Apple Cinnamon Mini Muffins

Make these this weekend! We picked a ton of honeycrisp and McIntosh apples (whatever that big bag is…a bushel, a peck?) and needed to use them up! This recipe takes fresh apples and cooks them down so you can pack the muffin batter with a lot of apples. I have been serving 2 or 3 mini muffins per kiddo for breakfast and they love them! I store them in an airtight container for a few days, and if they last longer than that, put them in the fridge and either microwave for just 15 seconds or toast them up to bring them back to perfection. Also, feel free to use the apple saute method to have a generous helping of those around. Freshly sauteed apples make a great side dish with pancakes, pork, chicken, really just about anything.

Apple Cinnamon Mini-Muffins

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Spice Cake

Though I want to believe that spring is on its way and the snow and ice will soon be distant memories…so far, no dice. The good news is, you are still totally appropriate if you want to bake up this simple and amazing cake just to warm up your house and fill it with the smells of gingerbread. When you curl up with a slice of this and a cold glass of milk, spring can wait for just one more day…

Spice Cake

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Pizza Dough and Zucchini Tapenade Pizza

My family can’t seem to get enough pizza these days! And while we do order our fair share of it (Thank you, Domino’s!), we also love to make our own and have fun with the toppings. We have made black bean-cheddar-lime chicken and tortilla chip pizza, goat cheese- slivered potato-red onion and thyme pizza, and the latest fun one is zucchini-olive tapenade pizza. The fresh, light flavor of the zucchini is the perfect match for the briny, salty olives in the tapenade. If that pizza doesn’t appeal to you, this dough works well for anything you’d like to place atop your pie, and it is so easy, you just toss things in a bowl. So make like a Ninja Turtle and enjoy pizza time! (Shout out to Dylan, Happy 5th Birthday Mr. Charming!)

Olive Oil Pizza Dough & Zucchini Olive Pizza

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Easy (Like Sunday Morning) Pancakes

One of my favorite things to do for my fellas is to make pancakes on either Saturday or Sunday morning. I love the sweet smell wafting through the house, watching lots of snow fall outside, and knowing that we’re all in no rush to go anywhere. I cut up a nice big bowl of fruit for everyone to help themselves (usually strawberries, bananas and blueberries), and save the leftover pancakes in a single layer on a plate wrapped in plastic in the fridge for making the best peanut butter and jam “stackers” later that day or week. For the stackers, just take as many pancakes as you’d like, top them with your favorite pb and jam, stack them up and microwave for about 20 seconds. This snack needs a knife and fork, but it’s salty-sweet-amazing! I think you’ll really enjoy this simple recipe for your own fluffy pancakes every time. 

Get the syrup!

Get the syrup!

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Banana Streusel Bread

Banana bread was one of the first things I ever baked when I was little. My mom bought me a set of Sesame Street books, and the second volume, for the letter B naturally, included a recipe for “Big Bird’s Banana Bread.” I was thrilled for the chance to mix things up and bake something in the oven, and thankfully my family supported the endeavor and loved the bread! Now I make this different version of banana bread, as Ina Garten would say…it’s with the volume turned up. This one is straight from mom. The streusel on top is crunchy and sweet, and the bread itself is moist but not too dense, so the pieces just tend to disappear! You can also make this into muffins, I have done that before and may even like that better.

This bread will be a hit in your house. Adorable child not included.

This bread will be a hit in your house. Adorable child not included.

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Squash Biscuits

These biscuits disappear as soon as you put the basket down on the table, so you may want to consider making a double batch for Thanksgiving dinner! My mom had made them for years, and one Thanksgiving I asked her how she did it. She handed me a tiny Bisquick recipe booklet from 1977 and said, “Here babe, I know it by heart at this point.”  Some recipes just hold up well over the years, what can I say? The little booklet isn’t in bad shape either, maybe I should try the other recipes in it and see…

The great disappearing biscuits.

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Our Tea Party

On the heels of our election yesterday, I feel compelled to say that this is a 100% non-political tea party blog post! Simply a coincidence because my British Nanna and Aunt Gloria visited a few weeks ago and our tea party was so much fun I had to tell you all about it so you can have your own someday.

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Pumpkin Raisin Bread

This marks my first sweet recipe on the blog! Those who know me know I am ten times more likely to reach for a bag of tortilla chips than for a cookie, but the more years I am married to Mike, the more I find myself loving desserts too. Thanks, hun! We received two sugar pumpkins from our farm this year, and I roasted and pureed one of them to make this bread. But canned pumpkin (not pie filling) works perfectly too. The sweet scent of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger will waft through your whole house while it’s baking, and it is just as good toasted (with a little butter, I know…I’m bad!) for breakfast as it is for dessert with a cold glass of milk. And it’s so simple to make, my kind of dessert. Omit the raisins or add nuts, it’s up to you. My little guy, Cole, only accepts bites with raisins…he takes after my mom.

So difficult to let it cool before slicing into it.

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