Monday, October 28, 2013

Cinnamon Spice Muffins



Hello everyone, now its no secret in my house breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  However I know in some house holds it's more of an after thought.  Most people are rushing out the door and consider the morning a complete success if they can manage a drinkable yogurt on the way to dropping kids off at daycare and getting to work.  That used to me.  When I first started out with this parenting business I was a single working mom.  Never slowed down, never had time to slow down.  I didn't like missing all that time from my daughter but it paid the bills and with just her and I we were going to make it work.  I was determined to make it work, and I lived for my days off.  Most cases my days off were not weekends but some random day through the week.  On those days I kept my daughter home with me because I missed her through my work week.  It was on those days I did the bulk of my cooking and its where I came up with this recipe.  I wasn't the best cook back then but these muffins were awesome and practical for my busy lifestyle.  Since then a lot has changed in my life, but these muffins are still a hit today.  I hope you enjoy them as much as my daughter and myself did and now my family does.

Ingredients:

2 cups of prepared pancake mix ( yes you read that right) 
1 egg
1 cup of milk
1/4 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 pinch of nutmeg
1 pinch of all spice
1 pinch of ginger
1/4 cup of butter (melted)


Topping:

2 tablespoons of sugar
2 tablespoons of cinnamon
2 tablespoons of melted butter

Instructions:

Pre heat your oven to 350 degrees and with non stick cooking spray, spray the muffin tin wells.
In a medium sized mixing bowl mix butter and sugar together.  Add in the egg, and vanilla.  Mix until combined.  Add in the pancake mix and spices.  Mix all together and spoon into a muffin tin.  Bake for about 15 minutes.  While the muffins are cooking go ahead and melt the butter for the topping.  In a small bowl mix together the cinnamon and sugar.  When the muffins are out of the oven and still hot drizzle the tops with melted butter and sprinkle with the cinnamon and sugar.  Let cool for about 2-3 minutes or devour while still hot the choice is yours.  
Here is what they look like when are you ready to serve them:




Have a great day everyone!   Heather

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Inside/Outside Reese's Peanut butter Cookies



Hello everyone, this post is coming at you late this morning.  I had scentsy to work on and putting out the new warmer of the month along with getting some samples out to some customers and I have a sick kid at home.  Sometimes the most loyal food blogger has their days and I guess today is one of them.  Things were so much simpler back when we were kids of course we didn't realize it then, but I am sure we realize it now.  Speaking of back in the day, this recipe reminds me of the first movie I went to see at the movie theater, ET.  I was six and half and I remember my favorite aunt and uncle taking me to see it.  One of the snacks they bought me was Reese's pieces.  The movie freaked me out and then had me fascinated at the same time.  Ever since then I have thought of E.T. and Reese's pieces synonymous with one another.  So for that Halloween my parents thought it was only fitting for me to be E.T. So with Halloween coming up and because I made these on you tube back in August, I thought it was only fitting to share this recipe with you now.  I am going to share the video I made but I have learned from my mistakes in the video and I have adjusted this recipe accordingly.  

Ingredients:

1/2 cup of granulated Sugar
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1 tablespoon of Vanilla
1/4 cup of melted unsalted butter
1/4 cup of oil
1 Egg
1/2 cup of peanut butter
1-2 cups of flour basically if it seems too wet add up to 2 cups 
1 teaspoon of baking soda if you add 2 cups of flour make it 2 teaspoons
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
Reserve about 3 tablespoons of granulated sugar
Reserve approx. 1/4 cup to a 1/2 cup of chocolate chips
1/2 bag of Reese's Pieces
2 packages of Reese's peanut butter cups or 4 peanut butter cups
2 tablespoons of milk (if needed)

Instructions:

There are a lot of steps to this recipe however take one step at a time and you will find its not that bad.
Start off by preheating your oven to 375.
Next Mix the first 7 ingredients basically all the wet ingredients with the sugar, butter , peanut butter and egg.  Next mix the dry ingredients together in a small bowl.  Slowly add in the dry ingredients until the batter becomes the consistency of sugar cookie dough. Wrap in plastic wrap and store in the freezer for about 15 minutes or so.  Next grab more plastic wrap and cover it with some flour.  Roll out your dough until about 1/8 inch thick.  You want your dough to be in a rectangular shape.  Now sprinkle reserved sugar and chocolate chips over the top leaving a little bit around the outer edges.  Now with the help of the plastic wrap roll the dough tightly while keeping the chocolate chips from popping out.  Its like roll, stuff and pinch movement.  Now from here wrap the rolled dough up and put it back in the freezer just until firm.  Grab a cookie sheet, line it with parchment paper and spray a little non stick cooking spray on it.  From here you need to bring your dough out of the freezer and slice it like you would store bought cookie dough.  Place the cookies on the cookie sheet and bake for about 15 minutes.  While your cookies are in the oven put your Reese's pieces in a plastic baggie, get all the air out and pound them with a rolling pin or a hammer would work too.  Put the smashed pieces in a small bowl and set aside.  Now grab two pots, one that is filled about a quarter full of water, and another one for the top. That is right we are making a double boiler.  Bring your water to boil, shut off the heat and melt in your peanut butter cups.  If the chocolate starts to seize on you add the milk, whisking the whole time.  Now at this point it should be time to bring the cookies out of the oven.  While they are still hot, drizzle the cookies with the melted peanut butter cups. Then top them with the Reese's pieces.  Serve immediately or wait until cooled.  Either way they are a fun and yummy treat.

Video: 




Live, Laugh and Love,

Heather