Monthly Archives: December 2013

20131227_112212We didn't feel up to baking on the Friday after Christmas, so we headed to Goodwill with Julie's sister Jill for some inspiration, and believe us, we found it! The key is to go in with no expectations and enjoy the ride.

Holly and Jill hunting for treasure ... green tags are half off!

These first curiosities don't have anything to do with baking:

20131227_104930First of all, who knew Cirque Du Tofurky lunchboxes existed? According to the Internet, it's a collectible vegetarian lunchbox that retails for $22.95! Should we go back and get it?

Bobblehead turkey! Definitely more interesting than the ceramic kitten teapot behind it.

20131227_111154We both need reading glasses ... score! 


And now for some inspiration that could actually be blog related:

Holly, what where you thinking on this lunchbox  ... treasure chest for a birthday party? We sure do enjoy metal lunchboxes!

I do love me some metal lunch boxes!! I even gave one to my niece for Christmas but hers was far more girly!  I love anything treasure related; maybe that's why I love stuffed cupcakes --there is a surprise inside!


I was so excited by this rolling pin. I did end up purchasing it. I've looked into what you make with these, Springerle cookies.  I've found several recipes online.  Maybe we'll have to modify them to be Stuffed Springerle cookies.  I'll keep you posted.

No one really needs a Cakesicle Maker, but here it is.

Holly finds some Wilton decorating disposable bags.  Oh, yeah. Those made it into the cart, too.

20131227_103416Julie is always scoping out silverware props with pretty handles.

I love the pearlescent pink!  Gorgeous!

We hope that you and your families are enjoying the holidays and have a fun and safe New Year's Eve. We'll be posting more tasty recipes in the days and weeks to come.  Happy New Year!   ♥ Holly & Julie

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Holly, have you ever been to Graceland?  They'll be celebrating Elvis' birthday in Memphis with birthday cake. We're sharing our spin on his favorite sandwich with our Elvis Banana Bacon Stuffed Muffins. I was inspired with the banana-peanut butter combo from an episode of Cupcake Wars. We stuffed banana pudding into the center and topped it with an easy peanut butter drizzle. And everybody knows bacon makes it better!  We'll probably have to chase this recipe with something healthier for this month of resolutions.   ♥Julie
Nope ... never been to Graceland, but it would be super fun to go!  Maybe we'll get an invitation if this muffin is a hit?  It's really very tasty.  I think the bacon (candied or not) is a perfect addition to this muffin. Enjoy!    ♥Holly


Elvis Banana Bacon Stuffed Muffins

Yield 12 muffins

1 package banana nut muffin mix (we used Betty Crocker™ banana nut muffin mix)
peanut butter
powdered sugar

1 pkg. Jell-O banana instant pudding mix

1/2 pkg. freeze dried banana slices (we got ours a Trader Joe's)
Candied bacon crumbles (recipe below)

1. Bake banana nut muffins according to box directions. Check for doneness 5 minutes early with toothpick. Once toothpick comes out clean, remove from oven and let cool fully.

2. While muffins bake, prepare filling & glaze:
Prepare pudding according to package instructions for pie filling (which makes a thicker pudding by eliminating 1/2 cup of milk).

3. Core muffins with apple corer and fill with banana cream pudding.

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For glaze:
Combine 1/2 cup peanut butter with 2 Tbsp. powdered sugar and 1/2 cup milk.  Mixture should be a the consistency of syrup.

4.  Hold muffin above the bowl containing peanut butter glaze.  Using a fork, drizzle peanut butter glaze back and forth over the top of the muffin.

5.  Prepare candied bacon garnish (directions below) or just use regular bacon that's well done.  Once candied bacon has cooled, crumble or cut with scissors into bite size pieces, and sprinkle on muffin.

 How to make candied bacon

IMG_0397_edited-2Line shallow pan with aluminum foil.  Cut bacon in half.  Dredge bacon through syrup and then through brown sugar.  Place on lined cookie sheet. Pat more sugar onto the bacon, just for good measure.  😉

IMG_0399_edited-2   IMG_0401_edited-2  IMG_0406_edited-2Bake in 400 degree oven for about 20 to 25 minutes or until crispy and brown.