Applesauce Muffins

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First & foremost…Happy Birthday III! We love you and are so lucky to journey through life with you by our side!

We make a lot of muffins around here. Mostly these banana bread ones because I always buy too many bananas and inevitably two start browning before we have a chance to eat them all. But all muffins are game to be made in my kitchen and few are turned down by my two littles. What I also love about muffins is that you can freeze them and then pull them out & microwave for a quick on the go breakfast or snack (perfect on Sunday mornings when you are running late for church!)

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These applesauce muffins are so moist (probably due to the applesauce) and the cinnamon sugar topping is hard to resist. Like most of my baking adventures Chickadee joined me in the kitchen which always makes the experience a mess fun!! This recipe is a quick and easy one and my bet is you already have everything you need. (assuming like us you always have a jar of applesauce in the fridge).

Applesauce Muffins
Yields 12
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
Muffins
  1. ½ cup butter
  2. ½ cup sugar
  3. 2 eggs
  4. ¾ cups Natural Applesauce
  5. 1 ¾ cups flour
  6. 1 tbsp baking powder
  7. ½ tsp Salt
Topping
  1. ¼ cup butter, melted
  2. ½ cup sugar
  3. ¼ tsp cinnamon
Instructions
  1. 1. Cream together softened butter and sugar
  2. 2. Beat in eggs one at a time until fluffy
  3. 3. Add applesauce and mix together
  4. 4. Mix together the dry ingredients and then sift them into the wet mixture
  5. 5. Place in muffin tins and bake at 350 degrees for 12-18 min, or until toothpick comes out clean
  6. 6. While the muffins are still warm dip tops in melted butter and then in the cinnamon sugar mixture
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My best tip for making muffins (and cupcakes) is to use an ice cream scoop like this one to dip the batter into the muffin tins. Genius really. And it helps with the mess. If you do decide to freeze these muffins I suggest doing so without the cinnamon sugar topping. You can add it after you defrost them & they will be amazing!

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Rainbow Cupcakes

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St. Patty’s day has come and Easter is just around the corner, folks. Spring is here. And I am crossing my fingers that it is here to stay! Tonight we went for a walk after dinner and it was light out the entire time and a beautiful 67 degrees. It was glorious.

I am looking forward to a lot of Spring and Easter activities with Chickadee & Sprout. Easter Egg hunts with friends, egg decorating, Spring crafts, and a little baking as well.

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If you have been around A Step in the Journey for long you know my love for cooking with Chickadee. She absolutely loves baking as a family, mixing the ingredients together is always her favorite part. And it usually leads to a little bit of a mess, but I’ve learned to “Mix up the Moment” and silence my gut reaction, and instead embrace the fun. We are making memories here. I am so glad Pillsbury™ is around to help make things simple and easy.

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We decided to add a little bit of flair to our Pillsbury™ Funfetti cake mix by making rainbow, marbleized cupcakes. This is our first Easter treat and we plan to share with our neighbors. Funfetti was the perfect place to start. Last time I was at Walmart I picked up several boxes and tubs of Pillsbury’s™ cake mix and icing so I only had to go to the pantry when Chickadee and I started baking.

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I mixed the cake mix per the package directions. Then separated the batter equally into four bowls and used food coloring to dye the batter in each bowl. I used 4-5 drops, if you want your colors darker add more, lighter use less.

dying_cake_batterLine your cupcake pan with liners if you choose to do so, if not spray them generously with cooking spray. Then place about a tablespoon of each color into each individual tin. You will want to only focus on two or three cupcakes at a time. If you go through dropping in all pinks, then all greens, etc. for the entire pan the batter will spread to make an entire layer and you won’t get the marbleized effect we are going for!

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Cook according to Pillsbury’s™ directions.

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Make sure an allow them to cool completely before icing. I used Pillsbury™ Funfetti icing for the top.

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These cupcakes were so much fun for to make and enjoy as a family. We plan to deliver them to neighbors in the next few days in hopes to brighten their day.

