For the Love of Lists – Week 20

Lists for Days | February 24, 2017 | By

I know, I know.  It’s been more than 20 weeks.  But this is the 20th list, anyhow. 

Last week we were basically storm-stayed all week, plus a bout of the stomach flu through 4/5 of us.  It was a crazy week.  All I wanted was comfort food (MAC AND CHEESE), and warm sweaters.  This week, we’re up in the double-digit temperatures and I’m thinking spring thoughts.  Weather.  Funny how it directs your thoughts, eh?  

This list is going to contain a little of both seasons.  Spring really is coming, maybe sometime soon, maybe not, depending on where you live/what direction the weather decides to take.

  1. Comfort food!  Meatballs.  This recipe is a freezer recipe – great for taking to new moms, or for yourself on a busy weeknight!
  2. Goulash.  I think this should be every kids most favourite food.  It was (and still is) one of mine.  So good.  So easy.  Definitely kid-friendly.
  3. Brown Butter Sugar Cookies.  Because: yum.
  4. I love a long sleeved dress.  Throw on a pair of cute tights or leggings and you are comfy and warm, and look dressed up!  I really kind of like the open-shoulder fad going on right now.  
  5. On the other hand, I also really love a great flowy tank with a sweet print for the feel of spring. 
  6. If anyone is in search of a great pair of winter/rain boots (two-in-one!), you need a pair of Bogs.  The Classic High Insulated boots are amazing.  I’ve had mine for a few years, and they are still in great shape, and keep my feet warm (winter) and dry (winter/spring).  They also have great neutral colours, or amazing patterned boots – depending on your preference.
  7. Any other moms out there have some hard days/weeks every once in awhile?  Give this a read.  Great encouragement.  
  8. Warm Molasses Milk.  Intriguing.  I need to get my hands on some blackstrap molasses so I can try this out.  If you don’t like molasses, try this Hot Sweet Milk.

**Throwback to my sweet little baby girl (who is growing up oh-so fast!)

Orange Poppy Seed Muffins with Tangy Orange Glaze

I told you I’d be back with something a wake-me-up, comfort-style recipe!  

Muffins.  Best breakfast ever.  I know, I know.  They’re basically glorified cupcakes.  But they’re so much more than cupcakes.  First of all, there’s generally some sort of fruit in them.  (Fruit=healthy breaky, right?)  Second, you get to warm them up and slather them with butter.  It’s not looked up well if you do that to a cupcake.  Though I’m sure it’d  be pretty dang tasty.  Butter helps all things.  Except acne.  Never put butter on your face.  Please. 

Anyhow.  We’re going to go citrus because it’s February and all things are citrus.  

I go with the flow.  Sometimes.

Then we’re going to throw in a bunch of poppy seeds, because: crunch.  They just make things better.  

Top it all off with a tangy orange glaze, and you have yourselves the best kind of good morning muffin.  Definitely enjoy with a warm cup of something.  It is winter, after all.  (And who doesn’t need a hot coffee in the morn?)

This recipe is adapted from Girl vs Dough (great blog, look around while you’re there).  She made grapefruit muffins, and she made them a bit healthier than I made mine.  (I’m guilty of hardly ever using whole wheat flour – it makes such a healthy tasting final product.  Generally whole wheat baked good that I make taste like dirt.  Nobody likes to eat dirt, amiright?  I eat whole wheat bread.  That’s it guys.  White flour in all the other things.)

I also didn’t use fresh juice.  I didn’t have any.  I’m never prepared.  I only had one egg, so thank goodness I only needed one.  Instead of fresh juice, we use a scoops of frozen orange juice concentrate.  I learned this trick from a dear friend to whose house I was taking these muffins.  I knew she’d appreciate the tang and unpreparedness of my baking.  It’s super easy, and adds such a nice zing.  She makes AMAZING scones using the same method.  Have I mentioned she’s brilliant?  

