Coffee Cake Muffins

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Haven’t posted a recipe in a while. I think next time I’ll spray the paper cups with cooking spray before I pour the batter in because they kind of stuck to the paper when I tried to pull them off and they were completely cooked and cooled off.

**FOR THE MUFFINS**

1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour

1/2 cup of light brown sugar

2 teaspoons of baking powder

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon of baking soda

1/4 teaspoon of salt

3/4 cup of milk

1/3 cup of canola oil

2 large eggs

**FOR THE CRUMB TOPPING**

1/3 cup of sugar

1/3 cup of light brown sugar

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon of salt

1/2 cup (1 stick) of melted unsalted butter

1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour

**DIRECTIONS**

*Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.

*To make the crumb topping, combine sugars, cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl. Whisk in melted butter. Add flour and stir using a rubber spatula until completely mixed. Spread out mixture onto aluminum foil so it can dry until you’re ready to use it.

*In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. In another bowl, whisk together milk, canola oil, and egg. Pour mixture over dry ingredients and stir using a rubber spatula until completely mixed.

*Pour batter evenly into muffin tin. Sprinkle with reserved crumb topping, using your fingertips to gently press the crumbs into the batter. Place in oven and bake for 12-15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Homemade Taco Seasoning

{Ingredients}

β€’3 tablespoons chili powder
β€’1 teaspoon garlic powder
β€’1 teaspoon onion powder
β€’1 teaspoon dried oregano
β€’1 tablespoon paprika
β€’1 tablespoon ground cumin
β€’1 tablespoon black pepper

{Directions}

Mix it all together and store in an air-tight container. I have mine in a mason jar. I use this when I make shredded chicken tacos in the crockpot.

Crockpot Italian Chicken With Pasta

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4 chicken breasts

1 packet of zesty Italian dressing seasoning

8 oz. of cream cheese (cut into 4 pieces before you put it into the crockpot)

2 cans of cream of chicken soup

1/2 lb. of spiral noodles

*Put everything into a crockpot and cook on high for 4 hours.

*Once your crockpot goes from the cooking mode to “warm” start your water for your noodles.

*Cook noodles for 10 minutes, drain and put serving size of noddles on a plate.

*Pour chicken mix over noodles and enjoy!

-I mixed all of mine up on my plate before I ate it so the sauce would evenly coat the noodles and it was delicious!

No Bake Energy Bites

I love to make these and the kids love them. You can store them in the fridge for about a week {they usually don’t last that long though!}

{Ingredients}

  • 2 cups of old-fashioned oatmeal
  • 1 – 1 1/2 cups of unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 cup of natural creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup of Enjoy Life dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup of raw honey
  • 2 tsp. of vanilla extract

{Directions}

  • Stir all of the ingredients together in a large bowl. Cover and let chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  • After the 30 minutes are done you can roll them into whatever size you’d like.

Store them in an air tight container in your refrigerator. This recipe will make 15 energy bites.

Mama B’s Surrogacy

I’ve been debating on announcing this because of the kind of comments I might receive, but waking up this morning on Mother’s Day and being blessed with two little boys makes me not concerned about the negative things that others might say because this is what I want to do and I’m so HONORED to be able to carry a baby for the amazing couple that I have been matched with.

I’ve been thinking about doing this for over a year now. At the time it just wasn’t right timing. After we got settled into our house and after the holidays I decided to turn in my application with a surrogacy agency in February. In March I had my interview, my psych exam, and I got my medical clearance from my OB. Then it was off to Pasadena, CA to run some tests at the IVF clinic. After 2 LONG weeks I got confirmation that I’m a perfect candidate for surrogacy and I received my medical clearance from the IVF doctor. Now in May we are currently waiting to receive our contracts which we should have at the end of the week. After we get legal clearance I will start injections and medication for 3 or so weeks and then we will transfer an embryo.

Fun fact: Since technology is so awesome these days my Intended Parents can see if their embryo is a boy or a girl before we do the transfer. How cool is that?!

Happy Mother’s Day

Stain Remover

A couple of months ago Zach jumped from a size 8 to a size 10. The pants we got had some serious stains in them so I threw them at the top of his closet to use as play pants. A few weeks ago I stumbled upon a stain remover post on Pinterest and pinned it for later. I figured I’d “eventually” get around to trying it. Oh man! I should’ve tried this as soon as I pinned it. I tried this on 3 pairs of pants and the pants are in order from 1-3 so you can see how big of a difference this stain remover makes. There isn’t a stain on the 3rd pair of pants in the top picture, it’s just a shadow. This mix is so simple and you probably already have this stuff sitting around your house.

1 cup of hydrogen peroxide

1/2 cup of dawn dish soap

1/2 cup of baking soda

You’ll mix it up to form a paste. It will seem a bit watery, but that’s okay. Put it on the stain, scrub it in with a toothbrush or dish brush, and let it sit for an hour. After the first 30 minutes I scrubbed the paste into it some more (you can add more at this time if you feel they need more.) After that you’ll throw it into the washer and wash it like you normally would. Now, I had to do it twice before the stains came completely out. Those stains were in there for god knows how long and they had been washed and dried multiple times. I’m super impressed and so glad that I don’t have to throw them back into the “play clothes” stash.

Stain Remover

Biscuits and Gravy

{Ingredients}

  • 1 lb. of breakfast sausage
  • ΒΌ cup of unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups of dairy free milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 prepared biscuits

{Directions}

  • Crumble and cook sausage in large skillet over medium heat until browned.
  • Stir in flour until dissolved.
  • Gradually stir in milk.
  • Cook gravy until thick and bubbly. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Serve over hot biscuits.
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