Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal Muffins

Last week, the kids were home due to snow and extreme cold temperature. Of course they needed something to snack on, so I whipped up a batch of these delicious and easy muffins.

My daughter told me that they were her favorite muffins I’ve ever made. Wow! She’s been quite picky lately and I was happy to hear that. These muffins remind me of a bowl of hot oatmeal. I preferred to eat them warm with a smear of butter. Yum!!

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Beef Ragu over Papparedelle

We’re coming out of the Polar Vortex and I’m so glad I made this dish earlier in the week. It was the perfect thing for leftovers. I also love that it’s made in a slow cooker … throw it all into one pot and let it do it’s thing while cooking. All this cold weather is making me want to hunker down and eat comfort foods, and this sure hit the spot!

One of my kids loved it and other was “meh” on it. Those were her words…LOL! She’s been quite picky and outspoken lately. I guess that’s what happens when she’s almost 12. If you have any tips on how to deal with preteen and teenage girls, please send them my way. I don’t know if I’m going to make it with all the attitude and sass. I hope when my son gets to the be this age, he continues to be a sweet angel.

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Instant Pot Sweet Soy Chicken Thighs

Chicken thighs can be boring at times, but when you cook them in a sweet soy sauce, it makes them phenomenal! This recipe was quick and easy to make. I skipped the step of browning the skin before throwing everything into the Instant Pot, but it turned out great!

In about 30 minutes, I had a delicious dinner and enough for leftovers. The sauce is sweet, salty and a little sticky. I served the chicken with noodles and a side of green beans. My husband and I both loved this recipe, my kids weren’t 100% in love with it … but they ate it. Recently, they both have been complaining that everything is “chewy.” Oh the joys of being a parent!

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Stove-top Hot Chocolate

It’s cold … freezing cold here in PA. Below zero wind chills. I want to crawl back into bed, wrap myself in blankets, snuggle with my dog and watch Lifetime movies all day. But alas, as a Mom, my job is never done and there’s no time for relaxing when my kids are off school.

Speaking of my kids, they’re constantly asking for hot chocolate. So, I decided to whip them up a special treat – homemade hot chocolate! I can’t drink it with my sensitivity to dairy, but they both loved it … so did my husband. It’s so easy to make, I’m not sure why I have never done it before! I don’t think I’ll be able to pass hot chocolate made from powder past them anymore.

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Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Mushrooms

I love mushrooms especially ones that stuffed! This past weekend, I bought a pack of large mushrooms from Costco and was planning to make a sausage stuffed version, but stumbled on this recipe for a take on jalapeno poppers.

They are super easy to make and only take a few ingredients. I luckily had everything in my fridge to make them except for a jalapeno. I love when I have the majority of ingredients to make a recipe in my fridge and pantry.

These were creamy and delicious. The jalapeno brought the perfect amount of heat and the mushrooms held up to the heaping of stuffing. This recipe makes 6 large button mushrooms, but can easily be doubled or tripled if you want them for a party.

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Baked Sour Cream Donuts

Donuts are one of my favorite things to indulge in and its been a while since I made a batch. What I love about making donuts at home is that most recipes make only 6 and they’re easy to customize.

These sour cream donuts are light and fluffy. Nothing like a traditional cake donut. They had a hint of tartness from the sour cream and had the perfect amount of sweetness from the glaze. In less than 30 minutes, you can easily whip up a batch of these donuts.

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Peanut Butter Scones

I was in the mood to do some baking this past weekend and whipped together a batch of peanut butter scones. This recipe is slightly different from some of the other recipes I’ve used for scones, but it was just as good!

The texture of these scones are much more moist than other scones I’ve made. It’s almost like a combination of peanut butter cookie and scone. I like to warm them in the microwave slightly and spread a smear of extra peanut butter on them. I might try add peanut butter chips to the batter next time – for a little more of a decadent treat!

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Vegan Cranberry Apple Chickpea Salad

I’m excited to share this new recipe with all of you! Today I’m going vegan for the day as part of a group of bloggers participating in #Veganuary. A vegan recipe is something that is made with no animal products – which includes meat/fish, dairy, and eggs.

I was a little out of my comfort zone as I do a lot of my cooking and baking with meat, dairy and eggs … but getting outside of your comfort zone every once in a while is good. I recently completed a food sensitivity test, which confirmed that I have issues with dairy. It also revealed that I may have a high sensitivity to lentils, which made it a slightly more difficult to decide on a recipe. Everything that I wanted to try had lentils, so instead of having an upset stomach, I decided to go with a recipe that made with chickpeas. I am so happy I decided to give this chickpea salad recipe a try. It was amazing! I had to go to a couple of grocery stores to find plain non-dairy yogurt. The one I frequent only had fruit and vanilla flavored ones.

I loved the crunch the celery and apples gave it. The dressing was tangy and creamy. The sweetness from the cranberries was just perfect. I served it on whole wheat pita, but you could easily swap it out for bread or just on a bed of lettuce.

I’m looking forward to seeing all the other recipes being shared today! Check them out below.

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Cranberry Pecan Cake

Happy New Year!! I can’t believe 2019 is here…where did 2018 go? I took a little bit of a blogging break the last couple months, but like everything, I’m ready to get back to a regular schedule of posting new recipes, working out, reading and focusing on slowing down.

I’m part of several mom groups on Facebook and when a request came out for donations to our local Fire Company for their Holiday Appreciation dinner, I knew I wanted to make them something. While we have never needed their service, they have done so much for our community and are always there…so needless to say, it was the least I could do. I did a little scouring of my Pinterest boards and discovered this recipe for cranberry pecan cake. It looked pretty easy to make in between everything else I had going on and whipped it together in time for their dinner. It smelled amazing, that I had to make another one for my Christmas dinner at my in-laws. It tasted just as amazing as it smelled!

It’s a moist cake spotted with tart pieces of cranberries, crunchy pecan bits and topped with a perfectly sweet cream cheese frosting hinted with orange and more pecans. You can’t go wrong with this cake!


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Peppermint Patties

I’m excited I was able to participate in this month’s Fantastical Food Fight! The theme was candy and it’s something that I usually don’t make, so I knew I would be stepping outside of my comfort zone with this recipe. I took time to really think about what I wanted to try and I kept coming across recipes for fudge and hard candy. I’ve made fudge before so I knew I could handle that and I wasn’t ready to experiment with hard candy, so more searching. I found a few recipes for peppermint patties and decided to go for it. Oh boy, am I glad I did! These are delicious!

I thought it would be pretty straight forward to make – which they were until I started to cover them in dark chocolate. I had some that melted while trying to coat them so they went back into the freezer to hard more. Then my dipping fork broke on the next batch, but I finally figured out a good technique to get them all coated. I wasn’t going to give up!


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