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We've been in full blown Halloween and New Baby prep mode around here and last weekend was filled with decorating, errands, organizing, cleaning, and other chores. Were were on the go non-stop and I earned myself a lovely pair of puffy ankles by the end of the weekend. I get frustrated with pregnancy because my brain wants to do more than my body allows me to do, and that makes me want to throw a toddler-esque tantrum. I don't feel well enough to get everything done in the time frame that I want! Wah wah wah!!
Jasper is still obsessed with his new toys from his 2nd birthday. Matt hooked his old Smart Wheels track to his new mountain train set and it's all he wants to do! From the minute he wakes up he starts asking to go upstairs to our bonus room/office/den and play with the "too-too."
Each year we add a couple of items to our Halloween decor and we love those seasonal pop-up stores that show up this time of year.
He's still young enough that none of this stuff scares him. He's learned lots of new vocabulary words from the fun Halloween things he's been seeing, like these ghosts ("ghost-uhs")
We hope that, because we love Halloween so much, we can instill a love of the holiday in him as he grows up, learning to have fun and laugh at the silly props and symbols of the season instead of being scared. I don't much like the gory, truly scary side of Halloween... I prefer fun-scary. Movies like Hocus Pocus, Nightmare Before Christmas, It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, Ernest Scared Stupid, etc.
Oh you know, half gallons of blood sitting around on the floor, no big deal.
I think this needs to be in our living room.
Jasper was the first to point out these rotten pumpkins ("pumpahs") and I have to admit, they are really cool and I had to resist adding them to our shopping cart.
Then there was this guy, who we agreed would be worth every dollar of his $200 price tag (a still image just wouldn't do him justice)
I'm loving this age. He looks at a red-eyed fanged bear and all he sees is a fluffy teddy bear, not some hideous hell-creature.
Matt was able to complete most of the outdoor display while I stayed indoors and did some easier decorating tasks. We also tackled several things on our "Before Baby Comes" list. The more we get accomplished, the lower my Stress-O-Meter goes.
After such a busy day we didn't need any dinner hassles, and that meant two things: breakfast for dinner, and a baking mix! I wanted to give these pumpkin spice muffins from Krusteaz a try, because I'm obsessed with anything and everything pumpkin this time of year (which makes me SO unique, I know). Plus, I knew that breakfast for dinner is always a fast option that's toddler friendly!
One pre-heated oven and a few minutes of easy hand mixing later and I have a full pan of muffin batter ready to go into the oven. My pregnant feet and ankles were thankful for an easy breakfast-for-dinner option.
I had to take a photo of them while they were baking - just look at those big rounded domes. My past experiences with boxed muffin mixes have yielded pitiful flat confections hardly worthy of being called a muffin.
I chose not to use paper baking cups and just sprayed the tin with a lil' cooking spray. The muffins released without a problem and I didn't have too much residue to clean.
Look at those big puffy and moist tops. I couldn't believe these came from a box and we couldn't wait to dig into them. Even my two year-old was intrigued.
We needed some protein to balance out all of the sweet carbs, so I whipped up some cheesy scrambled eggs on the side. My refrigerator always has at least two 18-packs of eggs in it at all times. We eat a lot of eggs around here.
I ate my muffin with some Smart Balance spread. The texture was soft and tender and the pumpkin and spice flavors were mild and pleasant. These were great muffins for how little time they took to prepare, and we had plenty of leftovers to heat up for our toddler to eat with his breakfast for several days afterwards!
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Disclosure: I was provided with a Krusteaz prize pack of my own to demo the mixes for the purposes of this post. No additional compensation was received.