Picky pants Lucille has been on a muffin kick lately, so though I’ve never been a baker, I’ve been brave and tried a few recipes. We’ve loved them, so I thought I’d share.
In addition to the massive amounts of leftover baby oatmeal I have from my struggles of trying to get Lennon to eat solids, I have some pureed baby food stashed away too. I don’t think they’ll save until baby #3 is ready for solids, and even if they did, I’m planning to do 100% baby led weaning next time around, so… my first attempt at muffins were these baby food muffins. It says to use pureed fruit but I do fruits and veggies. One of the only ways I can get Lucille to eat veggies. These have been her favorite muffins so far! Which is great because I’m sure they’re the healthiest. Though I’m now out of baby food… but I’m sure I can just puree my own stuff up and substitute it.
For Easter I made these SUPER delicious Maple Mixed Berry Muffins!! I loved them. One tip: When she says to coat the muffin pan with non stick spray, do it! Don’t do what I did and just stick in some paper liners. you’ll loose a lot of good muffin that way!
Peter’s favorite of my muffin attempts has been these Berry-Smash Muffins that I made when I bought too many strawberries.
Also, not muffins, but we baked these Oatmeal cookies about a month ago and they were super good too! And easy. And per usual I substituted some of the oats with baby oatmeal.
My husband says if we ever open a restaurant (which is not something we’re planning on doing ever) we should cook up chicken drumsticks like buffalo wings and serve them as jumbo wings. So, here is my first creation for his future restaurant.
As always, easy breezy ingredients and instructions:
4 lbs. of chicken drumsticks
18 oz of barbecue sauce
1/4 cup of honey
Frank’s red hot (I didn’t measure this, just shook the bottle a few times, obviously shake it more to make it spicy, less or not at all if you don’t like things hot.)
Remove the skin from the chicken and place in the crock pot. Next combine all other ingredients in a bowl. I recommend using 2 different barbecue sauces, 9 ounces of each, this gives it a more complex and interesting flavor. Pour mixture over chicken and cook on low for about 7 hours.
These were really yummy. And as usual I didn’t think to snap a picture, haha. So here’s a picture of some ingredients!
In the 6 1/2 years Peter and I have been together, this is just the 2nd time I’ve made meatloaf. Having no idea where the recipe I used 6 years ago is… I tried something new. And if turned out much better than expected! All you need is:
1 packet ranch dressing mix
1 pound ground beef
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup ketchup
Combine the first 4 ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Then shape into a loaf and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. While it’s cooking, mix ketchup and brown sugar. When the loaf is half cooked (after 20-25 minutes) pour the ketchup glaze on top.
I’m so excited by how well this turned out, and my husband was even more excited. I can say without a doubt, it will not be 6 years before I make meatloaf again!