I was up early this morning, piping cream cheese frosting on the domes of these perfect little pumpkins before work. They have just the right blend of fall spices, plenty of pumpkin, and delicate sweetness. If you eat one before noon, it's hearty enough to call it a muffin and be fine with that. No crazy ingredients or difficult technique: just a reliable, delicious cupcake. Don't you feel better already?
But I'm feeling festive, and they are delicious, so we are celebrating on a Tuesday.
There's more. We have another baby on the way. It's such an adventure and a privilege raising this sweet little toddler boy, and we are so excited to meet his baby brother in January. What a joy! I can hardly believe it when I write the words. I haven't even gotten used to saying "I'm a mom" yet, but I love the job and all the responsibility and fun and laughter and snot and crackers that it carries. We are, every day, on a journey of discovery and patience and forgiveness and love with these little dudes.
There's even more to celebrate today, too. It's election day, and I voted for principles I care about in my state and an accomplished and qualified woman to lead our country. I'm over the fear and the anxiety. It feels amazing to shatter that glass ceiling. (Although I freely admit I will be stress eating the cupcake uglies and the extras tonight while the election results roll in.)
So today, I choose love and hope and pumpkin cupcakes. Let's do this. The recipe follows.