For the Love of Lists – Week 14

Lists for Days | November 9, 2016 | By

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I know I sing the same song every post, but WOW!  How do the days go by so quickly?

Anybody else hate the time change?  I keep sleeping in (ugh – I really like getting up a good 2 hours before the kiddos), my kids keep getting up early, I kind of like getting up when it’s super dark, and not eating supper in the pitch black…  

Anyhow, enough complaining. 

We had an impromptu dance party evening with the kids on Sunday.  I’m so thankful for my hubby, and our shared love of music.  It’s such a great thing to have in life – and we like it loud sometimes.  Also – it’s amazing how many words to so many songs my kids can remember!?  

We also celebrated Briar’s 2nd birthday on Monday, which was a combination of happy and how-is-my-baby-two sadness.  

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So far this week, lists have been pushed aside and my life feels a bit chaotic, so I was looking forward to this post to maybe revamp my list-following for the rest of the week.  I need a bit of organization in my life.  And a maid.  😉  

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  1. I came across this article this week, I and I thought it was very interesting, and pretty spot on.  There is such a thing as obsessing over eating healthy – and it can be bad for your health.  It’s called orthorexia.  
  2. A tunic and a cardigan for your cold-weather style needs.
  3. This article about the cookbook industry, I thought it was quite interesting.  How they survived through the e-book trend.
  4. I made this Creamy White Chicken Chili this week (with a tweak or 5), and it was pretty dang good, not to mention, a pretty quick and easy meal.  
  5. I’ve realized that I’ve pinned FIVE different pumpkin scone recipes.  These three are probably the most likely I’ll make – chai with black tea glaze, with molasses glaze, with ginger
  6. Has anyone started their Christmas shopping yet?  (I haven’t…. *sigh.)  I’m definitely going to order this book for Briar.  I love the authors, and their other book was a favourite growing up.  
  7. These watercolour ornaments might be a really fun diy to do with kids, or by yourself!

**Briar and I enjoying our dance party, her last day of being one.

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The Best Goulash in the Entire World

Savoury | October 30, 2016 | By

We spent a bunch of the weekend in a car, on a [small] road trip.  Truth be told, I was kind of dreading it.  I toyed back and forth between asking for a portable dvd player, and thinking they should learn to look out the windows and imagine, but assuming they would really just drive each other, and Jordan and I, crazy.  A 5 year old, 3 1/2 year old, and an almost 2 year old.  We don’t ever really go very far, so I wasn’t sure what to expect.

Truth be told – it went pretty great!  They slept a bunch of the way there.  We stopped for food, and then they snacked a bit, and played/sang/danced/talked the rest of the way.  The way back was pretty similar.  Except for Briar “MOOOing” for about an hour.  Which was both hilarious and slightly unnerving.  She’s going to be a cow for Halloween tomorrow.  

I find that so many times I create the worst-case scenarios in my head as to how a trip anywhere is going to turn out.  Whether that’s the grocery store, or the park, or a road trip.  Sometimes I convince myself it’s not worth even going.  And I don’t.  Other times I go.  Every so often (wayyy more than I’d like) I’ll go, and the worst-case scenarios ensue.  But so many times, it’s my attitude going into the trip that is probably the cause of the disasters.  

Anyhow.  This weekend went great, and I’m really glad, because hopefully it’ll give me courage to try again.  Get out and travel a little bit with these crazy kids.  

It really was fun.  Sure, there was some normal-kid stuff that happened.  Attitudes that weren’t quite right, sleepy heads (which lead to slightly-cranky-heads), small quarrels.  But it was fine.  It was worth it.  A great fall weekend to put in the books.  Spent with some really wonderful people.  🙂

On to the food part!  

The BEST Goulash

The BEST Goulash

The BEST Goulash

May I present to you:

The BEST Goulash in the Entire World.

The best.  

There is just no argument.

If you were to ask me what my favourite comfort-type style food was growing up, I would have to say this.  

It’s equal parts yummy and amazing.  

My mom and my Nannie both made it amazing-ly, though slightly different.  And I’ve created a version that [I think] is awesome, and slightly different from theirs.  This is a great weeknight meal if you are short on time, or just want to throw something together fairly quickly.  A pan and a pot to dirty, serve with a salad, and voila!  So great.  

It’s a definite kid-friendly meal too!

