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ohmagash!! Earlier today I got invited to try out Be. Wines over on http://www.bzzagent.com. eeeek! I simply cannot describe how excited I am. I am fully aware that being this excited to receive wine is borderline alcoholic behavior but I don’t care. hahaha

I will be posting all about my wine adventure later on. 😀


 

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This was my first go at baking muffins. I’m not the best baker but I do give it a shot.
I came across this recipe and thought “I can make that!”

The recipe didn’t seem too complicated.

Here’s what you need:
1 cup strawberries, chopped
1 cup sugar, plus 2 tablespoons
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
Pinch ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon salt
1 ripe banana, mashed
2 large eggs
1/4 cup canola oil
1 lemon, zested
1/2 pint blueberries
1 cup chopped walnuts

and here are the step by step instructions:

Special equipment: muffin tin and muffin liners (I used silicone muffin/cupcake cups and lined those up with paper liners)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a small bowl, mix together strawberries and 2 tablespoons sugar. Let sit 15 minutes until strawberries give off juices.

In a small bowl, mix together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg and salt.

In a large bowl, whisk together the mashed banana, eggs, oil, 1 cup sugar, strawberries, and lemon zest.

Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until combined. Do not over mix. Fold in blueberries and walnuts.

Morning Muffins

Scoop batter evenly into muffin cups.

Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of muffin comes out with a few crumbs but not wet, about 30 minutes. Cool on a rack to room temperature.

Morning Muffins

Total Time: 1 hr 50 min
Prep 20 min
Inactive 1 hr 0 min
Cook 30 min
Yield: 12 muffins

This recipe is easy enough for a beginner like me 🙂

Happy Baking!
Maddy E

I am so excited to start a new year even though I don’t have as much as some others to show for 2011. I feel different and I am ready to conquer new hurdles! Who knows, I might even consider going back to school 🙂 A girl can always dream, can’t she?

I usually feel the holildays as somewhat of a drag. Always having to be extra polite and what not. This year, however, I kind of feel like “who cares!” I’ve decided to just try to make myself happy. I will be taking that philosophy with me in 2012.

I’ve got some product reviews!!! 🙂
As you know, I am a BzzAgent 🙂 and have tested their Smarterer campaign. I was pleased and amused for a few minutes. Might not be completely my style but I did enjoy it. It’s essentially just fun quizes and tests to take on your down time to see how much of a certain thing/subject you know.

Also, I tested, reviewed and tested and reviewed Private Selection’s frozen foods line. I tried their frozen pizzas, appetizers and desserts. By far, my favorite was the desserts! Pizza was a bit soggy in the center, appetiers were good but the dessert was deeelicious! I definitely will be purchasing more.

Thanksgiving is upon us and I for one fully enjoy this holiday. One of the main reasons is because I have no part in preparing/cooking the turkey. I am in charge of more delicate and much more important items, such as the mashed potatos and the rolls. hahaha All kidding aside, I do very much enjoy this holiday becuase it’s one of the few times where my entire family gets together (even if it is just for one meal). We have maybe 3 turkeys all of which are prepapred and cooked differently and by 3 different people. There’s ham, potatos, yams, corn, etc….and desserts galore! My favorite dessert being a home-made carrot cake with home-made creamcheese-style icing…it is spectacular! so spectacular it has it’s own nickname…sock-it-to-me icing! hahaha All that greatness and I don’t know the recipie 😦 I have never even been invited to the kitchen while it’s being made for fear of the recipie getting out. I still have hope that some day I will be handed down the recipie. I will be posting some pictures of our “Central American Style Turkey” and maybe the recipie to that 🙂

Being that this and the next few holidays are mostly family oriented, I completely dislike all this Black Friday nonsense. Why do corporations want to taint such great holidays and traditions? I just don’t get it. I for one refuse to partake in such nonsence but then again, I;ve never been fond of sleeping outside of a store to get a deal on a crockpot. I might be inclined to stand in a line for a reaaally good deal on a larga plasma TV but definitely not just to shop. I will be home spending time with my family. For those of you who will be attending; Good Luck!!

Lastly, I recently was offered a few samples of ‘The Truly Awesome Homestyle Chocolate Chip Cookie” for myself and for family and friends from http://www.bzzagent.com and I just have to say, they were great! Definitely will be purchasing more of those (maybe even for Thanksgiving). The cookies can be found at Ralphs, Kroger and all of the Kroger fam stores. Check them out!

Bidding you farewell,
ME 🙂