Friday, January 7, 2011

Muffins That Taste Like Donuts!

Have you ever had one of those moments you just want.... no, HAVE to bake something? I do and today I did. Actually, I just finished about 30 minutes ago. 

I know, I know... baking muffins at night? 

Trust me. Total PM yumminess!

I, like many others, am a loyal follower of The Pioneer Woman's Blog. Her food blogs are amazing and incredibly easy to follow. She showcased this recipe about a month ago from another lady, so I printed it out (as I do many others) and saved it for one of these crazed baking moments. 

Quick and easy muffins that taste like donuts! What more could a girl with a sweet tooth ask for?

One of the greatest attributes about this recipe is that all of the ingredients are staples of any kitchen. Flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, oil, sugar, 1 egg, milk, and thats it! Nutmeg may push it for some... but after this recipe, it won't. 

"Muffins That Taste Like Donuts"

Preheat 350 Degrees and either A) grease or B) place muffin cups in a 12-count muffin pan.

Combine: 1-3/4  cup all purpose flour, 1-1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg (I grated fresh, which in my opinion is always better). Set Aside.

In Another Bowl, Combine: 1/3 cup oil (I used Canola), 3/4 cup sugar (white), 1 egg, and 3/4 cup milk (I used 0% and it worked great). 

Add dry ingredients to wet and stir to combine the two. 

Distribute the muffin mix into pan. I used a 1/3 measuring cup and the mix divided PERFECTLY into the 12 cups. 

Bake 15-20 minutes. THEN, melt 1/4 c butter in small bowl and create a cinnamon/sugar mix (1/3 cup sugar and 1 tablespoon cinnamon) in another dish. 

Yea, you know what comes next....

When your muffins are done, dip the top into melted butter and then into the cinnamon/sugar mix. Bliss!

Your DONE! Easy-P-Z.

Confession time. There was a little butter and cinnamon/sugar mix left.... so, I combined the two, making a delicious paste of "Paula Deen" yumminess. Warning: If you too, lose sight of your waistline, like I did.... make sure you are prepared to take just one bite and run the rest under the faucet. It was a sad sight, but I knew we had to part.

Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I did! The base of this recipe is great and you can get creative by adding your own favorite fruits, spices, or flavorings. I definitely will!

Sweet Dreams.

Awaiting My Breakfast Donut,

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

2010 Christmas Projects

Yes, it has been a while. I'm sorry. I'm sure you will agree with me when I say November and December were a blur. The busyness of the holidays has finally slowed down. So, what have we been up to since Thanksgiving? 

The title says it all!

I have been itching to share my projects with you, but they were top secret till after Christmas. Before I begin, I would like for you to look at the following pictures.

 Thanksgiving 2005...

and then there was Thanksgiving 2010...

 This year we added a few more characters...

We like to wear our dessert before we eat it. Just so we can use the sink for bathing. 

Clay played camera-man. 
We won't attack people with expensive devices in hand. 

Who knows what will happen Thanksgiving 2015!

Back to Christmas. What a sweet time of the year! We had a great visit with family and friends during our 2 week stay in Memphis. I played a Christmas Elf this year and here are some of the projects I worked on:

Mod-Podge Design & Scripture on Canvas with Copper Wire 

Acrylic Design on Carafe

Acrylic Design on Initial with Protective Sealant for Outdoor Use

"Wreath" Decoration Added

Scrapbook Frame Design with Painted Cork-Board Overlay

Olive Jar with Painted Lid and Soap Pump Added
Wonderful Idea Courtesy of Melissa Dark.
You are an inspiration in my life!

Jelly Jar with Ribbon Added & Wrapped

Various Homemade Cards.... MANY of these babies made!

These were so much fun and I was able to use my Crop-A-Dile for the first time!

"Natural" Packaging

Same Painted Frame as Above. This time I layered scrapbook paper, crackled the frame paint, and added a wooden initial.

THEN... this was my favorite Christmas project. I had a BLAST!
My first taste of sewing, also courtesy of Mrs. Dark. I sewed the felt stockings together, cut out the felt flower designs, added complimentary fabric to certain layers with fabric glue and then hot-glued completed flowers to the stocking itself. 
Hope some of these give you ideas for creating your own homemade gifts for next Christmas or any other special occasion! In my opinion, there is nothing like receiving or making a homemade gift, no matter how big or small. Let's face it, we guard our time much more heavily than our money. Knowing that someone took their time to create something unique rather than pull merchandise off the shelf brings a smile to my face.

The Hibernating Elf