Coffee Cake Muffins

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Coffee Cake Muffins

I bake Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins year-round, but decided to change it up with  this recipe from the website Serious Eats. The first time I made these Coffee Cake Muffins, I didn’t have sour cream so I substituted cream cheese. They were cake-like and yummy, but even more moist when I used sour cream on my second try. Funny how I found a new favorite recipe just in time to bake for a good samaritan. (story in next post)

Happy baking, hon!

Ingredients for the Streusel:

  • 1/2 cup (5 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) dark brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Ingredients for the Muffins:

  • 2 1/4 cups (about 11 1/2 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 5 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs

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Inexpensive beauty products for the skin, that feel amazing, from YouTurn.


I have been using both the Face Wash & Facial Cleanser For Women & Men – Exfoliating Face Wash Helps With Blemishes & Blackheads – Natural Face Wash with Jojoba Beads – Gentle For Sensitive Skin – Acne Face Wash for Women & Men and Anti Aging Face Cream & Wrinkle Cream – Perfect Facial Moisturizer For Day & Night Cream – Proprietary Formula with Hyaluronic Acid & Tri-Peptides To Support Skin Tightening, Brightening, Anti Wrinkle.

I use the Face Wash first, which is really gentle, and is a scrub as well.  It has Jojoba beads, which are natural, and help to promote healthy, clean, skin.  It is a thick liquid, and has a light, pleasant smell.  It should be used twice a day for maximum benefit.

The Anti Aging Cream comes after I have used a toner on my face.  It has the clear plastic pull off top, and…

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Week 3 Photo – purple, colors, wood, garage, vintage car, etc.

Cee's Photography

Week 3 – This photo is part of a garage of a specialized auto detailer/painter’s shop.

I will be posting a photo for each week and you can pick a topic from the items or colors from the photo.

This week’s possible topics are purple, colors, wood, garage, vintage car, flames, indoor, lantern/light, upholstery/fabric swatches, poster, power, cords, etc.  If you see other topics, you can use that too.  Just tell us what your topic is.

Go through your photo archives and see what photos you have that fits the current week’s challenge, or better yet grab you camera and take a new photo! ENJOY and have FUN.

The Current Series – Components of a Photo

For the next five weeks, I will be posting a photo for each week and you can pick a topic from the photo.  You can pick colors, or objects from the photo.  Check out…

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DIY Chocolate and Sprinkle Covered Pretzels

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This was supposed to be an easy project. I’d seen camouflage chocolate pretzels online and I’ve made chocolate-covered pretzels before. Although the semi-sweet chips melted beautifully, the white chocolate chips didn’t melt–they just got stiff. In the past, the same thing happened when I tried to melt white chocolate disks. So frustrating. Mental note to self–don’t try to melt white chocolate again! I was about to scrap the project when I had a brainstorm. I put the chocolate-covered pretzels in the microwave for about 10 seconds. Then I rolled them in blue sprinkles. Voila! The pretzels weren’t pretty but, hon, they were sweet (and salty).

Chocolate Covered Pretzels


pretzel logs

chocolate chips

vegetable oil


wax or parchment paper


Line baking dishes with wax or parchment paper so finished pretzels can dry. Pour sprinkles into a dish with sides.


  1. Melt chocolate chips over double boiler…

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3 Easy Productivity Tips


3 Easy Productivity Tips

We all struggle with achieving small or large tasks or goals, for many reason.

The main culprits generally are,

  1. we are reluctant to do it,
  2. we are unmotivated,
  3. we are being lazy/procrastinating
  4. Or we have too many task/goals to juggle.

20180614_063509_0001Whatever the reason (s) are that stop us from being productive, the simple answer is to  ‘Just Do It’  as Nike says.  By just biting the bullet and getting on with the task we create motivation.

3 Easy Productivity Tips

Today, I share 3 tips that I use in my Work and Personal life and that have worked for me.  I hope that these help you also.

  1. Divide the High-level Task/Goal into smaller chucks of work/steps
  2. Further divide the work/step into smaller steps where possible.
  3. Time block/Time Keeping: Take action on the smaller task (baby step) defined in either point one or two above, by…

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