Sunday, July 31, 2011

A Burst of Tropical Goodness for Breakfast!


Happy Summer Mornings to you! Summer is a great time to indulge in the treasure trove of fruity goodness that can be had from our gardens. This weekend I played around in my kitchen with some Mango that I had on hand. I whipped up a batch of wonderful Mango Coconut Muffins for a marvelously exotic and fun Breakfast treat .  Don't want Mango? Toss in fresh Strawberries, or Blueberries, or dice up some fresh Peaches. Nevertheless, get that fresh fruity goodness going in the morning to keep you going all day, and all summer long......
 1/3 cup of sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 egg                                                       
2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
4 tsp. baking powder
1 cup 1%  or low fat milk
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract                                                 
1 tsp. coconut extract
                                                                              


Cream the above ingredients and then fold in
1 cup diced mango ( If you use canned or fozen, be certain to drain it. )

Spoon batter into a muffin pan as pictured. Sprinkle each muffin with Streusel topping-

I made a 'blonde' streusel topping with ( approximations) don't be afraid to play at it..
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup all purpose flour
2 tblsp. butter, softened
Your streusel should be nice and crumbly without being too moist.
Then for an added Coconutty punch... sprinkle each muffin with a bit of toasted coconut.


Bake at 350 degrees until they rise up and become wonderfully golden!






Make it a fun start to a fun day!!


Monday, July 18, 2011

Pouring a Bit of Summer Sunshine


I hope everyone is having a wonderful Summer! It has been a fun, albeit very busy, season for me.  Early on, my family and I took a wonderful trip to Paso Robles, California. As always, my Husband and I had a marvelous time trying to keep up with my Parents. Good times at every turn....


I always enjoy going to the west coast.... as it is so rich in creativity and beauty.



          We spent time touring Art galleries and shops.
 

My Husband and I fell in love with the small town charm of Paso....












And of course, how do you go to California without the fabulous Wine tasting ??!..... 
 and enjoying the lovely scenery ...... We had a ball driving around and enjoying the

Vistas with rolling grassy hills ......


Endless fields of Grape vines on the verge of bursting with  tender green leaves and luscious grapes!


The view of the Pacific Ocean engaging scenery that makes me feel as though I'm immersed in a Maxfield Parrish painting....  


I love that every Winery has it's own personality and mood....    Fun......






Formal ....









Relaxing.....




                                                                             










Rustic.....


 



Whimsical.......




Novel....



No matter the venue at Paso Robles, the trip there was so sweet......



Loved it! I hope that you find plenty to love this summer! Cheers!

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