Corndog Muffins



We love corndog muffins in our house, I like to whip up a batch on Sundays because they are so easy to make and so tasty for snacking and for the school week. The kids love it when I pack these for lunch :)





INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 6 hot dogs ( We love the Hebrew National brand)

DIRECTIONS:


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Coat a 24-cup mini muffin tin with nonstick spray.
  2. In a a mixing bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, baking soda and salt. In a large glass measuring cup or another bowl, whisk together buttermilk, butter, sugar and eggs. Pour mixture over dry ingredients and mix until combined.
  3. Scoop 1 tablespoon batter into each cup and place 1 hot dog piece into the center. Place into oven and bake for 10 minutes, or until golden brown.
  4. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.



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        Cinnamon Muffins



        I have a picky two year old, but on of the things he eats well are muffins. So I usually  give him a muffin every morning with some fruit and sausage. I have been alternating between two of his favorites: blueberry muffins and poppyseed muffins, which he loves, but I am getting tired of making the the same two muffins all the time, well I am happy to have found another muffin recipe he loves to add to the mix. These muffins taste like a cinnamon roll without the trouble of making cinnamon rolls ;). 






        INGREDIENTS:
        muffin batter:
        • 3/4 cup granulated white sugar
        • 1 large egg
        • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
        • 2 tsp baking power
        • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
        • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
        • 3/4 cup milk
        • 1 tsp vanilla extract
        cinnamon swirl:
        • 1/2 cup brown sugar
        • 1 tsp cinnamon
        • 3 tbsp butter, melted and hot
        vanilla glaze:
        • 1 cup powdered sugar
        • 1/4 tsp vanilla
        • 1-2 tbsp milk

        DIRECTIONS:

        1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a regular muffin tin with cupcake liners (12 total).
        2. In a large bowl, whisk together sugar and egg until combined. Add in remaining muffin base ingredients and whisk until batter is smooth.
        3. Fill each muffin cup about 1/2 full. You will have leftover batter which you will add later
        4. In a glass cup measuring cup or a small bowl, melt the butter. Add cinnamon and brown sugar. The mixture should have the consistency of a thick liquid. Add a small dollop of mixture into each muffin cup (about 1/2 tsp each) and swirl it a few times into the batter with a knife, careful not to let it completely mix. You want the cinnamon sugar mixture to remain as swirls in the batter. You should only use less than 1/2 of your cinnamon sugar mixture for this step, reserving the rest for later. Add remaining muffin batter to muffin cups, covering the swirled mixture. Each muffin tin should be about 2/3 full and you should have enough batter for 12 muffins.
        5. Reheat your cinnamon swirl mixture if it has thickened. Add a tiny amount on top of the batter, and swirl with a knife again. 
        6. Bake for about 20 minutes until muffins are puffy and toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Let muffins cool in the  baking pan.
        7. While muffins are cooling, make the glaze. In a small bowl, mix powdered sugar, vanilla and 1 tbsp milk. Whisk until smooth. If glaze is too thick, add a little more milk, careful to not add too much at once. Once your glaze reaches the consistency you desire, drizzle on top of muffins. Serve once glaze is set.


        Enjoy,


        1st day of school 2016!


        School is in session, and I don't know what to do with my self. 
        Even though I have a house to clean, meals to prep, laundry to do, I can't seem to concentrate on any of those tasks. My two older kids are in school and the house seems too quiet. 

        Emily started school last week with grades 1-5, and is already a pro at it. She hugged Nico and whispered comforting words to him and then ran off to find her friends. I walked Nico into his class, and we found his desk together. He had a pencil box and a coloring sheet waiting for him. It was so hard for me to leave, he's been by my side for 5 years. He didn't go to day care, or preschool, and I have taught him everything he  knows, and now entrusting him to someone else is so difficult. 
        But it's part of growing up, and I trust that God has good plans for their lives. 
        It is such a comfort and peace to remember that God is always in control and present in our children lives.

        Joshua 1:19 comes to mind:

        "This is my command- be strong and courages! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you where ever you go. "






        I have decided to ask these ten questions to my kids on the first day of school, it will be fun to see how the answers change year by year. 

