Friday, October 2, 2015

Muffin Tin Mania: 20 Unique Muffin Ideas

"Muffin Tin, how do I love thee, let me count the ways.  You have faithfully cooked up delicious little cakes and breads since the day of your invention, and we have discovered that you are the perfect pan to make delightful, little portable, handheld meals, snacks and desserts already portioned out in just the right size.  Children and adults  love the foods that pop out of your cute little cups; food that is perfect for  parties, picnics, or lunch boxes; breakfasts, lunch or dinner; to stay or to go; beautiful or rustic; wholesome or comforting, glitzy or humble, your creations are perfect for any occasion. You are adorable".

One of the most viewed posts on this blog,  is Spaghetti Pie Meal in a Muffin as pictured in the header. It isn't the post I would have thought to have had so much traffic. It has been featured in several websites such as Chowhound Luvo, Huffington Post and The Whoot, all of which have contributed to its popularity; but I think the main reason that it has done so well, is that Muffin Tin ideas are flourishing and I can understand why, they are irresistible. I find myself often thinking of meals that I can make for the muffin tin.

Soooo …..I decided to share some of my favorite muffin tin ideas that I have saved on my Muffin and Cupcake Pinterest board; they are from a variety of websites, including this one. So get out those  muffin tins, and put them to use with some of these recipes, and change up the menu plan with a little bit of fun.

by Gather For Bread

From Where Your Treasure Is

By Play Party Pin

by Where Your Treasure Is

by Circle of Moms

by Iowa Girl Eats

From Where Your Treasure Is

From Chocolate Covered Katie

From Where Your Treasure Is

From Cakes Cottage


From Where Your Treasure Is

From Dairy Makes Sense

From Muffin Mania

From Fifteen Spatulas

Trim Healthy Mama Compliant
Chocolate Pecan Muffins
from Flowers in His Garden

from Stranded Foodie

from Heavenly Homemakers

Sausage and Cheese Breakfast Muffins
from Where Your Treasure Is

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

A September Recap

September has flown by for us. It has been a busy month, with plenty of catching up here in Colorado, a couple of medical emergencies involving our parents, (not to worry, all is well now), a drive to Denver,  a flight to Phoenix, followed with a drive to California, Nevada and back to Arizona, then another flight back to Colorado, a drive from Denver, and home to get our house prepared for the arrival of Nathan and Himilce and 3 grandchildren. My sweet Hubs then took another drive to Denver to pick them up at the airport, and home again and two days later took another drive to Phoenix to take his Mom down there to stay with his sister (who was having some surgery), then a flight back  to Denver, then here again…  We are in need of our Chiropractor, and a couple of extra winks of sleep;  but with that all done, and that all said, Steve arrived back today (happy sigh), the grandchildren are making the most wonderful noises in our house, the September weather is beautiful, our  son and daughter in law are a wonderful refreshment to our hearts, we are blessed and happy to take a few moments of rest and joy with our family. We have some fun things planned for the next couple of weeks, some of it outdoors, some of it involves food (of course :0)  )…. and perhaps a blog post or two will come out of our "happenings". I do have a few things ready to post… and have had them lingering in the draft file, waiting to be published, but haven't had the brain power to get them edited and finished until now; well I'm not so sure I have the brain power even now, but I do have a few free moments and am finding some restful quiet while Himilce and the  kids are doing their school work. I have a few phone pictures of some of the highlights of our trip.

We enjoyed a wonderful stay in Santa Barbara, as Dad and Steve and I visited my Dad's sister Cathie and my cousin Phil, whom I haven't seen in almost 45 years… could that really be?   We stayed in the lovely complex where she lives and explored the beautiful California country side together with Aunt Cathie as our tour guide.  The trip was definitely a highlight to us; we had such wonderful time catching up.  
Aunt Cathie was a model in the 1950's, and I had such fun going through her pictures and magazine clippings.  I took quite a few pictures of her pictures and advertisements; I want to reformat and reprint them for her,  and perhaps put them in an album or scrapbook; I am looking forward to doing that soon.

These are a few of the many clippings  that she had; they were from newspaper and magazine ads.  She was a lovely lady then and is still a lovely lady at the age of 88 (soon to be 89). 

One of the little trips we took was to the town of Solvang.
 It is a quaint little town that looks as if it came right out of Holland. 

We had a great time going through the shops, and had a delicious lunch. Pictured above is my Dad o the left, Steve in the middle, and Aunt Cathie on the right.
Loved the beach in Santa Barbara.  I realized that we have been coast to coast this last month… pretty crazy for us.  

