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Butterscotch Sweet Potato Raisin Muffins

These Butterscotch Sweet Potato Raisin Muffins should be called Dessert Breakfast Muffins as they are perfect for breakfast but also perfect for dessert.  They are seriously delicious, ridiculously moist and one of the best muffins you’ll ever eat!

So I have this girlfriend that I mean a hundred years ago that was so teeny in stature but had the most insane sweet tooth.  She introduced me to many things when it came to food and eating.  Her daily foods were broken up as such: Breakfast, Breakfast Dessert, Lunch Junior, Lunch, Mid-Day snack, Dinner Junior, Dinner and dessert.  And through out the day were rogue pieces of candies.  And she was teeny and kinda sorta exercised but she didn’t have to as she had the most insane metabolism.  Now I mention her as while I was coming up with this recipe I wasn’t sure how the taste would be – would it be savory, sweet – could it be muffin enough?

I mean let’s look at the ingredients – roasted sweet potatoes.  Up to a few years ago I wouldn’t be caught dead eating one of these things.  They were just ‘weird’. They weren’t the type of taters I grew up on however Mr. Fantabulous loves them so I had to buy them. When I finally gave in and tried one it was like love at first bite!  Now I’m obsessed with them and easily go through a 5lb bag a week. Next in this recipe we have raisins because I wanted to go with some texture and color other than well, burnt orange.  You could omit it and go with chocolate if you wanted or even dried cherries. We then add in the basic staples – flour, brown sugar, leavening, salt, eggs.  When I mixed it all together it was good but was just missing something. So the batter sat on the counter for a few while I opened up the fridge to grab a soda.  As I was closing the door I spied a jar of opened butterscotch topping.  I closed the door, stopped, re-opened it and pulled it out. “Hmmmm… would it work?” So like any good cook I took some batter on a spoon, poured on some butterscotch and tasted it.  OH YEAH… it works!  So into the bowl went the butterscotch.

If you recall, a few years ago I shared with you the Bakery Secret to getting Sky-High muffins like you see here. By baking them this way you’ll get sky high muffins every time.  *disclaimer: this is assuming your leavening agents aren’t outdated or you overmixed the batter and caused the gluten to activate in your flour.
Say Hello to Breakfast Dessert!

Chocolate Chunk Donuts with Fudgy Ganache Glaze

“Donuts – An excuse to eat cake for breakfast!”  For those days when you need something so sinful that you *almost* feel guilty about eating it…. ALMOST.  These Chocolate Chunk Donuts with Fudgy Ganache Glaze should be illegal they are so good!

So did you ever get this idea in your head about something you want that no matter what you make, if it’s not that vision of what you have in your head, you’re not satisfied?  Being a food blogger/chef, that happens to me often. I get this image in my head of “Hey this combination would ROCK” and I don’t stop until I make it and get it right. I’ve actually woken up from a sound sleep from a dream about food and either have grabbed my notepad that I keep next to my bed to write down the “recipe” from my dream or I’ll go out to the kitchen and make it.  Yes, in the middle of the night…in my pajamas…with witchypooh medusa hair.  LOL

I’ve actually had several recipes that I’ve posted that are results of dreams I had. It’s a curse and a blessing to be honest.  My mind never stops to be honest.  I dream every single night, in color and they are very vivid.  Most are good but deep – very intricate, some scary and some odd. Most of the time it’s about every-day stuff (I take my work to bed with me) and there is always food in my dreams. The food may be in the background of the dream but it always sticks in my brain when I wake up.  Well this donut was part of a dream.
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The dream was around my doing some book tour for my cookbook (though in my dream I never actually saw the book or the contents but yet it was my book and I was doing food demos for it – wishful thinking!).  Well in my dream I was in some diner in Georgia that was in even a more rural town than then one I live in.  I was driving with my one girlfriend (Mr. Fantabulous was meeting us there) and some how we got lost.  And since we were in the country, we didn’t get GPS/cell signal.  It started to get late and we decided to find some place to stay.
Sweet dreams are made of these…donuts that is!

Skinny Blueberry Power Smoothie

This deliciously simple and healthy post is being sponsored by Daisey Fresh featuring their incredible 100% Natural & Organic fridge filters.  All opinions of these ABSOLUTELY AMAZING filters are mine.

