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Apr
12
2011

Gooseberry Patch’s Review and Recipe 5: Pecan Pie Muffins

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Okay, I know you may be tired of hearing this but ANOTHER WINNING RECIPE from Gooseberry Patch’s Quick & Easy Autumn!   Seriously delicious.  Seriously quick (and easy).  And super easy to convert to gluten free! I switched up the size tin it called for and used a mini muffin tin.  And they are so rich that two mini muffins was just right for me with my morning coffee.

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Pecan Pie Muffins

Regular or Gluten Free

  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour (just substitute your favorite gluten free all purpose flour)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup butter or coconut oil melted and cooled slightly

Mix pecans, brown sugar and flour in a large bowl; make a well in the center and set aside.

ppmuffins1aIn a separate bowl, beat eggs just until foam appears.  Stir in butter or oil.  Add to pecan mixture, stir just until moistened. Spoon batter into muffin cups greased only on the bottom, filling about 2/3 full.*

ppmuffins1b Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes, until golden**.

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Promptly remove from muffin tin.  Cool on a wire rack.  Makes 9 ***

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In my gluten free version I also added a 1/2 cup chopped dates – a great addition!

* I used a mini muffin tin and lined it with paper muffin cups

** I reduced the baking time to 18 minutes

*** Made 30 mini muffins

I fixed the girls a little box to take to school with them today.  Yes, school is actually college 🙂 Putting the rest in the freezer for snacks later on!

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If you want to get your name in to win this great cookbook, just leave me a comment after each recipe and consider yourself entered.  Each recipe you comment on enters  your name again! Please share this giveaway with your friends if you facebook or have a blog.  Then on April 15th I will draw the winner.  I picked April 15th to give us something fun to do that day!  I hate tax day and I know many of you do too!  So we will soften the blow of mailing that check with a wonderful NEW GOOSEBERRY PATCH COOKBOOK GIVEAWAY!!!

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Apr
01
2011

Welcome April!

I do love that it is finally warming up some.  It has been unseasonably mild the last few days but I think that might be changing.  I am a little curious though where our April Showers are.  We need rain.  Tender little seedlings need rain.  I am watering everything but it just isn’t the same. Plus it would be lovely for some of the pollen to be washed off of things so I can stop with the sneezing already :/

Before I get into the amazing Gooseberry Patch announcement – here are your April calendars – ENJOY!

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Now as I promised, Gooseberry Patch is back in the house!  I received my review copy (and the giveaway copy) of this adorable BRAND NEW Gooseberry Patch book!

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I wanted to squeal!  I LOVE AUTUMN and if you have been visiting me for any length of time this is not a surprise to you!  LOVE LOVE LOVE!  And new recipes and decorating ideas for AUTUMN are so exciting. This weekend I am going to be reviewing, baking, cooking & starting next Monday, April 4, I will be sharing recipes from this great new book from Gooseberry Patch. I plan on sharing 6 wonderful EASY recipes with you over the next two weeks.  Along side the original recipe taken directly from the book will be my own gluten-free version. I have to tell you this is pretty exciting for me.  I shared my gluten free versions of several recipes from past reviews and I know more and more people who drop by just might be looking for a new and delicious gluten free recipe.  If you want to get your name in to win this great cookbook, just leave me a comment after each recipe and consider yourself entered.  Each recipe you comment on enters  your name again! Please share this giveaway with your friends if you facebook or have a blog.  Then on April 15th I will draw the winner.  I picked April 15th to give us something fun to do that day!  I hate tax day and I know many of you do too!  So we will soften the blow of mailing that check with a wonderful NEW GOOSEBERRY PATCH COOKBOOK GIVEAWAY!!!

Thanks to all of you who come here and leave me comments and encouragement.  Please know I do appreciate your time.  I know how valuable it is and I am so flattered that you take time out of your busy lives to visit me.  Have a great Friday, a great weekend and pop back in Monday for recipes and more on Quick & Easy AUTUMN from Gooseberry Patch!

Mar
24
2011

Gardening Update

Yesterday was a beautiful day for working outside with Jerry.  Today will be just as busy but I will add sunscreen to my list of preparations.  Never even thought of it since it is still March and there was a cool breeze in the morning.  I am pretty much burnt :/ Much better this morning but it was pretty uncomfortable last night.  I know better.  Was just really excited about getting out and doing some planting.  Jerry got everything set up for me to do the window boxes while he tilled my herb beds.

tillingI had a helper all day.  Julius made every step I made – – – –

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– just need to rest every now and then 🙂

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The past two days we (mostly Jerry) have accomplished much.  A few of the tomatoes planted.  All of the bell peppers.  Pole beans and cucumbers planted.  The greenhouse plants set in new pots or in the beds.

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The corn/pumpkin patch is ready for topsoil that will be delivered this morning and as soon as Jerry gets it spread he will plant the corn.  Ruby Queen, Early Extra Sweet and Ambrosia.

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And as you can see Spring has officially sprung in our little corner of the world.  It just makes you feel like getting out and playing in the dirt. I love the smell of freshly tilled soil.  Yeah, the pollen gets to me. But I do love seeing the porch covered in pots of flowers and herbs,

porchthe trees all leafed out and smell the wisteria the minute you step outside.

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Happy Gardening!

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