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The Swing of Things – Breakfast Blueberry Muffins and Moming

I went back to work full time after New Year, and all my hopes for keeping up with this blog have been dashed.  To all of you bloggers out there who are parents and have full time jobs and still manage to post regularly, I salute you! I have no idea how you do it – my day consists of working, nursing, and getting all the housework done after the baby goes to bed.  Where the blog fits, I have no idea.  For that matter, where cooking fits is a bit of a mystery as well.

Tonight after bedtime, I decided it was high time to resuscitate one of my favorite recipes – Whole Grain Blueberry Muffins, which are healthy enough that they can be considered a legitimate breakfast food, and which a friend recently pointed out also contain flax and oatmeal, both of which helps with milk production (TMI for you non-moms out there, right?).  My other favorite blueberry muffin recipe can’t pass for anything other than dessert, and doesn’t help with nursing, so it’ll have to wait for another day – and I have to applaud my own fortitude on that front, because I found that recipe first while digging for this one, and talked myself out of it.

These muffins are ridiculously easy, especially since I discovered that I’d already ground a bunch of oats, so I didn’t even use the food processor this time.  I just mixed all the flours, blended the dries, whisked the wets, combined, folded in the blueberries, and baked.  As easy as muffins!  They’re sitting on my stove now, cooling from the oven, and they smell delicious. Almost delicious enough to make me excited about tomorrow morning – but no, I’d still rather stay in bed (which, needless to say, is no longer an option either now that I have a 4 month old).

What are your favorite week-day breakfast foods? How do you get through the work week morning routine?

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Gooey Cinnamon Squares – Smitten Kitchen

It’s another Smitten Kitchen post!  Huzzah! It’s been a weird year, so I haven’t gotten to nearly as many of my planned recipes as I had intended, but I think I’m headed back into it.  Honestly, though, I made these months ago and just never got around to sharing them with you.

The name is really fitting on these – they are the gooeyest things I think I’ve ever baked.  And since I spent several years inventing my own recipe-less cooking projects, that’s saying something.  They don’t look that gooey in the pictures, but trust me – it’s alllll goo.

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Cupcake Friday: Pumpkin Mocha Cupcakes – LivingWithPurple Edition

This is a red letter blog post. It’s the first time I’ve turned a Cupcake Friday cupcake into a LivingWithPurple Edition! Huzzah! I’ll confess that the photos on Jamie’s blog are prettier, but I’d challenge her to prove that her cupcakes were tastier! These turned out amazingly well – we ate most of them at the Super Bowl party, and the rest were demolished the next day at work.

[Note: I did discover that while pumpkin coffee makes these amazing cupcakes, it does not make amazing coffee. So I’m hoarding the rest of the beans for when I have another pumpkin coffee recipe I’m enthralled with.] (more…)


Most Excellent Pot Pies

In honor of the first day of Spring, I’m posting a recipe for a classic fall dish. Figures…

This was meant to be a collaborative post with Alimonkee, but sadly I wasn’t able to get the pictures put together in time. So I think we’re both going to be posting our own versions of the same cooking event. (And by “going to” I mean that Alice posted hers *months* ago, and I never finished my draft until now.) Also, due to some mishaps with lighting and trying to use a camera-phone, less of the documentation turned out well than I’d hoped, so the pictures are a little different.

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Cupcake Friday: Halloweeny Pumpkin Cupcakes with Pumpkin-Cinnamon Icing

Happy Friday everybody. :)  Turns out I never posted my Halloween cupcakes post, and how better to celebrate the coming weekend?  So here they are!  Halloweeny pumpkin cupcakes with pumpkin-cinnamon cream cheese icing!

Inspired by Katie, created by Miz Purple, iced and eaten by Helper Hubby.

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It’s never the wrong time to make cupcakes, but cupcakes in the fall get high marks, especially if they’re pumpkin.   (more…)


Election Crêpes!

Do not be fooled by their ordinary appearance.  These are not everyday crepes.  These are…

Dun dun dun…

Election Crêpes!


Otherwise previously known as Thanksgiving Crêpes.  (And that’s where you can find the recipe, in case you were wondering.)

May also be used for any special occasion.  Or just for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert.

Yum.


Honey Challah Rolls (for ham)

Calin loves ham rolls. Mostly he loves ham, but he does usually want to eat it on something, and ham rolls are the ideal.  At the grocery store this weekend, I bought a rotisserie chicken that came with a free 4-pack of hawaiian rolls.  I generally consider hawaiian rolls the best possible (store-bought) roll for ham rolls, and we happened to have some leftover Virginia ham from Yoder’s Country Market (best ham ever for ham roll purposes).  It was all a set-up.

Hubby decided one stormy morning that what he wanted for dinner that night was ham rolls.  But the hawaiian rolls were only a 4-pack, like I said, and they’re small enough that that’s not really enough for dinner.  So I said I’d make rolls, and we could have home-made ham rolls to supplement the hawaiian rolls.  I underestimated the appeal of fresh-from-the-oven rolls, clearly.  The hawaiian rolls are still sitting in their package on the counter, and these honey challah rolls are gone.

They were almost gone instantly, actually.  I made us stop while there were still enough left to pack some for lunch the next day.  It was an intervention.

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