While pregnancy is a many splendored, wondrous and beautiful thing,
there are a few aspects that are mmm, not so glamorous:
When strangers stop you and predict the sex of your baby. Not necessarily awkward for me, as i don't know who's in there, but potentially very awkward for the guesser if the sex is known and they predict wrong. Also just kind of uncomfortable.
Gigantic, earth shattering, body rocking burps. Please explain?!?!
Having to pee in public bathrooms all the time - due to the endless need to pee, i find myself in places i wouldn't normally frequent i.e. the Walmart bathroom. I cannot go in there without thinking about the woman in the states(?) who left her baby in the toilet. Not to mention public bathrooms are kinda gross.
The Pregnancy Waddle.
Going out to eat and trying not to stuff your face (though that's exactly what you want to do) because you think everyone's staring, waiting for the pregnant chick to do exactly that. Don't become a cliche.
When the baby kicks straight down.
When strangers ask to touch your belly. Um, can i touch yours? (btw - if you are known to me, rub away)
Having people (ahem, men!) tell you how large you are / are going to be. Yes thanks, I actually hadn't noticed.
Pregnancy halloween costumes. Seriously, Google it (though not suitable for all viewers.)
They make me happy because they are sweet and yummy and (sometimes) even good for you.
They make me happy because i am always hungry, pregnant or not.
They make me happy because they are usually super easy and quick to make.
But mostly they make me happy because a certain little someone who doesn't seem to eat anything at all
will pretty much always chow down on a homemade muffin.
These muffins make me happy for all the above stated reasons, AND because they are pumpkin.
We all know pumpkin means fall, right? And we all know how much I LOVE FALL, right?
Right. See? Happiness is....
Pumpkin Cinnamon Streusel Muffins
Yield: 18ish muffins 1 cup white flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tbsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup water
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven 350F. Line your muffin pan with liners, or spray with cooking spray.
Mix together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a medium bowl. Set aside.
In a large bowl mix together the sugar, oil, water, pumpkin, eggs and vanilla until smooth and combined.
Slowly stir in the flour mixture until completely combined.
Streusel Topping: 1/2 cup oats
1 tsp flour
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp cold butter
In a small bowl mix together the oats, flour, sugar, and cinnamon.
Cut in the butter (i used my fingers) until the mixture is all crumbly and well, streuselly.
Fill muffin cups up 3/4 of the way with batter and top with the streusel topping.
Bake 17 - 20 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean and they are all nice an golden brown.
Let them cool at least a tiny bit before devouring.
The original recipe I followed (found HERE) had loads more sugar and about 3 times as much streusel topping.
And although I am surprised (and mildly ashamed) to admit it, there is such a thing as too much streusel.
I pretended I was making them healthier by cutting back on all that sugar and topping,
and swapping in some whole wheat flour.
Next time I will also try cutting out some of the oil by using more pumpkin
(and because really, have you seen the size of those cans of pumpkin? they are gigantic!)