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!
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