Apple Spice Muffins with Walnut Streusel

Ready for a large batch of muffins? These muffins made me think of apple pie in a muffin form. I was really disappointed because I mailed these to my dad and they got there super late. He was able to have them, but I doubt they were any good by then, or at least, it would be hard for him to decide if he wants them again, you know? Oh well. Because the recipe made so many, we were able to keep a few. They were so good!

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Strawberry Jammy Bars

I might have enjoyed these the most out of the people who shared them with me, but that’s ok. I enjoy oats in baked goods (even if I don’t enjoy them as oatmeal) and I know some people don’t. These bars can be made with lots of kinds of fruit, but at the time I made them, strawberries were amazing and perfect. You can even use jam if you want. I think next time I might try adding more fruit to see how it goes since there was a lot of dough in the dough to fruit ratio (for me).

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Chick Cookies (Lemon Crinkle Cookies)

Many months ago, the Fudgelet spotted this recipe when reading through a cookbook. He wanted to make it when it was Easter time, so I saved it and pulled it out again just a few days before the holiday. He was very excited and happy that I had remembered, and I was very excited and happy that he helped me make them! Not so long ago he couldn’t roll a ball of dough, but he started doing it some with Play-Doh so I knew he could do these.

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Homemade Orange Extract

For the Fudgelet’s first birthday party I made vanilla extract. I decided I wanted to make something for the Chiplet’s birthday party. I wasn’t sure until I saw this post from Sprinkle Bakes. She made lemon extract but I was inspired to make orange instead. Then I saw she said it was possible to use oranges or similar fruit. So, I went with it! I actually started making it before I had the small bottles just because I wanted to give it plenty of time.

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Mixed Bag Mondays: Strawberries and Cakes

I know…it isn’t strawberry season, but I still wanted to share these. I used a recipe from Smitten Kitchen and also a recipe from a cookbook. But to be honest, I can’t tell them apart. I’m not positive which recipe came from which place. I think the ones directly below were from a cookbook and the circle ones were from Smitten Kitchen. I think.

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Grilled Chicken Thighs with Strawberry BBQ Sauce

We are fans of grilled chicken, but sometimes I want to mix it up a bit with different flavors. Originally this recipe sounded great with blackberries. But, when we went to the store, blackberries were pricey and lackluster. Meanwhile, the strawberries were super cheap and delicious looking, so I decided to do a swap. Sure enough, it worked out well!
The Fudgelet actually helped me put everything in for the sauce.
The sauce made the house smell really good as it cooked. 
Directions for Grilled Chicken Thighs with Strawberry BBQ Sauce
Adapted from the Food Network Magazine
BBQ Sauce
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and coarsely chopped
  • 12 ounces dark beer
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1.5 cups chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon ground chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon instant coffee
  • 1 Tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cumin

In a large pot, combine all of the ingredients and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 2 hours. Puree the sauce with a blender, food processor, or an immersion blender then strain.

Grilled Chicken Thighs

  • 1 Tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 Tablespoon paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon kosher salt
  • About 1.5-2 pounds Chicken thighs (I used boneless, skinless ones)
  • Vegetable oil

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German Pancake

Once again I am bringing a breakfast food we had for dinner…because that is what we often do around here. I’ve gotten around to making more of them for brunch on the weekend, but sometimes it is easier for dinner when I can be louder while cooking (for lunch, the Chiplet is often napping until right before we eat, so I wouldn’t be able to do things like use a blender/etc. This recipe doesn’t look like much, but it was tasty and enjoyed by all of us.

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