Monthly Archives: May 2011

Holiday Mornings

Holiday weekend got away from me.  I tried a new recipe for chocolate chip scones- was pretty good but I want to try a couple more tweaks before I share it.  Daughter number 2 said it was a bit dry and needed more chocolate chips (she got wrong piece-mine had lots of chocolate chips) so I will work on it a bit more.  Found another use for the leftovers-added some chocolate syrup, sliced strawberries and whipped cream and it was an excellent substitute for strawberry shortcake.

With the fresh strawberries we had our traditional Sunday breakfast-pancakes (chocolate chip pancakes actually) with strawberries.  I think it is one of our favorite breakfasts.  When the girls were little we used to really make it a treat by letting them add whipped cream and sometimes ice cream.

 The days are getting longer and it is HOT in North Carolina.  Really feels like summer is here.  Looking forward to not rushing around and really being able to try sweet new recipes.  The problem is going to be finding time for a walk before the day is sweltering so all the experimenting doesn’t land permanently on my hips or stomach…

Hope your morning is filled with sweetness!!

Sweet Friday Morning

Sweet Friday Morning! It is the Friday of a holiday weekend and the last ‘real’ day of school for the year so a quick & easy sweet treat was needed for breakfast.  I relied on my old stand-by “chocolate croissants”, crescent rolls filled with chocolate chips.  This is one of the easiest possible recipes and it is loved and devoured.  All you need is a roll of refrigerated ‘crescent rolls’ and some chocolate chips.  As you make the crescent rolls add chocolate chips before rolling them up.  The amount is up to you and will determine how chocolatey the breakfast will be.  Roll the crescents up and bake as directed.  The result is a flaky, chocolatey breakfast treat with minimal effort so everyone is happy.
It occurred to me as I was getting ready for the day that it is the start of summer, next week daughter 2 will be home with me and daughter 1 is already home from college and off at the beach.  Summer is the very best time of year.  No early morning rushes, no school, no freezing temperatures(we see less of those since we moved to North Carolina at any time of year), no sweaters or coats, lots of blue skies, a profusion of flowers bursting into color, symphonies of bird songs, and best of all long lazy days spent with my girls.  With my girls rushing towards adulthood the thought of spending lazy days together while blocking out the rest of the world is the sweetest thought of all!

No More Sweatshirts

It already feels like summer in North Carolina- the mornings warm up quickly and this week there has been no need for a sweatshirt when I take the dog(Snowball) out.  I suppose that should be my sweet thought of the day- putting away the sweatshirts and jackets for the season.  There is something to be said for walking outside in a t-shirt and sandals at 6 am.  I can get out the door much faster and it eliminates the risk of me falling down the stairs as I pull the sweatshirt over my head while holding the leash of an overly exuberant dog.

Made the chcocolate chip mini muffins again. This recipe is quick and easy to make.  My family has inhaled them (it only makes 2 dozen) so I think it is worth sharing. 

Enjoy and may all your mornings be sweet!

Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins
Adapted from Taste of Home April/May 1996
½ cup sugar                                                                     3Tbsp butter
1 egg                                                                                 ¼ cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract                                                      1 cup flour
½ tsp baking soda                                                          ½ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt                                                                          ¾ – 1 cup chocolate chips
In a large mixing bowl cream sugar and butter until fluffy.
Add egg, milk, and vanilla.  Mix well
Combine dry ingredients.  Gradually add to creamed mixture; mix well.
Fold in chocolate chips (I like them chocolatey so I tend to add a lot)
Drop into mini muffin pans that have been sprayed with cooking spray
Bake at 375 for 10-13 minutes Do not overbake
Makes 2 dozen

Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins

Part of a sweet morning is a sweet bite to eat.  I am usually unhappy with the muffins and pastries I purchase.  They often taste artificial & preservative laden or just don’t have the taste I am expecting so I am on a quest to accumulate a collection of sweet morning recipes that use natural ingredients and taste good. 

This morning I made chocolate chip mini muffins tweaking a recipe that I wasn’t satisfied with.  They were yummy-bite-size, chocolate, and almost perfect. A few more tweaks and they will be perfect for a sweet morning.

Welcome

Ask anyone, I am not a morning person.  In fact I am a crabby, grumpy, grouchy, don’t talk to me in the morning or else you risk having your head bit off kind of morning person.  So why am I writing a blog called “Sweet Mornings”?  Well after one too many grouchy, cranky, typically miserable morning I had had enough.  Something had to change.  The miserable mornings were setting the mood for my (and my poor family’s) days and it was getting old.  So I decided instead to start my day with someting sweet- a thought, an image and definitely something sweet to eat.

So in an effort to make ammends for all the miserable mornings I subjected myself, my family, and everyone else to I am going to share my sweet mornings here.

 I am going to start my Sweet Morning blog with this image of a butterfly visiting my garden.
  May it add some sweetness to your day!