Apple Breakfast Muffins

This Apple Breakfast Muffin is one of those recipes that you hold close to your heart. It’s the stuff that mothers are made of. Every time I bite into these muffins, a tidal wave of childhood memories come flooding back to me. My copy, is on a yellowing piece of stiff paper. Definitely not a flashy white recipe card. It’s been used many times and shows its wear.

My recipe originally calls for crabapples, but I often use it with any other tart apple during the non-crab months. I remember very clearly being small enough to sit on the counter-top to help stir that brown sugar with the apples. Oh my goodness…me.

Please enjoy this recipe, that was passed down to me. All great things were meant to be shared.

Apple Breakfast Muffins

Mix the first three ingredients in a medium sized bowl and let stand for 30 minutes. Stirring every 10 minutes. Try to resist ‘sampling’ the apples.

  1. In a large bowl, beat egg. Add oil and beat again.
  2. Mix in the apple mixture until well combined.
  3. Add in the dry ingredients and mix until batter becomes moist.
  4. Try to resist eating the entire bowl of batter. It is literally better than cookie dough!

Fill muffin tins 3/4 full and bake at 350 degrees for 34 – 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Makes 12 muffins.

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Splendor Garden Healthy Eating Week Giveaway

2017 Healthy Eating Week – Giveaway – Contest Details:

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It’s 2017 and that means a brand-new year and a brand-new start. We are advocates for healthier eating. Our goal has always been to add as many nutrients to our meals as possible while also adding flavour! Take care of your body today and all year long with this jump start kit.

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The Prize

Included in this ‘Your Best You’ kit is our pick of 5 smoothie boosters, 1 dip mix, , 2 bags of Oats, 1 water bottle and 1 salad dressing shake and pour bottle.

  • Dillicious Dip (17g)
  • Turmeric (40g)
  • Ceylon Cinnamon (40g)
  • Parsley (5G)
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice (35g)
  • Cardamom (20g)

Plus…

Receive one 500g bag of Gluten Free Thick Rolled Oats and one 500g bag of Gluten Free Quick Rolled Oats

 

All of our herbs, spices and oats are certified organic, non-irradiated,

non-GMO and not treated with any chemicals!

To Enter

1)On the Splendor Garden Facebook page timeline, LIKE (or love) the contest post “Organic Herbs & Spices Healthy Eating Giveaway”, and

2) Help us create a list of AWESOME smoothie boosters by telling us what you like to add to your smoothies/shakes to kick up the flavour and nutrient content.

Must Follow Us to Qualify

Healthy Eating Week Giveaway Rules

  • This Organic Herbs & Spices Healthy Eating Week Giveaway is run by Splendor Garden (Canadian Organic Spice & Herb Co. Inc.)
  • Contest begins on January 2, 2017 and closes January 11, 2017, noon (CST).
  • No purchase necessary to enter.
  • Maximum one entry per person.
  • All steps (listed above) need to be completed to qualify as one valid entry.
  • Participants must be 18+ and a resident of Canada.
  • One winner will be chosen at random and contacted through Facebook or email.
  • The winner’s name will be included in the contest post of the Splendor Garden Facebook page.
  • Prize must be accepted as awarded. No substitutions. Not redeemable for cash equivalent.
  • The winner’s address will be required in order for the prize to be mailed.

*This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to Splendor Garden and not to Facebook. The information you provide will be used for this contest and will not be shared with any other party outside of Splendor Garden.

 

Pumpkin Spice Muffin with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting

This pumpkin spice muffin is one of my go-to recipes. We all have them…the handful of recipes that you always go back to because you know they are just THAT good. Not only are they flavourful and low fat, they freeze like a dream! I always freeze half the batch so that I can enjoy them twice!

Top it with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting for an extra special treat or enjoy without for a weekday snack.

Pumpkin Spice Muffin with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting

PUMPKIN SPICE MUFFINS

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs, sugar, pumpkin and oil until smooth. Combine flour, baking soda and baking powder in a separate bowl. Add to the pumpkin and mix until just combined. Fill paper lined cups 3/4 full. (I use an ice-cream scoop to make every muffin exactly the same size)

Bake muffins for 16 – 20 minutes or until muffins test done with a toothpick. Cool in pan for 10 minutes before removing to wire rack.

