This is my last post of 2009. 2010, here I come! 2009 flew by fast, didn't it? It was an interesting, happy, sad, and exciting year. I wonder how I will feel when I look back at it years from now. So what happened to me in 2009?
- I was on Food Network's Ultimate Recipe Showdown.
- I bought my first KitchenAid Mixer.
- I competed in the Top Chef-Quaker Oats Quickfire challenge.
- I was a judge at the Great American Pie Show in Branson, Missouri, and met Al Roker!
- I went fishing for the first time!
- I went to Las Vegas with Eric!
- I lost someone who I loved dearly.
- I had a grand-old time at the fair.
- I went to New York City with my mom!
- I ate Levain Cookies. Mmm.
- I went to Fresno, California for the POM Blogger Harvest Tour.
- I had a blast on Halloween with Guy Fieri.
... and a wonderful Thanksgiving and Christmas with my friends and family.
What does 2010 hold?? Flying cars? Will we finally be able to live on the moon?
Will Rosie O'Donnell settle down with her new gal pal? Only time will tell....
How has YOUR year gone? Heck, how has your decade gone? You know where I was in 2000? I was in eighth grade. Miserable, except in art class. And I think I wore Abercrombie and Doc Martens and listened to Sugar Ray.
I wish I had some sort of new year's treat for you, but unfortunately I'm making the treats and drinks today, so I'll have to post the recipes later on. These are Cinnamon-Apple-Butterscotch Muffins, and they're very tasty. They have applesauce, apple, butterscotch chips, toasted pecans and oats in them. I know that's a lot of ingredients for a muffin, but the flavors meld really well together. Perfect for fall and winter. Perfect for New Year's Day breakfast!
Have a happy and safe new year, everyone! See you in the year 2010. Peace be with you.
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3/4 cup butterscotch chips
3/4 cup old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2/3 cup applesauce
2 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup milk
3/4 cup finely chopped apples
1/3 cup finely chopped pecans, toasted
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat 12 Texas-sized muffin cups with cooking spray.
In a medium mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon; whisk in oats and butterscotch chips until combined. In a large bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, beat together butter and brown sugar until creamy, about 1 minute; beat in applesauce, eggs and vanilla until combined, about 1 minute. Reduce mixer speed to low and gradually beat in flour mixture, alternating with milk, until combined - about 1-2 minutes. Stir in apple and pecans until combined.
Divide batter into muffin cups. I pressed dried apples into the surface, but that's optional, of course - and then I drizzled them with maple syrup and sprinkled the muffin tops with cinnamon-sugar. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown, and a toothpick inserted comes out with moist crumbs attached. Cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack, before running a knife around outside edges and removing muffins onto wire racks to cool.
Makes 12 big muffins