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Sunday Dinner: Peach Pie and Lemonade

This Monday morning is much different than most. I am sitting at my kitchen breakfast bar, with my computer and my second cup of frothy coconut oil coffee. It is rainy and I have no where to rush off to. The Today Show is on quietly in the background and cows are mooing in my backyard. My husband is still sleeping and I am truly enjoying the quiet, non-busy, blissful moment.

Today is Memorial Day. I am so thankful. We live in a country where peaceful times like this are still possible. I am truly living the American Dream.

My hubby put in long hours this past week, trying to finish the planting season. On Saturday, I knew he was tired as he only got a few hours of sleep the night before. So, I took the liberty of making homemade peach pie (from the fresh peaches I blanch and froze last summer) and homemade strawberry lemonade to take out with our “tractor date”. And there I was, crammed into the tiny, hard side passenger seat bouncing  across the rough field with warm peach pie and cold lemonade on my lap, and my husband, on a Saturday afternoon. If you’re a farmer’s wife, you know that even though those seats are uncomfortable, you’d do it just to have more than 3.5 minutes with your husband.

Honestly, there is nothing more American than Pie and Lemonade. It is the perfect combination!

Peach Pie

Here’s What you’ll need:

  • 3 Cups Flour
  • 1 Tablespoon Vinegar
  • 1/2 Cup Crisco
  • 1/2 Cup Butter, not fully melted, but very soft
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Cold Tap Water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients and mix well. Dough will be flaky and sticky. Add more water if needed. Roll out and place in pie pan. Cut off excess and save for topping. Place in preheated oven and bake for about 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned.

Combine peaches with 2 teaspoons of vanilla, and cinnamon. Stir and place in baked pie crust. Top with remaining crust. I did almost a doughy, crumble topping! Brush on egg wash (one egg well beaten) and place back in oven for about 40 minutes. Remove pie and sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon, place back in oven for about 15 minutes or until done.

Warm Peach Pie

Strawberry Lemonade

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 3/4 Cup Frozen Strawberries (No sugar added)
  • The juice of four lemons
  • Water

For larger batches, one cup of sugar for every cup of water.

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Combine sugar, water and strawberries in saucepan and bring to a full boil. Meanwhile, juice the lemons. Once sugar water is boiling, remove from stove and mix in lemon juice. Pour in pitcher and add remaining cold water. Refrigerate until chilled. Add ice before serving.

I decorated my dinning room buffet table with some patriotic décor!
I decorated my dinning room buffet table with some patriotic décor!

Happy Memorial Day!! A big thank you to all our military who have served and fought for our freedom! We are so thankful!

And don’t forget to enter my DOUBLE Giveaway! To enter, click the link at the bottom of my Top Ten Kitchen Picks Post!

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My Top 10 Kitchen Picks & two GIVEAWAYS!!

It’s been a busy week for everyone this week! North Dakota finally got some much needed rain yesterday and today, to give my hubby and all our area farmers a big break too! I’ve been up countless hours this week, due to worrying about my husband being out until 3 or 4 am. What a relief to be almost half done seeding soy beans and done with corn!

Now with the spring rains, spring is definitely in the air, which make me want to start cleaning out closets and cabinets. I confess, I have done a few already! With that being said, I thought of a great blog topic while cleaning out my cabinets (or at least a couple of them)! So today, I am sharing with you my top ten favorite kitchen gadgets or tools!

1. Kitchen Aid Mixer I love my Kitchen Aid! I have the aqua color. I have dark cabinets and aqua/mint accents in my kitchen, and this color looks amazing! If you don’t have one, you are missing out! Kitchen Aid has just about every color under the sun and it is a great cooking tool that I use a lot! They are spendy, but worth it! Plus, they have lots of attachements like a citrus juicer, pasta maker, even an apple corer and peeler!

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2. Ninja Blender This is also another kitchen investment, but so worth it! I use my Ninja everyday for my Shakeology! And it crushes ice like a pro! I have also used it to puree soups and even creamy mashed potatoes!

