Monday, September 28


Two very bad things happened recently.
  1. According to my friend Tara and confirmed by my grocery store, there is a canned pumpkin shortage.
  2. My pantry collapsed.
Luckily, the latter problem temporarily corrected the former.

You see, yesterday, my sweet husband decided to clean the armada of bottles off of the top of fridge. He moved them on top of our kitchen cabinets. It was so sweet and thoughtful of him to help organize--and true to myself, I thought I could do it better. I told him on top of the cabinets was good, but wouldn't it be better to put the bottles in the pantry, where no one could see them? (Because I am slightly ashamed of the amount of liquor we have accumulated--apparently I buy different ones for recipes and then never use them again. We should probably just throw them away...)

So Sol dutifully moved the bottles to the pantry... and then ALL OF THE SHELVES FELL OFF. Disaster. And during the disaster, Finley decided he could not sleep. It was a rough couple hours. We tried to extricate all the food from between the shelves while calming Finley, then Sol fixed the pantry. I neglected to get a picture of the broken pantry. Sol probably would have been upset if I paused mid-catastrophe to document the event. Here is the reconstructed and still-not-really-organized pantry.

The good news is, during the pantry reorganization I found...


Now I can make my favorite of all fall treat.

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins (You'll like it even if you don't like pumpkin.)

1 box chocolate chip muffin mix
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup milk
1 egg
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice (or I just put in a bunch of ginger, nutmeg
and cinnamon)

Mix it all up and bake at 400 for 20-22 minutes.

Oh they are soo good. If you can come across pumpkin on the vegetable black market, you should get some.


  1. Today I discovered that you can buy a 30 pound can of pumpkin for $30 on I think I'll wait for it to hit the stores. What was the expiration date on your can?

  2. March 2011. And don't worry--I'm terrified of botulism so I like to play it safe.

  3. That would appear to be a most delectable and wonderful autumn treat? Where ever did you get such a deliciously simple recipe?

  4. When ever you accumulate too many liquor bottles that means it is time to have a party! You can serve all sorts of pumpkin treats. Call it a Fall Pumpkin Extravaganza 2009!

  5. Yes, people will line up to come drink my cognac and vermouth... and Courtney gave me the recipe. I wasn't trying to steal credit. If you had a blog, Court, I would have linked to you.

  6. Will you be making these muffins any time in the near future, say Thursday-Sunday? I think that would be a fantastic idea. James also offered to help Sol with the abundance of booze. He's so thoughtful.

  7. I baked the muffins today -mmmm. Do you usually put frosting on them? I tried some with and some without - both yummy! Thanks for the recipe.


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