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2016 Vegetable Garden Totals in Pounds
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Cream Cheese Christmas Sugar Cookies
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Must Have Gifts for the Cat Lady In Your Life
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2016 Christmas Tree & New Ornaments
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Slow Cooker Cabbage Roll Casserole
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Cinnamon Sugar Pistachios
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Slow Cooker Broccoli Potato Cheese Soup
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Vintage Kitchen Bowls Holiday Giveaway
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My Favorite Thanksgiving Side Dishes
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Easy Shrimp, Tomato & Corn Salad
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Japanese Curry – Karei Raisu
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Powered Sugar GINGERBREAD Cookies
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Mini Coffee Cake Muffins
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Moving Kale Indoors for a Rough Winter
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How To Turn Pumpkins Orange
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My Favorite Pumpkin Recipes
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The Surprise Pumpkins That Took Over Our Garden
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Lentils with Sugar Snap Peas
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How To Make Rainbow Popcorn Balls!
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How to Make DIY Rainbow Glitter Pumpkins

2016 Vegetable Garden Totals in Pounds

How we grew over 1,100 pounds of vegetables in one Summer! Learn how to grow your own food to last you all year long! Start your own vegetable garden now!

Well 2016 is almost over and it’s been a good year for gardening and growing vegetables. This year we started a new adventure that included building a garden in Upstate New York and then growing our hearts out.  
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Every year we keep a weight chart to track how many pounds of vegetables we grow.    Every harvest weekend we visit the garden, lug pounds of vegetables home in the car and into the apartment and then weigh each vegetable.    It’s a fun way to keep track of what vegetable grew good, or not so great and is a easy way to compare year to year.  

Last year’s totals were: 458 pounds
This year’s totals were (drum roll please): 1147 lb 6 oz

OMG.  That’s over half a ton of vegetables!

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Cream Cheese Christmas Sugar Cookies

CREAM CHEESE Christmas Sugar Cookies! These easy to make holiday cookies are so soft because they’re made with cream cheese! Dip each cookie into vanilla sugar glaze and top with red and white sprinkles! Recipe makes 48 cookies.

I should have made more of these cookies because after taking some to work and keeping some at home, they were all gone pretty quick!  This is a classic sugar cookie recipe, but we’re updating it by adding cream cheese which is going to make the cookies even more soft and delicious.  

Cream Cheese Cookies!

Have you ever added cream cheese to your cookies before? If not, your cookie loving brain is going to love it!  The cream cheese makes the cookies soft, moist and so good!    If you’re looking for a new Christmas sugar cookie to try, you need to give this recipe a shot! 

CREAM CHEESE Christmas Sugar Cookies! These easy to make holiday cookies are so soft because they're made with cream cheese! Dip each cookie into vanilla sugar glaze and top with red and white sprinkles! Recipe makes 48 cookies.

Because I love taking cookies to the next step, I mixed some powdered sugar and milk together to make a light vanilla glaze frosting to dip each cookie in. Finally, add holiday colored sprinkles or chopped up candy canes on top of each cookie and they’re ready to go!   If you’re sharing these with others, make sure to keep a few for yourself because they won’t last!

These Christmas Sugar Cookies are so soft because they are made with cream cheese! Dip each cookie into vanilla glaze and then top with festive sprinkles! Recipe makes 48 cookies.

This recipe makes 48 Cream Cheese Christmas Sugar Cookies, which I think will last you a few days during the holidays, with a few more to spare for Santa!  If you want to be someone’s best friend, make a extra batch for them as a holiday gift.  Trust me, everyone will love you for this! 

These Christmas Sugar Cookies are so soft because they are made with cream cheese! Dip each cookie into vanilla glaze and then top with festive sprinkles! Recipe makes 48 cookies.

This will be my final post for the week, so I want to wish you and your family a happy holiday.  I hope you get some time to relax, drink some hot chocolate, listen to the Original Chipmunks Christmas album and eat these Cream Cheese Christmas Sugar Cookies!  See you guys next week!

These Christmas Sugar Cookies are so soft because they are made with cream cheese! Dip each cookie into vanilla glaze and then top with festive sprinkles! Recipe makes 48 cookies.

These Christmas Sugar Cookies are so soft because they are made with cream cheese! Dip each cookie into vanilla glaze and then top with festive sprinkles! Recipe makes 48 cookies.

