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I love citrus year round but nothing beats the New England January blahs like cooking and baking with lemons.  That's why for this month's #MuffinMonday I chose Lemon Pound Cake Muffins from Taste of Home. 

 

I did make a few small changes to the Lola B's recipe.  I hate to see anything to go waste so I zested the lemon into the batter before juicing it to use in the glaze. I used a large cookie scoop to fill my paper lined cups, it makes it so easy to divide the batter up evenly.

 

Mine baked in exactly 20 mins, but be sure not to overbake.  I moved them to a wire rack to cool and before glazing them I popped a rimmed baking sheet under the rack to catch the excess.  For the glaze I used 1 cup of powdered sugar and the juice of a large lemon.  For us, that was plenty to cover all 12 muffins.

 

Thank you to Stacey for hosting #MuffinMonday!  Be sure to check out the links down below to all of the other amazing recipes being shared this month! 


Lemon Pound Cake Muffins

Lemon Pound Cake Muffins

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
  • Zest from 1 large lemon
  • 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
GLAZE:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • Juice from 1 large lemon

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes.
  2. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the sour cream and extracts. Add lemon zest.
  3. Combine the flour, salt and baking soda; add to creamed mixture just until moistened.
  4. Fill 12 greased or paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full.
  5. Bake at 400° until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 18-20 minutes.
  6. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. Combine the glaze ingredients; drizzle over muffins.  I place a baking sheet underneath catch the glaze runoff for easier clean up.
Source: https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/lemon-pound-cake-muffins/
lemon, muffins, homemade
Breakfast, Muffins, Snacks
American


#MuffinMonday is a group of muffin loving bakers who get together once a month to bake muffins. You can see all of our lovely muffins by following our Pinterest board. Updated links for all of our past events and more information about Muffin Monday can be found on our home page.





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January is #NationalOatmealMonth and today I'm celebrating all things oats with some of my foodie friends! Nothing quite hits the spot on a cold New England morning like a bowl of oatmeal. It's been one of my go-to breakfasts for a few years now and I'm always looking for new ways to change it up.  I found this recipe on the Taste of Home site and made a few changes to make it work for us. 


First I added a teaspoon of chia seeds along with the oats, maple syrup, milk and vanilla.  Though I mixed it up in a medium sized bowl, I then transferred it to 4 Ball jars so that I can easily grab one each morning.  


I topped the jars with Greek Yogurt in Apple Pie flavor, and then added a generous amount of locally made Maple Nut Granola for texture.  It would be great with fresh fruit as the recipe suggests but I didn't get any in my grocery pickup this week. 

 

 

You can eat this hot or cold, it's delicious either way. Thank you to Maddie K. for sharing her recipe! Be sure to go and check out all the other great recipes from my foodie friends in celebration of #NationalOatmealMonth by clicking the links down below!


Overnight Maple Oatmeal

Overnight Maple Oatmeal
Yield: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 1 cup  milk
  • 1/4 cup real maple syrup (not pancake syrup!)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt, I used
  • 2 Tablespoons Maple Nut Granola or chopped nuts, if desired

Instructions

  1. Combine oats, chia, milk, maple syrup and vanilla in a bowl. Divide between ball jars.
  2. Add 1/4 cup of yogurt to each jar. Top with granola or nuts if desired.
  3. Place lids on jars. Refrigerate overnight.
Source: https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/overnight-maple-oatmeal/
oatmeal, maple, overnight oats
Breakfast, Make Ahead, Healthy
American



National Oatmeal Month



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Once in a while my husband presents me with a cooking challenge and this time around he brought home some salmon.  I've never cooked it and it had a pretty hefty price tag on it, so I turned to my most trusted resource, Taste of Home.  

I made a few small changes to the recipe ingredients, I added some minced garlic and I also laid sliced lemons on top of the fillets.  I baked them in the oven at 350º, and they were done to his liking at around 22 minutes.  

He absolutely loved it! I didn't even get a chance to take pictures of it on the plate he dug into it so fast.  I'm looking forward to trying it outdoors on our fire pit in the spring!

