Butternut Squash Muffins and Narwhals

I love butternut squash and I love muffins. So I combined them. I don’t know why I didn’t think to do it sooner!

Butternut Squash Muffins

1 cup butternut squash, pureed
3/4 cup milk
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup water
1/4 cup oil
1 Tbs lemon juice
3 Tbs maple syrup
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger
1/8 tsp nutmeg

1. Preheat oven to 400* and coat a muffin tin with cooking spray.
2. In a large bowl, mix together the wet ingredients (butternut puree through maple syrup).
3. In a small bowl, mix together the dry ingredients (flour through nutmeg).
4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir until just combined. Spoon batter into muffin tin.
5. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until done. Cool on a wire rack and enjoy!

Ready for something really random? 

I saw this on a friend’s Instagram the other day and it made me laugh. It made me laugh because up until last year, I thought narwhals were fake, just like unicorns…

I was in a book store, looking at National Geographic animal picture books with Jimmy (yeah… we’re that cool), and I saw a picture of narwhals. I was like “Wow, they made those narwhals look so real! Technology amazes me!” Jimmy looked at me really weirdly and explained that narwhals are real. Then he laughed at me for a few minutes because I was so excited to find out that little fact.

It’s the little things in life ;)

Random life

I can assure you, this post probably has no point. It’s just a bunch of random pictures and thoughts. That’s just how I roll sometimes (<— can’t believe I just said that..).I can’t figure out if Lola likes riding in the car or if it makes her nervous. I know she likes when I take her in the car to a park. Sometimes I wish she could talk.

I don’t know how my parents get so tan. Also, how did they manage to match so well? Life questions.

Long runs are the best in parks or on trails. Especially flat parks or trails. Long runs are especially especially fun before the world wakes up. The are not always fun when you’re alone and bored :p.

The zoo! That’s all.

The Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival was quite fun. See the guy in the pink tutu? That’s Jimmy. HAHA. Made my life.

New peanut butter!

True story. When Jimmy and I go to the gym together it’s a joke. We end up laughing/messing around the whole time. I love it.


Alright, this has been enough randomness for the day. I could go on and on with pictures and meaningless comments but I have some homework to do. Yeah.. school started. Today has been a pretty lazy day (including a leisurely walk with Lola and some baking) and for that I am glad! Hope your Labor Day is going swell!


Bible verse of the day: Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1

Insta life

Instagram is a free photo sharing application that allows users to take a photo, apply a digital filter, then share it in a variety of social networking services. 

I thought I’d post a few pictures of my life lately from my Instagram account. Since the weather has been fairly warm in Pittsburgh (for February), I’ve been more into taking pictures outdoors because my fingers don’t get cold!

The sunrise on Wednesday February 22nd, 2012. I took this after a morning run.

This was taken around 4:00pm on Tuesday. It was raining on and off. The clouds looked pretty sweet to me. The people in the car next to me were looking at me so strangely because I was taking a picture of the sky!

This is Eddie, my family’s dog. I have no clue why he was sitting with his arms out, but it made me smile. So I took a picture in color and then edited it to be in black and white too. I liked both so I put them together in Picnik.

Jimmy’s younger brother got a street bike! He decided to make an excited face I suppose?!

I took this on Wednesday morning. I couldn’t believe that the grass was green.

Pink Brooks. Sweet life. I wonder if these will last me until the marathon I plan to run in June. My wallet sure hopes they last me until June …