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CREAM CHEESE Christmas Sugar Cookies! These easy to make holiday cookies are so soft because they're made with cream cheese! Dip each cookie into vanilla sugar glaze and top with red and white sprinkles! Recipe makes 48 cookies.

 

Christmas Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies

CREAM CHEESE Christmas Sugar Cookies! These easy to make holiday cookies are so soft because they're made with cream cheese! Dip each cookie into vanilla sugar glaze and top with red and white sprinkles! Recipe makes 48 cookies.

Course Dessert
Servings 48

Ingredients

For the Cookies

  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup of butter softened
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

For the Frosting

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk

Additional

  • Sprinkles Decorative Sugar, Crushed Candy Canes

Instructions

For the cookies

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl cream together the sugar, butter, cream cheese, egg and vanilla. Add salt, flour and baking powder and continue to mix until combined.
  3. On a nonstick cookie sheet or silicone baking mats, add tablespoons of dough for each cookie. With the back of a spoon gently press down each cookie to slightly flatten.
  4. Bake for 9-11 minutes.
  5. Let cool before frosting.

For the frosting

  1. Mix powdered sugar and milk together in bowl with a spoon.
  2. Once cookies are cool, dip each one into the glaze. Add additional sprinkles or chopped up candy canes on top.

Recipe Notes

Makes 48 cookies.
NOTE: If you are using cookie cutters, you must chill this dough overnight before rolling it out and baking it.

Must Have Gifts for the Cat Lady In Your Life

Must Have Gift Ideas under $20 for the Cat Lady In Your Life! Bonus – all the gifts are available on Amazon Prime!

We all know the lady, that one who loves cats.  She’s the one who shows you cat photos on her phone.  She’s the one who tells you the cutest cat stories.  She’s the one who wears beautiful dresses with cat prints on them.  She’s the one who bakes cookies that cat faces on it.  She’s the one who can be found in a empty bedroom on the ground during a party trying to lure a cat out from under the bed.   Ok, that cat lady is me.  Is it you too?

(me and my best buddy Goblin, making some cat garland)
Must Have Gift Ideas under $20 for the Cat Lady In Your Life! Bonus - all the gifts are available on Amazon Prime!

Because the countdown is on until Christmas I wanted to share with you some of my favorite gift ideas for the cat-loving hostess in your life.

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2016 Christmas Tree & New Ornaments

Well, Christmas is almost here.  Are the cookies baked?  Is the tree decorated? Are the gifts wrapped?  I have at least 1 of those done… the tree is decorated!

2016 Christmas Tree & New Ornaments

Sticking with our tradition we started last year, we bought a live Norway Spruce tree that we will be planting on the land in January to live next to his Brother. The tree is about 3 feet tall, but one day it might grow up to 100 feet! Can you imagine?  Eventually I want the land to be a forest of trees with year plaques on them that we can walk through and tell stories of each holiday.   
2016 Christmas Tree & New Ornaments

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Slow Cooker Cabbage Roll Casserole

EASY, SLOW COOKER Cabbage Roll Casserole! This easy recipe is made in the crockpot and ready in 4 hours! This is a Polish family recipe called Halupkie!

Halupkie (aka Cabbage Rolls) were a big deal in my house.  My Mother is Polish, so the recipe was passed down from generation to generation and ended up being one of my favorite meals she would make.

SLOW COOKER Cabbage Roll Casserole! This easy recipe is made in the crockpot and ready in 3 hours! This is a Polish family recipe called Halupkie!

What recipe can I make with cabbage?

She would add ground beef, rice and tomato sauce into a big piece of cabbage, roll it up, throw it in the fridge overnight to sit and then we would have them for Sunday dinner.  Just the smell of cabbage takes me back to my childhood!

SLOW COOKER Cabbage Roll Casserole! This easy recipe is made in the crockpot and ready in 3 hours! This is a Polish family recipe called Halupkie!

Turning Halupkies into Cabbage Roll Casserole!

This Cabbage Roll Casserole is a direct spin off my Mother’s recipe, but we’re making this in casserole form in the slow cooker.   This is a big bowl of comfort food, just like my Slow Cooker Cabbage and Sausage!

