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Blueberry Bliss Muffins

Blueberry Bliss Muffins

Today, as my husband and I did our normal Saturday routine, which includes going to our favorite farmer’s market, our eyes were drawn to the fresh blueberries in front of us. We simply had to get a bunch of them and once home, I couldn’t resist doing a little baking today.

Of course, the first thing that came to mind was Blueberry Muffins!!! I wanted to share this recipe with all of you just in case you have time to bake over this holiday weekend. πŸ™‚ Of course, a word of caution, my husband has already devoured four of them, so you may have hide them from the ones you love!!! 🀣🀣🀣

Ingredients

1/2 Cup of Butter, Salted

1 1/4 Cup of Sugar

2 Cups of Flour

2 Eggs

2 Teaspoons of Baking Powder

1/2 Cup of Almond Coconut Milk

2 Cups of Fresh Blueberries (Set aside a half a cup of blueberries)

Instructions

1. Pre-heat oven to 400 Degrees.

2. In your mixing bowl, cream butter and then add sugar. Mix at low speed.

3. Add eggs and mix them in.

4. Add flour, baking powder and then almond milk and mix ingredients.

5. Take 1/2 cup of blueberries and mash them with a fork. Fold them in along with the remaining blueberries.

6. Bake for 25-30 minutes.

7. Once out of the oven, sprinkle a little sugar on top if the muffins if want!!

I hope you enjoy these!!!!!

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Ninja Foodie – Tuna, Mac & Cheese

It’s another chilly night and one of the first things I think of is comfort food!!! Now we love to use our Ninja Foodie to make quick and simple meals and so I decided to share one of my recipes with you – Tuna, Mac and Cheese!!

Ingredients and Instructions

1. Put in the Ninja Foodie 1 box of elbow pasta and 4 cups of water

2. Stir

3. Set High Pressure for 4 minutes.

4. Natural release for a few minutes.

5. Then quick release.

6. Add some cheese – I used mozzarella and a little bit of cheddar.

7. Add 2 tablespoons of butter. Then add almond milk, a little black pepper.

8. Stir – add more almond milk if needed.

9. Add tuna fish and stir.

10. Then sprinkle mozzarella cheese, cheddar cheese and bread crumbs.

11. Set on Air Crisp to 390 degrees for 5 minutes.

Enjoy!!!! πŸ™‚

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The Joys of Fall – Apple Crisp Recipe

Homemade Apple Crisp

Finally, it’s beginning to feel like fall!!! The air is crisp, our Crape Myrtles are starting to lose their leaves and the Farmer’s Markets are closing for the season. One of my favorite things during this time of year is the phenomenal smell of baked apples in the oven!! The other night, I made a Homemade Apple Crisp using Cortland Apples!!! It was so good that I wanted to share my recipe with you.

Prepping the Apples

Ingredients

4 Medium Cooking Apples – I use Cortland Apples, but you can use whatever tart apple you like.

3/4 Cup Brown Sugar

1/2 Cup Flour

1/2 Cup Old Fashion Oats

1/3 Cup Butter – Softened

3/4 Teaspoon of Nutmeg

3/4 Teaspoon of Cinnamon

Instructions

1. Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees. While the oven is pre-heating, use Baking Pam or Butter to grease your pan. I use my 11 Γ— 7 inch Pyrex baking pan for this recipe.

2. Cut your apples and spread them around in your pan.

3. Mix the rest of the ingredients in a bowl and sprinkle them over your apples.

4. Bake for 30 minutes.

Apple Crisp is Done

I hope that you enjoy this recipe!!!

Here’s to making the best out of your fall!! πŸ‚πŸŽπŸ‚

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Pumpkin Pancakes πŸ₯ž

One of my favorite Fall Recipes is Pumpkin Pancakes. I think it’s because there is something about pancakes that just makes people happy. Maybe it’s the taste of the pancakes or the wonderful scent of maple syrup in the kitchen. Whatever the reason why so many people love pancakes, I wanted to share my recipe and hope that you love it as much as me and my husband do!!!

