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Best-Ever Muffins

10 Sep

Today was a day of miracles. Miracle 1: Our car lives! Turns out a wire – a very important wire apparently – had been broken. New alternator, new wire = working car. Huzzah. Miracle 2: My baby took a nap. A real, honest-to-goodness nap. Not 5 minutes, not 2 second, but 3 hours. I got the kitchen cleaned, the floor swept, mopped and vacuumed. Miracle 3: For the first time ever, my 2 year old pooped in the potty. It took a couple of hours of, “Mom, I have to go potty…actually, I’m ok” – pretty much every five minutes. I didn’t think she’d do it. I was so sure it would end up in her panties. And then I heard a little voice from the downstairs bathroom while I fed the baby, “Mom, I’m going to do it myself. I’m going to go poo….Mom! I did it!” I had to check of course and I was so ridiculously proud. It made the six other pee accidents I had to clean up throughout the day totally worth it.

Miracle 4 didn’t even happen to me, but to my sister. They have been in desperate need of a second car for quite some time, but having school loans to pay off, they have been making do and pinching pennies so that they can get their debts taken care of first. With three kids and a pilot husband who sometimes comes home from flights at odd hours, you can imagine that pick ups and drop offs aren’t always convenient or easy for the little ones.. I was just talking to her this morning about how much she would love to have a van, but how impossible that dream seemed. And then my parents came by for dinner tonight and said that my sister’s husband had gotten a call – “Someone has anonymously donated money towards a car for you – a van. The keys are here for you, please come and sign the paperwork and take it home.” My jaw dropped. I don’t think my sister has stopped crying yet. She thought it was my parents, but they were just as surprised to hear the news. We literally have no idea who it was! There are so many things that happen in this world that are terrible and scary, but then someone goes and does something like this, and my faith in humanity is restored. There are wonderful people in this world! Whoever you are – thank you for your generosity. It couldn’t have gone to someone more deserving. I made you some muffins, but since I don’t know who you are, my kids ate them in honor of you. 🙂 I hope they grow up to be as kind.

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Ingredients:

1 3/4 cups flour

3/4 cup sugar

2 tsp baking powder

3/4 tsp salt

1 egg

3/4 cup milk

1/3 cup oil

Combine dry ingredients and make a well in the center. Combine egg, milk, and oil; add all at once to dry mixture. Stir until moistened. Fill well greased or paper-lined muffin tins 2/3 full. Bake at 400^F for 20-25 min.

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Breakfast Cups

9 Aug

I’m listening to two of my kids scream bloody murder next door because, heaven forbid, we are making them go to bed. I can’t think of anything witty to write due to their wailing distractions. I want to go to bed. Not sure what their issue is.

So, I’ve discovered while compiling all the recipes that I want to add to this here blog, that I must really like breakfast food. Here’s another – wahoo. This one is nice because you can make a bunch before hand, and keep them in the fridge or freezer. Throw them in the microwave for a quick zap before you head out the door, and you have a portable, way-better-than-a-hot-pocket breakfast. Feel free to branch out and get crazy on the fillings. We’re a very bacon type family, so that’s a no brainer; but peppers, salsa, mushrooms…the possibilities are endless! But you might have to find a muffin tin with giant cups if you go too out of control. 🙂

Hey, they are quiet…there is a little sniffing going on. Either Daddy made them cry and feel really bad about giving us such a hard time, or my six year old is still suffering the consequences of not blowing her nose when it is runny. It could probably go either way.

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Ingredients:

5 eggs

1/2 cup milk

9 pieces of bacon, cooked and broken up into bits

salt and pepper to taste

shredded cheddar cheese

2 cans refrigerated crescent rolls

Preheat your oven to 350^ F and spray a 12 cup muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray. Divide crescent rolls and mold them into the muffin cups, lining the entire cup. Repeat this process for the remaining muffin cups. Mix eggs, milk, salt and pepper in a separate bowl. Put bacon bits into the bottom of each muffin cup, then fill each cup half way with egg mixture. Top with shredded cheddar cheese. Place in oven and cook for 20-25 minutes until eggs are solid, the edges of the crescent rolls are golden brown, and the cheese is melted. If you fill the cups too full with the egg mixture they will overflow, so be careful! Or put a cookie sheet below your muffin tin to catch any spills.

*If you don’t have crescent rolls, you can use a regular slice of bread as the ‘cup.’ Simply trim the off the crust and roll each slice of bread flat with a rolling pin. Mold into the muffin cups and brush the edges with melted butter. Fill as suggested above.

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Blueberry Muffin Ice Cream

18 Jul

As I’ve said before, I am a very simple recipe type gal. Every now and again however, I’ll get a little crazy and go outside of my comfort zone. I’ve been using blueberries a lot lately because I have a huge bag of frozen ones – nice and convenient! I found this recipe for Blueberry Muffin ice cream and just couldn’t resist. I wasn’t even scared away by the words ‘compote’ (what is that?!) and ‘browned butter’ (turns out, not near as fancy or complicated as I made it out to be – it’s really just butter…browned – go figure). I was brave – but good heavens, I’ve never spent so much time on ice cream in my life. Worth it? Absolutely. It wasn’t hard to make, it just takes some time because there are multiple components and they all need time to cool before heading into the ice cream maker. So, if you want to impress with some fancy dairy delights, start early, and wow them with this yummy treat.

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Ingredients
3 cups half and half
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
3 egg yolks
3/4 tsp kosher salt
4 oz butter
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup blueberry compote or jam
3 tablespoons cinnamon streusel

Simmer the butter on medium heat until takes on a nice golden brown color. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temp. In a large pot, bring the half and half up to an almost boil over medium high heat. Meanwhile, whisk together the yolks, sugars and salt until smooth. To temper the egg mixture, carefully whisk in about 1 cup of the hot liquid into the egg mixture until smooth. Then whisk the egg mixture into the remaining amount of half and half in the pot. Return to medium low heat, and cook up to 170 degrees F, constantly stirring along the bottom of the pot to ensure even cooking. Once it has reached the 170, remove from heat and whisk in the vanilla and brown butter. Strain through a wire mesh strainer. Allow to cool to about room temperature in an ice bath and pop in the fridge.

Once the mixture is chilled through, put it in your ice cream maker. Once it’s gotten pretty firm, pour the ice cream into a large bowl and fold in the blueberry compote and then the streusel so it ribbons through it. Put in a container and freeze until firm. Enjoy!

Blueberry Compote

Ingredients:
4 half pints blueberries
Juice of 3 limes
2 cups sugar

Combine everything in a bowl to coat, and then heat over a medium flame until the blueberries liquify and if you stir a spoon through it, you can see the bottom of the pan for a beat. Basically, it should look kind of syrupy. Pour into a jar, tighten the lid, and flip upside-down until room temp. Keep refrigerated.

Cinnamon Streusel

Ingredients:
1/2 cup flour
2 oz butter, cold and cubed
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch of salt

Using your fingers or a food processor, combine the flour, sugar, salt, and cinnamon and then mix in the butter until crumbly. Place on a baking sheet with a silicone mat and bake at 350 F for 10 minutes. Break apart and mix the streusel up, and bake for another 10 minutes or until golden brown. Crumble and cool.

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*Original recipe found here: http://simplystated.realsimple.com/2011/07/25/blueberry-muffin-ice-cream-recipe/