maddy’s thoughts

Archive for the ‘Foods’ Category

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. 😀


 

Advertisements

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.