Lemon Basil Salmon

Lemon Basil Salmon

Ingredients

  • 2 salmon fillets (5 ounces each)
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • Lemon slices

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350º.  Place each fillet, skin side down, on a piece of heavy-duty foil (about 12 in. square). Mix melted butter, basil, garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper; spoon over salmon. Lay slices of lemon on each fillet.  Fold foil around fish, sealing tightly.
  2. Cook until fish just begins to flake easily with a fork, 20 to 25 minutes.  Open foil carefully to allow steam to escape.
Adapted for the oven from: https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/lemon-basil-salmon/
salmon, healthy, lemon
Seafood, Easy
American
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I'm in charge of the desserts for all of our holiday family gatherings.  I do a combination of new recipes and family favorites, and these Chocolate Caramel Brownie Cups are on the must-make list every year! The recipe was originally given to me by a friend via an online message board, and I've been making them for 10 years. 

 

It doesn't get much easier. You make brownie batter from a box mix, I use the family size Betty Crocker Fudge Brownie mix.  I scoop the batter into paper lined mini muffin tins using a cookie scoop, then drop one Rolo into each cup. I bake them for 10 mins. It makes 48 yummy bite size treats!

 
You can also use mini peanut butter cups or the filled Hershey's kisses, both turn out great.  Thank you so much to LaDonna for sharing this recipe with me!


Chocolate Caramel Brownie Cups

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Chocolate Caramel Brownie Cups
Author: Jolene Martinelli

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg. Betty Crocker Brownie Mix (18.3 oz Family Size), plus ingredients to make brownies
  • 24 chocolate covered caramel candy (Rolos)

Instructions

  1. Mix brownie batter according to package directions.
  2. Fill paper-lined mini muffin cups 2/3 full.
  3. Remove wrappers from Rolo candy. Place one rolo in each cup and press into batter slightly
  4. Bake 350 for 10 to 12 minutes.
  5. Let cool completely.
Source: LaDonna R.
caramel, chocolate, brownie
Desserts, Brownies, Easy
American
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This is the last day of #ChristmasCookies Week and I'm sharing one last find from my Gram's recipe box.  I always hesitate when it comes to rolled out cookies, but the combination of the spices in these just seemed so perfect for the holidays I decided to give them a try. I highly recommend grating the spices fresh if you can.  I have a handheld twist grater that's awesome for this.

This post is sponsored in conjunction with Christmas Cookies Week . I received complimentary product from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of my recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

 

While the dough was in the fridge chilling I searched through all of my fun cookie cutters. At the bottom of the box was the nested set of stars. When my son was small we used them to make 3D Christmas Trees. 

I cut out 2 each of the 6 sizes.  Then I chose took the second smallest and used it for the remainder of the dough. They don't spread, but be sure not to crowd the sheets or they won't bake evenly.  Once they cooled I used my favorite Powdered Sugar Glaze on all but 10 of the smaller stars. You can tint it green if you like, but I wanted it to look like snow so I didn't.

I got two wonderful sprinkle mixes from Sweets and Treats, Lumber Jack and Mean One.  Either would have worked with the tree theme, but in the end I had to go with Mean One, which is inspired by one of my all time favorite holiday movies. 


For the tree stars, I piped icing just around the edges and then added on the sprinkles.  After it was set, I stacked them from largest to smallest, and added the smaller stars in between the larger ones to give it more height. I tipped the last one up and piped some icing behind it to keep it in place.


Thank you so much to Sweets and Treats, Anolon, Adams Extracts and Millican Pecans for sponsoring #ChristmasCookies Week. Be sure to go and enter the giveaway down below!  Big thanks also to Ellen from Family Around the Table, Christie from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures and Heather from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks for hosting, and to all the other bloggers for sharing their amazing recipes! 

