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October 2012

Dinner in 20 Minutes: Walnut Crusted Chicken with Spicy Peach Sauce

Walnut Crusted Chicken with Spicy Peach Sauce
Walnut Crusted Chicken with Spicy Peach Sauce

We had some very distinguished guests here at the ranch last night. My ma and pa and two of my brothers. I just freakin love my family. We also had some dear friends, Tom and Ingrid and their son, Alex; who are also like family to us. Ingrid has been one of my mom’s best friends for a bazillion years. I always say if there was such a thing as a real life superhero, it would be Ingrid. She’s like Laura Croft in real life. She speaks 4 languages, runs marathons in foreign countries, and vacations in Iran. The world’s most interesting woman… She doesn’t always drink beer, but when she does, it’s Dos Equis.

Tom and Ingrid
This is Tom and Ingrid at our wedding, in the middle of nowhere.

Her son, Alex, is one of my hub’s best buds. Coincidentally, my hubby and I met at a poker night at Alex’s house. (Side Note: I’m sure Alex would appreciate that I mention that he is not a match maker. My hubs and I ended up together through pure dumb luck…This is a post for another day though!)

Anyways, I wanted to make a special meal for our special guests, so I dusted off this super easy recipe I found in a cookbook years ago. What I love about this is it takes like less than 30 minutes to throw it together, and it looks like a scientifical gourmet meal! Here’s how its made (and I apologize for the poor picture-taking in advance):

Spicey Peach Sauce

For the Sauce:

I mixed 1/2 cup of peach preserves with 3 tablespoons of ground mustard, 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, and 1/4 cup of olive oil (you can use vegetable oil or coconut oil or whatever you have, if you don’t have olive oil), some salt and lots of pepper. Mix all this together and your sauce is done; set aside.

MrsPens Walnut Crusted Chicken

The Chicken:

Unfortunately, I took very few pictures of this part. I will try to explain it as best I can.

Sprinkle some salt, pepper and paprika on some chicken. Last night I used boneless skinless breast, but I’ve used thighs or tenders. Just whatever you have in your freezer, man.

Put an egg white in one container, and chopped walnuts in another. Dip your chicken in the egg, and then dip it into the walnuts. Press the walnuts to the chicken to help them stick, if ya need to. Lay them out so they aren’t touching each other.

Pour enough olive oil to cover the bottom of a pan, and heat on medium. You can put a little piece of walnut in the pan, and if it sizzles, you know it’s hot enough.

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Now you just put your chickens in the the pan and cook for about 3 or 4 minutes on each side, or until the walnuts and chicken are golden.

Last night I wasn’t watching closely and some of my little chickens ended up black. Do not despair, this chicken is very forgiving. It even tastes pretty good blackened.

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Now you just drizzle the peach sauce over the chicken and devour! Even my baby brother Mikey liked it. Mikey doesn’t like anything but Taco Bell.

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Okay, here’s the recipe:

Zesty Peach Sauce

  • 1/2 cup – peach preserves
  • 3 tablespoons – ground mustard
  • 1 tablespoon – apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup – olive oil
  • a little salt and lots of pepper

Walnut Crusted Chicken

  • 4 Halves – Boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 pinch – Salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon  – Paprika
  • An egg white (or more if you run out)
  • 1 cup – chopped walnuts
  • Olive oil

Directions:

  1. Add peach preserves, ground mustard, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, and salt and pepper in bowl and mix until well incorporated. Set aside.
  2. Sprinkle salt, pepper, and paprika on the chicken breast
  3. Add the egg whites to one dish and chopped walnuts to another.
  4. Dip the chicken breast in the egg white and then into the walnuts. Press the walnuts onto the chicken if they want to fall off.
  5. Add olive oil to pan and heat until shimmering.
  6. Add the walnut-crusted chicken to the pan and cook for about three minutes on each side.
  7. Drizzle peach dressing over chicken and serve immediately.

I hope you love this as much as my family does!

