Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Pinterest Fact or Fiction: Snickerdoodle Muffins

So when I was out with friends this weekend they mentioned snickerdoodle muffins.  "That's awesome!" I thought, so I immediately went on pinterest and found a bazillion different recipes for them.  I picked one that I had all of the ingredients for and here are my results:

I took the recipe from here.

2 sticks unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
3/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp cream of tartar
3/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1 1/4 cup sour cream
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar and 1 TBSP cinnamon mixed together for rolling*
1.Cream the butter and sugar until soft about 3 to 5 minutes. Add in the vanilla. Add in the eggs one at a time and mix until each is incorporated.
2.In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cream of tartar and nutmeg.
3.Add the flour mixture and the sour cream alternately to the egg-butter mixture in the additions. Start with the flour and end with the flour. Scrape the bowl occasionally.
4. Using an ice cream scoop, scoop out muffin batter one at a time and drop into a shallow bowl filled with the cinnamon sugar mixture. Roll the muffin around in the mixture until it is covered completely in cinnamon sugar. Place muffin into muffin tin. Depending on the size of your tins, you should get about 12 to 14 muffins. Bake them for approx. 20-22 minutes in a 350F oven or until they are golden brown.

I mixed everything as described above and here is what it looked like in my mixer:

From there I put the batter in the muffin cups (I didn't roll in cinnamon-sugar like the recipe suggested).

Instead I sprinkled it cinnamon-sugar on top!

Put it in the oven at 350 degrees F.  In my oven it took 27 mins of baking.

The results are delicious!

Pinterest fact or fiction...Definitely FACT! :)  Enjoy!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Giving in, not giving up: My wacky approach to lent

Every year I get the same question: "What are you giving up for lent?"  In the past I have given up facebook, reading for pleasure--by far the hardest thing I have done for lent--TV, and ice cream.  This year I went into it with, really Lord I have to give up something?  Thankfully I prayed about my attitude and what I should give up.  Instead I received a different answer.

Here is pretty much a summary of our conversation:

Instead of giving up something and saying "no" how about saying "yes?"
Well okay God, but that seems too easy.
Just trust me.
Umm..okay God, but you seem to be letting me off easy.

Becoming the "YESwoman"

I am sure he was really laughing at this point (saying yes has been far from easy, but more on that later).  So off I went on what I was sure was my easy journey through the Lenten season.  I have never seen the movie Yes Man but from the synopsis that is pretty much that I am doing.  I won't go into detail too much of what I am doing, but I have meet some extraordinary people these last few weeks.  I have had a glimpse at the ministry that Jesus must have had, and it has deepened my appreciation to a whole new level.  In the last few weeks I have met all kinds of wonderful people from all walks of life and have had my eyes opened to their pain.  I am so thankful for such an amazing Saviour and I am really glad I know him.  In just the first few weeks of this Lenten season I have had my world shaken, and I cannot wait to see what the rest will bring.

Peace and Love to you all!  (I know I sound like a hippie)   :)