Two Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins + My DIY Abstract Canvas Art

Happy Sunday! I wanted to quickly share with all of you two things I whipped up today – super easy pumpkin muffins and a 36×36 DIY abstract art piece I hung in my dining room. 

Yes, I am the “basic” that immediately buys pumpkin everything as soon as it enters stores. Judge me all you want, but you’ll love these quick and easy pumpkin muffins. 

All you need is a box of vanilla, spice, or yellow cake mix, one 15 oz. can of pumpkin purée, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper. Yes, you read that correctly. 

Mix the cake and and pumpkin purée and add a couple shakes of cinnamon, a drip of vanilla extract, and one dash of the cayenne pepper (that’s my own personal touch on this otherwise generic recipe). As you can tell, I don’t use true measurements… I blame it on my ADD. 

Scoop a generous amount of batter into each muffin tin and bake for 20-30 minutes (depending on your oven). 

Let cool, then eat. Who am I kidding? I never wait for baked goods to cool. 

Try them. You’ll like them. 

Now, my DIY art project… 

I have been looking for a sizeable piece of art for my dining room wall. I hate everything I see that is the correct size OR the pieces are just downright out of my budget. 

Now, abstract art isn’t for everyone, but I have always been drawn to it. This is what ultimately led me to my own little art class. 

I scurried off to JoAnn Fabrics, and to my surprise, all artist canvasses were 50 percent off (yay)! I scooped up a 36×36 canvas, paintbrushes that came in a “novice painter” pack, and picked three acrylic colors: black, white, and metallic gold (this should come as no surprise for those of you who know me). 

The canvas and paint sat in my house for  two weeks before I got to it today. I made sure to make time for this today, otherwise I would never get to it. So, I grabbed an old tarp I borrowed (stole) from my dad, threw it on my garage floor and went to town. 

You guys, I literally used different sized brushes to swipe paint across the canvas. Then, I flicked some black spots on it, Jackson Pollock style. That’s it. And do you want to know the best part? This entire project only cost me $40. 

I certainly think today was a win. Now, I’m off to do some household chores and head to mass.

Have a blessed day! 


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