Totoro Family Recipes: White Gingerbread

Totoro Family RecipeWe’re going to transition away from muffins for a bit, but they will make a comeback in the fall when I will share several holiday favorites.

White Gingerbread is a great transitional recipe because while it is typically made in a 9×13 pan, it also adapts well for muffins.

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How to Journal: Stepping Stones

journal and penSo far this journaling series has focused on Spiritual Journaling and Emotional Journaling. The next few weeks we are going to focus on Legacy Journaling.

I am passionate about writing our stories for future generations. The good, the bad, and all the times in between. I believe we should document our core values, our beliefs, our temperaments, our experiences and then show how they all weave together to create the tapestry of life.

Today we will focus on journaling life experiences.

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Totoro Family Recipes: Snickerdoodle Muffins

joy of cookingThere is an interesting journey to this particular family recipe.

The year we married, there was a local Saturday morning talk show which had a cooking segment. One episode Marie made muffins and I copied the recipe. It was a very basic recipe, but easy and versatile.

Several years later I was looking through the classic cookbook, Joy of Cooking and came across a basic muffin recipe: the same one as Marie’s!

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How to Journal: Life is a Verb

life is a verbI have been a fan of Patti Digh’s book, Life is Verb, since 2010. In fact, I so enjoyed the book the first time I read it, I began a weekly blog meme: Life is a Verb Thursdays.

For those who might be unfamiliar with this work, here is the back cover blurb:

The death of her stepfather just 37 days after being diagnosed with cancer woke Patti Digh up, scared her, and made her examine her own life. She realized that living your best life doesn’t mean ditching your job and sailing around the world – it means living each individual, glorious, simple day with more intention. (emphasis my own)

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Totoro Family Recipes: Kona Inn Banana Nut Muffins

Fannie FarmerJust about any quick bread recipe can be used for muffins, and I quickly that was an easy way to add variety to my collection.

The Kona Inn Banana Nut Bread recipe appears in the classic, Fannie Farmer Baking Book. I like this recipe because it isn’t too moist or too sweet. Although, I have modified the recipe to appease my personal taste preferences. I will include the original as well as my additions in the recipe below.

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