Walnut Raisin Muffins

Walnut Raisin Muffins

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April 30 is National Raisin Day, and I have a delicious recipe to celebrate!

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Ingredients

  • 2.5 cups rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • .5 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup applesauce or 2 mashed bananas
  • 1.5 cups milk
  • .5 cup chopped walnuts
  • .25 cup raisins

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Carrot Cake Cookie Bar Sandwiches with Cinnamon-Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot Cake Cookie Bar Sandwiches with Cinnamon-Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot cake, like most things in life, makes me think of Pine Cove.

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April 9: Foreground

I don’t know how the debate began, but by the end of my third summer working at Pine Cove, the summer staff were engaged in a serious, opinionated discussion about carrot cake.  I sided with the pro-carrot-cake side of the debate, led by the assistant work crew director.  But, the carrot cake haters also had a strong team.

I remember that the debate continued on GroupMe for several months after camp ended, but I don’t think we ever reached a consensus.

What do you think about carrot cake?  Yay or nay?

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Ham, Egg, and Cheese Pockets

Ham, Egg, and Cheese Pockets

Easter seems to be all about searching–searching for eggs in the bushes, searching for a dress to wear to church, and searching for Jesus in the tomb (spoiler alert: He isn’t there).  These ham, egg, and cheese pockets will also make you search–the filling is completely hidden inside a biscuit.

Ham, Egg, and Cheese Pockets

Ingredients

  • 4 10-oz. cans of biscuits (20 biscuits total)
  • 8 ounces diced ham
  • 8 eggs
  • 1/2 cup cheese
  • salt and pepper

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White Chocolate Funfetti Popcorn

White Chocolate Funfetti Popcorn

Popcorn is good on its own, but the addition of white chocolate and sprinkles makes it birthday-week-worthy.

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I shared this popcorn with the third- and fourth-graders at my church, and they could not quit eating it!  I lost count of how many times I heard, “Can I have some more popcorn?”

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Green Mint Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Green Mint Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

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I wonder why some ice cream companies dye their mint ice cream green and other companies make white mint ice cream.  Personally, I don’t think the color affects the flavor–I love a few scoops of white mint ice cream from Breyer’s as much as I love a green mint Klondike bar.   This month, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to make green mint chocolate chip cookie bars for St. Patrick’s Day.

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Mint Chocolate Smoothie

Mint Chocolate Smoothie

If you are only here for the recipe, you can find it below the next picture.  If you want to read about how I went a little mint crazy last fall, keep scrolling!

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 overripe banana, sliced and frozen
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon mint extract
  • 1/2 scoop protein powder (optional)
  • 2 large handfuls of spinach (for the green color, optional)

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Apricot Almond Butter Breakfast Bars

Apricot Almond Butter Breakfast Bars

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I never intend to stockpile nut butter; it just happens.  I buy a few jars of nut butter on sale.  Then my brother gives me nut butter as a present.  Then a friend hands off a flavored nut butter that she doesn’t like.  Then I win a giveaway.  Next thing you know, I’ve got 10 jars of nut butter and only one mouth to feed.  If you (like me) ever find yourself with an accidental stockpile of nut butter, bake a batch of these bars!

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