Tuesday, November 24, 2009

More Counter Snacks & Thanks

Thank you, thank you for ALL of the TJs suggestions (I have quite a list going :)) and for voting for Frank in the Hallmark contest! I believe you have until December 15 to vote (so please vote!!).



Today was a half day of work & a full afternoon of baking. I continued to work on my counter snacks with Cinnamon Sweet Bread:






Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins:





Vegan Banana Nut Muffins (I used Maria’s Recipe for her banana bread and made some changes to make it vegan/a little lighter):

Ingredients:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup granulated sugar (you could probably use honey or agave here as well)
½ cup applesauce (unsweetened)
2 tablespoons flax
6 tablespoons of water
3 medium bananas, mashed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons soy milk (whoops- wrote skim before, meant soy!)
1 cup crushed walnuts

Directions:
Pre-heat oven to 350

In a bowl, mix together flour, baking soda and powder. Set aside.

Using a mixer (or by hand), mix sugar and apple sauce. Next, add flax and water, beating until combined. Add the mashed bananas and vanilla extract; beat to combine. Alternatively add the flour mixture and milk, beginning and ending with the flour. Beat just until the flour is incorporated and finish mixing with a spatula. Lastly, mix in walnut pieces

Evenly divide mixture between 12 muffin cups. Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Thank you for the amazing recipe Maria (every recipe I have tried of hers has been fantastic!).



I will be submitting my recipe changes to Diana for her Thanksgiving Food Challenge. This recipe could be used for Thanksgiving day breakfast, for breakfast the day after, or even a great snack!





And Big Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies:





Phew! This afternoon, I also took Franky for a walk and then prepped dinner for later. I essentially followed this recipe for my lighter pasta but utilized artichokes & peas instead of cauliflower and spinach. I also plan to add tuna to Josh's.





Now, I am on my way out to run some errands and teach Body Attack.



I wanted to send a quick thank you out to Juliana who gave me the Kreativ Blogger award- you’re the best!

I am officially off of work for the rest of the week (hoooray!). Are you taking time off this week? Just a warning- my blogging may be a little sporadic for the rest of the week (or I may go MIA). But I do have a VERY exciting blogger meet up coming up that I cannot wait to share with you. Hope you have a good night :)

68 comments:

Jessica said...

Yay for blogger meet-ups!! :) Those muffins look tasty.

janetha b said...

oh i love your baked goods! they look delicious. artichokes are so dang good. i need to use them more often. when i buy them i end up just eating them right out of the jar ;) can we vote for frank daily or just once? i have thurs-sun off, yahoo!

xoxo

katherine said...

SO many tasty treats! Have a wonderful holiday :)

VeggieGirl said...

Scrumptious sweets; fabulous blog award; and YES!! Hooray for time off :)

insideiamdancing said...

I would eat those muffins anytime of day! Everything looks great!

Yay for blogger meet-ups!

Holly said...

You are such an amazing baker!!! Mmmm that cinnamon bread makes my mouth water.

I only have Thursday off from work, but...it's better than nothing! plus no one will be in on Friday so it will be a lazy day. :-)

Velva said...

Your afternoon of baking looks fabulous!

Happy Thanksgiving to you!

Dawn said...

I voted for Frank!!! You've been busy baking. I have to, but I'm not as healthy as you.
Happy Thanksgiving to you sweetie, and thank you for your always warming comments on my blog.

Sarah said...

your muffins look delicious but you can't use skim milk in a vegan recipe!!

Deirdre said...

I love blogger meet-ups. I wish you'd come to New York!

Stephanie @ cookinfanatic said...

I'm off for the rest of the week too! Yummy afternoon of baking girl :)

lizzy said...

wow the bread and muffins look soooo delicious! you've got skills girlie! Enjoy your time off and have a wonderful holiday!!!

Aggie said...

I've been so out of touch with blog world lately...have missed your posts! That cinnamon bread looks amazing!! Hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!! Frank is adorable, I voted!!

inmytummy said...

All those baked goods look fabulous!

I have Thursday and Friday off and hopefully we'll get to leave early tomorrow.

Abby (Abbys Vegan Eats) said...

You are a baking machine.. I want to move in.. your goodies look AMAZING!!!

