hands down, the best pumpkin muffins ever.

As much as I love fall and the changing weather, I have to admit that I'm not the biggest pumpkin fan. Sure, I'll down a pumpkin cookie or two as long as it's topped with with cream cheese frosting (I'd eat anything covered in cream cheese frosting ;), or even eat a slice of pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving, but you won't ever see me making pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. 


I could eat a million of these pumpkin muffins. Well, maybe 5 in one sitting. I love how light and fluffy they are, and the pumpkin taste isn't overpowering. Plus, because I used coconut oil I felt a tiny bit healthier than if I had thrown in a stick of butter. That has to count for something, right?
Coconut Oil Pumpkin Muffins
1 3/4 c. flour
1 1/2 c. sugar
1/8 c. molasses
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
2 t. cinnamon
1/4 t. ground cloves
1/4 t. nutmeg
2 eggs
1 (15 oz.) can of pumpkin puree
1/2 c. coconut oil (melt it down to liquid form!)
1 t. vanilla extract

1. Preheat the oven to 375* and insert 12 paper liners in your muffin pan.
2. Combine flour, sugar, molasses, baking soda, salt, and spices in your mixing bowl.
3. Add eggs, pumpkin puree, coconut oil, and vanilla extract.
4. Mix until everything is incorporated but be careful not to overmix!
5. Scoop the batter into each paper liner and fill so they're nearly full.
6. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

It's definitely not necessary since they're absolutely delicious on their own, but I sprinkled a pinch of powdered sugar on top of a few and it was fabulous!

Recipe adapted from Sally's Baking Addiction
And a special thanks to Nutiva for making high quality, organic coconut oil that helps me feel less guilty about baking. ;)

baby growing: week 21

Terribly sorry for the dressing room selfie. I realized yesterday afternoon while out shopping that I didn't have Ben snap a picture this week, so I took matters into my own hands. We like to keep things classy around here. ;) 
week 21 // 9-24-15

How far along? 21 weeks.

How big is baby? The size of a pomegranate.

Total weight gain? 10.5 pounds.

Maternity clothes? Some! I went through my closet and pulled out all of my clothes that no longer fit but I still have a decent amount of shirts and sweaters that will cover the bump for now.

Sleep? Still sleeping well. I've been sleeping with a pillow between my knees/propping up my stomach for the last few weeks and that really helps to keep me from rolling over onto it (I'm a stomach sleeper)(I get nauseous with anything too tight/pushing on my stomach), but I do wake up each time I want to switch sides.

Food cravings? A few times this week I wanted a big juicy hamburger with lots of ketchup. Although I did cave and get a burger for lunch one day, I realized it was mostly the ketchup that I wanted. After a doctor's appointment this week, Ben and I swung by Chick-fil-A and got some chicken strips (ehh, chicken!) which, surprisingly, wasn't awful with lots of ketchup and Chick-fil-A sauce.

Food aversions? Still not a big fan of chicken.

Movement? Yes! Light movements here and there.

Belly button in or out? In.

Weird pregnancy things? Forehead acne. Boo. According to a Chinese acne "face map," forehead acne can be caused by a bad temper. Heaven knows I haven't been the coolest cucumber these last few months. :) My heartburn has also become a tad bit annoying and made me throw up this week, but I happened to find the most amazing antacid chewables ever! Walmart brand, wintergreen flavor. They taste like candy, which I'm all for.

Best moment this week? Meeting with the new doctor and really liking her! This week I also heard quite a few "I probably shouldn't ask this, but are you pregnant?" type of questions. I'm counting it as one of the best moments this week because it's a nice feeling to know people can tell it's a human baby and not just a hamburger baby baking in there!

so great, eternal, everlasting, & joyful.

My favorite quote came from Sister Linda S. Reeves:
"I do not know why we have the many trials that we have, but it is my personal feeling, sisters, that the reward is so great, so eternal and everlasting, so joyful and beyond our understanding that in that day of reward, we may feel to say to our merciful, loving Father, 'Was that all that was required?' I believe that if we could daily remember and recognize the depth of the love that our Heavenly Father and our Savior have for us, we would be willing to do anything They asked to be back in Their presence again. What will it matter, dear sisters, what we suffered here, if in the end, those trials are the very things which qualify us for eternal life and exaltation in the kingdom of God with Them."
If you find yourself with some extra time this upcoming Saturday and Sunday and are looking for uplifting and positive messages, join me in watching General Conference here

things i'm dreaming of {september}:

pumpkin cheesecake bars.
this A-line floral skirt.
a view of the ocean.
this monochromatic outfit for fall.
a meal idea that sounds quite yummy.
that tile!
a cake roll I can stand behind.
monkey bread. just, yes.
this beautiful coat.

This month's post brought to you by my stomach. ;)

image via

baby growing: 19 weeks (but really 20 weeks!)

week 19 (actually 20) // 9-15-15

How far along? 20 weeks.

How big is baby? The size of a banana/small cantaloupe(?).

Total weight gain? 9 pounds.

Maternity clothes? Definitely wearing maternity jeans! I have some normal shirts and skirts that still work, but I'll need to get some maternity shirts or tanks in basic colors to wear under cardigans and whatnot within the next month or so. Also, has anyone purchased or tried maternity tights before?

Sleep? Sleeping well! I'm waking up between 2am and 4am most nights to use the restroom.

Food cravings? Fruit, chocolate, and candy corn. 'Tis the season!

Food aversions? Chicken. (I could have added this one on months ago, but always forgot... My pre-natals make me gag and immediately feel nauseous- both the pills and the gummies. I've tried taking them right after lunch and that seems to help, but I definitely don't look forward to it each day.)

Movement? Yes! Light movements here and there.

Belly button in or out? In.

Weird pregnancy things? 1) I'm starting to wake up most mornings with a slightly sore back but a warm shower always takes care of that. 2) More heartburn! I'll probably throw some Tums in my purse before too long so I always have some on me, but for now I'm trying to avoid super spicy and acidic foods which seem to be catalysts for me. 3) Lots of little cramps. I had one really strong cramp a few mornings ago that gave me a glimpse into what labor might be like and now I'm terrified to say the least. ;)

Best moment this week? Finding out the gender! Can't believe it's a GIRL! Also finding out I'm a week further along than I was originally told. Hey, it might only be a week, but I'll take it.