Archive | November, 2012

Heavenly Pumpkin Muffins with Cream Cheese Frosting

28 Nov

Wow!  I was just checking out my blog, when I saw this post – not posted!  It is called Mommy Alzheimers.  I purposely put this off to take a picture of these after I baked them and guess what…I don’t think I took the picture.  Oh well, here is the recipe – my kids loved these.

When I was young I would walk into the house after school and smell the wonderful creations my mom had baked for us earlier that day.  It was always fun to go home, sometimes we would get cake, others cookies – two of my favorites to this day are snickerdoodles and the chocolate cookies she would bake.  Our house always smelled tremendous!  At least that is how I remember it.  Now that I am a stay-at-home mom, I would like to give my children the same memories.  Today I found a recipe for pumpkin muffins, they smell amazing!  Here is the recipe, it is actually from Libby’s, though I added a little vanilla.

Heavenly Pumpkin Muffins

  • 3 – cups all purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp plus 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 – tsp. baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3 – cups granulated sugar
  • 1 – 15 ounce can Libby’s Pure Pumpkin
  • 4 – large eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Paper-line or grease 30 muffin cups.

COMBINE flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Combine sugar, pumpkin, eggs, oil, vanilla and juice in large mixer bowl; beat until just blended. Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture; stir just until moistened. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling 3/4 full.

BAKE for 25 to 30 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Store muffins in covered container.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 – 8 oz. pkg cream cheese (softened)
  • 2 sticks of butter (softened)
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla

In a large bowl, beat together the butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer. With the mixer on low-speed, add the powdered sugar a cup at a time until smooth and creamy. Beat in the vanilla extract.

Lucky Charms® Raspberry Smoothie Recipe from Betty Crocker

27 Nov

I haven’t posted in a while, I was just looking for Christmas cookie recipes and happened to get side tracked and found this on the Betty Crocker website.  It sounds delicious, and my youngest one loves smoothies.  Since joining  Team Beachbody I have been breaking out the blender every morning to make my Shakeology, so I can just rinse it out and boom a healthier breakfast.  Here is the link to the recipe.  For easy reference I am also going to post the recipe below, you really do need to check out bettycrocker.com there are some really delicious cookie recipes!

Lucky Charms® Raspberry Smoothie Recipe from Betty Crocker.

Ingredients:

Blair's Lucky Charms

Blair’s Lucky Charms (Photo credit: laffy4k)

  • 1 container (6 oz) Yoplait® raspberry or strawberry yogurt (or whichever brand you prefer)
  • 3/4 cup Lucky Charms® cereal
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 banana, sliced

In blender, place ingredients.  Cover; blend on high-speed about 30 seconds or until smooth, stopping blender once to scrape sides.

Pour into 2 glasses.  Serve immediately.
I choose not to put in fat-free milk or yogurt, as according to my sisters nutritionist fat isn’t bad for you in moderation, but most of the sugar substitutes and low-fat or fat-free products aren’t that great.  This is a kids recipe, I don’t like giving my kids sugar substitutes.   For nutritional information regarding the original recipe please click on the recipe link.

Japanese Spaghetti

11 Nov

I am posting this one as a memo, more of a reminder so that I don’t forget and will always know where to look for it.  My 11 year old daughter checked out a cook book from school, she said their were a lot of interesting recipes inside.  This is one she keeps on bringing up so I am going to let her help me make it one night.  Here it is:

Japanese Spaghetti

  • 2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into strips
  • Soy sauce
  • Garlic, salt, pepper, ginger to taste
  • 4 pkgs. Ramen Noodles, oriental flavored
  • 2 carrots, thinly sliced
  • 3 green onions sliced
  • 1 c. sliced mushrooms
  • 1 c. chopped bok choy

Stir-fry chicken strips in 2 Tbsp. hot  oil until done.  Add vegetables; stir-fry until crisp.  In separate pan, fix noodles as directed.  When noodles are done, add to stir fry.  Add soy sauce and other seasonings to taste.  Do not over cook.  You may add more vegetables.  Serves 5.

 
Ok, now I have not made this yet, it sounds a bit salty.  I think when I prepare the noodles I may use  just two of the seasoning packets, because once you use the soy sauce, and salt the ingredients call for, that is a lot of sodium.  Since becoming a Beachbody Coach, I have been trying to eat healthier myself and trying to get my kids to eat more fresh fruit and veggies, which can be a challenge.  I just don’t think kids or us adults need that much salt.  Now, I am hoping they like it.  It sounds a lot like the chow mein noodles you get at any Chinese restaurant.