All my love! ~MrsPen

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Tuesday Breakfast Tutorial: Crockpot French Toast (Or: How to Wake Up to a Hot Breakfast)

Mrs Pen's Crockpot French Toast

I chose this for today’s breakfast because I had a loaf of bread on the fritz and I haaate throwing food away. What is cool about it, though, is this morning when we woke up, breakfast was ready! No cutting, frying, cooking, and a pile of dirty dishes left for me to wash! It felt like Mother’s Day (hint hint honey).

Mrs Pen's Crockpot French Toast

So last night, I started out by mixing 6 eggs and two cups of milk in the crockpot bowl. And added a healthy pinch of pumpkin pie spice.

Mrs Pen's Crockpot French Toast

I threw in the loaf of bread, cut into quarters.

Mrs Pen's Crockpot French Toast

I mixed the eggs, milk, and bread up real good and popped it in the fridge for a few hours.

Side Note: Next time I make this, I’m going to mix some blueberries in this concoction. Or pumpkin! Or cream cheese! The sky is the limit. Let your imagination run wild!

Mrs Pen's Crockpot French Toast

In a separate bowl, I mixed 1/4 cup of butter and 1/2 cup of brown sugar.

Side Note: Next time I’m going to add more of this mixture… Let’s say 1/2 cup of butter and 1 cup of brown sugar. My hubs said this was the best part.

Ok here’s the tricky part… If your crock pot has a timer, just set it to start on high 4 hours prior to when you want to eat (or to cook for 4 hours and then switch to warm until you’re ready to eat, however your crockpot works.). My crockpot doesn’t have any kind of magical setting; LUCKILY, I do have a 4-month-old who wakes up all night. So when he woke me up at 5:00, I put the pot with the bread concoction in the crockpot, threw in about half a cup of walnuts, and layered the butter/brown sugar on top. I put a paper towel over the top and then put the lid on it (this is to prevent the condensation from making your french toast soggy) and put the crock pot on high. Sorry folks, at 5-in-the-morning I wasn’t concerned with taking pictures.

Mrs Pen's Crockpot French Toast

When we woke up at 9:00, the house smelled like delicious breakfast!

Mrs Pen's Crockpot French Toast

Now I just took a giant scoop, added powdered sugar and warm syrup and devoured! Yum.

Today’s Recipe:
6 Eggs
2 Cups- Milk
Large Pinch – Pumpkin Pie Spice
1 Loaf- Bread
1/2 Cup- Butter or Margarine
1 Cup- Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup – Walnuts
Optional- half cup berries or cream cheese or pumpkin

-Mix eggs, milk, and pumpkin pie spice in a crockpot bowl.
-Slice Bread into quarters and mix into egg mixture
-Optional- add berries or whatever extras you want to bread mixture.
-Refrigerate for a few hours.
-Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, mix butter and brown sugar
-Once the bread mixture has chilled, put it in the crockpot, layer walnuts and brown sugar mixture on top.
-Cover with paper towel and lid and cook on high for 4 hours.

My Country Life, Week 4

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1. I wore what I thought was my Sunday Best to church. When I got home, I realized I looked like I was pretending to be a Texas Beauty Queen.

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2. And my baby looked like Lil’ Abner.

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3. This week my baby learned how to put his binky in mouth and escape from his little bouncy seat, and he got his first log cabin.

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4. And he got some livestock.*

5. My hubs caught a mouse and asked me with sincere concern to stay away from the trap until he could get home and take care of it. Um… Don’t worry honey, not a single bone in my body wants to go near that wild beast.

6. The next day he caught a bigger mouse, and then I felt like I should mosey on over and check the situation out.

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7. I went to our town’s Farmer’s Market. They sold stuff from farms. Well that’s what I would have found if I had gone to the right Farmer’s Market. I got lost and ended up at a Farmer’s Market in the next town over. It was in a nursing home.