1. Whisk together:

1 1/4 cups flour;

2 tablespoons sugar;

2 teaspoons baking powder;

1/2 teaspoon each cinnamon, ground ginger, and salt;

1/8 teaspoon nutmeg; and a pinch of ground cloves.

2. In a different bowl, stir together 1 cup almond milk, 6 tablespoons canned pumpkin puree, 2 tablespoons melted butter, and 1 egg;

3. Fold mixture into dry ingredients;

4. Spray skillet with a non-stick spray. Pour in 1/4 cup batter for each pancake. Cook pancakes about 3 minutes per side. Makes 8 to 10 pancakes.

Enjoy!!!

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Pumpkin Cake πŸ‚

Wishing everyone a Happy Friday!! In my last post, I wrote about the Health Benefits of Pumpkin. But let’s be serious, we all have a sweet tooth!!! Below is my recipe for Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Icing. Now I am particular about icing and this recipe is one that I absolutely love. Note – if you have someone in your life that loves baked goods, you may have to hide this cake or it will be gone in an instant.


INGREDIENTS

β€’ 2 cups all-purpose flour


β€’ 2 cups sugar

β€’ 2 teaspoons baking powder

β€’ 1 teaspoon baking soda

β€’ 1 teaspoon cinnamon

β€’ 1 teaspoon nutmeg

β€’ 1/2 teaspoon salt

β€’ 1/2 teaspoon cloves

β€’ 1 cup oil

β€’ 2 cups pumpkin

β€’ 4 eggs

FROSTING

β€’ 2 cups powdered sugar

β€’ 1/3 cup butter, softened

β€’ 1 (3-oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened

β€’ 1 tablespoon almond milk

β€’ 1 teaspoon vanilla

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Heat oven to 350Β°F. Grease a 13 x 8 inch baking pan. In large bowl, combine all the ingredients; beat at low speed until moistened. Beat 2 minutes at medium speed. Pour into greased pan.

2. Bake at 350Β°F. for 25 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 45 minutes or until completely cooled. (NOTE: In large glass pyrex baking pan it takes me 43 minutes to bake.)

3. In small bowl, combine all frosting ingredients; beat until smooth. Spread over the cake once it’s cooled. Store in refrigerator.

Hope you enjoy this recipe!

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Soups On – Escarole Soup

One of my favorite things to cook is homemade soup. I guess for me it is comfort food – perfect for a chilly or rainy night & simple to make. It is one of my favorite recipes and I love making it for my husband.  Now I have a tendency to make up my own recipes and this is one of them. So, as I share my version of escarole soup with you, please understand that I use a little dash of this and a little dash of that….lol.  πŸ˜ƒ


Ingredients:

One head of escarole

 1 onion

1 clove of garlic  

1 bag of tortellini

1 package of Italian sweet sausage (about 5 links of Italian sausage) 

2-3 boxes of chicken stock 

Olive oil, ground garlic, black pepper and red pepper, Italian Seasoning

Directions: 

1. In a large soup pot, pour some olive oil into the pot. Dice up one onion and garlic and put it in with the olive oil. SautΓ©e at low heat. 

2. While onion and garlic are sautΓ©ing, cut escarole into pieces. Put into the soup pot with  sautΓ©ed garlic and onion and stir. The escarole will cook down. 

3. Once cook down, add your 2-3 boxes of chicken stock. Cut your Italian sausage into small bite size pieces. Put the diced sausage and pour one bag of tortellini into the chicken stock. 

4. Put on medium heat and add seasonings (garlic powder, black pepper, red pepper, Italian Seasoning) to your soup. Now I just add my seasonings and go by taste. 

5. Cook soup on low to medium heat for approximately 45 – 1 hour. 

6. Ladle into soup bowls and sprinkle a little Parmesan cheese on the top!! 

πŸ‚ Enjoy!!! 🍁