SLOW COOKER Cabbage Roll Casserole! This easy recipe is made in the crockpot and ready in 3 hours! This is a Polish family recipe called Halupkie!

A nice warm bowl of cabbage roll casserole is the perfect dinner for a cold Winter night.  Even better is that this recipe only takes 4 hours in the slow cooker – so it’ll be ready before you know it!

SLOW COOKER Cabbage Roll Casserole! This easy recipe is made in the crockpot and ready in 3 hours! This is a Polish family recipe called Halupkie!

Enjoy this Slow Cooker Cabbage Roll Casserole!

Looking for more recipes?  Try my Kielbasa and Cabbage Slow Cooker and Stuffed Pepper Casserole crock pot  meal next week!

SLOW COOKER Cabbage Roll Casserole! This easy recipe is made in the crockpot and ready in 3 hours! This is a Polish family recipe called Halupkie!

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SLOW COOKER Cabbage Roll Casserole! This easy recipe is made in the crockpot and ready in 4 hours! This is a Polish family recipe called Halupkie!  

Slow Cooker Cabbage Roll Casserole

SLOW COOKER Cabbage Roll Casserole! This easy recipe is made in the crockpot and ready in 4 hours! This is a Polish family recipe called Halupkie!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Polish
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 1 pound raw ground beef
  • 1 medium size head of cabbage chopped
  • 1 medium sized green pepper chopped
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 15 Oz can of diced or stewed tomatoes undrained
  • 2 15 Oz cans of tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon beef bouillon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup uncooked white rice (not instant)

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients except white rice in slow cooker. Stir good to combine. Cook on high for 1 hour. Add rice, stir, and cook on high for 3 more hours. Serve in bowls.

Recipe Notes

Servings: 8

 

Cinnamon Sugar Pistachios

Tracking Pixel This is a sponsored recipe post written by me on behalf of McCormick®. Recipe and opinions are my own.  

Easy to make Cinnamon Sugar Pistachios is a delicious snack recipe!  These are perfect for snacking on year round, especially for the holidays!

Pistachios are something of a necessity for the holidays in our house.  As a kid Santa would always leave me a bag of red pistachios in my stocking that I would eat right up with my pistachio red stained fingers.   As a adult I still get pistachios at Christmas time, but now I like adding some cinnamon sugar spice to them.  There is something about the smell of cinnamon that really gets me in the holiday spirit and has me humming Christmas songs.  These Cinnamon Sugar pistachios are perfect for family or solo snacking, but they’re also perfect for having a dish filled when friends and family stop by over for the holidays.   They’re great for a holiday present if you want to mix up the usual tins of cookies that you make.  Trust me, everyone will love these sweet pistachios!

Easy to make Cinnamon Sugar Pistachios is a delicious snack recipe! These are perfect for snacking on year round, especially for the holidays!

The scent of cinnamon takes me back to baking cookies with my Mom as a kid.  Every December we’d set a weekend aside to roll out cookie dough on the kitchen table.   A fun fact is that the rolling pin that we used to bake cookies with as a little girl now resides in my own kitchen.  Whenever I take the rolling pin out of the cabinet I immediately think of cookies!  We won’t be rolling out any dough for this recipe, but we will be using cinnamon to spice the pistachios.

Easy to make Cinnamon Sugar Pistachios is a delicious snack recipe! These are perfect for snacking on year round, especially for the holidays!

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Slow Cooker Broccoli Potato Cheese Soup

I love this SLOW COOKER Broccoli Potato Cheese Soup!  This soup is so comforting and cheesy, perfect for a cold Winter night!  The soup is cooked on high in a slow cooker for 4 hours, making it a easy soup recipe! Your entire family, including your kids, is going to love it!

The end of November brought cold weather and rainy days.  Because of the added layers to stay warm and the drizzle of rain it also brought a laziness to the dinner table.  I’ve been stuck in a dinner rut the last few weeks making easy and quick meals.  It usually gets to dinner time and we’re both too tired to really think of anything new so it’s something simple.    I am craving comfort food right now.  Hearty, creamy and cheesy is what I want.   To make a comforting Winter meal that is still simple and quick, I brought out my slow cooker and this Broccoli and Potato Cheese Soup was born.