8. Our moonshining friend from last week gave me his family’s bread recipe and offered me some of his choice rum.

9. My hubs’ declined the offer for free rum. I’ve never drank in my life and he thought homemade whiskey would be an unpleasant introduction to the world of alcohol.**

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9. We went to a harvest festival last night and ran into every single person we know.

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10. I’m so excited to take my little Batman trick-or-treating, but there are only 2 houses within a mile of us and I think one of them is just used for livestock… I’m not sure how this is going to work.

11. I feel like I had more to tell you about, but nothing’s coming to me right now. I’m going to go back to sleep.

12. That is all, the end.

*This is at his grandparents’ house. Both sets of grandparents have chickens. We never will. I swear.

**I just found out rum and whiskey are not the same thing.

The Cutest Little Batman Evvvver

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It’s no secret that we’re a Batman family. Our baby was almost named “Grayson” after Robin’s alter-ego, Dick Grayson. Im not kidding. And that was after my hubs tried to convince that we should name him “Robin” (“It’s a good name for a boy OR a girl!”). I’m not kidding again. But to be fair… Today I found a text conversation in which I tried to get my husband to agree to name our son “Jupiter”. I’m not kidding again.

Anyways, so we love Batman. Our baby got his first Batman onsie before he was born, and guess what his first toy was? That’s right! A set of colorful plastic keys!

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His second toy was a little stuffed Batman though.

In a weird twist of fate, I’m sure you’re all shocked to hear his first Halloween costume is going to be Batman! So here is my account of how the Dark Knight rose:

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To make the hat, I used this owl hat pattern, and then I used a YouTube video tutorial for crocheting fox ears for the little bat-ear points. I swear, I learned most of my important life lessons from YouTube. If anyone is the slightest bit interested in how this hat was made, I would be delighted to explain it. I’m just assuming that 99% of the world does not accept crocheting as a form of entertainment though.

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I totally cheated for the suit and used this awesome onsie my baby inherited from his cousin who’s a year older than him. His cousin obviously has a refined sense of fashion. So that part was easy.

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For the utility belt, I used my awesome sewing skillz I acquired a few days ago and sewed two pieces of yellow fabric into the shape of a utility belt. I don’t want to delve much into this because anyone who knows sewing will know that I have no idea what I’m doing.

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The utility belt is crucial because it holds all of Batman’s most important tools.

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I would love to sound technological and intellectual about the cape, but the truth is, I just cut it into the shape I wanted and then sewed one small strip across the top to hold it in place. That is all. I made it this morning. It took like 59 seconds.

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For the tights… Or whatever you call the man-baby version of tights… I just put him in his finest black sweat pants, and then put his Batman onsie over it.

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I just realized I didn’t really explain how I made anything, but as you can see its more like a random collection of things that come together to make the cutest Batman ever came to be. How does one explain that?

Anyways, I put this costume together because we’re taking our little guy to a baby Halloween party tomorrow, but I just couldn’t wait until then to show y’all what it looked like! Oopsies. I’m horrible with surprises.

Love from Gotham,
Mrs Pen

Tuesday Breakfast Tutorial: 10 Minute Homemade Buttermilk Biscuit Sandwich

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I was debating whether or not to do a “Tuesday Breakfast Tutorial” today because my poor hubs had to go to work this morning and take a class on hydrolical things or something like that. But then I thought “What the hey?” and decided to write about what we eat when he has to go to work before the sun rises. Have I mentioned how much I adore this hardworking man?!

So buttermilk biscuit sandwiches are one of my favorite early morning recipes because they’re quick, delish, and don’t get many dishes dirty for me to wash afterwards (we are currently in dishwasher purgatory).

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For the buttermilk biscuits, I like to use a baking mix. I have made biscuits from scratch, however they are kind of a pain in the tuckus and these ones taste just as good. And they’re like a bazillion times better than the kind that come in a can. Although that can is fun to open. I like to use Pioneer Brand baking mix because it has a cool looking box.