Spiced Holiday Cutouts

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Spiced Holiday Cutouts
Author: Jolene's Recipe Journal

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups flour, sifted
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 tablespoons raw sugar  OR Decorator icing, sprinkles, etc

Instructions

  1. Beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add eggs, mixing well.  Add in flour and spices until combined.  Dough will be soft.  Wrap well and refrigerator for 1 to 2 hours.
  2. Heat oven to 350º.  Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  3. Split dough in half. Roll out to about 1/4" thick on a lightly floured surface.  Cut into shapes as desired. You can gather the scraps and reroll them gently. Repeat with remaining dough.
  4. Place cookies onto prepared sheets.  Sprinkle the tops with raw  sugar or leave plain if you plan on icing them.
  5. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool on sheets 1 to 2 minutes, then remove to wire rack to cool completely. 
  6. If desired, frost cookies and decorate with sprinkles, candies, etc.  Store in an airtight container.
cookies, holiday, cutouts
Desserts, Cookies
American
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a Rafflecopter giveaway

Welcome to #ChristmasCookies week where more than 25 bloggers are sharing cookie recipes perfect for your holiday celebrations. Hosted by Ellen from Family Around the Table, Christie from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures and Heather from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks, we invite you to not only check out the recipes but enter the amazing giveaway.Don’t miss one delicious cookie recipe! Follow along on Pinterest.

Prize 1: Tower of Treats from Millican Pecan Company

Assorted Pecan goodies in a tin.

Originally founded as the West Texas Pecan Nursery in the late 1800's, Millican Pecan is now in 5th generation ownership. Located in San Saba, TX, the family continues the tradition of pecan farming while also branching the business into the online world. The family also enjoys educating people about pecans. One winner will receive The Tower of Treats Gift Tins. The tower includes 3 decorative gift tins stacked on top of each other. The bottom tin includes our 2 lb. Chocolate Pecan Sampler, the middle tin is our Flavored Pecan Sampler and the top tin is an 8 oz. tin of Milk Chocolate Caramillicans (similar to Turtles). An $80 value.

Prize 2: An Assortment of Flavored Extracts from Adams Extract and Spices

Adams Extract Logo

 In January 2013, Adams, one of the oldest continuously operated companies in Texas and one of oldest spice and extract companies in the United States, celebrated its 125th birthday and was awarded the Texas Treasure Business Award, an award sponsored by State Bill 920 that recognizes the accomplishments of Texas businesses that have provided employment opportunities and support to the state’s economy for at least 50 years and pays tribute to the state’s well-established businesses and their exceptional historical contributions toward the state’s economic growth and prosperity.

Today, Adams proudly manufactures and markets under several Adams Brand banners, including Adams Best®, Adams Extract®, Adams® Seasoning & Spice, Adams Reserve®, Flavor King™, Pantry Basics™, Sear-n-Crust®, ClearVan™, Carniceria®, Cocina del Rey®, Naturals™, and Urban Canner™ along with the Adams Frozen Skillet Desserts and Adams Premium Ice Cream lines. In addition, Adams is proud to manufacture for some of the nations most respected Private Label Brands as well as other legacy Regional Seasoning Brands and is used to flavor many commercially produced food products around the nation.

Prize 3: A Set of Baking Pans from Anolon

Baking pans

Established in the 1950's, Meyer Manufacturing started by making and selling flashlights. In 1971 they started their journey into selling cookware. By 1986 they released the world’s first hard-anodized nonstick cookware which revolutionized the world of home cooking. Their nonstick surface didn’t flake or scratch easily.

Today they sell bakeware with nonstick interior and exterior made with a special sapphire-reinforced blend that is triple coated. NOTE: Color may vary from the photo above.

Prize 4: An Assorted Baking Box from Sweets & Treats


Sweets & Treats Logo

Make Sweets & Treats your one-stop shop for all your holiday sprinkle needs. In addition to fun, festive and colorful sprinkles, Sweets & Treats offers cupcake liners, edible glitters, sugars, and more.

