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It is finally Thanksgiving break!  YES!  It is so nice to be home, sit on a comfy couch, and have a clean, stocked kitchen for cooking.  Oh, the simple pleasures in life. Winking smile  Speaking of cooking, did you ever think this could come from a dorm kitchen?

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I didn’t, either.  But this recipe only has 3 ingredients and is super easy!  The only difficult part is opening the pumpkin can without access to a can opener.  I may or may not have spent 10 minutes struggling with a dull paring knife and an apple peeler before finally getting the can open.

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These muffins will make your entire kitchen smell amazing.  They’re healthy, and they taste great. Smile

Easy Gingerbread Pumpkin Muffins

  • 1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin
  • 1 box Hodgson Mill Whole-Wheat Gingerbread mix  (a tangent: I found this on sale for $3 at the convenience store near campus… it made my day.  Which is pretty pathetic.)
  • 1 large egg

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners.

2. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.  Divide batter evenly into each paper liner.

3. Bake for 25 minutes, or until the tops are firm and bounce back when you press on them.

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And that’s it!  Anyone can (and everyone should) make these muffins.


I was feeling dizzy when I went to the gym yesterday, so I opted out of cardio and did an intense ab workout instead.  Supine position = no symptoms! Winking smile

My Favorite Ab Routine… guaranteed to get you sore, but not so sore that you won’t want to do the routine again the next day:

  • 20 regular crunches
  • 20 crunches on Bosu ball
  • 20 Russian twists with medicine ball
  • 20 second side plank on each side
  • 20 side-ups on each side
  • 20 full crunches
  • 5 x 20 second plank hold
  • 20 crunches on Bosu ball
  • 100’s
  • 20 push-ups

Plus lots of stretching.  I ❤ stretching!

P.S. Have you checked out Pinterest lately?  I’ve been pinning recipes like they’re going out of style.  As much as I passionately hate the term “food porn,” these look divine.

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What else have I been up to?  Thanksgiving baking, of course!


Chocolate chip pecan pie that my mom made…

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Apple streusel pie that I made, recipe from Williams-Sonoma…

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Scrambled egg whites + aged sharp cheddar + salt & pepper, and 2 clementines.  I love clementines when they are in season!

My favorite candies… thanks, Mom!

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I shall leave you with this photo…

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It’s an apple!

Happy Thanksgiving Eve,

❤ C