Minnesota Mama Pumpkin Muffin Recipe

I admit, some days I pull out frozen pizzas for dinner.  And, once I even sent my children and Kristin’s son into a gas station  for breakfast.  But, today was a different day.  I went to bed with visions of anise pumpkin muffins in my head, and woke up inspired.  I have this ongoing fantasy that my children come home to baked bread or chocolate cookie smells–but usually not.   However, this morning was cold, sunny and cold, the kind of fall day in Minnesota that tricks you into thinking you can wear just one layer and then stabs you in the bones all day long.   Today though, on my inspired cooking day, and I was going to warm it up, starting in my kitchen.    I would  have to go to Village Market.   First stop though,  was to fortify myself at the McDonald’s drive through.  Everyone knows you are never suppose to grocery shop on an empty stomach.   As my kids came home from school I started stirring the muffins up, no problem, this is easier than I thought.  My kids were excited and they all taste tested them with their friends.  My fourteen year old even high fived me!   They were impressed,  Mom is baking AND inventing!

Trust me these are so easy any non-cooking microwave zappin’ frozen carryout mama can do it!   Now, who says I didn’t accomplish something today?  Enjoy!  Now, I gotta’ finish the laundry!

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

11/2 Cup flour

1/2 sugar

2tsps. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

1tsp. anise flavoring

1/2 cup half and half

1 can pumpkin (15oz)

1/4 cup melted butter

1 egg

1 cup chocolate chips

Mix wet ingredients together.  Add dry ingredients and stir.  Spoon into lined muffin tins. Bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees.  Makes 12ish.