Next stop was Nevada, where we visited my brother Dave and his wife Elvia.  We had a great visit with them.  

September is almost through as we embark upon October.  We are hoping to go out to the farms soon and pick our green chillies.  Looking forward to some Mexican recipes that are inspired by those delicious green chilies.  We are planning to take some walks and also a few field trips with Nathan and Himilce and the kids, as well as a little Colorado type of fun while we are all together.  I hope these last days of September find you all doing well. I look forward to a little catch up with you all very soon.  Have a lovely week everyone.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Santa Barbara Road Trip

Last week, Steve and I headed off on an adventure with my Dad.  We flew first to Phoenix, to pick up my Dad, then drove to Santa Barbara California together, to visit my Dad's sister's Cathy. Although I have seen my Aunt Cathy a couple of times in the last 30 years,  I haven't been to Santa Barbara to visit  since I was 10 (I won't tell you how long ago that was, but believe me it wasn't yesterday).  I  have happy memories of that visit when I came with my parents and my brothers, and we had a grand time with my cousins, Aunt and Uncle.   I have been enjoying connecting again with family history, and have been loving our sight seeing excursions.  This is the introduction of our little travel adventure… be back soon with a little more. Many Blessings to you all.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Cowboy Caviar

I've been making my Hubby of few of his favorites this weekend.  This is one of them.  You probably guessed by the title of this post that this dish is called "Cowboy Caviar".  I love the name don't you?  It is one of those eat off and on through the day sorts of dishes that disappears quickly. It can be served with chips as a bean salsa or as a side dish as a bean salad and it is delicious in either capacity.  It is a hit at "get togethers", and is nice to keep in the fridge to serve to a hungry cowboy with some tortilla chips to take the edge off of a hungry appetite before dinner.  

Here's what you will need: 

1 15 oz can of Black Eyed Peas 
1 15 oz can of Black Beans, 3/4 cup Fresh Corn off the cob or two cobs of corn (Frozen is okay).
1/2 cup red onion, diced
3/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
1 1/2 cups tomatoes, diced (I like to use the little grape tomatoes…but any will work).
1 Pickled JalapeƱo  pepper, diced (optional… or you can replace with green chilis).
1 ripe avocado, chopped
6 strips of bacon fried and crumbled
1 cup crumbled feta or chopped queso fresco or cheddar cheese
Cilantro for garnish.
Vinaigrette (recipe follows)
Tortilla Chips

Begin by chopping vegetables, frying bacon and cutting the corn from the cob; Reserve 1 Tablespoon of bacon grease after frying, and lightly and quickly brown the corn.  Set to the side until needed.

Drain and rinse your beans and place in a medium sized serving or mixing bowl.

Add peppers,

Tomatoes, onion and corn,



and bacon.

Stir gently.

Whisk together dressing ingredients.

Drizzle over beans and vegetables. Stir until dressing is well distributed.  

Put into a nice serving bowl.


I love this as a bean salsa and so does Steve.

Num Num!

1 (15 ounce) can seasoned black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
1 (15 ounce) can seasoned or plain black beans or pinto beans drained and rinsed
3/4 cup Fresh Corn off the cob or two cobs of corn (Frozen is okay).
1/2 cup red onion, diced
3/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
1 1/2 cups tomatoes, diced (I like to use the little grape tomatoes…but any will work).
4 or five slices jalapeno pepper slices, diced (optional… or you can replace with green chilis).
1 ripe avocado, chopped
6 strips of bacon fried and crumbled
1 cup crumbled feta or chopped queso fresco or cheddar cheese
Cilantro for garnish.

2 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1  large lime, juiced (or two small limes juiced)
1/2 tsp garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Fry up bacon and reserve 1 Tablespoon of drippings.
  2. Cut corn from the cob and brown quickly in the bacon drippings; no need to cook thoroughly, allow the corn to remain crisp.
  3. Chop remaining vegetables.
  4. Gently combine all ingredients except Cilantro.
  5. Make dressing by combining all the ingredients and whisking together well.
  6. Drizzle the dressing over the bean and vegetable mixture, then stir gently.
  7. Garnish with Cilantro.
  8. Serve with Corn Chips or as a salad/sidedish.
  9. Enjoy!

This makes a nice appetizer for a Holiday.  I'm serving a it up for our Labor Day weekend.

Have a nice Labor Day Weekend Every One!