NOTE!! I’ve tried all kinds of muffin liners and the Reynolds foil line cups are my absolute favorite. They give the muffins a crispy coating, yet leave the centers moist and delicious. You can find them at most grocery stores.

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SPICED CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

Instructions:

Beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla in large bowl with mixer until blended. Gradually beat in sugar. Blend in pumpkin spice and top cooled muffins.

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The BEST Marinated Chicken

I made the BEST chicken Marinade last week and I need to share it with you. I love to try new things. New activities, seeing new places, and of course tying new recipes. I came across this recipe and made some changes to the original one to suit my tastes.

I mixed all of the ingredients together and poured it over top of lean chicken breast. I let it marinate for about 24 hours but you could certainly cut that down if needed.

This would be a fantastic recipe to throw together in the morning!

The BEST Marinated Chicken

This marinade was outstanding. It was BY FAR the best I’ve ever tasted and I’m positive you’ll agree.

INGREDIENTS:

INSTRUCTIONS:

Mix all ingredients together and pour on top of the chicken breast. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate for as long as possible up to 24 hours.

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Grill chicken breast on the BBQ on medium high heat basting once each side with remaining marinade.

 

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Let chicken rest for 5 minutes before cutting.

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Gluten-Free Ham & Cheddar Quinoa Bites

Like many of you, I’m constantly on the go. And by constantly on the go, I mean my multi-tasking abilities are that of an Olympic level one man band. I get myself into trouble when I haven’t had a decent breakfast. No…four cups of coffee is not breakfast! I need something that will fuel my body and my brain all through the morning. It needs to be a flexible recipe so that no matter what is left over in my fridge, I can easily throw together a batch. Easily replace the ham in this recipe with the same amount of chopped veggies.
Ham & Cheddar Quinoa Bites pack the protein punch I need to keep me satisfied all morning long. They taste GOOD! <- (that right there is reason enough for me.)

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Gluten-Free Ham & Cheddar Quinoa Bites

3/4 cups quinoa (rinsed)
1 1/2 cups water (or vegetable broth or chicken broth)
2 eggs (lightly beaten)
2 cups diced ham (finely diced)
1 cup yellow onion (finely diced)
1 garlic cloves (finely minced)
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon Splendor Garden Organic Paprika
 Splendor Garden Organic Crushed Chili Peppers (optional to taste)
  1. In a medium sauce pan, combine quinoa and water (or broth) and cook according to package directions. Let cool.
  2. In a large bowl, combine cooled quinoa, eggs, ham, onion, garlic, cheese and spices.
  3. Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray mini-muffin tins with cooking spray.
  4. Put a heaping tablespoonful of quinoa mixture into prepared muffin cups. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until edges turn golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes and then gently remove from pan to cool completely.

 

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Thanksgiving Giveaway Contest – Flavours of the Fall – NOW CLOSED

NOW CLOSED

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Organic Herbs & Spices
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Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the previous year and count all of the blessings in our lives. We are so thankful for many things but mostly for God’s blessings upon us, each other and every one of our customers. We believe in high quality organic products and it is obvious that you do too. We are thankful for our health which is all too often overlooked. We are thankful for each other, because without all hands working together, Splendor Garden wouldn’t be as successful as it is today.

To help celebrate all that we are thankful for, we are giving away a Flavours of the Fall basket!

 

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The Prize:

Included in this basket is our top 12 Flavours of the Fall Herbs and Spices which includes:

  • Thyme Ground (20g)
  • Onion Granulates (40g)
  • Poultry Seasoning (25g)
  • Oregano (13G)
  • Garlic Powder (45g)
  • Sage Ground (25g)
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice (35g)
  • Cinnamon Ground (40g)
  • Apple Pie Spice (35g)
  • Cloves Ground (25g)
  • All Spice Ground (35g)
  • Ginger Ground (35g)

 

Plus…

Receive one 500g bag of Gluten Free Thick Rolled Oats and one 500g bag of Gluten Free Quick Rolled Oats

All of our herbs, spices and oats are certified organic, non-irradiated, non-GMO and not treated with any chemicals!

