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Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Somehow I have managed to amass 5 or 6 cans of pumpkin puree in my pantry.  Perhaps I thought a global pumpkin shortage was threatening last year?  I don't know.  Anyway- now that it's fall, I'm well armed to venture into the world of pumpkin baked goods.
I decided to use a can of the pumpkin to make these pumpkin spice muffins. They just came out of the oven and they smell amazing!






Up next- the cream cheese frosting- oh yeah!

So now they're all frosted and happy.

I think this recipe is a keeper; the muffins are really moist but not overly sweet.

The true test will be whether or not my 8th graders will eat them.  I will let you know!

Here are some shots of them after they received their crowns of homemade cream cheese frosting...

Art Project

I am tackling apostrophes this week in 8th grade Literacy.  I'm not sure I have the intestinal fortitude to slog through.  We're starting with the basics and I needed a content poster to get my point across.
This is what I came up with.  I guess it's a good thing I don't teach art!  :)

Tuna Poke

So one of my favorite appetizers at our favorite sushi restaurant (No Coast Sushi in Grand Junction, CO) is the tuna poke.  The last time we went there, I asked the sushi chef what was in it.  He told me, and I decided to try it myself.

I was at Whole Foods earlier today and they had a few odds and ends of sushi grade tuna.  I would never buy a whole pound, both because it's expensive, and because I'm really the only one in the house who'd eat it the way nature intended- raw!  But I was willing to spend $10 on the end piece of a fillet.


I brought it home and cut it in a small dice.  Then I marinated the pieces in a little shoyu (soy sauce), sesame oil (not too much because it is really strong flavored), a tiny amount of garlic powder a small handful of sesame seeds and about 4 Tbsp. of flash fried scallions (chopped scallions thrown into hot oil for about 45 seconds), and a few fresh chopped scallions.  I let that marinate in a bowl while I flash fried some won ton wrappe…

More Halloween Fun!

Heh.  I'm having way too much fun with this.  I'm seriously considering using this as a Halloween card this year.

Halloween Fun

This is what happens when I start playing around in PicMonkey.  You really should go check it out.  You can upload photos to this site and play around with them.  It is virtually the same as Picnik, but I think Picnik was absorbed by Google.  Anyhoo- this is the site I use to watermark all my blog photos.  They have some cool Halloween filters and gadgets up for the month of October.  Right now everything's free, but I think sooner or later they will develop memberships similar to Picnik.