Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Cinnamon-Sugar Doughnut Muffins and Little Meat Loaves

I'm linking up with Aimee over at AJcrazies for her linky party . . .

Cinnamon-Sugar Doughnut Muffins

I made a few things this week.  First I made Cinnamon-Sugar Doughnut Muffins.  I made a double batch.  One thing I would suggest is that if you make a double batch, for the melted butter only do how much it says for the single batch because I had about half of it left over and what are you supposed to do with that?  I also had a little bit of cinnamon sugar left over but that just went into the cinnamon sugar thing.

Here's the recipe:
  • 1-3/4 cup Flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup Oil
  • 3/4 cup White Sugar
  • 1 whole Egg
  • 3/4 cup Milk
  • 1/4 cup Butter (4 Tablespoons)
  • 1/3 cup White Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350°
Combine, flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg, and set aside.  Mix oil, sugar, egg and milk, then added dry ingredients, mix just until blended.
For regular size muffins: (this is what I made) - spray muffin pans with no-stick cooking spray and fill each cup 1/2 full.  Bake for 15-20 min. Yields 8-12 muffins
For mini muffins: - spray mini muffin pans with no-stick cooking spray and fill each cup 1/2 full. Bake for 10-12 min. Yields 18 mini muffins.
While muffins are baking melt butter in one bowl.  Mix 1/3 cup White Sugar and 1 Tablespoon Cinnamon in another bowl.

Remove muffins from oven, let cool for just a minute or two, remove from pan and place them on a platter.  Dip each muffin in the melted butter then roll in cinnamon and sugar.
Let cool or serve warm.

 From Tidy Mom.
I liked them and everyone else seemed to . . . they were gone within one day:) 

I also made Little Meatloaf.  We had it with baked potatoes, corn, and beans.

Here's the recipe for that:
1 egg
3/4 cup milk 
1 c. shredded Cheddar cheese 
1/2 c. quick-cooking oats 
1 Tbsp. minced onion, or 1/4 c. chopped raw onion 
1 tsp. salt 
1 lb. lean hamburger 
2/3 c. ketchup 
1/4 c. packed brown sugar 
1 1/2 tsp. prepared mustard

In a bowl, beat egg and milk.  Stir in cheese, oats, onion and salt.  Add hamburger and mix well. Shape into 8 loaves; place in a greased 9 X 13 inch baking dish.  Combine ketchup, brown sugar and mustard; spoon over loaves.  Bake, uncovered, at 350* for 45 minutes or until meat is no longer pink and meat thermometer reads 160*.  Yield: 8 servings. 

From the Rhoades' cookbook

These are always a big enough hit:)  I like them a lot.
Love and God's Peace,

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Bronwyn and Morgan

So, Aimee had a camera from school and she was taking pictures of Bronwyn.  I decided it would be cool to take some of Bronwyn and Morgan.  Wondering how we got the effect we did - although blurry . . . Well, we shut blinds and turned off lights.  Then there were a few of the kids shining flashlights at the subject.

Hope you enjoyed!

P.S.  Here is a link to the Bazaar we're having.

Love and God's Peace,


Sunday, November 6, 2011

Urban Couture - Raw Edge Circle Quilt

It was pretty exciting to finish a quilt I've had in the making for several months.  It mostly just sat for the whole summer.  I think I started it before Morgan was born, but it was for Faith and her birthday's on October 31st, so I just planned for that to be my finish time.

I first bought fabric to make a baby boy quilt earlier this year, not knowing the sex of my baby-to-be.  I chose blues, greens and browns from the Basic Grey Urban Couture line of fabric.  You can see that quilt here.  (It's the last of the 3 quilts in that post.)  I bought way too much fabric for that quilt so I had a bunch left.  I decided to go back to Country Manor Fabrics and buy some of the reds and yellows from that line of fabric to make another quilt.  She has soooo much fabric!!  She usually buys the whole line of fabric, not just a few different bolts.  This shop is where I usually shop if I'm shopping locally.

I'd seen and printed off a tutorial for a raw edge circle quilt, and this fabric seemed a good fit for it.  This is the first regular quilted quilt I've made with part of it being raw edged.  I got my idea from here and she had the link to this tutorial here.

Here are my photos:)  I was kinda nervous whether Faith would like this because I don't know her taste at all.  I decided to go with the red border - it looked kinda beachy or tropical to me.  (She did like it!!)

Here is a close-up of the quilt and quilting.  (You can see the fabrics a lot better, too!)   I've mostly only done the meandering quilting, but I thought my circles needed something else.  As you can tell, it was my first time and not too great!  Overall, I like how it turned out anyway.

This is the back of the quilt.  When I went back for the third time to find backing and binding, I found this large print that I hadn't seen before and decided to go with it.

Here is the quilt label.  My quilt group puts Bible verses on their labels, and I've copied them and done that on all of mine.  I got David to choose a verse this time.  Normally I sew the label into the backing, but I'd forgotten to have it ready in time and so I just topstitched it in place.

Here is a close-up after the quilt was washed.  You can see it's a little more raggedy around the edges of the circle.

And last, but not least, here's Faith with her quilt.  I hope you enjoy it:) 

I wish there was more time to make quilts!!!  This was a lot of fun:)

P.S.  I'm not done with this line of fabric yet!  I have a bunch more left and want to make another quilt!!!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

A Few Pictures

Awhile back Tara gave Morgan a ride in the wagon.
Here she is, her smiley self :)

October 23rd was Christopher's birthday.  James and Ramona and Grandpa came over for a ham dinner and birthday cake.

Walker with a clown wig.. he kept moving so we couldn't get a good picture but he really liked it when he saw himself in the mirror :)

Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Mom's Bread Pudding

Mom's bread pudding was the best ever.  She often made it when she was coming down to visit one of us kids who she knew liked it, or when some of us were going to her house.  I finally decided to try to make it a couple years ago, and got the recipe from her.  I've tasted bread pudding made fancy at restaurants, but this is some good old fashioned bread pudding and I think it's the best!!  Eat it warm with a generous helping of cream on top of it:)

A couple weeks ago I made some. I know I hadn't made it since before Mom died, so it had been quite awhile.  I was really good (ha-ha!!!) and had only 2 helpings - one when it was warm out of the oven, and one the next morning for breakfast, warmed up.  I really could have eaten the whole pan of it by myself!  I absolutely LOVE it!!!  Here is the recipe.


7 1/2 cups milk
9 eggs, beaten
1 1/8 cups sugar
dash of salt
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup raisins
9 slices bread, cubed*

Preheat oven to 350*.  Whisk together milk, eggs, sugar, salt, vanilla and raisins.  Line bottom of 9X13 baking dish with cubed bread.  Pour milk mixture over the bread, pushing bread back into the liquid to coat well.  Sprinkle with the cinnamon.  Place baking dish into a bigger pan filled with water about 1 inch deep.  Bake about 1 hour or until mixture sets and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

*I have only made this with my cinnamon raisin bread.  We don't like the crusts of the cinnamon raisin bread, so when I slice my loaves before freezing, I take all the crusts and freeze separately for bread pudding.  Because I use cinnamon raisin bread, I do not add raisins to it.  I think Mom mostly used coffee bread or cinnamon rolls when she made it.

I saw that someone happened to snap a picture of my last bread pudding, so here it is!

I am linking up with AJcrazies, who has Baker's Review Wednesday today.