Glazed Lemon Muffins

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We got a juicer last month and every time I put lemons in it I hated to throw away all of the fluffy lemon zest. So I finally decided to make some muffins with it. If you don’t have a juicer you can still just use the normal zesting method. Trying this with oranges tomorrow.

1/2 cup Unsalted Butter, room temperature
1-1/2 cups Bread Flour
2 teaspoons Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Salt
6 oz vanilla Low-Fat Vanilla Yogurt
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 large Lemon (pulp and juice from juicer, or zest and juice if you don’t have a juicer)
1 cup Sugar
2 large Eggs

Glaze:
1-1/2 cups Powdered Sugar
2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
2 teaspoons Water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin pans with baking liners.

In a medium bowl, whisk the flour with the baking powder and salt.

In a small bowl, whisk together the yogurt, vanilla, lemon zest and lemon juice. Set aside.

With an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar together. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each one. On low-speed, mix in 1/3 of the flour mixture. Mix in 1/2 of the yogurt mixture. Alternate until all combined.

Divide evenly among muffin cups. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes, then cool completely on a wire rack.

Set rack over wax paper. In a small bowl, stir powdered sugar with lemon juice and water until smooth. Pour over muffins, spreading to edges with a small knife. Let set for 30 minutes.

Adapted from Martha Stewart

Servings: 12
Calories 259
Total Fat 8.8g
Total Carbohydrates 43.4g
Protein 2.8g
Nutrition Grade D-

Today’s Leopard Print Find: Grazie Women’s Peacock Flip Flop (I got these in blue & green and I love them!) You can see the other 2 colors when you click the picture.

Easter Bunny Cinnamon Rolls

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Not sure how to describe the feelings I’m having today. Happy to say that the Dallas Police Department arrested the 2 suspects in connection to my aunt’s death. One of the arresting officers happened to be my friend. (he’s now my favorite friend) Words can’t describe the relief that news brought me today. But I never knew I could have so many feelings and emotions all at the same time. The best news is that they are being charged with Capital Murder and since we live in Texas, means the death penalty and some closure for us. R.I.P Aunt Ava you will be truly missed.

Happy stuff….

The girls love cinnamon rolls. They love bunny cinnamon rolls even more. We made these last Easter so this will have to become a new tradition. You can let the kids design their own bunny.

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1 can (12.4 oz) Pillsbury Refrigerated Cinnamon Rolls
12 Raisins
8 Sliced Almonds

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.

Separate dough into 8 rolls. Press down 1 roll to flatten slightly (for bunny’s head). Cut down the middle of next roll to create 2 ears. Press and firmly pinch ears to the top of the head. Shape cut halves into straight or floppy bunny ears. Place bunny on cookie sheet. Repeat with remaining 6 rolls to make 3 more bunnies.

On each bunny, firmly place 2 raisins for eyes, 1 raisin for nose and 2 almonds for teeth.

Bake 13-15 minutes or until golden brown. Spread icing on bunnies. Serve warm.

From Pillsbury

Servings: 4

Today’s Leopard Print Find: Grazie Women’s Leonora Leopard Animal Print Sandal

Easter Bunny Bread

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I’m going to attempt to get my life back to normal again. For those of you wondering…no, they still haven’t caught the murderers. In case you need a reminder of what they look like…here is the story. Someone has to recognize them soon though so I still have high hopes. Thank you to everyone that shared and passed along to others. My family and I really appreciate it.

Now on to happier things….

Somehow between last Easter and now, I lost all my step-by-step pictures. :( This little guy was so much fun to make. Last Easter the girls made me a list of everything they wanted to make for Easter. Their list would have taken me a year to get through. So we had to narrowed it down quite a bit. This was one of their priorities.

2 Loaves Frozen Bread Dough, thawed (1 lb each)
2 Raisins
2 Sliced Almonds
Black Olives
1 Egg, lightly beaten
Several Lettuce Leafs
Ranch Dip
Assorted Fresh Vegetables

Spray baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.

Cut off 1/4 of the dough from 1 loaf and form into a pear-shaped ball for the bunny head.

Form the remaining 3/4 loaf into a fat oval shape for the body.

Place the body onto the baking sheet and attach the head by pinching the 2 pieces together.

Make narrow cuts, about 3/4 in deep, on each side of head for whiskers.

