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Happy Friday!  What a crazy week of polar vortex it has been, 4 snow days in a row is wild!  I think the girls were starting to get tired of not being able to play outside and get some fresh air, one probably wouldn’t admit it, but I think she was even excited to get back to school today!

At Christmas time as a fun family gift we decided to give the gift of time to each other. I gave each person in our family three manila envelopes with different dates on the front. Each person had to plan a fun family event for the month and put it in the envelope and then on the 1st of the month we will open the envelope and make plans to do the family activity.

Ellie had January and she had roller skating and supper out in her envelope.  We truly had every intention on going to Roller City on a Tuesday night, but the weather has not cooperated. So...we did our January outing tonight on February 1st!  🙂

Roller City is such a fun local place for all ages. I remember going to Roller City as a child and I think the best part of going as an adult is how it doesn’t feel much different, it is like a blast back into the past especially when they play songs by Tiffany!

We are super excited to open our February envelope!  I told them they had to wait until tomorrow since we did our January fun today. 😉

What fun things do you do as a family? Any ideas for us?

From the gravel road-

Jen

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There is just something about one of your favorite recipes from one of your favorite cookbooks, isn't there? By the looks of the page in this cookbook, it is pretty obvious we make these recipes often!

One of our favorites from this page is Emily's Muffin Medley (named after my beautiful niece! My sister-in-law made this snack for her when she was little and learning to eat table food. It is a great combination of treat with a few healthy additions, plus it is a great recipe to make with little hands to help!

Watch your fingers!

Ingredients you will need for the original recipe from the First United Methodist Church Cookbook:

2 c. peeled, diced green apples

2 c. grated carrot, zucchini, or a combination of both (we do the combo)

3/4 c. sugar

2 lg. eggs, lightly beaten

1/2 c. oil

2 tsp. vanilla

2 c. flour

2 tsp. baking soda

2 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. salt

1 c. raisins (optional)

In a large bowl, combine apples, grated vegetables and sugar. Add eggs, oil and vanilla, then blend. In another bowl, combine dry ingredients, then mix into wet ingredients; add raisins. Fill muffin tins 2/3 full. Bake for about 25 minutes at 325* Yields around 24 muffins

We virtually make the recipe the same with these modifications:

no raisins, applesauce instead of oil, and 1/2 tsp. of nutmeg

It is a very wet mixture, no worries, it is suppose to be like that. 🙂
OF course you have to use your left over Santa cupcake liners OR a liner of your choice. 🙂

This is a great recipe to make anytime of the year, especially if you have some frozen zucchini in the freezer, otherwise just grab 1 zucchini from the grocery store and that should be perfect for this recipe.

Do you have a favorite cookbook that has pages that look like mine? Where did you get it, why is it special to you? Any favorite muffin recipes you want to share?

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