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Monday, October 24, 2011

Pumpkin Agave Muffins

Our house woke up to these on Sunday morning.  The sun was streaming in the window at just the right time and I caught this beautiful photo.  I wish every morning was like this.

Unfortunately most mornings are not as lazy and require a "rush, rush" mentality.  So I relish days like this one.

After hopping on the computer this morning to check emails, work on this post, read some food blogs, I came across a statistic on another blog that disturbed me.

Only 1% of blog readers actually comment on the blog they are reading.  Currently I am getting close to 1,000 page views a day (yes, it has jumped quite considerably in the last weeks), which in turn means about 10 comments.  Let's all be honest, this is a very real and true statistic for my blog.

I cannot count how many times I have people come up to me, old friends and new, family members, co-workers, the list goes on and on saying they read my blog, but I never knew!  The bottom line is this.  If you don't comment, I have no idea you are reading.  And without those comments I sometimes wonder if I am cooking, baking and posting for cyberspace.

Not to get on a soapbox - but your comments fuel my fire.  They are what keep me cooking, baking and taking photos.  So if you like what you are reading (or don't like), please comment.  If you are just browsing and passing by and nothing really attracts you to the post that day, that is fine.  I do that all the time.  I'm busy, the kids are screaming, dinner is ready and I simply don't have time to comment or I just have nothing to say.  It happens to all of us.  BUT - if you do have something to say, than say it.

Like I said it keeps me motivated.

There.  Enough said.  I don't usually ramble like this...forgive me?

Back to these muffins that made my Sunday a pretty darn good day.  I adapted them from this recipe, one received from my recent visit to the Taste of Home Cooking School.

Pumpkin Agave Muffins
1 c. agave nectar
4 eggs
1 15 oz. can pumpkin
1 c. canola oil
2 1/4 c. flour
1 t. baking soda
1 t. baking powder
2 t. cinnamon
1 t. nutmeg
1/2 t. salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Prepare muffins tins with paper liners.  In a large bowl combine agave, eggs, oil and pumpkin.  In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients and blend into batter.  Pour into liners, filling 3/4 full.

Bake for 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Let cool on a wire rack.

Are you sick of pumpkin recipes yet?  Or should I keep going?

Would you like to comment?

  1. Hi , I am new to your blog and a follower. I can appreciate the feeling of being inspired and fueled by the comments. I am totally impressed with your comment that you "(yes, it has jumped quite considerably in the last weeks), ". That would make a wonderful post on how you did it. I'm sure many of your readers are other bloggers ( like me) . Your muffins look delish and another way to use some seasonal pumpkin. Great post!
    Judee @ Gluten Free A-Z

  2. Thanks Judee! Yes, I plan on talking soon about how my readership has jumped. Love your blog as well:)

  3. I will comment Ally! I love your blogs- ready them about everyday :) Keep posting, keep cooking, and get that cookbook in order that I have requested!1

  4. Ally, I look at your blog almost every day, but just don't make any comments. Whenever I see a recipe I'd like, or you have pictures, I have MarJean come and take a look too..........

  5. Very interesting stat about comments! I try so hard to make comments because I know how much I love reading them too.

  6. Thanks Lance, I know you and Marjean are faithful readers!

  7. These look great! I appreciate your blog and love reading your recipes and what you have to say. You were a huge help to me when I became a vendor at our local Farmers market this year and also an inspiration for starting my own blog. Keep em' coming girl :)

  8. Jolene (Everydayfoodie)October 24, 2011 at 6:13 PM

    I never get sick of pumpkin recipes. Ever.

  9. I've been reading your blog for a year and a half... And maybe have never commented! I'm a young mom in North Carolina. l'll try harder but know that your posts are well-loved!

  10. Keep the pumpkin recipes coming....it's not my favorite thing to eat, so I always need something that looks tasty to try out with pumpkin!

  11. Thanks Steph! I'm happy you took the charge and did the Farmer's Market this year and recently started a new blog! Love it!

  12. The muffins sound wonderful! And your Sunday morning sounds wonderful, too! Glad you got to capture some of it on your blog! :)

    Comments are tricky. I would love to comment more, but it just isn't possible at the moment. I've started reading posts on my phone when I get a free minute during the day, but I can't comment. At the same time, I totally understand what you mean by comments being very motivating and validating!

  13. I made some pumpkin muffins the other day....well, they were more like cupcakes but they were SO good! I love this recipe too...would could get sick of pumpkin ALREADY? It's not even THanksgiving yet!

  14. Your comments about the "lack of comments" ring true for me too! I always have people telling me "Oh, I tried such and such recipe of yours and loved it" or "I read your blog all the time".....I'm like, really? It's good to know you have readers out there! :)

  15. Very true Andrea! I understand many people are reading on their phones which doesn't make it ideal for commenting!

  16. Lindsay@GirlFromScratchOctober 28, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    Great recipe. Was wondering how to bake with agave nectar and now I know. Thanks!

  17. I had trouble getting off the shipping page when ordering your cookbook. If you can, just send one home with your mom the next time you get together.

  18. Patty, that is odd. I haven't heard of anything like this, nor have I had problems. Please make sure on your account that your order didn't go through by chance....I will also try and check my records. Regardless I can get a copy to you if it didn't go through. Were you ordering soft or hard copy?

  19. Ally, I'm sure that it is just me. I am computer challenged. I was ordering the soft cover.
    I just love your site. The photos are beautiful! Makes me, a non- baker, want to bake!

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