Cut second loaf of dough into 4 equal pieces. Roll 2 of the pieces into 16-inch ropes. Fold each rope in half, and pinch the ends to the head to form ears. Cut the third piece of dough in half and shape into 2 ovals about 3 1/2 inches long for back paws. Attach the paws to the bottom sides of the body. Make two 1 inch cuts on the paws for toes.

Cut the remaining dough into 3 pieces. Form 2 pieces into balls and pinch on sides for front paws. Divide the remaining piece of dough into 3 equal pieces and roll into 1-inch balls. Press the dough balls onto the face to form two cheeks and a nose.

Press raisins onto the face to make eyes.

Press almond slices close together onto face to make bunny teeth.

Fill ears with black olives.

Cover and let dough rise in a warm place for 45 minutes until doubled.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Brush the loaf lightly with beaten egg.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.

Lay bunny on serving platter. Hollow out tummy and line with lettuce leaves. Fill tummy with dip and place vegetables around bunny.

Adapted from Rhodes Bread

Today’s Leopard Print Find: Scarfand’s Leopard Infinity Scarf

Garlic Breadsticks

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Today was a funny day at Book Fair. I could sit and listen to little kids all day. They crack me up. I had a little Kindergartener eyeing my regular yellow pencil. She said “I really like your pencil.” I said “Well thank you!” Then she showed me her pencil with no eraser. So I said “Would you like to trade?” She now thinks I’m like the coolest person ever. Then I had a 2nd grader that wanted to buy The Lucky One off of the Adult table along with Diary of A Wimpy Kid. (quite a combination) I told her that her parents might not like her reading The Lucky One, but she assured me that she needed to read it because she hadn’t gotten to see the movie yet. I told her we would hold it for her until her mom could come in. :) A first grader that wanted the Tom Brokaw book, a 2nd grader that is a self-proclaimed Titanic expert, the 3rd grader that I promised to stay open late for that was short money so I had to go dig into my wallet…. 5 more days of entertainment next week. :)

Taylor loves these. She can eat about 6 Olive Garden breadsticks when we go to what she calls her “fancy dinner place”.  So she asked for homemade ones. Really simple to make, just a lot of waiting time.

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2 tablespoons Sugar
3/4 teaspoon Active Dry Yeast
1 cup plus 1 tablespoon Warm Water (105-115 degrees)
3 cups Bread Flour
1-1/2 teaspoons Salt
1/4 cup Butter, softened

Topping:
2 tablespoons Butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon Garlic Salt

Dissolve the sugar and yeast in the warm water in a small
bowl; let sit for 5 minutes, or until it becomes foamy on top.

Combine flour and salt in a large bowl. Using the paddle
attachment on a stand mixer, combine butter and flour.

When the yeast mixture is ready, pour it into the flour mixture. Using a dough hook
on your mixture, combine the ingredients and knead dough for 10 minutes.

Place dough in a covered container and let it sit for 1-1/2 hours, until it
doubles in size.

When the dough has doubled, measure out 2-ounce portions
and roll the dough between your hands or on a countertop
to form sticks that are 7 inches long.

Place the dough on parchment paper-lined baking sheets, cover and set aside
for 1-1/2 hours, or until the dough doubles in size once
again.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Bake the breadsticks for 12 minutes, or until golden brown.

Immediately brush with melted butter and sprinkle with a little
garlic salt.

Makes 12 breadsticks.

From Good Morning America

Servings: 12
Calories 174
Total Fat 6.1g
Total Carbohydrates 26.1g
Dietary Fiber 0.9g
Protein 3.4g
Nutrition Grade C+

Today’s Leopard Print Find: Young Hearts Baby-Girls Infant 2 Piece Leopard Tunic Short Set

Pumpkin Oatmeal Muffins

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Yesterday was one of my favorite days of the year…the Daddy Daughter Dance. This was their 7th one. They only have 2 more to go to.  I cried when they left. They look so grown up! I still picture them like this….

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2012

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2013

So while they were at the dance, I had my own party and watched Magic Mike. I have a new appreciation for Channing Tatum, but wow was that a horrible movie! Such a waste of a Matthew McConaughey. I’m still not even sure if the movie had a plot or not.

I know we are kind of past the pumpkin time of year, but I still had so much left! This will make 12 smaller muffins or 9 regular size muffins.