So if you recall from my Strawberry Compote with Grilled Angel Food Cake Cubes I introduced you to a revolutionary new product created by Daisey Fresh. What they’ve created are these little filters (with holding cartridge) that suction cup to your produce and veggie drawers.  You place these biodegradable filters that are 100% organic and natural (which means no chemicals or foreign stuff getting into your foods) into your fridge and through some sort of genius magic they keep your fruits and veggies fresher up to 2-3 times longer than if you just placed them into the drawers themselves!  I know, right!  That’s awesome!

Skinny Blueberry Power Smoothie

This recipe is one that I make quite often especially in the summer months. Living in Pittsburgh we have 2 temperatures in the summer – 90F and 875% humidity or 85F with 875% humidity.  Even with ac it’s just too hot to cook and dare I say…eat. I know.. who am I?  I love to eat, we all do – that’s why you’re here.  Well okay unless your family then you’re obligated by blood. *wink*

Whether it’s for breakfast, post workout or because it’s too hot to cook, you will LOVE this smoothie!

Healthy Power Yogurt Bowls with Fruit, Crunchy Granola and Flaxseed

It’s funny as this recipe if you will though I don’t really consider it a ‘true’ recipe as you’re just putting stuff in a bowl and eating it. There’s no cooking involved and let’s be honest, you really don’t have to be exact with your measurements but hey, it’s all good. I mean this is pretty awesome and a “recipe’ ANYONE can follow. It’s just yogurt, protein powder, fresh fruits, granola and flaxseed – not to hard but OMG it’s so delicious!

Sorry, I butterflied on you – I never did finish my first thought. LOL So as I was saying, it’s funny how this recipe and other ‘bowls’ like this have become the latest ‘thing’ on Pinterest and 99% of the other blogs out there. Sorry but fruit, yogurt and granola in a bowl isn’t a new thing. I’ve been eating this ever since I was little and I’m old… LIKE REAL OLD. LOL Okay fine the new thing – flaxseed. Adding flaxseed all of a sudden took a 1970 dish and made it relevant and ‘new and improved’ (as she says in her best infomercial voice). LOL

Berry Grape Power Yogurt Bowls
Flaxseed – what it anyway? To me it’s tasteless, looks pretty much like sesame seeds and if you spill it, it’s a PITA to clean up (trust me, I know!) But this itsy bitsy little thing packs some pretty awesome health benefits! So when I decided to make this Healthy Power Yogurt Bowls with Fruit, Crunchy Granola I had to add flaxseed to the mix. Not only is it visually awesome in the pic but it’s great health benefits to the dish!
Take your boring cup of yogurt and make it beautiful & delicious!

Everything Bagel Cream Cheese Spread

Growing up I used to think all bagels were the same. I mean what did I know? I was a small town girl living in the outskirts of Pittsburgh. Bagels weren’t a ‘burgh thing. We were pierogies, sandwiches with fries on them, chipped ham, stuffed cabbages, jumbo (that’s bologna for you non-burgh folks), Pittsburgh salads and Devonshire sandwiches (God I love those!). But Bagels? No, bagels were meant for New York. It was one of those things that I just knew ‘how it was’ meaning only the best bagels come from New York even though I had never tried one… that is until I got a job that required me travel extensively to Manhattan.

I can still remember my first meal when I arrived there. It was about 7:30am as my plane was super early and I didn’t have to be in the office until 9. Starving and wonder-eyed – I mean it was the Big Apple here people after all I found my way to this little coffee shop about 2 blocks from the office. I sat down at the counter, laptop bag around my knees and looked at the menu. Eggs, toast, bagels, fruit, yogurt and milk/juice. Honestly it was pretty much that bleak. Kinda reminded me of that scene from ‘My Cousin Vinny’ where they sit down at the local restaurant and ask for a menu. They open it up and see 3 things – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. That’s pretty much how this place was. So I ordered a bagel with schmear (cream cheese – I asked for cream cheese and the waitress said “okay schmear!”) and a juice. $27 later – yes twenty seven dollars for a bagel with cream cheese and a glass of juice, I was biting into one of the best, no wait.. THE BEST bagels I have ever had in my life.

Everything Bagel CreamCheese1 The ONLY Everything Bagel Cream Cheese Spread worthy of a New York bagel!

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