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Blueberry Muffins: Simple, Delicious & Yummy!

Blueberry Muffins have always been one of my favorite breakfast muffins!  In college, I often bought them on my way to morning classes. Now let’s make some! Sweet Blueberry Muffins!  These muffins are super easy and delicious! Anyone can make them!

Chief ZooKeeper and I recently celebrated our 11th birthdaversary.  This is the combination of his birthday and our wedding anniversary.  He wanted us to be the same age when we took our vows, so we set a date shortly after his birthday.  It didn’t take long for us to coin it our ‘birthdaversary’.  I like being silly and making stuff up, somehow I managed to suck him into this one and it stuck.  I’m pretty pleased with myself. Haha.

So, the first thing we did on our birthdaversary was to fix breakfast together.  He made the most fantastic omelets for us and I made Blueberry Muffins from scratch.  I must apologize as he refused to let me take pictures of his omelet.  He deemed it not worthy.  If you could have tasted it, you would have sided with me, it was amazing! Since I couldn’t share it, you could check out this Indian Omelet if you like, it’s great too!

I had never made Blueberry Muffins so I was a little nervous and was extra careful not to create too much gluten so they wouldn’t be tough.  I wanted them to be perfect for our day.  They turned out just right and I was stoked!

Before I get started with the recipe, I would like to point out that our birthdaversary chalkboard mural was done by my friend.  I was super grateful as she is an awesome artist!Our Birthdaversary Chalkboard! (Birthday and Anniversary Combined!)

Blueberry Muffins

This recipe made 2 dozen delicious Blueberry Muffins!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 c melted butter or margarine (we used dairy free)
  • 1 c sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp grated lemon rind
    • if you’d like a lemony flavor, use 2 tsp lemon juice instead
  • 3 c all-purpose flour
  • 1 c fresh or frozen berries
    • if using frozen, thaw them under running water
    • you can use any berry, chocolate chips, or whatever you desire in place of the blueberries
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp soda
  • 1 1/4 c orange juice
  • 1/2 c chopped pecans

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine butter and sugar in bowl.  Mix together.
  3. Add eggs and lemon rind (or juice), mix well.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine flour , salt, baking powder and soda.
  5. Add to egg mixture alternating with orange juice, mixing carefully.  At this point, if you over mix it will make the muffins tough so I suggest mixing about 3-4 times each time and then folding the entire mixture rather than stirring.
  6. In a separate bowl, dust blueberries lightly with flour.  This will keep them from sinking to the bottom.  Wherever they are when you put the batter in the muffin tin, they will stay!
  7. Fold in pecans and blueberries.
  8. Place batter into a greased muffin pan.
  9. Bake 15-20 minutes, using a toothpick to ensure they are done in the middle.
  10. Cool in pan for five minutes then move to wire rack to cool completely.

Blueberry Muffins: Simple Sweet Fabulous!Have you got any tips on muffin making to share with us?

I’d also love to hear what you do on your anniversary to make them extra special?  After 11 years, we sometimes feel like we’ve done everything to be done!  haha

Dahlia’s Breakfast Casserole

If I Speak True by Jessica BrooksDahlia Kennedy’s sixteenth birthday marks a decade of mysterious dahlias arriving and strange, lonely dreams of being in a forest. The only difference this birthday, however, is that for the first time, someone is there with her. And he’s practically from a whole other era. 

The more often Dahlia visits Rowan in his land of Ambrosia, the stronger their connection grows. But… is Ambrosia real? Is he real? What is going on between the two of them, exactly, and why does he insist that she keep it to herself? As secrets usually go, however, it’s only a matter of time before everything comes out. And when Dahlia finds out the truth of who Rowan is, who she is, and how he really feels — it’s beyond anything she could have ever imagined.

Considering the fact that Dahlia’s cooking skills revolve mainly around eggs, I thought it would be fun to share a deleted scene from If I Speak True and share one of my own favorite breakfast recipes (that very well could be eaten for dinner). This casserole is simple and easy to prepare (which Dahlia would appreciate–though I’m not sure she would do the best at cooking the sausage). I tried to find the original post that I used, but the blog has been shut down, so I’m going to give you my variation (but sadly, without a picture). But first, part of the deleted scene! J

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Being as today is Wednesday, it’s my turn to make dinner, which of course means I have made breakfast. Wednesday also means Aster is going to be pissed, because breakfast is the one thing I can make and not completely destroy, and she’s been saying for months that she is “sick and tired” of it. Not that I care—when it’s her turn she always makes Mexican even though she knows how bad it hurts my stomach. I figure, if she doesn’t care about anyone else when she cooks, then I sure as heck have just as much of a right to make eggs every Wednesday. 

