Saturday, January 23, 2010

Domino's Berry Special Muffin

Happy weekend! Josh’s parents are here visiting, so we have been running around doing all kinds of fun stuff . As I’ve told you before, whenever people visit, I like to have some good “counter snacks” laying around. That way, if anyone gets hungry, they can have easy access to food. Lucky for me, the people at Domino’s sugar had sent me a gift card to use to buy ingredients so I could try some of the recipes on their website.

I decided to try their Berry Special Muffins Recipe. Since I was running low on AP flour, I used half all purpose, half whole wheat. I also went without the topping to keep them a touch lighter. The outcome- just beautiful! They’re almost crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside:


Check out the Domino’s Website. They even have some great homemade gift ideas on there. Thank you Domino’s!

I also made up some of my own granola (oats, coconut, sunflower seeds, walnuts, flax, honey, and a little oil baked at 250 for 1 hour. I also added in some dried cherries after cooking):

I got lots of fruit and yogurt to mix with the granola- yum!

For their arrival, I also made up Broccoli Hut’s awesome artichoke hummus and this spicy hummus. I had made these for Christmas previously and had cooked up my own chickpeas. This time, I used canned chickpeas and the outcome was a lot smoother!


I also set out some fresh fruit and veggies.


I also wanted to thank the wonderful Emily for the sweet package she sent to me:

What are you excited about this weekend?? We're going to a new place in Charleston for dinner!

51 comments:

Nutritious is Delicious said...

That granola looks so good! I may have to make some when I go home for spring break and bring it back to school with me!

Your counter snacks are making me hungry! :D I love that you put so much effot into your snacks instead of just putting out chips, pretzels, etc. It must be tasty to stay at your house! haha

Glad you got the bars. The company said they might be emailing you, so lookout for that. I'm not really sure what they are doing though... lol

Elizabeth said...

ohhh artichoke hummus. Yum!

Janetha said...

that is some good lookin' granola! i love those flower bowls.. super cute. hope your weekend is going great and that dinner is yummy!

inmytummy said...

Oooh, I want to come to your house for your snacks!

No weekend plans other than relaxing and getting rid of this cold. Although, I may treat myself to a pedicure.

Molly said...

I love the idea of homemade granola-I actually just realized that I've never had it before!
Can't go wrong with hummus!

M said...

That spicy hummus sounds great! I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Sarah said...

I'd like to dive right into that platter of fruit! Your in-laws are very lucky. You are quite the hostess!

I hope you and Josh (and Frank!) have a great weekend!

Holly said...

Wow - what a spread! That is a great idea to have snackies ready for guests. I always feel guilty because I don't keep much snack food around (huh, my guests don't want apples and greek yogurt for a snack? LOL). Those muffins especially look yummy!

I'm most excited for the Colts game tomorrow - and going out with some of my girl friends tonight!

Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather said...

Love homemade granola! Your lucky guests

Trying To Heal said...

have fun w/ josh's parents! i'm sure you'll guys do lots of fun things! the muffins look great too!

this weekend i'm going to see amanda from runtofinish again! so excited!

homecookedem said...

What a nice spread you put out! You are very hospitable!! Have a great weekend!! :)

Abbys Vegan Eats said...

AW, you're such a great little host!! I also love "counter snacks" for guests (And me!!)

When I first read your post title, I thought you meant Dominos pizza.. Im like really?!?! lol

Have fun at din din ;)

Jessica @ How Sweet said...

Those muffins look so yummy!! Your spread looks great! :)

Diana @ frontyardfoodie said...

I like cooking my own garbonzo beans but you really have to soak them a long time and after cooking let them set in the water for a while. Then they make smooth hummus:)

Julie said...

awww those muffins look like they're going to be ridiculously muffiny! in the totally awesome soft on the inside way haha

you're a seriously killer hostess! love the platter with the berries on top :)

have fun at date niiiiight

Lauren said...

You are such a sweet hostess! I am sure everyone appreciates the snacks during their visit. I know the first thing I think about when I visit someone, is the food! LOL, I think we all do. :)

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend my darling! :)

Veggies 'n' Cake said...

I would be all over the fresh fruit and veggies. Those are always my favorits at parties.

Jocelyn said...