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Here’s my biscuit secret: I use one half buttermilk and one half normal milk. Then I just knead it a few times and cut the dough into circles with the lid of a cup, and throw em in the oven for a few minutes until they’re golden.

While the Biscuits are Baking… Ok, this is where the corner-cutting really starts.

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I spray some oil in a mug, crack an egg in it, whip it up with a fork and pop it in the mic for 60 seconds. (thanks for the great Chicago mug Aunt Erika… It gets put to good use!)

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TA-DA! I now have the perfect biscuit-shaped-egg.

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This part is a trick I just learnt from my friend Claressa last week. I just take a piece or two of bacon, cover it with a paper towel and put it in the microwave for 3 minutes. Magically, it turns into crisp bacon.

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By now the biscuits are perfectly golden.

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I just put a little butter on them and the layer the bacon, egg, and a slice of American cheese and send my cowboy off to work with a warm hearty breakfast to eat.

As you can tell, we take breakfast very seriously in our house. If you have any good breakfast ideas, please share! I am always looking for new ideas.Thanks!

All my love,
Mrs. Pen

My Baby’s First Halloween Costume… Sort of.

MrsPen's Baby Harry Potter Tutorial

Ok its not really a Halloween costume, but I did use the upcoming halloween holiday as an excuse to dress my baby up for a totally unrelated event. Today is one of my very best gal friend’s birthday! Happy Birthday Leslie! Both my baby and I woke up excited to celebrate with her. We just adore Les! One of the things I love most of all about Les is her innate dorkiness. She’s a dorkus maximus. She likes things like Star Wars. We have that in common. Our dorkiness… not our love for Star Wars. I haven’t even seen half of them. Please don’t tell my husband that.

Anyways, when Les told me she spent her birthday on Harry Potter movies, I got a brilliant idea. Since we both love Harry Potter and I love putting costumes on my little guy, I decided Les needed a personal visit from HP himself for her birthday. And so began my Harry Potter costume making journey.

MrsPen's Baby Harry Potter Tutorial
I started with the scarf. The most exciting part about making the Harry Potter costume to me was this itty bitty baby scarf. It’s so cute and so little. If any crochet nerds are reading this, this was a simple case of 5 double crotchets in a row, changing colors every 7 rows. If anyone is interested in becoming a crochet nerd, I have two words for you: YouTube, man. I swear you could learn how to perform brain surgery by watching YouTube vids.

MrsPen's Baby Harry Potter Tutorial

Next, I made the robe. Now, this was long before I learned how to use a sewing machine a few hours ago. My first attempt at hand stitching the little robe didn’t go so well. The good news is, we already have the Hunchback of Notre Dame half done now.

MrsPen's Baby Harry Potter Tutorial

My second attempt at Harry Potter’s robe went a lot smoother. I just bought an oversized shirt at Wal-Mart for $3.88 and cut it into the shape I wanted.

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Now when it comes down to it, this robe is nothing more than a graduation gown without the Gryffindor patch. I found a patch on Amazon for 1 cent (plus $4.99 shipping), so I ordered it. Problem solved. Except the stupid patch still hasn’t gotten here. So instead, I took matters into my own hands and made the patch myself with an old t-shirt and some sharpies, and then glued it to the robe. Note- I probably wouldn’t use regular sharpies to do this again. When my baby slobbered on it, it smeared and got ink on him.

MrsPen's Baby Harry Potter Tutorial

I added a tie onsie my friend Jessica had made my baby and the costume was almost complete!

MrsPen's Baby Harry Potter Tutorial
This was when my baby and I decided that we should give Hedwig to Les for her birthday. That way she can send letters via mail owl and save a ton of stamps. Luckily, about the same time I learnt how to use a sewing machine, so this was very easy to whip up with the same old t-shirt I made the Gryffinder patch with. I might write about how I made Hedwig at a later date, this post would be longer than the 7th HP book if I wrote out everything here.

