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Morning Maple Muffins

For a New England girl, March is one of the best months of the year.  The snow is melting, daylight lasts longer, and the sap starts running. It takes a lot of time and effort to produce maple syrup, and I highly recommend visiting a sugar shack to see how it's done if you have one nearby.  I've got an entire Pinterest board dedicated to maple, and on it were these Morning Maple Muffins from Taste of Home. I did make a few changes.   The first was to add some cinnamon to the batter.  The second was to change out the nuts for quick oats in the topping due to allergies. I also substituted maple sugar for the granulated sugar in the topping since I had it on hand. For any kind of muffins, I find it helpful to fill the cups using a medium size cookie scoop.  It ensures that all the muffins will be the same size and bake evenly.  I used paper liners this time around, be sure to spray the tin well if you choose to skip them. These were great as is, but they were even better split i
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Lemon Pound Cake Muffins #MuffinMonday

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!  Print With Image Without Imag

Overnight Maple Oatmeal

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 su

Lemon Basil Salmon

  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! Print With Image Without Image 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 Heat oven to 350º.  Place each fillet, skin side down, on a piece o

Chocolate Caramel Brownie Cups

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 Print With Image Without Image Author: Jolene Martinelli Ingredients 1 pkg. Betty Crocker Brownie Mix (18.3 oz Family Size), plus ingredients to make brownies 24 c

Spiced Holiday Cutouts

  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 ba