Simply Delicious Fresh Apple Muffins

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Fresh honeycrisp apples, home-made applesauce and yogurt come together in these well-balanced and delicious muffins. The granola topping is a wonderful toouch, but definitely not necessary.

Simply Delicious Fresh Apple Muffins

World please meet my newest muffin. This Fresh Apple Muffin is simple and delicious, and full of real apple goodness! Plus it’s a pretty fantastic way to start the day!

This muffin also has several components that are really quite good for you! I also love to add yogurt to many of my muffins and mini loaf recipes. It’s a great way to make them tender and moist. Of course the home-made applesauce helps with that as well. :)

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Apples: You see here freshly chopped Honeycrisp apple. You don’t have to use Honeycrisp! I used Honeycrisp because that’s what I had on hand. Remember you can chop the apple as large, or small as you want to.

Muffins: Just to give you an idea of what the muffins look like before they’re popped into the oven. The batter is fairly thick.

Simply Balanced: This is Simply Balanced apple cinnamon muesli cereal made with natural ingrdients, available at Target. I used this for the granola topping. It was perfect! Again this is completely optional.

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I’ve said it before and I will say it again, I truly believe it is the simple, well done, recipes that bring the most satisfaction! The people I bake and cook for prefer simple food over complex food, hands down any day of the week.

This muffin is simple, fresh and delicious!
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Three Terrific Ways With Tomtoes

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TOMATOES, TOMATOES, TOMATOES

Usually, on Mondays I like to kick off the week by posting a new recipe with all of the little details already worked out. But this week, I’m doing something a little different.

Today, I am posting more of a concept, rather than a particular recipe.

While working at the Farmer’s Market on Saturday, I noticed there are a number of parents who are desperately trying to interest their kids in healthy new foods and flavors. Good for you parents! Of course there are the kids who will eat almost anything, and then there are the kids who would rather just stay in their comfort zone.

So for those of you out there trying to get your kids to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables, this post is for you! As the mother of Sir Picky Pants, I have learned a thing or two that just might work for you as well. Sometimes ideas from someone who has TRULY been there can be a breath of fresh air.

I will say this my friends, it does get better, it just takes some time… :)

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TOMATOES, TOMATOES, TOMATOES

How about BLT’s with a NEW spitn? Let me share a few things with you that worked for me. Start with a loaf of FRESH bread from your local Farmer’s Market, if that isn’t available, pick up a loaf of bread at the grocery store you KNOW your child will eat.

BACON… when you make the bacon, keep in mind the bacon is just one ingredient in the BLT. Meaning, it’s not just about bacon. Do not let them indulge on just bacon!

LETTUCE… most kids find lettuce palatable. If your child is open to different types of lettuce use some type of lettuce that is just a little different, like Romaine. If lettuce is an issue, simply use Iceburg.

TOMAOTES… a lot of kids find thick tomato slices very daunting, slice the tomatoes thin, but use SEVERAL slices in each sandwich.

MAYO OR MIRACLE WHIP?… If your child doesn’t like mayo or Miracle Whip, use whatever dressing your child enjoys. You can even try spreading the toast with some ranch or even peppercorn ranch dressing. Not too much, keep the dressing light.

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How about this for a great snack? If your kids love tortillas as much as mine do, this should be easy. If they don’t love tortillas, crackers will work just fine. How about making your own tortilla roll-ups with FRESH tomatoes for a healthy and delicious snack?

Try using any flavor tortilla your kids like. Then spread a thin layer of cream cheese on the tortilla, place a layer of ham or turkey on top of the cream cheese. Now top that with thinly cut tomatoes, and add a thin layer of sprinkled cheese. Again be sure the tomatoes are thinly sliced. Remember you want to keep the tomatoes sliced thin because kids are more likely to eat tomatoes that way. Also, because it’s much easier to roll up the tortillas with thinly sliced tomatoes.

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If your kids love pasta try this. Make whatever kind of pasta your kids like best. If they like angel hair pasta make that, or any other shape they prefer. Top off the pasta with a some freshly chopped garlic, maybe a clove or two, sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. Chop FRESH tomatoes the way you want then and add a little olive oil to coat the tomatoes.

Gently toss the pasta mixture to be sure all ingredients are mixed together. If desired, sprinkle pasta mixture with a bit of parmesan cheese. At Mega’s House the golden rule when serving Sir Picky Pants is we say nothing about any new ingredient being used. Mega’s Haus the rule is you must try two bites before saying anything about the dish. Of course you can do whatever works for you.

REMEMBER… if all else fails… and the seeds, the texture or both, are still an issue. Make the tomatoes into a sauce. Kids usually love tomato sauce of any kinds! 

