Fall, Food, Friday Faves, Recipes, Vegetarian

The Best Cornbread Muffins Recipe | Friday Favorites #6

Happy First Day of Fall! I thought fall had started a few weeks ago because the temperatures had dropped into the 60s. I was just about to pull out my fall sweaters and all of a sudden it was warm again. Some of the trees have started changing color but it’s still overwhelmingly green and pretty hot around here. Either way, to commemorate the start of a new season, I’ve got one of my favorite recipes – Cornbread Muffins! – to share with you as well as a few Friday Favorites!

Cornbread Muffins Recipe

My mom was an amazing cook and even more amazing because the majority of what I ate growing up was vegan AND sugar free because of my dad’s dietary restrictions. One of my favorite meals and often requested for birthday dinners, was my mom’s homemade chili and cornbread muffins. 

Most cornbread recipes out there call for way too much sugar and the muffins basically end up being a dessert with the amount of sugar in them. These have a minimal amount of sugar but it doesn’t take away from the fullness of flavor or fluffiness in the muffins. This recipe is especially healthier if you plan on adding something sweet on top. 

As with any baked goods, cornbread muffins are best when taken straight out of the oven, split open and buttered right away to let the butter melt in. These are perfect with some jam or honey on top or you could do as my husband does and just break a few up and let them soak into a warm bowl full of chili. If you happen to have leftovers the next day, pop ’em in the toaster oven for a minute and they’ll be just as good as straight out of the oven.

If you’re vegan and don’t eat honey, just switch it out for cane sugar, rice syrup, or a natural sweetener of your choosing.

However you decided to eat them, these cornbread muffins are definitely a treat you’ll enjoy!

cornbread muffins

 

 

Cornbread Muffins
Serves 12
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
227 calories
30 g
2 g
10 g
4 g
1 g
82 g
212 g
4 g
0 g
9 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
82g
Servings
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 227
Calories from Fat 91
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g
16%
Saturated Fat 1g
5%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 2mg
1%
Sodium 212mg
9%
Total Carbohydrates 30g
10%
Dietary Fiber 1g
6%
Sugars 4g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A
2%
Vitamin C
2%
Calcium
9%
Iron
3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 Cup Yellow Cornmeal
  2. 1 2/3 Cups All Purpose Flour
  3. 1 Tablespoon Honey
  4. 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  5. 1 teaspoon salt
  6. 1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
  7. 1 1/4 Cup Milk (I use original almond milk)
  8. 1 Cup Canned or Frozen Corn (Optional)
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat Oven to 375°F.
  2. 2. In a medium large bowl, mix together cornmeal, flour, baking powder, and salt with a fork or a whisk.
  3. 3. In a smaller bowl, combine the oil, honey and milk.
  4. 4. Fully mix in the bowl of wet ingredients to the larger bowl of dry ingredients stirring until no large lumps remain.
  5. 5. Add in corn kernels if using.
  6. 6. Use a regular non-stick muffin tin and divide the mixture into the 12 spaces.
  7. 7. Bake for 22-25 minutes at 375°F or until just before the tops begin to brown.
  8. 8. Allow to cool for a couple minutes before removing the muffins from pan.
  9. 9. Enjoy!
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Friday Favorites 

Clothing

I’m all about the soft and comfy clothes and I’ve recently made some pretty awesome finds that I hope you’ll like too.

Aerie Leggings

I have been on the search for the perfect pair of leggings that wasn’t going to break the bank. I was getting desperate and I was about to start asking for recommendations but then I found these. They have a soft comfy lining, they’re moisture wicking, AND THEY HAVE POCKETS. Not little wimpy credit card sized pockets but bigger than my phone sized pockets. Super comfy and I love wearing them. They were 30% off when I bought them and though the sale has changed, you can pick them up for $25 a pair.

Aerie Leggings

 

Wren and Ivory Dresses

wren and ivory dress review

I bought this dress from Wren and Ivory a little over a month ago and I’ve completely fallen in love. It is seriously the softest fabric I’ve ever felt and it feels so incredibly comfortable on. I feel like it’s also the kind of dress I can get away with wearing year round so that’s another win. It’s a maternity friendly dress like many of the clothes sold by this online boutique so it’s good for the future as well. I love everything they post on their Instagram and website so go check it out.

Beauty

NYX Honey Dew Me Up

I use this as a serum/primer in the warmer months of the year when it’s too humid to use a facial oil but I still need a light moisturizer. A little goes a long way with this stuff and you have to rub it in all the way a let it dry for a minute before putting on your makeup. It’s a tad sticky feeling straight out of the container but when it soaks into your skin it feels moisturizing and is a great base for my makeup. I just purchased my second one so it’s an obvious recommendation.

