 cup pumpkin
½ cup melted butter
2 ½ cups chocolate chips (miniature)
Stir flour, sugar, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda & powder in a large bowl. In a separate bowl mix eggs, add pumpkin and butter then whisk till well blended. Stir in choc chips and pour over dry ingredients. Gently mix until dry ingredients moist. Put batter in muffin tins & bake @350 for 12-14 minutes, or until puffed. (Do not overcook.) Hint: All baked goods keep cooking even after removed from oven and muffins left to sit in the pan for a quick couple of minutes are more easily removed.