Thursday, May 16, 2013

Caramel Cinnamon Muffins

Today is the day for the wonderfully fun, Improve Challenge, and this months 2 ingredients are equally fun~cinnamon and sugar!! How many yummy things can you make with cinnamon and sugar? Probably, like, a zillion! But as difficult as it was, I narrowed it down to just one~Caramel Cinnamon Muffins! There is no way you won't like these!

Caramel Cinnamon Muffins
(adapted from King Arthur Flour)

Muffins
4 tablespoons Butter
3/4 cup Sugar
2 teaspoons Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
Pinch of Salt
1 teaspoon Vanilla
2 large Eggs
2 1/2 cups Flour
1 1/4 cups Milk

Cinnamon Filling
1/2 cup Sugar
2 teaspoons Cinnamon
2-3 tablespoons Melted Butter
 12 Individual Caramels

Topping
1/4 cup Sugar
2 teaspoons Cinnamon

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
Mix together the butter, sugar, baking powder,
cinnamon, salt and vanilla.
Add the eggs and beat until smooth.
Add 1/3 of the flour, and half of the milk, and mix together.
Add some more flour, the rest of the milk, and mix together again.
Then add the rest of the flour and mix together one more time.
In a separate bowl, mix together the cinnamon, sugar,
and butter to make the filling. When you add the butter,
add 2 tablespoons first and mix together. Add the third
tablespoon if needed. The mix should be thick.
Spoon 2-3 tablespoons of batter into each muffin cup.
Place 2 tablespoons of cinnamon filling over the batter
of each muffin.
Cover the cinnamon filling with more batter.
Take a caramel and place one into each muffin. The caramel
won't be totally submersed in the batter. A little might show
on the top. Make your cinnamon sugar by mixing
1/4 cup white sugar with 2 teaspoons of cinnamon.
Sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top of each muffin batter.
Bake for 20-22 minutes. Let cool just a little.
Serve right away and the caramel will be totally molten.
If you wait 15 minutes, the caramel will ooze. If the muffins
cool completely, pop them into the microwave  to warm.
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Sunday, May 12, 2013


I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day,
and you were blessed with happiness and joy!

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The Freshman Cook!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Reese Cup Popcorn!

My son is currently studying for his final exams of his senior year of college. It's almost over!! I know you can't see me, but if you could, you would be seeing me with a huge smile on my face! :) So, to help him get through some long and tough study sessions, I made him some of this Reese Cup Popcorn. It's yummy, addicting, and so easy to put together. You are gonna love it!
Reese Cup Popcorn
1 bag microwave Popcorn
1 package Nestle Peanut Butter and Milk Chocolate Morsels
1/4 cup Party Peanuts
2 small bags Mini Reese Cups
Pop your popcorn according to package directions.
Place the popped popcorn into a pan to cool.
Use a pan that will fit into your freezer.
Take out the unpopped kernels.
Separate the peanut butter chips from the
milk chocolate chips.
(it doesn't take as long as you might think!)
Melt the peanut butter chips in a double boiler, or 
refer to the package directions for other
methods of melting.
Pour the melted peanut butter chips onto the popcorn.
Mix until totally covered.
Add the peanuts, and mix in.
Place in the freezer for 15 minutes.
Melt the chocolate in a double boiler, just like the 
peanut butter chips.
While the chocolate is melting, chop each of the
 mini reese cups into 4 pieces.
Add the chocolate chips and the 
chopped reese cups to the popcorn.
Mix together well. 
Place in freezer for 15 minutes.
Enjoy!
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Monday, April 22, 2013

Payday Bars!

Today is Secret Recipe Club day, and I was so lucky to have been assigned Melissa's Cuisine! Melissa has a fantastic blog full of great recipes, and I had a tough time deciding on what to make. I love the gumdrop recipe, and the apple cider caramels look soooo good! I definitely will be making those yummy looking Cinnabons, oh, and the German Style Pretzels!  Today I made the Payday Bars. It's a great, very simple recipe, that tastes incredible. I made a few changes. Instead of peanut butter chips, I used the peanut butter chips mixed with the milk chocolate chips. I also made everything in the microwave. We are still in the process of moving, and so much is still packed. Try these payday bars, and stop by Melissa's Cuisine for the original recipe!

Payday Bars
3 cups salted Peanuts(divided)
2 1/2 tablespoons Butter
2 cups Peanut Butter and Milk Chocolate Chips
14 Ounces Sweetened Condensed Milk
2 cups mini Marshmallows
Spread 1 1/2 cups of peanuts into the bottom
of a 9X13" pan.
Melt the butter and chips together in the microwave.
It took 3 times 1 minute to melt chips and butter together.
Stop each cycle in the middle and stir .
Add the can of sweetened condensed milk and the marshmallows.
Melt by stirring with the melted chips.
If needed microwave for 2 more 1 minute cycles, 
stirring after each one.
Stir together until smooth.
Spread the melted chips over the peanuts.
Sprinkle the remainder of the peanuts over the 
melted chips.
Refrigerate until solid, then cut into bars.


Enjoy!
Thanks Melissa~for a great recipe!
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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Breakfast Pizza!

