I’ve been in a muffin mood lately.

I blame the people at coffee shops.  I go through the drive-thru just so I don’t have to stare down the muffins in the pastry case and every time they ask “Are you sure you don’t want a muffin to go with that?”

YES YES! I WANT ALL THE MUFFINS!

But… too much money, too many calories, etc, etc, etc. Plus, I’m holding out for the pumpkin cream cheese muffins at Starbucks! It can’t be long now before they’re back!

But anyway, I have literally been thinking about blueberry muffins for over a month now. On our way home from our roadtrip, we stopped at basically every Starbucks we passed because I was trying to get mugs for each city (#basic) and every time we stopped, the muffins looked so good. They’re just so big and fluffy and with all the streusel on top… I just love muffins!

I finally caved and made some over the weekend (after once again buying too many berries!) and they were so perfect. I used my jumbo muffin tin to give them that coffee shop feel and all the blueberries burst open and made the tops so pretty!

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As if it hasn’t become really apparent over the years, I get bored really easily. Not like, sitting on the couch flipping channels bored but I get bored of things quickly. Hobbies, books, tv shows, etc, etc, etc.

So on our epic roadtrip earlier this summer, it’s really no surprise that by hour 4 I was done with my playlist. I hated every song. I never wanted to hear them again. I’m still kind of hating it a month later.

I’d been saving podcasts, though, because I know myself and knew I’d get tired of music. I started marathoning Dave Ramsey, Elise Gets Crafty, and Balanced Bites.

My children hated every minute of it.

I really got into Balanced Bites which is a paleo/overall health podcast and after many, many hours of listening, I got really excited about paleo living. I was all YES! WHEN WE GET HOME, EVERYONE’S GOING PALEO! THE KIDS, THE DOGS, EVERYONE!

This lasted about 5 minutes once we actually got home but I discovered a really awesome waffle recipe so… I call it a win.

I dig what coconut flour does for recipes. Especially these waffles. They’re really light and fluffy and the coconut flour adds just a little extra texture and a very slight coconut flavor. Plus coconut flour is high in protein, fiber, and good fats!

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Strawberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake Recipe - the best breakfast!

I’m breaking all my rules with this one.

Normally, stuff in my favorite cake would be a big no no in my house. I like my coffee cake to be just cake with a ton of crumbly topping. And then I just eat the crumbly topping off and leave the rest in the pan.

But this cake really called out to me for some reason!

It’s got the cake and the crumbles that I love but it also has a layer of cheesecake-y filling and a layer of sweetened strawberries.

It’s good. It’s really, really good.

I caught both the baby and the husky trying to sneak a piece off the counter so… I mean, that probably doesn’t tell you much since both will eat pretty much anything… but, yeah I’m not sure where I was going with that one.

You should just make it. And don’t tell me you’re not a sweet breakfast person. Because I’m not either. But cake for lunch? I can get into that.

Strawberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake Recipe - the best breakfast!

Strawberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

Ingredients

For the cake and crumb topping:
2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, cold and cut into chunks
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup sour cream
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
For the cream cheese filling:
1 (8 ounce) cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup sugar
1 large egg
For the strawberry filling:
1 1/2 cup fresh strawberries, cut into pieces
3 tablespoons sugar
3 teaspoons water
1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Spray an 8-inch springform pan with baking spray.
  2. To make the strawberry filling:
  3. Combine the cornstarch and water to make a slurry in a bowl.
  4. Mix the strawberries and sugar in a pan and heat over low heat for about 5 minutes or until the strawberries have released their juices. Stir in cornstarch slurry; continue stirring until it has thickened slightly. Remove from heat and allow to cool while you work on the rest of the cake.
  5. To make the cream cheese filling:
  6. Beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add sugar and egg and continue beating until everything is smooth. Set aside.
  7. To make the cake:
  8. Combine the flour and sugar together in a bowl. Using a pastry cutter or just 2 forks, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Measure 3/4 cup of the mixture and set aside. Add the baking soda, baking powder and salt and mix well.
  9. In another bowl, beat the sour cream, egg and vanilla extract until well blended. Using a hand whisk or a spoon, stir gently into the flour mixture until just incorporated. Batter may be a bit lumpy. Set aside.
  10. Spread the batter into the bottom of the prepared pan. Pour the cream cheese mixture over the batter. Spread the strawberry filling on top of the cream cheese filling. Sprinkle the remaining 3/4 cup crumbs over the strawberry filling.
  11. Bake for 50-55 minutes. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 20 minutes before removing the cake.
http://fakeginger.com/strawberry-cream-cheese-coffee-cake/

Strawberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake Recipe - the best breakfast!

