Thursday, October 07, 2010

What's Cookin'? Apple Cider Muffins

After apple picking last weekend B1 and I have A LOT of apples. For a family of more than 2, the amount might not seem huge, but our fruit bowl was overflowing and I worried about eating them before they went bad. Though we did make a pie, I found myself wanting something breakfast-y. I immediately remembered our delicious apple cider donuts-which then turned into a muffin idea. After searching the web for a bit I found this. This is not my recipe-I only added apples. (I don't remember where I found this-but let it be known-I love the recipe!)

These muffins are ridiculously addictive. They are moist and apple-y and pretty much evoke New England fall. Though this recipe calls for a bit more ingredients than normal, I think you'll find them to be very easy to make. Oh-and your house will smell divine when they are baking.


Yield 18 muffins

Streusel:
2 T. Packed Dark Brown Sugar
4 t. Flour
.5 t. Cinnamon
1 T. Unsalted Butter, Cold-cut into cubes
2 T. Chopped Nuts-Optional (I always leave the nuts out-I like my baked goods female)

Muffins:
2 C. Flour
1 1/2 t. Baking Powder
1/2 t. Baking Soda
1/4 t. Salt
1 T. Cinnamon
1/2 t. Nutmeg
1 Egg (large)
1/3 C. Packed Dark Brown Sugar
1/2 C. Apple Butter
1/3 C. Maple Syrup
1/3 C. Apple Cider
1/3 C. Plain Low-Fat Yogurt
1/4 C. Oil
2 Apples, Peeled, Cored & Diced

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 400. Place paper cupcake liners in muffin cups. Spray with cooking spray. Set aside.

2. In a small bowl, prepare streusel. Mix all ingredients and use your fingers to cut in the butter. Mixture should resemble coarse crumbs. Set aside.

3. Prepare muffins: Combine all dry ingredients in one large bowl and whisk together. Set aside.

4. In a separate bowl, whisk egg, brown sugar, apple butter, syrup, cider, yogurt and oil until smooth. Add apples.

5. Make a well in the dry ingredients-add the wet ingredients and gently fold together until combined. Scoop batter into pans and sprinkle with streusel.

6. Bake 20-25 minutes. Cool in pan 5 minutes then remove and cool on a wire rack.

So far these muffins have remained moist and fresh for 5 days-we keep them on the counter in an airtight container.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Randomivity


Sitting on a hill in an orchard eating fresh apple cider donuts and swigging apple cider from the jug on a perfect New England fall day is pretty much as close to heaven on earth as I can get.

Seeing someone from college is kind of fun unless you can't remember her name and therefore you don't say hello.

Recording a song with your dad is pretty darned cool. Listening to it back isn't so fun.

Shopping with four other people is really hard for me. I don't often shop with others because I like to go straight to the store, try on clothes and leave.

My belly has been funky lately. I'm not sure why.

I'm have an internal struggle at work almost daily. One of my friends is hard for me to work with because they tend to be a know it all and they often interfere with my job. I want to be known for doing my job extremely well and I feel like I can't do that when this person is around. Sadly, they were just promoted and will not also support my dean.

I want to stay, but I'm not sure if I can.

I ask a lot of questions. I guess it's my way of connecting on a regular basis. I can see how this might be annoying and am going to try to scale it down a little.

It's good to know that a friend of mine (and probably yours) who has a strong marriage does the same thing to her husband. And she says he reacts the same way. I guess it's just the difference between men and women.

It's good to know because yesterday I felt really needy and felt like maybe I was too overbearing. I just want to be included. *shrug*

We leave for CT at 9am Friday morning-I go right to nails, then to the rehearsal and then to the dinner...Saturday we get our hair done, get pictures taken and then we head to New Haven for the wedding. I'm tired just thinking about it!

Our heat works. I was secretly worried that it wouldn't.

I made really yummy apple cider cupcakes the other day. I'll post the recipe soon.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Toosdae ?'s


It's cold and dreary here today in Boston-how about where you are? Luckily the rain is supposed to leave New England by Friday-which is when my sister's celebrations begin. Friday is the rehearsal dinner and Saturday is the outdoor wedding. It's supposed to be in the high 60's and clear (but in the mid 40's in the evening-which is when we'll be outside! Yikes!!) I'm rambly today-sorry....here are the questions!


1. How often do you drive over the speed limit? What is your average

2. Do you generally wear clothing with patterns or designs or do you lean toward the plain? If you choose patterns, which is your favorite?

3. If you could make me a meal, what would you make?

1. Yes, I usually drive about 9 miles over the speed limit on the highway and about 5 miles over on smaller roads. Unless it's a school zone, then I usually drive under.

2. I tend to wear clothes without patterns though I do have a few argyle sweaters and skirts with polka dots. My favorite patter is plaid though-but I don't look good in it, so instead I date someone who wears it often. :)

3. This question doesn't work for me...since it's FOR me.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Hair Choices

As you might recall, my little sister is getting married on Saturday & I am in the wedding. In addition to getting dresses, shoes and jewelry, we're having our hair done. This is what I am getting done to mine:

Can I tell you how much I love this 'do? So. Much. I actually tried a couple of years ago to get this done (for an office holiday party) and ended up looking horrible. I actually had to take it all down when I got home and re-pin it myself. The result was nice, but not what I wanted. I'm hoping this time is better...oh how I want it to look just like this!

I'm getting excited for the wedding now-I have 2 pretty dresses to wear (one on Friday for the rehearsal dinner). And to see my family and to see B1 all dressed up. It's going to be a fun time!