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Cherry Vanilla Muffins

Cherry Vanilla Muffins Recipe

It has been chilly here the past few days! From what I’m hearing from friends, I think it has cooled off in most places. I’ve had the windows open and have been trying to enjoy it (I like hot summers!) and the one thing that has been keeping me from complaining is that I actually feel like cooking. When it’s hot out, I’d much rather be sitting by the pool and stuffing my face with cold turkey sandwiches and pasta salad than cooking up something after work. That doesn’t always lead to fun blog posts. So with this cooler weather comes a recipe for muffins that I actually enjoyed making! And eating.

Cherry Vanilla Muffins:

1-1/2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup canola oil
3/4 cup white sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup chopped cherries
Turbinado sugar for topping – optional

Pre-heat your oven to 375-degrees and line a muffin sheet with muffin cup liners.

First, you’ll want to get your cherries pitted and roughly chopped.

Cherries

Next, in a large bowl, add your flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar. Whisk to combine.

In a medium bowl, add your oil, milk, egg, vanilla and sour cream and use a metal whisk or fork to combine.

Slowly pour your wet ingredients into your dry ingredients.

Muffin Ingredients

Stir just to combine.

Homemade Muffin Batter

Carefully fold in your cherries.

Cherry Muffin Batter

Cherry Vanilla Muffin Batter

Fill your muffin liners 3/4 of the way full with the batter. This should make 12 evenly filled muffins.

Sprinkle the Turbinado sugar on top of each one.

Cherry Vanilla Muffin

Bake at 375-degrees for 15-18 minutes, until you insert a toothpick in the center of a muffin and it comes out clean.

Cherry Vanilla Muffin Recipe

May I also suggest eating these slightly warm with a hot cup of coffee? You should. Thank me later!

Molly Monday: Wine Art

This month’s wine club was so much fun! We had the most AMAZING food and set up on the host’s patio with a tarp to paint! While painting we watched a loop of Bob Ross videos on YouTube and went through a few bottles of wine. Each of us picked our own idea to paint and we had landscapes, beaches, a surfer girl and, of course, I painted Molly.

Here is my painting in progress:

Molly Wine Night

Feast your eyes on this final product. This painting obviously explains why I will be quitting my day job very shortly to pursue my true calling in the art world.

Molly Painting

Not really. I can’t even look at this picture without giggling. I’m keeping my day job, for sure.

Marshmallow Popcorn Bars

Marshmallow Popcorn Bars Recipe

I’m back from my mini-vacation and feel so rejuvenated! As much as I like West Virginia, I sometimes get in a bit of a rut missing my friends in Michigan and Chicago. Lately I’ve really been missing the city. This past weekend we visited a place called Blue Hole with some friends (thanks Jenna!) and then Ben and I stayed at Stonewall Resort and I feel like my homesickness has faded a little bit. West Virginia is gorgeous and swimming at Blue Hole was such a neat experience that I feel like I like it here even more now!

I had a couple friends over last night to catch up and chat and be girls. I made 3 pitchers of sangria and some of the girls offered to bring snacks. I wanted to make something to share and just getting back from a weekend away, I wanted something easy to make. These little Marshmallow Popcorn Bars were so easy to whip up and they are so cute! Perfect for an impromptu girls’ night.

Marshmallow Popcorn Bars:

6 cups popped popcorn
10 oz. bag marshmallows
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter (+ a little extra for the popcorn if you’re popping your own)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Extra marshmallows for decorating – optional
Sprinkles – optional

You’ll need 6 cups of popped popcorn. I used this popcorn popper from Sur La Table that my friend Melia got me for Christmas and it worked like magic!

Microwave Popcorn Popper

You can use unpopped kernels and just microwave them with the amount of butter you want. I added a little bit of salt after it was popped, too.

Popcorn

Sur La Table Popcorn Popper

In a big pot, you’ll want to melt your butter and then add your bag of marshmallows. I use mini because I like how they melt, but you can use the big ones too.

Mini Marshmallows

While you marshmallows are getting all melty, you can butter a 9×13 baking dish.

Once it’s all melted together, add your vanilla and stir to combine.

Popcorn Marshmallow Bars Ingredients

Next, stir in your popcorn. Make sure there are no kernels and only the fluffy, popped stuff. It may take a while to combine, and some of the popcorn will get smashed, but that’s fine. Just make sure your popcorn is coated.

Popped Popcorn

Turn out the popcorn mixture into your buttered baking dish. Use your hands (I sprayed mine with a little Pam to do this) to press it into a flat layer.

Popcorn Bars

Top everything off with a few extra mini marshmallows and some sprinkles and then let it cool. Cut into squares and serve!

Marshmallow Popcorn Bars