Yogurt and Fruit Parfaits

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Happy New Year!

I hope you all have a blessed year!

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So it is time for our tradition of New Year’s Day breakfast food recipe!

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This recipe comes from the adorable Rachel Ray and the Food Network.

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Ingredients:

  • 3 Cups of Vanilla Nonfat Yogurt
  • 1 Cup of Defrosted Frozen Strawberries or Juice
  • 1 Pint of Fresh Blackberries, Raspberries, or Blueberries
  • 1 Cup of Good Quality Granola

Directions:

  1. Layer 1/3 of the yogurt in the bottom of 4 tall glasses.
  2. Combine defrosted strawberries and juice with fresh berries.
  3. Alternate layers of fruit and granola with yogurt, until glasses are filled to the top.
  4. Serve immediately to keep granola crunchy.

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Thoughts after making:

This was delicious, just like donkey says, in fact so good, I forgot to take a pic!

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For more Rachel Ray recipes, go to Grilled Sausages, Potatoes, & Carrots with Salsa Verde

For more Food Network recipes, go to Roasted Carrots

For more breakfast recipes, go to Egg and Spinach Hummus Toast

For more New Year’s Day posts, go to Carrot Oatmeal Muffins

In other news, let’s have a quick year in review.

So in 2019 I published 111 posts!

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Cheers!

Out of those 111 posts, I’ve reviewed 63 mysteries. Which you should definitely check out.

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On the case!

And the following stand alone mysteries:

And the following short stories:

And the following Children’s books:

And the following little extras: 

With cooking I reviewed 47 different recipes:

Breakfast:

Drinks:

Soup:

Entrees:

Side Dishes:

Desserts:

Extras:

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This blog was viewed 30,068 times last year.

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The busiest day of the year was October 26th with 496 views and the post “Jughead Jones in The Giant Tonsils That Swallowed Riverdale” from Jughead Jones Digest

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The top five posts of this year were:

5) What to Do When You Run Out of Cupcake Liners from 2018

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4) “Apple Orchard Bars” from Fudge Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke 2016

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3) Wookie Cookies from 2016

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2) Fries Quatro Queso Dos Fritos from 2018

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1) “The October Game” from Long After Midnight by Ray Bradbury from 2016

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So what will the next year hold?

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You’ll just have to follow me to find out!

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In other news, this year marks an important anniversary for mystery lovers. This year is the 100th anniversary of the publication of The Mysterious Affair at Styles and the beginning career of an amazing detective.

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Carrot Oatmeal Muffins

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Happy New Year!

I hope you all have a blessed year!

breakfast

So it is time for our tradition of New Year’s Day breakfast food recipe!

Thoughts Before Baking:

So I don’t like the titular dessert and looked for something else to try in this book, settling on Carrot Oatmeal Muffins.

I hate eating oatmeal-like for breakfast with milk or hot water. Ugh, so gross. So any time I find a recipe that uses up oatmeal in baking or smoothies, I love to try it.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/3 Cup of Flour
  • 1 Cup of Quick-Cooking or Old-Fashioned Dry Oatmeal
  • 1 Tablespoon of Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Soda
  • 1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Cup of Brown Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup of Finely Shredded Carrots
  • 1/2 Cup of Raisins (optional)-I didn’t do this as I hate cooked raisins
  • 1/2 Cup of Milk
  • 1 Beaten Egg
  • 1/3 Cup of Melted Salted Butter
  • 1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

Directions:

  1. Grease or spray with nonstick cooking spray a 12-cup muffin tin, set aside. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour and oatmeal.
  3. Sprinkle the baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon on top. Mix them thoroughly.
  4. Stir in the brown sugar. Mix until until all is blended.
  5. Shred the carrots if you haven’t already done so. A fine shred is best. You want them to cook in the time it takes the muffins to bake and turn golden brown and delicious.
  6. Add the shredded carrots and raisins if adding them, to your bowl and mix them thoroughly.
  7. In a separate small bowl, combine the milk, beaten egg, melted butter, and vanilla. Give it a good stir so that everything is well combined.
  8. Dump the contents of the small bowl into the larger bowl. Gently stir just until the dry ingredients are moistened and no dry “pockets” remain.
  9. Fill the prepared muffin cups 3/4 full.
  10. Bake for 20-25 or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the muffin comes out clean.
  11. Set the muffin pan on a cold burner or a wire rack for 10 mins. After they have cooled for 10 mins, put them on a rack to cool.
  12. Makes about 12 muffins.

