Who Says Mom Needs a Shower?

The image of productivity, has changed significantly for me since Willow’s birth. No longer do I rise at the crack of dawn to trek into a job that I cannot claim to miss.

I am still up at the crack of dawn, albeit,  for much different reasons and a new role which has much more meaning. There are days that a shower doesn’t even come on my radar. I bathe with Willow in the evening, so there is that, but the soul cleansing shower…. That may happen once or twice a week {most likely once}. So, on the days I get out of my pajamas and throw some makeup on, are the days that I feel like I concurred the world {and need to go out into said world}.

I struggle with reminding myself that out of all of the job roles I’ve had, this staying home and caring for Willow gig, is by far the most important role I’ve ever had. Sadly, I wasn’t in the position with my first two children to stay home. So, I had to entrust the raising of my first two babies, to complete strangers! That broke my heart, everyday. However, even with that in mind, I still struggle with the fact that I am not earning a paycheck.

I am completely dependent on Greg {oddly, I think he prefers it this way}. This is new, uncharted, territory for me to navigate. I’ve always depended upon myself, and this was a role I was comfortable with {I didn’t need a man} 😜. This new role, albeit gratifying, has my anxiety levels sky high. I’m not complaining, I’m just trying to find my bearings and some time to shower on a regular basis.

All Things Fall

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Autumn. I love all things fall. I love how it is the precursor to my favorite Season — Winter. I specifically love the food. All the squashes, all the time.

It should be no surprise that because of my affinity for fall, that I love pumpkin errrything! PSL, pumpkin scones, pumpkin bread, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin waffles, the list goes on and on!

Even though fall hasn’t officially arrived, my recent trip to Starbucks proved the calendar wrong by having PSL on the menu! Yusssss! Fall is here!

So, I went home and made some most delicious Pumpkin, Apple, Carrot Muffins with the help of my new favorite little helper, Willow.

Just in case you want to try these delicious fall treats, here is the recipe:

1 1/2 Cups pumpkin purée

3/4 Cup vegetable oil

3 tablespoons softened butter

1 Cup white sugar

1 Cup packed brown sugar

3 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 large apples (sliced and diced)

1 Cup shredded carrots

2 1/4 Cups Pastry Flour (I use whole wheat)

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

3/4 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon ginger

1 teaspoon allspice

Step 1:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prep 24 regular sized muffin tins.

Step 2:
In a large bowl, combine pumpkin purée, vegetable oil, vanilla extract, eggs, apples, carrots,and softened butter. Mix well.

In separate bowl, mix together sugar, flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice. Next, add the dry mixed ingredients to the bowl of wet ingredients.

Finally, divide the batter evenly between the prepared muffin tins.

Step 3:
Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 30-45 mins or until done.