I love this SLOW COOKER Broccoli Potato Cheese Soup!  This soup is so comforting and cheesy, perfect for a cold Winter night!  The soup is cooked on high in a slow cooker for 4 hours, making it a easy soup recipe! Your entire family, including your kids, is going to love it!

This soup pretty much is the definition of comfort food.  It’s potatoes and onions slow cooked in broth.  Then we’re going to add the broccoli.  Add in some cheddar cheese, stir it around and we have a extra creamy soup that is the perfect dish to serve on a cold night.    With most soups, I always suggest adding some crusty bread, or a leftover Thanksgiving dinner roll so you can dip it in the soup. 

Make this Broccoli and Potato Cheese Soup for a comfort food dinner on a cold Winter night. The soup is cooked on high in a slow cooker for 4 hours. This soup is both delicious and easy to make!

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Vintage Kitchen Bowls Holiday Giveaway

Tracking PixelThis is a sponsored giveaway post written by me on behalf of Vintage Charm™ Inspired by Pyrex®. 

Well call me charmed because I’m in love with these vintage inspired kitchen bowls! And it’s your lucky day because a BFG reader is going to win some to celebrate the holidays with!

I love kitchenware that is colorful and has funky designs.   I have a cabinet filled with darling tea mugs because I can’t help myself when I see a new one.  Matthew asks does 1 person need 30 tea mugs?  Of course I do!   Same goes for plates and bowls in the house. Not only do I love a selection of kitchenware because I have to try to take pretty food pictures for the blog but I love them for everyday serving.  Food becomes more fun and loved when you can serve dinner on bunnies eating carrots plates,  drink out of glass etched pumpkin face mugs and eat cookies out of vintage inspired polka dot bowls.

Vintage Kitchen Bowls Holiday Giveaway

When I learned that Vintage Charm™ Inspired by Pyrex® was releasing a fun series for the holidays I basically decided I needed to buy everyone who I know loves cooking or entertaining a set.  I also decided I needed to buy myself every design because I’m obsessed with them.  Vintage Charm was inspired by the classic Pyrex opal glass bowls from the 50s and 60s so they released Vintage Charm which puts a modern twist on popular patterns that evoke feelings of nostalgia.    As soon as I saw these polka dot bowls I had to fill them with cookies because it reminded me exactly of being a little girl making holiday cookies in the kitchen with Mom.    

Vintage Kitchen Bowls Holiday Giveaway

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My Favorite Thanksgiving Side Dishes

The best Thanksgiving Side Dish recipes are here! From potato stuffing, to vegetables, to cheesy casseroles, to rolls – find your entire menu here!

Are you ready for Thanksgiving? Are you ready for the holiday season?  To help make things easier for you wanted I wanted to share some of my favorite Thanksgiving side dishes.  From stuffing to potatoes to vegetables to rolls, I have it covered for you!  Make sure to check your pantry, and if you don’t have all the ingredients, add them to your grocery list… Thanksgiving is only a few days away!

Amish Potato Stuffing is a delicious potato stuffing recipe,  just like the Amish make it in Pennsylvania Dutch country.  This has been one of my most popular recipes over the last few weeks.  We love it so much I’ll be making it for 2 Thanksgiving feasts this week!
The best Thanksgiving Side Dish recipes are here! From potato stuffing, to vegetables, to cheesy casseroles, to rolls - find your entire menu here!

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Easy Shrimp, Tomato & Corn Salad

Easy to make Shrimp, Tomato & Corn Salad that is ready in 15 minutes.  This is perfect to serve for dinner over pasta, as a appetizer or a light lunch.

This is my current go to lunch as well as go to appetizer for dinner parties if I don’t have time to bake some homemade bread.   I love this dish because it’s easy to make, filled with healthy vegetables and is delicious.  If I’m expecting a solo dinner, I can quarter this recipe and serve over some fettuccine noodles and it tastes like a gourmet meal.

Easy to make Shrimp, Tomato & Corn Salad that is ready in 15 minutes. This is perfect to serve for dinner over pasta, as a appetizer or a light lunch.

 I love the taste of lime and cilantro to garnish a dish, but if lime isn’t your thing you could substitute lemon juice instead.   You could also turn this into a full salad and throw it on top of some crunchy arugula – another one of my favorite lunches!  