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3. Over-The-Sink Collapsable Strainer and Cutting Board Now that summer is around the corner,  I use this all summer long! It is great for cutting up strawberries or even washing grapes for a fruit salad! Although, I have to admit, it is a little awkward for storing. I wish the cutting board could also fold up! I got this as a wedding gift that I had registered for and it is a great gift for a bride to be or for yourself!

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4. Silicone Quilted Mitt

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These are not your standard oven mitts! I personally have the green one, and I love it! Not only is it durable, it is easy to wipe off, and it is also super grippy. At $9.99, it is more expensive than your standard oven mitt from Walmart, but it will last you a lot longer! I use mine all the time and I have even used it to open cans before!

5. Tupperware: Breakfast Maker

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Last summer, I had a Tupperwar party and I got several new gadgets and cooking tools that I love and use almost everyday! This is one of them! Since I started eating healthier and became a BeachBody coach in January, this has definitely came in handy! I put  my eggs or egg white in this little container, and microwave for about one and half minutes and I have eggs! You can add cheese or meats, with adjusting your cooking time, you’ll have eggs just the way you like them in minutes! Tupperware also has a past maker that works similar!

I will be giving away the pasta cooker, just like this! You can have your pasta cooked in seconds, whether at work or just a busy mom. It is a great time saver! See entry form link at the bottom of this post!

6. Boil Over Spill Stopper

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If you’re anything like me, you are a kitchen multi-tasker, and not always watching the noodles or potatoes that are boiling! I have boiled over everything, even my hubby makes fun of me because of my awesome boiling over skills! This has been a life saver! No more watching and waiting for the water to boil to turn down your stove top! This silicone stopper comes in a few different sizes and colors and the best part?! You’ll never boil anything over again!

7. Silicone Muffin Liners

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Ever wanted to make cupcakes or muffins, but realized you didn’t have any liners?! Problem solved! These silicone liners last forever and you’ll always have liners on hand! I have 2 dozen of these and they work great! Totally dishwasher safe and easy cleanup!

8. Chicago Metallic Batter Dispenser

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This is such a great, great idea! I have this exact dispenser and I love it! It is great for pancakes and muffins! If you are like me, I can never get two pancakes to be the same size! This is a life saver! It makes perfect pancakes every time!

This is my second giveaway item! Please see the link to enter at the bottom of this post!

 9. Tupperware FridgeSmart Veggie and Fruit Savers

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I also have these nifty containers from Tupperware. Do you like to buy fresh veggies and fruit, but it never lasts longer than a few days before getting moldy or brown?! I have your solution!!! With my new healthy lifestyle change in January, these have saved lots of money and they keep fruit and especially salad fresh, for longer than a few days! The lettuce stays fresh and crisp for longer than a few days!

The lid has an adjustable bar, depending on what you are storing, slide it to the right or left! It comes with instructions and also the little diagrams on the outside of the container.

10. Joseph Joseph 6-Piece Utensil Set

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If you don’t have this set, you need it! It come with 6 pieces, all essential cooking utensils! Not only are the handles super grippy, it is a no mess situation with the raised counter rest!  Have a summer wedding coming up and not sure what to get?! This makes a great mid-price gift and it is durable and will definitely last!

There is my list of my top 10 favorite kitchen picks! Don’t forget to enter my giveaway for the Tupperware Pasta Cooker and the Batter Dispenser! The giveaway will close Friday, June 5th and two winners will be randomly selected. The two winners will have 24 hours after they are selected to contact me.

You can also enter via my Facebook like pages, The Life of the Dakota Farmer’s Wife or The Fit Farmer’s Wife!

Good Luck!

Copy this link to your browser and enter!

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Also, if you haven’t please check out my Facebook pages, The Life of the Dakota Farmer’s Wife and The Fit Farmer’s Wife!!