Thoughts After Reading:

Fantastic. I loved them!

For more Hannah Swensen recipes, go to Christmas Lace Cookies

For more muffin recipes, go to Breakfast Puffin Muffins

For more breakfast recipes, go to Pão de Queijo

For more Joanne Fluke recipes, go to Vanilla Crackle

For more New Year’s Day posts, go to Best-Ever Blueberry Muffins

In other news, let’s have a quick year review.

So last year I published 124 posts!

Out of those 124 posts, I’ve reviewed 73 mysteries. Which you should definitely check out.

And the following stand alone mysteries: Alias GraceThe Andromeda Strain, Candy from a StrangerChristina’s Ghost, Death Wears a Beauty Mask, The Mystery of Jessica Benson, The Night SisterThe President’s DaughterWeak Flesh, The Wife, and Wuthering Heights

And the following nonfiction: The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small TownOscar Wilde’s Last Stand: Decadence, Conspiracy, and the Most Outrageous Trial of the Century, and Supernatural Horror in Literature

And the following short stories: The Black Velvet RibbonThe Boscombe Valley Mystery, A Case of Identity, Conspiracy, Definitely, A Crime of PassionThe Hitchhiker, The Jigsaw Puzzle, Marionettes, Inc.,The Old Plantation, Punishment Without CrimeStowaway, Voices in the Coalbin, and Zero Hour.

And the following Children’s books: Garfield in The Case of the Mystery Mail and High Sea Adventure 

And the following little extras: Archie Andrews: Not So Private EyeHe’s Dead, Jim, and Little Archie: Man of the House

That’s a lot!

With cooking I reviewed 49 different recipes:

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Breakfast: Chorizo Breakfast BurritoEggs in Purgatory, and Pão de Queijo

Drinks: Banana Peanut Butter SmoothieBlueberry Earl Grey Tea SmoothieBlueberry Infused Water, Fresh & FrozenBlueberry Muffin SmoothieCinnamon Roll SmoothieHealthy Pumpkin Pie SmoothieLondon Fog FauxccinoLondon Fog SmoothieStrawberry Infused Water, and Watermelon Infused Water.

Soup:Black Bean and Turkey StewCrock-Pot Potato & Kielbasa ChowderCrock-Pot Sausage, Spinach, and White Bean SoupFrench Onion SoupHearty Lasagna Soup, and Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage & Spinach

Entrees: Basic Chicken SaladBasic HamburgerChilaquilesCreamy Parmesan SpaghettiCreamy Tomato Spinach Pasta, Cucumber Hummus Sandwich, FajitasGarlic, Tomato, Basil Grilled Cheese SandwichOne Pan Italian Sausage and VeggiesSlow Cooker Pinto Beans, and Zucchini Boats

Side Dishes: Cheese Potato CrispsFries Quatro Queso Dos Fritos, Garlic and Herb Roasted Potatoesand Hasselback Potatoes.

Desserts: Baked Apple SlicesBasic ShortbreadBraided Candy CanesChocolate WhoppersChristmas Lace CookiesFlag CakeFresh Mint Chocolate Chip CookiesIrish Blueberry Scones, and Sugar Puffs.

Extras: Cottage Cheese ToastMock Clotted CreamMy Number One Comfort FoodSimple CharosetSlow-Cooker BreadWaffle Quesadilla, and What to Do When You Run Out of Cupcake Liners

This blog was viewed 20,314 times last year.

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The busiest day of the year was November 24 with 551 views and the post One Pan Italian Sausage and Veggies

The top five posts of this year were:

5) Apple Orchard Bars from Fudge Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke (2016)

4) Spanakopita Penne Bake (2017)

3) Fries Quatro Queso Dos Fritos (2018)

2)”The Tell-Tale Heart” from Ten Great Mysteries by Edgar Allen Poe (2017)

1)”The October Game” from Long After Midnight by Ray Bradbury (2016)

So what will the next year hold?

You’ll just have to follow me to find out!

Pão de Queijo

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Happy New Year!

I hope you all have a blessed year!

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So it is time for our tradition of New Year’s Day breakfast food recipe!

