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Two-ingredient pumpkin muffins

Pumpkin. And muffins. Hello, heaven.

I don’t have a great image of this, nor do I really have a recipe. Why?

Because it’s two simple ingredients: a spice cake mix and a 15-oz. can of pumpkin. Really. That’s it.

That’s it! Just mix well (and keep in mind, the batter will be REALLY thick) then bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the muffins comes out clean.

For me, this made about 14 muffins. Do whatever feels right. And ignore how they look – because they WILL taste delicious.

October 3, 2012 Posted by | Breakfast, Dessert, Snacks | , , , | Leave a comment

Breakfast to make your coworkers jealous

It’s true. And it’s really a lot easier than you’d think.

I always eat breakfast at work (cause let’s face it – I can really use that extra half hour of sleep), and for a while I was doing the instant oatmeal thing. For some reason I was afraid to make “real” oatmeal… until I discovered that all you do is add water and microwave it for 2ish minutes. Piece of cake.

But what really makes it special, I’ve discovered? (And what makes all your coworkers start drooling?) Fresh blueberries.

Fresh blueberries make it look like you spent three hours mixing up oatmeal, but you just plop a few on top right before you microwave. I generally prepare my oatmeal the night before, and add the following ingredients: lots of cinnamon, golden raisins, and a few chopped walnuts if I have them.

Then it’s just in the microwave with some water (or milk, if you like it thicker and creamier). The best part is when the blueberries pop and your oatmeal turns all pink and purple, but gets yummy and gooey and sweet from the blueberry juices. Granted, the “after” picture isn’t what really makes your coworkers jealous… but I bet it’s still better than that granola bar you dug out of your desk drawer.

You can basically throw whatever you want into your oatmeal and it’ll taste great, but here are some more toppings/ingredients for inspiration:

– Brown sugar
– Sugar
– Mashed banana
– Craisins
– Slivered almonds
– Honey
– Fresh raspberries
– Maple syrup
– Pecans
– Milk

How do you make your oatmeal?

April 10, 2012 Posted by | Breakfast, Tips + How-Tos | , , | 2 Comments

Lazy breakfast: Eggs on a raft

I love eggs for breakfast. But sometimes (okay, often) I’m too lazy to make a big omelette or fancy-pants breakfast – or even just regular scrambled eggs.

So, that’s when I resort to eggs on a raft*. My dad used to make this all the time when I was growing up, and he’s still the best at it. And fine, it might not be that hard, but can you really beat your own dad’s cooking? Anyway, what it really comes down to is a simple breakfast: just eggs and toast, all buttery and runny and delicious.

All you do is butter both sides of a piece of bread, then cook it in a skillet on medium-low heat. When the bread starts to soften, use a spatula to cut a square in the center of the piece of bread. (The teeny square piece of bread becomes the best part!)

Then crack open an egg into the center – if you’re feeling ambitious (or just hungry) like I was, you can use two – and cook to your desired consistency. Flip and cook a bit longer so it’s browned on both sides, and there you have it – the lazy person’s eggs and toast.

*This is also known as “eggs in a basket” and I’m sure by a thousand other names, of which I don’t know/can’t remember.

March 30, 2012 Posted by | Breakfast, Recipes | , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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