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Fashionista Friday: Modern Vintage Boutique

Once again, it is Friday. But this Friday is very different from most of my Fridays, I took the day off and am spending it getting things done around the house! Even though I am busy, I love being at home, not have a schedule, or having to put make-up on and go somewhere. It is just the bliss of the simple things.

Right now, I am writing to you from my patio outside the front of my house. I have a large mason jar of lemon and strawberry infused water, and I am ready to share with you about a wonderful, little boutique that I love and my last weekend, date night shinadigans!

Last weekend, Taylor and I finally squeezed in a date night! We hadn’t had time with spring planting and with me working. It was a thunderstormy afternoon and we both could get away.

We went out to eat at a local, downtown restaurant, where we enjoyed Chicken Alfredo and Steak with Shrimp. (Can you guess who had what?! Yes, I love my cheesey, gooey, carbs!) It was wonderful.

Then we went to the Pitch Perfect 2 movie. It was okay, but definitely not as good as the first. I would still reccomment seeing it if you have already saw the first one, but don’t let your expectations be too high.

Anyway, here is what I wore:

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A lovely, white lace dress from the Modern Vintage Boutique and the best part, it was on SALE!!

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Modern Vintage Boutique is filled with trendy tops, skirts, dresses, and of course the basics like camis and tanks. Right now, they have lots of super cute Fourth of July outfits! I have been looking for something cute for that weekend because we are taking a roadtrip to the Southwest part of the state and attending the Medora Musical the night of the fourth. It is also our second anniversary and my birthday weekend. I am just happy to be getting away then and having a little mini vacation!

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Anyway, the MVB has your back and style for any occation! Along with this dress I purchased a Christmas/New Year’s Eve dress for my office Christmas party this winter! I know, it’s too early to be thinking of snow and Christmas again, but it was only $18 and it’s a gorgeous, red, strapless gown! I am so excited to wear it!!!

MVB also has some guy clothing too for that special man in your life! I haven’t personally purchased anything for Taylor from here, but it looks like good quality clothing!

Happy Friday, loves!

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Fashionista Friday: Origami Owl

So, last weekend was Mother’s Day. My mom’s birthday is today. (Happy Birthday, mom!) Year after year, usually mom always gets her birthday and Mother’s Day gifts combined into one gift. This year, I wanted to get her and my mom-in-law something special for Mother’s Day, after all, they are pretty great! 😉

I had been hearing about Origami Owl for about the past year. Origami Owl is an online site where you can purchase “living lockets” that can be worn as a necklace or bracelet. They have little life charms to put into the lockets, depending on occupation, hobbies, sports, travel, etc… It is a really cute and neat idea for moms or with graduation approaching, a grad gift! They also have personalized ingraveable pieces to put inside the living locket, to make it more personalbe and special.

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Don’t they come in the cutest, mini take-out boxes?!

For my mom, I got a doggie paw print charm, camper charm, fishing rod charm, and the classic “mom” charm, with the engraveable back. For my mom-in-law, I got a tractor charm, cupcake charm, a cross charm, and the “mom” charm, and the engraveable back. Seriously, these tiny charms are just the cutest thing!! I think they both really loved them! Plus, it is something you can always add to! I got the medium sized living lockets, which were about maxed out full with the charms I got for both of my moms. You could switch out to a larger locket to add more.

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There are also fun add on Dangles that hang from the necklace chain. Again, depending on style, hobbies, and likes there are tons of cute dangles to add on to any chain!

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Happy Friday and Happy Shopping!

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Why I Became A BeachBody Coach

If you follow me on Pinterest or Instagram, or we are Facebook friends, you may have noticed that I have been posting a lot about health, fitness, BeachBody, and Shakeology. No, I haven’t gone off the deep end. No, I am not addicted to fitness. No, I am not some health-crazed fanatic that drinks protein shakes all the time. Yes, I have a life besides fitness. Yes, my husband supports me 150%, in fact, I wouldn’t be doing this without his encouragement! There, I got the dumb questions out of the way!

