The cold weather inspired an afternoon of baking. Oven warming the house. Smell of pumpkin and spices in the air. Anticipation of warm, wholesome muffins after twenty minutes of baking. Seems like one of the really fun things about the cold weather is snuggling up inside a warm house and cooking. Even venturing out in the cold, and when back inside, noticing how warm it feels as a counterpoint. And feeling grateful for it.

As I was sorting through my recipe box, I found a quote I had written down some years ago, that seems to fit what I have been writing about in recent months, about how less really is more. This quote was written by M. Lockyer of Camberly, Surry, England.

Less junk food, more nutrients. Less car trips, more exercise. Less sweets, more weight loss. Less possessions, more space. Less self-pity, more happiness. Less presents, more appreciation. Less waste, more conservation. Less tv, more conversation.

Well, there you have it. Some points words worth pondering.

While my pumpkin muffin recipe was not in its usual place in my recipe box, I did find one online that was really good, called the Best Ever Pumpkin Muffins.  We made a substitution here and there as we did not have coconut oil on hand, and so with the help of my attentive sous chef, added a combination of veggie oil and 1/2 cup milk, as well as a 1/2 cup of oatmeal to add a bit of good fiber. Here is a link to the original recipe at lovelylittlekitchen.

Hope you have a great weekend, one where you can hunker down to do some good cooking, reading, and spend quality time with family and friends.