Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes, Ohhh Yeah!

Yummy! looks good, but, can’t believe it’s almost fall 😦

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pumpkin pie cupcakes

1 15 oz can pumpkin puree
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup evaporated milk
2/3 cup all purpose flour
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 12 cup muffin tin with silicone liners, foil liners sprayed with cooking spray or just spray the cups with cooking spray. Either of these three methods will make it easy to take the cupcake out after it’s cooked. Paper liners make it difficult to remove the cupcakes.

Mix the pumpkin, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla extract and milk. Add the flour, pumpkin spice, salt, baking powder and baking soda to the mixture. Fill each muffin cup with 1/3 cup of the mixture. Bake for twenty minutes and let cool for twenty minutes. Remove cupcakes from pan and chill in…

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Spring Break With the Girl

I do this with my daughter now, at 12, hope she still wants to do it at 21!

CocoaNut

I brought the girl to Disney World for her spring break. You heard me right: My 21-year-old college junior daughter wanted to spend her spring break in Disney World with her mom.

I think that’s cool.

When I was in college, I spent one spring break doing the traditional (at the time) road trip to Daytona Beach where i shared a room with seven other girls. There were parties on the beach. There was a free concert by Mike Love (The Beach Boys) and Dean Torrence (Jan & Dean). There was a lot of partying.

But I spent another spring break with my mom in the Bahamas. Just the two of us. We went to a hotel in Freeport that, conveniently, was filled with guys from West Point on their spring break. I’ll never forget those guys from West Point.

We had a good time. My mom, who has always been a…

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For Goodness Sakes! Don’t Let FB “Depress” You!!!

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Wow!  Here is some new news that may DEPRESS Face Book users!  “Too much time spent on this social media site causes sadness AND depression” according to a very recent study by the University of Michigan.  The study followed 82 young study subjects, and found that the more they went onto FB, the more feelings of sadness, envy, loneliness and anger they felt!  There is a growing body of evidence that also supports this belief.

What the researchers did was to text the subjects 5 times a day to aske detailed questions about “How they felt” the last time they logged onto their FB accounts.  They found that the negative emotions including depression were directly correlated  with whatever they saw, read and/or absorbed from their FB “visit!”  Rather than the possibility that they went “on” FB when they were sad, lonely, depressed, etc., the researchers were confident that the site 

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I Crossed the Finish Line

Yeah Debbie

CocoaNut

I walked the 8K. And the hubby won’t stop busting my chops.

Okay, I get it: he ran the half marathon.

People who were running the half marathon (12 point something miles) were passing me during my 8K (4 point something miles). He didn’t pass me – so shut up.

But weirdly, I’m proud of myself. I’m a walker but I usually stop and look at things or talk to people.

But this time I strapped on my sneakers and walked. At a pretty good clip, I might add.

A few people along the route cheered me on with “good for you.” One elderly gentleman added “just keep moving.” I figure he must’ve recently watched “Finding Nemo” with his grandchildren.

And I guess that’s the point: Just keep moving.

I’ve watched people I care about get older and have trouble moving due to neurological problems, arthritis and other “aging” ailments.

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