Friday, February 20, 2015

Four Chip Muffins

I had to have a procedure done a few weeks ago.
After said procedure, I was given a diet to follow for one week by my doctor.

Foods NOT on this diet....
whole grains, fresh fruit, fresh veggies.

Foods ON this diet....
refined white grains, cookies, cakes, muffins, butter, ice cream, 
bacon, carbonated beverages, etc.

I kid you not.

So what did I do?
I threw all caution to the wind & had a grand old time!

 (Yes, in hindsight, I now see this was not a smart move, 
but I'm happy to say I am back on track with my healthy diet.)

I've have always loved to bake & with my new healthier lifestyle 
over the past year, I just don't get to bake as much as I would like.  
So I remedied's orders.  :)

Enter this delectable muffin:

I bought a muffin cookbook a decade ago and I have pretty
much been happy with every muffin I've ever made from it.

Here's the recipe:


2 cups all purpose flour
½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
2/3 cup milk
½ cup butter, melted
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ cup semisweet chocolate chips
½ cup white chocolate chips
½ cup butterscotch chips
½ cup peanut butter chips
½ cup chopped walnuts (I didn't add the walnuts)

Heat oven to 350°.  In a large bowl, stir together flour, brown sugar, baking powder & salt.  In another bowl, blend together milk, butter, eggs & vanilla.  Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients.  Add the milk mixture and stir just to combine.  Stir in the chips and nuts (if using).  Fill greased muffin tins.  Bake 15-20 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.  Cool.

Makes 1 dozen muffins.

Grab a muffin and a hot cup of tea (or coffee) 
have a great day!


Sunday, February 15, 2015

Winter Doldrums

I've got a bad case of the Winter doldrums.

It's so cold,
we never made it out of the negative digits today.
It's -2°,
factoring in the wind chill, 
it's -26°.

I swear if I didn't have to go to work,
I wouldn't want to leave the house at all.
I'm beginning to feel like a bear in hibernation this Winter.

When we are lucky enough to get up to a balmy 20° or so,
(yes, 20° feels balmy around here now)
it ends up snowing at least 8-12 inches.
If we don't have snow,
then we have to deal with sub zero temperatures.
We can't win.  

I just pray that this Winter ends soon.
It's so discouraging.

Anyway,  hubby & I have been working on a project &
I can't wait to show you what we've been up to!
It will be a bit yet before I can share it;
there's still so much to do.  

I hope the weather is much better where you are.
If not, stay warm & hopefully Spring will make
an appearance real soon!
Here's to hoping anyway....

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Valentine's Day Mantel 2015

I have to be honest, 
I had to force myself to decorate for Valentine's Day this year. 

Not that I "go all out" or anything, 
but I just wasn't feeling it this year.

My remedy?

Just keep it simple.

I only spent about $10.00 total here.
I bought the banner & the heart shaped tags 
(on the branches) from Hobby Lobby for $6.00.

I spent $4.00 at The Dollar Tree to make
the square candle votive holders for Debbie & Shannon's 

Everything else was stuff  I already had on hand.

I kept the white lanterns from my Winter mantel
& changed all the other items.


I stacked up a basket & a crate for the hearth.

I added my kid's Valentine's Day related books
& the pillow I made a couple of years ago.

Simple heart gift tags hang from a few branches.

You can see the square glass votive holders that I made 

The heart shaped plates are from Target  (on clearance)
a few years ago.

Keeping it simple meant it was a quick
change out from Winter to Valentine's Day
and it will be quick to change back to Winter
once Valentine's Day is over.

Do you decorate for Valentine's Day
or do you skip it?  


Friday, January 30, 2015

Cinnamon Sugar Twists

you feel the urge to bake something sweet. 

 you know full well you should NOT 
be baking something sweet. 

you know you need to take off the pounds 
you gained over the holidays.

you just don't listen to that internal voice & 
you bake something sweet anyway.

Yeah, that's exactly what happened here!

Oh these are so yummy!
Crisp & sweet & so easy to make.

Here's the recipe:
(I pulled it from a magazine, but I have no idea which one.)

Cinnamon Sugar Twists

2 sheets frozen puff pastry, thawed
4 tablespoon butter, melted
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

Gently roll out pastry and brush with butter.  Sprinkle with sugar & cinnamon.  Cut each sheet lengthwise into 8 strips, then twist.  Place on 2 parchment lined baking sheets and press down ends to secure.

Bake at 400° until golden, 18 to 20 minutes, switching & rotating pans halfway through.  

Makes 16.  

And if you've ignored that internal voice
up to this point,
 go ahead & enjoy!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Snow Day Tablescape

I thought I'd share a tablescape with you today.

Welcome to the Snow Day...

I started with a snowflake tablecloth from Kohls.

The snowman salad plates are from QVC.
They are by Rachael Ray
and just perfect for this time of year.

I added my everyday white Corelle dinner plates
and some white chargers.  
The chargers are from the Oneida Ltd. outlet.
(I miss that store.)

My gingham flatware is from Spiegel, many moons ago.
(Do you remember Spiegel?  I used to devour that catalog
and want to buy everything in it!)

I bought the snowman napkin rings on Ebay a few years back.

A couple of snowmen friends 
from my large collection were added as a centerpiece, 
followed by my mercury glass votive candle holders.    

And that is that...sweet & simple!

Stay warm dear friends!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Winter Scenes Around the House

Winter, which, being full of care, 
makes summer's welcome thrice more wish'd, 
more rare.
-William Shakespeare, Sonnet LVI

And just who am I to argue with Will??

I have shared my Winter Mantel
and my Winter dining hutch with you,
so keeping in the Winter frame of mind,
 I thought I would share some 
Winter scenes from around my house....

The dining room table:

Dining room chalkboard:

Sitting room coffee table:

Living room shelves:  

I have to honestly say, 
I'm not completely sick of Winter...
yet anyway.

Once blogland erupts with sunshine filled photos 
& gardens bursting to life,  I'll have had enough of
Winter.  (All the while, knowing full well
that we'll still have quite a ways to go
before we experience the same.)

Wishing you a happy day!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Winter Dining Hutch

Hello all!

I wanted to share more of my Winter decor with you.

Here is my dining room hutch:

I kept to a neutral, Wintry palette.

I bought the burlap wrapped tree in Kohl's after Christmas.
I love that it lights up and is perfect to use for both Christmas
and then afterwards, for the remainder of the Winter. 

I'm sure you've heard me say often how much I love stars.
(Speaking of which, today I bought a sweater that has stars on it!)

Anyway, here is a close up of the star garland I used around the mirror.
I got it at Decor Steals during the holidays and
couldn't wait to put it up once my Christmas decorations came down.

Oh, I just love it!

And that's my Winter dining room hutch.

As always, thanks for stopping by!
I really do appreciate it.

Linking to:

Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life
Tuesdays at Our Home @ Our Home Away From Home

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