Founded in 2010 by Shannon Harvey out of an industry need for bold, bright cupcake liners and baking supplies that are the life of the party! Based in Louisiana, Sweets & Treats is a designer cupcake liner manufacturer and party supply company that creates exclusive greaseproof cupcake liners, sprinkles, sprinkle mixes, paper straws, and other baking supplies. 

Four (4) winners will be selected. The prize packages will be sent directly from the giveaway sponsors. Bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment. Winners have 24 hours to respond once notified by email, or they forfeit the prize and an alternate winner will be chosen. The #FallFlavors bloggers are not responsible for the fulfillment or delivery of the prize packages. Bloggers hosting this giveaway and their immediate family members living in the household cannot enter or win the giveaway. Entries will be verified. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Giveaway open to US Residents only who are 18 years of age or older to enter giveaway. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter or any other social channel mentioned in the #ChristmasCookies posts or entry.

Friday Christmas Cookie Recipes






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I hope you are enjoying Christmas Cookies Week as much as I am! So many great recipes being shared, my holiday baking list is getting bigger by the minute! Another find from Gram's recipe box today, classic checkerboard cookies, but I put a bit of a Christmas spin on them.

This post is sponsored in conjunction with Christmas Cookies Week . I received complimentary product from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of my recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

The recipe calls for superfine sugar, but if you can't get it don't worry about it.  You can just pulse 1 cup of granulated sugar in the food processor until it's fine and then measure out the amount needed.   I chose to tint the vanilla dough with green food coloring to make the cookies a bit more festive. 


It's a little fidgety getting the 2 colors of dough to make the pattern, but it looks beautiful in the end. I decorated mine with a red "ribbon" so that they resembled wrapped gifts. The base cookie isn't super sweet so the icing just gives it that little extra something.


Check out these gorgeous Anolon baking sheets!  I just love the nice big edges that you can grab without smushing your cookies.  Everything cooks evenly, no need to rotate! Be sure to go and enter for your chance to win one of the prize packages from the amazing sponsors down below! 


Christmas Checkerboards
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Christmas Checkerboards

Author: Jolene's Recipe Journal

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 sticks butter, softened
  • 3/4c superfine sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Adams Extract & Spice Vanilla
  • Green food coloring, if desired
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon milk
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
  • Decorating icing (optional)

Instructions

  1. Divide butter and sugar between two bowls (6 tablespoons butter and 6 tablespoons sugar  in each).  To make the vanilla dough, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add one egg and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, plus food coloring, if desired.  Sift 2 1/4 cups flour and 1 teaspoon baking powder into bowl.  Mix with a wooden spoon and then turn out to work by hand until a smooth dough forms.
  2. For the chocolate dough, in the second bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add 1 egg and 1 teaspoon milk. Sift in 2 1/4 cups flour, cocoa, and 1 teaspoon baking powder. Mix with wooden spoon, turn out to work by hand until a smooth dough forms.
  3. Divide each dough into 4 pieces. On a lightly floured surface roll each piece into a rope about 12" long. Place a chocolate rope and a vanilla rope side by side.  On top of the chocolate rope place a vanilla rope, and on top of the vanilla place a chocolate. 
  4. Press against the counter on all 4 sides to form a square. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate. Repeat with the remaining ropes.  Chill for at least 1 hour.
  5. Heat oven to 350.  Line baking sheet with parchment. Cut each dough into 12 slices (I used a pastry scraper). Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.  Let cool on sheets 1 minute and then move to rack to cool completely.
  6. If desired, pipe icing onto cookies following the checkerboard lines, and then make loops to resemble a bow.  Let set for 4 hours.  Store in an airtight container.
classic, cookie tray,
cookies, desserts, holiday baking
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a Rafflecopter giveaway

Welcome to #ChristmasCookies week where more than 25 bloggers are sharing cookie recipes perfect for your holiday celebrations. Hosted by Ellen from Family Around the Table, Christie from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures and Heather from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks, we invite you to not only check out the recipes but enter the amazing giveaway.Don’t miss one delicious cookie recipe! Follow along on Pinterest.