Now, here is my story and why I decided to become a BeachBody coach…

Last October, I was diagnosed with Rhuematoid Arthritis and later, diagnosed again with Psoriasis. I wasn’t eating great, even though I thought I was. I have literally tried it all. Paleo, Low Carb, No Sugar, Limited to no meat, nothing seemed to help me feel better. One side effect of RA that I had been experiencing (along with swollen and sore joints) was, being tired all the time, to the point of exhaustion. My husband said, I would be itching everywhere in my sleep because of my psoriasis. This is when I knew I had to do something.

I have a friend that was doing PiYo and she had amazing results, so after we got back from our vacation in December, and dealing with dry, patchy, and itchy skin in a bikini, I ordered and signed up for the PiYo and Shakeology Challenge Pack. Little did I know, it would change my life forever.

Never, have I committed and stuck to something for long-term, like eating plans and workout regimens. Like I said, I was a big fad dieter all my life. That is all I knew.

I got to meet my free coach, Rose through my program. Rose has helped encourage me and support me so much in the last 6 months. From overcoming my addiction to the scale to answering all my dumb questions, and finally being my boss and mentor! I am so blessed to be on my team! I have gotten to met and now work with some amazing ladies! But that isn’t all…

1. It Keeps Me Going. Being a coach isn’t about just me anymore. I get to help others, which I love! And helping others reach their goal and have amazing success stories, keeps me motivated to stay healthy. Because, believe it or not, I have my days when I pig out or when I don’t want to workout, but know I have people looking to me for inspiration. It keeps me from quitting and giving up. Plus, it keeps my fitness journey going! I still am not at my goal size or weight, but that just means, I am working right along with my challengers to achieve my own personal goals. This is why I love what I do, I love helping others, along with continuing bettering my own personal health!

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My before and after pictures. The left is in January before I started PiYo and the right is my eight week after photo!

2. It Is My Job. It is hard to call it that, but it is! It is my job as a coach to be promoting a healthy and postitive lifestyle! (Sorry in advance for all the sweaty workout selfies, Shakeology Selfies, and positive vibe posts!) I am building MY business! As a coach, I like to think I live a somewhat positive and healthy lifestyle, and I need and want to promote it to get others to want to better themselves for THEMSELVES. We were only given one body to live in so, why not take care of it?! It’s called living to your fullest poteinial!

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3. I Don’t Diet. I no longer have crazy fad diets. I eat whole, clean foods. I eat carbs. I eat sugar. I have my cheat days where I’ll eat fried food and ice cream. I don’t stress anymore when I overeat or have a cheat day or meal (unplanned or planned). I don’t have off limit foods anymore. Limiting your food or food items like carbs, makes diets fail. You need carbs, but healthy ones, like whole grain bread or sweet potatoes (in the correct portion sizes). Not only do you need them, but if you limit them, you are also more likely to overeat once you are reintroduced to them. I am now eating correct portion sizes, with the combination of healthy grains and fats that my body needs and yours does too!

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Shakeology: The healthies meal of the day!

4. I Am Proud of My Journey. Since January, I have lost over 11 inches off my body. I have energy again! My Psoriasis completely cleared up! I am no longer itching in my sleep and keeping my husband up! Shakeology has helped with all of the above, by getting my the proper nutrition and vitamins (No, Shakeology is not just another protein shake!) that I need, daily! I am proud of my mini abs poking through! I am proud I lost my arm jiggle! I have worked so hard for this and for my body, and I am not complaining!

During the 21 Day Fix Extreme.
During the 21 Day Fix Extreme.

5. Ask Me About My Journey. No, I won’t be sales-y and try to rope you into something you don’t want to do. But I will tell you about my story. About how eating the correct portion sizes of proteins and veggies (yes, you can OD on veggies), working out faithfully, and drinking Shakeology has helped me! And just maybe, you’ll surprise yourself and want to try it out for YOU!

