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

Super Moist Banana Nut Bread

Hunger Games – check! Wow that movie was so much more disturbing than I ever expected. It was really good, but did they have to make it kids??? I can’t take kids or animals in movies without crying. If it would have been adults I might have been okay. (well probably not, but I like to pretend – as I sit here crying over Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition)

I made crock pot banana bread but realized I hadn’t made a normal banana nut bread. This one is super moist and was extra special because my mini sous chef Megan helped me make it.

2 cups flour
1½ tsp baking soda
2 cups bananas, mashed
1 cup sugar
Pinch of salt
½ cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray two 8×4-inch loaf pans with cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda and salt.

In a separate bowl mix the bananas, sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla on medium speed. Add the flour mixture and mix on low until just combined. Fold in the walnuts.

Divide the mixture into the two pans. Bake for 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.

Servings: 16
Calories 240
Fat 12.2g
Carbohydrates 29.6g
Fiber 1.4g6
Nutrition Grade C-

Today’s Leopard Print Find: Madden Girl Ankle Boots …

Breakfast Burritos

I had to post this just in case there is someone out there that hasn’t ever tried a breakfast burrito. I was shocked when my sister said the lady at the grocery store asked what she was making with these ingredients and the lady had never heard of such a thing. My sister was nice enough to take one back to her. Luckily, I didn’t have to share mine. I could eat these for every meal and be happy.

6 Flour Tortillas (6 inch)
12 Large Eggs
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Pepper
8 oz Mild Sausage
1 cups Colby Jack Cheese, shredded
1 1/2 cups Salsa

Crumble and brown the sausage. Drain the fat and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk eggs, salt and pepper.

In a large pan, combine sausage and eggs. Cook over medium-low heat until done, about 6 minutes.

Warm tortillas for 30 seconds in the microwave or individually in a pan on the stove.

Divide eggs into the tortillas and top with cheese. Curl up one end of the tortilla and wrap the sides towards each other. Wrap with foil to keep warm or to help hold them together.

Serve with salsa.

Servings: 6
Calories 415
Fat 27.5g
Carbohydrates 16.3g
Fiber 2.6g
Nutrition Grade B-

Today’s Leopard Print Find: 3 piece rug set …

Homemade Baked Donuts

Are you a donut person or a doughnut person?? I personally have an aversion to “doughnut” but after some research I discovered that “doughnut” is the correct spelling and “donut” is kind of like the nickname. I think the two of us are close enough that we passed the point of being able to go by nicknames long ago. So donut it is!

I had the pleasure of meeting Tori Spelling. Since her real name is Victoria and she introduced herself as Tori, we have reached the nickname stage too! The girls have become huge Tori Spelling fans now because of her furry silky chicken and her pig. They would leave me and move in with her in a heartbeat. She’s a complete doll by the way.
Most likable star I’ve ever met.


Mehran – Tori’s BFF.
























Megan and Taylor with Jo Pearson of Craft Wars and her zebra car. Notice her leopard?? I’m sure she did that just for me….

Wilton Baked Cake Donuts

2 cups cake flour, sifted
3/4 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp salt
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 Tbs butter, melted

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray donut pan with cooking spray. In large mixing bowl, sift together cake flour, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg and salt. Add buttermilk, eggs and butter. Beat until just combined. Fill each cup approximately 2/3 cup full. Bake 7 minutes or until the tops of the donuts spring back when touched. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes before removing. Finish donuts with chocolate glaze, cinnamon sugar or confectioners sugar. Makes 12 donuts. Cinnamon Sugar: 2 Tbs sugar 1 Tbs cinnamon 2 Tbs butter, melted In a shallow bowl, stir together the sugar and the cinnamon. Dip the donut in the butter and roll in the cinnamon sugar mixture.

Calories 185
Fat 4.9g
Carbohydrates 32.2g
Fiber 0.9g
Nutrition Grade B-

Chocolate Glaze:
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
2 Tbs butter
2 Tbs corn syrup
1-2 tsp hot water

In medium bowl, microwave chocolate chips, butter and corn syrup on 50% power for 1 minute, stirring frequently until completely melted. Stir in 1 teaspoon hot water, until the glaze is thick and smooth. Add another teaspoon of hot water if the glaze is too thick.

Calories 231
Fat 7.6g
Carbohydrates 38.0g
Fiber 1.1g
Nutrition Grade C

Confectioners Sugar:
2/3 cup confectioners sugar

Put sugar in a ziploc bag. Add each donut separately and shake to coat.

Nutrition Facts
Calories 231
Fat 7.6g
Carbohydrates 38.0g
Fiber 1.1g
Nutrition Grade C

Today’s Leopard Find: Car Shade

Character Dining at Walt Disney World

Back from a fun but totally exhausting week at Walt Disney World. It was a fabulous trip. We have now done almost all of the character meals. I thought I would share my rankings with y’all. Here they are from best to worst. I listed the characters we saw to give you an idea but they are all subject to change. The Disney dining plan is a must.

Crystal Palace at Magic Kingdom - Breakfast with Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Tigger and Eeyore. They do a parade every 45 minutes where the kids get to walk around the restaurant with the characters. Buffet style with an omelet station, Mickey waffles, cereals, freshly baked pastries, fresh fruit, breakfast pizza and cheddar cheese potatoes. My favorite time of the whole trip is the walk down Main St. before the park opens. It is so beautiful and peaceful.

