Mouthwatering Blueberry Muffins

Its been a while since I’ve posted a recipe!😳 Sophia just registered for preschool, ended her early intervention therapy, and will be getting her fall therapy schedule soon! It’s been a crazy few weeks.

But I thought that I would share the perfect blueberry muffin recipe, to get you through the weekend😉

These are moist, and perfectly sweet. You will want to eat one right after the other (which my husband may have done lol)

*these were inspired by Paula Dean’s recipe 

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter, softened

2 eggs 

1/2 cup milk

1 tsp vanilla extract 

1 1/4 cups white sugar 

1/2 tsp salt

2 tsp baking powder

2 heaping-ish cups all purpose flour 

2 1/2 cups blueberries ( I used frozen, but you can also use fresh!)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375°F

Line muffin tin with cupcake liners 

With a hand mixer, or in a stand mixer, beat sugar and butter, until light and fluffy.

Add eggs in one at a time, add vanilla

In separate bowl mix dry ingredients together 

Add dry ingredients in to the mixing bowl, alternating between milk and dry imgredients, until fully incorporated. 

Don’t over mix!

Use spatula to fold in blueberries.

Scoop batter into liners with an ice cream scoop, sprinkle some more white sugar on top.

Bake for about 30 minutes, or until golden brown, and toothpick come out clean when inserted in the middle.

Enjoy!

*note I live at about 5000ft, if you are at lower elevation, I suggest turning down the heat to 350°F and leveling off flour

Chewy Homemade Granola Bars

Eric takes granola bars everyday with him to work for a little morning pick me up. I had actually forgotten to buy the usual ones I do, but I had been wanting to try my hand at making my own.

These are awesome! They are chewy, and have a nice balance between sweet and salty. 

They very well could replace your favorite store bought brand 😉

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups old fashioned oats

1/2 cup peanuts, chopped

1/3 cup honey

1/4 cup butter 

1/4 cup brown sugar packed

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 cup raisins

2 teaspoons chia seeds (optional)

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons semi sweet chocolate chips 

Directions:

Heat oven to 375°F

Line cookie sheet with tinfoil and spray with cooking spray.

Add oats and peanuts to sheet and bake around 5 minutes until just toasted.

Transfer to a large bowl.

Heat butter, honey, sugar, salt, and vanilla in saucepan, until butter is melted, and sugar is dissolved. 

Pour butter mixture into the bowl with the oats and nuts, stir to combine.

Let cool for a few minutes, and add raisins, 1/4 cup chocolate chips, and chia seeds. Stir until well mixed. 

Pour mixture onto baking sheet. Use spatula to press down and form a block. Spread the remaining chocolate chips on top, and continue pressing firmly for a few minutes.

Place sheet in refrigerator for at least one hour.

Remove granola block from tinfoil, and cut into bars.

I store mine in the fridge, but they’d be fine at room temperature.

Enjoy!🙂

Amazing Banana Bread 

With bananas in the recipe, we can say it’s healthy right?

Banana bread is one of my favorites. My husband also loves it. And this will quickly become your go to banana bread recipe.

The bread is moist and amazing, and it’s topped with crunchy walnuts. Omg.

Ingredients:

3 very ripe bananas mashed

1/2 cup vegetable oil

2 tablespoons milk

1 large egg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 1/8 cup white sugar

1/4 cup chopped walnuts
Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F

Mix dry ingredients in small bowl

Mix egg, sugar, and oil until well combined.

Add dry ingredients. The mixture will be pretty dry and lumpy.

Add bananas, vanilla, and milk, stir until thoroughly mixed together.

Pour into loaf pan, and top with walnuts.

Bake for about 1 1/2 hours, or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.

Remove from loaf pan and let cool on cooling rack.

Enjoy!

Crockpot Taquitos

Tuesday taco night? How about Tuesday Taquito night?

These are delicious, creamy, and crunchy.

The chicken cooks in the crockpot, and then you bake them rolled up in delicious tortillas to create that Taquito crunch.

Ingredients:

1lb boneless skinless chicken tenderloins

6 oz cream cheese

1/2 jar salsa

1 tsp garlic

1 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper 

1 cup Mexican blend cheese

Taco sized tortillas

Directions:

Spray crockpot thoroughly with non stick spray

Place chicken in crockpot with spices, cream cheese, and salsa

Cook on low for 3-4 hours/ High for 1-2 hours

Preheat oven to 400°F

Shred chicken with forks, and mix crockpot ingredients thoroughly.

Place a small row of mixture in tortilla, top with however much cheese you want. Roll tightly, and place on aluminum foil lined baking sheet, sprayed with non stick spray.

After all tortillas are filled, rolled, and on the baking sheet, spray tops generously with non stick spray.

Bake until tops begin browning. About 15-20 minutes. 
Enjoy!

Favorite Cleaning Products

When my husband and I first moved in together, I was pretty much a slob. I didn’t clean a lot, and I was pretty disorganized. Over the years I started to get better at it, but it wasn’t until we had Sophia, and I became a stay at home mom, that I really found my groove with cleaning. I never thought I would enjoy cleaning, because what weirdo does? Well…this one does…now lol. 

I always have antibacterial products in my stash. I am adamant about keeping nasty bacteria away from Sophia, to the best of my ability, to prevent illness. I also though, went looking for more natural products, that weren’t as harmful chemically to children either. 

So, here’s what I’m currently loving in my daily cleaning routines.

This doesn’t include bathroom supplies, or actual “equipment” (ie brooms, vacuums, or mops)

So starting from the left, is good old Clorox disinfecting wipes. I use them on everything really. But I really focus on using them to wipe down counters after cooking with raw meats.

Febreeze is the next product. I like to spray the curtains, couches, and dog beds down with them every now and then, to get the musties out.

Method antibacterial spray. I also use this on countertops, and it has a light scent that isn’t too over powering, plus it’s made with natural ingredients.

Method multi surface spray in lime and salt scent. I absolutely love this spray. I use it to dust the house with a microfiber cloth, and as I’ve told my husband many a times, the scent reminds me a little of cologne. It smells amazing. And it’s a natural cleaning product.

Microfiber towels are also amazing. They pick up dust really well (I was a huge fan of swifter dusters until I discovered the magic of microfiber), and they are washable (by hand), so they can be used over and over and are much less wasteful.


Mr clean concentrated liquid. This stuff is awesome. I use it to mop the floors with, and to clean tubs. It smells great, but not super overpowering like pine sol can be.

Mrs. Meyers multi surface spray in peony scent. I also love to use this spray to dust with, but this scent is only available in the spring/summer time. It smells great, and is also made with natural ingredients. 

What are your favorite cleaning products?

If you would like to know more about my cleaning routines, other tools, etc. Let me know!☺