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6. I Am Just Like You! Even though I am a BeachBody Coach, I still struggle with chocolate cravings. I still over eat every once in awhile. I still drink wine on occasion. And I can’t wait to eat at our local, small town Tastee Freeze this summer!! I still struggle somedays to stay motivated and workout instead of sitting on the couch all evening watching tv. I still take ugly pictures, I am still self conscious, and have my own insecurities. I am not a glorified, holier-than-thou, fitness freak, health nut, dieting machine, workout all the day long, obessed coach. I am not, and I will never be. I have a life, I have a full time job, I have a husband, and thanks for asking!

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Dear Grandma…

I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother’s Day Weekend! I know it can be a hard holiday for those who can’t have children or those that have lost babies, or even me. I lost all my grandmas within nine months, and when I was only sixteen years old. They never got to see me graduate, or have my first boyfriend, or see me marry my soul-mate. There are some days when I wish I could call them up and tell them everything that has happend.

Just since I have been married, I found out that my great-grandma, who attended the same church as Taylor did growning up, would shake his hand and tell him, “You are such a nice young man”. Hearing this made me tear up. She knew before I knew. It was like having her stamp of approval on the man I married. Knowing this, is so precious to my heart.

I think we all have favorite things our grandmothers did, whether they are still with us, or not. My Grandma Hess was famous for her baking and cooking, especially her homemade buns! Probably where I get my sweet tooth from! My Grandma Sharon was always fashionable and loved entertaining, as do I! I only got to know one of my great-grandmothers, but she was truly an amazing woman of faith and love.

I was asked to write and read a reading for Mother’s Day for church, unfortunately, because of some events, I was unable to read this in church so, I am sharing it with you today.

Dear Great-Grandma Esther,

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Oh Grandma, how I miss you. The tulips are blooming at your grave today and they look beautiful. I wish you could see them and I wish I could wake up just to talk to you for an hour. So much has happened…

I graduated high school and went on to college and worked in Bismarck for the thing I always wanted to do, designing! And remember that boy you would shake hands with and tell him “you are such a nice young man” in the Gackle Baptist church? Well, he is my husband now, my soul mate. And, you were right, he is an amazing, Christian man and a farmer just like grandpa. You and grandpa would be so proud.

I wish you could taste my cooking and baking. I have come a long way in the past few years! I hated cooking in high school, as you probably remember. And I wish I could call you about those darn raccoons that ate all my sweet corn last year and why my peppers didn’t come up. I so wish I could show you our little house on the prairie. I know you would love it.

I wish I could call you and talk to you about my triumphs and my struggles. I also inherited your arthritic hands and joints, but if my hands can someday say they made as many caramel rolls, strudel, and planted a garden as long as you did, and most of all folded in prayer as much as yours did, I will have lived a life to its fullest potential. I know all those prayers that you said for me and all your other grandchildren and great-grandchildren, they got me to where I am at now and I am ever so thankful.

I can’t express enough how much I miss you. I miss your groggy morning voice that says “I have a frog in my throat” on those sunny, summery Gackle mornings when you would make toast and have your little cup of coffee. I miss your usual after school snacks of peaches, orange juice, and chocolate chip cookies. I miss your always giving attitude like that time I jokingly asked you if I could use your tiny, table top ironing board to go sledding on in the winter. Of course you said yes. Or how you would iron the church dish towels and insist on delivering meals out to the field in the summer or that you still wanted to shovel grain bins at 89. Or your servant spirit. You would always be the last one to sit down at a family dinner. You were always up to pass the next dish around, and the last one to take whatever was left, if any. And you were the first to insist on doing the dishes, no matter how many of us told you no. I miss those wrinkled, warm, crippled hands of yours that baked, cooked, and took care of us and most importantly, prayed for all of us.

Thank you Grandma, for showing us the true meaning of unconditional love. You were the true meaning of Jesus. I know you would be so proud of me. And I know you love me still just as much as I still love you. I can feel your strong, loving spirit with me and with-in me. You were my greatest example of love and the ultimate example of the farmer’s wife. My sixteen years with you was never nor could be long enough, but you blessed my life so much in those sixteen years just by being you, just by being my GREAT grandma.

