Happy Day After Thanksgiving! Many of you are probably enjoying some yummy leftovers today, and you are likely thinking about holiday decorating, shopping, and more celebrations to come. I spent many hours in my kitchen over the past two days, but still couldn't keep myself from doing a little baking this morning. These Gingerbread Scones with Maple Glaze are the perfect way to transition from Thanksgiving into the rest of the holiday season. They taste just like gingerbread and go wonderfully with a cup of coffee or tea.
I'm sure you have a packed weekend, whether it be braving the crowds at the mall, getting and decorating your tree, or attending a party or two, but I hope you find ... [Continue Reading]
Do you sometimes find yourself in the kitchen baking when you know you should be doing something else? Maybe the laundry is piled up, or the kitchen floor needs to be cleaned, or you have papers to correct, or all of the above? If so, then I think we understand each other. Sometimes you just need to put everything else on hold for a few minutes and bake something. Like doughnuts, right? Doughnuts should be the top priority, shouldn't they? That's what I convinced myself of on Saturday afternoon as soon as the kids went down for their naps/quiet time. I knew that there was probably a better use of my time at that moment than baking doughnuts, but I just really wanted to bake (and eat) ... [Continue Reading]
It's Friday- we made it! This week I am so ready for Friday to be here. It's been great to get to know my new students over the past few days, and I love the way a new school year is a fresh start to try new ideas, but I am exhausted. This first week of school business really takes it out of you. Plus, of course, I came down with a cold right at the beginning of the week, which made things much, much easier (sense a little sarcasm there, do you?).
After a long week, I like to wake up and have a relaxed weekend morning. What does a relaxed weekend morning mean around here? A cup of coffee, some quiet time, then breakfast and lots of playing with the kids. These Pecan Sour Cream biscuits ... [Continue Reading]
Mmmmm scones. Nothing goes quite so perfectly with a morning cup of coffee as a buttery, flaky scone. These Citrus Scones have it all- a flaky texture, hints of citrus, and a sweet lemon-lime glaze. Writing about them right now as I drink my morning cup of coffee, I really wish that I had one sitting here on a plate next to me, just waiting for me to nibble on.
These scones would be perfect to serve if you were having guests over for brunch. I would round out the menu with a colorful fruit salad and mini frittatas, and enjoy it all outside in the fresh air, if the weather was cooperative. Next time I make these, I think I will cut them smaller, possibly even making mini scones. Mini ... [Continue Reading]
It's been a while since I've made a loaf of banana bread. I've been on a big muffin kick lately, so whenever I found myself with a few over-ripe bananas, I baked them into muffins. This week, I decided to try a new banana bread recipe with my ripe bananas, and I cannot say enough about how much I love this bread. It is moist and has just the right amount of banana flavor. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves add some warm spice, and then there is the brown butter. Oh yum.
From now on, when I want to bake up a loaf of banana bread, I will turn to this recipe. (Unless I'm in the mood for chocolate banana bread, in which case I will be making this.) Did I mention that this bread is quickly mixed up ... [Continue Reading]
Have you made a trip to your local farmer's market yet this season? I have not, but I can't wait. Maybe this weekend we'll make our first trip there. Visiting the farmer's market definitely makes me think of summer, and I am so looking forward to the summer months filled with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, days spent at the park and pool, and evenings spent relaxing outdoors. Plus there will be my summer break from teaching. I'm really ready for that, too. It will be nice to have more time to spend with the kids and to just not feel so rushed all of the time.
I wish I had made these muffins with fresh blueberries, but instead I made them with frozen because that's what I had ... [Continue Reading]
Muffins, along with cookies, are one of my favorite things to bake. They're easy to make and are perfectly portioned little morning snacks. My sister was searching for a healthy oatmeal muffin recipe, but having trouble finding what she wanted. I was excited for the challenge of creating an oatmeal muffin that was not only healthy but also crave-worthy.
I'm very happy with the way these muffins turned out, and my sister loved them too. You might think an oatmeal muffin would be dense or heavy, but these are neither. The muffins have a light texture and are filled with plenty of oats. I used applesauce to help keep the muffins moist, and this also allowed me to get away with only using ¼ ... [Continue Reading]
Good morning! (or afternoon, or evening, as the case may be). Can I interest you in a muffin? How about a blueberry donut muffin? Drizzled with a sweet and tart lemon glaze? I thought so.
I've been stumbling upon recipes for donut muffins for a while now, and once I saw these lemon glazed blueberry donut muffins I couldn't hold out any longer. I needed to find out what a donut muffin tasted like. I baked up a batch of my very own, whisked together the glaze ingredients, and dipped each muffin top into the glaze.
My first thought? These really smell like donuts. I don't think the taste is all that similar to a donut, but that doesn't mean they aren't delicious. Like donuts, ... [Continue Reading]
The other day, I found myself with a bunch of ripe bananas in my fruit bowl. I have a number of different ways that I like to use up over-ripe bananas, but really wanted to try something new. I decided to whip up a batch of banana-apple cinnamon muffins, and I'm so glad I did!
These are my new favorite banana muffin. They are moist, full of the flavors of banana and cinnamon, and I just love the pieces of cooked apple that are scattered throughout the muffins. I ate one warm from the oven, and just had to have a second. I couldn't resist. :)
I've made these muffins with both pink lady and granny smith apples, but I'm sure your favorite would work well too. A little Greek yogurt mixed into ... [Continue Reading]
Are you one to make New Year's resolutions? I like to look at the new year as an opportunity to reflect on goals that I have for myself, rather than making strict resolutions. This year, when I think about what I'd like to accomplish, the theme is consistency. I'd like to consistently exercise at least 3 (well preferably 5 but I'm trying to be realistic :) ) times each week. I'd like to be more consistent with devoting time to this blog and posting regularly. Most importantly, I want to remember to enjoy each day, because although the individual moments of the day have their ups and downs, we need to cherish the time we spend with family and friends.
What do I not plan to do once 2013 is ... [Continue Reading]
Have you done any fall baking yet? I've been slow to get into the idea of fall being here this year, possibly because we've still been having lots of warm weather. We did have a few cool days last week, but now we're back to temperatures in the 80's. I'm fully enjoying the sunshine and warm mornings at the park while we still can. Soon enough I'll get to savor fall's crisp air and rainy afternoons spent indoors with a cup of tea.
These pumpkin cream cheese muffins are the first treat I've baked with pumpkin this season. They do require a little more effort than most muffins because there are three components to mix up: the pumpkin batter, a cream cheese filling, and a streusel topping. The ... [Continue Reading]
I have a number of great blueberry muffin recipes that I turn to time and time again. But, since I love to try new recipes, I didn't hesitate to try these banana blueberry muffins. They came with great reviews, plus I liked that they were a healthy version of a muffin, made with oats and whole wheat flour.
I enjoyed these every bit as much as I hoped I would. They are moist and tender with just the right amount of sweetness. The banana flavor is there but not overpowering, and I appreciate that the recipe calls for frozen blueberries, which I always have in my freezer.
The next time you go to bake a batch of blueberry muffins, I hope you will try these. They freeze well, making them an ... [Continue Reading]