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Muffins, Memories and Mom!

My mother was always creative with breakfast when I was growing up. She felt it was the most important meal of the day.  Poached eggs, pancakes, cut grapefruits, fresh squeezed orange juice were some of the highlights on our kitchen counter each morning.  

My favorite was a homemade honey bran muffin.  I can remember loving each bite and hearing her reminder of how healthy this high fiber muffin was for my brother and me to enjoy on occasion. While it does have sugar in it, it’s  filled with so many nutritious ingredients as well.

Have fun taking the time to make these and I hope your family enjoys them.
Thanks, Mom for muffins and my childhood memories that I reflect upon so often as I raise Morgan and Brandon. I love you.
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
5 tablespoon honey
3 tbl. boiling water

3 cups raisins or 3 cups dates, 3 cups prunes pureed in food processor.
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 large eggs
2 cups buttermilk
1/2 cup flax seeds 
1 cup wheat bran
3 cups all purpose flour
2.5 teaspoons baking soda
1.5 teaspoons salt


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2.Make the glaze first and use a brush to coat the bottom and sides of muffin tins generously. (Use all of the glaze)
3. Begin the muffin mix by mixing the fruit, honey and oil until smooth.
4.  Beat in eggs, then buttermilk and bran to mixture.
5. Add flour, baking soda and salt.
6. Beat until just combined
7. Fill tins 3/4 full
Bake 20 to 25 minutes until cooked through
Cool 2 minutes and invert onto a rack for cooling.

Recipe makes 12 muffins.

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My absolute favorite pumpkin bread

pumpkinsThis is the time of year when pumpkins are everywhere…so it’s time to enjoy my absolutely favorite pumpkin bread! I know the ingredients are rich, but make a loaf and watch your kids devour it. Feel free to substitute date sugar or agave nectar/honey for the sugar. I have also tried apple sauce instead of the oil, but keep in mind that the texture is already a bit moist because of the pumpkin/orange juice combination. 

Enjoy baking this extraordinary loaf. Your house will smell delicious!!!!


1 2/3 C sifted flour

1 1/2 C sugar

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp baking powder

3/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground allspice

1/2 C vegetable oil

1/2 C orange juice

1 1/4 C canned pumpkin

2 eggs, lightly beaten

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Sift together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice. 

In large bowl combine oil, juice, pumpkin and eggs.

Add dry ingredients, blending thoroughly (can add a handful of chocolate chips here if you would like).

Pour mixture into greased 9″x5″ loaf pan*

Bake at 350 degrees 60-65 minutes.

Cool 15 minutes, then remove from pan and place on rack to continue to cool, at least 1 hour before slicing. Freezes well.

Thank you, Shelly, for sharing this recipe with all of us at Centerpeace!

* This is too much batter for one loaf pan, so fill the pan 2/3 full and make muffins with the rest of the batter.

Optional glaze for top: 1/4 C confectioners sugar, 2 tsp water, 1/2 tsp lemon juice.


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Ummmmm…’tis the season for apples


apples red

The air is crisp and clean, and the orchards are scented with fresh cut grass and the sweet smell of fruits. As big puffy clouds float across our beautiful blue skies this fall, you will find me apple picking with my family. It’s one of my favorite activities. While connecting with nature, I love to listen to the laughter and excitement that  comes from my kids as they fill our bucket reaching for the tallest branches where clusters of the most colorful red and green apples grow.      

When you get home have fun making apple sauce, apple pie, or try these delicious apple date muffins:



1 1/2 cups flour

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup honey

1 cup finely chopped apples

1 cup dates, diced

1 tbls vanilla

1 egg, lightly beaten

1 1/2 cup milk

1 cup All Bran cereal

1/2 cup flax seeds

2 tbls cinnamon

Combine flours and baking powder. Stir in All Bran and flax seeds. In a separate bowl combine milk, egg, vanilla and honey. Add dates, apples and cinnamon to liquid mixture. Turn into flour mixture and stir well.

Place in muffin tins or loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees. For muffins, 20-25 minutes. For loaf, 1 hour and 15 minutes.


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