As I stand up, I pat your tombstone, a love pat, like the little pat on my bottom like you would do when I would leave your house. The wind is blowing and it is getting late. I have to get back home to make dinner.

That is all for now. I love you and I miss you. I’ll come back and visit again next week at the usual time…

My great grandmother was the perfect example of unconditional love. She loved everyone. Even if you were a stranger at her home, she would welcome you in with warm, freshly baked chocolate chip cookies and her servant spirit would make you feel right at home. She never stopped working, caring or praying. Even when she was in the nursing home in Dickinson in November, she tried to give us money to “go to the tastee freeze”. In all the sense of the phase, she gave more than she took, which describes her perfectly and that alone is hard to find these days. She was the ultimate wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother and I will forever miss her and love her not only just for being my grandma, but for being a role model, and a woman who is priceless.

10 [b]A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still night;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her female servants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff
and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor
and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed;
she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate

If you have a grandmother or great-grandmother who is still alive, call her today. Tell her you love her. Give her a hug and a kiss. Let her tell you a story from the past. Life is too short and passes too quickly.

Happy Mother’s Day

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Sunday Dinner: Maraschino Cherry Muffins with Almond Glaze

Happy Mother’s Day weekend! Hope all you mommies, momma’s-to-be, and grandma’s had a wonderful weekend!

What a weekend it was here in North Dakota! Saturday was a cool, spring day and Sunday, the ground was white with snow! Granted, we live in North Dakota and we expect the unexpected and plan for the unplanned, but this was a surprise! We lost a few little calves yesterday in the snow-storm, and it is still snowing and sleeting today.

This was Saturday, Crabapple Tree blooming!
This was Saturday, Crabapple Tree blooming!
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And this was on Sunday morning! Mother’s Day Blizzard!

While it was icky outside, I stayed toasty and warm inside my kitchen and cooked and baked! I meal prepped for a few hours on Saturday evening and baked treats to take to work on Monday. I made spaghetti squash with turkey and veggies for lunches this week, and I baked a banana cream poke cake, grape salad, and maraschino cherry muffins with a sweet, almond glaze, which I am sharing with you today!

I got the original recipe, which is a loaf instead of muffins, from Averie Cooks. I tweaked the recipe a little to make it my own…

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Cherry Muffins/Bread

  • 2 jars (10 oz.) Maraschino Cherries, divided
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • pinch of salt, optional
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable oil
  • cherry juice reserved, 1/2 cup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

Cherry Almond Glaze

  • 1/4 cup – 1/2 cup of reserved cherry juice
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray muffin tins with non-stick spray; set aside. Recipe may be also baked in one 9×5 pan or cake pan or in mini loaf pans; adjust baking time accordingly.

Remove cherries from jar and chop. Reserve the juice and set aside. (I used about 1 and a half jars of cherries and all the juice from both jars.) Toss cherries with about 2 or more tablespoons of flour (prevents cherries from sinking in dough).

In large mixing bowl, add flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and whisk to combine; set aside.

In a smaller mixing bowl, combine eggs, oil, and all the cherry juice from jars, except 1/2 cup reserved for the glaze, almond extract, vanilla extract, and whisk to combine.

Pour wet mixture over the dry ingredients and stir to combine; do not over mix. Batter will be thick.

Lightly fold in chopped cherries.

Put batter into prepared muffin tins or pan and bake for about 20 – 25 minutes or until done (time again depends on what you are baking).

Cherry Almond Glaze

In a medium bowl combine juice, almond extract, and powdered sugar. Whisk to combine and add sugar until it reaches the desired consistentcy is reached. Glaze the bread prior to serving. Will keep airtight for about 5 days or in the freezer for 6 months. Do not glaze bread until ready to serve, if you plan on storing long term.

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Sweet cherry, almond goodness.

Have a Happy Monday!