I have scoffed at Chocolate Muffins for a long time because to me they have always sounded like cake for breakfast. Cake for breakfast, pfft. Actually my eldest brother does just that (eat cake for breakfast) every single day and I may have scoffed at that too. Then the other day I woke up and all I really wanted was a chocolate muffin. Something chocolatey, not too sweet, a one bowl affair that would take five minutes to put together. I waited a few hours and the craving did not pass so I wound up going through my scrawled recipe notes and voila. Usually I try to add yogurt or wheat germ or oat bran to amp up the nutritional content, but I was out of all the above so I made do with what I had.
Net result: delicious one bowl Whole Wheat Chocolate Muffins (cake lol) for breakfast and the lesson that I should scoff less.
Jump to the Vanilla Bean Buttercream Recipe
Some of you may already know this, but my husband and I have two daughters. After the birth of my older one my husband would often say that when she wants something he is eating he doesn’t feel any resentment. I feel that way too – most of the time. That said, I distinctly one time I felt differently. She was little, between 2 and 3. I had heard about a bakery called Prairie Girl & popped in to try a cupcake. Usually I am underwhelmed by most cupcakes so I got two minis. A Vanilla with Vanilla Bean frosting for her and a Chocolate with Peanut Butter frosting for me. Just for funsies I tried a little bit of her vanilla frosting. It took every ounce of my being to give it back to her because all I wanted to do was to devour it.
In case you are wondering, yes I went back and got another cupcake for myself.
Jump to the Marble Cake with Oil Recipe
Oil. Yes, I know, I know, that just sounds… meh.
Why would I make a Marble Cake with Oil instead of butter you may ask? After all butter is delicious isn’t it. Throw in some flour and sugar and you are sure to have a winner. Well, in a nutshell I am a sucker for the nostalgic. My idea of what a good marble cake should be – tender and tea time easy – come from the many homemade marble cakes my aunt baked as a child. They always had a healthy marbling, were subtly sweet, but not overpowering and so very moist. It is the oil that was always used instead of butter in my childhood bakes that made them so tender.
Eid Decor Already?
Ramadan may be two months away, but my girls have already started talking about Eid. The little one because that is when she next wears nail polish (insert eye roll and lol), the big because she is an enthusiastic party planner. We have gotten into the rhythm of hosting something on Eid ul Fitr every year. As the girls get older we make a conscious effort to have that something be an event that involves all their friends. Their excitement over their clothes, getting their henna done the day before, the Eid decor, the impatience with which they wait for friends to arrive, that is the best part.
When Lail of With a Spin, a tasteful Islamic products store, sent these adorable camel cutters and favor boxes to me to try out I instantly knew that whatever I did would have to reflect that bright happy joy. I also love the idea of making a fun whimsical tablescape with items that would actually get eaten or used. My girls got such a kick out of the little camel cookie toppers, and I really enjoyed how the sugar cookies made a simple white cake look so festive.
Jump to the Strawberry Jam Bars Recipe
My 7 year old is a Jam Snob. When I made these Strawberry Jam Bars she politely ate one then after our friends had gone she looked at me and said “So I wasn’t a big fan of the bars. You see, I liked the top and the bottom, but that jam, that wasn’t good jam. You should get some good jam.”
Insert Eye Roll.
Note to self: drive 45 minutes out to Springridge Farms to buy strawberry jam. Because grocery store jams – ew. Also so are apparently jams with large pieces of fruit. That little bit there reassures me that she is still 7.