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Peach Muffins

I have a tree in my backyard that is dropping with peaches but they’re not quite ripe yet.  I wanted to make these muffins [bread] for our last women’s group today so I used canned peaches.  I know, the horror!

Peach Bread (adapted into muffins from this recipe)
(my healthy changes in red)

  • 3 eggs (3 Tbsp. ground flax seed mixed with 9 Tbsp. water)
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup vegetable oil (1 cup unsweetened applesauce)
  • 2 cups diced canned peaches, drained
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (I used half and half of all-purpose flour and whole wheat flour)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two 8 x 4 inch loaf pans or 20 muffin tins.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the eggs [flax mixture] lightly. Blend in the sugar, oil [applesauce], and vanilla. Add flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon; mix just to combine. Stir in the peaches and nuts. Pour batter into prepared pans.
  3. Bake for about 1 hour, or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean.

Weight Watchers points = 3 per muffin

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Weekend Update

Gazing At: This amazing face:

Another awesome recipe site.  This one is great too for your mock restaurant versions of your favorite foods.  This baking supply site – which I found via Crafty Crow.  I can’t wait to bake special birthday cakes for my kids and you can be sure I will be using this site for many fun things.  Another fun blog link from Crafty Crow – check out her giveaway. 

Watching: Rocky – yes, I love myself some Sylvester Stallone.  I knew I wanted to marry my husband when I found out he, too, owned the entire VHS boxed set of the Rocky series.  Also watched and loved Slumdog Millionaire.  If you haven’t seen this movie yet, check it out, very well done and such a creative plot line.

Reading: This book, this book, and getting ready to re-read this book for book club.  If you haven’t picked up People of the Book, you must.  I can see a movie in the works for this one someday.

Listening To: Sasha Fierce

Cooking: Chicken Enchiladas and vanilla pound cake for girl’s night, orzo for Parenting Study using a mixture of this recipe and this recipe.

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Weekend Update

Since it’s been forever since my last post (and I have good reason, an 11 pound, now nearly 2 month old good reason) I thought it was time to jump back in the saddle.  Nobody told me it would take nearly 2 months until I had some semblance of a routine with a newborn but hey, who’s complaining when you get to look at this face everyday.

What I’ve been up to lately:

Reading: Just finished The Farming of Bones – very depressing but extremely well written and it was a great read for book club, lots to discuss.  When I’m not trying to finish a fiction novel I am currently digesting piles of baby books.  This one is my current favorite.

Cooking: White Chicken Chili – yum!

Baking: These for Finny and Donk’s Craft-Along.  They were so yummy, my women’s group loved them!  I also made this but it wasn’t great.  I have to make something with the pounds and pounds of lemons hanging off the tree in my backyard.

Listening To: Podcasts by this man – love everything he has to say.  Also jamming to her and these guys.

Browsing:  Loving this site, already posted and requested a few books.  Also loving this site for new recipes and gotta love all the pictures.

Watching: I seriously contemplated naming my son Jack Bauer Taylor because I love this show so much but we liked Tripp better.  Another show I am so glad is back after the holiday hiatus is Grey‘s although am I the only one that is annoyed with the whole Denny/Izzie dead guy scenario?

Crafting: This scarflet is slow going because I usually have a little one in my arms.  Not sure how much longer I’ll need it here in Spain but I can’t wait until it’s finished.  I’m using a brown wool and turquoise worsted together, I’ll post pics when it’s off the needles.  I also made one of these with a beautiful asian silk to carry my little guy around in.  Since he loves the sling so much I have 3 different ways to carry him now – the Baby Bjorn, the Ultimate Baby Wrap and a handmade ring sling.

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Thankful Friday

I won 4th place in the Thanksgiving Luncheon Pie Contest on Monday afternoon with this recipe.  I also made this one and this one, both of which were popular but not winners.

Half of the pies entered

The other half of the pies. 

The Black Bottomed Peanut Butter Mousse Pie has to be one of my new favorite pie recipes.  Even though it was about 3 steps too many for me, I will be making this again.  But please, I implore you, when you make this bring a gallon of milk, you will need it to wash down the richness of this pie.

My goofy Hubby and 2 of his equally goofy friends also entered a pie into the contest, half in jest.  They actually won first place, surprisingly enough.  3 of the 5 judges were men who were so excited to see Pizza Rolls used this way.  I think the guys are going to send their recipe into Totino’s to be marketed on the back of the packaging.  Hilarious!

Joe and his friends, Brady and Joey – the brains behind “Lord of the Pies” a pie made entirely out of frozen Pizza Rolls.

“Lord of the Pies” – complete with a pepperoni and bacon smiley face.  Too funny!

Finishing almost all the things on my “to-make” list before the baby comes.  I need to make a few more dozen bagels because they came out sooo good and attempt to make some homemade pasta while I still have my friend’s stand mixer.  I cannot bring myself to give this thing back.  It’s a good thing she doesn’t need it for anything these days.  I think I’ll make her some homemade bagels to thank her for lending it to me.

