Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Monday, October 25, 2010

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins!


It's fall, and I really would prefer summer, but I'm adjusting, and everything pumpkin sounds delicious! Decided to make pumpkin cream cheese muffins because I had all of the ingredients already in the house (well-- I thought I did, but I was 1/2 cup short on the flour, so I had to go to the store!). Here is the recipe and lots of pictures...

It makes 24 muffins.

8oz. of cream cheese, softened (It's one package from the box)
1 cup powdered sugar

3 cups of flour
1.5 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp baking soda
4 large eggs
2 cups of sugar
1.25 cups vegetable oil

1/2 cup sugar
5 tbsp flour
2 tsp cinnamon
5 tbsp cold unsalted butter, chopped into pieces
Pumpkin seeds (optional- I used one small package)

Make the filling ahead of time! It needs to be in the freezer for at least 2 hours. Combine the cream cheese and powdered sugar in a medium sized bowl until smooth with a mixer. Put the mixture on a piece of saran wrap and make a 1.5 inch log. Wrap it again in foil, and stick it in the freezer.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees (making the mix and filling the tins etc, to me a lot longer than it took for the oven to preheat, so you don't have to preheat it right away). Line 24 muffin tins with paper liners. In a medium bowl, combine the first 6 ingredients with a whisk until mixed. In a separate bowl, combine the rest of the muffin ingredients on low-medium speed until blended. With the mixer on low, slowly mix the dry ingredients in, just until they are incorporated.

For the topping, mix all of the dry ingredients except pumpkin seeds until combined. Then, add the butter in with 2 forks or a mixer until crumbled. Keep it in the fridge until ready to use.
Fill the muffins tins just enough to cover the bottom (1-2 tbsp). Slice the log of cream cheese fillling into 24 equal pieces. Place a piece of the filling in each muffin tin. (I didn't leave mine in the freezer long enough to slice it, so I just spooned it in, trying to keep each spoonful the same size.) Divide the rest of the batter into the muffin tins. It should cover the cream cheese filling completely. Sprinkle a little of the topping mixture on top of each muffin. Sprinkle pumpkin seeds on top.

Bake 20-25 minutes. Take the muffins out of the tins (I use 2 forks), and cool on a wire cooling rack (or on the counter if you don't have one). Make sure to let them cool before you try them, because the filling gets really hot!

It's best to take the cream cheese out ahead of time to soften, but my microwave has a 'soften cream cheese' setting that I used.
Lined muffin tins
My cream cheese filling "log"
Dry mixture for muffins
Muffin mix!
Topping- before crumbled
Bottom layer of muffin mixture
Cream cheese filling
Up close
Crumbled muffin topping
Muffins ready for topping
With the topping & pumpkin seeds-- ready for the oven!
The one I ate
Yummy cream cheese filling

Monday, July 19, 2010

Porky Pine Balls!

Not the most beautiful presentation, but they were delicious!
She loved them!

So I've been running out of ideas for lunch for Isabel, and I was pretty sure that she was getting tired of cut up hot dogs....My mom gave me this idea, and Isabel had them for lunch today!

Hamburger Porky Pine Balls

1lb ground beef or turkey
1/2 cup uncooked white rice (I used long grain)
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup chopped onion
1 tsp salt (I used sea salt)
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp paprika (optional)
dash of ground black pepper
2 tsp worcestershire sauce (optional)
1 can (15oz) tomato sauce
1 cup water

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Combine all ingredients except tomato sauce & 1 cup water, in a bowl and mix together (use your hands, it will get messy!)
Make into little meat balls. Don't pack them too firmly or they will be tough to eat. Mine were about 3/4 inch size.
Place in 8x8 pyrex dish.
Pour tomato sauce & 1 cup water over them.
Cover with foil & place in oven for 45 min.
Uncover & cook an additional 15 min.

You could also ground up some veggies & hide them in there or add some cheese to the top. Adrian is taking them to work tomorrow for a meatball sandwich!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Getting Prepared for Christmas!!

We put up our X-mas tree a few weeks ago with help from Oli & Ava with the ornaments. I am so glad that we have a fake tree (thank you G-ma & G-pa!!). When we first put the tree up (without any presents underneath) Isabel was rolling under the tree and grabbing the ornaments near the bottom and pulling them off. Everyday I would find glitter on her and I couldn't figure out where it was from, but then I realized that it was from the ornaments on the tree! We did move a lot of the ornaments around because Ava & Oli did a great job but all of the ornaments were at 3 foot height!

Shortly after we put the tree up, I started wrapping presents, and a little after that, Isabel started crawling! Her favorite thing to do now is try and open the presents under the tree. We might as well have not got her any toys and just given her wrapped boxes...that could entertain her all day!

Isabel successfully ripped the paper on at least half of the presents under the tree!

Look at that smirk!
She pushed that box all around the living room
Our slightly lopsided tree is the final product of the pictures we hang on the wall! It's not crooked, just came out that way because of the picture...

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Stage 2 foods

Banana mango is her absolute favorite! She went from eating about half of a small jar to almost a whole jar of the medium size! She LOVED IT!
Banana mango 12/11/09

Green Beans 12/14/09
more green beans 12/15/09

Her fave blankey...

I know I posted all of the details from Isabel's 6 month check-up, but here is a pic we took at the doctor's office. Poor thing wasn't feeling good...fever & a cold. I like this pic because she looks like a little queen with a cape! That's her favorite blanket by the way. She ALWAYS sleeps with it, and I am desperately looking for another one exactly like it. I bought it at Babies R Us for about $15 but they don't have it anymore. I did find it on Amazon, but it was $50!!!! No way am I paying $50!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

New Foods

Sweet Potatoes

Didn't get of a pic of Apples


Didn't get a pic of Pears
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