Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Muffins



Here’s a seasonal recipe I posted 2 years ago, that I thought I post again, as it’s that time of  season.  I just made it, but this time used rice flour instead of regular flour. I also used almond milk instead of evaporated milk. You could also use another sweetener such as honey, instead of sugar. Give it a try if you like.  It is such a delicious treat for fall.

Pumpkin Spice Muffins

pumpkin spice cupcakes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup All-purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Ginger
  • 1 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. Allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 1/2 cup Evaporated Milk
  • 1 whole Egg
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon Vanilla

Topping

  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg

FROSTING

  • 1/4 cup Softened Butter
  • 4 ounces Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 pound Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Generously grease 12 muffin tins.

Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and salt. Cut in butter, until it is fully incorporated. In a separate bowl, mix together pumpkin, evaporated milk, egg, and vanilla. Pour pumpkin mixture into the flour mixture. Fold gently until mixture is just combined.

Pour into a greased muffin pan—batter hardly ever fills all twelve unless you keep it down to 1/2 full. Sprinkle with remaining cinnamon-sugar-nutmeg mixture over the top of each unbaked muffin.

Bake for 25 minutes. Allow to cool in pan. Ice with cream cheese frosting.

To make the frosting, mix all ingredients on high until soft and whipped. Spread onto completely cooled muffins. Store in the fridge, as icing will soften at room temperature.

Enjoy!

Barb

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Posted in Cooking in your kitchen, Uncategorized on October 31st, 2015 by Barb | | 0 Comments



Marble Countertop Alternatives…



Do you love the look of White Carrera marble, but are maybe afraid to use it in your home? Actually—many consumers do love the look of this stone, but often hesitate to use it. Why is that?

White Carrerra is a beautiful stone that has a timeless, elegant look, that many are drawn too.  In fact, it is the color that most often comes to mind when people think of marble countertops. It is not surprising that it has been used in building applications for centuries. Its soft, subtle tones also make it a popular choice for  countertop applications today, but it does have a few drawbacks.

Like other marbles and porous stones, care must be taken when spills happen. This stone may stain, if messes are not wiped up immediately. It can also etch over time if liquids are left to sit on the stone, including water. Although this doesn’t bother some consumers, others may not like wiping things up right away and being overly cautious. If you are one of those people, you may want to take a look at some other material options that have a similar look, but require less maintenance.

Let’s take a look at a few alternate options for White Carrera Marble…

Viareggio

Difiniti Viarregio “Quartz”

Angra

 

Difiniti Angra “Quartz”

Lagoon Silestone

Silestone Lagoon “Quartz”

Caesarstone Misty Carrara

Caesarstone Misty Carrera

Hanstone Arete

Hanstone Arete “Quartz”

Viaterra Minuet

Viaterra Minuet “Quartz”

Viaterra_venatino

Color Quartz Venatino “Quartz”

Whether  you are interested, in White Carrera marble, or an alternative “quartz” material with the same look, make sure you stop by our showroom today. We are always happy to show you our products.

Thanks for reading!

Barb

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Posted in Marble on October 26th, 2015 by Barb | | 0 Comments



Recipe: Home Made Chicken Wild Rice Soup



Isn’t it funny how we start to crave certain things, as the seasons change? We must intuitively know that our bodies need more warming foods, as the temperatures start to change and get cooler. I was having a craving for some chicken wild rice soup the other week, so I decided to buy a whole chicken and stuff it. I made a sort of a pre-Thanksgiving dinner for my family, which was quite tasty. I then saved the chicken carcass for my soup, which I made a  few days later. Anyway—in this blog post, I wanted to share my recipe with you, in case you were having the same craving.

