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Annual Baking day 4 Generations!

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Yesterday was a great day of baking. Great Grandma Helen, Nana, Me and Carleigh made all sorts of sweets: Snickerdoodles, sugar cookies, peanut butter with Hershey kisses, funfetti, oatmeal craisin, ornament shaped rice krispie treats, stained glass windows, snowballs and new this year we added mini red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frostung and pumpkin butterscotch mini muffins! Carleigh had a ton of fun decorating all of the sugar cookies and by the end of the day everyone was exhausted.

The pumpkin butterscotch muffins were by far my favorite and will be included every year. I have written the recipe below for anyone interested.


  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 (6 ounce) package butterscotch chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease mini-muffin pan with cooking spray.
  2. Sift together the flour, brown sugar, white sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl. Whisk together the eggs, butter, and pumpkin in a separate bowl. Mix the flour mixture with the egg mixture. Stir in the butterscotch chips; pour into each cup of the muffin pan to about 3/4 full.
  3. Bake in preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean, 10 to 12 minutes.

Chef-like Adventures

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Hopefully this is the first of many cooking endeavours in an attempt to find a new selection of dishes for the family. I have been collecting cook books for some time, particularly the Pampered Chef Cookbooks, and I have decided it is about time to put them to use. Today I tried my hand at Italian Meatloaf. Essentially it is a meatloaf with various Italian seasonings and marinara sauce. It was a welcomed change to making meatloaf that I normally soak in ketchup. I should have taken pictures but I had my hands full with the kids and I just wanted to eat. I made mashed potatoes and steamed some fresh green beans with garlic. As an added bonus I found out that the kids will eat the green beans whole when steamed with garlic. Yipee!