1 cup Flour
1 cup Oats
1/2 cup Brown Sugar, packed
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
1-1/4 cup Canned Pumpkin
1 Egg
1 tablespoon Canola Oil
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
1/3 cup Walnuts

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Spray muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray or line with muffins cups.

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and oats in a large bowl.

In mixing bowl, combine brown sugar, pumpkin, egg, oil, cinnamon and nutmeg.

Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture and stir just until combined.

Fold in walnuts.

Pour batter evenly into muffin tins.

Bake for 18 minutes.

Servings: 12
Calories 132
Total Fat 4.2g
Total Carbohydrates 20.8g
Dietary Fiber 1.9g
Protein 3.5g
Nutrition Grade B+

Today’s Leopard Print Find: Vintage Pin-Up Style Beaded Leopard and Solid Satin High-Low Formal Prom Dress Pageant Gown Junior and Junior Plus Size

Orange Pineapple Pecan Muffins

IMG_7868OMG! Even the smell of the batter for these muffins made my mouth water. I was afraid I was going to eat them all before Johnny even made it home. I managed to only eat 2. Then he ate 2, so I didn’t feel as bad.

1/2 cup Pecans
2 cups Flour
1/4 tsp Salt
3/4 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 cup Unsalted Butter, room temperature
3/4 cup Sugar
1 large Egg
1/2 cup Light Vanilla Yogurt
1 tsp Pure Orange Extract
1 Tbs Orange Zest
1 cup Pineapple, diced and drained

Orange Glaze:
1/8 cup Sugar
1/4 cup Orange Juice, warm

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Arrange pecans in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for 8 minutes. Set aside to cool and then chop into small pieces.

Spray muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray.

In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, salt and baking soda.

In large mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar for about 2 minutes until light and fluffy. Add the egg and mix well. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and then add the yogurt, orange extract and orange zest. Add the flour mixture and mix just until combined. Fold in the pecans and pineapple.

Spoon the batter into the muffin pan. Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly browned and a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean.

While the muffins are baking combine the glaze ingredients (sugar and orange juice) in a small cup.

Remove the muffins from the oven and place on a wire rack. While the muffins are still very warm, brush them with the orange glaze.

Adapted from The Joy of Baking

Servings: 12
Calories 255
Total Fat 11.5g
Total Carbohydrates 34.9g
Dietary Fiber 1.2g
Protein 3.8g
Nutrition Grade C+

Today’s Leopard Print Find: Leopard Viz-A-Ball Bowling Ball

Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins

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I took Megan shopping yesterday. That’s always an experience. First we started at Third Monday in McKinney looking for bows and tutus. The 2 main girly vendors were out with the flu. So no tutus, but we found a few bows. (and some awesome trays from Eklectik Green for me – they were so nice my girls asked if we could please go back and see them again next month) Then we went to Justice. She finally used all of her gift cards. She is quite the shopper. She throws together things that no one else would thing of, like the leopard leggings with the polka dot shirt. I only had to wait in line at Justice for 5 minutes so it was a great day!

Only 157 calories for these. Really moist and packed with oats and blueberries.

1-2/3 cups Quaker Old Fashioned Oats
2/3 cup Flour
1/2 cup Whole-Wheat Flour
3/4 cup Light Brown Sugar, packed
2 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Baking Soda
3/4 tsp Salt
1-1/2 cups Buttermilk
1/4 cup Canola Oil
2 tsp Grated Lemon Rind
2 Large Eggs
2 cups Frozen Blueberries
2 Tbs Flour
1 Tbs Sugar

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place 16 baking cups in muffin pan.

Place oats in a food processor; pulse 10 times or until oats resemble coarse meal. Place in a large bowl.

Add flours, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and salt to the oats; stir. Make a well in center of mixture.

Combine buttermilk, oil, lemon rind and eggs. Add to flour mixture; stir just until moist.

Toss blueberries with 2 tablespoons flour, and gently fold into batter. Spoon batter into 16 muffin cups; sprinkle 1 tablespoon sugar evenly over batter. Bake for 20 minutes or until muffins spring back when touched lightly in center. Remove from pans immediately; place on a wire rack.

