12 Favorite Foods of 2013

12 Favorite Foods of 2013

To celebrate the New Year, I’m looking back at some of last year’s posts.  Today I’m presenting 12 of my favorite foods of 2013.  We’ve got main courses, cookies, pies, cakes, drinks, and more! Hope you enjoy! [Read more…]

Christmas Day Muffins from Tanusree at Ma Niche

Today I’m pleased to welcome another holiday guest! Tanusree of Ma Niche is here to share some Christmas Day Muffins! Add this recipe to your Christmas breakfast or brunch menu, and I’m sure it will be a crowd pleaser!

Hello everyone ! I am Tanusree from the blog  Ma Niche, where I share my culinary adventures and sometimes easy diy projects. I love everything baked and everything Mediterranean and that is pretty evident from my blog.  Being from India where a big percentage of the population is vegetarian I often try to bake my cakes, cookies and breads without eggs, and today I am delighted to be here to share my eggless Christmas Day Muffins with you. I have baked these using whole wheat flour so they are slightly dense. However if you prefer fluffier ones just substitute the whole wheat flour with an equal measure of all-purpose flour and you’ll be good to go.

Christmas Day Muffins


Christmas Day Muffins

Recipe adapted from Mrs Byatt’s Christmas Day Muffins

Prep time: 25 minutes                                                                                   Cook time: 20-25 minutes

Total time: 45-50 minutes                                                                             Yield: 7


Christmas Muffins


For the Muffins

  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 40 ml canola oil
  • 60 ml milk
  • 40 ml orange juice
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tbsps yogurt
  • 2 tbsps orange marmalade
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries

For the Orange Marmalade Glaze

  • 3 tbsps unsalted butter
  • 2 1/2 tbsps orange marmalade
  • 1 tbsp orange juice
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tbsp spiced rum*(optional)
  • 3 tbsps powder sugar

Cooking Directions

    1. Grease 7 muffin cups or 7 outer holes of a muffin tray and keep aside.
    2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
    3. Sift together the flours, baking powder, baking soda and the spices and keep aside.
    4. Put the oil, milk and orange juice in a mixing bowl and beat to mix them well.
    5. Add sugar to the liquid mixture and beat till it is well incorporated.
    6. Add the yogurt, marmalade and orange zest to the sugar-liquid mixture and beat well.
    7. Using a wooden spoon gently fold in the sifted flour mixture and the cranberries into the liquid mixture taking care not to over-beat.
    8. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cups/holes and bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes until the muffins have risen and are golden on top.
    9. Remove the muffins from their case and let them cool while you prepare the marmalade glaze.
    10. For the glaze :  Heat butter in a saucepan until melted.  Stir in the orange marmalade and orange juice and mix well.Switching off the heat, stir in the salt, the powdered sugar and the rum and mix well until a smooth uniform solution is formed.

Dip the muffins into the prepared marmalade glaze, coat them on all sides and let the glaze settle, about 10-15 minutes. Then serve and enjoy !

Hope you enjoy these muffins for Christmas and will visit Ma Niche for many such holiday treats. You can also find me on FacebookPinterest and G+. Wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays !


Thank you Jerri for having me here. It was fun sharing the muffins at 6 Weeks of Christmas Treats !

 Thanks again to Tanusree for being here today.  Please be sure and drop her blog to say hello!

15 Christmas Party Treats and a Linky Party

15 Christmas Party Treats


Last year I hosted a Six Weeks of Christmas Treats event with some guest posts from our friends, and I kicked off the event with a little round-up of Christmas recipes and linky party so you can share your own recipes with us.  The post turned out great, and I had 60+ recipes linked up, so I decided to kick off this year’s event with another round up and linky party.

For last year’s post, I shared cookie recipes, decorated cookies, bars, and candy (4 of each).  For this year’s round up, I decided to do something a little different.  I looked for Christmas treats with a fun twist or cute presentation suitable for Christmas parties.  Check them out below, and then feel free to link up your own Christmas treats.

The linky is open to any Christmas treat recipes: cookies, bars, cakes, pies, drinks, appetizers, etc.  Pretty much anything goes!

Christmas Party Treat 01

Marshmallow Coffee Cups from The Party Wagon

Christmas Party Treat 02

Lil Meringue Mice from BHG

Christmas Party Treat 03

Twas The Night Before Christmas Treat from Catch my Party

Christmas Party Treat 04

Cupcake Wreath from Yummy Food Drink

Christmas Party Treat 05

Snowmen Cupcakes from Devian Art

Christmas Party Treat 06

Peppermint Lollipops from Munchkin Munchies

Christmas Party Treat 07

Teddy Bears on Sleds from It’s All About Us

Christmas Party Treat 08

Mini Sausage Wreaths from Free-N-Fun Christmas

Christmas Party Treat 09

Santa Hat Party Mix from Cookies & Cups

Christmas Party Treat 10

Snowman Cheeseball from Karla Dornacher

Christmas Party Treat 11

Reindeer Appetizer from Project Denneler

Christmas Party Treat 12

Hot Cocoa Cupcakes from Lick the Bowl Good

Christmas Party Treat 13

Rice Krispie Treat Tree from Cookies & Cups

Christmas Party Treat 14

Very Merry Cookie Wreath from Very Best Baking

Christmas Party Treat 15

Chocolate Covered Pretzel Wreath from Old Fashioned Homemaking

Need more treats?  Check out all the recipes I featured last year, plus 64 others linked up by other bloggers!  Here’s the link to last year’s party.

