Monday, November 17, 2014

Muffin Monday! {Snickerdoodle Muffins}

We got snow yesterday, not a lot, but seriously, it's NOVEMBER.... not the norm for Missouri. Snow makes me want to bake, we have little groceries in the house right now because it's almost grocery time so I decided to make these warm, cinnamon muffins for breakfast this morning. 

Recipe adapted from here

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar, plus 2 tablespoons, divided
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
Preheat your oven to 400*. Grease your muffin tin or line with muffin wrappers. 
I had to pull out my mixer for this recipe, but that's ok. It was faster. 
Cream together your butter and sugar. 
Add eggs one at a time as well as vanilla. Combine 

In a separate bowl sift together the dry ingredients. Once your butter is combined with your sugar and eggs, stir in your dry ingredients. I had to mash a little to get the flour mixture to mix in. This mixture will be VERY dry. Add your buttermilk, only mix until all is wet and it is combined well. If you over mix your muffins will be tough. 

Spoon into your muffin tin. Mix remaining sugar and cinnamon together and sprinkle over the tops. 
Bake at 400* for 5 minutes. Reduce heat to 375* and bake an additional 10-15 minutes. 
Yields 12 muffins. *I only got 9 muffins out of the recipe, but I tend to never EVER get what the recipe says it will yield. Maybe I make mine too large. 

Changes I'll make next time, maybe a powdered sugar glaze so they are a bit more like cinnamon roll muffins. Raisins would be DELICIOUS in these but my son is SUPER picky and he is my big breakfast eater. So maybe next time. 
Enjoy with a large cup of coffee on this cold winter day. 

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Thankful Tree

I've been really bad about blogging, this I know. I intend to get better, very soon. I have been so busy with my photography business, but things are finally winding down and I'll have more time.

So my kids are grateful but I wanted them to be grateful every day. I've learned, if I start my day off with gratitude, that things go much more smoothly. I'm grateful for the good things, so more good comes my way instead of focusing on the bad, the negative and the unnecessary.

With that said, since Thanksgiving is this month, I decided to do a "thankful tree"
Jackson and I went out into our woods and found a good sized branch, we put it in a pot of soil to help it to stand and voila! Every day they write what they are thankful for. I've been pretty surprised, my 9 year old says things like "family" "life" "shelter" my girls... well they started off small, "taco bell" "dance" which it's all good. I want them to be thankful for the little things as well as the big things!

A small photo of our tree from the beginning, I'll update mid month when it has many more thankful tags.

My favorite one so far "being homeschooled" :)