Sunday, September 30, 2012

Scrumptious Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins

Looking for a great fall recipe to feed the munchkins something other than munchkins?

Try this recipe out and let me know what you think....

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix together in large bowl:
3 1/3 cup of flour (AP or whole wheat)
2 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup white sugar (I know, usually it's considered a wet ingredient)
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg (fresh if you have it)
1/4 tsp ground ginger

In second bowl mix:
1 cup oil
2/3 cup orange juice
1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin puree
4 eggs

Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, mixing well.
Last, add 2/3 cup mini chocolate chips (I like mini ones better, since they provide more even distribution of chocolate to muffin batter ratio)

USE MUFFIN LINERS!!!!!!!!!!!! They make cleaning the tin so much easier and quicker, and you don't have to worry about it between the batches.

Also, one of my favorite tools of baking is the 1 ounce cookie scoop.  This is a perfect application for even muffin management.

Bake 20-25 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
This recipe makes approximately 80 mini muffins.  It sounds like a lot.  But by the time the second batch was in the oven baking, the first batch of 24 was amazingly down to 5, mostly between the two boys.
These muffins are rich, and pretty healthy I think (minus the oil).  They make a great on the go breakfast or snack for busy mornings.  So if you make them over the weekend, they might cover you a couple of days while you hit snooze one more time.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

I'm Baaaaaaack.....

So I had (not intentionally) taken a hiatus from writing for many reasons.  Biggest one, life.  Kids being a large part of that.  OK, not large, but all encompassing.  Energy, or lack there of, due to the previous two reasons.  Desire, again not having it because the Energy went to entertaining the kids.  You get the picture....

So now that the summer passed without much more than a blink of an eye, I am back into a routine and I want to get back to writing.

In the upcoming posts I have a ton of products, games, places and ideas to share including recipes, Think Fun game reviews, Planet Box and Kiwi Crate.  Maybe a spot or two on life with Hermy and Crabby.  And how you too can become One Tough Muddy Warrior Mom (also called "Bring it").

So if you care to share in my thought process then be on the look out for my rants, as I figure I might as well purge them before sanity loses the battle in my head :)

As Boog was reading as I typed, he just questioned, "You have a battle going on in your head???"  "Yes, Honey," I answered, "I always do."