spiced cranberry-apple muffins

Happy (Almost) Thanksgiving!

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Even though the holiday is less than a week away, I’m actually feeling pretty calm about the whole day.  This year we’re staying local and having some family friends over, so I’m grateful we won’t be alone and relieved that this will be a much needed, low-key event.  I keep telling myself that I don’t really have to cook a ton of food, that nobody will care how many appetizers and sides there are or that everything is homemade.  However, knowing myself, I’ll throw all this out the window and start making lists upon lists of dishes I want to serve and groceries I need to buy.  Hmm..we’ll see how all this goes.
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cream cheese-swirled pumpkin bread

Fall is here and it’s actually starting to feel like it in Northern California.  After experiencing 100º+ temps just the other week, we’re finally waking up to cooler temperatures and cloudy skies and I honestly couldn’t be happier! Bring on all the fall essentials: PSLs and plaid, pumpkin patches and apple orchards, warming spices and cozy nights.

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Meyer Lemon-Vanilla Mini Muffins

 

The first batch of these little muffins disappeared within a day. True story.  What kept us coming back for more was their secret ingredient- ricotta cheese.  Ricotta has a neutral flavor which is perfect for both sweet and savory recipes and here it just lends moisture and keeps the muffins’ texture airy and light.   Continue reading “Meyer Lemon-Vanilla Mini Muffins”

Cherry-Almond Bran Muffins

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The new year typically brings a sense of renewal, casting aside the excesses from the holidays and starting out fresh.  We’re almost a week in now; how are the resolutions coming along?  Still going strong…or not?   Whether it be your basics: exercising more, maintaining healthier eating habits or keeping cleaner house (all of which are on my list among other things), or something a bit more personal, those resolutions give this upcoming year a sense of purpose. Continue reading “Cherry-Almond Bran Muffins”