Thoughts Before Baking:

My friend Quinn loves to try out all kinds of new recipes whenever we get together. She is also a world traveler so I wasn’t surprised that she wanted to make a Brazilian dish. This recipe comes from Olivia’s Cuisine

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups tapioca flour (We couldn’t fine it so we used regular flour)
  • 1¼ cups milk
  • ½ cup water
  • 6 tablespoons oil
  • 1½ cups grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400F degrees with a rack in the middle.
  2. Combine the milk, water, oil and salt in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium high heat.
  3. Add the flour to the bowl of a stand mixer and, once the milk mixture boils, pour it over the flour. Turn the mixer on and mix it well.
  4. With the mixer still on, add the eggs, one at a time.
  5. Once the eggs are incorporated, add the cheese, a little at a time, until fully incorporated.
  6. The dough is supposed to be soft and sticky. However, if you’re worried it’s too liquidy, add some more flour.
  7. To shape the balls, wet your hands with cold water and, using a spoon, scoop some of the dough to shape balls that are a little smaller than golf-sized.
  8. Place the balls on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper.
  9. Top with shredded cheese.
  10. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until they are golden and puffed.
  11. Serve them warm! 🙂

Thoughts After Baking:

These were really good. I wasn’t sure what to expect but they came out a cheesy and delicious biscuit.

For more breakfast recipes, go to Flæskeæggekage

For more New Year’s Day posts, go to Potato Chip Omelet

For more holiday posts, go to Festive Pink Lemonade

In other news, let’s have a quick year review.

So last year I published 109 posts!

Out of those 109 posts, I’ve reviewed 73 mysteries. Which you should definitely check out.

Abby Sinclair and Tess McCallum Series (1 book), Bess Crawford Mystery (1 book),  Carter House Girls (1 book), The Cats and Curios Mysteries (1 book), The Cat Who…(3 books), Eleanor Roosevelt Investigates (2 books), Emilie Adventures (2 books), Emma Frost Mysteries (3 books), Everybody’s a Suspect (2 books),Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery (1 book), Hannah Swensen Mysteries (2 books), Inspector Alan Grant Mysteries (1 book), Jane Jeffry (1 book), Kinsey Millhone Mysteries (1 book), Kovac and Liska Mysteries (1 book), Laurel McKay Mysteries (1 book), The Lightkeepers (2 books), Nancy Drew Files (1 book), Potluck Catering Club (1 book), Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (1 book), Psycho (1 book), Reed Ferguson Mystery (1 book), Sam the Cat Mystery (1 book), Sherlock Holmes Mystery (1 book), The Society of Steam (1 book), Southern Sewing Circle (1 book), Steven Wade Mystery (1 book), Stoney Ridge Seasons (1 book), Sunset Reads (2 books), Texas Dreams (1 book), and Up2u Adventures (1 book).

And the following stand alone mysteries: The Dashwood Sisters Tell All: A Modern Day Novel of Jane AustenThe Disappearance of Edwin DroodDracula (Graphic Novel), The Madwoman UpstairsThe Manchurian Candidate, Murder at Oklahoma, The OathWhistling in the DarkThe Undoing of Saint Silvanusand The Yellow Room

And the following non-fiction: Ghost of the Hardy Boys, The Girl in Alfred Hitchcock’s Shower, and High Road to the Stake: A Tale of Witchcraft

And the following short stories: The Murders in Rue MorgueThe Red Headed LeagueA Scandal in BohemiaThe Tell-Tale Heart, The Utterly Perfect Murder, and The Veldt

And the following Children’s books: Binky Brothers, Detectives, The Chocolate Chip Mystery, The Secret of the Three Teardrops, The Silver Deer and The Turquoise Trail Mystery

And the following little extras: Archie Andrews: A Real Foul BallBetty and Veronica: Stranger Than Fiction 11 Famous Murder Riddles, and Little Betty & Veronica: The Buried Treasure Mystery

With cooking I reviewed 36 different recipes:

Breakfast: FlæskeæggekageHerbed Eggs with Sour CreamPotato Chip Omelet, and Twin Sun Toast

Drinks: Blackberry Mint Infused WaterBlueberry Spinach Smoothie, Festive Pink Lemonade, London FogNature’s Own Cocktail, Power Smoothie, Strawberry MilkshakeTriple Green Protein Smoothie, and Yoda Soda

Salads: Arugula Salad with Olive Oil, Lemon, and Parmesan Cheese and Spinach Pasta Salad

Entrees: Baked Potato SoupChicken Cashew WrapCrazy Cantina ChiliEggplant Tomato Bites, Ham and Cheese Monte CristosKielbasa Bowtie Pasta, Spanakopita Penne BakeToo Easy HotdishTwo-Cheese Roasted-Veggie Pasta

Desserts: Aunt Neal’s Old-Fashioned Tea CakesBlueberry Sour Cream Pie, Cherry-Pistachio Tea CakesChocolate Oat Crackles, French StrawberriesIrish Apple Cake with Custard Sauce, REESE’S PIECES Peanut Butter CookiesRice Krispies CookiesVanilla Crackle

Extras: CrostiniGreen Goddess Salad Dressing, and Healthy Caesar Salad Dressing.

