It's a Twinderful Life

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The hunt for red (or pumpkin?) October

We’re mid-way through the week, friends! Go ahead and brush your shoulders off.

Can you believe that Bre is having a baby?! I am SO excited! Seriously, it’s probably not even healthy how stoked I am to have a niece/nephew from my twin sis. Since she told me the news our conversations have been centered around pregnancy, cute baby clothes, and nursery decor ideas. I can’t get enough!

I’ve also been wondering if I’ve been experiencing some pregnancy symptoms along with her. For example, since she’s been battling morning sickness for the past couple of months the only thing that sounds good to her is junk food. Oddly enough, my will power to resist the things I shouldn’t eat had completely diminished for a while. I couldn’t say no! Luckily, I’m back on the wagon on that front.

Then, a few days ago, she sent me an instant message at work telling me that she was craving October. You see, October is Bre’s favorite month out of the entire year. She’s loves the crisp mornings, changing leaves, and the smell that’s in the air. She’d start decorating for Halloween right now if she could. Then, she said that she was especially craving autumn leaves. I didn’t think anything of it until she specified that she craved them as in she wanted to EAT them. That’s right, folks, I said EAT. She said that she’d been wanting them for a few days and had chalked it up to a bout of PICA, a disorder that some pregnant women experience that make them crave dirt and chalk and things like that.

Well, yesterday, I was sitting at my desk at work, minding my own business, when I suddenly had this uncontrollable desire (dare I say, craving?) for it to be October as well! I didn’t want to eat leaves like Bre, but I wanted to feel the crisp air, go to the mountains and hike through a grove of trees while the sun shone through the brilliant reds, oranges, and yellows of the changing  leaves, and eat something with pumpkin in it. The first two I had no control over, but the last one – that was something I could remedy. I picked up a can of pumpkin on the way home and before I knew it my house smelled and tasted like Autumn. I present to you, my Pumpkin Chocolate Muffins.

Unless you have a nut or coconut allergy, these beauties are extremely allergy-friendly. They are gluten-free, grain-free, vegan, refined sugar-free, and high in protein. They also qualify as paleo, which rocks my socks off.

I found the original recipes (here and here) at one of my favorite blogs (that I’ve mentioned before), Elana’s Pantry. Seriously, that woman is a genius! Her recipe called for eggs (which I can’t have) and grapeseed oil (which I was fresh out of) so I made a few substitutions and, voila – my little babes were born. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

Pumpkin Pie Muffins

  • 1 ½ cups blanched almond flour
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 pinch ground cloves
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • ½ cup agave nectar
  • 2  flax “eggs”
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  1. In a large bowl combine almond flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the oil, agave, “eggs” and pumpkin until smooth
  3. Stir wet ingredients into dry
  4. Place paper liners in muffin pan
  5. Scoop batter into paper liners
  6. Bake at 350° for 35 – 45 mins.
  7. Cool
  8. Serve

 Makes 8 muffins

Vegan Chocolate Frosting

  • 1 cup vegan chocolate chips
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • pinch sea salt
  1. In a small saucepan over very low heat, melt chocolate and coconut oil
  2. Stir in agave, vanilla, and salt
  3. Place frosting in freezer for 15 minutes to chill and thicken
  4. Remove from freezer and whip frosting with a hand blender until it is thick and fluffy
  5. Spread onto the muffins (whilst trying not to eat spoonfuls of it at the same time)
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Happiness is…

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Britt and I are OBSESSED with Trader Joe’s and have been doing everything short of selling our unborn first-born children to get one here. I CAN. NOT. WAIT. My life has officially skyrocketed to a 5,000 on a scale from 1 to 10. Read all about it here.

 

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Things that make me happy

I don’t know about ya’ll, but life can get Crazy with a capitol ‘C’ sometimes and I find that thinking about just one thing that I’m grateful for/blessed with helps me to stay grounded. It has been a bit of a crazy week at work since coming back from vacation with lots of things to catch-up on and so my one piece of joy that I thought about first thing this morning right when I rolled out of bed was this guy:

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Words can’t even express how much I love my pup, Sawyer. He relaxes me more than anything else in this world and I just love to squish him in the mornings when he still smells like sweet sleep. He loves me unconditionally and is my natural form of blood pressure medication. I also love this guy:

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… he makes me laugh hysterically and gives the best hugs… but that’s a post for another day. And just to bury the hatchet:

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… LOVE me some chocolate-covered sunflower seeds. They REPRESENT like crazy… just sayin’.

What happy things do you turn to when life gets hectic? I think chocolate-covered anything is the cure-all.

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