Butternut Streusel Muffins

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Our next butternut recipe is muffins. My taste-tester Tab said they were, “the REAL deal.” I am taking this as a supreme compliment. They did smell fantastic. Scramble up a little egg in the morning, a steaming cup of coffee and one of these muffins and I think you have the perfect morning nourishment to get you going and ready for the day. I think if I had to tweak this recipe I may add a cinnamon honey filling or drizzle over the top for dramatic effect. I have used the same muffin base, except I obviously added butternut, as well as experimenting with a crumble topping. You could also supplement pumpkin in this recipe. Which ever your taste buds desire.

Butternut Streusel Muffins

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Cinnamon Butternut Stuffed Cookies

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I am declaring the next week Butternut Week on the blog. I know fall makes everyone pumpkin-crazed, but I make my own rules and seeing as I’m in charge of this blog I am replacing pumpkin with my new favorite squash: BUTTERNUT. I am kicking this week off with a butternut stuffed cookie. I’ll admit I was a tiny bit apprehensive about trying these after all the peanut butter and chocolate recipe. I think this was the best out of the group, hands down. Homey and absolutely Falltastic. Give it a shot, I think you’ll be surprised.

Cinnamon Butternut Stuffed Cookies

Reverse Reese Cookies

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Last week I posted a Reese inspired gluten-free cookie (click the link to check it out and to blow your mind). I also decided to reverse rolls and create a reserve cookie. This is the by-product. A yummy, chocolate gooey centered, almond butter cookie. I think these were probably better than the chocolate one, although if chocolate is a sore spot for you, the reese is probably the way to go. Try them both, mix and match.

Reverse Reese Cookie

Reese Cookies

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Confession: I am a peanut butter girl. Growing up with a father who could down jars of the stuff, it’s no matter I fall victim to the same kind of infatuation. So when I challenged myself to make a goodie basket for a friend whose niece discovered she had a gluten intolerance, it came to me instantly to do a reese inspire cookie. The verdict? These cookies are GOOD!

Reese Cookies

Bacon Fat Grilled Steaks

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How can you not like bacon? Tab an I have been doing some major bacon accessorizing lately. That means I’ve had some bacon fat to spare. This is a very good thing. On the said friend night (click for the Butternut Apple Bake and to know what I’m talking about), Tab bought some monster sirloin. Since we had some time to wait for guests, I was down for marinating them. Not only did I season the shit out of them, but why not melt some bacon fat to smother on them? Oh yes, so juicy, spicy, and flavor packed! A great summer wind down grill out.

Bacon Fat Grilled Steak

Butternut Apple Bake

005Walking down the grocery aisle I couldn’t help but notice a butternut and apple dish. Of course it was probably spiked with refined sugar, so I decided to recreate my own version. Butternut is only something I have recently come to know and love. Now I usually replace pumpkin recipes with butternut. I made this dish originally a month ago for Tab and one of her Crossfit buddies. It was an instant hit. Last week I served it one again at a friends dinner evening. This time I even got praise from Tab’s picky non-veggie eating boyfriend. If I can get a food stickler to not only eat, but praise a dish, I know it’s good. Note: I don’t mind cutting up a squash, but the first time Tab tried she called me proclaiming her greater appreciation for me because she had not only spent over an hour working on it, but she’d nearly lost more than one finger. They do sell pre-cubed squash. Now with fall quickly approaching, this is the perfect seasonal dish for you to serve up at your Autumn shindigs.

Butternut Apple Bake

Bliss Balls

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I had some dates stored in the frig for some reason, so I decided to do something about them. Naturally I just started mixing things and letting them happen. The results were these chewy, nutty balls. They were easy to make and pop in your mouth. Good for a trail!

Bliss Balls