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World Recipes

To all my readers, do you have a favorite/traditional side dish or sweet  recipe that you make for the holidays?   If so,  would you like to share your special recipe on the PCA blog? 

Please send your favorite beginning December 4.

The goal is to have recipes posted from around the world.



Your Favorite Dish

   Do you have a favorite side dish or sweet (dessert)  for the holidays that you make? 

If you would like to share the recipe please send it to PCA and I will publish it on the blog, with your name.

Thank you for your sharing your recipes!  Jay


Basic Muffin Recipe

Basic Muffin Recipe

I enjoy this Basic Muffin Recipe as it is easy to create a variety of muffins. For Gluten Free I use Pamela’s Gluten Free Baking & Pancake Mix.  If you use Pamela’s mix you do not need to add baking powder or salt.

For the best results use real vanilla extract, lemon extract, almond extract, etc.  Extracts add more depth and flavor to your baked goods.

This recipe will make at least 6 large muffins and at least 12 regular size muffins.  Bake times will vary. 

If you want berry muffins add 1 cup frozen berries after the batter is thoroughly mixed.

Feel free to “tweak” this recipe and make it your own.  If you are on a diet plan you can substitute ingredients as needed. 

If you are using a sugar substitute please add a little at a time and taste test batter, you can always add more. 

Leave butter, eggs and half & half out for at least a half hour at room temperature. Butter needs to be soft.

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

1 3/4 cup  (one and three quarter cups) Unbleached Flour

1 3/4 tsp. (one and three quarter teaspoons) Baking Powder

1/4 tsp. Salt

1 cup Sugar

4 oz. Butter (1 stick)

2 Eggs

1 tsp. Vanilla Extract (for lemon or anyother extract add 1 tsp. along with vanilla) 

1/2 cup Half & Half

In a separate bowl sift flour, baking powder and salt together.  Set to side.

In an electric mixer bowl cream butter and sugar.

Add eggs, vanilla and half & half, mix well.

Turn off mixer and add flour mixture, turn on to low, and mix, scrape down sides of bowl.  Mix throughly until smooth. If you are making a fruit muffin add 1 cup of frozen fruit and mix until well blended.

Gluten Free mix bakes differently so watch closely.

For moistness some people add a tablespoon of sour cream or mayo to the batter.  To smooth out taste some add 1 or 2 tablespoons of agave nectar.  You get to experiment and make it your own.

Enjoy The Muffins,

Are You Kitchen Brave? Part 1 of 2


Are you kitchen brave?  Are you brave enough to be you in the kitchen of life?  Are you willing to walk into the kitchen of your mind to experiment and create your own unique recipe for success, prosperity and overall well-being?  Are you ready to break some eggs and mix things up? If so, continue reading and get ready to bake up some new exciting recipes for life.

We are always creating through our cooking, our baking, our thoughts and beliefs. Life has given each of us a mind and every moment of every day we have a variety of thoughts that shape our character.  Our thoughts, beliefs and concepts are the batter and dough of our life, we are forever taking the formless and giving it form.  From the mixing bowl of thought to the oven of life to solidify our creation.  We live in the kitchen of life, the kitchen of personal creation.

Creating recipes in the kitchen are about learning from what works in a recipe and what does not.  Some of our creations don’t turn out the way we planned and we have to go back to the recipe and make changes learning what will work to bring forth our desired creation.  Life is about learning what works for us and what does not.  From this learning experience we can enhance our life in prosperous and successful ways.

If we are truly interested in making our lives more fulfilling and more reflective of a robust and prosperous life then we must step into the kitchen of our mind and begin to create and bake a new way of manifesting the life we want, no more sitting at the kitchen table with a glass of ice cold milk waiting for the cookies to be set in front of us. It is time to be proactive and get our hands covered in flour and roll out the dough, ready the oven and get ourselves in gear.  Get your apron ‘cause this is gonna be one heck of a baking session. 

Basic ideas/inspiration can be gained from; books, quotes, perhaps a platitude or two, or positive affirmations and informative articles which can begin to stir the creative juices. But until we decide to do something with these inspiring pieces we will only have the warm fuzzies and nothing more. Time to utilize our inborn talents and abilities and make the life we dream of and desire. The time has arrived to take action for our own self-improvement, which in turn will affect the world around us in positive ways. Time to get into the kitchen and create the cookie of your dreams!

Get out the electric mixer, flour, eggs, milk, butter, sugar, vanilla extract, baking powder and baking soda, the basics of the recipe.  We all have the basics at our finger tips; the challenge is what we are going to use to make it our own unique recipe. Are we going to use ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon extract, almond extract, add nuts or poppy seeds?  The combinations are endless and we can create the recipes we desire and if it is not to our liking we can change it up and make it better.  It is merely a batter of mind, no pun intended.  When we have mixed the ingredients together it becomes a batter or dough, to create a cake, a cupcake, a cookie or a jelly roll, perhaps cinnamon buns, the choice is always ours. What do you feel like today?

Part 2 tomorrow.

Are You Kitchen Brave? Part 2 of 2

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