How to Survive Baking with your Toddler

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My toddler and I have now had our share of baking sessions. She loves it. I love seeing how much she loves it. And we both enjoy spending that time together. But it's not always peachy. Several desserts later, I've experienced the fun and not so fun parts of being in the kitchen with a little person. In an effort to save you from unnecessary mishaps, here is my list of Do's and Don'ts when junior is in the vicinity of an open flame or a hot oven. Practice sanitation: No, your hands Read more [...]

Zucchini Carrot Muffins w/ Coconut & Almonds

It's been almost a year since I last posted...but now I'm back! Not only am I back, I'm back with an extra set of hands. Welcome, Isa!   I've been wanting to bake with her pretty much since the day she was born but kept waiting for the right time. We finally baked together for the first time this Friday. We made mini red velvet cupcakes for a dinner party we were invited to and had a blast in the kitchen (eating them was fun too). It was the perfect trial run for this morning's baking Read more [...]

Chocolate Chip Bacon Banana Nut Muffins

Yes. Bacon. Because why not. Whoever invented bacon deserves a lifetime achievement award. Or a Nobel Peace Prize. Because if everyone ate bacon, there would be nothing but happiness and peace in this world. I love bacon. The smell, the taste, the crunch. It makes everything taste...the way it should. And so naturally, why not bacon in chocolate chip banana nut muffins? Sweet and salty. Yum. This outstanding revelation came to me this morning as I was eating bacon and eggs. I thought Read more [...]

Sweet Potato Muffins With Pecans

If you cringe at the thought of zucchini bread or gag at the sound of carrot muffins, Stop. Reading. Now. This recipe is for the very few of us who still celebrate desserts. A dying breed. I've been wanting to make something sweet with yams for years. Every Thanksgiving I think "why are sweet potatoes topped with marshmallows then served as a side and not a dessert?" And every year I say to myself, "I'm making a dessert out of this one day". Then I began pureeing sweet Read more [...]

Carrot Cake Muffins with Pepitas

Dusting off my baking utensils on Sunday rekindled my love of baking, so I decided to ride the wave and make a second treat for this week. Introducing Carrot Cake Muffins with Pepitas (a.k.a. pumpkin seeds). No real pointers needed for this one - just follow the recipe and you'll be good to go. Pretty much impossible to mess this one up. As a side note, I'm including a cream cheese spread you can use to go along with the muffins if you want to serve them with a little extra something. Read more [...]

Julia Child Blueberry Muffins

Baking cupcakes earlier this week inspired me to bake their [breakfast] cousins - the muffins. I was craving something light and fluffy that could get me through the rest of the week with a big muffin top smile. Nothing too sweet, but more of a 'melt in your mouth' biscuit-type muffin. Having been recently introduced [by a friend] to my new baking bible "Baking with Julia", I decided to go with one of the recipes that resulted from [arguably] the most famed television cooking show of the late Read more [...]