Easy to make Shrimp, Tomato & Corn Salad that is ready in 15 minutes. This is perfect to serve for dinner over pasta, as a appetizer or a light lunch.

See, isn’t this salad awesome because it’s so flexible?  Hope you enjoy!

Easy to make Shrimp, Tomato & Corn Salad that is ready in 15 minutes. This is perfect to serve for dinner over pasta, as a appetizer or a light lunch.

Easy to make Shrimp, Tomato & Corn Salad that is ready in 15 minutes. This is perfect to serve for dinner over pasta, as a appetizer or a light lunch.

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Easy to make Shrimp, Tomato & Corn Salad that is ready in 15 minutes. This is perfect to serve for dinner over pasta, as a appetizer or a light lunch.

Easy Shrimp, Tomato & Corn Salad

Easy Shrimp, Tomato & Corn Salad made in 15 minutes! Perfect as a healthy salad or side dish! 

Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 pound large shrimp - peeled and defrosted
  • 2 large tomatoes - chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups of corn
  • salt + pepper
  • red pepper flakes
  • 1-2 tablespoons lime juice depending on how much lime you like
  • cilantro optional

Instructions

  1. Add olive oil to a large skillet over medium high heat. Add minced garlic and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add shrimp and tomatoes and continue to cook for about 4 minutes. Add corn, salt + pepper to taste, a sprinkle of red pepper flakes and lime juice, stirring for 1 more minute. Sprinkle with cilantro and serve.

Recipe Notes

This makes a great dinner over pasta, a appetizer salad or a light lunch.

 

Japanese Curry – Karei Raisu

Delicious homemade Japanese Curry using beef, onions, potatoes, carrots and curry sauce mix.

I love Curry.  And I’m not talking about Steph Curry because you guys know I’m a Cavs fan.  I’m talking about curry, the delicious dish that can be found in multiple varieties around the world.   In Morimoto’s cookbook Mastering the Art of Japanese Cooking he writes “Japanese curry is like the final whisper in an international game of telephone.  It began in India, moved to and morphed in England, and settled in my home country ….every prefecture and every family has its own version”.

Delicious homemade Japanese Curry (Karei Raisu) using beef, onions, potatoes, carrots and curry sauce mix.

Right now I’m really into Morimoto’s cookbook to get better at Japanese cooking. The book has everything in it from this delicious curry (who my husband rated as “one of the best things you ever  made”) to udon noodle soups, shrimp dumplings, rice bowls, tempura and so much more.   For a holiday gift I’d definitely add Mastering The Art of Japanese Home Cooking to your wishlist.  You can also find more recipes at the #JapaneseHomeCooking book blog party if you make this, fall in love and want to try more! 
Delicious homemade Japanese Curry (Karei Raisu) using beef, onions, potatoes, carrots and curry sauce mix.

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Powered Sugar GINGERBREAD Cookies

Powered Sugar GINGERBREAD Cookies! These cookies are so soft and chewy! This is a easy recipe that doesn’t require you to chill the dough so they’re quick and simple to make! Sprinkle powdered sugar on top to make it look like snow!

This week has been rough so I baked you some cookies.  Not just any cookies, these are one of my favorite recipes during the holiday (the other being my pumpkin roll!). Gingerbread Cookies with Powdered Sugar sprinkled on top!   They have a gingerbread taste that everyone will love, especially around the holidays.  Since I’m terrible at decorating gingerbread men with icing instead I went the easy route of sprinkling powdered sugar which makes a pretty cookie. 

Powered Sugar GINGERBREAD Cookies! These cookies are so soft and chewy! This is a easy recipe that doesn't require you to chill the dough so they're quick and simple to make! They have a pretty powdered sugar decorated top for kids to help with! These are one of the best Christmas cookies to make!

You can make these cookies crunchy or chewy depending on bake time.  I personally prefer a soft chewy cookie, especially when slightly dipped in a cup of milky tea.  Yum!  
Gingerbread Cookies with Powdered Sugar sprinkled on top are one of my favorite holiday cookies. Unlike most gingerbread cookie recipes this one doesn't require you to chill the dough. Recipe makes 2 dozen cookies.

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Mini Coffee Cake Muffins

RECIPE for Mini Coffee Cake Muffins that taste just like Coffee Cake but in muffin form!  They are so easy to make! You’ll love the delicious cinnamon sugar crumble on top too!   Recipe makes 16 mini muffins. 