 

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Fresh Raspberry Bread

Fresh Raspberry Bread

Fresh Raspberry Bread

What do you do when life gives you lemons? You make lemonade, right?

So what do you do when life gives you a power outage right after you freeze a bunch of beautiful, fresh raspberries? You make raspberry bread!

What happened you ask? Right before a recent power outage due to storm damage, I froze several packs of raspberries. Of course I was elated because I picked them up at ALDI for a great price!

What I didn’t count on was the power going out for a few hours right after a recent storm. The power company around here worked around the clock to get everyone going again, so I have no complaints there.

What about the berries? I knew I didn’t have much time to work with. I worked as fast as I could to salvage my raspberries and make a few different yummy delights.

But for today, we’re talking about raspberry bread.

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If you’ve never used almond milk in your baking before, consider giving it a try. Provided that there aren’t any nut allergies in the family, of course. It works very well in both baking and cooking, depending on what you’re making of course! 

Fresh Raspberry Bread

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1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup sugar

3/4 cup milk (almond milk, soymilk, cow’s milk, rice milk)

1/4 cup Canola oil, (I used extra light olive oil)

1 large egg, beaten

1 cup fresh raspberries, or 3/4 cup well-drained frozen raspberries (thawed)

White Sprinkling Sugar, I used Wilton

Directions

1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Grease bottoms of 2 Mini Loaf Pans. Beat egg; stir in milk and oil. Mix remaining ingredients just until flour is moistened. Batter should be lumpy.

2. Gently fold in 1 cup of fresh raspberries; or 3/4 cup well-drained frozen raspberries. Do not over stir!

2. Fill mini loaf pans 2/3 full. Sprinkle tops of loaves with white sprinkling sugar. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Allow the mini loaves to cool completely.

Recipe Adapted loosely from: Local Newspaper Cookbook & very old Betty Crocker Cookbook

 

MM Notes: Muffins, quick breads, coffee cakes, etc. can be made with fresh or frozen berries. If you’re looking for that beautiful whole berry look, use fresh berries.

However, if taste is your main concern, either will do. Just keep in mind, ultimately you’ll sacrifice some of the texture; but the flavor is still there. Which means they won’t be good for salads or any recipes where you’re counting on that firm shape. Your berries will still be great for baking!

But, when you live in a state where summer is three months long, if you’re lucky!  You are usually willing to forgo the perfect look. Think of this bread as having more of a raspberry smoothie look. :)

 

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Jack’s Fresh Olive Bread

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 Is this beautiful or is this beautiful?

What you are looking at friends is a loaf of Jack’s Fresh Bread – Fresh Olive Bread to be specific. Believe it or not, Olive Bread is one of our biggest sellers! This is just one of the many types of bread we sell at our Local Farmer’s Market, May through October, here in Central Minnesota.

While I usually post sweet recipes and dinner recipes on this blog there are several other baked goods we get to enjoy on a regular basis. This is one of those things.

Who doesn’t love a piece of warm, soft bread directly from the oven? It can really round out a meal, but how many people go through the steps to make a yeast based bread? Truth be told, rarely, if ever, do I make yeast bread.

Honestly, I don’t even like olives, but this bread is so good, I eat it whenver we can get our hands on a loaf!!

As I have mentioned many times before. My dad and I, are vendors at our Local Farmers Market, we sell Fresh Bread and many other Fresh Baked Goods (one of the many hats I wear) along with Fresh Apples, and numerous other Farm Fresh Items. Yes, we have an apple orchard, so everything is grown right here in Minnesota. :)

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My dad has been baking bread for many years, and as you can see, he is very, very good at it!

This is the same Fresh Olive Bread sliced, and ready to be served. Calling it good, quite frankly is an understatement. Make no mistake about it, his fresh bread is DELICIOUS!

I guess the reason for today’s post is to help you understand something. Being a vendor at any Farmers Market is really a labor of love, it takes a lot of time and a lot of effort!

Next time you go to your Local Farmers Market understand selling at any Farmers Market may look easy, but it’s not! A lot of time and effort that goes into getting ready for the market, and making sure that as a vendor, you have the very best products you can possibly have for your customers. Honestly, all the vendors I know want to sell ONLY only the very best products to their customers!

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So, if I can leave you with one thought for today… it’s to please understand that often times there’s a lot of skill and craftsmanship that goes into bringing you what the vendors bring you. Many, many hours have been spent picking, weeding, harvesting, cooking, baking, and various other forms of preparation.

For those of you that say bread is bread, or tomatoes are tomatoes, I guess I would simply like to say, I beg to differ. :)

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