Monday, October 8, 2012

Zombie Finger Cupcakes

I wrote my first guest post!
Please head over to Year of Halloween to check out these awesome and creepy cupcakes.
Zombie Fingers: 
Bite them before they bite back

If you love Halloween as much as I do, this place is your one stop shop for all the Halloween you can handle! Thanks again to my dear friend Eva Halloween for asking me to guest post on her blog.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

2nd Blogiversary!

Another fabulous year at Do You Know the Muffin Pan?!
And what a year it's been! I'm calling this one the year of lists. All year long I have been creating lists for myself: lists to motivate, lists to keep record, lists to plan for the future and sharing them with you. I hope have enjoyed reading them and following along as much as I have enjoyed creating them and carrying them out.

My 27 in 27 list is coming along nicely. I have 7 items completed and 3 more that are two-thirds of the way completed. In the next month and a half I'm tackling sourdough bread, camping on the beach, and volunteering. I'll let you know how all that goes. I've also started cutting out all the tiny little tedious squares for my quilt. Although if that doesn't happen by March, and with 300 more to go, it may not, I do have a back up. I made a baby quilt for my dear friend Hailey, which I brought to her on my trip to Canada. I really hope Little Doughnut is gonna love it!

Another list I am working my way through is the Photo-a-Day project by FatMumSlim. Anyone out there doing this project? It's hard to stay on track but I'm doing it. I really am enjoying how creative you can be with it. I plan on creating a book of my pictures when it's over.  It should be a fun way to look back at a really great year.

And now, here's a look at my favorite recipes of this blog year. One last list for ya ;0).

Here's to another year!
Thanks for being so AWESOME!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Going to Canada, eh?

27 GOALS FOR 27 / Take a trip to a place I've never been

This past week I went to Canada for the very first time!
Sounds fun, eh?

Haha I've been practicing my Canadian all week. Apparently, besides the obvious "eh" and "aboot" they also say DECKels instead of decals and PAHsta and they have Cheez Whiz in a jar that they spread on english muffins! I guess that it isn't really a part of the accent but still it fascinated me.

When I first wrote this list, I knew that Canada was the new place I wanted to see. Last summer, I met Hailey at the San Diego airport. Literally, the first time we ever met was when I picked her up from the airport. We like to tell everyone we met on the internet, though. We met over a random tweet, not sure from who to who but from there, a friendship just grew. So when she decided to come to San Diego all the way from Edmonton, Alberta last year for BlogHer I knew I was gonna repay the visit someday soon.

Well that day came this past week. After a quick but very fun trip to Seattle, I flew on the Tiniest. Plane. Ever. to Edmonton. Thank goodness for the free beer (yes free beer or wine on Horizon Air, fyi) because without it, I probably would have had to have been sedated.  

Hailey was such a great host. I got to see so much of Edmonton. First night there I had real poutine. Fries, gravy, and cheese curds. Tastier than it sounds, I promise. I also got to try donair in both the regular and pizza form. Its very tasty. Tasted like gyro meat only with a bit of sweetness added to it. I really liked the pizza best to be honest. Maybe thats the American in me ;0)

The next day we took a stroll down Whyte Ave. We hit up some thrift stores, took in the sights, and then stopped to share nachos and have some Bulldogs.
A Bulldog is a lime slushy, tequila, and a coronita tipped in. I call them beeritas, in SD they call them Coronaritas, in SF they call them Mexican Handstands. Either way, they are tasty and boozy! Hailey got a virgin, of course. That whole being pregnant thing and all ;0)

One of the biggest highlights of my trip to Edmonton has to be the West Edmonton Mall. It is the World's Largest Mall! Can you believe that? It's bigger than the Mall of America. We spent the whole day there, shopping, sight seeing and doing crazy things like riding the world's tallest rollercoaster. Well once again, just me. Something about a baby not being able to ride hehe

Clearly I'm having fun already! I am not afraid of heights I am not afraid of heights. That is not terror in my face, oh no.

Turns out I had a great time. The girl behind me, however, was not. As soon as the ride stopped she started to cry. I think she may have even "called the dinosaurs" right after. She does look a little green here doesnt she? hehe Poor thing. At least I was fine! hehe I insisted on front, if you're wondering. Wanted the best possible picture.

 This mall is so large, I can't even begin to wrap my head around it. It has over 800 stores, has parking for more than 20,000 car, employees around 23,000 people and sees 28.2 million visitors a year. Holy!

This mall has everything you can imagine: a theme park, a water park, a hotel, a movie theater, a ropes course, mini golf, a regulation skating rink and a full size pirate ship with a sea lion show and rotating animal exhibition at the cove. And a Hooters. I mean seriously. 