        Nico

        1. How old are you?
        5
        2. What is your favorite color?
        red
        3. What is your favorite food?
        cheese pizza
        4. What is your favorite TV show?
        blaze 
        5. What is your favorite holiday?
        Christmas
        6. What is your favorite thing to do with Mom?
        bake cookies
        7. What is your favorite thing to do with Dad?
        play ninetendo mario 
        8. What do you want to be when you grow up?
        Toy designer 
        9. What is your favorite movie?
        Toy story
        10. What is your favorite toy/stuffed animal?
        Mario pull back cars



        Emily:


        1. How old are you?
        8
        2. What is your favorite color?
        turquoise 
        3. What is your favorite food?
        corn on the cob
        4. What is your favorite TV show?
        magic schoolbus
        5. What is your favorite holiday?
        hanukkah
        6. What is your favorite thing to do with Mom?
        getting our nails done
        7. What is your favorite thing to do with Dad?
        go biking 
        8. What do you want to be when you grow up?
        teacher
        9. What is your favorite movie?
        zootopia
        10. What is your favorite toy/stuffed animal?
        horses

        Their answers put a smile on my face, I am wondering if they will change much next year :)

        Thank you for visiting, 



        Dahlia Festival


        I love gardening, even though I don't know very much about it. One thing I love planting and growing are flowers. I dream of one day having a "secret" garden. Little paths leading through different varieties of flowers and shrubs, with a bench here and there for curling up with a book. Doesn't that just sounds dreamy?
         But until that time comes, I enjoy visiting flower farms. Recently, my sister and I visited a dahlia farm. It was my first time ever going there and I was amazed at all the beauty. They have 360 varieties of dahlias on 40 acres. I never would have imagined that there would be so many different types of dahlias. 

        We made a "play date" out of it, we had one day before school started and decided to do something a little different. We strolled the grounds, took some pictures and then went out to lunch. 
        One of the things the kids enjoyed doing is reading the names of the dahlias, because alot of them have silly names like: tootles, hockey pokey, blah blah blah, bedhead and cabana banana. 

        This is something I will be looking forward to coming to every year now, I can't pass the opportunity to see so much beauty, and if you are ever in Portland in August, you should definitely take a trip to the Swan Island Dahlias farm. 





        Visiting Multnomah Falls



        Last week was the last full week of summer break, I had plans. Big plans, however all the plans got canceled once the kids got the stomach flu, The most dreaded form of sickness in our house.
         So instead of going on our last few summer adventures, we stayed home and recovered from our flu. 

        Once the kids were better, we decided we needed to get out of the house. Somewhere outside for some much needed fresh air. Visiting Multnomah Falls sounded like a great idea, and we weren't disappointed. The lush greenery, beautiful falls, the views we saw. It was all worth the drive.  

        I am always in awe when I look up at the water crashing down. It is all so beautiful. 



        -Nico cracks me up in this picture :)-

        -William wasn't keen on being strapped to a stroller, he much rather be jumping into the waterfall-

        Homemade Healthy Fruit Snacks


        My kids love snacks. An hour after they eat a full meal, they will ask for a snack, and I don't mind, as long as it is a healthy snack. I don't even know why I cook for them... they can just eat snacks all day long. 

        Even though I am not a "crunchy mama", I still try to make the right decisions for my kids, and tend to stick to the "healthier" versions of things. BUT,  I have to admit that sometimes "TASTE" wins over "good for you" things. If you follow me on Instagram, you know I bake atleast twice a week. We have muffins, cookies, cakes almost every week. When my mom was visiting, she told me that she no longer uses white flour, and avoids sugar, and I should try it to. How do I bake a cake without white flour and sugar?! Nope, sorry, won't do it. I have a major sweet tooth. But as I say, everything in moderation :)


        So when Nadia from My Fruit Shack contacted me about trying out their fruit snack molds, I jumped at the opportunity. The idea of making a healthy version of my kids favorite snack appealed to me.

        Since receiving the kit, we have already made fruit snacks on two different occasions, and my daughter is already thinking of different flavors she wants to try out next. 

        The kit comes with 4 different molds, 4 trays, 2 droppers and a recipe card.  



        There are two different ways to make fruit snacks, you can use juice or jello mix. I wanted to make a more healthier version, so I decided to use Naked juice. 



        You also need gelatin. I bought my beef gelatin here
        You can sweeten your fruit snacks with honey or sugar.