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Wheat Berry Muffins

Cupcake loves to read and she loves to bake.  She gets super excited when her books come with recipes.  And her new book, Little Red Riding Hood, had a recipe in it so of course we had to give it a try!  But first we had to pick up some blueberries!

Wheat Berry Muffins #baking #recipe #breakfastSo on a lazy Sunday morning, after a trip to the grocery store  we whipped up a batch of these wheat berry muffins.

Baking Wheat Berry MuffinsI have two helpers in the kitchen these days.  I guess I need to make Pumpkin an apron and chef’s hat, too. 

Baking wheat berry muffinsPumpkin mixed the dry ingredients.

Baking wheat berry muffinsCupcake was in charge of the wet ingredients and the muffin liners.  We went with blue for blueberries. 

I took care of folding in the blueberries as the batter is very thick!  I scooped the batter into the liners and popped them in the oven.  And then Cupcake asked every 2 minutes if it was time for a “test taste.”

Wheat Berry Muffins #baking #recipe #breakfastThey were worth the wait because these muffins are so good!   They’re very dense, a little sweet and a lot of blueberry deliciousness.  The girls have already asked when we can make them again.

Wheat Berry Muffins
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  1. 2 eggs
  2. 1/2 cup melted butter
  3. 1 cup sugar
  4. 1/2 tsp almond extract
  5. 1 cup wheat flour
  6. 1 cup all purpose flour
  7. 1 tsp baking powder
  8. 1/2 tsp salt
  9. 1 cup blueberries
  10. 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a muffin tin with paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl mix together the eggs, butter, sugar and almond extract.
  3. In a medium bowl mix together the flours, baking powder and salt.
  4. Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and stir just until combined.
  5. Fold in the blueberries and sunflower seeds (batter will be thick).
  6. Evenly divide the batter between the 12 muffin tin liners and bake for 20-25 minutes.
Adapted from Little Red Riding Hood (A Newfangled Prairie Tale)
Adapted from Little Red Riding Hood (A Newfangled Prairie Tale)
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Wheat Berry Muffins #baking #recipe #breakfast

 I suspect we’ll make another batch of these really soon!  They’re great to have on hand for a quick weekday breakfast!


Mint Chocolate Chip Meringue Cookies

Top o’ the morning to ya!!!  Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  I don’t have any classic Irish recipes to share with you today, but I do have a fun green one for you!  Mint Chocolate Chip Meringue Cookies!

Mint Chocolate Chip Meringue Cookies #baking #recipe #dessertCupcake and Pumpkin had fun helping me whip up a batch of these yesterday.  They took turns adding in the ingredients.  The kitchen is getting crowded these days since both girls want to help! 

These are super simple to make and don’t require a lot of ingredients.  I would recommend using a gel food coloring as opposed to a liquid one and add a good bit of it if you want brighter colors as the meringues will brown a bit when they’re baked. 

Mint Chocolate Chip Meringue Cookies
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  1. 2 large egg whites, room temperature
  2. 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  3. 1/2 cup sugar
  4. 1/8-1/4 tsp peppermint extract
  5. 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  6. green food coloring gel
  1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer, beat the egg whites for 30 seconds until foamy.
  3. Add cream of tartar and continue to beat for 2 minutes until soft peaks form.
  4. Gradually add sugar while continuing to beat on high speed. Continue beating for 3-4 minutes until sugar is dissolved and stiff peaks form.
  5. Add peppermint extract, chocolate chips and food coloring and gently fold into the egg whites.
  6. Line a baking sheet with a Silpat or parchment.
  7. Add egg whites to a icing bag and cut the corner large enough for the egg whites and chocolate chips to flow out.
  8. Pipe into mounds about 1 1/2 in diameter.
  9. Bake for 1 hour, until meringues are dry. Turn oven off and prop open the oven door and allow meringues to rest in the oven for 30-60 minutes.
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Panera’s Mac and Cheese

Hey, everyone! Did you have a nice weekend? Did you get some gorgeous weather? It rained Friday and Saturday, shortening our trip to the zoo and postponing my long to Sunday. But Sunday was gorgeous! I started on a DIY project out in the garage and started cleaning out flower beds. I could get used to the springlike weather!! I hope it’s here to stay!

