Work In Progress

The other day, I received an email from Tumblr wishing my blog a Happy 3rd Birthday.

My thought when I opened it? It’s been THREE years already? I haven’t really made much of my blog.

In my previous post, I stated that I wanted to blog more in order to keep my writing skills in good shape. The only problem was— I was at a lost of what to blog about. Then a few weeks ago, it dawned on me— why don’t I blog about my baking experiences?? I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to bake, so why had I not thought about this sooner?

I guess it’s better late than never. 

I love everything about fall. Football season, the weather, my birthday, football, the holiday season and did I mention football? I also love anything AND everything pumpkin/pumpkin spice. 

My first pumpkin related recipe for the year was Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffins. They may have not turned out aesthetically pleasing as I wished but man they were good!


Ingredients:

Muffins:

1- 15 oz can of pumpkin
1/4 cup of vegetable oil ( I used canola oil)
2 large eggs
1 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1 1/2 cups of flour
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon of ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/4 teaspoon of ground pepper

*All the spices( the cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves) are basically pumpkin pie spice, which can be bought already made. But for the sake of this recipe and not wanting to mess it up, I followed as is. 

Filling:

8 oz of cream cheese at room temperature
1 large egg yolk
5 tablespoons of sugar
1/8 teaspoon of vanilla

Instructions:


1. Pre-heat oven to 350°. I used a cupcake maker for mine, so I did not use a typical oven.
2. Gather all ingredients needed. I find it easier to have all ingredients measured and ready to go. It makes baking easier and saves some time, imo. 

3. Mix the pumpkin, oil and sugar together. 
4. Add in eggs, one at a time. Make sure to mix throughly.
5. Add vanilla and mix.

6.  In another bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, pepper and spices.

7. Slowly add the dry mixture into the pumpkin mixture.

8. Set aside and gather ingredients for the filling.

8 oz of cream cheese at room temperature
1 large egg yolk
5 tablespoons of sugar
1/8 teaspoon of vanilla


9. MIx the cream cheese, sugar, egg yolk and vanilla until well combined.

10. Grease muffin pans or line them with paper cups. Again, I used a cupcake maker for mine. I absolutely love using it when making any kind of cupcake or muffins because its cooks a lot faster than in the oven. The only downside is that I can only make 6 at a time.

11. Drop in a few spoonfuls of pumpkin mixture.


12. Add smaller spoonfuls of filling and use a skewer to swirl.

13. Put in oven and bake! For “normal” baking in the oven, put in oven for about 25 minutes. Check to see if its done but inserting a toothpick (or anything skinny) into a muffin. If the toothpick comes out clean, then the muffins are done. If not, leave in the oven for a few more minutes.

The finished products:

Enjoy!

Up next: Pumpkin Yogurt Pound Cake.

xoxo

The Best Is Yet To Come…. or is it?

blog (noun)
a Web site that contains an online personal journal with reflections, comments, and often hyperlinks provided by the writer *

I originally started my blog to be somewhat of that definition. But it quickly turned into posts and reposts mainly about my two favorite things: music and football.

As time passed and I was getting closer to graduation, I told myself that I needed to continue writing in order to keep my writing skills in tip top shape. I mean after all, I have a degree in communications- public relations to be exact.  I’ve attempted this a few times and obviously didn’t keep up with it. Hence, this blog. Now that I have ALL this free time, I might as well use it to my advantage. But what do I “blog” about? Football? Music? My day to day life? Football and music I can write about, but my day to day life?  Where am I supposed to start and who would even be remotely interested in that? But in the words of Gurkin from the movie Sydney White, “It’s not about being read. It’s about being written.” 

 

With all this “free” time I now have, I’ve been working, interning and job hunting. It can be tiring sometimes but I think that’s just the old age kicking in. 

I’ve had the great opportunity to have been interning at JOC PR for the past year. Not only did I get to experience the event planning side of PR, but I got the chance to work with some NFL athletes and helping them plan, set and execute events for their non-profit organizations and their community involvement. I’ve gotten to experience great things and even meet some NFL players that I never would have if it wasn’t for this internship and I will be forever grateful! (And for the NFL fan that I am, this was just a DREAM. This girl loves her football!) 

But I think I have gotten all that I can from this internship and need to expand on my knowledge and experience in the different aspects of public relations.  

There are a few things in the works and I can only hope and pray that something good comes from them. So fingers crossed.

In the mean time, I will continue to work, intern, job hunt and count down the days till kickoff! 

Go Patriots :)

xoxo

 

*Definition comes from http://www.merriam-webster.com. Giving credit where credit is due :)