Marmalade Muffins


First of all grease 24 muffin tins.

I made these a while back but I thought I would post about them anyways.  I took two oranges, or more (I can’t really remember :p ) and grate them.  I found a really easy way to do this though and I’ll share the tip with you.  I took the oranges and instead of using a grater I took a potato peeler and peeled them then put the peel in my Magic Bullet, or you could use your blender and just stick the peel into it and hit the blend button.  I set that aside and began to cream the butter and sugar into a bowl, which works a lot better if your butter is softened, but if its not just throw it in a bowl and heat it up in the microwave for 20 seconds at a time.    Crack 2 eggs into the cream and sugar and mix it up.  Sift some flour and add it to the bowl and stir as few strokes as possible so you don’t get tough muffins.  But tough cookies if ya don’t listen 😉  Combine some buttermilk and baking soda in a cup and add that to the muffin batter and combine.     Add the orange zest, but don’t over mix.  Fill the muffin tins two-thirds full with the batter.  Bake that in an oven that’s heated up to 375 F for about 10-15 minutes until light brown.  While those are in the oven make the glaze.  Use the two oranges that you zested earlier and juice them.   Add the juice to brown sugar and mix with a fork.    Once the muffins come out of the oven put the glaze on with a spoon.  You can go ahead and lick up  the extra glaze if you want to.    To me these muffins tasted like honey, which I don’t care for at all,but these tasted incredible.  I would recommend these to anyone because they are so stinkin’ good.

 

Hope ya enjoyed reading this =D

God Bless

Love Tess

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The Monster of the Hollow by Andrew Peterson


I read the first two books of the Wingfeather series and absolutely loved them.  Andrew Peterson is an incredible writer and sing/songwriter.  I was able to meet him a few years back at a concert here in Oregon and he seemed like a very friendly guy.   When I heard that he was writing a book  I had to read it.  So I started with the first book of his and couldn’t wait for the second one to come out.  Then he came out with a third one and is writing a fourth.  I am just so excited about it.  I have 3 brothers and 2 sisters and the three kids reminded me of my closest brother and younger sister.  Reading about their adventures really made me think of my brother and sister and the fun times we’ve had before.  It was a very cute book and I would recommend it to anyone who asked me.  I love love loved it.

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Darkness Follows by Mike Dellosso


Mike Dellosso is one interesting writer.  I did not like that every chapter seemed to add a new character and the story seemed to go in fifty different ways.  The cover was pretty cool though, it was very interesting.  Tommy was a bit scary to read about, and the things he did to his animals was very sad.  Poor kid, he was pretty messed up in the head.  The ending was pretty good, how they finally got back together.  If you like creepy/scary books I would definitely recommend this book, if you don’t then I strongly advise you not to pick this book up.

 In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

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Iny’s Prune Cake with Buttermilk Icing


I love-making things from The Pioneer Woman Cooks cookbook.  They are always just so much fun to whip up.  When I cook southern food it makes me want to start talkin’ with an accent and say stuff like, “Hun would ya pass me some of them biscuits?” Haha.  I saw the picture for this recipe in the book and saw that it was cake and my mouth started to water.  But then I looked at what the recipe has in it. PRUNES!!!!! Do you know what Prunes are?  They are dehydrated plums!  Now why would anyone do that to a poor poor pitiful plum? Tell me!!!  I love eating plums, they are just sooooooooo good.  And when you get to the pit and try to take off all of the fruit from it it starts to taste a bit sour.  Its making my mouth water right now just thinking about it.  Mmmmhmmm.  If you haven’t eaten enough plums to know what it does to you, I advise you not to.    I had to boil the prunes until they were able to be mashed, which seemed to take forever, or maybe I was just bored, who knows 😛  Once those were finished I started on the cake batter.  I got to use allspice in this batter, which makes it smell like Christmas time.  I love allspice, it just smells so beautiful.  I put the mashed up prunes into the batter and stirred it all together and it did not look pretty let me tell ya.  It was a yellowish batter that had bits of prune throughout it, BLECK! I threw that into the oven for about 45 minutes.  This is the good part.  The icing was to die for.  It was like making carmel and it was heavenly smelling and tasting.  It kept poofing up but she said to let it do that so I did.  Before it got hard I poured it over the already done cake.  It was glorious tasting.  I wish I had licked the pot that I made it in before it got hard on me.  I did lick the spoon though and that was pure bliss.  I thought this cake would taste terrible, but it was actually really good.  I did not like finding big pieces of prune in it though.  My family seemed to really enjoy it so I think it’s a winner.

I hope you enjoyed reading  this.

Tess

The Ale Boy’s Feast by Jeffrey Overstreet


I lovvvvvvvvvvvved this book.  At first it was hard to get into because I had no idea what had happened or where they were or who the “they” were.  But after a while I got things figured out, which was great.    The Seers were a bit scary, but they needed to be in there.  I loved how wild and incredible Overstreet’s imagination was.  He created creatures and monsters, names, places and one fantastic story.  I would read this book again definitely.  Kudos to Jeffrey Overstreet for doing such a marvelous job.  I loved this book.

 

 In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

 

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The Strange Man by Greg Mitchell


At the beginning of this book Eldon Granger was talking to a group of young kids, basically telling them ghost stories so they would mind their parents.  He mentions the boogey man, and none of the kids want to believe him because they are just fairy tales………..or so they think.  After he finishes they run off and he goes back to his cabin.  He hears his dog Cougar yelping for him and he runs into the woods with his gun.  Green mist slowly tries to  over take him and he calls for help, but no one is there to hear him.  Then there is Dras, a 22 year old guy who acts like a kid more than a mature adult.  He is the black sheep of the family, a mess up you could say.  His older brother Jeff is a preacher and Dras knows he won’t ever be like him so he rebels as much as he can.  Then one night his ex-girlfriend Lindsey is missing.  That was the same night that the Strange Man appeared at the Rave Scene.  Lindsey was at the Rave Scene and saw the Strange Man for who he really was.  So the Strange Man went after Lindsey and takes her life.  That’s when everything changed in that little town.  The Strange Man wants Dras’ best friend but Dras won’t let her have her and that makes him mad.  He threatens Dras but Dras doesn’t listen, so the Strange Man comes after Dras with his demons.  Dras is accused of having killed someone and the police are on the look out for him.  By then the town is so crazy that when the police finally find Dras they just beat him to a pulp.  But Dras knows that he did what was right, He warned his best friend of the that she needed the Lord. Now the choice was up to her.    I really enjoyed this book.

 In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

 

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Chocolate Peppermint Sticks


I wanted to make something sweet this week and decided to look in one of my cookbooks that I usually don’t use.  I had made this recipe for best friend about a month ago and it did not turn out well.  It looked sort of alright, but not beautiful whatsoever. I started out by creaming together butter, sugar and flour and put that into a pan and patted it down into a crust like form. I threw it in the oven for ten minutes and it became goldenish looking.  It looks and tastes just like the crust for lemon bars.  Then I whisked powdered sugar, warm water and peppermint extract and made a paste like frosting.  I spread that on the crust until it reached the very end of the pan, then I proceeded to melt semi-sweet chocolate in a heat proof bowl in a pan of boiling water.  It took about five minutes to melt it all, but wowzers it tasted fantastic. I poured that on top of the paste like frosting and tried to wait while it cooled.   Like I said, I tried, but I couldn’t wait for more than three minutes because it looked way too good not to touch. I cut them up into little squared and immediately ate three……or ten, but whose counting? It was super easy to whip up and it took less than thirty minutes all together.  I can’t wait to try out a cake recipe in the book and tell you about it.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post.

T. Bissell