For some reason, don’t ask me why, we grew up calling it “Chop Suey”.  My hubby was very quick to inform me that it was not, in fact, chop suey.  It was goulash.  I’ve come to agree with him, but I do slip up every once in awhile and resort back to chop suey.  

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The BEST Goulash

This makes a good sized batch – so it’s enough to feed a large family, or provide you with leftovers for lunches through the week!

Let’s make it!

The BEST Goulash in the Entire World
Pasta, tomato sauce, cheese, you name it, it's in there.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 Tbsp olive oil
  2. 1 1/2 lbs hamburger
  3. 1 onion, chopped
  4. 2 cloves garlic, diced finely
  5. 1 pepper, chopped
  6. 2 cans tomato soup
  7. 1/4 cup ketchup
  8. Salt and pepper, to taste
  9. 1/3 cup sugar
  10. 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  11. 1 cup shredded cheddar
  12. 2 cups macaroni
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan. Once it's hot, add in the onion and garlic. Fry for about 2 minutes. Add the peppers. Cook for 2 more minutes. Add hamburger. Cook until no longer red.
  2. While the hamburger is cooking, bring about 6 cups of water to a boil in a medium pot. Once it reaches a boil, add in your pasta. Cook until al dente.
  3. Once the hamburger is cooked through, add tomato soup, ketchup, salt, pepper, sugar, and red pepper flakes. Cook until warm.
  4. Drain pasta and add to saucepan. Stir in cheddar.
  5. As soon as it's heated through, it's ready to eat! So yummy!
Notes
  1. Tweak the flavours by adding more or less sugar, ketchup, and/or red pepper flakes.
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 Cael approved!

The BEST Goulash + Cael

If you’re looking for another comfort-food recipe, check out this Curry Chickpea Stew!

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For the Love of Lists – Week 12

Lists for Days | October 26, 2016 | By

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Hey!  I hope you’re all having a great week.  Ours is flying by, as usual.  It’s been a good week though. 

We’re starting to really feel fall.  It’s getting a cooler, and hasn’t warmed up in a few days.  I guess it was bound to happen eventually.  We be drinking all the tea, coffee, hot chocolate, you name a warm drink – we’re drinking it.  

I love them.  (Warm drinks, I mean.)  They are so cozy, and yummy.  And they make my hands warm.  That really is one of my main reasons for loving to have one.  My hands are cold from October, straight through until June or July. 

Anyone else getting into the fall-swing-o-things?  We’ve started thinking about Halloween costumes, and pumpkin carving.  I’ve definitely had a PSL or two from Starbucks.  I pulled out a scarf for the first time last night, though I haven’t really worn socks yet.  (I guess those would help keep my toes a bit warmer…)

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Anyhow.  Halloween things, fall things, encouraging-Mom-articles, food.  It’s all here in this week’s list. 

  1. Black cat cake anybody?  So cute. 
  2. I think every mom ever has asked if it ever gets easier.  Here‘s an article on that.  We got this, mama. 
  3. Adrianna at A Cozy Kitchen makes amazingly amazing food.  Eg: Pumpkin chai scones with black tea glaze(!!?).  And she even has a colouring cookbook!  (Think colour the beautiful pages and then bake the wonderful food!)
  4. Pumpkin Creme Brulee Cake.  Need I say more?
  5. A coatigan.  Is this not the prettiest, coolest coat ever?  I love it!  And of course, it comes in mustard!  (And many other great colours!)
  6. I’m a sucker for dresses.  Especially black, and black…  and sparkles every once in awhile!
  7. Warm drinks.  Here’s a roundup I found.  They all look pretty darned good!
  8. At Liv for Cake, she made this gorgeous Pumpkin Spice Latte Cake.  Even if you never make it, just go look.  It’s SO pretty.

I hope you all have a great rest of your week.  Drink those warm drink for me, eh?  (Or bring me one… that works too.  🙂  )

**Kiddos shelling beans.  They LOVE doing it.  And Briar loves playing with all the different coloured ones when it’s all done.  

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For the Love of Lists – Week 11

Lists for Days | October 19, 2016 | By

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We have been continuing to keep our selves crazy busy. (I don’t think it’ll ever end.  As much as I hate to say it – I’m kind of looking forward to some snow to keep us storm-stayed.)  I just cannot believe that we’re making our way into the latter half of October. 

