Hi Guys! Happy New Years Week!
Hope you had a great holiday weekend! Any good post Christmas deals this weekend?
Mom and I were going to hit up a few stores this weekend, but that didn’t happen. She got a nasty cold & I have a sore throat. We didn’t really need anything and we should save ourselves for New Year’s Day. It’s always a big shopping day for us. Dillards (a department store here in the southwest) always has a huge sale New Years Day. 50% off all sale and clearance. You can get killer deals on things that are usually very pricey. Our tradition is to go New Year’s Eve and scope things out that we want to buy (and even hide a few things too).
Then bright and early New Year’s Day we hit up the store for our goodies and fight with the crowd. I honestly like to go just to see all the women fight over the Coach purses. Honestly I don’t understand the obsession with them. They all look the same to me. Same pattern, just different colors. But I guarantee people will be pushing and shoving each other to get their hands on them. The men too. It’s insane.
My mission -> hit up the home store to find unique kitchen stuff and food photography flare. You know the one off napkin, placemat garland or plate. I’ve noticed I’ve become very particular lately about my shoots and staging. I’ve even been re-shooting old recipes because they’re not up to my “new” standards. I’ve been itching to get my hands on some new things for inspiration. Speaking of which, I’m dying to get my hands on more of these zucchini apple spice muffins that I’ve been lovin’ lately. There’s really something sexy about a sweaty muffin tin. Ok…I’m officially weird. Or does that make me officially a food blogger? That never was the plan by the way, but either way I’ll take it. Do what you love and are good at. Like everything this year, I’m just rolling with it. Have a great Monday!
Packed with zucchini and apple this is the perfect winter muffin with a hint of spice and a punch of health. These muffins are paleo and can be easily made vegan too. Top one of these with nut butter and you have heaven on your hands!
- 1 zucchini (1 cup shredded)
- 1 medium apple (I used gala)
- 1 cup almond butter
- ¼ cup light honey
- 2 eggs whites (substitute 2 tbsp flax meal + 6 tbsp water for vegan)
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon ground allspice
- dash of sea salt
- Preheat oven 350 degrees
- Prepare a muffin tin with cooking spray or liners
- Peel zucchini & apple then shred with a cheese grater, you can also use a food processor but will then need to squeeze the liquid out
- Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix by hand
- Add to muffin tin
- Bake 15-20 minutes
- Cool 5 minutes then eat
- Yields 12 muffins, 164 calories each
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