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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Happy Mother's Day

He has lost 20 lbs and we are sooo happy.
He ( being MR. SWEET) was so pumped up when he came in from workout and had weighed.
He said, "Come on....let's go walk the mile around the park>"
and away we went....beneath very heavy skies and it 
did, indeed, sprinkle on us during that mile walk.
 We woke up to a cloudy, overcast, dark, 
LUSCIOUS DAY and that put me in the mood to BAKE.

Come on in and have a TREAT with me.

It has rained off and on, all day long...and I am
LOVIN'  it.

I feel better when it rains than any other time.
I love the cloudy, dark, SNUGLY days so much.
I think they are BEAUTIFUL. ...

and they ALWAYS make me want to bake....
and nap.....and eat.....:>)
 That's a recipe I just copied from SWEET TOOTH FRIDAY.
Oh, my.....she does come up with some really great things to devour.
whoa.....don't THOSE sound delicious !!

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat (or white whole wheat) flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar( I used SPLENDA)
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar ( I used SPLENDA BROWN SUGAR BLEND)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1-1/4 cups milk
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter (I used the natural, no-stir kind)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted( I used only 1 Tablespoon)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup peanut butter chips (I didn't have these but they sure would have been good in this muffin)
  • 1/4 cup raspberry jam ( I used SIMPLY FRUIT)
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Spray 12 muffin cups with nonstick spray or line with muffin liners. Set aside.
  2. In a medium sized bowl stir together the flours, sugars, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl whisk together the milk, peanut butter, egg, melted butter and vanilla extract. Whisk lightly, until the ingredients just come together.
  4. Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture, stirring until just combined.
  5. Stir in the peanut butter chips.
  6. Fill each muffin cup 1/2 full.
  7. Spoon 1 teaspoon jam into each cup.( I used only 1/2 teaspoon...altho I actually wanted to use the whole stinkin' jar of APRICOT SIMPLY FRUIT....UMMMM
  8. Spoon the remaining batter on top of each cup.
  9. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until the muffins are a golden brown and spring back when touch lightly.
  10. Cool 5 minutes in the pan, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely. 
They are very good....not too sweet....altho if you used a whole teaspoon of jelly in each muffin, I guess they would be really sweet....and delicious.

I didn't get enuf PEANUT BUTTER in mine since I didn't have the peanut butter chips....I think the muffins really NEED the extra peanut butter.....ACTUALLY, I think ANYthing needs

 My goodness, all that sweet golden APRICOT goodness spilled out onto the muffin pan...if it had not been so hot, I would have LICKED THE PAN......:)

Mr. Sweet, bless his sugar-deprived heart, REALLY liked them.
He could have eaten so many more....
maybe ALL of these.
He is doing sooo good on watching what he is eating.
 ...don't you love MR. SNIPPITY here ?.......meee, too
 What a colorful post this turned out to be.

I am really enjoying all the colorful and pure cuteness of these little
cupcake cups.
I go to Michael's  regularly to replenish my stash.

 When I was a little girl, Mother made muffins and cupcakes regularly but I don't remember having such pretty cupcake wrappers.
Actually, I think she just poured the batter into a greased muffin tin.

I made cupcakes a lot when our kids were little but always just used the plain and simple little paper cups from the grocery store.
I didn't even KNOW there were pretty ones in the world.

I think PRESENTATION is as important as TASTE.
Well........NEARLY as important. 
I sure do hope YA'LL have a
kind of day.

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TexWisGirl said...

congrats to mr. sweet! and happy mom's day to you, bj!

Barbara F. said...

Muffins look great and I love how you "adapted" the recipe to make it figure-friendly. You're the best. Happy Mother's Day! xo

Loretta said...

Our men folk seem to lose that weight faster than us...what gives? Does this mean we are the only ones sneaking in the cookie jar after hours? Lol! Congrats to Mister Sweets! Muffins look sooo inticing! Hugs

Loretta said...

Our men folk seem to lose that weight faster than us...what gives? Does this mean we are the only ones sneaking in the cookie jar after hours? Lol! Congrats to Mister Sweets! Muffins look sooo inticing! Hugs

Olive Cooper said...

Mr. Sweet is doing fantastic. Good for him. Your muffins look wonderful and happy, happy Mothers Day. I know you are beloved by all your youngins. hugs, olive

Patty Patterson said...

I love your cupcake cups! We don't have a Michael's, though, so I won't be buying any anytime soon. Maybe SOMEDAY we will really expand and get a few good stores?
(Target is supposed to be coming next year)

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh these look yummy. I have been baking too. Love days when I can just putz in the kitchen. Hugs, marty

Sweet Tea said...

Hooray for Mr. Sweet! (what a show-off. LOL)
Muffins look yummy!

Sweet Tea said...

Hooray for Mr. Sweet! (what a show-off. LOL)
Muffins look yummy!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I'm so proud of Mr. Sweet! He's doing great and I know he feels so good, too! I don't eat sugar so I know what a challenge it can be but this recipe looks good! How great that you can make things especially for him! Happy Mother's day, my friend!

LDH said...

