Sweet Treats and Bachelor Viewing

I haven't touched this sweet blog in over a year and it makes me so sad! But with a new year, new kitchen creations, and new things, I refuse to let it go again. My tech-savvy sister, Nina, was even nice enough to help me with the new heading!

I thought about this post as I was making magic in the kitchen at Casa Nido earlier this week in preparation for The Bachelor season premiere.  I love baking sweet treats for my favorite girls while we all sit around and make our side comments about the show.  The girls this season...yikes! This week's treat was a hit, as is anything that includes nutella.  I stumbled upon Nutella Filled Baked Donut Muffins while browsing Pinterest and couldn't pass up the opportunity.  These bite size friends will please any palette.

Nutella Filled Baked Donut Muffins

 recipe from USMasala

1 3/4 cup flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/3 cup oil
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
Nutella (as much as you want!)

3 tbsp. unsalted butter
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1.  Preheat oven to 350ºF and grease a muffin pan. (I used a mini muffin pan.)
2.  Mix together flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
3.  In a separate bowl, mix together oil, sugar, and vanilla. Then, add the dry ingredients and mix.
4.  Fill each muffin hole about half full.  Add about a teaspoon (or as much as you see fit!) of nutella in the center, then cover with batter until about 3/4 full.
5.  Bake at 350º for about 15 minutes. 
6.  While muffins are in the oven, melt the butter.  In a separate bowl, stir together cinnamon and sugar.
7.  Take muffins out of pan while they are still warm.  Dip the muffins into the butter, then into the cinnamon-sugar mixture.  Let them cool on a cooling rack for a few minutes before indulging.

These are easily some of the most delicious things I have ever made and this recipe will be a staple in my cookbook!



Treats and Snoozin'

I feel as though it's only appropriate to share this little morsel of fun after what has happened in Casa Nido this weekend.  There has been constant laughter to make up for time we don't get to spend together.  Marcel has provided us with a lot of entertainment as we have been quoting it ALL THE TIME.  My day was made about a week ago when Nina sent the new video to me.  I don't want anyone to be deprived...so here it is!!

Treats and snoozin', snoozin' and treats.


The Countdown

Almost three months ago, to the day, was my last post...sad sad day.  A special someone, *cough* Molly *cough*, has been bugging me every day, even multiple times a day! I've run into so many bloggable things lately and have been so sad that I don't post them.  So I figured, what better day to blog than the day that marks two months until Christmas! I can already smell Casa Nido at Christmastime.  I can see the red lights on the tree.  I can hear the jingle bells and the sound of Santa's laugh.  Ohh the bliss.

Because it's October 25th, it's only appropriate to share something that is so jolly and is sure to put a smile on your face.  Sweet little Em Seng and I watch these videos continuously throughout the year and even more at Christmas.

*Because he gets in your house, and you can't hear a sound, and he doesn't leave fingerprints..ding ding!*


Tiny Humans

This is a little gem that I'm copying from Emily's blog.  It is one of the most precious things I've seen in awhile...and it also happens to go along with the simple things in life.
Actual Children’s Answers to The Question “What Is Love?”
“Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.” - Chrissy, age 6 
“Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.” - Terri, age 4
“Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK.” - Danny, age 7
“Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing, you still want to be together and you talk more. My Mommy and Daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss.” - Emily, age 8
“Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.” - Bobby, age 7
“If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate,” - Nikka, age 6
“Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday.” - Noelle, age 7
“Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well.” - Tommy, age 6
“During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling. He was the only one doing that. I wasn’t scared anymore.” - Cindy, age 8
“My mommy loves me more than anybody. You don’t see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night.” - Clare, age 6
“Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.” - Elaine, age 5
“Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Brad Pitt.” - Chris, age 7
“Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.” - Mary Ann, age 4
“I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.” - Lauren, age 4
“When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s love.” - Rebecca, age 8
“When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.” - Karen, age 7
“You really shouldn’t say ‘I love you’ unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.” - Jessica, age 8