Friday, January 8

Pecan Praline Pumpkin Muffins!

See these muffins.................they were really good!!
You all may remember that a few weeks ago, I won a giveaway over at Barb's blog. I won that towel you see in the photo below and a potholder that she made. It came all the way from Pago Pago and you can read about it here. A little edit here.......her niece sent me the muffin mix so I can't give you the recipe but you can go ThePreparedPantry for more info. Sorry I forgot to mention this in my initial post! I planned to make the muffins on Christmas morning but we got so preoccupied with the big snowstorm that I forgot to make the muffins. :-(
Then I realized that there was a better time to bake them anyway, because my husband doesn't like pumpkin pie so how could he like pumpkin muffins? I served them up for Bible Study this past Tuesday afternoon! Then I asked the gals to let me take their picture so Barb could see how happy they were to be dining on Pecan Praline Pumpkin Muffins. They were all anxious to eat them but patiently allowed me to take their photo!! :-) Thank you so much, Barb, for the lovely gifts! The muffins were delicious!! That's Dorothy, Arline, Carolyn (who will celebrate her 96th birthday on January 10th!), and Doris in the photo on the left and Dianne and Joanie in the photo on the right. I must admit, though, that my muffins didn't look quite as loverly as the ones on the package but looks aren't everything and the taste, especially that crumbled brown sugar pecan topping, was excellent!

We had a lovely visit and a good study from a book on Angels. I told them about the introduction of my Angel blocks and how much fun I have had sharing my designs with so many women all around the world!! We enjoyed the afternoon so much that it was almost 4:30 p.m. before everyone left. As I waved good-bye to everyone, I saw this in the distance.................
I grabbed my camera so you could see it, too. The sunset was just awesome and my photo doesn't do it justice. It was one of the reasons I wanted to move to the country. I wanted cornfields and cows on nearby farms (I wasn't looking to farm, though!) and beautiful sunsets. This is just one of many. :-)
Yesterday, I had some other friends come for lunch and I fixed a really tasty hotdish. It's worth sharing. I would show you a picture but I was too hungry and enjoying our conversation so much that I forgot to get photos! Anyway, here's the's a Bisquick recipe so if you can't get Bisquick, you might not be able to make this one. It's a variation of their Cheeseburger pie recipe. :-)

Hotdish for a Cold Day
Spray 9 x 13" pan with cooking spray and set aside.
Set oven to 400 degrees.
You will need:
Two cans of Veg-All or any other brand mixed vegetables
One can Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup (or Cream of Chicken Soup)
One large can chunky chicken (or 1 cup cooked chopped chicken)
Four Eggs
2-1/2 cups milk
2 cups shredded cheese
In large bowl, mix the 2 cans of vegetables, the can of Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup,
1/2 cup milk, the chunky/chopped chicken, and 1 cup of the shredded cheese.
Mix well and pour in 9 x 13" pan.
Next, mix 1-1/2 cups bisquick with the four beaten eggs and 2 cups milk.
Blend well and pour over vegetable mix. Bake for 30 minutes,
then add the remaining one cup of shredded cheese and bake an additional ten minutes.
Remove from oven and let set for a few minutes before slicing.
Makes twelve generous servings.
Tastes great with coleslaw, carrot sticks and crisp, bread and butter pickle slices. :-)
This really did taste good on such a cold, cold day! And especially since our house just can't seem to warm up when it's this cold outside! Guess, we've had too many days of near zero weather and Mother Nature is bringing us a couple more before we finally climb out of the "deep freeze". When we hit 20 degrees next week, it is going to feel like a heat wave!!
I better close it out for tonight. Sleep tight and stay warm!


Blogless me said...

The muffins look tasty to me - I'll have a couple with my morning coffee, please ;-)

Kaye said...

both recipes sound yummy to me. I am going to make the veggie one first. I don't like pumpkin pie, but I will try the muffins. Thanks for sharing!

Pat said...

LOVE that sunset photo and your recipes sound very good. I enjoyed seeing your Bible-study ladies, too. Happy Birthday to your one friend! I'd never have guessed her age...she looks good!!!

Crispy said...

Happy Birthday to your friend...96 is a very impressive age.

I think we need muffins for breakfast this morning :0)


West Michigan Quilter said...

Did I miss something? Where's the recipe for the muffins? They look fantastic!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

These muffins look delicious. Thanks for the recipe.

Owl Lady said...

Were the muffins from a mix? If so, what brand? I would love to make some. My husband loves pumpkin. For those who don't, you can usually substitute sweet potatoes for pumpkin. It gives a somewhat milder flavor.

I wish we were able to see the sunsets (and sunrises) from inside our home. We get to see bits and pieces.

Our weather has been much like yours. Today our high is forecast to be zero, and we have had so much snow that most schools have been cancelled all week. It's nice having DH home for awhile, but he had already been home since December 23rd for "winter holiday". He may not be ready to go back, but I am ready to have the house to myself during the daytime. Our forecast for Sunday and after is much better, slow to warm up but little or no snow. We have had more snow since Christmas Eve than we usually get all year.

Bradie Sparrow said...

OH MY! Yum! Looks so good. :) Thanks for the recipe and for sharing pics. praline are my fave.

Barb said...

So glad that you all enjoyed them!! They looked wonerful and delicious....!! You should have said something, I would have come over!! (yea right!!) no like cold...

Judy C said...

Yummy the muffins look yummy, looks like you all had a great time.
The sunset is absolutely beautiful, God does wonderful work doesn't he.

Susie Hemingway said...

Lovely recipe and a very nice blog found via a friends blog. I will vist again if I may.
Best wishes

Nihal said...

And, there is another so wonderful thing worth sharing, dear Sandi:) Guess what can it be?
THANK YOU SO MUCH for making my super sunny Saturday! Safe and secure. Oh enough these hints, pls come to Istanbul for a second and see what's in:)
Have a wonderful hopefully sunshiny weekend, my bestest wishes to you and your Family always.

sparkle jars said...

I've had fun catching up on your posts after the holidays. I love the angel block! I look forward to trying your hotdish recipe.

Sweet P said...

YOur sunset photo is gorgeous. The chicken hot dish recipe is one I remember from growing up in MN. I'll have to give it a try. Thanks for the memory.

NJDecorator said...

The muffins look yummy, but that sunset photograph is absolutely amazing - I love photos like that!

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