To the muffins!  You can seriously throw them together in about ten minutes, make the glaze while baking, and enjoy.  Totally doable for a fresh breakfast, or store them, airtight for 3-4 days and heat up for an on-the-run breaky.

Orange Poppy Seed Muffins with Tangy Orange Glaze
Yields 12
A winter wake-me-up muffin! Crunch and tang.
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Muffins
  1. 2/3 cup sugar
  2. 1/3 cups vegetable oil
  3. 1/4 cup poppy seeds
  4. 2 heaping tsp frozen orange juice concentrate
  5. 2 tsp vanilla
  6. 1 egg
  7. 2 1/2 cups flour
  8. 3 1/2 tsp baking powder
  9. 1 tsp salt
  10. 1 1/4 cup milk
Glaze
  1. 2 Tbsp butter, melted
  2. 1 1/4 cup icing sugar
  3. 1/2 tsp vanilla
  4. 2-3 Tbsp frozen orange juice concentrate
For the Muffins
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line or grease 14 muffin cups.
  2. Mix together sugar, vegetable oil, poppy seeds, and orange juice concentrate.
  3. Add vanilla and eggs. Stir well.
  4. Alternately add dry ingredients and milk.
  5. Fill muffin cups level to top.
  6. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until the middle of the muffins has set.
For the Glaze
  1. Whisk melted butter, icing sugar, vanilla and orange juice concentrate until smooth. Add more icing sugar if too runny, or more orange juice (or milk) if too thick.
Notes
  1. You can definitely use a mixer or a wooden spoon to make these! Whatever you prefer.
Adapted from Girl Versus Dough
Adapted from Girl Versus Dough
Whisks and Wooden Spoons http://whisksandwoodenspoons.com/
Also, if you have any glaze left over, feel free to cut a muffin in half, and drizzle it over the insides too. Please tell me if you do this. I need to know I’m not alone.  *Ahem…

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Valentines Roundup

Lists for Days | February 7, 2017 | By

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Hey again everyone! 

I am soooo sooo soooooo sorry I’ve been completely MIA.  I’ve been really missing doing this.  Christmas (and some other big things – news to come!) happened, and I’ve gotten just about zero baking done.  How about, I’ve hardly gotten anything done.  Period.  But I’m hoping to be back at it [more] regularly.  

I thought for today, we could do a hybrid list.  A Valentines Day list!  I know Valentines is a loved/hated holiday.  I never quite know how I feel about it, or what to get/do for hubby.  But I love the idea of it, and all the cool diy/baking things that go with it.  

Here are some things I’ve found so far this year:

  1. Chocolate is always good, for multiple reasons.  Lava Brownies
  2. Why go out when you can stay in and cook something amazing together?  After the kids are in bed, of course.  Ashley from Not Without Salt has some great, special menu ideas.  
  3. A cute heart wreath to do with the kiddos.
  4. Expensive, pretty lingerie?  Never a necessity, but always nice.  Anthro delivers.
  5. Amazon has a great selection of vintage valentines.  They’re super cute.  
  6. Hubby got me a cookbook a few years ago for Valentines Day.  Best.  Gift.  Ever.  The Vanilla Bean Baking Book would be an amazing option.  I’ve flipped through it, and every single page looks scrumptious.  
  7. Another great menu idea, with Maple Creme Brulee for dessert.
  8. Another great gift idea – Apricot Massage Oil.  I saw it at a local spa, I think it would smell fantastic.  
  9. Gift ideas for him.  Good Morning Handsome mug.  I keep thinking I should buy this.  I’ve been eyeing it for a year or so.  Tobacco and Vanilla Candle.  Sounds weird, but I feel like it would smell manly.  Better might be this Bergamot and Mahogany Candle.  Wowza.
  10. Another great chocolate recipe.  You can’t go wrong with cake.  You just can’t.

I think I’m Valentines-ed out for now.  But I’ll be back!  Hopefully with a yummy, comforting, pick-me-up of a recipe!

**Jude turned FOUR a few weeks ago!  We celebrated with a Zuma (Paw Patrol) cake.