My Favorite Muffins: The Choice is Yours


I’ve been holding back on you. I’ve never shared with you the recipe for my and my family’s favorite ever muffin recipe: Applesauce Spice Muffins. The name doesn’t allude to anything grand or special, but let me tell you these muffins are glorious. You’ll find yourself eating one and then another and, before you know it, ten muffins will have somehow found their way into your person. Tricky little guys these muffins are.

Oh and whenever we share these with anyone, they undoubtedly ask for the recipe. If I was the betting type, I would consider waging money that someone might just ask you for the recipe.

I decided to make them a little healthier. Now, you won’t find me trying to improve the nutritional value of a cupcake. Healthy cupcake just screams oxymoron to me. But if I can make muffins, perfect little breakfast pastries from heaven that they are, a little healthier, you can bet I’m going to do it.

I’ve decided to share with you both the original recipe and the “healthier” version. They are both wonderful and delicious. I won’t say they taste exactly the same, because they don’t. But I happen to love both of them. If you just can’t decide, make both.

Make these today. Save some for tomorrow – perfect way to celebrate Muffin Monday.

Family Favorite Applesauce Spice Muffins

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened

1 cup sugar

1 egg

1 cup applesauce

2 cups all purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 Tbsp cinnamon

1 tsp allspice

1/4 tsp cloves

Powdered sugar

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter, add sugar, beating at medium speed; add egg, beating well. Add applesauce, mixing well. Combine flour and next 5 ingredients; add to creamed mixture. Fill greased mini muffins pans about 3/4 full. Bake for 14 minutes. Cool. Dust with powdered sugar just before serving/eating. Enjoy!

*batter can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks prior to baking as they’re best fresh

Extra Fueling Applesauce Spice Muffins

Ingredients:

1/4 cup of butter, softened.

1/4 cup sugar (I used blended sucanat)

1/4 cup honey

2 eggs

1 1/4 cups applesauce

2 cups whole wheat pastry flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 Tbsp cinnamon

1st allspice

1/4 tsp cloves

Powdered sugar

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 Degrees

Cream together butter, sugar, honey, and 1/4 cup applesauce. Add eggs and  remaining applesauce, mixing well. Combine flour and next 5 ingredients; add to creamed mixture. Mix well. Filled greased muffin pans about 3/4 full. Bake for 14 minutes. Cool dust with powdered sugar just before serving.

*Both recipes make about 30-36 mini muffins

*It is correct that the original recipe has one egg and the healthified recipe has two. That is not done to improve nutritionally value, but it simply what worked in my experimentation.

Which muffin recipe will you try?

Are you good at making decisions?

I am not. Even little tiny decisions, take me forever and usually end with, “I’m good with anything, you decide.” But as bigger decisions loom in my future (hello college, career choices, etc), I’m realizing that little decisions such as what restaurant to go to or whether to do my English presentation on Powerpoint or Prezi really aren’t all that important.  Of course, in the instance of these muffins my inability to make decisions would surely come in handy. I’d make both and be better off for it. You should do the same (:

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Perfection +Things I’ve Learned

I just want to be one of those people who has it all together.

Ya know the type; the one who, when the teacher gives you 5 minutes to study before a test, doesn’t even look at their notes because they already studied plenty the night before.

The one who has never been late to anything in her life.

The one whose locker is totally organized and color coded.

The one who never seems frazzled or overwhelmed.

They’re probably ridiculously good at everything,

And their hair, always perfect. Like perfectly perfect.

And of course they always have plenty of time to spend doing all the things important to them.

I’ve discovered that person, that seemingly “perfect’ person, doesn’t exist. Even the ones who seem to have it all together, in actuality don’t. I need not strive for perfection. If I can simply be a little better, a little kinder, a little more organized, a little more loving each day than I was the day before, I am, in fact, succeeding.

But if she/he did exist, that person is so not me, like at all. I’m the one who takes my government notes with me to lunch because it just hit me how unprepared I am for the test next period. I have yet to remember to take that locker shelf to school that I’ve been meaning to take for the last 4 weeks. I get frazzled at the simplest things. You don’t even want to see me in my mad frenzy out the door in the mornings. I’m definitely not ridiculously good at everything. And I think my hair is going to stage a revolt if it spends one more day in a pony-tail.

Most importantly, I’ve neglected you, my dear bloggy friends. In the frantic frenzy of school, homework, college applications, sports, life, etc., my blog has unintentionally been pushed down on my to-do list (not that I actually have one of those, see above). Sleeping has also been significantly moved down, so don’t feel too bad.

But, blogging it important. I miss it. Maybe I’ll never be someone who blogs everyday. I’m okay with that. But, posting at least weekly (maybe more often) is something I’m willing to commit to. This little month-long hiatus is not okay.

I may not have it all figured out, but I’ve certainly learned a few things in my years of living.

1. Teachers like it when you make a cookie cake documenting how much you love their class. It may or may not guarantee you an A for the quarter. You didn’t hear it from me.

