Cinnamon Sweet Potato Muffins

These muffins are surprisingly unexpected. At first you may think a sweet potato muffin sounds strange, and believe me so did I, but they are so moist and delicious! The cinnamon and sweet potato make for a delicious muffin and the glaze bumps it up another notch! This recipe is relatively simple to make and I have had lots of people ask for it. Once you make it you’ll know why!

Time: 20 min. – 1 hour + 15-18 min baking

Yield: 2 dozen

Calories/Muffin: 225

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups self-rising flour*
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups mashed sweet potatoes (no added milk or butter)
  • 1 cup canola oil

Glaze

  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1.5 teaspoons milk (sometimes I use cream if I don’t have milk)
  • 1.5 teaspoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 0.5 teaspoon ground cinnamon

*Can be substituted by placing 1.5 tsp baking powder and 0.5 tsp salt in a measuring cup and filling the rest with all-purpose flour to measure to 1 cup.

Notes: I have made this recipe with cold and hot mashed potatoes and the recipe worked out fine both times.

Link to recipe directions can be found here: https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/cinnamon-sweet-potato-muffins/

Equipment Required:

  • Mixing bowls
  • Mixing spoon
  • Whisk
  • Muffin tin
  • Cooking spray

Recipe Review:

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY – EASY

  • Steps: 3
    • Rating: Easy
  • Involvement
    • 20 minutes – 1 hour (an hour if you haven’t made the mashed sweet potatoes)
    • Rating: Easy – Moderate
  • Ingredients & availability
    • 10 ingredients
    • All ingredients are normal and you can easily find at your local grocery store
    • Rating: Easy

Slow-Cooker Butter Chicken

This recipe is soooo good! This recipe comes from the Half Baked Harvest cookbook and it is amazing! Such a simple way to eat one of my favourite meals! The recipe below is a slight variation from the cookbook but I’m sure it will return the same fantastic results!

Time: 30 min prep + 4-8 hours in the slow cooker

Servings: 8

Calories/Serving: 252

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb boneless chicken breast, cut into bite size chunks*
  • 1/2 onion finely minced
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced or grated
  • 1 tbsp freshly grated ginger (can substitute for 1/8 tsp ground ginger)
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • 1-2 tsp thai red curry paste
  • 2 tbsp garam masala
  • 0.5 – 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 can (170 ml) tomato paste
  • 1 can (400 ml) coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup half and half or heavy cream
  • cooked white rice for serving
  • Naan for serving

*We used 2 lbs of chicken because there is so much sauce!

Link to recipe directions can be found here: https://www.halfbakedharvest.com/easy-healthier-crockpot-butter-chicken/

Cookbook can be purchased here: https://www.amazon.ca/Half-Baked-Harvest-Cookbook-Mountains/dp/0553496395/ref=sr_1_2?hvadid=74423250863635&hvbmt=bp&hvdev=c&hvqmt=p&keywords=half+baked+harvest+cookbook&qid=1578270068&sr=8-2

Equipment Required:

  • Mixing bowl
  • Mixing spoon
  • Cooking spray
  • Slow cooker
  • Knife
  • Cutting Board

Recipe Review:

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY – MODERATE

  • Steps: 4-7 (depending on how you look at it ;))
    • Rating: Easy-Moderate
  • Involvement
    • 30 minutes prep time
    • Rating: Moderate
  • Ingredients & availability
    • 17 ingredients
    • All ingredients are normal and you can easily find at your local grocery store
    • Rating: Moderate

Cranberry Brie Pull Apart Bread

Ya’ll this bread is absolutely amazing! My pictures won’t do it justice compared to HBH but you need this recipe in your life. It is divine! My family devoured this recipe at Christmas!

Time: 15 min. + baking 15 min.

Yield: 6 servings

Calories/serving: 431

Ingredients:

  • 2 baguettes*
  • 4 tbsp. butter
  • 2/3 cup pecans chopped
  • 3 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 0.5 wheel of brie, cubed
  • 0.5 cup dried cranberries

*I used 2 baguettes from Costco because that was all I had on hand. You can get a box of 20 in the freezer section. However, HBH recommends sourdough which I can imagine only brings this recipe up another notch!

Link to recipe directions can be found here: https://www.halfbakedharvest.com/cranberry-brie-pull-apart-bread/

Equipment Required:

  • Knife
  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Baking Sheet

Recipe Review:

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY – EASY

  • Steps: 3
    • Rating: Easy
  • Involvement
    • 15 min.
    • Rating: Easy
  • Ingredients & availability
    • 6 ingredients
    • All ingredients are normal and you can easily find at your local grocery store
    • Rating: Easy

Roast Beef & Gravy

This is the easiest roast beef recipe you will ever make! It does not sacrifice on flavour and it turns out terrific every time. Roast beef doesn’t have to be difficult with this recipe. You could make it any day of the week!

Time: 15 min + 8 hours cooking

Servings: 10

Calories/Serving: 267

Ingredients:

  • 1 (3 lb) boneless beef chuck roast (I have used blade and inside round cuts)
  • 2 cans (284 ml each) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
  • 1/3 cup beef broth
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix

Link to recipe directions can be found here: https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/roast-beef-and-gravy/

Equipment Required:

  • Slow cooker
  • Can opener
  • Bowl
  • Mixing spoon
  • Knife

Recipe Review:

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY – EASY

  • Steps: 2
    • Rating: Easy
  • Involvement
    • 15 minutes of prep
    • Rating: Easy
  • Ingredients & availability
    • 4 ingredients
    • All ingredients are normal and you can easily find at your local grocery store
    • Rating: Easy

About Me

Hi there! I’m Emmalyne! I’m an accountant (CPA) at my local university and married to a CrossFit obsessed millwright. My passion is cooking and baking! I love trying new recipes, actually, I live for it! I get so much excitement from the anticipation of discovering a recipe that is going to be so delicious! I also love watching people give a sigh of enjoyment when they have tasted something truly amazing. I was thrown into cooking when my parents separated at the beginning of high school. What was born out of necessity has now grown into a love and passion.

I decided to start blogging because I love to cook and wanted a creative outlet to share the recipes and pics of the recipes I try. Hopefully it will inspire other people to try it themselves. Right now my favorite website to get recipes from is Taste of Home and the cookbooks I am working my way through are Half Baked Harvest and Yum & Yummer (you can find them here: http://yumyummer.com/ https://www.halfbakedharvest.com/) I decided my blog would be more like a review of the recipes I try including tips for improvement if I see any. Each post will be rated on level of difficulty based on the following criteria:

  • The number of steps
  • How involved the cooking preparation is/how much time it took to prepare it
  • The number of ingredients and how easy they are to obtain

I will also include the following with each recipe review:

  • Time it took to make including baking/cooking time
  • Equipment and ingredients required
  • (Sometimes) a Wine Pairing because I love pairing wine with food πŸ™‚
  • Total calories/serving (I was raised to use calories as a measurement of health when eating food. I believe life is all about balance. Sure salads are good for you but I don’t want to take the enjoyment out of eating and like to save room for that bowl of ice cream πŸ˜‰ )

Thank you for joining me on this new journey! I hope you enjoy reading the recipes and reviews. Happy eating πŸ™‚