Chicken Wild Rice Soup

wild rice soup

1 chicken carcass
1-2 cups chicken (I used chicken left over from the whole bird, plus had added some chicken breast meat, which I cooked along with whole chicken.)
1 medium size onion (chopped)
1/2 bag carrots (chopped)
1 bunch of celery (chopped)
1 package mushrooms  (chopped)
1 container of chicken broth (I used Pacific brand, which is organic)
2 bouillon chicken cubes
1/2 cup butter
1 pint of half and half (I used Organic Valley brand)
3/4 package of wild rice mix (I used Whole Foods 365 brand)
3 tablespoons dry red wine, or sherry
black pepper (add to taste)
salt (add to taste)
tumeric (1/2 tsp. or add to taste)
cajun (1/2 tsp. or add to taste)

Directions:

Melt the butter in a large crock pot.

stock pot

Add in the chopped vegetables and stir.

chopped vergetables

Now add about an inch of water to the bottom of the stock pot. Place the chicken carcass in the pot along with cut, or shredded chicken. Add the chicken broth and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to a medium temperature and then add in the rice.

wild rice and chicken borth

Add in the salt, pepper, cajun, tumeric and any other seasonings, you wish to add. Let this mixture cook on medium to low setting for a half hour or so, stirring occassionally.

half and half

Add in the half and half and stir. Add the red wine, or sherry. Simmer on low heat for 1-2 hours. Make sure you remove the chicken carcass and any bones found in the soup before serving.   I transferred most of the soup to a crock pot and left it on a low setting, until I was ready to serve mine.

Enjoy!

Barb

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Posted in Cooking in your kitchen on October 22nd, 2015 by Barb | | 0 Comments



Add A Stunning Look To Your Island With A Waterfall Edge…



Adding a center island to a kitchen design has become common place to many consumers, these days. That’s because islands not only add a focal point, but also add more functionality and storage space to the kitchen layout. While many consumers choose granite and other natural stones to emphasize their islands, we have also been seeing some customers adding waterfall edges to their islands to give them even more emphasis and appeal.

“So what exactly is a waterfall edge?” you may ask. A waterfall edge is basically a mitered side panel that comes down either one side, or both sides of an island that gives a more dramatic look to the stone. Flow match is usually an important part of this look, which carries the grain of the flow from the top of the island down the side, or sides.

Let’s take a look at some examples…

Contemporary Kitchen by Orlando Home Builders Osprey Custom Homes
Notice the seating area in this photo and how the flow in the stone runs down the side. What a beautiful look!
Contemporary Kitchen by Perth Kitchen Designers & Remodelers KTC Design
Here is another example. While this stone doesn’t have as much of a dramatic look as the one above, it still is pretty. Notice how the veining in the stone matches going from the top down the side.
Sea Pearl quartzite
Sea Pearl Quartzite Faabricated and Installed by Paramount Granite Company
Notice the vein match on this waterfall edge. It flows beautifully from the top down the sides and adds a stunning appeal to this island top.
Contemporary Kitchen by New York Architects & Building Designers Chelsea Atelier Architect, PC
This picture shows a marble island with a waterfall edge. I just love the veining.
If you are interested in adding a waterfall edge to your island, make sure talk with us. Stop by our showroom to go over your design and choose your stone.
Thanks for reading!
Barb
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Posted in Uncategorized on October 21st, 2015 by Barb | | 0 Comments



This Just In—New Fall Granite Colors!



Change is definitely in the air.  Hope you are liking that fall feeling and have been able to get out and enjoy some of the beautiful colors of the season. Speaking of change, we just got in seven new colors for fall that I wanted to share. While they aren’t as vibrant as some of the colors you see on the trees, they sure are pretty and many go well with the still popular white and gray trends we have been seeing.

If you have been out shopping for new countertops for home, you should definitely stop by and take a look at these new colors, plus our other stock inventory. We have a large selection to choose from and now is the perfect time to get your countetops done. After all, who doesn’t want a new countertop for the upcoming holidays? Our staff is always happy to work with you and is ready to help you.

Let’s take a look at our new colors…

Acrtic Valley_IMG_4007

Arctic Valley Granite

African Rainbow

African Rainbow Granite

Bianco Ramano_IMG_3997

Bianco Ramano Granite

Hawaii_IMG_4004

Hawaii Granite

Macubus Fantasy_IMG_3995

Macubus Fantasy Granite

Persa Light

Persa Light Granite

Supreme

Supreme Granite

Thanks for reading!

Barb

 

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Posted in Uncategorized on October 15th, 2015 by Barb | | 0 Comments



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