So. I do this thing that is really weird.
Like, tell me something I don’t know, Kate.
But for real I do. In fact, this might be the weirdest thing I do…
I lie to strangers about really insignificant things.
Like, all the time, actually.
And I have no idea why.
The first time I realized I did it, I was in college. It was my senior year. It was a Saturday night. I walked to the 7/11 by my house at like 10pm and bought myself a Michelob Ultra tall boy (dude, I know). As I was checking out, the cashier asked me if Michelob Ultra was any good. And instead of answering him like a normal person and saying “yeah sure it’s okay” or “it’s as good as any other light beer” I said: “Oh… I don’t know… I’ve never had it. Iboughtitformyfriendbyeeeee.”
What? There is no good reason to decide to say what I said there. Would the truth hurt his feelings? No. Would he judge me for my answer? No, probably not. Also, does that really matter? No, definitely not.
But I lied anyway and made the situation approximately 300x more awkward. Give or take. If I were to guess.
And apparently that opened the floodgates. Because I catch myself doing it all the time now. But only about small things and only to strangers (because I have some respect for others (and the truth). Duh).
Like a month ago? The woman painting my nails (my manicurist? Is that a thing?) asked me if I had been to the State Fair of Texas yet this year.
I hadn’t. I said I had.
She asked if we ate a turkey leg. I said no.
She asked what we ate instead. I said a corny dog and a funnel cake. And a fried peanut butter and jelly sandwich (which is a real thing (!!) and, in my defense, we actually did eat when we went (three weeks later)).
Seriously, you guys. What is wrong with me?!?!
Last week at Trader Joe’s the cashier asked me if I had eaten persimmons before.
The real answer? No. The answer I gave her? Yes I love them they are my favorite fruit and I can’t believe that other people haven’t tried them.
I am a monster. Someone stop me before this gets out of hand (too late already is).
Don’t worry, though. We already know each other so you can trust me about this pumpkin butter muffin situation. I promise.
Cinnamon Streusel Muffins with Pumpkin Butter
Makes 6 muffins
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup milk
1 egg, lightly beaten
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1/3 cup pumpkin butter (I used Trader Joe’s PB, but any kind will work!)
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tbsp brown sugar
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
2 tbsp butter , softened
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line or grease your muffin tins.
- Make your topping by mixing flour, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a small bowl. Mix in the softened butter (with a fork or your hands or whatever you prefer) until you have pieces the size of peas. Set aside.
- Stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Whisk together milk, egg, and melted butter in a small bowl. Pour wet into dry and mix until just combined. Seriously, you don’t want to over-mix or you’ll end up with bricks for muffins (boo).
- Put about 1- 1 1/2 tbsp batter in each muffin cup (enough to fill them about halfway). Drop 1ish tbsp of pumpkin butter in each muffin cup. I tried to keep it close to the middle so that the muffin batter could bake around/contain it a bit. But that’s not super important. They’ll be yummy no matter what. Take a toothpick and drag it through the pumpkin butter to swirl it into the batter a bit.
- Top with remaining muffin batter. Sprinkle topping over each muffin. Use all of it.
- Bake for 16-18 minutes or until tops are set and golden brown. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes. Then move to wire rack to cool completely.
Recipe adapted from Wilton.
Bake with love!