MrsPen's Baby Harry Potter Tutorial

For the glasses, I was planning to throw them together with some pipe cleaners, but when I stopped at the dollar store on my way to the party, I was dismayed to discover they didn’t sell pipe cleaners. Thank God for weird clown glasses at the Dollar Store. At least I think thats what it is. Anyways, when I popped the lenses out, it was perfect for my little Harry!

MrsPen's Baby Harry Potter Tutorial

This kid is so cute I could die! Also, I felt slightly judged when I walking through the Dollar Store with my baby and his lightning bolt forehead.

MrsPen's Baby Harry Potter Tutorial

And finally, after all our hard work, Harry got to meet the birthday girl! Even though he’s teething and congested and bit uncomfortable, when Aunt Les held him, his face lit up. He just loves that lady. By the was, my baby wants to say Happy Birfday Aunt Weswie! I wuv you!

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So that is how I threw together the first of my baby’s several Halloween costumes this year. Prepare yourselves for the next one. It’s so cute it’s deadly.

Love,
Mrs Pen

My Country Life, Week 3

Now that we’re three weeks into being homeowners, and three weeks out of touch with our favorite TV shows, and three weeks clean from our ordering take-out addiction, this is what we have to show for ourselves:

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1. My hubs traded a rifle he built for a brand new Ford pickup truck. (When I say “brand-new”, I mean it was built when I was in kindergarten.) So now we have two pickup trucks in our driveway. I think I need to make cookies for the environment.

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2. I made this Chicken Fried Steak with Gravy and Mashed Potatoes recipe for my handsome cowboy. It was so good. Not a single pound was lost that day.

3. I’m sad to report 2 of the 3 plants we bought at our local Ace Hardware Post Office last week have already died.

4. I don’t mean to brag, but my tomato plant isn’t dead yet.

5. Our local moonshiner pointed out we have a plant on our property that he could make several gallons of tequila with. I declined his offer to take it off our hands, but told him he could have all the brush and weeds he wants! We also have a large ant hill. Maybe he could do something with that. I don’t know.

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6. In his latest song, Brad Paisley says a redneck is someone who drives a truck, drinks tea, owns a gun, and wears a ball cap and boots. I think married a bonafied redneck.

7. Seeing Brad Paisley in concert is on my bucket list. So is Reba. And Johnny Cash. Please don’t tell me I can’t.

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8. My baby is a huge Johnny Cash fan.

9. There is one drawback to living in the middle of nowhere- if you have to use the bathroom really bad but the water is off because your well is disconnected because your hubs is installing a fancy water filtration system, and you can’t drive anywhere because your keys are in your hubby’s truck and he’s halfway to town getting more parts, you are out of options. Well there is one option for relieving yourself, but I am not country enough for that yet.

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10. Then the sun started setting and I forgot the inconvenience of not being able to go to the bathroom.

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11. My baby has two teeth now! He’s just a tooth or two away from his first corn on the cob. (Thanks for the great pic Marissa)

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12. This week I discovered my passion and calling for making ice cream. If you come for dinner here on the ranch you will most likely be stuffed silly with homemade ice cream.

13. That is all. The end.

The Best Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffin I have ever had

Mrs Pen's Best Freakin Pumpkin Muffins Everrrr

Pumpkin pumpkin pumpkin! I can’t get enough pumpkin stuff!!! (Originally this said “pumpkin crap” but then I thought that sounded gross). I’m soo thrilled to share this recipe with you, it’s for the best freakin pumpkin muffins I’ve ever had and the only one I’ll use the rest of my life. I made them for a barbecue my hub’s gruff mine-working buddies were having and the sweaty, hairy, rough and tough men thought these dainty little muffins were simply delightful. The fluffy muffin part, with the crunchy crumble topping and the cream cheese surprise in the middle is the perfect combo. There are three parts to it, but it’s not too hard:

The Muffin Part
The muffin part is super simple. Just two ingredients, a can of pumpkin purée and a box of spice cake mix (actually, spice cake mix would be good, but I only had a yellow cake mix, so I used it with some pumpkin pie spice and it was perfect). You just mix those two ingredients together and the muffin part is done!

