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raspberry muffins group platedNothin’ says “Be my Valentine” like a little lovin’ from the oven.

These raspberry muffins are easy to make and you can prepare them the night before (and days before and freeze) then warm up Valentine’s morning for breakfast. They are moist and sweet and guaranteed to be a hit with your sweetie (unless of course they don’t like raspberries, then you are on your own.)

Ingredients for Raspberry Muffins

Ingredients for Raspberry Muffins

Combine dry ingredients then stir in melted butter.

Combine dry ingredients then stir in melted butter.

Mix egg, milk and vanilla together then add to batter.

Mix egg, milk and vanilla together then add to batter.

Blend until mixed, but don't over stir. The batter will still be lumpy.

Blend until mixed, but don’t over stir. The batter will still be lumpy.

Gently stir in raspberries.

Gently stir in raspberries.

When they are well blended, spoon into paper-lined muffin cups.

When they are well blended, spoon into paper-lined muffin cups.

A heaping spoon should do it. I am not, however, the queen of uniformity.

A heaping spoon should do it. I am not, however, the queen of uniformity.

You need a box of sugar in the raw (turbinado sugar).

You need a box of sugar in the raw (turbinado sugar).

And sprinkle a little on top of each muffin before putting into your 400 degree preheated oven.

And sprinkle a little on top of each muffin before putting into your 400 degree preheated oven.

Serve warm with butter melting into every little crevice.

Bake about 12-15 minutes until tops are lightly browned. Serve warm with butter melting into every little crevice.

Bake about 12-15 minutes, until tops are lightly browned, then remove from oven.

Yum!

Raspberry Muffins

2 cups flour

1 cup sugar

2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 cup butter

3/4 cup milk

1 egg

1/4 tsp. vanilla

1 1/2 cups raspberries

Sugar in the Raw (Turbinado Sugar)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Combine dry ingredients and set aside.

Melt butter then stir into dry ingredients.

Mix egg, vanilla and milk together. Pour into batter, stirring until blended, but you want to leave a few lumps in the batter.

Gently fold in raspberries.

Spoon into a muffin-pan lined with paper baking cups. Sprinkle tops with a little turbindo sugar (optional) for a sweet little crunch on top when they are baked.

Bake about 12-15 minutes until tops are lightly browned.

Remove and serve with butter (or plain).

She Who Loves Raspberry Treats

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Christmas morning the last thing you want to do is be tied down to the kitchen making breakfast. Plan ahead now and you can have a fabulous breakfast on the table with a minimal amount of effort!

So here are a few ideas…

Quick Breads

You can purchase these pre-made at stores like Costco (their apple or pumpkin bread is sooooo good), you can buy packaged mixes that are easy to whip together or make them from scratch. If you are planning to make them either from a mix of scratch, make these now so you don’t have to mess with them in the morning. If you want to be Betty Baker and go from scratch, here is a recipe for yummy banana bread.

Sweet Rolls

You can purchase pre-made sweet rolls or cinnamon rolls or whip together a batch. Just pop in the oven for a few minutes to warm and you’ve got a breakfast that everyone will enjoy. Here is a recipe for super easy cinnamon rolls that make my mouth water just thinking about them.

Casseroles

A breakfast casserole you can assemble the night before then pop in the oven to bake the next morning is ideal. They are warm and filling and will hopefully carry your starving crew through gift opening and morning festivities. Serve with a fresh fruit and it is a wonderful meal.

My favorite breakfast casserole involves ham and hashbrowns. It is so easy to make and so tasty good. Assemble the night before, set out for about 30 minutes and then bake.

Here is another recipe that is quite filling. You can use any type of meat you like, just make sure it is pre-cooked.

Ingredients

Beat eggs, then add milk and combine.

Dice up some ham (or crumble cooked bacon or sausage).

Add ham, breadcrumbs and salt to mixture.

Blend in some cheese.

Pour into greased pan, cover and refrigerate overnight.

Bake the next morning!

and enjoy!

Breakfast Bake

6 eggs

2 cups milk

1 teaspoon salt

2 cups diced cooked ham (or bacon or crumbled cooked sausage)

1 cup shredded colby jack cheese

3 cups croutons

Beat eggs and milk, add in remaining ingredients. Pour into a greased 9 x 13 inch casserole dish and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate 8 hours or overnight. Remove from fridge and let set for about 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake for 40 minutes or until eggs are set.

Enjoy!

Happy Holiday Entertaining and Merry Christmas!

Shanna

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When Most Wonderful Hubby and I travel (which isn’t nearly often enough to suit either of us), I love to collect recipe ideas. Years ago, we had breakfast at a great little European-style cafe in Spokane, WA. They had the best Dutch Babies I’ve ever eaten. They also served an extremely tasty breakfast casserole.

After much experimenting and many taste tests, I think I finally came close to reproducing the dish. It is easy to make and while it bakes you can either put your feet up and eat bonbons or finish getting the rest of your breakfast ready.

Ingredients for the casserole

Slice up the ham into cubes or bite-sized pieces.

Pour on the egg and cream mixture.

Sprinkle on cheese once the eggs are set.

Serve and enjoy!

Ham and Hash Browns Breakfast Casserole

1 bag of southern hash browns

6 eggs

2/3 cup of cream

2 cups of ham, cut into cubes or bite-sized pieces

dash of salt

1 tsp. all-purpose no-salt seasoning

1 1/2 cups shredded colby jack cheese

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Grease a 9×13 baking pan and place hash browns into pan. Pop into the oven. While the hash browns are heating up, beat the eggs, add cream, seasoning and salt.  Cut the ham into bite-sized pieces or cubes. If you don’t have left-over ham to use, a ham-steak provides just the right amount of ham for the casserole. Take the hash browns out of the oven, sprinkled the ham over the top then pour in egg and cream mixture. Turn oven temperature down to 350 degrees, put the pan into oven and bake for about 45-50 minutes, until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. When the eggs are set, sprinkle the top of the casserole with cheese and continue baking a few minutes until cheese is melted. Serve hot and enjoy!

Happy Entertaining!

Shanna

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Dutch Babies

When Hubby and I have time for a leisurely breakfast, which doesn’t happen very often, among our favorite things to make are Dutch Babies.

Years ago we happened upon a restaurant in Spokane, WA,  that had the most delightful European breakfasts. That was the first time we tried Dutch Babies  and the quest began to find a recipe that recreated the tasty treat we had at the restaurant. After many taste tests, we agreed that this recipe is the closest.

Serve these warm from the oven with a generous dollop of freshly whipped cream and your favorite berries or sliced fruit.

Dutch Babies

3 tbsp. butter

3 large eggs

3/4 cup milk

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

2 tbsp. granulated sugar

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a 10-inch cast iron skillet, melt the butter. While the butter is melting, beat the eggs in a mixing bowl until they are light and pale. Add the remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly. Pour into the skillet and bake 15 minutes or until brown and puffed.

If you have a Dutch Babies variation, please feel free to share it here!

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