Recently (at the cove, not the Hooters) they had flamingos on display, before that monkeys, and dolphins at one point. Oh and then theres the penguins. The penguins are walked around the mall every day. They just waddle around taking in the sights. SUPER bummed I missed that.

Oh well, I think I got to see about as much as my brain could take in. After that roller coaster ride, I was pretty tired physically and emotionally.

Well after this, the fun didn't stop. Coming up next is our trip to Jasper National Park. Check back to see hot springs, elk, rainbows, and more!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Caramelized Onion, Cheddar and Rosemary Corn Muffins

Happy weekend everyone! 
You ready for some corn bread? Whether you are having one of your last summer BBQs or you're making your famous camp chili or you're just super excited for fall to finally be here, make these muffins for your guests/family/coworkers and watch their faces when you describe all the wonderful ingredients going into them. They'll think you're a big time fancy chef!

At least my family did. I really wanted to show them my skills and what better way to that than take whatever you find in the fridge and make really great food out of it? But it wouldn't be a me recipe if it weren't tasty and incredibly simple to make.In fact, I used a bag cornbread mix. I really did. And you should to. I'm all for recipes that make life easier for you.

I made these up in Tahoe for one of our traditional rib nights. Don't those look heavenly? The men in my family, i.e. my brother, his best friend, and my boyfriend, can BBQ!

Not only was the food really great but the setting couldn't have been more lovely. The deck of our cabin looks out to the woods and a great hiking trail. Couldn't pass giving you a glimpse of my setting.

Matt was also very eager to show off the food. He's really excited about these muffins!

Caramelized Onion, Cheddar and Rosemary Corn Muffins

1/2 cup Grilled onions
Corn bread mix (I prefer Jiffy, though the Costco brand is also great)
1 egg
1/3 cup milk
1/2 cup grated Cheddar
1 tbsp finely chopped Rosemary

1. Preheat your oven to 400f. Grease pans or place paper baking liners in the cups.

2. Because the onions take the longest to make, start with those. I use this link for my caramelized onions. Let those brown up slowly while you make prep the rest of the ingredients. Be careful, keep and eye on those onions.

2. Now it's time for the cornbread. Of course, if you're awesome and you made your own cornbread mix from scratch you'd want to do that now... but if you're awesome with a side of lazy, go ahead and grab that box proudly and mix it up. Blend the cornbread mix, egg, milk, cheddar, and rosemary in a bowl until just combined. The batter will be slightly lumpy.

3. Once your caramelized onions are done, add them to your mix and give it a big stir.

4. Scoop out equal portions of the mix into each cup. Fill about 2/3 the way up.

5. Bake for 15-20 minutes at 400f until just golden brown.

6. Serve up with something messy and enjoy!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The HA-lympics!

I have Olympic fever!
I just can't help it, every four years I get goosebumps from the pomp and circumstance of it all. The music, the competition, the upsets, the heroes and the underdogs. It all speaks to me. So while driving around getting ready for our annual family vacation (year number 22) I got the most brilliant idea!


YES! So I called my mom and sister and brother and told them all about it. They were definitely on board! But I already knew they would be. My family is fun! We get together up in Tahoe every year and play games, go to the beach, gamble, and eat. OH do we eat!

And of course, we laugh! A lot. Because we are the HA-HAs.

Oh, the HA-HAs?
Let me explain -  The HA-HAs started in 2005 when all the mamas of the house we're reading The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. They adored it. It spoke to them because we were a slightly dysfunctional "family" who always have each others backs. Someone started referring to us as the HA-HAs shortly after and it stuck. Years later we've come up with HA-HA t-shirts, hats, umbrellas, bags, more tshirts, bookmarks, more hats, and now HA-lympic medals!

So with my fabulous idea and all the necessary supplies, I created the HA-lympics!
 If you'd like to host your own goofy Olympics then just follow these five simple steps.

Host your own HA-lympics:

1. Create Your Medals
I went to Michael's and got pre-cut circles,
gold, silver and bronze paint, coordinating paint pens,
and purple ribbon. Simple and easy.

2. Create Your Own Countries

I had everyone in the house make their own country and flag using
regular printer paper and smelly makers (remember those?!).
The goofier the country name, the better.
I was from the colorful country of YOLO!
My favorites had to be HOWLand and HAHALandia.
And CROCistan for the Croc enthusiasts out there haha

3. Orchestrate a Fantastic Opening Ceremony and Torch Lighting
Armed with the Olympic theme song and a container of glow sticks
I called out each country name and displayed their flag.
Then I handed each "country" a glow stick to "light"
and place in the "torch." This was my FAVORITE PART!

