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Chocolate Zucchini Spice Cuppins & More Sewing

When I saw this recipe's ingredient list I decided these were muffins with an identity crisis.  No self-respecting muffin (that might be the best phrase I've ever written) would permit itself an indulgence of quite so much sugar, and yet no self-respecting cupcake would fathom being seen without a frosting hat. And so, cuppins, with this year's last monster zucchini.

Chocolate Zucchini Spice Cuppins (or Muffcakes, Cuffins, or Muppins...take your pick)
adapted slightly from All Recipes

3 eggs
2 c. white sugar
1 c. vegetable oil
1/3 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
3 c. grated zucchini
3 c. AP flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. allspice
1/4 tsp. nutmeg

Topping, optional:
equal parts brown sugar, finely chopped walnuts, and mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Spray 24 muffin cups with non-stick spray or line with paper liners.
In a large bowl beat the eggs, then beat in the sugar…

Easy Ice Cream Pie (and Sewing and School)

We've embarked on another school year. I can't say I was exactly ready for the fun and free days of summer to end, but the kids are [mostly] thrilled to be doing school again, and have been eager to share their new knowledge with their daddy upon his arrival home each evening.  I'm trying to find my footing once more, figuring out how to keep a balance of school, housework, ministry, and play.  This summer I was blessed to be a part of a book group, on and off, that read and discussed Sally Clarkson and Sarah Mae's book, Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe.  One of my major takeaways was to not shy away from things that feel like work up front but will ultimately breathe life into my soul and home, and to regard my house as they put it, "with a subduer's eye." For me, that means things like taking the extra time to light a candle or put on music at dinner time, finish the dishes in the evening instead of leaving them for the morning so that I…