Tuesday, February 23, 2010

If You Doubt it, Take a Bite!

Yummy Yummy, in my Tummy!!

Easiest / Quickest / HEALTHY / Delicious recipe ever! 
It's Weight Watchers, but you'd never guess.
Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip Muffins
1 box spice cake mix
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1- 15 oz. can of plain pumpkin
1- 10 oz. bag of cinnamon chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 C).
Combine dry cake mix with applesauce and pumpkin, mix well. 
Add Cinnamon Chips and mix together. 
Pour into muffin tips 1/2 full, bake for 25 minutes.
Makes about 2 dozen.

(Note: It's hard to find Hershey's Cinnamon Chips, but you'd find them in the baking section with the chocolate chips if your grocery store has them)

So, my family was making Cornish Game Hens for dinner, but spicy Chipotle style ewww... So I wanted to make my bit with an apple glaze. Unfortunately, I didn't have any of the ingredients, so I completely improvised a marinade from things I found in the cupboard and fridge. 

I used a Shiraz Plum Chutney that I got at a winery in South Australia as the base. I diluted it with some White Cranberry Peach juice. I chopped in some garlic, squeezed in a little agave nectar (to sweeten it up because the chutney was very balsamic vinegary). Then I sprinkled in saltfresh thyme from the garden, and (oddly) pumpkin pie spice
I know it sounds so random and weird, but my aim was for a sweet but balanced glaze. After barbecuing it turned out quite tasty!! Mmm......I like me some Cornish Game Hen!

Oh, and my boyfriend came home earlier this week with flowers for me!! I was so surprised and happy! I've gotten flowers from boys only a few times in my life, and the last time was 3 years ago. This is my first bouquet from David, and the first time I've ever gotten the cliche dozen red roses! I don't care if it's cliche, they are beautiful. It also came with a bunch of pretty greens which was fun for me to arrange. And it was wrapped in the prettiest cellophane: Lavender Lace!! Go figure! I saved it to use as an overlay on white scrapbooking paper!
sorry for the bad quality flower photos


My Favourite Things said...

Who doesn't love roses?! I don't think they're cliche, their classic and beautiful...and nothing smells better!

trishie said...

Beautiful roses, you lucky girl!
I might have to try making the pumpkin cinnamon muffins soon.

Rose said...

The muffins look delicious! I made some pumpkin choc chip cupcakes last year and was suprsed at how yummy they were.
I love the flowers! I dont think ive ever recieved roses from my bf, but yesterday my he bought me some pink gerbras, so pretty :)


muchlove said...

Oooh, those muffins look delicious! I love anything with pumpkin in them.

fraisedesbois said...

Thanks Laura for the comment on my blog. Those muffins look really good. It is snowing here in New York City. Have a great day! Take care:0)

Aya Smith said...

I think that gift ideas like these become cliche for a reason... because they are so perfect and classic, they never truly grow old, you know? :) So even though it's cliche, it's beautiful.

Thank you for visiting my little blog! To answer your questions, yes it's me in the photos and yes they actually names the dress after me :) It's a feature when they accept you as "blogger of the moment".


Anonymous said...

yum yum yum! thanks for the birthday wishes :)

Giovanna ♥ said...

I love roses too! You have a lovely blog :)

Giovanna ♥ said...

Hi! Thanks for commenting back! I came across your from The Drifter and Gypsy blog..I was just browsing photography blogs :)
Hope you have a lovely weekend!

Anonymous said...

gorgeous roses and the muffins look delicious.


Keisha said...

I don't think I seen her tie dye newsboy caps.. yea the jewerly is large, but i like mine to be big :] lol....

Bridget said...

that all looks deeelicious.