Monthly Archives: April 2016

Sour Cream Muffins

Don’t ask me why but for some reason I was into movie references today.  Maybe because its rainy and cloudy this afternoon and all these colors are just light and sunny or a bit like a circus?  Whatever the reason they make me smile!  And with these muffins, it was really fun being able to have them for breakfast.  I found this recipe on line, A Family Feast, and it was just too good to pass up.  I hope you like them as much as I do!



I’m ready for my closeup Mr. De Mille!

Sour Cream Muffins

For streusel topping:
1/2 cup of purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
6 tablespoons unsalted butter

For muffin batter:
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract


Little Miss Sunshine, for Breakfast.


This is really my good side!

In a small bowl, using a fork, cut together flour, sugar, cinnamon into still cool butter, set aside.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a muffin tin with paper liners.

In a medium bowl, combine the dry ingredients, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Using a whisk stir these together.

In a second medium sized bowl cream together sugar, and butter.  Then add oil, eggs, vanilla and sour cream.  Fold the dry ingredients into the mixture, combining well but do not over mix.

Using a medium sized scoop portion out the batter into the muffin tin and top with the streusel mixture.

Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Remove from tin and allow to cool on a wire rack.


A good supporting cast is always necessary!

Shortbread Sandwich Cookies

Paging through my many cookbooks is something I can do for exstended periods of time… With a good cup of coffee and a little time on my hands it is a most pleasurable experience.  The weather at the lake the last week has lent itself to this endeavor.  Cold, rainy, with periodic trips to the grocery store and potty training a new puppy it was a quiet week.  This little recipe just hits the spot.  Simple, not too sweet shortbread, the jam filling makes it sweet, with a nice buttery finish. This is a small recipe it only makes about a dozen sandwiches, but it just the right amount, not too many and not too little. It’s just right!

This recipe is from Tessa Kiros book, “The Recipe Collection.”  Tessa is one of my favorite cookbook authors, she just writes from the heart. When you’re looking for recipes that are simple and down to earth her recipes are definitely worth the look.  Inspired by family and friends cooking she puts forth a good story and a wonderful recipe to accompany it.


Sweets for the sweet!


Dusting of Sugar


Snow storms over!

Shortbread Sandwich Cookies

100 grams unsalted butter

100 grams granulated sugar

200 grams all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 egg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

200 grams (7oz.) jam, I used apricot and strawberry

powdered sugar for dusting

Cream together butter and sugar, add egg and vanilla extract.  Sift together the flour and baking powder and incorporate the dry with the wet ingredients.  Wrap the dough in cling wrap and refrigerate for about an hour.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Roll out the dough to a 1/4 inch thickness and cut into shapes.  I just use a small drinking glass. Something in the 2″ diameter range. Bake cookies for around 15 minutes until golden.  Cool and spread with your favorite jam or preserves.


Well maybe a little more.