recipe: orange and cardamom muffins

These warm and spicy muffins are a perfect treat to have on a cool fall day. The flavours as well as the orange and black colouring are also matched for the season!

Orange and Cardamom Muffins

(Makes 1.5 dozen)

Ingredients:

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp ground cardamom
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter (plus more to grease), room temperature
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 zest of orange
1/3 cup orange juice
1 cup chocolate chips

Steps:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter 16 muffin cups. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cardamom. Mix well. Set aside.

2. In a large bowl, add the sugar and butter and whisk for a few minutes until fluffy. Next add the eggs, vanilla, orange zest, orange juice, and chocolate chips. Stir until just combined and lump-free.

3. Drop batter evenly into muffin tins. Put in oven and bake for about 18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove and enjoy!

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recipe: strawberry crumb muffins

Strawberry Crumb Muffins
(Makes 1 dozen large muffins, or 1.5 dozen medium muffins)

A three-part recipe that is a little more time consuming than your average muffin, it is the perfect addition to any summer (or fall) outing or get-together. They are moist and sweet (but not overly), and can be enjoyed by children and adults alike. That’s a win in my book!

Ingredients: 

For the topping
½ cup granulated sugar

½ cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp cinnamon
4 tbsp butter, room temperature

For the muffins
3 cups all-purpose flour

2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp salt
6 tbsp butter, room temperature
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup milk
2 cups strawberries, chopped

For the icing
(depending on how thick you would like it- this is quite thin)
1 ¼ cup powdered sugar

1 tbsp butter
2 tbsp milk
¾ tsp vanilla extract

Steps:

1. For the topping- combine all four ingredients in a medium-sized bowl. Mix until consistency is very breakable. Set aside.

2. For the muffins- preheat oven to 400°F. Add flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt into a medium bowl. Mix well.

3. In a large bowl, combine the butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, and milk. Then gently fold in the dry flour ingredients. Finally, add the strawberries and stir until just combined.

4. Divide the batter among 12 (or 18) well-greased muffin cups. Then top each one with the crumb topping. Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until evenly cooked through. Let cool before transferring to a rack.

5. For the icing- combine all ingredients and mix until the icing is as thick as you would like it. (The runnier the glaze, the easier it is to drizzle!) Then spread over each cooled muffin.

The muffins should be eaten soon after baking. Store them in a fridge in an airtight container up to 5 days. Can be frozen, thawed, and eaten as well!

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recipe: apple & banana bran muffins

Quick Apple and Banana Bran Muffins

Ingredients:

Makes 1.5 dozen

2 cups flour
1 cup bran
¾ cup brown sugar
½ cup milk
⅓ cup canola oil
¾ cup unsweetened applesauce
1 cup banana, mashed
2 eggs
2 tsp cinnamon
1 ½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
⅓ tsp salt

Steps:

1. Preheat oven to 375°F. In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients. Stir.

2. In a separate medium bowl, whisk the remaining wet ingredients together.

3. Add the wet mixture to the dry one. Stir until thoroughly mixed.

4. Brush two muffin pans with margarine. Spoon the mixture into 18 cups, and place in the oven. Bake for approximately 18 minutes, or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Let cool before gobbling up!

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vegan blackberry and banana muffins

Ingredients:

Streusel Topping

½ cup rolled oats
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp oil
½ tsp cinnamon

Muffins

2 cups all purpose flour
½ cup brown sugar
¼ cup soy milk
⅓ cup oil
1 cup blackberries, halved
2 bananas, mashed
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp salt
Margarine, for muffin pan

Steps:

1. In a small bowl, combine the ingredients for the streusel. Mix well, and set aside.

2. Preheat oven to 375°F. Brush each cup in a 12-cup muffin pan with margarine.

3. In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients for the muffins. Next, combine the remaining ingredients. Thoroughly mix.

4. Fill the pan with the muffin mixture. Top with the streusel mixture. Place in the oven and bake for approximately 20 minutes, or until golden brown.

5. Remove and enjoy!

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in september.

Leaf.jpgIs anyone else on the same page with me when I say that each month just seems to fly by? As I predicted in August, September was a very hectic month for me. Let’s recap what exactly happened:

PTPI revealed to you guys that I was starting up my own vintage, handmade, and clothing store. With only a few days from the grand opening, I am still hurriedly trying to get last minute details together.

1.jpgThis month I introduced you to one new, one recycled, and one recipe from a lovely guest blogger. The theme this month was apparently sweet treats, but would you really expect anything else during the end of a long, hot summer?

11.jpgWe went on a small road trip where I visited my first antique mall. I bought many amazing vintage items, most of which are now available in my store. We also took Holly and Truman along with us, and made it a proper family vacation. :-)

DSC_0667I reviewed yet another dream cabin of mine, and showed you my inspiration for our mudroom and living room.

10.jpgI finally revealed the progress of The Little Barn, which admittedly was long overdue. It’s by far my favourite (and only) house we’ve ever built.

tom-hardy-with-pup-on-new-film-animal-rescue-1I reviewed a hit song and offered another version of it, an incredibly good movie starring Tom Hardy, and most recently, this film.

4.jpgI discussed what it was really like living on an acreage, and then scheduled a photo shoot with our pet family in the countryside.

9.jpgWe also had a flower-inspired shoot here.

5.jpgLast, but not least, this was my latest, and one of my cutest, DIY posts.

1.jpgSee you in October!

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