Maple Walnut Streusel Muffins

These light and fluffy Maple Walnut Muffins are made with whole wheat flour and sprinkled with a sweet streusel topping.

Well, folks, here’s the latest from our vantage point.  Hurricane Irma is churning out in the Atlantic and we’re watching it rather nervously from the east coast of Florida.   My blog post today is later than usual because I decided to head to the store this very morning and stock up on supplies, just in case.  Weather forecasters are saying it’s still too early to tell where Miss Irma is going to go exactly, but we’re hoping that it’s far away from the U.S. coast.  Texas is reeling in the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, and we would all prefer for Irma to turn and head away from us as we happily wave goodbye from our little homes.

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Zucchini Minis

These zucchini minis are a great way to get kids (and adults) to eat more vegetables. 😉

The thought occurred to me this morning that it’s been quite awhile since I posted a vegetable recipe on my blog.  Considering that I made one of our favorite vegetable sides for dinner last night, I decided that this website was in need of said recipe.

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Dark Chocolate & Orange Scones with Orange Glaze

Containing dark chocolate chips and a hint of orange zest, these flavorful scones are made with whole wheat and almond flours, sweetened with whole cane sugar, and are topped with an orange glaze.

When I was growing up, I didn’t eat scones much or even know what they were.  As a kid, when I heard the word “scone”, I always thought of a fancy, sweet biscuit that people must eat while drinking tea with their pinkies sticking out (no offense to anyone; I was a kid, ok?).  I think my mom may have baked something resembling scones one time and that’s it.  After I got married, my husband ordered a scone once at a bakery and I became curious.  “What is this baked good you speak of?  Can I see it?  Oh, THAT’s what a scone looks and tastes like.  Interesting.”  Of course, based on the small amount of research I’ve done on this subject, it’s likely that what we consider scones in the U.S. are not proper scones at all according to British standards.  However, since “American scones” are the only ones I know about, this recipe is based on the typical scone you’ll see in a bakery here in the U.S.

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Double Peanut Granola Bars

Great for those who love peanuts, these granola bars have oats, peanuts, and peanut butter, and are sweetened with whole cane sugar and honey – perfect for snacking. 

We are all about the peanut butter at our house.  Example:  This week I made peanut butter muffins for breakfast, and the aforementioned Double Peanut Granola Bars for snacking.  We may need to take it easy on the peanut butter next week, but for now we’re enjoying it. 🙂

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Brown Sugar Cookies

Simple and delicious, these Brown Sugar Cookies are reminiscent of a blonde brownie.

I seem to find myself on a cookie-making kick recently.  Through a combination of church events and a desire to bake, I’ve made four different kinds of cookies in the past week and a half.  Thankfully, Casey and I have had plenty of help eating said cookies.  (I’m glad for the help anyway; I’m sure my husband would have happily eaten them all without assistance.) 😉

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Photo(s) of the Week – Random

When I was in high school, I saved up some money to buy a camera.  I then proceeded to carry said camera around with me wherever I went, taking pictures of anything and everything.  Over the years, my well loved camera became outdated and eventually died, and has now been replaced.  I still have stacks of DVDs filled with pictures from those times, and I enjoy going through and looking at some of them every once in awhile.  I found these four photos recently while clicking through a series of outdoor shoots.

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White Bean & Salsa Quesadillas

White Bean & Salsa Quesadillas are quick and easy for lunch or dinner, and require only five ingredients!

In case anyone is wondering if I’m tired of coming up with new quesadilla recipes, the answer is no.  Casey and I both like quesadillas enough that we don’t get bored with them, and they are very quick and easy to make.  Combine that with the fact that the flavor possibilities are limitless, and you have a winner. Continue reading

Black Bean & Chicken Pizza Pot Pie

Containing black beans, chicken, and spinach, this unique pot pie calls for pizza seasonings, mozzarella cheese, and white pizza sauce, and is topped with a light and flaky whole wheat crust.

Yesterday was the 2017 solar eclipse, the astronomical event of the year here in the U.S.  I failed to buy a pair of eclipse glasses before most places were sold out, but I made myself a pinhole camera and headed outside with great optimism at 2 pm.  My excitement was short lived.  The sky was full of storm clouds and I think I got to see the sun’s projection on my piece of paper for about 5 seconds before it disappeared completely.  No eclipse for me.  *sad face*

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