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A New Chapter

Posted May 10 2011 2:43pm
It’s official, I am a true college alum now! Saturdays graduation was bittersweet; my family (including my grandparents) came down for the beautiful ceremony. I am beginning the next chapter of my life and I am pretty darn excited! Not only have I been super busy buying furniture and preparing for my move, I have also been helping my mom out with all of my sisters graduation stuff. We are throwing a huge open house for them on Sunday and we have been running around like made-women to get everything ready! Brick oven pizza will be served, as we hired a service that actually hauls in a brick oven to our backyard. Hopefully the weather will hold up!

First up, I have quite the recipe for you today. I have been enjoying these Pumpkin Spiced Muffins like crazy! They are super healthy so 100% guilt-free. Last night I whipped up some banana soft serve and crumbled a muffin on top – seriously one of the best things I have EVER had! Give it a try.

Perfect Pumpkin Muffins


3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp. liquid vanilla stevia
1 and 1/4 cups pumpkin puree
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup vanilla soy milk
1/4 cup water
3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
3 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
Salt to taste
1/2 cup raisins

 Preheat oven to 350F .Place applesauce in bowl; add pumpkin and liquid stevia. In a separate bowl, mix together the remaining ingredients. Combine both bowls and stir well. Spray a little cooking grease (because they will stick) on the paper-lined cups and fill 2/3 of the way. Dust the top of each muffin with a dash of cinnamon. Bake at 350F degrees for approximately 20 minutes. Rotate pan half way through.

Since I have been fairly MIA lately, I have a ton of pictures to share with you from this past week. First up is a picture before heading to the graduation ceremony. Pale and proud – represent!

I look very weird in a cap, hence the cap-less picture. This is Lindsey and I before the actual ceremony started (she is one of my great friends who I actually met in one of my classes).

Michigan State has a separate ceremony for every college. I was in the business college and graduated with around 1000 other students – 2 hours of name reading gets pretty old – at least all of my friends were sitting next to me!

It is so funny to hear some families hoot and holler (and bring full-on blow horns) when then son or daughter walks to get their diploma. To say the least, my family is pretty quiet. Ha.

I was happy my sisters came to support me – I will be doing the same for them in just a few weeks!

After the ceremony we went out for a very nice dinner back in Grand Rapids. We picked up my grandma so she could come out to eat as well. I chose my favorite restaurant (where we go just about every time I’m home). After our first plate of bread we decided to ask for some more – the waitress knew us all to well… she brought over two plates that looked like the picture below. Our friend stopped by our table to say hello and literally laughed at the huge pile of bread; he said, “you are going to go into a carb coma after dinner.” Don’t worry, we wrapped up more than half of it to take home!

Well that’s all the time I have right now – I have to get ready because my mom and I are meeting my best friend and her mom for a little wine downtown. The wine bar is SO COOL – I can’t wait to share pictures! Have an awesome night… here is a little Tuesday inspiration.

Question of the day:

What is your all time favorite dessert?

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