…The four of us sit at the table in the kitchen, in our predictable seating arrangement: Aster next to Helen and across from Acacia, me next to Acacia, and across from Helen. Acacia and I give each other crazy eyes—whoever laughs and spits their eggs out first loses—when Helen asks how my day was. I always maneuver around this question for a bit, taking in her mood and all, before deciding what to reveal. This is less due to a lack of trust and more due to the fact that I live by the “walk carefully on the path that won’t make her flip out” rule. This time of year, early January, with my birthday and the flower and such, pretty much everything I would normally say might make her freak out and fly across the linoleum floor doing panicked somersaults.  

Plus, what happens to me is none of Aster’s business. She doesn’t care what’s happening in my life unless it’s to find a way to ruin it or put it down.

Acacia on the other hand, well… she’s different. The two of us have always been closer. She likes to joke that people with our stunted height should stick together; and I’m not ready to tell anyone about Rowan just yet, but if or when I am, she’ll be the first to know.

I stuff a big forkful of eggs into my mouth. Hmm. Probably could have used more pepper. Aster grunts, and I look over to find her face scrunched up. And Acacia about to laugh. And Helen staring. Whoops. I totally forgot to answer how my day went.

“Something’s. In my eggs.” Aster scowls. She spits a piece of shell onto her napkin and sets it on my plate. 

I act shocked. “Sorry. Why would I want it?”

Aster rolls her eyes. She pokes the shell and it sticks to her finger. “See?” She hovers it in front of Helen’s nose. “Really, Dahlia? Is it really that hard? How is it that even though you cook this every week, you still can’t do it right?

Helen wipes Aster’s finger clean and turns to Acacia. “How’s the Henderson kids?”

“Oh,” Acacia swallow, “Good thing you asked that. I’ve been meaning to tell you—I’m watching them Valentine’s Day night. I’ll have to switch dinner with someone.”

Is a miracle about to happen? I watch Aster. Will she actually grow a heart and offer to take Acacia’s place? We know what’s was going through her head—either A) she comes across as nice for once and switches, or B) faces the possibility of eating shells twice in less than seven days.

Aster slams her fist down on the table and rolls her eyes. “Fine. I’ll switch.” Then she leans over her plate and spits out a piece of eggshell.

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And now, for Breakfast Casserole!!!

You will need:

1 cup of milk

2 cups (or more) of shredded cheese (we use Colby-Jack but you can use cheddar or whatever else you feel like using)

1 can of crescent rolls

1 lb. of Jimmy Dean HOT sausage (the original recipe called for Maple flavor, so that or regular sausage is an option, too)

4 eggs

 

Directions:

1) Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

2) Roll out the crescent roll and cover entire bottom of your rectangular baking dish.

3) After cooking your sausage, drain; then pour it across the dough. Spread it out evenly.

4) In a separate mixing bowl, mix the milk and eggs.

5) Evenly pour the egg/milk mixture on top of the sausage.

6) Sprinkle cheese across the top (the thicker, the better, in my opinion).

7) Bake uncovered for about 20 minutes or until edges and center are bubbling and hot!

Thanks so much for having me, Kaycee! –J

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Jessica L. Brooks: YA author. Lover of books, coffee and all things owl-dorable.

I write about near-future dystopia (PITY ISN’T AN OPTION, Cozenage #1 out now); magical realism (IF I SPEAK TRUE, forthcoming); and love to serve virtual cookies. (Here, try one — they’re tasty!) Feel free to connect with me here on my blog or anywhere else on the interwebs by searching for my username: coffeelvnmom.

Originally posted 2014-02-05 00:01:32.

Orange Marmalade Recipe

Orange Marmalade is so delicious, who knew it could be so simple to make!

Orange Marmalade Recipe
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Originally posted 2013-06-11 06:01:31.

Dairy Free Crepes and Chunky Fruit Syrup Filling

crepe.collage

I will admit that the thought of making crepes didn’t effect me at all.  I hadn’t even heard of them…  Then Chief Zoo Keeper decided that they were too difficult for me to make…  Challenge taken!  The recipe, the process, was very easy.  If you are worried about trying them, don’t.  I swear it was easy!
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Originally posted 2013-05-16 00:01:32.

