Sweet Potato Pecan Muffins

These Sweet Potato Pecan Muffins are perfect year-round, but are extra special on those days where you need a little comfort. And they're easy to make too! #recipe #muffins

Guys, these are SO good.

You see, my kids think I’m this excellent cook/chef/baker. And that only cracks me up because I have a little trouble believing in myself! The thing is, to them – I make exactly what they want. PB&J in Star Wars shapes. Ravioli and tortellini. I can pour a bowl of Lucky Charms like the best of them. When I’m focused, though? I can make anything! I once had a woman tell me she wanted to marry me after I made a Snickers Pie for my boyfriend at the time. She totally would have fought him for me. This was good pie, after all. With both kids still being sick, I don’t have a lot of time to write today. I am thoughtful about it, though. I’m pretty much a nursemaid and a waitress right now. I’m just glad they’re eating, so I’m making some feel-good recipes this week. These Sweet Potato Pecan Muffins have a lot of YES written all over them, don’t you think?

Ingredients:

3 cups of All Purpose Flour
4 teaspoons of Baking Powder
1 1/2 teaspoons of Salt
2 cups of Sugar
1 teaspoon of Ground Cinnamon
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups of Vegetable Oil
1 teaspoon of Vanilla
2 cups of Mashed Sweet Potatoes
1 cup of Chopped Pecans
Butter
1 container of Vanilla Icing (optional)

Instructions:

1 – Start by peeling and cleaning about (3) large sweet potatoes

2 – Boil sweet potatoes until soft

3 – Grease a muffin pan with butter

4 – In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and cinnamon

5 – Combine eggs, oil, and vanilla (I used a blender)

6 – Blend on “pulse” setting about 4 times

7 – Mash your cooked sweet potatoes with a fork

8 – Add your sweet potatoes in the blender and “pulse” about 3 more times

9 – Pour mixture into dry ingredients and stir lightly with wooden spoon until all dry ingredients are mixed in

10 – Gently fold pecans in

11 – Fill muffin tins 2/3 of the way full

12 – Bake on 350 degrees for 18 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean

13 – Let cool

14 – Frost your muffins if you want to frost your muffins. I certainly did! Then, serve and enjoy

Makes 2 dozen muffins.

What’s your favorite comfort food?

These Sweet Potato Pecan Muffins are perfect year-round, but are extra special on those days where you need a little comfort. And they're easy to make too! #recipe #muffins

The Only Prescription is More Cowbell, and These Zucchini Boats

These Zucchini Boats are SO easy and so delicious. We always get an abundance of zucchini in the garden, and try to find family friendly recipes. Use this for parties, weeknights, weekends, lunches, breakfast, or whatever! Perfect for an easy kid recipe.

Sorry I didn’t check in yesterday! The sick has hit us!

The kids hadn’t been sick since early 2017, and I’m not even positive about that! I know that Des has three absences this year, and all three were days spent in Florida. Scarlet has five absences (or had, anyway) and three were spent in Florida, one was spent in NYC with Cassidy, and there was also the day we took her out of school to see the new Star Wars! Priorities, and all. I really thought we had made it, not only to spring, but to the “safe” zone. April used to be “safe?”

These Zucchini Boats are SO easy and so delicious. We always get an abundance of zucchini in the garden, and try to find family friendly recipes. Use this for parties, weeknights, weekends, lunches, breakfast, or whatever! Perfect for an easy kid recipe.

I know you’re never really safe but when you first have kids, they get sick quite a bit, in my opinion. It really does slow and die down the way it does for most adults. Scarlet woke up yesterday with a fever of 103. Today, she woke up with a fever of 103 and Des with a fever of 102. Oh boy! I wanted to check in and share this AMAZING and easy (good for sick days) recipe, but I’ll have to duck out again too. Before I do that, though, there’s something I’ve been meaning to confess for a long time.

In my former life, I was quite awkward.

These Zucchini Boats are SO easy and so delicious. We always get an abundance of zucchini in the garden, and try to find family friendly recipes. Use this for parties, weeknights, weekends, lunches, breakfast, or whatever! Perfect for an easy kid recipe.

My sister has put that photo on Facebook for YEARS, and I’ve ducked my head and forgotten about it. Now it’s time to embrace it. Do you have any photos with early 90’s hair, track jackets, and blue eye shadow? I definitely need to see them! The only thing I’ll say in my defense is that I had a high fever that night. I remember that my parents took us to the school to get our portraits taken. Maybe it was a fundraiser. After that, I seem to remember going to Temple and nearly falling asleep. Somehow I made it home. The fever doesn’t excuse my outfit, my hair, and my blue eye shadow. Those proudly belong to me. It does explain the strained smile, though. Cheerio! Here’s to fevers then, fevers now, and Zucchini Boats!

Zucchini Boats

Ingredients:

3-4 Zucchini
1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained and rinsed
½ red onion, diced
¾ cup frozen corn
1 cup shredded Italian cheese (reserve ¼ cup for the top)
1 jalapeno, diced
¼ cup cilantro (optional because I can’t stand it)
1 red bell pepper, diced
½ tsp. garlic powder
½ tsp. chili powder
2 Tbsp. olive oil
Dash of salt

Directions:

1 – Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2 – Cut each zucchini in half lengthwise and scoop out about half the insides with a spoon

3 – Mix the rest of the ingredients together in a bowl. Make sure to reserve the ¼ cup of cheese for the tops

4 – Fill each zucchini boat with some of the mixture. I had some extra mixture, so I just filled a few extra zucchinis I had

5 – Place the boats on a baking sheet and bake for about 15 minutes or until heated through and the zucchini has softened

6 – Remove from the oven and sprinkle the reserved cheese over the tops of the boats

7 – Serve immediately

These Zucchini Boats are SO easy and so delicious. We always get an abundance of zucchini in the garden, and try to find family friendly recipes. Use this for parties, weeknights, weekends, lunches, breakfast, or whatever! Perfect for an easy kid recipe.

Enjoy this delicious vegetarian meal that is just as good reheated the next day!

These Zucchini Boats are SO easy and so delicious. We always get an abundance of zucchini in the garden, and try to find family friendly recipes. Use this for parties, weeknights, weekends, lunches, breakfast, or whatever! Perfect for an easy kid recipe.