Well it’s almost 2012 and time to reflect on the last year. I started blogging in the Spring and never really found my momentum. After a few posts I put it aside, got busy with other things, and almost forgot about it.
In the Fall I started to read food blogs and the more I read the more fascinated and inspired I became. The photos were stunning and the food….let’s just say I have been trying WAY too many AMAZING recipes (if you measure by the fit of my pants). Finally at the end of November I decided to resurrect my blog and begin posting regularly. I LOVE IT!!!!!! There is just something about it that I enjoy, maybe it’s because I love to talk about food and this way I can talk and I don’t notice if no one is listening (because I can’t see eye’s begin to glaze and hear MOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMM like I do at home). I can imagine that someone has stopped by for coffee, muffins, and to share recipes.
Whatever it is I am going to continue in 2012.
Since my blog is so new there are only a few recipes on it but these are 3 of my (and my family’s) favorites:
One of my favorite muffins. Chocolate and peanut butter, what’s not to like.
Cinnamon ‘Snickerdoodle’ Bar Cookies
The pan of these disappeared in a minute and the family is begging for more.
Chocolate Chip Dainties
A family favorite from the cookie tray. I am always surprised by how yummy this cookie is when I make it at Christmas. Don’t know why I only make it at Christmas
Enjoy a wonderful New Year!!!! May it be filled with Sweet Mornings!!!
The morning dawned cold and crisp with frost adding sparkle to the yard. It was the kind of morning that just begged for a warm, gooey muffin.
Something chocolatey (of course) but I also wanted something with a little texture and interest. These muffins were just what I was looking for. They have the chocolate I was craving with oatmeal to add a little texture and peanut butter chips for interest.
They were wonderful out of the oven and even better as an afternoon snack! Did I mention I adore these muffins!! I hope you will try them and enjoy a sweet morning.
Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Muffins
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1 ¼ cup flour
⅓ cup brown sugar
⅓ cup cocoa
1 Tbsp baking powder
¾ cup quick oats
½ cup chocolate chips
½ cup peanut butter chips
⅓ cup butter, melted
1 egg, beaten
1 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 350. Grease or line a muffin tin.
Mix flour, brown sugar, cocoa, baking powder and quick oats.
Stir in chocolate and peanut butter chips.
In a separate bowl, mix butter, egg, milk and vanilla.
Add wet mixture to dry mixture.
Stir until combined.
Spoon batter into muffin tins.
Bake 20-25 minutes.
Makes 12 muffins
Its another glorious hot summer morning in North Carolina. I have not needed to make a lot of new breakfasts because we had to finish up the muffins from last week and of course the weekend meant pancakes. Last weeks muffins are gone and I was hungry for something different. I of course wanted chocolate but I didn’t want any of the usual muffins so I came up with something new, oatmeal chocolate chip muffins. I was very pleased with the way they turned out! Just the right mix of texture and chocolate. These definitely are worth making again and again!! Hope they help to make your morning sweet!
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins
1 ¼ cup all purpose flour 1/3 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp baking powder 1 cup quick oats
1 cup chocolate chips 1 egg
1 cup milk 1/3 cup butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 400
Grease muffin tin
Mix flour, brown sugar, baking powder and oats
Stir in chocolate chips
In a separate bowl lightly beat egg
Add milk, melted butter, and vanilla to egg. Stir well.
Add milk mixture to flour mixture. Stir until moistened
Spoon batter into muffin tins
Bake 20-25 minutes
Makes 12 muffins
What a wonderful morning!!! It is the type of summer morning that you dream about- brillant blue sky, light breeze, low humidity and that just right summer temperature-warm enough for swimming but not warm enough to melt. The birds are singing with joy and it is a sweet, sweet morning!
To celebrate I made a new recipe, Chocolate Strawberry Muffins. Daughter 2 looked at them and thought Really Mom, really they do not sound that good but she was surprised. She said they are interesting and I can make them again!! High praise from a finicky eater. So here is the recipe.
Chocolate Strawberry Muffins
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2 cups flour 1/3 cup cocoa
1/2 cup sugar 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
2 eggs 1 cup lowfat plain yogurt
1/4 cup melted butter 1 tsp vanilla
1 cup chopped strawberrries 1 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 375
Grease muffin tins
In large bowl sift together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda
In another bowl stir together eggs, yogurt, melted butter, and vanilla
Toss strawberries with flour mixture
Pour egg mixture into flour mixture
Stir until flour is just moistened
Fold in chocolate chips
Spoon into muffin cups
Bake 20-25 minutes
Hope you have many sweet mornings!!
Today is the last day daughter 2 has to go to school for the year-she finishes her exams so she doesn’t have to go back. So of course she requested a sweet treat to celebrate, her favorite muffins Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip. I mixed them up last night and stuck them in the fridge so when I got up all I had to do was scoop them into muffin tins and pop them in the oven. By the time she left for school there were hot muffins! These muffins combine two favorites, peanut butter and chocolate chips and are scrumptious! They never last long around here because they also make an excellent after school snack. Hope you enjoy this sweet morning treat as much as we do!
PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE CHIP MUFFINS
From 365 Great Chocolate Desserts by Natalie Haughton
2/3 cup smooth or crunchy peanut butter
2 tablespoons butter, melted
¾ cup sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ cup milk
6 ounces semisweet chocolate chips (1 cup)
1 Preheat oven to 350o F
2 In a large mixing bowl, combine peanut butter and melted butter, stir until well blended
3 Mix in sugar, eggs and vanilla
4 Combine flour with baking powder and baking soda
5 Add to peanut butter mixture along with milk and chocolate chips
6 Stir just until combined
7 Spoon batter into 12 paper lined 2-1/2 to 3-inch muffin tins.
8 Bake 20 to 25 minutes, or until muffins spring back when lightly touched in center
9 Serve warm or at room temperature
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