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Want to know something else sweet? You can SAVE more on Pillsbury™ baking products with Ibotta. You should definitely grab it, and if you haven’t used Ibotta yet, you’ll definitely want to check it out. It’s a great way to save more money on some of your favorite products like Pillsbury™.

If you enjoyed this idea for how to mix up a simple and easy recipe, be sure to also check out how I used Pillsbury’s™ strawberry cake mix for this Strawberry trifle!  Discover more ways to #MixUpAMoment on the Pillsbury Mix Up A Moment Pinterest Page. There’s lots of sweet recipes you will want to check out!

 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The J.M. Smucker Company. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

One Bowl Southwestern Lunch

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When I taught elementary school I ate a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch at LEAST four times a week. Fortunately for my children, now that I am staying home them, I get really creative with their meals…but mine, well, somehow sandwiches continue to find their way onto my plate at lunch. Yall, I am in desperate need to mix things up! Thankfully Wish-Bone® & Tyson® are here to help me (& you if you can relate!).

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I’ve been on a little bit of a Mexican/southwestern kick lately in the kitchen. Chickadee is a fan, so we’ve been eating lots of enchiladas, taco soup, quesadillas, and the chips and salsa seem to always be on the table. I decided to keep this theme going with this one bowl lunch recipe.

So let’s talk about my lunch today. It was quick and easy to pull together and packed full of protein, veggies, and delicious flavor! And the best part…it wasn’t a sandwich.

Last time I was at Walmart I grabbed a ready to go bag of Tyson® Grilled & Ready® Chicken and zesty Wish-Bone® Italian Dressing.

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Since the chicken is already cooked (SO FABULOUS) this one bowl southwestern lunch is so simple to put together. However, while assembly is simple, you don’t sacrifice on hearty protein or zesty flavor. Check out the step by step below!

Southwestern One Bowl Lunch
A delicious one bowl lunch recipe packed full of protein and zesty flavor!
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup of rice or quinoa (cooked)
  2. 1/2 of Tyson® Ready to Go Chicken
  3. 1/2 a lime
  4. 1/4 cup of Wish-Bone® Italian Dressing
  5. 1/2 cup of corn
  6. 1/2 cup of black beans (drained and rinsed)
  7. 1/4 cup of diced onion
  8. 1/2 a red pepper (sliced or dice)
  9. 1 tbsp. olive oil
  10. 1/2 avocado
Instructions
  1. 1. Prepare rice or quinoa according to package instructions
  2. 2. Heat 1 tbsp. olive oil in a skillet over high/medium heat
  3. 3. Add in onion and cook until translucent (2-3 minutes)
  4. 4. Next, add red pepper and corn, cook an additional 3-4 minutes
  5. 5. In a separate bowl, mix Tyson® Grilled and Ready chicken, lime juice and Wish-Bone® dressing
  6. 6. Finally, layer your ONE bowl dish. Rice/Quinoa, black beans, corn & peppers, chicken mixture, and top with avocado.
  7. 7. ENJOY!
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Prefer pictures? Here is a little visual step by step assembly!

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So do I have your attention? Say NO to sandwiches at your next lunch and hello to a delicious bowl of goodness! Looking for more one bowl lunch ideas? Wish-Bone® and Tyson® have you covered. Check here for more recipes!

Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. and Pinnacle Foods Group LLC. All opinions are entirely my own.

 

Strawberry Trifle

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Trifles are my love language. And thankfully for my marriage they are my husband’s too :) So last week while Sprout was taking his morning nap, Chickadee and I got to work, baking our way right into III’s heart and his stomach! We started with a box of Pillsbury cake mix and Pillsbury icing and mixed up normal baking memory to create something extraordinary!

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Let me put your mind at rest and tell you that yes, this trifle is as good as it looks. And like most trifles it is super simple to put together and easy on the wallet for such a fabulous dessert, making it the perfect baking recipe for a busy family. Trifles are also great desserts to make ahead of time and keep in the refrigerator until everyone is ready to dive in. They actually get better over time as all the layers continue to morph together. Perfection.

