Monday, September 30, 2013

Donut Muffins

My husband and I used to camp once a summer up on Rockport Maine.   We loved to stop at a little market where they had fresh baked breads, cookies and muffins and pick up a morning treat to go along with our coffee.   My favorite treat was their Donut Muffins.  Muffins that simply tasted as amazing as a donut!  Covered in crunchy sugar/cinnamon, warm and soft inside....soo good!  I searched for a recipe and found one that is just too good from The Pioneer Woman.
Try them! You won't be sorry.
Recipe and picture from The Pioneer Woman (love her)!

  • 1-¾ cup Flour
  • 1-½ teaspoon Baking Powder
  • ½ teaspoons Salt
  • ½ teaspoons Nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoons Cinnamon
  • ⅓ cups Oil
  • ¾ cups White Sugar
  • 1 whole Egg
  • ¾ cups Milk


  • ¼ cups Butter
  • ⅓ cups White Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Cinnamon

  • Instructions

    Combine flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon.

    Combine oil, sugar, egg and milk. Add dry ingredients and stir only to combine.

    Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a bowl. Combine the white sugar with the cinnamon in another bowl.

    Shake muffins out while still hot. Dip muffins in butter, then into the sugar/cinnamon mix. Let cool

    Tuesday, September 24, 2013

    Thank you!

    A huge THANK YOU everyone for your support and voting for me and my soap business during the Martha Stewart American Made contest!  While I did not win for my category, I was thrilled to see all the votes for my soap business come in!  Thank you for your support.

    Soo happy to have all of you behind me!  I'll keep making soap!
    Much appreciated,

    Tuesday, September 10, 2013

    Tomato Abundance!

    I belong to a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) AND have my own small tomatoes garden. Between the 2, I am experiencing tomato abundance!  So, I decided that since my hubby loves ketchup so much, maybe I should try making some?  It turned out amazing!  Here is the recipe I used:
    (photos and recipe from Thrifty and Green blog)

    Easy Homemade Ketchup Recipe

    Makes about 2 cups of homemade ketchup
    Home Ketchup Ingredients:
    • 2¼ pounds plum tomatoes
    • 1½ cups distilled white vinegar
    • 2½ teaspoons coarse sea salt or kosher salt
    • 1 cup sugar (for a less-sweet ketchup, use ½ cup)
    • 1 tablespoon grated onion or 1 teaspoon onion powder
    • ½ teaspoon mustard powder
    • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
    • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
    • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
    Homemade Ketchup Recipe Directions:
    1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the tomatoes and blanch until the skins break and the flesh becomes soft, 5 to 10 minutes. Drain the tomatoes and press through a fine-mesh food mill or sieve to remove the skins and seeds.
    2. Pour the sieved tomatoes into a medium-size saucepan. Add the vinegar and salt. Stir to combine. Bring the tomato mixture to a boil and then whisk in the sugar, onion, and spices.
    3. Return to a low boil, stirring occasionally, and cook until the mixture has reduced to one-fourth the original amount and has thickened, about 1 hour. Some tomatoes are more watery than others, so additional cooking might be necessary to reduce moisture. Your ketchup should be the consistency of tomato purée, slightly thinner than bottled ketchup. It will thicken slightly when it cools.
    4. Pour into a sterilized jar. Cover and refrigerate. Store your homemade ketchup covered in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.
    I hope you enjoy this easy to make, homemade ketchup recipe.  It is so good and sure to impress your friends and family.