I was grocery shopping [very late] last week one evening, and the staff at the store was putting all the Halloween stuff on sale and bringing out the Christmas things!  That being said, I think Costco has had a bunch of their Christmas stock out for almost a month!  I’m NOT ready for that  yet!  

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I have lots of stuff to share this week.  I was busy on the internet searching for things.  Always searching.  

I’m having a Steeped Tea party on Saturday with some lovely ladies, so I’m looking for recipes for that night.  Briar’s birthday is fast approaching, and girly cakes (!!) are exciting to me.  I’m still deciding on a dress to sew Briar, and quilt patterns, meal recipes, etc.  You name it, I’m searching the web for it.  

  1. Here are a couple of books (fiction novels) that I thought looked good enough to read.  They’re on my to-read list.  
    1. In the Unlikely Event, by Judy Blume
    2. Voracious:  A Hungry Reader Cooks Her Way through Great Books, by Cara Nicoletti
    3. Today Will be Different, by Maria Semple
  2. While we’re on a reading kick, I also thought these two books looked great in a thought-provoking and encouraging kind of way:
    1. Grace, Not Perfection, by Emily Ley
    2. Present over Perfect, by Shauna Niequist
  3. A tea party = Scones, right?  What kind though?  Maple Date, Peach Cobbler, Blueberry Lavender, Apple Ginger.  The options are endless.  Help!
  4. Blow-your-mind diy:  Paper Marbling with shaving cream and food colouring.  It’s SO COOL.  I might just go use all hubby’s shaving cream.   Seriously though, even if you aren’t interested in doing it – go look at it!  It’s beautiful!
  5. I’m always on the hunt for jackets.  Mostly because they get worn so stinking much here.  Cape-style (mustard!), long and burgundy,  moto jacket (mustard again!),  gray blazer, red tweed, and a navy peacoat
  6. IKEA‘s new 2017 catalog is now available!!  I LOVE devouring the pages of their yearly catalogs.  They really do have some awesome products, and the layouts of the rooms in the catalogs are amazing!  You can get one for free in the mail.  Do it.  Such a good look-book.

There you have it!  Random bits of stuff. 

**Fall colours everywhere!  Photo credits to hubby.  

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Apple Ginger Scones

I sometimes wish that I had the time to jot down what I’m thinking about writing for a post right when I think of it.  Truth is – I don’t.  Saturday, when I was making these scones, I had great ideas about what to write in the post.  However, I was also doing laundry, refereeing children, trying to get them all dressed and ready to go, and making the house semi-presentable.  Oh, and making the best scones ever.  All I can remember about what I was going to write is that is was pretty good!  Maybe it’ll come back to me as I go along. 

I think it had something to do with the strong flavours that I seem to have a tendency to love.  I’ve mentioned before that I love all things peanut butter, anything with lavender in it, and ginger.  Ginger, oh ginger.  You are so yummy.  I normally keep a container of crystallized (or I call it candied) ginger in my cupboard.  It’s a great sweet treat every once in awhile.  Spicy and sweet.  Guess who else likes it?  My boys!  I think it’s pretty great that they share some of my loves.  Especially this one, because wow!  Sometimes that stuff is REALLY spicy.  

Apple Ginger Scones

Apple Ginger Scones

Apple Ginger Scones

There is a bakery in town that makes apricot ginger scones.  And I LOVE them.  The mellowing flavour of the apricot and the spicy kick from the ginger come together to make a bonkers awesome scone.  And I love those chewy chunks of both.  I don’t really like spending $4 for one scone though.  I wanted to try to recreate for at home, but using a seasonal fruit.  

Enter:  Apples. 

We went apple picking last weekend, so I had some really great ones on hand.  I think I used a Cortland.  It was a pretty big apple, but I used the whole thing – if you want less of an apple party in your scone, I’d suggest using a small apple, or only using half a large one.  It’s definitely customizable.  