Supercalifragilistic Breakfast at the 1900 Park Fare at The Grand Floridian - Breakfast with Mary Poppins, Alice, the Mad Hatter, Winnie the Pooh and Tigger. Buffet style with an omelet station, Mickey waffles, mini pancakes, pecan rolls, strawberry soup and vanilla sauce. Easy to get to by the monorail.


Cape May Cafe at the Beach Club. Take the boat from Hollywood Studios. Breakfast with Minnie, Goofy and Donald. Fresh cantaloupe, honeydew melon, watermelon, and fresh berries, mixed fruit and yogurt selections. Scrambled eggs, omelets and eggs to order, biscuits and gravy, French toast, and Mickey waffles, bacon and sausage, seasoned potatoes, assorted hot & cold cereals, bread pudding with vanilla sauce, muffins, danish, and donuts. Bagels and breads toasted to order, coffee, tea and juice selections.

Tusker House at Animal Kingdom. Breakfast with Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, Goofy and Daisy. Buffet style with a yogurt station, fresh fruit, waffle station, scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage, potato wedges, cereal, biscuits & gravy, veggie frittata, ham & cheese frittata, corned beef hash, cheese blintzes, beef Bobotie quiche, yam casserole, carved rotisserie honey ham, oatmeal, porridge, cinnamon rolls, assorted muffins and breads, turnovers, danish, and croissants and donuts. They do a parade for the kids here as well. Also great to get here before the park opens.


Chef Mickey Breakfast at the Contemporary Resort. Breakfast with Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Chip ‘n Dale and Goofy. Premium Fruit Bar: Seasonal melon and fresh fruit display, assorted flavored yogurts and more. Cereal Selections: Almond granola, Frosted Flakes, Fruit Loops, Cocoa Krispies, hot oatmeal and grits. Breakfast Specialties: scrambled eggs, Pluto’s cheese blintz, 3 cheese omelet, Chef’s daily omelet, Corned Beef hash with cornbread, Goofy’s veggie lasagna, Mickey waffles, cheese potatoes with bacon, Breakfast potatoes, bacon & sausage links, Minnie’s breakfast pizza, Challah French toast, pancakes with a variety of toppings, and buttermilk biscuits with country gravy. Pastry Chef’s Creations: bagels, chocolate croissants, muffins, cinnamon rolls, Rice Krispie treats, peach cobbler, warm bread pudding, assorted danishes and more. The kids get to twirl their napkins over their heads whenever they start their music. Easy to get to by the Monorail.

Cinderella’s Royal Table at the castle at Magic Kingdom. Breakfast with Cinderella, Jasmine, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and Belle. Family style with a traditional breakfast consisting of Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Cheese Danish, Fresh Fruit, Breakfast Breads, Potato Casserole and Blueberry French Toast. Books up fast! It’s all about the experience of dining in the castle, not the food.

Ohana at the Polynesian. Breakfast with Lilo, Stitch, Mickey and Pluto. Family style with scrambled eggs, Island-style fried potatoes, Hawaiian pork sausages, smoked bacon and a variety of fresh fruits and breads. Parade for the kids.

Mickey’s Backyard BBQ at The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. Dinner with Mickey, Goofy, Chip ‘n Dale. Dinner includes BBQ smoked ribs, smoked chicken, hamburgers, hotdogs with all the trimmings, corn on the cob, watermelon and more. Lots of entertainment. Where else do you get a chance to dance with your favorite characters?

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall Princess breakfast in Norway at Epcot. Breakfast with Belle, Mulan, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and Jasmine. Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Potato Casserole, Fresh Breakfast Breads and Fresh Seasonal Fruit.
Hollywood & Vine at Hollywood Studios. Breakfast with June, Jake, Agent Oso and Handy Manny. They played songs every 15 minutes. The girls wanted to kill me for this one. The food was good but no need to put yourself through all those Playhouse Disney tunes unless you have little ones that will appreciate it. Breakfast buffet featuring favorites like Mickey Mouse-shaped waffles, frittatas and fresh fruit.
The Garden Grill at Epcot. Dinner with Chip ‘n Dale, Mickey and Pluto. Family style grilled steak, roast turkey and fish of the day. Last time was soooo much better. When the food was brought to our table Taylor even said “Seriously, this is our dinner???” The rotating restaurant overlooks the Living on the Land ride.
Cinderella’s Royal Table at the castle at Magic Kingdom.  Lunch with Cinderella, the Fairy Godmother, Belle, Jasmine and Snow White. What a disappointment this was. Definitely not for the picky eaters.
Lunch menu:
Braised Cobia – Braised in Pomodorro sauce served with vegetables over angel hair pasta
Nicoise Salad – Pan seared tuna with mixed greens, eggs, Haricot verts, tomatoes and olives drizzled with house vinaigrette
Pork three ways – pulled pork with a bacon and andoulle etouffee sauce served with spoon bread topped with swiss chard
Vegetarian Cassoulet – Baked French style casserole of cannelini and garbonzo beans topped with wild mushrooms, zucchini, shallots, tomatoes and herbs
Almond cheesecake – With Lingonberry jam
Rasberry No sugar added Sorget – With berries
Valrhona Chocolate Mousse – A light chocolate mousse presented with berries and raspberry sauce
Kids Menu:
Choice of Garden salad or Bite size cheddar cheese and grapes. Choice of Chicken Breast Nuggets or Beef tenderloin with mashed potatoes and corn Cheese pizza with veggies and sliced apples or grilled fish of the day with whole grain pilaf, veggies and yogurt parfait.
Today’s Leopard Print Find: Mouse Pad