Baking w/ Me: Pumpkin Muffins

Do not give that look. It is not too early for pumpkin muffins.

Okay, maybe it is.

But I’ve been missing fall so much. I needed something to get me through these next couple months of summer. Sigh.

Seriously guys, this recipe is amazing.

The only problem I had with it is that I had to bake them way longer than the suggested time. I probably baked them around 40 minutes. Definitely keep checking on yours through the baking process though.

I got the recipe from here.

Some pumpkin muffins don’t puff up enough, but these did. Amazing. Truly.

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The recipe called for a can of pumpkin puree…which is fine by me! Just remember pumpkin puree takes awhile to bake.

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The finished product. Beautiful, huh?
The finished product. Beautiful, huh?

Yes, yes. I know. I’ve been baking way too much this week. This is my third muffin recipe this week. Don’t look at me.

I just can’t help it. I don’t know what’s up.

Maybe it’s the fact I’ve been running…

No matter! Hope you enjoyed this recipe  🙂

Baking w/ Me: Coffee Cake Muffins

Okay, so it’s now July (HAPPY JULY!! ONE MONTH CLOSER TO SCHOOL STARTING!!) and I wrote this in about six months ago. But, nonetheless, I remember the deliciousness of these muffins. Truly. Try them.

I recently baked a few things. One of the things being blueberry muffins with a crumb topping (which is, unfortunately, not what this blog post is about), and the other being coffee cake muffins. That’s right. Coffee cake muffins.

The recipe is from here. I discovered that website last night and I’ve been looking through all of the recipes. They all look so wonderful and I’m so excited to try more out.

So, a few of the changes I made to the recipes were adding about 2-2 1/2 teaspoons of milk to the powdered sugar instead of the one that the recipe calls for. I also substituted vegetable oil for canola oil. No other reason than the fact we didn’t have any.

I could be wrong, but canola oil makes the cake fluffier and lets the cake’s flavor truly shine. So I’d use that if I could. But the vegetable oil substitution wasn’t a bad one, it didn’t really affect the overall muffin in any dramatic way.

Here’s the crumb topping, which is delicious. It’s a lot, and if I were you, I’d definitely use all of it.

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Here's the finished product with the glaze!
Here’s the finished product with the glaze!
Beautiful, huh?
Beautiful, huh?

7/1/15: To end this post, here’s some pictures from my day. 🙂 Also, I started writing again! That’s exciting since I really missed it. I downloaded iOS 8.3 a few days ago and it is amazing! I’m like a grandmother, so amazed by technology.

nature saying hello :-)
nature saying hello 🙂
it was a 6.3 mile hike. SIX MILES.
it was a 6.3 mile hike. SIX MILES.
me & my friend :-)
me & my friend 🙂
Me, caught in a moment of reflection.
Me, caught in a moment of reflection.

Get Crafty w/ Me: Tea Wreath

Making this tea wreath is super easy and fun. It looks complicated, but the most complicated thing was cutting out the hole evenly.

Here are some pictures of my process!

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I used pink glitter scrapbook paper and cut them into little strips to fit the clothing pin. I think it turned out great!
I used pink glitter scrapbook paper and cut them into little strips to fit the clothing pin. I think it turned out great!
Here's how it turned out. I love the way it turned out personally and so did E! I incorporated her favorite teas as well.
Here’s how it turned out. I love the way it turned out personally and so did E! I incorporated her favorite teas as well.

Here’s the site I got the idea from.

If you try this, I hope it works out well!

“Be yourself–not your idea of what you think somebody else’s idea of yourself should be.” —Henry David Thoreau

Eating w/ Me: Red Velvet Cookies Dipped in White Chocolate

Okay, so a few days ago, my friend’s cat died. My friend absolutely loved that cat, so I was/am really sad for her.

What did I decide to do? I decided to make cookies, of course! I found this great recipe from sallysbakingaddiction.com. I love finding recipes from there. They are so good!

I really hope she likes the cookies. I know she likes red velvet and I know she likes white chocolate so my fingers are crossed.

Also, I ran out of vanilla extract, so I just substituted for about 3/4 of a teaspoon of peppermint extract instead. They tasted fine to me, but my mom thought it was a little weird. I can’t wait to find out her thoughts!

Per usual, I took photos of the process, which I only remembered after mixing all the ingredients together. But you all know what the ingredients look like! Moving on…

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I thought the product turned out great! Also, the baking chocolate I used was the Ghirardelli Candy Making & Dipping White Melting Wafers. This stuff works great. Do not use white chocolate chips! They do not melt well. At all. My friend and I learned that the hard way and had to make a super quick stop at Wal-Mart.

Definitely try these. Delicious.

Also, I am super excited for upcoming week’s posts. I have them all planned out. So excited 🙂 If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been posting every other day and at 10am. I hope I can keep this up!

“Everybody has a secret world inside of them. I mean everybody. All of the people in the whole world, I mean everybody–no matter how dull and boring they are on the outside. Inside them they’ve all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds.” -Neil Gaiman