Rice Pudding Recipe from Author Vickie Hall

My book, Journey of Promise, is based on the journals of my great-great grandparents who were born in Wales in the early 1800s. I mention many of the common foods enjoyed in Wales throughout the book, so I thought I’d share one of my favorite Welsh recipes!
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Originally posted 2013-05-09 05:00:00.

Old Fashion Doughnut Recipe & Bread Machine Doughnut Recipe

Old Fashion Doughnut Recipe

Chief Zoo Keeper loves Old Fashion Doughnuts, so for his birthday I decided to make some for him.  We don’t eat unhealthy food very often, so it’s a special treat in our world.  He greatly enjoyed them and had a really good birthday!

Old Fashion Doughnuts

Ingredients:

1 cup sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2 eggs
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup milk
4 cups flour (plus a little more if dough is sticky)
oil (for frying)
cinnamon sugar

Directions:

1.  In a large bowl mix the sugar, baking powder, salt and nutmeg.
2.  Add eggs, milk and melted butter. Beat well.
Note: You can use soy milk or any other milk like substance.
3.  Add 3 cups of the flour, beating until blended. Add one more cup of flour and beat well. The dough should be soft and sticky but firm enough to handle. If you feel its necessary, add up to 1/2 cup more flour.
4.  Cover with plastic wrap and chill for *at* *least* one hour.
5.  Remove your dough from the fridge and begin heating about 1″ of oil to 360F in a large metal skillet.
6.  Working half the dough at a time, roll it out on a floured surface to about 1/2″ thickness. Cut out circles using a doughnut cutter or large biscuit or cookie cutter. For the center, I actually use the lid of a spice bottle to cut the holes.

Cutting Old Fashion Doughnuts

7.  Gently drop the doughnuts in batches into the hot oil.  You’ll want the temp at 350 so that they cook through but don’t burn. Flip them over as they puff and turn them a couple more times as they cook. They will take about 2-3 minutes in total and will be lovely and golden brown all over.  We used our wok to fry in, as it has a good bit of space for the oil and leaves room for flipping! Note: don not use a non-stick anything to fry in!

Frying Old Fashion Doughnuts

8.  Remove from the oil and set them on paper towels or brown paper bag (that removes all the fat, you know)

This recipe was adjusted from this one!
Bread Machine Doughnuts

Originally posted 2013-05-06 05:00:00.

Friday 5: Freeze Ahead Breakfasts For School

5 Make Ahead BreakfastsHey Eveyone!!!  Ready for the weekend!!!  I know I sure am!!!  Monkey is so excited about school starting Monday that she is going nuts!  She is trying to drive me nuts!  So, tonight we are making some freeze ahead breakfast stuff that she can heat and eat before school.  We have made them in the past and they worked out well, except that we tend to do one at a time and burn out on them before they are gone.  To remedy this issue, we are doing a variety.  Smart thinking!  So, here is your Friday Five of Freeze Ahead Breakfasts you can make for the kids or adults to have before it’s off to the daily grind!!!

So: Weekend Agenda:  Make Ahead Breakfasts Baby!!!

Then all ya gotta do is stick em in the fridge the night before and you’ve got breakfast!  Heat and eat the healthier way!!!

These are great because you can put anything you want in them!  You can even slip in some veggies and the kids will love them still!!!

Oh, come on, you know you love those little expensive things!  Now you can make them at home, fraction of the cost and way less fat (should you choose, of course!)

 

 Either.  Both.  Doesn’t matter.  The great thing is you can add in chocolate chips, berries, nuts, whatever you like!!!  Plus, these don’t have to be thawed, just pop em in the toaster!  (or toaster oven)

 

To make the recipe I have and freeze, just pull it apart after it’s cooked and freeze individual servings!  Yummy!  Wrap the servings in plastic wrap after they’ve cooled and you are good to go!

 

5.  Muffins
Any kind!!!  Healthy or not!  You can even make mini muffins for the little guys!  They are great because the kids don’t even have to heat them!  Just thaw them overnight on the counter (it won’t hurt, but you can thaw them in the fridge too) and enjoy!

What’s your Monkeys favorite breakfast???

Originally posted 2012-08-17 05:00:00.