 Speaking of sticking around….the recipe for Panera’s mac & cheese used to be on their website, but they’ve since taken in down. Why? I don’t know. But luckily I jotted it down before it disappeared! And now I’m going to share it with you!
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Rainbow Gooey Treats

Cupcake is looking forward to St. Patrick’s Day.  They have a fun leprechaun hunting event at school that she’s super excited about.  In the meantime we had some pre-St. Patty’s Day fun by making Rainbow Gooey Treats!Rainbow Gooey Treats #dessert #recipe #nobake #stpatricksday

These are so good!  They’re just like a Rice Krispie Treat but instead of Rice Krispy cereal use Trix!  Although these are extra gooey, which I think makes them that much better!  Hey, does anyone remember when Trix were in the shape of fruit? 

Rainbow Gooey Treats #dessert #recipe #nobake #stpatricksdayI love no bake desserts like this because Chef Cupcake gets to be very hands on!  She loves to pour and stir and mix and lick the spatula when we’re done!  Though she has no patience to wait for the finished product to cool before she wants to dig in.  #4yearoldproblems

Rainbow Gooey Treats #dessert #recipe #nobake #stpatricksdayThese didn’t last long in this house!  We couldn’t resist the gooey marshmallow!  And they’re so colorful and fun!  Perfect for a St. Patty’s Day celebration with the kids.

Rainbow Gooey Treats
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  1. 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  2. 6 cups mini marshmallows
  3. 6 cups Trix cereal
  1. Spray a 9"x13" baking dish with oil and set aside. In a large pot melt the butter over medium-low heat. Add the marshmallows and stir until the marshmallows are almost melted. Remove from heat and add in the cereal and stir just until combined. Transfer the marshmallow/cereal mixture to the baking dish and gently press down. Allow to cool then cut into squares and serve.
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Hawaiian Smoked Sausage

Show of hands.  Who got more snow this weekend?  *raises hand*  The kids were in snowman building heaven!  It was good packing snow!  Although Pumpkin only goes outside so she can request to come back in and have some cocoa. Cupcake on the other hand LOVES the snow!  She could play outside all day!

Another thing Cupcake likes is bell peppers, so I try to incorporate them into meals when I can.  I have to toss in the veggies she likes any chance I get.  That’s one of the great things about this Hawaiian Smoked Sausage!  It’s a delicious meal, with bell peppers!  And onions, tomatoes, pineapple and a delicious sauce!

Hawaiian Smoked Sausage #dinner #recipe And sometimes I really like meals that don’t require a separate side dish!  Maybe I’m lazy?  Nah, let’s call it efficient!  I love the savory sausage combined with the sweet sauce.  And it makes great leftovers, too!  And the kids eat it! 

Hawaiian Smoked Sausage
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  1. 3 tablespoons canola oil
  2. 1 medium green pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
  3. 1 medium onion, diced
  4. 1 (14 oz) can diced tomatoes, drained
  5. 1 lb smoked sausage, sliced into 1/2-inch pieces
  6. 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  7. 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  8. 1 tablespoon vinegar
  9. 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  10. 1/2 cup apricot preserves (or orange marmalade)
  11. 2 cups fresh pineapple chunks, or canned pineapple chunks, drained
  1. Add canola oil to a large skillet and heat over medium heat. Add sausage, green pepper, onion and tomatoes and cook for 5 to 10 minutes, until sausage is heated through and vegetables begin to soften.
  2. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch, ginger, vinegar, soy sauce and apricot preserves. Add to skillet and cook until sauce begins to thicken.
  3. Add pineapple chunks. Reduce heat to low and cook until pineapple is heated through. Serve over cooked rice.
Adapted from Smucker's
Adapted from Smucker's
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 Hawaiian Smoked Sausage #dinner #recipe

Which do you prefer: main dish + side dish(es) or everything mixed in one bowl?