4. Decide on Events and then Throw Them out the Window!
I had a lot of fun ideas for events like a ping pong tournament
and several types of races but in the end
I just observed what people were doing
and came up with goofy medals of my own.
Everyone seemed more excited to see what
categories there were versus who had actually won.

5. Present the Awards
Once again, with the music blasting, I first called out the categories
"For excellence in Bear Hunting, the gold medal goes to..."
 or "In the category of super cleaners, the bronze medal is awarded to..."
Then one by one folks came up to receive their medals!

And there you go! Good wholesome family fun!
The inner-teacher in me was out in full force during this project and I had a blast!
I think everyone else enjoyed themselves too :0)
See you back here in another 4 years!

Happy Summer HA-lympics everyone!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Good Bye June, Hello July

The end of June marks half the year and 1/3 of being 27 gone.
I always get a little anxious when I talk about time passing. To me, there is never enough time in a day/year/life. My boyfriend has finally kicked the habit of teasing me at 10am by telling me "the day is nearly half over." The panic that ensues after scares him so much he's stopped hehe. 

This is why I set goals. Goals help me accomplish a days work without the panic. I write lists for everything and feel an amazing sense of accomplishment when I cross something off that list. I'm just weird that way.

That is why I set my 27 goals for 27.
It's what helps motivate me and keeps it visual. I like visual.

So here are the goals I have accomplished since setting them. Some are still a work in progress, but here's how I'm doing!

 27 GOALS FOR 27
  • Run three 5Ks - 2 of 3 down!
  • Get caught up on my taxes *blush*
  • Finish the photo-a-day project - 1/2 of the year down and still going strong
  • Go to beach more often
  • Create a time capsule
  • Hit my target weight and stay there
  • Find a job that offers me health insurance
  • Make improvements on my blog - New "Stay Connected" Buttons
  • Attend 2 blog conferences/events - 1 down, 1 to go!
  • Sew a dress
  • Take a trip to a place I've never been - Hailey, I'm comin' to Canada!
  • Visit my family back east - Tickets Booked!
  • Eat. More. Veggies!
  • Make a quilt
  • Blog more than once a month *double blush*
  • Build something out of wood
  • Make more time for "old" friends
  • Volunteer for a worthy cause
  • Create a photo display for my house - photos choosen, frames gathered
  • Paint something
  • Read 12 good books - 7 down!
  • Call my brother and sister more often
  • Plant a garden
  • Improve my Spanish
  • Bake a loaf of sourdough bread
  • Camp on the beach
  • Be Happier. - I've been working on this the most. I've been so happy lately. I think all the pictures of me smiling are a good indication of that!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Mini Fish Tacos

Has this ever happened to you?

Hey, were having a bbq, you should come over.
Thanks, sounds fun. What would you like me to bring?
Oh don't worry about bringing anything, we'll have plenty of food.
But... what do you mean don't bring anything?
We'll be grilling, I've made some side dishes, we should be good on food.
Okay, see ya then. Bye!

As a food blogger and as a person who likes to cook I really don't know what to do with myself when someone says "don't bring anything, there's plenty." Not only do I feel ungrateful for not contributing, but get-togethers like BBQs are best way to show off. I try to impress my friends when I bring a shared dish. Lets be honest. We've all done it.

So when this friend said don't worry about it, wanna know what I did...?

I made mini fish taco cups!

I took that "were good on food" as a challenge. What kind of party would it be if I didn't bring mini morsels of San Diego's signature dish? 


The first step to really good fish tacos, large or small, is to get a really good cut of fish. We went with one that was already marinated. Next we picked up the tortillas for the shells and our preferred toppings and then we were off!

Once at home, Rob cooked the fish in the wok, super fast and easy (he's so helpful!) and I started on the taco shells. These little guys are so versatile.

To make the shells, start with corn tortillas and a biscuit/cookie cutter. If you dont have either, a cup and knife will also work.
 Heat the tortillas in the microwave. This is an important step because it will be hard to put them in the pan if they are stiff.

 It may take a try or two before you get the hang of how they fit in. Put really as long as they create a general cup shape, you're golden.

Bake at 375 for about 8-10 minutes. Keep an eye on them though, the thinner the tortilla the faster it will cook. But I didn't have to tell you that :0)

Now we start to assemble:
 1. Add cooked fish to the cups 2. Small dollop of white sauce* 3. Cheese and cabbage 4. Slice of avocado!
*White Sauce: Sour cream mixed with a couple squeezes of lime and a shake of chili powder

Whip these bad boys up ASAP.
Everyone will love you and think you're just the most clever person!

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