Prize 1: Tower of Treats from Millican Pecan Company

Assorted Pecan goodies in a tin.

Originally founded as the West Texas Pecan Nursery in the late 1800's, Millican Pecan is now in 5th generation ownership. Located in San Saba, TX, the family continues the tradition of pecan farming while also branching the business into the online world. The family also enjoys educating people about pecans. One winner will receive The Tower of Treats Gift Tins. The tower includes 3 decorative gift tins stacked on top of each other. The bottom tin includes our 2 lb. Chocolate Pecan Sampler, the middle tin is our Flavored Pecan Sampler and the top tin is an 8 oz. tin of Milk Chocolate Caramillicans (similar to Turtles). An $80 value.

Prize 2: An Assortment of Flavored Extracts from Adams Extract and Spices

Adams Extract Logo

 In January 2013, Adams, one of the oldest continuously operated companies in Texas and one of oldest spice and extract companies in the United States, celebrated its 125th birthday and was awarded the Texas Treasure Business Award, an award sponsored by State Bill 920 that recognizes the accomplishments of Texas businesses that have provided employment opportunities and support to the state’s economy for at least 50 years and pays tribute to the state’s well-established businesses and their exceptional historical contributions toward the state’s economic growth and prosperity.

Today, Adams proudly manufactures and markets under several Adams Brand banners, including Adams Best®, Adams Extract®, Adams® Seasoning & Spice, Adams Reserve®, Flavor King™, Pantry Basics™, Sear-n-Crust®, ClearVan™, Carniceria®, Cocina del Rey®, Naturals™, and Urban Canner™ along with the Adams Frozen Skillet Desserts and Adams Premium Ice Cream lines. In addition, Adams is proud to manufacture for some of the nations most respected Private Label Brands as well as other legacy Regional Seasoning Brands and is used to flavor many commercially produced food products around the nation.

Prize 3: A Set of Baking Pans from Anolon

Baking pans

Established in the 1950's, Meyer Manufacturing started by making and selling flashlights. In 1971 they started their journey into selling cookware. By 1986 they released the world’s first hard-anodized nonstick cookware which revolutionized the world of home cooking. Their nonstick surface didn’t flake or scratch easily.

Today they sell bakeware with nonstick interior and exterior made with a special sapphire-reinforced blend that is triple coated. NOTE: Color may vary from the photo above.

Prize 4: An Assorted Baking Box from Sweets & Treats


Sweets & Treats Logo

Make Sweets & Treats your one-stop shop for all your holiday sprinkle needs. In addition to fun, festive and colorful sprinkles, Sweets & Treats offers cupcake liners, edible glitters, sugars, and more.

Founded in 2010 by Shannon Harvey out of an industry need for bold, bright cupcake liners and baking supplies that are the life of the party! Based in Louisiana, Sweets & Treats is a designer cupcake liner manufacturer and party supply company that creates exclusive greaseproof cupcake liners, sprinkles, sprinkle mixes, paper straws, and other baking supplies. 

Four (4) winners will be selected. The prize packages will be sent directly from the giveaway sponsors. Bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment. Winners have 24 hours to respond once notified by email, or they forfeit the prize and an alternate winner will be chosen. The #FallFlavors bloggers are not responsible for the fulfillment or delivery of the prize packages. Bloggers hosting this giveaway and their immediate family members living in the household cannot enter or win the giveaway. Entries will be verified. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Giveaway open to US Residents only who are 18 years of age or older to enter giveaway. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter or any other social channel mentioned in the #ChristmasCookies posts or entry.

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authorHello, my name is Cherine, but you can call me "Chicho" :) I am Lebanese and I live in Paris. Welcome to my internet kitchen, grab a cup of coffee, a macaron and get comfy! This blog is my recipe journal. It's where I write about the recipes that intersect my everyday life. Often the recipes are from my cookbook collection, my magazines, my favorite blogs... sometimes not, they might come from my mother, a friend, a neighbour... or I might write about a recipe I invented myself.
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