Yum those muffins look good :) So does your hummus!
Have a great weekend!
I am looking forward to just relaxing :)

teresa said...

i love those muffins, and the rest of your snack spread, what lucky guests! have a wonderful time!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

muffins, granola and Broccoli Hut’s awesome artichoke hummus and this spicy hummus....wow. You had a GREAT Day in the kitch :)

Deva (Voracious Vorilee) said...

I love that you like to have counter snacks out for guests. Whenever I have company over, I like to have something on hand besides chips - like cookies, muffins, or fruit.

Holly said...

your table spread looks amazing - that is all i would need for dinner. some fruit, veggies, dips and a drank and i would be good to go!

i am excited to finish up a writing project i have been working on for a while. happy weekend :)

ktbwood said...

ahh let me know where you go for dinner!! im excited!!
that granola looks awesome! i went on a sushi+froyo+WF date w. my momma tonight..so fun!

K from ksgoodeats said...

Aww Berry Special Muffins! What a cute name for a cute treat! You treat your guests so well! That homemade hummus looks fantastic :)

Hope you guys had a great dinner! Can't wait to hear about it!

Paige@ RunningaroundNormal said...

That granola looks SO freakin' good. You are quite the chef.
So nice of Emily to send you the care package :)

CaSaundraLeigh said...

I love having people over and making finger foods and such--that's why I am looking forward to the Super Bowl! Looks like those muffins turned out amazing--bet they were a hit. Hope your enjoying the last leg of the weekend!

biz319 said...

Have fun with the PIL's. Love those dips!!

Maria said...

You are a great host. Having company is always fun. We had a nice weekend-I went to Combat and Pump:) I also spent time with my sister and niece/nephew. Of course today is a football day:)

megan said...

I tend to make muffins everytime someone comes to visit too :) I love having snacks sitting out like that. i like to see people eat my food haha

Bec said...

those muffins look really good as does the granola! I love making my own snacks like muffins and granola

Krista said...

I love the ideas of counter snacks! And you put out such a great variety too... :D

Kerstin said...

Hummus sounds so perfect right now and your muffins look so tasty!

tam said...

That spread looks just fab! I want in x x

Mom on the Run said...

I love the bowls you put the hummus in. So spring!

Counter snacks are also something I like to have. That way I can concentrate on entertaining rather than cooking.

Bridget said...

Yay Granola! I should try flax next time, don't know why I've never added it before! So good!! I'm all out!
Such a great idea to have counter snacks! I want to come to your house for some snacks :) Haha!

Lori said...

Your granola sounds great. I've been meaning to make some for a while now. Hope you had a great dinner. I met a friend for lunch in Louisville yesterday. Fun weekend! Have a great week!

*Naomi* said...

YUMMMMM these look so good!! I love blueberry muffins but never buy them bc they are LOADED with cals...I much prefer making my own

hope you had a great dinner at the new restaurnt!!

Anne Marie said...

The muffins look delicious!

Therese said...

Such a little hostess! I hope you were wearing an apron and pearls :)

Aggie said...

What a lovely way to greet your inlaws! I love it! Those hummuses :) are giving me cravings again...

Hope you had a nice weekend!

Diana said...

Interesting to know that your hummus came out smoother with canned chickpeas! I have yet to attempt homemade hummus, but would have guessed the opposite. Maybe I won't bother boiling my own beans when I get around to doing it!

Michelle @ Find Your Balance said...

ha - funny tonight I'm teaching a class called Sugar Smackdown. Don't think Domino sugar will be sending me anything anytime soon!

Sarah said...

Looks so yummy. I love hummus. Yours looks so good.

BroccoliHut said...

Agh! Your flower bowls are adorable!!

Juliana said...

Oh! Everything looks so yummie, like hummus :-) and the granola looks very tasty :-)

Anna said...

You are such a good hostess :) I absolutely love muffins that have a crunchy outside! Definitely remind me of my mom's baking.

This weekend I moved back to college, which was SO much fun, of course once I actually unpacked and all!

Katie said...

What a great spread! Muffins, granola, homemade hummus... I'm sure your parents-in-law couldn't have been more pleased!

mtbcy said...

Those muffins look soooo good- I am now officially hungry! Hope you're doing well!

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