These Mini Coffee Cake Muffins are delicious. D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S!   As a kid one of my favorite desserts was coffee cake – breakfast, dessert, holidays – it didn’t matter, when I saw it I was always going to have a piece!  

RECIPE for Mini Coffee Cake Muffins that taste just like Coffee Cake but in muffin form!  They are so easy to make! You'll love the delicious cinnamon sugar crumble on top too!   Recipe makes 16 mini muffins. 

The Best Coffee Cake Muffins!

I was recently craving a piece of coffee cake but wasn’t in the mood to make a entire cake. I really love mini muffins because since they are small it means I can eat 1 (or 2) without guilt.   For these Mini Coffee Cake Muffins, they taste just like traditional Coffee Cake with the moist cake and the cinnamon sugar crumble on top.   

Recipe for Mini Coffee Cake Muffins - these taste just like Coffee Cake but in muffin form. You'll love the delicious cinnamon sugar crumble on top too! Recipe makes 16 mini muffins.

Coffee Cake Muffins recipe

For this recipe you’ll need need 2 bowls.  One to make the cake in, the other to make that extra yummy sugar crumble.
Recipe for Mini Coffee Cake Muffins - these taste just like Coffee Cake but in muffin form. You'll love the delicious cinnamon sugar crumble on top too! Recipe makes 16 mini muffins.

Next fill up your mini muffin pan.   I love using this pan in the kitchen and consider it one of my favorite baking tools.
Recipe for Mini Coffee Cake Muffins - these taste just like Coffee Cake but in muffin form. You'll love the delicious cinnamon sugar crumble on top too! Recipe makes 16 mini muffins.

Now add your crumble on top. It might seem like alot of crumble to put on top but you have to trust me on this.
Recipe for Mini Coffee Cake Muffins - these taste just like Coffee Cake but in muffin form. You'll love the delicious cinnamon sugar crumble on top too! Recipe makes 16 mini muffins.

And about 15 minutes later beautiful Mini Coffee Cake Muffins come out of the oven.
Recipe for Mini Coffee Cake Muffins - these taste just like Coffee Cake but in muffin form. You'll love the delicious cinnamon sugar crumble on top too! Recipe makes 16 mini muffins.

They will be overflowing out of their pan with sugar crumble goodness.  I let these cool for about 15 minutes and then used a butter knife to gently remove them.
Recipe for Mini Coffee Cake Muffins - these taste just like Coffee Cake but in muffin form. You'll love the delicious cinnamon sugar crumble on top too! Recipe makes 16 mini muffins.

Recipe for Mini Coffee Cake Muffins - these taste just like Coffee Cake but in muffin form. You'll love the delicious cinnamon sugar crumble on top too! Recipe makes 16 mini muffins.

I hope you enjoy these muffins as much as we do!  Just a warning though, they’re addictive! 🙂

Recipe for Mini Coffee Cake Muffins - these taste just like Coffee Cake but in muffin form. You'll love the delicious cinnamon sugar crumble on top too! Recipe makes 16 mini muffins.

Looking for more muffins?  Check out my moist banana muffins and blueberry mini muffins too!

Recipe for Mini Coffee Cake Muffins - these taste just like Coffee Cake but in muffin form. You'll love the delicious cinnamon sugar crumble on top too! Recipe makes 16 mini muffins.

 
Update: This recipe now has a video to go along with it!

 

 

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RECIPE for Mini Coffee Cake Muffins that taste just like Coffee Cake but in muffin form!  They are so easy to make! You'll love the delicious cinnamon sugar crumble on top too!   Recipe makes 16 mini muffins. 

Looking for more muffin recipes? Try my banana muffins!

Mini Coffee Cake Muffins

RECIPE for Mini Coffee Cake Muffins that taste just like Coffee Cake but in muffin form!  They are so easy to make! You'll love the delicious cinnamon sugar crumble on top too!   Recipe makes 16 mini muffins. 

