Birthday Muffins {Recipe: Simple Pumpkin Muffins}

Pumpkin Muffins

Today is my 38th birthday.

For my birthday I woke up and made muffins. Not fancy muffins. Not whole grain, unprocessed, good for you muffins. Plain and simple pumpkin muffins that use a boxed cake mix.

I’ve felt like life has been so out of control lately… that I have been out of control…so I wanted to get up and start my 38th birthday with something simple, while enjoying that fleeting moment of “I got up and baked my kids muffins for breakfast” mom success. That feeling lasted about two and a half seconds, then things went back to feeling out of control.

I am bound and determined that 38 is going to be my year. I am going to find the me that seems to have vanished a few years ago with the birth of my fourth baby. I’m going to return to being organized, develop more patience, and have more fun. All in all, I just want to feel like me again… not this raging crazy person that seems to have inhabited my body.

Birthday’s are a good thing, right? They give us a chance to reevaluate where we’ve been and plan the direction we are going to choose for the year to come. My choice has been made and 38 is going to be a great year. Hope you’ll stay along for the ride.

Recipe: Simple Pumpkin Muffins (as given to me by my friend Ashley)

  • 1 Spice Cake Mix
  • 1 16 ounce can pumpkin
  • 1 cup water
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Place the dry cake mix, pumpkin and water in a large mixing bowl. Mix until well incorporated.
  3. Pour the batter into muffin tins sprayed with Pam.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until toothpicks in the center come out clean.


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    1. Love2Create says

      happy belated birthday! I hope you had a wonderful day.

      Wow, reading your post reminded me of myself….i’ve been feeling the same way…super overwhelmed and unorganized..i feel if i could just get my house in order, everything else will fall into place…still working on it :( hang in there and I hope all turns out for you!!!

      and yes, this year is your year! Keep telling yourself that everyday and it will work…the mind is a powerful thing!

    2. says

      Happy Late B-Day! You are a step closer at the best B-Day EVER yet to come. No! Wait! Don’t hang-up on me. The big 4-0 was the best B-Day ever.
      All grown-up, no need to do anything I don’t feel passionate about… you get the idea. It was the perfect answer to my “feeling out of control” stage.
      38 can be your best year, just pull back and do what you love most and make no apology for what you can’t do.
      Sorry, too much information?

    3. JoAnne says

      Hi. I just stumbled across your blog and wanted to say thank-you for some great inspiration! I really related to this post about patience and having a great year. Not too long ago I was in a similar situation and was asking the universe to send patience my way. My patience (or lack thereof) seemed to get worse the more I asked for it! And then one day I realized…you can’t have patience without the opportunity to practice it! Since then, those moments when you really have to dig deep to keep it together have been a little easier to handle.
      I hope you have a great year and thanks for inspiring others.


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