This blog was viewed 6,251 times last year.

 

The busiest day of the year was June 3rd with 79 views and the post Eggplant Tomato Bites

The top five posts of this year were:

5) Apple Orchard Bars from Fudge Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke

4) Italian Flavor Fused Popcorn

3) Fudge Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke

2) Miss Polly Had a Dolly by Willow Rose

1) “The Tell-Tale Heart” from Ten Great Mysteries by Edgar Allen Poe

So what will the next year hold? You’ll just have to follow me to find out!

Best-Ever Blueberry Muffins

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Happy New Year!

I hope you all have a blessed year!

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So back in November I did a post reviewing Blueberry Muffin Murder. That Friday I was going to pair it with a blueberry muffin recipe, but unfortunately I couldn’t find it and instead reviewed a cookie recipe, Dinomite’s Fluffy Bites.

But now I have found it, and I thought it was the perfect thing for your New Year’s morning.

Thoughts Before Baking:

So in Blueberry Muffin Murder they give a recipe for blueberry muffins, but when I looked at the ingredients I didn’t like it. It seemed far too sweet and sugary.

Instead, here is a recipe for blueberry muffins that I absolutely love. This comes from the cookbook, Great American Recipes. 

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Ingredients:

  • 1.5 Cups of All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Tbsp. Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp of Salt
  • 1/4 Cup of Sugar
  • 4 Tbsp (1 Stick) of Butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 Large Egg, Beaten
  • 3/4 Cup + 2 Tbsp of Milk
  • 1 Cup of Blueberries
  • Muffin Liners or Non-Stick Cooking Spray

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Line a muffin pan with muffin liners or use non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl.
  4. Stir in the sugar.
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk together the melted butter, egg, and milk.
  6. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry and whisk until blended (mixture should be slightly lumpy.)
  7. Add the blueberries to bowl and stir them in just enough to combine.
  8. Divide the batter evenly among the prepared muffin cups.
  9. Bake for 18-24 minutes, or until golden.
  10. Remove from pan and transfer to a wire rack to cool.

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Thoughts After Baking:

I love them. I think they are the perfect blend, and not too sweet, but just right. It is the Best-Ever blueberry muffin recipe.

Sorry I don’t have a pic. We ate them all before I could capture them.

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For more Breakfast recipes, go to A Hole in One

For more Holiday posts, go to Virgin Appletini

For more recipes, go to Gorgonzola Cream Cheese Log

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In other news, let’s have a quick year review.

So last year I published 59 posts, starting with one a week and now up to two!

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Out of those 59 posts, I’ve reviewed 29 mysteries. Which you should definitely check out.

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The Black Sheep Knitting Mystery Series (3 books)Cat Caliban Mystery Series (1 book)A Donut Shop Mystery Series (3 books), The Emperor’s Edge Series (1 book), The Hannah Swenson Mystery Series (7 books), The Harry Bosch Mystery Series (1 book), A Hemlock Falls Mystery Series (2 books), Jane Jeffry Mystery Series (1 book), Lucy Stone Mystery Series (1 book)A Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mystery Series (1 book)P.I. Cassie Cruise Mystery Series (1 book), Rosewood Series (1 book), and The Scandia Series (1 book)

And with independent mysteries: At the Corner of King Street, The BarterThe Dollhouse Murders, The Missing Mah Jong Player, and The Mystery of Edwin Drood

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With cooking I reviewed 28 different recipes; from cookies, to pie, to cake, to pasta, to appetizers, to drinks, etc.

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This blog was viewed 430 times last year.

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The busiest day of the year was October 24th, when I posted on Regency Ginger Cookies

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The top five posts this year were:

5) At the Corner of King Street  by Mary Ellen Taylor

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4) Regency Ginger Cookies from Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke

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3) The Dollhouse Murders by Betty Ren Wright

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2) Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke

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1) The Princess Plot by Kirsten Boie

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So what will the next year hold? You’ll just have to follow me to find out!

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