Mrs Pen's Best Freakin Pumpkin Muffins Everrrr

The Filling Part
This part is pretty simple too. Whip together a package of cream cheese, a cup of powdered sugar, and a little milk, if you need it (enough milk to reach the consistency you want.). I didn’t do a great job taking pictures of this part because, as you can see, my baby decided he wanted a front row seat. But it’s pretty simple- just cream the three ingredients together.

Mrs Pen's Best Freakin Pumpkin Muffins Everrrr

The Crumble Part
This is the crumble I use for my apple pie, but it turned out ah-mahhh-zing on the muffins. Mix together 1/4 cup of flour, 1/3 cup of brown sugar, 1/4 cup of rolled oats, and a little apple spice (If you don’t have apple pie spice at your disposal, just use some cinnamon and some nutmeg if your heart is telling you to).

Mrs Pen's Best Freakin Pumpkin Muffins Everrrr

Now just take half a stick of cold butter and chop it up real good and throw it in your oat mixture. You can use a fork to mix all the ingredients up real good, but I usually just squish it all together with my (clean) hands until its nice and crumbly. Like a Dumb, I forgot to take a pic of this part. You can figure it out though.

Now put the crumble mixture in the fridge to chill while you assemble these bad boys.

The Assembling Part
I started out scooping the pumpkin mix and putting a little in the bottom of each muffin wrapper. Just put enough to cover the bottom of the wrapper, maybe 2 table spoons or so. Although this method for filling the cupcake wrappers got the job done, it was a bit of a hassle.

Mrs Pen's Best Freakin Pumpkin Muffins Everrrr

Then I realized it was a million times easier to just squeeze it out of a pastry bag (or if you don’t have pastry bags use a ziplock with the corner cutoff). So that’s what I did with the cream cheese mixture. I just squeezed a healthy dollop into each cup.

Mrs Pen's Best Freakin Pumpkin Muffins Everrrr

Ok now you squeeze some pumpkin muffin mixture over the cream cheese mixture. (Given how easy the pastry bag idea was, I instituted it for the second part of the muffin mix, I swear it took like 2 minutes)

Because my hubs pointed out it looked like cat poops (excuse my french), I smoothed out the top layer with a spatula. I swear, I love that man so much. At this point the mixture should just about fill the cup.

Mrs Pen's Best Freakin Pumpkin Muffins Everrrr

Now just take the crumble mixture out and sprinkle it over the muffin mixture.

Mrs Pen's Best Freakin Pumpkin Muffins Everrrr

Now ya pop those suckas in the oven at 350 for 18 min (or until golden and a knife inserted comes out clean) and you’re done.

Mrs Pen's Best Freakin Pumpkin Muffins Everrrr

I think my little guy was hoping for a little taste (ignore the disassembled dishwasher in the background…).

Mrs Pen's Best Freakin Pumpkin Muffins Everrrr

So there ya go! Best pumpkin muffin everrrr! I hope you love it as much as we did.

Love,
Mrs. Pen

Here’s The Recipe:

1 Spice Cake Mix
1 Can of Pumpkin Purée
1 Package of Cream Cheese, Softened
1 Cup of Powder Sugar
1/4 cup of flour
1/3 cup of brown sugar
1/4 cup of rolled oats
a little apple spice
1/4 cup of butter, cold

Preheat the oven at 350

Mix Cake Mix and Pumpkin together and set aside.

In a separate bowl, cream together cream cheese and powder sugar. Add milk if it’s too thick. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, mix flour, brown sugar, and oats. Cut butter into pieces and add it in. Mix until crumbly. Put in the fridge to chill while the rest of the muffins are assembled.

