Cranberry Orange Muffins

We’re going to grow a garden! When we bought this house I really wanted a garden and the house does have a space in the yard for a garden. Our soil has a lot of clay in it though, so we are going to build a raised bed instead of planting right in the ground. Anthony is going to try to build the raised bed himself, so we’ll see how that goes! I think he can do it!

I just need to figure out what I want to plant in my garden. I think I’m going to start with seedlings instead of seeds. I have had a lot more luck when I start with seedlings. The summer is so short here that I need to make sure that I’m going to get something out of it. I want to grow some herbs (basil, parsley, mint and maybe cilantro), but I may do those in some pots. In the raised bed I want to grow tomatoes, zucchini, beets and we’ll see what else. I will keep you posted on the progress though and if you have any suggestions on starting a raised bed let me know!

These muffins were so good. I love the tart flavor of the cranberries and the sweetness from the oranges. It is just an amazing combo! I would highly recommend you give them a try. I freeze at least one bag when cranberries are in season during the fall, so that I can enjoy recipes like this throughout the year. Cranberries are just so amazing!

Cranberry Orange Muffins

Yields – 12 muffins

Prep time – 15 minutes

Cook time – 25 to 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 1 TBSP orange juice
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 1/2 cup of almond milk
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups of chopped, fresh cranberries
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease your muffin tins.
  2. Mix together the flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl.
  3. In a large bowl mix together the eggs, sugar, vanilla extract, orange juice, milk and vegetable oil.
  4. Slowly add your flour mixture to the wet ingredients stirring as you go.
  5. Fold in the cranberries and orange zest.
  6. Fill your muffin tins up about 3/4 of the way full with the dough.
  7. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
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French Press Latte

Our party went pretty well! We had a lot of fun! We got most of the food prepped beforehand so we just had to put things in the oven to heat, which is good because I was busy entertaining 40 people. My family was such a help at the party too. Anthony’s family is used to throwing big parties, so it definitely was a huge help. I couldn’t have done it without them!

I had a great time though and now we’re eating ourselves out of leftovers. They seem to be never ending! Plus there is no room in my fridge for anything else! And I have things I want to cook! We had a snow day today and I had to limit how many things I made! Don’t get me wrong I still made pizza dough and homemade cinnamon rolls, but I couldn’t make the gnocchi soup I wanted! It’s an issue!

Since we had a snow day today, Anthony loves in indulge in a French press latte. I am not really a coffee drinker, I really prefer tea, but Anthony loves coffee and when he has time he’ll make his special coffee. It took him awhile to develop the perfect technique, but he’s got it down to a science now and I figured I would share it for you coffee enthusiasts out there!

French Press Latte

Yields – 2 servings

Prep time – 10 minutes

Cook time – 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 TBSP of coffee grinds
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1/2 cups of milk

Directions

  1. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil
  2. Add the 3 TBSPs of coffee to your French press
  3. In a microwave safe cup heat your milk for 30 seconds
  4. Using a electric whisk, whisk your warmed milk for about 30 seconds until it is really frothy
  5. Add the coffee to your favorite mug, leaving room to top it with your frothed milk!
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Honey Balsamic Chicken

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Sauteed Broccoli Rabe

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Mustard Grilled Pork Tenderloin

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Potato and Egg Salad

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Blackened Chicken

We are trying to get rid of as much food as possible in our house, which makes for some creative meals. One of my favorite things we’ve made was “fancy” ramen. We literally took a bunch of veggies and some pork and added it to a package of ramen. It was amazing. I will definitely keep making that recipe again once we move. Continue reading →

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