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Apple Ginger Scones
Serves 8
Great scones, with sweet apples, and spicy ginger.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 1/2 cups flour
  2. 2 tsp baking powder
  3. 1/2 tsp salt
  4. 1/4 cup sugar
  5. 3/4 cup butter
  6. 3/4 cup + 2 Tbsp buttermilk
  7. 1/2 tsp vanilla
  8. 1/3 cup candied ginger, chopped
  9. 1 medium apple, peeled and diced
  10. 1 Tbsp butter, melted (for brushing)
  11. Sugar for sprinkling
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Mix the first four dry ingredients together in a medium bowl. Cut in the butter with a pastry cutter, two knives, or your fingers, until the crumbs resemble small peas.
  3. Pour in buttermilk and vanilla, and stir lightly, until just combined.
  4. Add in ginger and apples.
  5. Turn onto a lightly floured surface, and roll into a circle (about 9-10 inches diameter, 1 inch thick, or so). Cut into 6-8 pieces. Transfer to cookie sheet, leaving at least a 1/4 inch between scones. Brush tops with melted butter, and sprinkle with sugar.
  6. Bake for 22-25 minutes, or until the tops are lightly browned. Let cool on cookie sheet for 8-10 minutes, and then either EAT or transfer to a cooling rack.
Notes
  1. You can most certainly cut these smaller, if you just want bite-sized scones, or cut them out into rounds! Whatever you're looking to do. Just note that they might have a shorter bake time if they're smaller.
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 I so hope you make these scones!  They’re pretty dang easy.  Just don’t over-mix them (you don’t want tough scones, do you?!).  I would highly recommend making these on a Saturday morning after one coffee, and then [trying] to drink a second cup leisurely as they bake in the oven.  So good. 

If you want to check out some other scones, here are some Lavender Berry Scones, and Raspberry Scones.

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Curry Chickpea Stew

Savoury | October 10, 2016 | By

There is something in the fall air that makes me crave soup.  Soup and fresh carbs of some sort.  Homemade bread, biscuits, corn bread.  Okay.  Maybe I just want soup because it makes me feel okay about eating a slab of bread.

Really though, I do love soup.  

Curry Chickpea Stew

Curry Chickpea Stew

And Briar does too!  She shovels it in like there’s no tomorrow.  Even if Mommy may have made it a touch too spicy for the kids.  If there are chickpeas involved – even better.  She digs those out first, and then finishes the rest of the soup off.  Funny kid, eh?  I feel like most kids would leave those for last, and then mush them up and try to make them look like they aren’t there.  (Sounds like something I might have done….)

I whipped this up in the spring with every intention to make it again.  It took me awhile, but once fall rolls around, I’m ready for those cozy stews and soups again.  It’s so easy and so yummy! And you don’t have to remember to thaw protein!  (Which I am absolutely the worst at remembering!  Much to my mother’s dismay.  She always remembers.  I have much to live up to. 😉  )

That to say, this is a vegetarian stew.  Which I love, every once in awhile.  

I only make somethings sans meat about once every two weeks.  Because my hubby seems to think he might die if there is no meat in a meal.  So extreme. 

In his brain a meal = meat.  If there is no meat, it’s just a snack.  Or something like that.

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Did I say it’s easy?  Because it totally is.  You literally have to chop a handful of things, and then just throw the rest in, and cook for awhile.  Result = amazing.

It’s even more amazing the day after.  Somehow.  You know how chilis, soups, and stews just grow in flavour overnight?  It’s pretty awesome.

This would be great to make after all the turkey that has been eaten this weekend.  I know you’re sick of slaving in the kitchen.  Heck, you might even be able to get your hubbies to make it.  Wouldn’t that be nice?

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I wasn’t kidding about eating it with a hunk of some sort of carb either.  It’s a necessity.  Preferably a fresh, warm carb, slathered in butter.  Melty, drippy butter.  Soaking into a warm, yummy bread.  Gahh!  My stomach is currently demanding I get up and make bread.  (It’s 9pm – there’s no possible way I’m doing that.)  

Curry Chickpea Stew
Delicious curry mixed into a tomato based, chickpea + veggie laden stew. So much yum.
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Ingredients
  1. 3 Tbsp olive oil
  2. 4-5 medium carrots, peeled and diced
  3. 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cubed
  4. 1 onion, diced
  5. 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
  6. 1 sweet pepper, diced
  7. 4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  8. 1 can diced tomatoes
  9. 2 cans chickpeas
  10. 2 cups pasta (your choice - I've used egg noodles, and fusilli)
  11. 3-4 big handfuls of spinach, roughly chopped
  12. 2 -3 Tbsp curry
  13. 1 tsp chili powder
  14. 1/2 tsp cayenne powder
  15. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a large saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add carrots, sweet potato and onion. Sautee for 8-10 minutes, and then add the garlic and peppers. Once the garlic starts to brown a bit and your house smells amazing, throw in the spices, and cook for about 2 more minutes. Get those flavours rolling.
  2. Pour in stock, diced tomatoes, and chickpeas. Cook for 20-25 minutes.
  3. About 10 minutes before serving, add in your pasta and cook until it's al dente. Stir in the spinach until wilted, and serve!
Notes
  1. Adjust the spices (curry and cayenne) to your liking! Make it spicier, or turn the heat down.
  2. This also freezes great! And it makes enough that you may be able to eat a meal and then freeze a meal (depending on how ravenous you may be).
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I really hope you enjoy! 