16 Christmas Treats

Got a holiday treat recipe to share?  I’d love for you to link it up below. You can link up cookies, candies, appetizers, drinks, & more! This linky will be open throughout the holiday season.


I’m linking up at Tidy Mom and these parties.

15 Muffin Recipes

In my neck of the woods, school is starting back next week. (Where did the summer go, right?) So when it comes time for the back to school season, I always like to post about breakfast ideas, because you know, it’s a new school year, and everyone is energized and wants to start out the year on a good note, with hot, yummy breakfasts, before sliding back into good ol’ quick & easy cereal. (hehe)

So for this week, I decided to do a round up of muffin recipes, because muffins are so versatile.  You could come up with literally a million different flavors.  They’re also great for a make ahead breakfast; they’re great for a grab-and-go breakfast, and they’re also make after school snacks and even desserts! Hope you enjoy! [Read more…]

Guest Post: Cinna-Orange Muffins from Danielle at Busy Mom’s Helper

Hey everyone.  This week we have another great guest recipe.  This one comes from Danielle of Busy Mom’s Helper.  Be sure to check out her blog…right after you take a look at her fabulous looking Cinna-Orange Muffins! Yum! [Read more…]

Friday Favorites – Week 162

friday favorites

Hey guys! Welcome to another fun edition of Friday Favorites!  Before we get to this week’s party, I have a couple of announcements that I want to make.  First off, I am planning to schedule some guest posts for the summer time.  Last summer I had a few of you on here to share your summer recipes with us, and I found it really enjoyable.  I will be contacting some of you via email shortly to see if you’d like to be a guest.  (Just as soon as I get a free minute. haha!)  But I would love…love…love…LOVE some volunteers!  So if you’d like to be a guest on my blog this summer, please just send me an email and I will be in contact with you shortly! 🙂

And then also this Friday, in addition to hosting this party, I am going to be sharing a review for Olay Fresh Effects, and in the review I will be including my very first….wait for it, wait for it…..Youtube video!  And I have to tell you, I am like the shyest person that ever lived!  So I swore up and down that I would never post a Youtube video, but I’ve been encouraged to make a one a few different times now, and I finally decided that I would break down and just try it out!  And who knows…maybe if I get some pretty good feedback, I may try to do more of those in the future.  So, as I said, the post will go up some time on Friday, and I would love to get your comments on the video.  (I only ask that you try to  ignore my constant hand movements and childlike voice! haha!)

Now let’s take a look at this week’s features!

Starbucks Mocha Cupcakes from Spend with Pennies

Carseat Cover
Baby Carseat Cover Tutorial from I Dig Pinterest and I Did it Too
Cake Batter No-Bake Cheesecake

 Cake Batter No Bake Cheesecake Filling from Close to Home

I can’t wait to see your post! Link up below!


Carrot Cupcakes

Carrot Cupcakes


Well, I don’t know what the weather’s like in your neighborhood, but we’ve been seeing some snow flurries around here today.  We rarely get snow here anyway, and so any time we get it in the springtime, it’s very unusual.  And to top it off, this week is spring break for most of the kids and not to mention we’ve got Easter coming up.  Needless to say, it doesn’t feel like either!  But today we’re going to try to get in to the spring and Easter spirit with a sweet treat!  Carrot cake is a great dessert for this time of year.  And what could be better than carrot cake?  Carrot Cupcakes, of course!

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8 Easter Bunny Foods

Easter Bunny Foods

Easter is just around the corner. Can you believe it?  To get everyone in the spirit, today I’ve got some fun Easter bunny themed food ideas!  These appetizers and desserts would be great for Easter parties or even a bunny themed baby shower! Hope you enjoy!


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12 Favorite Recipes from 2012

12 Favorite Recipes from 2012


As one year draws to a close and another begins, I always like to look back on my posts for the year and share some of them with you.  Today I’ve got 12 Favorite Recipes from 2012.  Not surprisingly most of them are desserts! haha!  Happy New Year to everyone! [Read more…]

Cookies & Cream Cupcakes

Cookies & Cream Cupcakes

As you know I love cupcakes, and I especially love chocolate cupcakes for the fall and Halloween season.   I recently made these Cookies & Cream Cupcakes.  I got the recipe from My Baking Addiction, and they turned down just yummy! [Read more…]