Saturday, April 24, 2010

Things I'm Lovin' This Rainy Saturday

1. Some fantastically wonderful muffins.

Oh.My.Soul these are so good for a special treat.


All Recipes from Colleen

To Die For Blueberry Muffins
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup white sugar (I use Rapadura)
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 egg

1/3 cup milk
1 cup fresh blueberries
1/2 cup white sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup butter, cubed
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease muffin cups or line with muffin liners.
2. Combine 1 1/2 cups flour, 3/4 cup sugar, salt and baking powder. Place vegetable oil into a 1 cup measuring cup; add the egg and enough milk to fill the cup. Mix this with flour mixture. Fold in blueberries. Fill muffin cups right to the top, and sprinkle with crumb topping mixture.
3. To Make Crumb Topping: Mix together 1/2 cup sugar, 1/3 cup flour, 1/4 cup butter, and 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon. Mix with fork, and sprinkle over muffins before baking.
4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until done.

2. Moss from Home Depot

OK, so this was new to me. I whipped out my phone to take a picture and my brain immediately started coming up with plans for this lush green goodness. I think it was $1.97.

A terrarium. We have only ever used the short moss dug from the woods, but this is a fun difference.

Planted in a little white bowl or a creamer. I don't know how it will do indoors, but if and when it starts to die I will move it outside or Chloe can make a terrarium.


A ground cover for a very shady corner of the back yard.

To cover the dirt of a pot planted with something taller.

3. Rainy Day Listening So Far:

Gotta have something to listen to while editing pictures.

Snow Patrol-Chasing Cars

Ben Lee-Rise Up

Jack Johnson-His new single

Donavon Frankenreiter-hear him here

Sam Bradley-Sea Blue

Seabird-Don't You Know You're Beautiful and the Rocks to Rivers album.

Brandon Heath-What If We

All For Love from The Three Musketeers soundtrack-you can find a great video from the recording here.

Danny Gokey-I Will Not Say Goodbye

4. Advil

For headaches from looking at the screen too long while editing lots of pictures and various other computer tasks.

5. Watching Everest Beyond the Limit with my son

5. Oh, and Blogging

Victoria has e-mailed me to say that she is handing me the blog baton and that I need to post something. I haven't been pulling my load, so I have to change that. Hi everyone!! : )

What are you enjoying this weekend? Have a great one!


Monday, April 19, 2010

Spring time cake

Since my life has been busy with getting our old house on the market, moving final items and digging up plants I can't bear to leave behind I thought I'd share a repeat of a yummy recipe for a spring time cake today. This cake is sooo easy and delish!

My sister Beth always has dessert, whether it's cookies, cake or something else, under her pretty glass cake dome at her house and she is the one that shared this recipe with me. I LOVE cakes that use a cake mix and additional ingredients. They seem so much easier than scratch and taste so yummy.

Lemon Poppyseed Cake

1 package yellow cake mix
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup water
1 cup plain or vanilla nonfat yogurt
3 eggs
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons poppy seeds

Combine cake mix and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add vegetable oil and next four ingredients and beat on medium speed for six minutes. Stir in poppyseeds. Pour into well greased bundt pan and bake for 40 min at 350 degrees or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Cool in pan for 10 min. Remove from pan and drizzle with lemon glaze.

Lemon Glaze
1/2 cup powdered sugar
Lemon juice

Sift powdered sugar into bowl. Add 1 tbsp lemon juice and stir. Add enough lemon juice until glaze if of drizzling consistency.

Look at the longing in my Sweet Girl's face! :)
(Picture from 2009)

Hope you are having beautiful Spring weather wherever you are today!