Make your Home Warm, Cozy and Inviting

28 Oct


This is the Final week of the Make your Home a Haven Challenge! i hope you have enjoyed this as much as I have. 

This week is about decorating your house for the upcoming holidays – Thanksgiving and then Chanukah (Christmas for most of you!) I love this idea. I am looking forward to doing this as these are our first hoildays as a married couple. EEK! I am thinking I might go down to one of the parks here and borrow some leaves for a craft or two! free materials? I’m all for it. Plus I’ve already been working on a project for Chanukah decos. 

Here is the link to her article :

Oooh I can’t forget to sign up for the giveaways!!!  

As for last week’s challenge, I made Applesauce Muffins from the Sweet and Sugar Free cookbook. (My new best friend I think!) 


Now, I only had my new cute owlet pan so I HAD to use it! Sorry it’s a little blurry. But there’s no chance of re-taking it.. We ate these the same evening I made them!  They are super good and nothing bad in them. Here’s the recipe:

1 large egg                                                                          

2 TB vegetable oil (i used olive oil)                                              

1 1/2 c unsweetened applesauce                                                   

2 c unbleached white flour (I used Namaste’ gf flour mix)             

3/4 tsp baking soda                                                                                         

2 tsp baking powder

  1/2 tsp each nutmeg and cinnamon

3/4 c raisins

Topping :  (optional)

1 8oz pkg cream cheese, softened


Beat together egg, oil and applesauce. Add flour, baking soda, baking powder and spices. Beat well. stir in raisins. spoon batter into oiled and floured muffin wells. Bake at 375 deg for 20 to 25 minutes or until firm to the touch and browned. cool on wire racks.

to make topping, cream together cream cheese and just enough milk to make a thick, spreadable mixture. spread over cooled muffins and serve. serves 12

**** Now, as i stated I substituted the white flour with my mix and 1 egg for a duck egg. I also made my own applesauce. My OH had come home with a bag of red delicious apples a few days before. So I cut up 4 or 5 ,threw a touch of water, cinnamon and nutmeg with them in the crock pot and left it alone until it was all soft and mushy. It was just enough for the recipe. yum. I didn’t make the topping, since we can’t have dairy but they didn’t need them! they were so delicious. Definitely a recipe i’m going to make again! 

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