2. Cupcakes are marvelous. I need a job at that place.

3. Friday night football games are funnnn.

4. Everything seems more funnnn if you type the last letter in a word multipleeee timessss.

First Day of School Lunch

5. I really don’t like packing lunches. But, I’m trying to come up with creative ways to make lunch packing easy and more fun. Ideas? I might just do a post on it in the future.

6. You peeps like recipes. Hence, I’ll post one soon.

Laterrrrrr.

Vegan Week Summary + Trader Joe’s

Hello!!

Just wanted to check in and report to you about my 5 days of being vegan. Sorry for the minimal posting; my sister flew in Saturday and we spent the weekend camping and white water rafting and I’m now getting ready to head back to Texas.

Anyway, as I mentioned before, last Monday-Friday I decided to go vegan. I thoroughly enjoyed my short run with veganism. Before the week began, I decided that I was not going to be using any substitutes. No tofu, or vegan cream “cheese” or anything like that for me. I understand the use of these things for long-term vegans, but I knew I could live without them for 5 days. I did use some almond milk and made muffins with soymilk, but I don’t really count that since I always use almond milk.

The week went great! I loved trying new foods and never missed meat or dairy. I don’t think 5 days is enough to totally change the way I feel or for me to fully experience veganism, but I did feel good. I did find myself a little hungrier during the day, but I would just have a little snack and that fixed that. Of course, I probably wouldn’t have had that problem except that I’m a total carb girl. Sure, I could have had beans or nuts or whatever, but I’d much rather have fruit or bread or something.

I always felt surprisingly full after dinner. Three nights starred Momma Pea’s recipes. Noodle Salad with Peanut Mmm Sauce started the week on a good note and made me realize the challenge wouldn’t be too hard. The next night we had black bean burgers.  

I loved these and will definitely be making them again. I always love a good black bean burger. Wednesday we had Red Lentil Enchiladas sans cheese/”cheese” and topped with guacamole. Avocado is better than cheese anyway, right?

I’m glad I went vegan as it totally got me to experiment and try new things while eating nutritiously. I may even consider going vegan for a longer period of time (lent???). If I felt it was necessary, I do think I could be totally vegan, but I’ve mentioned before why I’m ethically okay with eating meat. I do think eating away from home, whether a restaurant or another person’s house, could pose a challenge. Anyone who is a long-term vegan/vegetarian have any tips for doing so?

Source

Totally changing subjects, but I’m going to Trader Joes’s in Sante Fe on Wednesday. I’ve never been before so I’m pretty excited as I know many of you love it and I have heard many of y’all talk about great products you get there.

If you are an omniovore, would you ever consider going vegan for a while?

If you’re a vegan/vegetarian, do you have any tips for maintaining your diet in social situations? How often do you use vegan substitutes for non-vegan food (Daiya cheese, fak’n bacon, etc.)?

EVERYONE: What is your favorite thing from Trader Joe’s? What should I get while I’m there? Any good car snacks?

Lavender Goat Cheeseball

My giveaway ends tonight, so don’t forget to enter.

This is one of those things that I feel totally silly calling a recipe.

I mean, every single ingredient is in the title.

Suggestion? Idea? Creation? Concoction?

Whatever you call it, it is a good.

Honey Lavender Goat Cheese Spread

This insanely easy and delicious cheeseball is great on crackers, pita chips, toasted baguette, raw veggies, or as a sandwich spread.

4oz goat cheese, brought to room temperature

1 tablespoon honey

1/2 tsp chopped fresh lavender (plus extra for garnish).

In a small bowl, mix goat cheese and honey until well combined. Stir in lavender. Lay out a large square of plastic wrap onto a flat surface. Scrap the cheese mixture into the center of the wrap. Bring edges in and twist tightly. Make sure the cheese is in a ball shape. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Remove from plastic wrap, sprinkle with additional lavender and serve.

On another note, you absolutely must make these salted caramels.

I found the recipe on FoodGawker (love that site!) and made them last night. Best decision I made all week. For realz.

What’s the best dish you’ve made recently?

What is your favorite source for recipe finding?

Mine is Food Gawker, because pretty food tastes better…..right? Thought so.

Newman’s GIVEAWAY

This giveaway is for the following products from Newman’s Own Organic (reviewed here and here):

  • 1 box of Cinnamon Hermits
  • 1 bag of Honey Wheat Mini Pretzels
  • 1 70% dark chocolate bar
  • 1 bag of Orange Chocolate Champion Chip Cookies

To enter the giveaway you must leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite kind of cookie.

Up to 3 additional entries may be obtained by doing the following things and leaving me a comment telling me you did so (seperate comments for each entry, please).

1. Follow me on twitter

2. Tweet about this giveaway

3. Mention this giveaway on your blog

4. Subscribe to my blog

I’ll begin by telling you my favorite kind of cookie is oatmeal chocolate chip. I love the chewiness that comes from oats, gives the cookie a perfect texture in my opinion. And chocolate chips just make everything better.

I will randomly pick a winner Wednesday morning. All entries must be in by Tuesday day night.

Open to U.S. residents only.