To Enter:

1) On the Splendor Garden Facebook page timeline, LIKE our page so you won’t miss a thing, and
2) In the comment section, tag someone that you are thankful for and tell us why.

Thanksgiving Giveaway Rules

  • This Organic Herbs & Spices Thanksgiving Giveaway is run by Splendor Garden (Canadian Organic Spice & Herb Co. Inc.)
  • Contest begins on September 28, 2016 and closes October 5, 2016, noon (CST).
  • No purchase necessary to enter.
  • Maximum one entry per person.
  • All steps (listed above) need to be completed to qualify as one valid entry.
  • Participants must be 18+ and a resident of Canada.
  • One winner will be chosen at random and contacted through Facebook or email.
  • The winner’s name will be included in the contest post of the Splendor Garden Facebook page.
  • Prize must be accepted as awarded. No substitutions. Not redeemable for cash equivalent.
  • The winner’s address will be required in order for the prize to be mailed.

 

 

*This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to Splendor Garden and not to Facebook. The information you provide will be used for this contest and will not be shared with any other party outside of Splendor Garden.

 

Southern Potato Wedges

My family loves french fries but I have a hard time giving in to their fast food temptation as much as they’d like. I worry about quality, nutrients, calorie content and of course the many ingredients I can’t pronounce. I want to give the best to my family and also see them happy.

I served these Southern Potato Wedges last night and I heard the VERY best thing any parent could hear. “Mom! Can we have these EVERY night? They are so yummy!”. The angels started singing and cast their light on my weary mom body. I had done it! I was Rocky Balboa in that moment, standing atop those stairs. I couldn’t be beat!

Then, like any dream, it came splashing to an end. Quite literally as I rushed to wipe up the spilled milk…

Enjoy this super easy 4 step recipe as a side dish tonight!

Southern Potato Wedges

STEP 1: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Slice potatoes into quarters. Then slice each quarter into thirds. If you have larger potatoes, slice them until the wedges are approximately 1/4 – 1/2 inch thick. Rinse your wedges in cold water and drain excess. Drizzle with olive oil and seasonings.

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STEP 2: Toss

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STEP 3: Spread evenly on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake for approximately 45 minutes turning once half way.

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STEP 4: Enjoy!

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Seafood Lemon Butter

Everything is better with lemon butter. I’m talking melted, warm, seasoned to perfection yummy butter. Seafood screams to be dunked in it. Go ahead and treat yourself to a delicious seafood night but make sure you have plenty of this butter recipe on hand!

Seafood Lemon Butter Sauce

A delicious atlantic lobster claw with melted garlic butter.

A delicious atlantic lobster claw with melted lemon butter.

INGREDIENTS:

DIRECTIONS:

  1. To make the lemon butter sauce, melt 2 tablespoons butter in the skillet. Add garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in lemon juice; Seafood Seasoning and season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Wanting to know how to steam a lobster or crab at home? It’s easy! Check out this recipe at Maine Lobster.

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Freezer Apple Pie Filling

The air has been crisp and fall is in the air! Apples are plentiful at this time of year. The squirrel in me is always looking to store my fresh organic produce to enjoy in future months. I have been making Freezer Apple Pie Filling from the crab apples on my tree for years and I love how one jar is perfect for one pie.

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Freezer Apple Pie Filling

  1. Zest & juice the lemon and set aside.
  2. Peel and slice apples. (NOTE: When I use crab apples, I tend to leave the skin on. It disintegrates during the cooking process but you can remove the skins if you prefer.)
  3. In a large pot, combine both sugars, corn starch, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and water. Bring to a boil while whisking over medium-high heat and let boil 2 minutes until thick and bubbly. Stir in apple slices and cover.
  4. Reduce heat to low and let simmer 10 minutes or until apples begin to soften. They do not need to be completely cooked! Remove from heat and cover. Let cool about 30-40 minutes, checking periodically. Your apples should be soft but not mushy.
  5. Ladle equal amounts into glass jars. I found that one quart jar is exactly one 9″ pie!
  6. Let cool on the counter and then freeze for up to one year.
 Defrost in the refrigerator overnight and bake as normal recipe calls for.

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