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Sundays with Joy/Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffins

Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffins

Okay, so its been awhile.  The thing is, I have totally been keeping up with my Sundays with Joy.  I just haven’t shared it with you.  I’ve also been working on some new stuff.  Not in earnest or anything, not to post, mostly because I really just gotta go at my own pace but things are coming along.  I’m working on a mash up of some favorite cookies, my Zucchini Herb Bread made a mini comeback without herbs and I’ve been contemplating a streusel topping for Joy’s Zucchini Cream Cheese Pound Cake so we’ll see what sticks first.  I did work on some streusel topped pies that I DO have the recipes for, I just gotta get them up.  Also, the “big” catalyst for not posting my Sundays with Joy was just that we were doing Oatmeal Raisin Pancakes that week and I made a big breakfast for the whole family so that I could have a big breakfast in my pictures especially since I overcooked my pancakes a bit that week.  So my husband goes off to work that Sunday and I get ready to take my pics with my “set aside” food for my shoot.  Seriously, I go upstairs to get some props (which I organized nicely during my hiatus) and my daughter (the SUPER picky 6 year old) eats my “prop” sausage!  I took the pictures but I just couldn’t get what I wanted.  I was just, ugh.  So I didn’t post that week and it just continued…

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffins

Halloween also didn’t help but I want to do a post on that later.  I gotta show you the best sewing I’ve ever done in my entire life and even though I know it still kinda sucked, my 10 year old thought I was a rock star (for about a minute).

Onto these muffins…

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I’ve enjoyed the Sundays with Joy that I haven’t posted about but seriously this was definitely the one to come back with.  The husband liked it and if it isn’t chocolate chip cookies or plain rice krispie treats, he balks when it comes to complements and could seriously take or leave the sweet stuff I make.  He had a good handful of these over last week along with the picky eater so yeah, this was a good one.  Also if you are wondering how the muffin holds up to a quick warm up in the microwave, all I have to say is that is 15 seconds not wasted.  It is definitely muffiny and NOT cakey, in the best way which had been a concern for me.  Also, Joy says this makes 12 muffins but I got 14 so that was nice.  Don’t forget if you want the recipe to buy Joy’s Cookbook: 100 Simple and Comforting Recipes.

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Oh, and this was the first recipe where I was able to take pictures using my brand new hand me down awesome camera! Yes, unfortunately any back posts will be with crappier pictures than this but new ones will be SO purty. I’m excited.

My GeekyLink for today is all about Doctor Who.  Today brought the ‘Doctor Who’ Mini Episode ‘The Night Of the Doctor’ along with An Adventure in Space and Time trailer.  An exciting morning of squeeing for me around here.  However, in order to plan properly for the 50th you’ll need the Nerdist website’s Full DOCTOR WHO 50th Anniversary Week Schedule on BBC America.  It is SO going to be a major big deal around here.  The day of the 50th (Nov. 23rd) is also the start date of My Little Pony Season 4 and my girls are super excited.  So far the plan is for some sort of an Apple Jack pancake for the morning, apple cider, Tardis Cupcakes for dessert and well…that is it so far but we are still planning.  A little over a week to go so I need to nail it down but mostly we’re gonna have a great day regardless of the food.  OUR SHOWS are on!

Chocolate Chip Shortbread and Free Time

OK yeah, I did complain about my husband’s new schedule on Twitter yesterday (he is home now almost EVERY afternoon), but today, I am feeling a bit differently.  I am at my daughter’s dance class without my two year old son to keep busy.  I couldn’t be happier!  Yes, this means no more Friday night football for him but it does mean he will get to watch it on Sunday, all day on the couch.

Mixing in the coffee mixture and vanilla

My frustration with his sitting on the couch all day yesterday watching football while I was cleaning up, cutting coupons, making lists, grocery shopping, making dinner and then cleaning up after dinner, motivated me to do the dishes last night instead of waiting till the morning.  Just that little thing helped me get ahead in my day today and left me with some time to bake when I was afraid I wouldn’t have any time and now I have time to myself to write a blog post when otherwise I would be trying to entertain my toddler son at a dance studio with limited distractions for him.  Plus, I got loads of extra stuff done today!  I started work on my daughter’s wand for her Halloween costume and I fixed a drawer in our kitchen that had been out of commission for about a month.

After rolling it out in the bag, weird but it works!

While I will now have to deal with him yelling at the dumbest things (he shrieks as if he has been stabbed or cusses loudly when something simple happens like accidentally dropping something on the floor, a habit that drives me BONKERS!) and maybe DVRing more of my shows instead of watching when they are on, I guess it is worth it for some free time for me and more time with the kids for him.

These Shortbread Chocolate Chip Cookies were what I had time to bake today.  I thought they were just OK but my super duper picky (ask anyone) four year old said they were her favorite of anything I have ever baked (she normally flat out refuses to eat things I bake because god forbid there is a blueberry or a nut in something). If I did have it to do over again I would have used salted butter, though.  I really think, for me, that would have made all the difference.

My GeekyLink for today is a site I had heard about from Entertainment Weekly.  If you have read the The Hunger Games and are a fan and can’t wait for the movie, you might want to check out this site The Capitol where you can figure out what District you are in.  Really, they just place you in a District and there are certain districts that are active now and you can get a district badge.  You can then like your District on Facebook.  The site itself is really cool with a few neat things to look at along with a countdown to The Hunger Games, the movie, but done as a countdown to a “real” Hunger Games.

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