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Better yet pumpkin muffins.. just like Starbucks!

Yesterday when I was doing that post, I couldn’t stop feeling like I was missing something. The pumpkin flavour was reminding me of something and I couldn’t figure out what it was.. then unpacking groceries last night Dan found another can of pumpkin I picked up…

“Pumpkin, what are you doing with this?”
“I don’t know another batch of pumpkin muffins maybe.”
“I love pumpkin stuff.. like that pumpkin cake with cheese cream ontop.. like my moms” (yes he said cheese cream.. kinda like shake cheese, also known as parmesan cheese).
“Well maybe I can make that into a muffin.. just like STARBUCKS!” and thats when it hit me..

When I lived in the city, every friday I used to treat myself to starbucks.. a carmel macchiato and a muffin.. usually the pumpkin cream cheese muffins, or blueberry muffins. It was a reward to myself, and usually costed almost $10 for the two items. Well, since I moved to this small town I’ve had to improvise. I made my own pumpkin spice syrup for coffee, attempted to make my own carmel macchiatos.. and its all turned out amazing. and way cheaper! So this morning when I woke up I made the best muffins ever..found the recipe from recipezaar and substituted a couple things to make them a bit healthier. These are the nicest puffiest muffins I have ever made.

Pumpkin Muffins

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 cup pumpkin 
1/2 cup apple sauce

4 ounces cream cheese
chopped sunflower seeds

Preheat oven to 350.

Put the entire brick of cream cheese on a piece of wax paper or parchment paper and shape it into a long log.Put it in the freezer while you mix and fill the pans, up to an hour.

Unwrap and cut with a sharp knife so each cream cheese disk equals 1-2 teaspoons. If the cream cheese disks are too big around, cut thick slices and then cut them in half. This lets you push it down into the batter easier.

Mix all ingredients together (except cream cheese and nuts).

Fill muffin tins (greased or paper cups) half full.

Put cream cheese disc in the middle, pressing down.

Sprinkle with 1 tsp sunflower seeds.

Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean from the muffin part (do not touch the cream cheese!).

Let cool in pans for 5 minutes, then remove to racks to cool completely. Do not touch the cream cheese until it cools.

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beef stroganoff

Yesterday was the longest work day ever. I wasn’t feeling good, I felt like I was half asleep the whole day. I took some cold medicine and it made me feel so loopy and dizzy. I took some again last night before I went to bed and I feel the same this morning.

Dan was gone again last night so I had to make something quick and I wanted to use up some of the groceries his parents gave us. This was the easiest way to get rid of one of the three tubs of sour cream and 1/2 block cream cheese..

 

Beef Stroganoff

1 package egg noodles
1lb hamburger
1 package fry brown gravy mix
1/2 block cream cheese
1 can chopped mushrooms (I used fresh ones and about 1 1/2 cups chopped)
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup milk
1 container sour cream
1 can low sodium cream of mushroom soup
paprika to taste

Cook the egg noodles according to the package.

In  a skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef until no pink shows and add mushrooms and onion.

Add in the brown gravy, cream cheese, milk, sour cream and soup to the hamburger mixture. Add paprika to taste.

It was super easy and quick to make and used up lots of the stuff I had on hand. My hockey billet had it with a bun and I dipped my garlic bread into it. I found it almost too rich though, maybe next time I’ll cut out the cream cheese. And he goes, “So what, is this just like hamburger and mushroom soup?” He is so clueless about cooking I think.

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my favorite things

I thought since its so close to Christmas I would post my favorite cookies on here. We make these every year with mom and use the cookie press with it. They are so yummy like melt in your mouth yummy!

Cream Cheese Press Cookies

1 cup butter
1 package cream cheese
1 cup sugar
1 egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350F.
In a medium bowl cream together butter, cream cheese, sugar, egg yolk, vanilla extract until light and fluffy. Gradually add the flour salt and cinnamon. Fill the cookie press and press out cookies onto a greased cookie sheet.
Bake for 9-12 minutes depending on your oven and cool on a wire rack.

We usually make the christmas trees, wreaths which I think are actually snow flakes and camels. Camels because thats what the three wise men came on right?

I’m so excited to go home for Christmas only 2 more days after today! I’m going to see my best friend that got engaged a couple weekends ago first and missing church.. I know I know how horrible right? Then meeting my family at Grandma’s later for a late super/snack kind of deal. Should be good. Dan and I are both staying at mom and dad’s christmas eve and will probably get woken up at 5 in the morning by my little sister who as far as I know believed in santa last year but maybe not so much this year.. I can’t wait its going to be great!

Last night we took Kato for a walk finally, and I decided to add that too my new years resolutions. To take kato for a walk every night. Its so relaxing and crisp and just like a breath of fresh air! What else do I have so far on my list of new years resolutions.. go to curves when I’m at work, and print all of the pictures off our computer.. thats it so far.. Anyway I need to get my day started!

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