Monday, April 24, 2017

Amish Series - Sweet Cornbread Muffins

Sweet Cornbread Muffins

½ cup cornmeal
1 ½ cups flour
2/3 cup sugar
1 Tbs baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1/3 cup vegetable oil
3 Tbs. melted butter
1 Tbs. honey
2 eggs, beaten
1 ¼ cups milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Spray muffin tins with nonstick cooking spray.
In a bowl, combine cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
In another bowl, mix together the oil, melted butter, honey, eggs, and milk.
Add milk mixture to dry ingredients and stir just until combined.
Fill muffin tins 2/3 full with batter.
Bake for 17 minutes or until edges of muffins are golden brown.
Makes 18 muffins

Jennifer Beckstrand is the award winning Amish romance author of The Matchmakers of 
Huckleberry Hill series and The Honeybee Sisters series for Kensington Books. Huckleberry Summer was nominated for the RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Award and the 2015 RITA® Award, and Huckleberry Hill won the 2014 LIME Award for Inspirational fiction. Both Huckleberry Hill and Huckleberry Christmas appeared in list of top ten inspirational books for 2014. Her much-anticipated Amish series, The Honeybee Sisters, was released summer of 2016 and has created a lot of romantic buzz. Sweet as Honey received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly and Sweet as Honey and A Bee in her Bonnet were both awarded Top Picks from RT Book Reviews. Jennifer has always been drawn to the strong faith and the enduring family ties of the Plain people and loves writing about the antics of Anna and Felty Helmuth and the Honeybee sisters’ aendi Bitsy. Jennifer has a degree in mathematics and a passion for Jane Austen and Shakespeare. She and her husband have been married for thirty-two years, and she has four daughters, two sons, and four adorable grandchildren, whom she spoils rotten. 
For more information about Jennifer, check her Web site.  

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Light Vodka Penne Pasta

Low cal (or as low as you can get with a creme sauce) Vodka Penne Pasta

75 ml, Vodka
1.25 cup, Cream of Mushroom Soup Natural Flavor
0.50 tablespoon, Oil - Olive
5 oz cooked, Kroger Hot Italian Ground Sausage
12 oz, reduced calorie penne rigate
2 medium whole, Fresh Tomato
0.25 cup, sliced, Peppers, jalapeno, raw
0.25 cup, chopped, Onions, raw

Pairs well with a white wine. Either a Presecco or a Riesling.
Nutrition Facts
Servings 4.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 437
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13 g19 %
Saturated Fat 3 g14 %
Monounsaturated Fat 1 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 28 mg9 %
Sodium 677 mg28 %
Potassium 683 mg20 %
Total Carbohydrate 74 g25 %
Dietary Fiber 21 g85 %
Sugars 6 g
Protein 18 g36 %
Vitamin A14 %
Vitamin C27 %
Calcium8 %
Iron18 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.