Adapted from Cooking Light

Servings: 16
Calories 157
Total Fat 5.0g
Total Carbohydrates 25.0g
Dietary Fiber 1.7g
Protein 3.8g
Nutrition Grade B

Today’s Leopard Print Find: Midwest CBK Leopard Crackle Jeweled Frame with Bow

Nutella Banana Bread

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We go through a lot of Nutella around here lately. Thank goodness for double packs at Costco. Taylor takes a Nutella sandwich for lunch at least 3 days a week. Megan has Nutella and graham crackers almost every day. But they wouldn’t even try this because there were bananas. That was okay though because it left more for me.

5 Tbs Nutella
3 Tbs Canola Oil
1 tsp Canola Oil
3 Tbs Unsalted Butter, softened
1/2 cup Brown Sugar, packed
2 medium Bananas, sliced
2 large Eggs
1-1/2 cups Flour
3/4 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
2/3 cup Buttermilk
1/4 cup Hazelnuts, chopped
1 ounce Semi-Sweet Chocolate, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 9″x5″ baking pan.

Combine Nutella and 1 teaspoon oil in a microwave-safe dish; microwave on high for 30 seconds; stir.

Combine remaining oil, butter, brown sugar, and banana in a large bowl; mix at medium-high speed until well blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each.

Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Mix on low speed. Add buttermilk. Add flour just until combined.

Pour half of batter into pan and top with Nutella mixture. Spread remaining batter over chocolate mixture. Using a wooden pick, swirl batter. Sprinkle with hazelnuts.

Bake for 50 minutes.

Cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack. Remove bread; cool on wire rack.

Place chocolate in a microwave-safe dish; microwave on high in 15 second intervals; stirring in-between. Drizzle chocolate on top of bread; wait until chocolate has started to harden before cutting.

Servings: 16
Calories 165
Total Fat 8.8g
Total Carbohydrates 19.4g
Dietary Fiber 1.0g
Protein 2.7g
Nutrition Grade C

Today’s Leopard Print Find: Supreme Leopard Print Rug

Pecan Pie Muffins

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The girls are loving their new Kinectimals game. They put off getting this one because they thought all you did was “pet” the animals. Now it’s one of their favorites. I’m proud to say that Megan’s first pet is a Leopard named after me. Taylor’s is a Cheetah that she named after Lily. Lily and I had a very confusing day not knowing if they were talking to us or the TV. Lily had about 50 fetching false alarms. She missed out on a lot of napping time chasing all those fake balls.

If you could smoosh a pecan pie into a muffin, this would be it…..only 5 ingredients and tastes just like pecan pie.

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1 cup Light Brown Sugar, packed
1/2 cup Flour
1 cup Pecans, chopped
2/3 cup Unsalted Butter, softened
2 Eggs, beaten

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spray muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray (I don’t recommend using baking liners for these)

In a medium bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and mix well. Add flour and stir until just
combined. Stir in pecans.

Spoon batter into muffin cups. About 1/4 cup in each. Bake for 22 minutes.

Adapted from Paula Deen.

Servings: 12
Calories 228
Total Fat 17.5g
Total Carbohydrates 17.1g
Dietary Fiber 1.0g
Protein 2.4g
Nutrition Grade C

Today’s Leopard Print Find: Coach Chelsea Ocelot Print Jayden Caryall 21084M (Brown/Multi)

Gram’s Pumpkin Bread

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Yesterday we had our final Christmas party of the season. White Elephant, Just Dance 4, lots of food and fun times.

Our nephew got a Dublin Dr. Pepper as part of his gift, but he decided to drink it instead of making it a collectible.

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This is what we see at our feet the entire time we are hosting a party….

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and this….

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Twenty years ago (when I was only 8) my mom made me and my sister a cookbook of her Christmas recipes.

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This is one of the recipes….

1/2 cup Shortening
1-1/2 cups Sugar
1/2 cup Water
2 Eggs
1 cup Canned Pumpkin
1-2/3 cup Flour
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Nutmeg
1/2 tsp Cloves
1-1/2 tsp Cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Cream shortening and sugar together. Add water, eggs and pumpkin. Combine dry ingredients, add to pumpkin mixture.

Bake for 1 hour.

Servings: 12
Calories 255
Total Fat 9.5g
Total Carbohydrates 40.4g
Dietary Fiber 1.3g
Protein 3.0g
Nutrition Grade C+

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