Such great success! Way to go! Happy Mother's Day to you!

Madeline's Album said...

Thanks for sharing this delicious sounding recipe with us. So glad to hear you are getting that rain. Tell your husband to keep up the good work. Have a blessed evening and Happy Mother's Day tomorrow. Madeline

Debby said...

Happy Mothers Day to you.
Congratulations to your hubby.
Those muffins look yummy.

Susy said...

A great BIG high five to Mr. Sweet! Keep up the good work (: and Happy Mother's Day to you. xo

LV said...

How do you think either one of you can lose weight, when you keep doing that wonderful cooking. I am trying to get back to walking each day, but it is hard once you are of the habit. Stop tormenting the poor guy.

Shelia said...

Hi BJness! Congratulations to Mr. Sweet loosing so much weight! Oh, I love those rainy days too!
Now those are some yummy looking cupcakes. I've never heard of PB and Jelly cupcakes! Thanks for the recipe.
Have a wonderful Mother's Day.
shelia :)
Oh, I love your pretty header.

Kathleen Grace said...

Nice going Mr Sweet! That diet is a tough one but it really does work! Happy mother's day to you BJ, I'm sure you'll have a "grand" celebration;>)

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Such a great post! Congrats to Mr., he's doing great! And I wish you a wonderful Mother's Day full of the other kind of sweetness:@)

Gert said...

Happy Mothers Day... Congratulations to your Mr. that is wonderful! Your cupcakes (due to the presentation!) look so yummy!


NanaDiana said...

My goodness- Those sound delicious, Bj...and I see you have omitted the sugar. Good for you and good for Mr Sweet for his weight loss.

I am glad you are getting some rain there. I remember how dry it was for you all last year!

Happy Mother's Day, bj...I hope it is as special as you are-xo Diana

Vee said...

Congrats to Mr. Sweet! He got his muffin the old-fashioned way...he earned it! They do look good. It's always such a challenge introducing carbs again. Take good care now and Happy Mother's Day.

xinex said...

Congrats to your hubby for losing 20 lbs. Wow! But how can he do that with all your cooking? That's double sacrifice. Those muffins look awfully good. Happy Mother's Day, BJ!

Rita said...

Hope you are having a wonderful; Mother's Day my friend!
Congratulations to Mr Sweet; I know you two are going to succeed!

Theresa said...

Well, they sure look yummy! Hat's off to Mr. Sweet and the weight loss! Men can just drop the weight SO much quicker than us ladies! I know he is working hard at it and please tell him I am PROUD of him! Have a blessed Mother's Day dear BJ, HUGS!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Good heavens..I swear, you are just a light in my life, bj! Such yummy things to eat and yet your Mr. Precious has lost all that weight. OH how I wish it were me. Congratulate him for me, will you..(and of course I needn't remind you he will know immediately who I am.) My husband loses weight so easily and has such disipline. I have NONE! NONE, I tell you!

Never mind all that...just have a wonderful, warm and cozy Mother's Day!

Carol said...

Terrific, BJ! Congrats to Mr. Sweet and Happy Mother's Day to you!

Diana Taylor said...

Wow, what wonderful photos - so yummy, and I love your collection of pretty cake cases.

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful post and congrats to your hubby for the weight loss. Taking walks are a good thing. Your muffins do look yummy. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Have a great week ahead.

A Garden of Threads said...

Awesome post, love the colourful cupcake holders. And what a neat idea to display them in a class jar. Thanks for the recipe, I am going to give them a try.

Diann said...

Woohoo Mr. Sweet! Way to go! Your muffins sound very yummy and perfect for a rainy day! I am one of those "rainy day" lovers too. Happy Blue Monday BJ!

SmilingSally said...

My Mr. has also recently lost some weight--13 pounds, and he's walking most every day. Now, about me . . . {ahem} Let's just change the subject!

Thanks for sharing your blues.

Happy Blue Monday, BJ.

chubskulit said...

I love your welcome sign!

Lavender Cottage said...

The muffins look pretty yummy BJ. I don't there were colourful paper liners years ago; I buy lots of fun ones too!

(Queenmothermamaw) Peggy said...

Yes rainy gloomy days do call for cookies and muffins and anything sweet. I don't see how Mr. Sweet loses any weight with all the goodies you fix. I did notice you used Splenda. I did not know about the Splenda brown sugar will go for that. Love the pretty cup cake papers.

Pamela Gordon said...

That recipe sounds yummy and I love pretty cupcake papers. Cute idea to put them in a jar. We've had a lot of rain here in N.B. but are getting very tired of it. We need sunshine and heat. ;) Blessings, Pamela

Renee said...

Those sound delish. Congrats to hubby for his weight loss.

I love all the cute cupcake liners out there. I made strawberry muffins and used pinkish purple foil liners. I have some pirate liners we've not used yet.

Lauren - Hippie Dog Company said...

I really like the way you adapted that recipe to make it healthier! It looks fabulous! Will have to try this, I think my husband would LOVE it.

Carla said...

Aren't you clever? Made something sinful into something healthier.
Congrats to Mr Sweet. on losing that 20#'s. I might have found 5 of them. ;o)