To assemble-
Fill pastry bag with muffin mix. Fill each lined cupcake holder approximately 1/3 full with muffin mixture. Fill another pastry bag with cream cheese mixture. Apply a healthy dollop to each cup, approximately 1 tbls. Fill the rest of each cup with remaining muffin mixture. Sprinkle crumble mixture on top. Bake at 350 for about 18 min or until muffins are golden brown and a knife inserted into the middle comes out clean.

Yields 20 Muffins

Tuesday Breakfast Tutorial: Pumpkin Walnut Flapjacks with Cream Cheese Syrup

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I’m jumping on the pumpkin bandwagon. It’s fall and even though we don’t get the gorgeous autumn colors and nippy weather like the rest of y’all, we will exercise our American right to celebrate autumn by eating our weight in pumpkin stuff. Lots of pumpkin stuff. Prepare for an onslaught of pumpkin posts here!

For breakfast today, we stuffed ourselves silly with pumpkin walnut pancakes and cream cheese syrup. It was so freakin good I ate three of them and promised myself I’d work out to make up for the extra calories. I’m probably not going to work out. I’m excited to share this recipe here, it’s going to become a regular in our house. This is what I did…

I mixed one and a quarter cup of flour with a pinch of baking powder, three tablespoons of sugar, a little salt, and about a teaspoon and a half of pumpkin pie spice together.

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Nextly, in a separate bowl, I mixed a cup of milk, about a quarter stick of melted butter, an egg, and 6 heaping tablespoons of pumpkin purée (next time I’m going add more pumpkin, let’s
say about half a cup… That’s 8 tablespoons according to google.)

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Now I mixed the Punkin concoction in with the powder ingredients. And added some more pumpkin pie spice to make sure it’s voice was being heard.

Finally I chopped up about half a cup of walnuts and folded into the mix. (I only said “folded it in” to sound technical. Really I just dumped them in and mixed it up real good.)

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Now I poured the batter onto a greased pan on medium heat and cooked until golden brown on both sides.

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Ok for the syrup… I actually had some cream cheese frosting left over from a recipe I made yesterday (which I am DYING to share with you!), so I just thinned it out with a little milk and warmed it up in the mic. If I had made it today, I would have mixed half a package of cream cheese with half a cup (give or take) of powdered sugar, and added milk until it was the consistency I wanted, and then warmed it up in the mic in 20 second increments until it was warm enough.

Now all that was left to do was drizzle the syrup over the pancakes and devour them with my hubs on the patio watching the sun rise from the mountains. And that is the recipe for a happy hubby!

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No, the picture of my baby doesn’t relate to this recipe, he’s just so freakin cute I could die.

Oh also, you probably noticed the cream cheese sauce is a little lumpy-ish. This is because I pulled the frosting straight out of the fridge, I recommend using cream cheese at room temperature, and heat it up slowly. But it was still scrumptious, lumps and all.

Oh also, if you are a pancake-ologist or a pumpkin-ologist or just love food and have any suggestions on how to improve this, I would be delighted to hear them.

Oh also, brace yourselves for the pumpkin tutorial I will be sharing with you in the next day or two (aka, the next time my baby gives me enough time to write it out). Trust me, it’s a doozy!

Here’s today’s recipe-

Pancakes:
1 1/4 cup of flour
3 tbls of sugar
2 tspn of baking powder
2 tspn of pumpkin pie spice
Pinch of salt
1 cup of milk
8 tbls of pumpkin purée
2 tbls of melted butter
1 egg
1/2 cup of chopped walnuts

-mix dry ingredients together in one bowl.
-Mix wet ingredients in another bowl.
-Combine and mix well.
-Add walnuts
-Pour into greased skillet and cook on medium heat until slightly golden brown

Syrup:
Half a package of cream cheese, softened
Half a cup of powdered sugar
Milk, to consistency

-Whip cream cheese until fluffy
-add sugar and continue to cream
-slowly add milk until ideal consistency is reached
-warm in the microwave in 20 second increments until warm enough

This recipe is an adaption a one I found here.

I hope you love em as much as we did!

Love,
Mrs Pen

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