NYX Honey Dew Me Up

NYX Lingerie Lip

I recently went on a hunt to find a good fall nude lip color and I decided to try out a couple from the NYX Lingerie line. I love the colors I picked out and I’m actually really surprised with the staying power of the liquid lipsticks. Lipstick tends to be extremely drying on me but this actually works pretty well for me and I love the colors – The two I have are Ruffle Trim and Exotic.

OPI Taupeless Beach

This nail polish is purple-toned grey nail color heaven. I love it for manicures and pedicures and it’s perfect for this time of year.

opi taupeless beach, fall grey nail color

 

Thayer’s Witch Hazel in Rose

I started using this a couple weeks ago in tandem with my Simple Skincare Micellar Water. I’ve been using this micellar water for 2.5 years as my primary cleanser. I tried the Garnier one when it first came out but I hated the formulation; it was too soapy feeling and left a residue on my skin. Anyways, I’ve been hearing a lot on witch hazel for the last couple years because of its healing properties and I figured it was worth a try.

Thayer's Witch Hazel

I haven’t been using it for that long but it’s already been a great addition to my skincare routine.

Hulu Watchlist

I’ve subscribed to Spotify for about the last 5 years and last week I received a notification about adding Hulu for no additional cost since I had a student membership (my sister uses the account). I guess they’ve created a special bundle with Hulu and it’s included in the $4.99 monthly Spotify cost. I suppose the point is to get you hooked and I think it’s going to work.

We don’t have cable and pretty much get most of our TV entertainment from Netflix. One of my favorite channels is HGTV so you can imagine how excited I was to see all the popular HGTV shows on Hulu! We’ve been loving Fixer Upper (Chip and Joanna are just the cutest), Beachfront Bargain Hunt, and Flea Market Flip. We also just started the most recent season of MasterChef which is also a favorite from a few years ago. They’ve got an awesome selection of movies and also old classic shows like I Love Lucy and The Brady Bunch.

This may sound like an advertisement for Hulu but I’m really just so excited about our new viewing options.

 

Lastly I’d like to touch on all the devastation that’s been going on due to the lastest hurricanes and it’s been breaking my heart to hear of all the people who have lost their homes, possessions and even loved ones. Puerto Rico especially is home to family members of some very close friends and those family members are among the people who have lost everything. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers and consider donating to a reputable relief organization as this is going to take years to recover from. 

 

What are some of the things that you’ve been loving lately?

Let me know if you make the Cornbread Muffins and enjoy them!

 

 

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Hiking

Hiking the Billy Goat Trail A at Great Falls

We were going to do this hike last weekend but laziness won and we slept in. So this weekend we got up bright and early on Saturday morning to go hike the Billy Goat Trail down at Great Falls. We last did this hike almost exactly one year ago just before Brady started at his new job and we decided it was about time we go do this again.

The Billy Goat Trail A is an extremely popular trail in the region and can be very crowded on the weekends. The plan was to get there around 8 and park in the Anglers parking lot which would have been free but we didn’t get there til after 8:30 and it was full. It was $10 to park up at the main entrance but the parking lot was still relatively empty and we hopped straight onto the towpath to get down to the trailhead. Even though it was first thing in the morning, the trail was already more crowded than last time. Since you’re scrambling on rocks for the whole trail, it’s definitely much easier to maneuver with less people, so on the weekend, the earlier, the better. 

Billy Goat Trail A, Rock scrambling

It’s somewhat hard to see the rock climbers on the other side of the river (see if you can find them!) and there’s also a kayaker in the river. Continue Reading

Fall, Fitness, Food, Friday Faves, Hiking, Vegetarian, Zumba

Friday Favorites #5

Hello there friends! It’s been a while but that will all make sense pretty soon… but for now, I’ve got a quick catch up and some favorites to share with you!

In the middle of June we got a new kitten, Maisie! It’s unbelievable how much she’s grown in 2.5 months! For whatever reason her nickname is Maisie-Ella Mozzarella, she’s a bitey little monster who loves to terrorize our 14-year-old cat Shadow, and she’s got the loudest purr I’ve ever heard from a cat so I guess we’ll keep her. 😉

I didn’t get to do a whole lot this summer but Brady and I did get away the first weekend of August to go camping at Deep Creek Lake with my family. While we were there, we went to Swallow Falls State Park for the first time and it’s easily now my favorite state park in Maryland. It gives off a vibe as though you were in the Pacific NW, probably more so because we were there just after a downpour! Continue Reading

Backpacking, Hiking, Life

Backpacking to Harpers Ferry on the Appalachian Trail

I told you we are hooked! We sprung for a full weekend backpacking trip instead of just an overnight and we conquered around 17.5 miles mostly on Saturday and Sunday due to a late start on Friday. Ideally we would have hiked from the I-70 AT trailhead but that would have been 7 miles night one and we just didn’t have the daylight to accomplish that. So the plan was to leave at 3:40ish from Brady’s work, drive both cars out to Harpers Ferry, park and then take one car up to Washington Monument State Park and then start the hike from there. That would have gotten us there by at least 5:30 pm and been just under a 4 mile hike to the shelter for our first night. 

