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recipe butternut squash soup navy chevron fabric

Have you ever spent an entire dreary Sunday letting a pot of butternut squash soup simmer, only to be disappointed when a spoonful hits your tongue? Butternut squash is so good for you, but on its own in a soup? It’s Blahsville, population: your mouth, no matter how many varieties of herbs and spices you might add.

My people go crazy for this soup. Even the less vegetable-enthusiastic among them, like my husband, who only recently developed a food crush on squash, and my Dad, who couldn’t resist asking: “whadja put in this?” while pointing his spoon at a near empty bowl.

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heather hearts // february

February 12, 2013

paper hearts

Proof that February is the best month: this week not only gives you an excuse to eat giant stacks of pancakes, but giant piles of foil-wrapped chocolate. I wouldn’t blame you if you decide to blend the two.

From the old files:

+ If, like me, you love breakfast for dinner, here’s your new favourite pancake recipe. They aren’t gluten-freeveganquinoapumpkinfoodiemumbojumbo, but they are classic, old-fashioned, totally fattening need more syrup pancakes. And they’ll be on my plate tonight for pancake Tuesday.

+ Last minute is my middle name. Sort of. Free printable mini Valentines, if you’ve been slack.

And new for this year:

+ Easy, peasy Valentine decorating that’s totally doable during naptime.

Punch a few dozen paper hearts. Glue a heart sandwich around some string. Repeat ad nauseam. Decorate.

Punch a few dozen paper hearts.

Glue a heart sandwich around some string.

Repeat. Ad Nauseam.

decorate with paper heart garland

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morning glory muffins recipe

Okay, so 18 ingredients is a little ridiculous, especially for something like muffins, which are typically an uncomplicated baking matter.

But I couldn’t find a recipe that had everything I thought a morning glory muffin ought to have and things got a little crazy in my kitchen. 18 ingredients crazy.

I think all the peeling and grating is worth it, and may even make you grateful for another glorious spring morning on which to enjoy them. No promises.

Morning Glory Muffins

The Dry IngredientsAdd these to a large mixing bowl and blend:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup bran
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
The Wet IngredientsWhisk these together in a medium mixing bowl:
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/3 cup applesauce
  • 1/3 cup diced pineapple
  • 2 tsp. vanilla

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.

The Add-Ins | Stir some or all of these into your gooey muffin mix.

  • 1 tart apple, grated (I used a Granny Smith)
  • 3 carrots, grated
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)
  • 1/2 cup coconut (optional)

Fill muffin tin with paper liners and scoop in your mix. Bake for 20 minutes at 350° C. Appropriately, you should get about 18 muffins from this mix. These seem to taste better as the days go on. Like, 18 ingredients better.

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