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I love grabbing the basics when I am at Walmart, so last time I was browsing their baking aisle I picked up a box of Pillsbury Strawberry Cake Mix and Pillsbury Vanilla Icing along with a few other cake and icing flavors. Love having them to grab from the pantry whenever I have a hankering to bake. With their cake mix, Pillsbury has done so much of the trifle work for you!

So, let’s dig in to the delicious details.

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Strawberry Cake Trifle
Serves 10
A simple & delicious recipe, great for the entire family.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 cups of fresh strawberries (sliced)
  2. 1 tbsp. of sugar
  3. 1 box of Pillsbury Strawberry Cake Mix
  4. 1/2 cup Pillsbury Vanilla Icing
  5. 16 oz of Whipped Cream
  6. Oil
  7. Egg
  8. Trifle Bowl
Instructions
  1. 1. Bake Pillsbury Strawberry Cake mix according to package instructions. Set aside to cool.
  2. 2. Slice one cup of strawberries, top with 1 tbsp. of sugar and mash. Refrigerate while cake is cooking.
  3. 3. Slice remaining strawberries.
  4. 4. For the whipped cream you can buy it already whipped or whip your own. To sweeten I added 1/2 a cup of Pillsbury Vanilla Icing to my whipped cream and beat until well combined. Remove half of the whipped cream and combine with your sugared strawberries. I used a food processor to create this strawberry cream.
  5. 5. Now it's time to layer! In a trifle bowl, crumble 1 pan of your Pillsbury cake in the bottom. Next add whip cream mixture, follow with sliced strawberries, and then strawberry cream. Repeat with cake, strawberries and top with remaining whipped cream and strawberries.
  6. 6. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
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Pure awesomeness if you ask me! Plus baking with family is always a hit in our house. This trifle would also look really cute layered in individual mason jars. Now sit back and enjoy a little taste of Spring (which I hope is right around the corner!).

Discover more ways to #MixUpAMoment with Pillsbury at there website. And if you want to save a little make sure and grab this coupon!

 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The J.M. Smucker Company. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

White Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

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My name is Laura Beth, and I have a sweet tooth. Yall, I think it may be becoming a problem and the fact that Chickadee LOVES helping me cook/bake in the kitchen isn’t helping. Whoops…just got brownie crumbs on the keyboard. But that is besides the point….I was craving Reese’s cups the other day….the chocolate peanut butter combination has to be one of the best pair ever set up. Since it FREEZING cold here and I couldn’t run to the store to satisfy my sweet tooth I thought I would make these chocolate peanut butter bars. But when I went to the pantry we didn’t have any milk chocolate chips. Bummer. But do not dismay, because what we did have is white chocolate chips and I decided to run with it. BEST. IDEA. EVER.

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White Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
Yields 16
Quick and easy, no bake, homemade white chocolate peanut butter bars, that taste kind of like Reese's!
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Prep Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 stick (1/2 cup) of melted butter
  2. 1 plastic package (not box) of graham crackers
  3. 2 cups of confectioner's sugar
  4. 3/4 cup of peanut butter
  5. 1 cup of white chocolate chips
  6. 1 tbsp. of peanut butter
Instructions
  1. Crumb graham crackers in a food processor
  2. Move graham crackers to a bowl and add confectioner's sugar, melted butter and 3/4 c. of peanut butter. Mix well.
  3. Place parchment paper in the bottom of an 8x8 pyrex and spread graham cracker mixture in the bottom. If you want to use a 9x13 you could probably double the recipe...
  4. In a microwave save bowl melt white chocolate chips and 1 tbsp. of peanut butter. Cook 30 seconds at a time, then stir. Continue until melted.
  5. Pour over graham cracker mixture.
  6. Refrigerate until chocolate layer hardens.
Notes
  1. I found that after letting the chocolate harden in the refrigerator, setting out at room temperature for about 15 minutes before cutting with help the chocolate not to be so brittle.
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Chickadee wanted to add sprinkles, so feel free to add any additional topping to the chocolate before putting it in the fridge! 

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Yall, I might like these even better than the milk chocolate ones? You might have to make both and have yourself a little taste test!