The best pumpkin bread recipe ever.  Thanks Amy!  Seriously 4 days after making it, it’s still moist.  I didn’t have quite a full can of pumpkin so I also used some pureed apple from my juicer and added chocolate chips.  The recipe made 6 mini loaves for me.  I’ve given 3 loaves away, we ate one and I have 2 loaves left that I have to give away or I WILL eat it.

My finally finished Christmas mantel.  I am very happy with how it came out this year.  The glass balls in the tall vases and the Christmas quote advent garland (tutorial to come) are my favorite parts.  Well, I am a little partial to the red curled paper Christmas tree as well.  Ok, and the cute-as-a-button “My First Christmas” Stocking I found the other day for Tripp.

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Thankful Thursday

And finally – drumroll please!  The best pizza dough recipe I have found so far.  I’m not too sure about the proper tossing method, I had some trouble with that so I ended up just rolling these out.  The recipe says it makes six 6-oz. crusts but I divided mine into 4 8/9-oz. crusts.  I made 12 of these and froze them  in individual balls to have on hand.  We had some for dinner last night – I made mine with red onion, green olives and steak and Joe (my carnivore hubby) had turkey bacon, steak and ham on his.

A new-momma-to-be hairdo.  I wanted something short and sweet that didn’t take 20 min. to blow-dry.  I love it and it’s dry in 5 minutes – woohoo!

A new-to-us car.  Some friends were leaving Spain right as our car broke down so we got a “new” car just in time to bring our baby home soon.  Sorry no pics, the car is gone all day when Joe takes it to work.

Crockpot Granola – yes you read that right!  This granola came out so yummy!  I dried frozen blueberries for this granola and added coconut, some leftover cranberry trail mix, walnuts, and some sugar free maple syrup in addition to the honey and butter.

Nesting this week has included baking 7 dozen of these, 4 dozen of these  and 6 dozen of these.

My new favorite creamer – just when I start to complain that my little Commissary supermarket on the Navy Base 1.5 hours away doesn’t have anything good for the holidays I stumble upon something so good I can’t believe my eyes.  Starbucks’ Peppermint Mocha is my favorite holiday drink and this creamer means I can have one everyday without all the hassle (well similar enough for the morning cup ‘o’ joe).

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Thankful Thursday

This website – Top Secret Recipes.  You have to buy some recipes but they are quite cheap but there are plenty of FREE recipes on this site as well! 

My lovely and generous friends here in Spain who threw me a baby shower last Saturday.  They went to a lot of trouble to plan a fun luncheon to help me welcome Tripp to Spain.

Doesn’t my friend, Rena make the cutest cakes?

Getting SUPER excited for Tripp’s first Christmas!

Borrowing a friend’s mixer to do some batch cooking.  I would love to have one of these but it’s not in the budget right now.  Instead a friend let me borrow hers to whip up 12 batches of pizza crust, 4 batches of pie crust, 2 batches of chocolate chip cookie dough and enough dough to make a few dozen bagels. 

Decorating the Christmas tree – a little early but it makes me happy every time I look at it!  And now there’s one less thing to do after Tripp arrives in roughly 18 days!

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Thankful Thursday

Amanda’s new website, Mama to Mama.  This is an amazing idea from an equally amazing and talented artist and mom.

This week I am most thankful for CHANGE:

Even though we currently don’t reside in the U.S. my husband, along with many others, fight for it everyday.  We had our absentee ballots in as early as possible this year and are very excited for the changes our country will experience over the next 4 years.  I am so thankful that I will remember, forever, where I was when our country elected its first African American Democratic President.  I was actually snuggled up in my bed since I live 6 hours ahead of the Eastern Time Zone but nevertheless, hubby and I awoke before the crack of dawn to find out the exciting news.

Our car broke down today – broke down as in will cost more to repair than replace.  We have a baby due in less than 4 weeks and have no wheels.  Yet, I am thankful!  Thankful that we won’t have to pay $60+ a tank for this gas-guzzling hunk of junk any longer.  Thankful that this was the final push for us to get a new car, we had been holding out as long as possible.  Thankful that it happened today, when I was home from my doctor appt. and not on the way home from the hospital with our new little baby.

New recipes to try – Portuguese Sweet Bread and New York Style Bagels.

Getting ready for Christmas early. 

You know you are getting ready for Christmas too early when your decorations are up before the ones at the mall.  A friend of mine joked that I wasn’t giving Thanksgiving any respect by putting up my Christmas decorations early.  I beg to differ.  I am merely getting ready for the holiday now so I can spend ample time with little Tripp when he arrives in a few weeks.  The last thing I’m going to want to do in between feeding and changing my new little man is stringing the lights on the tree. 

What are you thankful for this week?

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