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Is anyone else finding it increasingly harder to get out of bed as they get older?

I’ve spent most of my life assuming that waking up early would eventually just come naturally to me. I remember waking up for high school and my dad would’ve already put gas in both mine and my mom’s cars, gotten the dishes done, and would be outside throwing the ball for the dogs. All this before 7 am.

One day – I knew it – I would be awesome at mornings.

And it’s just not happening for me. I am like a child counting down the days until school is over so I no longer have to get up before the sun. It’s bad.

But if you’ve gotta get up early, you might as well make a yummy breakfast, right? I’m still obsessed with almond meal so the idea of a waffle made with the stuff was really appealing. And it was everything I’d hoped for and more.

Topped with some sliced banana and maple syrup, these were the perfect breakfast. And  a good reason to get out of bed really stinkin’ early.

One year ago: Smoky Tex Mex Sloppy Joes
Two years ago: Thai Turkey Burgers with Peanut Butter Sauce
Three years ago: Sticky Fingers Bars
Four years ago: Pecan Brownies
Six years ago: Fig Bars

Almond Buttermilk Waffles

Ingredients

1/2 cup sliced raw almonds
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup almond meal/flour
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups low-fat buttermilk
2 large eggs
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1 teaspoon almond extract

Instructions

  1. Spread the sliced almonds on a cookie sheet, and toast 325 degrees for about 5 minutes, stirring once, until they begin to get golden. Remove and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, almond flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, eggs, melted butter and almond extract.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir just until incorporated.
  5. Heat your waffle iron and brush with a little vegetable oil. Pour about 1/3 - 1/2 cup batter onto the hot waffle iron.
  6. Cook until the iron stops steaming or longer if you like yours a little crispy.
  7. Sprinkle the toasted almonds on top before serving.
http://fakeginger.com/almond-buttermilk-waffles/

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I had planned on posting a fun Easter treat today but… if you follow me on Instagram, you know that I accidentally left a grocery bag on the husky’s crate and she managed to open a bag of pretzels and a bag of Cadbury mini eggs in the 30 minutes we were gone yesterday.

She didn’t even eat them. (Thankfully.) She just tore the bags into a million pieces and stood in the middle of a sea of pretzels and chocolate, looking quite pleased with herself when we walked in.

Anyone want a husky?

So you’re getting an Easter brunch idea instead! With my husband gone, I think I’m going to skip our usual ham lunch and thought these biscuits sounded like a way to still have ham but make my life a lot easier.

I’m obsessed with honey ham lately and biscuits are one of my favorite foods… I could’ve eaten the entire recipe myself. Luckily I have boys who ate all of them so I couldn’t!

And then they all argued because the baby had 4 and the other two only got 3.

And now we’re going to the grocery store this morning for another can of biscuits so I can make them again.

Two years ago: Orange Sweet Rolls
Three years ago: Honey Chicken
Four years ago: Applesauce Granola
Five years ago: Chocolate-Chocolate Chunk Muffins

Honey Ham Biscuits

adapted from Plain Chicken

Ingredients

1 10-count can of biscuits (with layers)
1/2 pound deli-sliced honey ham
1 cup swiss cheese, shredded
2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons honey

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with parchment or spray with oil.
  2. Separate your biscuits into 2 layers; placing the bottom halves on your prepared baking sheet. Top with a mound of swiss cheese and ham. Place top of biscuit on top. Brush the tops with the melted butter.
  3. Bake for 12 - 15 minutes or until golden brown. Warm the honey in the microwave just until liquid. Brush on top of biscuits as soon as they come out of the oven. Serve hot!
http://fakeginger.com/honey-ham-biscuits/

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