Day 31: Recipe

My former roommate’s recipe for mini muffins which we referred to as “mufflings.” She made me a recipe box a while back and this is one of the recipes she included. It’s one of Bryan’s favourites. They’re very very tasty and easy to prepare, even if you’re not that great at baking.



  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour – approximate cost $1.00
  • 1/2 cup sugar – approximate cost $0.50
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder – approximate cost $0.10
  • 1 cup milk – approximate cost $0.75
  • 1/3 cup salted butter, melted – approximate cost $0.50
  • 1 egg – approximate cost $0.40
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips – approximate cost $0.50
  • 1/2 cup defrosted frozen berries – approximate cost $0.50
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract – approximate cost $0.10
  • 12 muffin cups – approximate cost $0.50


  1. Preheat over to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Mix flour, sugar, and baking powder in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Mix in the chocolate chips.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix the egg, milk, and butter
  5. Stir the liquid mixture into the dry mixture (don’t beat)
  6. Bake for 20 minutes.

Makes 12 mufflings (approximate cost: $0.40 per muffling).

Day 30: Kitchen gadget

I thought it was a gimmicky item until I saw a friend use it to quickly dice some vegetables. So, I picked one up for myself. It’s great for quickly preparing items for a stir-fry or pasta sauce. It doesn’t do well trying to chop tomatoes, it more bludgeons them into mush. Works great for firm vegetables such as carrots, cucumber, or mushrooms.

Do you own a slap-chop (or another brad of this product)? Do you use it often? Has it been a good addition to your kitchen?

Day 29: Dessert

Coconut panna cotta with a pineapple consomme and kumquats (prepared two ways)

Delicious! (I forgot to take a picture before I started eating) My brother says it’s really not that hard to prepare yourself at home… I haven’t tried yet, but when I do I will share the recipe!

Day 28: Mug

I got this mug from a friend in high school. I think it was a Christmas present, or maybe a Birthday present. I’ve had it at least 10 years. I’ve used it almost once a day since I got it for tea and hot chocolate. It holds just the right amount of tea and has seen too much love for all the stains to be removed. S, not sure if you read this blog, but if you do, thank you again for the mug! I still love it!

Day 27: Chocolate

Why is there a picture of pasta when the topic is chocolate? It’s hard to believe, but these ravioli pieces are stuffed with braised beef and dark chocolate. It was delicious. I’ll admit, I was skeptical about this pasta. I didn’t think I’d like it. Chocolate and beef seemed like a weird combination. It was delicious. I might try to make it myself at some point.

Day 26: Spices

I had trouble choosing just one favourite. Here are a selection of dried spices from my cupboard:

Top row: paprika, Adobo all purpose seasoning, seasoned salt, sage leaves, rosemary leaves, Italian seasoning

Bottom row: white pepper, cayenne pepper, cumin, thyme, red chilis, chives

Day 25: Chop chop

Chop chop… tomato, avocado, and artichoke chopped into pieces and smothered in balsamic vinegar. Makes a very yummy salad!

Day 24: Dinner

Shepherd’s pie is Bryan’s favourite dinner. I don’t make it often because it creates a lot of dishes for clean-up. I’ll post the recipe sometime soon! What’s your favourite dinner food?

Day 23: Fridge

The cat is very nosy. She likes to check out what’s in the fridge when it’s wide-open. Or maybe she’s cooling off a bit after the unusually warm weather?

Day 22: Cooking inspiration

This is my little brother (my inspiration for starting this blog) and Nana (one of my biggest cooking influences).

This picture is from last summer, at my brother’s college convocation. He now works at a really fancy restaurant in town. I’m so proud of him!

I’ve spent a lot of time with Nana learning how to cook. She’s taught me so many things and even taught me a few recipes handed-down from my great-grandmother. You know, the kind that you have to learn by practicing because a recipe never seems to work. She’s taught me a lot about eating healthy on a budget (the theme of this blog!).

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