Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Pumpkin Crunch Muffins

I found this recipe quite awhile ago at KSL.
In the original recipe, the crunch is made by topping
the unbaked muffins with about one tablespoon of brown sugar each.
I have never had success with using brown sugar like that.
When I try it, the brown sugar usually melts and looks kinda gross!
The main body of these muffins is delicious,
so I adjusted the crunch topping by adding butter, oats and flour
to the brown sugar.
The results were delicious!

Use the recipe found at KSL,
and add this topping to the top of the unbaked muffins:

1/4 c. butter, melted
1/4 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. oats
1/4 c. flour
Mix with a fork until crumbly, and sprinkle on muffins.
Bake muffins for about 20 minutes.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Blizzard That Wasn't and Gratitude

It looked threatening enough.

Looking even more threatening....

The flakes begin to fall.

When it started, it snowed and blew pretty hard...

but it didn't last for long.
Oh well, the tree looks pretty cool anyway.


Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and there's so much I'm grateful for!
My husband (the best!), my kids (awesome!),
our families, the gospel of Jesus Christ, wonderful friends,
a good roof over my head, Christmas music, scented candles,
my sisters, cars that run, food to eat, warmth,
electricity, exercise making me stronger, health and strength,
Cream of Wheat, dark chocolate. (Not necessarily in that order).
This is just a few because the list would be way too long!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Lasagna Soup

I found this recipe today over at Real Mom Kitchen.
I changed it up a little by using no green pepper,
adding a little olive oil, an extra tablespoon of brown sugar,
extra pasta and an extra garlic clove.
It really does taste like lasagna.
Give it a try and you won't be sorry!

Here's my version:

Lasagna Soup

1 lb. ground beef
a small handful of dry minced onion
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 T. olive oil
1 tsp. thyme
2 T. brown sugar
4 c. water
4 chicken bouillon cubes
2 cans diced tomatoes, undrained
1 14 oz. can tomato sauce
1 t. basil
1 t. oregano
3/4 t. sea salt
2 1/2 c. uncooked rotini pasta
3/4 c. grated parmesan
shredded mozzarella
garlic croutons

In a large pot, brown ground beef, onion, and garlic in olive oil.
Cook until ground beef is brown.
Stir in thyme, brown sugar, water, bouillon, tomatoes, sauce, seasonings and salt.
Bring to a boil and simmer 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, cook pasta until just underdone.
Stir pasta and cheese into soup.
Continue simmering for another 3-4 minutes.
Serve topped with shredded mozzarella and croutons.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

(The Day Before) Halloween 2010

Dinner in a pumpkin.
Not something I'd wanna have all the time,
but fun for Halloween.

This video shows you Jared's latest creation.
He decided he wanted to be a transformer,
so he designed this costume and made it himself with
a little measuring and cutting help from Dad.
Awesome job, Jared!!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Pumpkin Swirl Cookies

The real name for these cookies is
Cream Cheese-Filled Pumpkin Cookies.
But I think "Pumpkin Swirl Cookies"
is MUCH easier to say.
Especially when you have your mouth full of them. :)
You can find the recipe here.

Nicole came home today and she did the honors
of making these cookies.
They look cute and they taste great!!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Pumpkin Bundt

(Forgive the bad lighting!)

Here's another of my own creations.
It's very moist with good flavor.

Pumpkin Bundt

1 Duncan Hines spice cake mix
2 c. canned pumpkin
1/2 c. buttermilk
3 eggs
1 t. cinnamon

Mix all ingredients in electric mixer
for 2 minutes on medium speed.
Pour into well greased bundt pan.
Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes
or until a pick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Frost with cinnamon buttercream:
3 T. melted butter
1/2 t. vanilla
1 t. cinnamon
2 T. milk
add powdered sugar to desired consistency.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Maple Pecan Oatmeal Cookies

Got this recipe in one of my newspaper inserts.
You can find it here. So yummy!
I made a few adjustments, such as
swapping some of the oats for steel cut oats,
using whole wheat flour,
and changing the corn syrup to agave nectar.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

The big 1-6

My birthday boy likes white cake.
So I baked up this creation.
Our Best Bites' Easy White Cake. Go here for the recipe.
There's a link in the recipe for White Vanilla Frosting,
and it starts with milk and flour.
Yep, you got that right!
It's very light, fluffy, and not too sweet.
Seriously good!

Here's the big birthday boy.
He's legal now, for driving, dating, all that good stuff.
He does want to drive, but I don't think he's too
concerned about the dating part.
I might have to change that, but then again, I might not.
At least, not yet.

Birthday Party!

I had my birthday on 9/11,
and Jake's is 9/16.
We celebrated together on 9/12.
Happy Birthday to us!!