Im officially off work till Monday.. yaa.. no children :) :)

Have a good one, hun!

Pam said...

Congrats on your award and your baking looks amazing! Thanks so much for a great looking recipe...I copied it off!

Erica, could you please tell me what kind of camera you use?...I really like your photo's.

Have fun and enjoy! Happy T-day to you, Josh, and Frank!

Britt - Runnerbelle said...

What fabulous looking baked goods you made! Yum!

I'm thinking I might be slightly inspired to make a loaf of cranberry orange nut bread.... maybe. ;-)

homecookedem said...

OMG, Mind if I stop by and visit you on Thanksgiving?! Everything looks so deeeeeeelicious!! :) I'm inspired to do some Christmas baking now... will have to find some good gluten-free recipes for the husband.

Maria said...

I am jealous of your baking day! Love your version of my banana bread:) Nice changes! I hope you have a great Thanksgiving! Enjoy your time off!

*Naomi* said...

bahhh everything looks so delicious! I dont even know where to start!!! I would like one of those muffins nowwww :) thank you

I work until 1230 tomorrow then off! can't wait for this break!

Lauren said...

OMG girl, your baking skills are beyond impressive. I am in awe. If I could bake at all, I would be begging you for every single recipe. Instead, I'll just drool over my keyboard because everything looks just that amazing.

What? Blogger Meet up?!?! How wonderful!!! I'm actually working on putting together a Blogger Christmas Dinner next month. I wish wish wish, you lived closer! You wouldn't happen to be planning a trip up north in December would you? :)

Paige@ RunningaroundNormal said...

Gah! That cinnamon sweet bread looks to die for, girlie! You were a baking machine today! I'm also supposed to be baking for the holiday, but since I'm sick, I'm not so sure how my family will like that.
Have a great night!

lesley lifting life said...

Oooh, your baked goods look wonderful! Now I feel like baking! :)

lizzy said...

an afternoon full of baking sounds like such a great time! :) everything you made looks sooooooo good!

Tricia said...

Wow, what a wealth of great ideas/recipes. Thanks! Have a great holiday!

Allie (Live Laugh Eat) said...

You're a baking QUEEN!! Wowza! I would love to smell your kitchen right now :)

Nicci@NiftyEats said...

''Busy Baker Bee'', everything looks great.

laura dishes said...

WOW- everything you made looks so good! I love that you used chocolate chunks (I think) in the pumpkin muffins.

Enjoy your time off!

Mom on the Run said...

Your kitchen must smell great :)

Have a great Thanksgiving!

Cocina Savant said...

The afternoon of baking paid off. The sweet bread looks especially amazing. And, I am sure the pasta was light and refreshing.

Anne said...

Oh my gosh, the bread looks fantastic! I love that sweet cinnamony part on top. Yum! I'm leaving tomorrow to go home til Sunday--can't wait!

thedallasceliac said...

Enjoy your time off! Your goodies look delicious, esp. the oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.

I'm not taking any time off, but am looking forward to a (hopefully) quiet couple of days in the office where I can churn through a bunch of my to-do list. Hopefully.

Enjoy your time off!

GF Gidget said...

I would love that pasta for lunch tomorrow. YUM!
I don't know about time off from blogging. That would require planning. I'm just going to go with the flow! ;-)

just me said...

ohhhh...baked goods look awesome!!! i want those cookies now!

and that pasta! it needs to be my lunch tomorrow.

ktbwood said...

ooo i want those muffins! they look delish. i love artichokes too..so much flava! glad you are getting to enjoy the holidays girl.. have a blast

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

You are the sweet BAKING version of me in the sweet UNBAKING department. If I could eat gluten, girlll you'd better believe id be barging your door down.

Gladyou enjoyed my TJ's tips.

And sporadic blogging...yeah, I would like to think I need to post that on my blog...that I'd like some time off :) But for some reason I am compulsive and stress to post sometimes, but alas, I like your M.O. I need to do that!!

Esi said...

SO LUCKY! I was supposed to have tomorrow off, but now I have to go for at least half the day. Happy tgives!!

Yum Yucky said...

The Vegans muffins are making my stomach growl. Thank you very much.

lilveggiepatch.com said...

Congrats on your award! You deserve it, Erica.

Those goodies look SO GOOD. I'm all over that cinnamon sweet bread!