This month the two ingredients for the Improv Cooking Challenge are bacon and eggs! I love these two ingredients, don't you?  I had a hard time deciding what I should make.  Should I go with breakfast, dessert, or an entree maybe? I finally decided on this breakfast pizza, and I am so glad I did! It was different and it was delicious. I think you will agree!
Breakfast Pizza
Shredded Potatoes
Chopped Onions
Chopped Red, Orange, and Yellow Peppers
Slice of Fresh Tomato, chopped
1 Egg
Pizza Sauce
Flour Tortillas
2 pieces of Bacon per Pizza
Fiesta Blend Cheese
Chopped Avocado
Sour Cream
Start your potatoes cooking on your stove top. 
Chop up your peppers, tomato, and onion.
Add the onions to the pan with the potatoes.
Saute your peppers in your frying pan.
Scramble your egg.
Place your tortilla in a frying pan, and spoon some sauce
 over the tortilla. Heat on medium.
Spread some potato and onion mix on top of the sauce.
Sprinkle some cheese over the potatoes.
Add your cooked egg by spreading it over your pizza.
Add your peppers.
Chop or tear your bacon into pieces, 
and spread the pieces evenly over your pizza.
Add some more cheese over the top.
Check bottom of your tortilla. 
It should be slightly brown and firm.
The cheese should also be melting by this time.
Take the pizza off the heat and add your chopped 
avocado pieces, and a dollop of sour cream.
Thanks for joining me today!
I apologize for being so absent lately.
We are almost settled in our new city, 
so I hope you will look forward to some new excitement at
The Freshman Cook soon!

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Monday, April 8, 2013

Final Four Buffalo Chicken Meatballs!

One of my favorite times of the year is March Madness! I love the excitement and fun of the Final Four tournament, and watching the players play for the love of the game! There is nothing better than a Final Four Party, and this year I am serving one of my favorite dishes: Final Four Buffalo Chicken Meatballs! These are cooked in the crock pot; so easy, and so tasty. The blue cheese sauce is the perfect addition. You're gonna love 'em!
Buffalo Chicken Meatballs
with Tangy Blue Cheese Sauce

1 Egg
4 teaspoons Hot Sauce, divided
1 pound Ground Chicken Breast
2 tablespoons plain dry Bread Crumbs
1/4 cup diced Onion
1-2 teaspoons vegetable Oil

Blue Cheese Sauce
1/2 cup plain nonfat Greek Yogurt
1/4 cup crumbled Blue Cheese
2 tablespoons finely chopped Celery
1 tablespoon mayo
Whisk your egg and 2 teaspoons of the hot sauce in a
medium bowl until smooth and blended well.
Add chicken, bread crumbs, and onions.
Mix the ingredients together well.
Cover the bowl and refrigerate for 10 minutes.
Form the mix into round meatballs, and place in
frying pan with 1-2 teaspoons of vegetable oil.
Brush the meatballs with the remaining 2 teaspoons
of hot sauce. Brown the outsides of the meatballs.
Once the meatballs are browned,
 place them in your crock pot.
Add the sauce from your bowl to the crockpot.
Add more hot sauce if you would like to turn up the heat.
Let the meatballs and sauce cook for 2 hours on high
or 4 hours on low.
Stir together the yogurt, cheese, celery, and mayonnaise
in a small bowl. Blend together and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Serve your meatballs with a side of the sauce
and enjoy the game!


Thanks so much for joining me today!
I am so happy to be back blogging, and I appreciate
you reading this!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

St. Patrick's Day Eats and Treats!

It's almost St. Patrick's Day, so I thought I would check out what I made last year to celebrate!
I made these great Stained Glass Cookies, but instead of frosting them,
I used green Jolly Rancher candies for the inside shamrock!

These Leprechaun Hats are no bake, and a great project to do
with kids. Marshmallows,'Nilla Wafers, and candy melts are all you need.

I make Corned Beef and Cabbage every St. Patrick's Day. It's a simple,
traditional meal that is easy to make and it's always a hit!

These St. Paddy's Mint Chocolate Mini Cakes are the perfect treat to celebrate
the perfect holiday! 

If decadent Chocolate Irish Cream Cupcakes are something you could enjoy,
these are the cupcakes for you!

No matter how you celebrate my favorite holiday,
have fun doing it!


Thanks for joining me today!
At this moment, I am driving across this gorgeous country
as we are moving from Las Vegas to North Carolina. I hope
to get some great pictures. Keep a look out~I can't wait to share them with you!

Happy Trails!



Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Chocolate and Cherry Bread Pudding!

Today I am visiting over at Kristen's blog, Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker! Stop by and visit! I brought my Chocolate and Cherry Bread Pudding today as part of Kristen's "Solid Month of Chocolate"! I am a lover of all things bread pudding and chocolate, and this is one of the tastiest I have ever eaten!
 I love baking bread pudding in individual dishes!
  
I used Challah bread for a rich taste.....
cherries,
and Callebaut milk chocolate !

To get the recipe for this Chocolate and Cherry Bread Pudding
stop by and visit at Kristen's blog,
While you are there, check out all the other
 incredible, yummy recipes for Kristen's 
Solid Month of Chocolate!
You can never have too much chocolate,
or recipes that use it!

Thanks for joining me today!