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Curry Chickpea Stew

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A Month In Pictures – August

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Another month – so many more pictures.  I had the camera out quite a bit this month.  Not for long shoots, but just to catch random day-to-day occurrences.  I know this sounds depressing, but I keep thinking that these kids won’t be small, cute, and funny for very long. (And thank goodness for that from a discipline/parenting point of view.  Whoever thought it would be easy to raise good kids?  It’s tough.)  Anyhow.  I try to get pictures when they’re being them.  Which means they’re not always the best ‘styled’ pictures.  But they’re my kids.  You know?

Jude - Cocoa Mustache

We had a super busy month.  It just kept getting busier, trying to stuff as much as we could (mostly as much as could) into getting the most out of the warm summer season.  I’m still trying to squeeze summer things in.

 Movie and Popcorn

We did ALL.  The.  Things.  

Wedding day

We hung out at church camp on and off for two weeks, had beach picnics, playground dates, made lots of food, decorated a few cakes, jumped on the trampoline forever and a day, went to a wedding.  It seemed like we were gone every evening.  Which was fantastic.  Part of me is happy it’s coming to a more scheduled end.  The rest of me is screaming, and bucking at the idea of having an organized anything.  

Fam Jam at the wedding

I think I’ve mentioned before, we are starting to homeschool Cael this fall, starting next week.  So the scheduling is starting to become real.  He’s super pumped, and I’m excited and nervous.  But I think it’ll be good.  They scary part is trying to school with two littles.  And the fact that his education is in my hands.  I’ll update on how that’s going…

Cael's Cheesy Smile

So, this is the final hurrah to August.  Not to summer.  We still have a few weeks left of that.  Get it straight, eh?  I’ll do a last hurrah to summer next month.  😉  And a welcome dance to leggings and long sleeved shirts.  And lattes.  (Though, who in their right mind really gives those up over summer?  NOT ME!)

**Jude decided he wanted hot cocoa in the middle of August.  I’m down with cocoa any time of the year.  He had the best hot cocoa mustache going on. 

**We had to take some chill time – movie and popcorn time!  

**My handsome (but grumpy-looking/he doesn’t like pictures) hubby and I at a beautiful wedding.

**The whole fam-jam at the wedding.  Briar and Jude were flower girl/ring bearer, respectively.

**Cael – how he’s starting school is beyond me.  My handsome oldest dude. 

For the Love of Lists – Week 5

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List:  (noun)  A bunch of crazy things Kayleigh has found on the internet lately and feels she should share with the world, written down, typically one below the other.  (Because how else can you do it on a blog post?  Post-it notes have so many more options – in the margins, sideways, upside-down even!  Anywhere writing will fit.)

Bakerella's Sugar Cookies - Whisks and Wooden Spoons

I hope you all had a great long weekend.  We spent it soaking up more sun, and loving time spent with Daddy home.  We went to an outdoor play Sunday, which was pretty amazing, and had a picnic the day before. Yesterday, we went to the local winery and picked buckets of blueberries.  I’d say we had a pretty fantastic weekend!  

Here is a compilation of craziness for this week:

  1. Foodgawker.  It’s a food-lovers-bliss kind of a site.  Beautiful pictures of food.  And guess what?  I’ve finally been getting photos accepted on Foodgawker!  Which is super exciting!  I’ve been submitting on and off since I started Forever Faith and Food, around 5 years ago, and hadn’t gotten a picture accepted until this month!  If you want to find me on there, search by submitter:  KayleighP 
  2. I’m continuing to share my weaknesses with you.  Lavender.  Pinterest it a witness to my weakness and absolute love of infusing all the baked things with lavender.  I know it sounds weird, but trust me.  It’s amazing.  Check out this cheesecake, these scones, and this cake.  SO good.  Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it. 
  3. Floral tastes take two.  This is my most favourite tea ever.  And it has a great floral note of lavender.  David’s Tea is pretty amazing. 
  4. NERD ALERT!  Something I kind of normally keep to myself (though I’m sure many people presume this to be true), is that I’m a huge nerd.  To hail to that, I’m going to include this link for a DIY Tardis Pumpkin.  Pumpkin season is coming and we need new ideas to decorate them.  This is the best idea ever!  (In case you didn’t know, the Tardis is a flying police box, flown by Dr. Who.  Everyone really should know that.)
  5. One thing I am really looking forward to as we head into the change of seasons (though, so help me, it won’t happen until Fall is official), is tunic/long shirts and leggings.  I’ve got this theory that a mom came up with this outfit.  Because it’s the most comfortable and stylish-feeling combo ever, in my books.  Old Navy has some great tunics, not to mention affordable!  This one is my favourite, followed by this, and this dressier, but still relaxed number.  (Those first two are under $20, just so you know…)

Have a great week!  

**Here’s an extra link for those cookies pictured above.  The boys helped make them (drop cookies – wuttttt!), and the easy piped icing makes them look pretty fantastical.  Bakerella’s Sugar Cookies.  Yum.

Streusel Topped Peanut Butter Stuffed Zucchini Muffins

Can somebody please tell me that August is still here?  September, how are have you already arrived?  Do you know that saying that time goes faster as you get older?  Because you should definitely heed it.  It’s true.  To the nth degree. 

Zucchini Muffins - dollops of peanut butter

Sweet summer is passing us by.  The bright coloured flowers are being replaced with golden rod and baby’s breath.  Fall colours are starting to burst out here and there.  Don’t get me wrong, I love fall.  It’s a great time.  But as I’ve said time and again – I love me some summer more than the rest.  That sun beating down on my skin, making me roast, it’s such a great feeling.  Sun-kissed kids running around.  That’s what it’s all about.  I’m determined that pants will not be constraining these legs until Autumn is official.  Dresses and shorts – bare legs – cold or not, until fall comes.  (I may have a stubborn streak in there somewhere.)

Streusel Topped Peanut Butter Stuffed Zucchini Muffins - Whisks and Wooden Spoons

Fall or not, this is zucchini season!  Everyone around here who has a garden (not yours truly… we slacked off on that this year) has a BUNCH of zucchinis.  We’ve been blessed with a few, so I’ve made zucchini bread, had curry with zucchini, I have zucchini lasagna on the menu this week, AND I made these muffins!  I think these may well blow your mind if you like peanut butter.  And breakfast.  Or muffins for supper.  Or zucchini.  If you like any of these things, you’ll like these muffins.  

Streusel Topped Peanut Butter Stuffed Zucchini Muffins - Whisks and Wooden Spoons

We’re just going to go right ahead and assume that the zucchini in these muffins cancels out all the other things and makes them healthy.  Okay?  Deal. 

Streusel Topped Peanut Butter Stuffed Zucchini Muffins - Whisks and Wooden Spoons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Because a healthy streusel-topped, peanut butter stuffed muffin just does NOT exist.  Let’s be real.  Some mornings we don’t want healthy.  We need sweet.  (Or am I alone on that?)  Pour me a big cup of coffee.  Let me have that peanut butter and streusel, please! Perfect Saturday morning.  Or any morning, for that matter!

Streusel Topped Peanut Butter Stuffed Zucchini Muffins
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Moist zucchini muffins with a great peanut butter punch, and a streusel crunch.
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Muffins
  1. 1 cup shredded zucchini
  2. 2 cups flour
  3. 2 tsp baking powder
  4. pinch salt
  5. 1/2 cup sour cream
  6. 1/2 cup margarine, softened
  7. 1/4 cup milk
  8. 2 eggs
  9. 1 tsp vanilla
  10. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  11. 1/4 cup white sugar
Streusel
  1. 1/2 cup flour
  2. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  3. 1/3 cup brown sugar
  4. 3 Tbsp butter
Peanut Butter Filling
  1. 1/2 cup peanut butter
  2. 1/4 cup icing sugar
Extra
  1. 2 Tbsp peanut butter, melted
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Put muffin liners in muffin tins.
  2. For the muffins, mix together margarine, and sugars until combined. Add vanilla, and eggs. Followed by sour cream.
  3. Stir in flour, baking powder, and salt, alternately with milk.
  4. Add in that zucchini, and stir until it's all combined.
  5. For the streusel, mix all ingredients together until you have a decent crumb.
  6. For the peanut butter filling, mix together. It'll be thick, but that's good!
  7. Add about a [slightly heaping] tablespoon of muffin batter to each muffin cup. Scoop a dollop of peanut butter mixture onto each base of batter. Top with another [slightly heaping] tablespoon of batter. It should look pretty full. That's okay.
  8. Top with streusel and throw them in the oven for between 20-25 minutes. They'll start to brown, and will be set in the middle.
  9. As soon as you take them out of the oven, drizzle with the melted peanut butter. Let set in their tins for 5 minutes or so, and place on a rack to cool.
  10. Enjoy!
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I really hope you enjoy these!  They were super moist and yummy, not to mention peanut butter-y! 