I'm unemployed, but I'm taking time to spend with my family and Ari's family!

Pam said...

Thanks Erica for the camera info.....appreciate it!

Have Fun!

Nicole said...

Wow, you were a baking fiend!! Everything looks good, and anytime you can make it a little healthier is cause for celebration! Happy Thanksgiving!

Julie said...

Look at you getting all baked out girl :) looks like so much fun and those BIG choc chipies look ultra juicy!

have SO much fun at your blogger meetup and equal amounts of fun tomorrow for turkay day :)

lauren said...

ahhh - the cinnamon bread. I have never been able to find the cinnamon chips. where did you get them?

tam said...

Your counter foods are looking so tasty, wish I was coming! x x

K from ksgoodeats said...

Last week I alluded to a certain new chip that I bought and I ALMOST made your cinnamon bread recipe but ran out of time - now I know I have to make it. It's a sign!! All of your baked goods look mouth watering delicious.

I've been voting for Frank!! Good luck to your model :)

Have a blast with the meet up!!

Krista said...

OMG! I love all the baking in this post! I wish I was coming to your party so I could sample all of your counter snacks... ;)

jenna said...

your banana nut muffins look awesome!

I hope FRank wins :)

Therese said...

Hello yummy food porn :) Your baked goods always look amazing.

Sadly no time off for me this week (aside from Thurs). I am heading to Chicago for Christmas so I need to save the rest of my days...

Deva (Voracious Vorilee) said...

Your cinnamon bread looks divine. I love making cinnamon bread - it always makes the house smell delicious!

Anne Marie said...

The cookies look so amazing!

teresa said...

i'm liking the looks of that bread, and pasta! have a wonderful thanksgiving!!

Michelle said...

Oh gosh Erica would you pleaaase post your recipe for the cinnamon sweet bread??? That really sounds amazing.

I love banana muffins too!! Good for you for making them lighter and better for you!! Hope you have an amazing Thanksgiving holiday dear!!

The Blonde Duck said...

Happy Thanksgiving! I love those cookies!

Kris | iheartwellness.com said...

Girl, these baked sweet treats look amazing! Can I come to your house???

I hope you have a great day beautiful!!

XXOO
Kris

Diana said...

those muffins look divine! what a great submission to my challenge! :)

Anna said...

Those baked goods look so festive! I my "break" as in trying to do zero work will be all of thursday-friday mid afternoon, but then I have to get cracking again!

Jess (Fit Chick in the City) said...

The sweet bread looks amazing!

biz319 said...

Just wanted to wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving! Enjoy your time off!

Ada said...

Holy yumoly,all of your bakes goods look foodgasmic! I hope you have an amazing Thanksgiving, girlie:)

fittingbackin said...

Yum - those pb/chocolate muffins and big oatmeal/chocolate cookies have my name ALL over them! I'll be honest - i've been off just about all week and i'm LOVING it!

Angela said...

yum, those cookies look delicious. I have a week off of school BUT I have tons and tons of homework that I've put off. Stupid me, now I have to work on it over the weekend:o) But have a great thanksgiving :o)

Kerstin said...

Awww, what a cute picture of Frank! And what yummy holiday treats - Happy Thanksgiving!

Anne Marie said...

The baked goods look delicious! I'm taking some time off too-it's one of the best things about the holiday season-no work!

Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) said...

Hey baking mama! Your house must have smelled amazing. AMAZING!

Hope you had a wonderful thanksgiving, and I CANNOT WAIT FOR SATURDAY. ;)

P.S. Just voted for Frank.

Priyanka said...

Have fun at the blogger meet up!

CaSaundraLeigh said...

Enjoy your week off!! As you can tell, I went MIA as well--now just playing catch up! Just voted for the lovely Frank man! :o) Bulldogs always steal the show!

Bridget said...

Beautiful baked goods!!! MMM everything looks delicious! Hope you have an awesome week off!! Hey are you up in my neck of the woods??
Good Luck to Frank!

chrystad72 said...

yey! The blogger meet up sounds awesome! Those baked treats look great too! Thanks for the recipe. I hope you have a wonderful time off! I took a week off last week. (First one in over a year!) But unfortunately its back to work for me this week. I hope you have a great and relaxing week!