Pumpkin Craisin Muffins


Source: Cooking Light
Changes:  I didn’t chop the craisins, just used them as is.  I am pretty sure that I just used milk instead of buttermilk, but I am writing this a while after I made these, so I don’t quite remember.
Thoughts:  Very tasty, fall-like, moist muffins!


Zucchini, Black Bean, and Rice Skillet


Source:  readyseteat
Changes:  I used regular rice in place of instant, and just cooked it fully before stirring it into the skillet.  I also added some cumin, red chili flakes, salt, and black pepper, to taste.
Thoughts:  Easy and tasty.  I will definitely make this again.

Chocolate Waffles with Ice Cream and Salted Caramel Sauce

ImageSources:  Food network for the waffles, Ben & Jerry’s for the ice cream, and Nosh with Me for the salted caramel sauce.
Changes:  Waffles – none.  Coffee Ice Cream (left) – Used espresso powder in place of instant coffee and added a cup of mini chocolate chips.  Vanilla Oreo Ice Cream (right) – Used ground vanilla bean in place of vanilla extract.  Caramel Sauce – none.
Thoughts:  Both ice creams were great and easy to make.  The espresso chip ice cream ended up being my favorite homemade ice cream so far, but does not make a good bed time snack with the amount of caffeine in it.  The sauce was delicious, but a bit scary to make.  I will definitely make it again.  The chocolate waffles were just okay.  I was hoping for something more chocolatey and brownie-like.  (Perhaps I should have just made brownies.)

S’mores Cupcakes


Source:  yourcupofcake
Changes:  No mini marshmallows or chocolate topping.
Thoughts:  Okay.  The cream cheese in the frosting and filling made these taste more like chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese frosting than like s’mores.  The chocolate cake part was very moist and tasty.  The graham cracker bottom was dry and fell off with the cupcake wrapper. In the future I would mix the graham cracker crumbs with some melted butter, though I probably won’t be making these again.  They were too much of a hassle for just an “okay” cupcake.