Crispy Baked French Toast

Ingredients:
3 large eggs
1 1/4 cups milk
3/4 tsp sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 c plain bread crumbs
8 slices dry white bread
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup vegetable oil
butter
syrup of choice

Directions:
Beat eggs, milk, sugar, and vanilla in shallow bowl until well blended.  
Place bread crumbs in shallow dish.  
Dip bread in egg mixture, then coat with bread crumbs.  
Place on large wire rack.
Add butter and oil into pan, place pan in 400 degree oven for 1-2 minutes until butter melts.  
Remove pan from oven.
Place bread slices into pan, in single layer, turning over once to coat both sides of bread slices with butter mixture.  
Return to oven and bake 15 minutes.  Turn bread slices over and bake 10 minutes, or until golden brown.
Serve with butter and maple syrup.
  

Originally posted 2012-07-20 05:00:00.

Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Ingredients:
4 tbsp (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
1 c milk
1 1/4 c flour
1 tbsp sugar
4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
2 eggs
6 oz semisweet chocolate chips
butter, for cooking

1. In a small saucepan, combine the butter and milk. Place over low heat just until warm and the butter is melted. Let cool slightly.
2. In a bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt; mix well. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs with a fork. Whisk in the milk mixture. Add the dry ingredients and mix just until barely blended.
3. Add the chocolate chips and mix.
4. Heat a griddle or large skillet over medium heat.
5. Add about 1 teaspoon of butter and melt until bubbly. Ladle 3 tablespoons of batter for each pancake onto the hot surface and cook until bubbly on the top and golden brown on the bottom.
6. Turn and cook until golden brown on the other side, about 30 seconds more. Repeat until all the batter is used up. Serve hot.

I am looking for a great, simple, homemade syrup recipe.  Any suggestions????

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Originally posted 2012-02-12 03:15:00.

Chocolate Gravy


When I was a little girl, I stayed with my Great-Granparents a LOT. They kept me while my Mom and Dad worked, and pretty much all the time as I was my Granny’s girl. I have many great memories with them, my Granny taught me lots of things. I remember sitting at her kitchen table with her in ‘my’ seat as she taught me how to color in the lines in my coloring books. Down the little hill in front of their house is a well house, I got in trouble for climbing on the roof, and a stream that went under the road and into the creek. Granny would give me a pie pan and I would go down and make mud pies. Then I’d take them up to the house and tell her I had a pie for her. She would take it and put it in the oven to ‘bake’ for me. She baked her pies, so mine had to be baked too!!! LOL. I also remember sitting on the porch snapping green beans with her in the summer time.
So many fond memories, I could go on forever about them! One of my favorite things she made was chocolate gravy. On weekend mornings, my Grandpa would get up SUPER early and begin making homemade sourdough biscuits and Granny would make me chocolate gravy. That was the best breakfast ever, equaled only by my Pa-pa’s graham cracker breakfast (which I’ll do a post about another time!). I asked my Nani, which is their daughter, how the recipe came about and she said all she knew was it was passed down from generation to generation. I make chocolate gravy for my Monkey every once in a while, but it is a treat that I treasure so I only make it every once in a while. It always brings back all of the memories of sitting at the table with Granny and Grandpa. We would sit down, hold hands, and Grandpa would pray that God bless our meal.
I’ve noticed there are lots of similar recipes online about chocolate gravy, but I decided to post my Granny’s recipe. Mainly as a tribute to the woman who taught me so much about love, marriage, grace, mercy, and helping others. My Granny was a great woman and I’ll always remember her example. She never had a cross word, hated when people yelled and argued, and loved with all she was. She and Grandpa have went to be with Jesus, and I know they are happier there, but I look forward to the re-union we sang about so many times as I sat beside her in church.
Okay, before I start getting all sappy and crying, here is the recipe!
Flour
2 cups Milk (Silk works great in this one!)
2 cups Sugar
2-3 tbsp Unsweetened Coa-Coa
Cooked Biscuits!
Pour milk in a small pot, add sugar and coa-coa. Stir constantly. After it begins to get hot, slowly begin adding flour in increments of 1 tbsp each time. When it reaches desired thickness, remove from heat. Pour over biscuits. Personally, I like my biscuits all tore up so that I can dig in, but that’s just my preference!!!
If anyone has a good sourdough recipe, I would be thrilled to have it!!! My Grandpa always made sourdough biscuits with the gravy, and nothing can match that taste!!!

Originally posted 2011-08-28 11:00:00.