That was the plan. 

Hanna, my sister, was going to come with us for her first backpacking adventure and sleep in our tent while Brady and I were going to try hammock camping. We were expecting 2 Amazon packages to arrive that afternoon containing the second hammock, the tarp, and two 64 oz Sawyer squeeze bags for our water filter. Usually it gets delivered between 2:30 and 3:30 but we were still waiting on it to arrive once Brady got off work so we decided to delay for a little while and hope it came before we left. We played a card game and when it still hadn’t come, we decided to just go knowing it would probably get delivered a few minutes after we left. As we were walking to the door with all our stuff, guess what was delivered! 

Finally we were on our way but since we were leaving later, we knew we were going to be dealing with heavier traffic trying to get out there. We arrived in Harpers Ferry around 6:30 but the signage for where to park was very unclear. We ended up parking at the Cavalier Heights Visitor Center but even that was frustrating because signs said we needed to pay and you could only park overnight with a permit… but there was no one there to pay! We ended up finally leaving at 7, without paying, to drive the 30 minutes up to our start point. Since we were only going to have 1 hour til sunset, we parked on Reno Monument Road in a small dirt lot and started the mile hike in towards Rocky Run Shelter.

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Disney World, Vacation

Disney World Day 2: Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom!

Tuesday at Disney World was full of animals and Disney magic! We were at Animal Kingdom before rope drop which was pretty easy since our hotel was less than a 5 minute drive away! While we were waiting to be let in, I was complimented a few times on my dress and tiara which made me feel pretty princess-like. The only park opening we missed during the week was on Thursday at the Magic Kingdom – which I’ll recap soon – but of all the other parks, the opening at Animal Kingdom was spectacular. They told us that the Macaws were going to fly over our heads and not to duck or they’ll just fly lower. It was a really cool thing to see and experience – you can get an idea of what happens here.

 

They allowed us to go free into the parks at the stroke of 9 and we headed directly for Expedition Everest in Asia by going through Discovery Island instead of Dino Land. We were able to walk straight onto the ride twice in a row which was great since it’s one of my top two favorite rides in the park! However, since we did it twice in a row, it gave Brady a bit of stomach trouble so I browsed the shop in the middle of Africa while he sat. We were also trying to kill time before the 10 am train left for Rafiki’s Planet Watch.  Continue Reading

Backpacking, Hiking

Our First Backpacking Trip on the Appalachian Trail!

We finally did it! The first backpacking trip for this duo is in the books and now we’re hooked. We hiked about 8 and a bit miles on the Appalachian Trail and got to enjoy the vista views from Annapolis Rock and Black Rock. If the views are this beautiful here on our east coast mini-mountains then I can only imagine how breathtaking the views are out west. We enjoyed this trip so much that we’re already planning to go out again this weekend. 

I’m behind on posting our Disney trip and I want to get back to that because I want to have it journaled, even if it’s only for myself! My website has been having issues the last week and I’m hoping I’ve finally got it all figured out but it did throw me back a little. So for now, I need to get back to posting my current goings on before I’ve missed all the exciting happenings of my life

Our trek was a mini getaway since it was gear testing and was also a tad last minute. That’s not to say we weren’t prepared because we began collecting gear back in early April but a trip just didn’t work out until now when we were like, hey we’ve got nothing else going on, let’s go backpacking!  Luckily I had all the food and stuff we needed without having to shop for anything so I spent the day on Friday getting everything ready while Brady was at work and we left the apartment around 4:45 pm once he got home. 

We got stuck in traffic because of leaving so late and we didn’t arrive at the trailhead until 6 pm with a tad less than 2.5 hours before sunset. We were going to try and make it to the Pogo Memorial backpacking camp but we knew it would be mostly dark when we got there. Our backup was camping near Annapolis Rocks but I’d read online that camping there was allowed only in “designated areas”.

What did that mean?

Where were these areas?

How was I supposed to know where they were?

How many people could stay there?

I don’t like not having answers. Once we were on the offshoot trail towards Annapolis Rocks, there was finally a sign to answer my questions.  Continue Reading