**This post is linked to What’s Cooking Wednesday at Buns in my Oven, Link Party Palooza on Lil’ Luna, and on Christian Blogger Community Linkup

Streusel Topped Peanut Butter Stuffed Zucchini Muffins - Whisks and Wooden Spoons

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Rolls

It DOES feel like fall.  And much too soon, in my opinion.  I’ve switched from shorts, a tank, and sandals to socks, sweaters, and leggings in a week.  From iced coffee to hot vanilla nut tea and hot chocolate.  (Not that it’s bad, just different, and MUCH too soon.)  I digress…

My counter.  Technically, it’s the desk my wonderful father made for me in elementary school, that I absolutely love.  But right now, it’s serving some time as a kitchen counter.  I was looking at it this evening after I put cinnamon rolls in the oven, and came to the conclusion that it’s a lot like my life.

Desk Explosion

Look at the organized clutter, the spattering of flour and cinnamon, the balancing of the laptop.  It’s got character, dents,scrapes, and doodles.  Lots of love oozes out of it when I think of the time and love my daddy poured into it as he made it.  (It’s got to be my favourite Christmas present ever.  Seconded by the hope chest he made me a few years later.)  My life is like my desk.  Organized, but in a messy, ‘only-I-know-where-everything-is-but-it-REALLY-is-organized’, kind of way.  Cluttered like my brain, jumping and crashing from one thought to the next.  Spattered like the laughter, screams, squeals, and tears of my family, throughout every day.  My life has had its share of dents and scrapes.  Doodles are the fun, quirky times.  So much love has been shoved into my life, and so much love squeezes out of me.  It’s give and take kind-o-deal.

There you go.  My life in a desk.  Didn’t think you’d ever come across that comparison now, did you?

On the other hand…

I may or may not need more counter space.  Either way, I had just enough room, in this cluttered mess, to make Whole Wheat Cinnamon Rolls.  I’m not going to share the recipe, I’ll just send you over to Piping Dreams for that.  But I did just want to say hey, and share a few photos.  Sorry (yet again) for being disconnected the past year.  Spring was crazy.  I thought, ‘Surely I’ll have some down time in the summer!’.  I was wrong.  Now that summer has flown by, and fall is at my heels, I’m thinking, ‘I must MAKE time through the fall and winter months!’.  Will it happen?  Only time will tell.

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Rolls

But for now, I leave you with cinnamon and clove scents wafting through my kitchen into yours.  As Lauren says in her post, these only take 30 minutes TOPS to whip up.  You can have your house smelling like mine in no time.  Or you can come over for coffee right now… or in the morning.  Whichever.

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Rolls

My hubby couldn’t wait for me to even get pictures, before he tried snatching a cinnamon roll.  What I didn’t tell him was that they were whole wheat.  Will he notice?  I haven’t heard any comments yet.  I’ll let you know.  (Sneaky wife here, trying to get him to eat healthier…  Do cinnamon rolls count as healthier?  Imma say yes.  Why not?)

If you really aren’t into whole wheat, check out these bad boys:  Nanny’s Cinnamon Rolls.  Yummmm!

Or these:  Apple Jelly Tea Rolls.  So good.  Soooo fall-ish.

Pictures of the kiddos you say?  Why, sure!

Cael's Fedora

Jude's new hat

{Hats all around.  Cael wearing his uncle’s fedora, and Jude’s new hat knit by a great friend of the family}

I have a hat fetish.  There are so many awesome hats that look absolutely adorable on little boys…  *sigh.