Course Breakfast, Dessert
Servings 16

Ingredients

For the muffins

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup butter - melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

For the crumble topping

  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons butter - melted

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray a mini muffin pan with nonstick spray.
  3. For the muffins: In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add in melted butter and mix with fork so the mixture is crumbly. Add egg, milk and vanilla. Continue mixing with a fork so everything is combined. Pour this mixture into the mini muffin pan - it should fill up approximately 16 muffins.
  4. For the crumble topping: In a small bowl combine flour, sugar and cinnamon. Add melted butter and mix with fork so the mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle this mixture on top of the muffins. Keep sprinkling until it's all gone.
  5. Bake for 14-15 minutes.
  6. Let cool for 10 minutes before removing muffins from pan.

Recipe Notes

Makes 16 mini muffins.

Moving Kale Indoors for a Rough Winter

How to move your kale indoors if you’re having a extra cold, rough Winter.  This will make sure your kale will survive for a  few extra months!

My prediction is that we might have a bad Winter this year.  Already in the garden Upstate we have nights in the 20’s and a few days of snow.   Plus I saw a white wooly bear caterpillar in the woods and Google told me they were signs of a deep Winter approaching.  The garden is pretty much done for the year minus the collards, Brussels Sprouts and kale.   The collards and Brussels Sprouts will call it quits when they’re ready to but I really wanted to save the kale.  Even though kale is pretty hearty and can withstand cold frost temperatures,  it gets very cold in the mountains so I decided to bring it inside our greenhouse to live for the next few months to make sure it survives.

How to move your kale indoors if you're having a extra cold, rough Winter. This will make sure your kale will survive for a extra few months!

Like my post on bringing pepper plants indoors for the Winter, this has similar instructions.  We dig up the plants carefully and then transplant to new pots.  We’ll water the plants weekly.    Even though it takes a little work to get them dug up, it’s worth it to have fresh vegetables throughout the Winter if you are in a cold climate.

This is our bed of kale.  It’s still looking good but the drop of temperatures caused it’s lower leaves to start to die. Time to save the kale so I can make Kale Salad!
How to move your kale indoors if you're having a extra cold, rough Winter. This will make sure your kale will survive for a extra few months!

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How To Turn Pumpkins Orange

Easy tip on how to turn green pumpkins orange quickly indoors.  This works for small and large pumpkins.

Pumpkins can turn from green to orange pretty quickly and easily indoors.    There’s a number of reasons why you might want to bring your green pumpkin inside, the main ones being change of weather (frost hits the plant) or animals eating your pumpkins.  A few weeks ago after a dramatic drop in the temperature I had to pick many of our big pumpkins that were still green.    If you spend a few months growing a pumpkin then you know the heartbreak if you don’t get to see it turn orange.  Right now with the temperatures changing it’s the perfect time to bring your pumpkins indoors to turn orange.  After they turn orange you can continue to let them decorate your home,  or eventually cut them open and bake them for pumpkin puree. November and December are great times to decorate and bake with pumpkin!Easy tip on how to turn green pumpkins orange quickly indoors. This works for small and large pumpkins.

I turn pumpkins to their bright orange color the same way I turn  my tomatoes red.
Easy tip on how to turn green pumpkins orange quickly indoors. This works for small and large pumpkins.

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My Favorite Pumpkin Recipes

This is a great collection of pumpkin recipes – from savory macaroni and cheese to sweet whoopie pies.   Enjoy these pumpkin recipes during Fall season – the best time of the year!

I usually don’t do round up or collection posts but noticing that it’s the end of October and my life revolves around pumpkins, I wanted to put together a quick post of my favorite pumpkin recipes for you to enjoy this Halloween weekend!  I hope you have a great holiday weekend.  If you make any of my recipes let me know in the comments or share a picture on Instagram and tag it #brooklynfarmgirl.

Extra soft Pumpkin Sourdough Dinner Rolls.   These rolls have a subtle pumpkin flavor and make the perfect roll for Fall dinners and holidays.
This is a great collection of pumpkin recipes - from savory macaroni and cheese to sweet whoopie pies. Enjoy these pumpkin recipes during Fall season - the best time of the year!

Looking for a easy pumpkin recipe? This is it!  These Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies are made with just 5 ingredients!   Add chocolate chips on top of the cookies to take it to the next level of yum!  Recipe is Sugar Free, using maple syrup instead.
This is a great collection of pumpkin recipes - from savory macaroni and cheese to sweet whoopie pies. Enjoy these pumpkin recipes during Fall season - the best time of the year!

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The Surprise Pumpkins That Took Over Our Garden

This is the story of what happens when you accidentally track a pumpkin seed into the garden.  We plant pumpkins in the garden but they have specific beds to grow in.   Somehow a pumpkin seed from our compost bin got stuck to someone’s shoe and it got planted right in the middle of the garden, right in the onion bed.  It changed everything.

The Surprise Pumpkins That Took Over Our Garden

We noticed the pumpkin plant a few months ago.  We didn’t cut it down because we thought it would just stop growing.
The Surprise Pumpkins That Took Over Our Garden

In a few weeks it grew.  Much bigger.
The Surprise Pumpkins That Took Over Our Garden
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Lentils with Sugar Snap Peas

Lime Lentils with Sugar Snap Peas is a delicious healthy side dish made in less than 30 minutes.  These make a fantastic dish to serve with chicken or to have on the holiday dinner table.  Recipe uses 2 cups dry lentils and 1 1/2 cups fresh sugar snap peas.  

I first made these Lime Lentils during the Summer when we were in peak Sugar Snap Pea season.  I loved how easy they were to make.  I loved how economical the dish was (dry lentils are cheap!).  I loved how fresh the dish tasted due to the crunch of the peas.   A few months later it’s still one of our favorite side dishes.

Lime Lentils with Sugar Snap Peas is a delicious healthy side dish made in less than 30 minutes. These make a fantastic dish to serve with chicken or to have on the holiday dinner table. Recipe uses 2 cups dry lentils and 1 1/2 cups fresh sugar snap peas.

Lime Lentils Recipe

You’ll  need 1 1/2 cups sugar snap peas. The fresher the better.  These were just picked from the garden.
Lime Lentils with Sugar Snap Peas is a delicious healthy side dish made in less than 30 minutes. These make a fantastic dish to serve with chicken or to have on the holiday dinner table. Recipe uses 2 cups dry lentils and 1 1/2 cups fresh sugar snap peas.

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How To Make Rainbow Popcorn Balls!

How to Make RAINBOW Popcorn Balls! This easy DIY recipe walks you through how to make these marshmallow popcorn balls that are colored using food dye and karo syrup! They’re fun for Halloween, Christmas, Birthday Parties and more!

Do you remember my Inside Out party I threw a few months ago? One of my food centerpieces were these Rainbow Popcorn Balls!  There’s something about bright rainbow colors that makes me happy!  For example I had to turn our pumpkins into a rainbow earlier this week.  It’s like sprinkles, everything is better with rainbow sprinkles! How to Make RAINBOW Popcorn Balls! This easy DIY recipe walks you through how to make these marshmallow popcorn balls that are colored using food dye and karo syrup! They're fun for Halloween, Christmas, Birthday Parties and more!

One taste of these Rainbow Popcorn Balls will have you amazed by how delicious they are, but yet how easy they are to make!   

How to Make RAINBOW Popcorn Balls! This easy DIY recipe walks you through how to make these marshmallow popcorn balls that are colored using food dye and karo syrup! They're fun for Halloween, Christmas, Birthday Parties and more!

 

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How to Make DIY Rainbow Glitter Pumpkins

How to Make DIY Rainbow GLITTER Pumpkins.  Follow these easy Step By Step Instructions on how to make a easy pumpkin Halloween Craft!  We love adding neon color to our Halloween decorations!  This is a great kids activity, even for pre-school and younger kids! 

Halloween is usually associated with orange, black and white but who says we can’t add neon rainbow colors to pumpkins and decorations?  With this fun craft you’ll soon have some beautiful rainbow glitter pumpkins to decorate your house with.  This is a easy craft to do with friends and children.

How to Make DIY Rainbow GLITTER Pumpkins.  Follow these easy Step By Step Instructions on how to make a easy pumpkin Halloween Craft!  We love adding neon color to our Halloween decorations!  This is a great kids activity, even for pre-school and younger kids! 

How to Make Rainbow Glitter Pumpkins. Follow these easy step by step instructions to add neon color to Halloween!

Supplies:
Munchkin pumpkins
Paper Towels  (I recommend Viva because they are strong)
Mod Podge
Neon Glitter
rainbow-glitter-pumpkins

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