8 Ways to Shake Up Your Muffin Tin!

If only a muffin tin could talk. “Honey, I’m ready to hold more than just muffin mix and cupcake mix.” “Sure cupcakes and muffins are yummy but let’s make something that your grandmother would be proud of.” “I don’t want to wait for a special occasion to be used.” “Let’s go on a culinary adventure.”

I know this might be a little scary but hey it’s going to be worth it- just wait and see. Nowadays muffin tins come in so many different sizes and shapes. Now you need to learn how to use them to their utmost potential. There are so many different choices of fun and easy to prepare meal options to pick from. You will never look at a muffin tin the same. We are going to shake up breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack time, oh and don’t forget about dessert.

Breakfast

1) Mini Cinnamon Monkey Rolls

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Ingredients:
• 12 Rhodes™ Dinner rolls, thaws but still cold
• 6 tbsp butter, melted
• 2 tbsp corn syrup
• ½ cup brown sugar
• 2 tbsp cinnamon
• Icing:
• 1 cup powdered sugar
• 1 tbsp butter, melted
• 1-2 tbsp milk
• ½ tsp vanilla

How to Make it:
1) Cut each dinner roll into 6 equal pieces
2) In a bowl, combine butter and corn syrup and stir until well mixed
3) In another bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon and mix well
4) Dip 6 roll pieces at a time in the butter mixture and then in the sugar mixture
5) Place 6 pieces in each well (muffin tin cups) sprayed cup of a 12 muffin tin
6) Repeat with remaining roll pieces
7) Cover with sprayed plastic wrap and let double in size
8) Remove wrap and bake at 350 degrees 15-20 minutes
9) Cool 3-4 minutes before removing from pan
10) Combine icing ingredients and mix well.
11) Drizzle over money breads if desired.

2) Low Carb. Ham and Egg Bowls

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Ingredients:
• ½ egg per cup
• A little heavy cream (or milk)
• Grated cheese (your pick)
• Onions and pepper, diced small
• A small pat of butter
• A couple of young green onions
• Ham slices, a little think
• Salt and pepper to taste

How to Make it:
1) To sauté the onions, I cheated a little. I added the butter to the frozen onions/peppers and threw them in the microwave for 2 minutes.
2) Spray the muffin tin cups with non-stick cooking spray. Line each with slice of ham
3) Add the cooked onions/peppers
4) Sprinkle in the cheese.
5) Pour in the egg mixture
a. Eggs
b. A little heavy cream
c. Salt and pepper
d. Beat well with a fork
6) Chop a small green onion top divide onto each.
7) Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes
So your final ham cups are just perfect! Fully cheesy eggy filling, salt crunchy outside.

Lunch or Dinner

1) Mini Chicken Pot Pies

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Ingredients:
• A can of Pillsbury® Grands!® Flack Layers refrigerated biscuits
• 1 can of cream of chicken soup
• 2 cups of frozen vegetables
• 1 can of cooked chicken

How to Make it:
• Take each of your biscuits, flatten them and put in your sprayed muffin tins
• Take your 2 cups of vegetables, your can of cooked chicken and your cream of chicken soup and mix them together.
• Add your chicken veggie mix to each of the biscuits that you’r flattened. Use about 2 heaping tablespoons. Add some shredded cheese if you like!
• Bake at 375 for 20 minutes until your biscuits are golden brown

2) Taco Supreme Bowls

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Ingredients:
• 1 pound ground beef
• 1 (1.25 ounce) package of Old El Pase seasoning mix
• 36 wonton wrappers
• 1 (16 ounce) can Old El Paso refried beans
• 36 tortilla chips
• 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
• Sour optional toppings: cream, diced tomatoes, cilantro, onion

How to Make it:
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Spray 18 muffin cups with cooking spray
2. Brown beef in a skillet and drain the fat. Add the taco seasoning mix and water called for on the package and simmer for 4-5 minutes. Set aside.
3. Place one wonton wrapper in the bottom of each muffin cup. Layer about 1 tbsp of refried beans on top of each wonton. Crush one tortilla chip on top of the beans. Top with 1 tbsp of taco meat and 1 tbsp of shredded cheese. Repeat the layers again with a wonton wrapper, refried beans, tortilla chips meat, and cheese.
4. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown.
5. Remove cupcakes from tin and top with your favorite taco toppings (i.e. sour cream, diced tomatoes, onion, or cilantro)

3) Mini Lasagna Cups

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Ingredients:
• 1 lb lean ground beef
• 1 lb sausage
• 1 cup spaghetti sauce
• 1 ½ cups part skim ricotta cheese
• ¼ tsp kosher salt
• ¼ tsp pepper
• 24 wonton wrappers
• 1 ½ cups shredded cheese

How to Make it:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Brown sausage and hamburger in large skillet over medium high heat and drain.
3. Divide into 4 portions and reserve three for another night. Add spaghetti sauce to remaining meat mixture and stir to combine.
4. In a large bowl, combine the ricotta the salt and pepper and stir to combine.
5. Coat a large bowl, combine the ricotta the salt and pepper and stir to combine.
6. Coat a 12 cup muffin tin with cooking spray, and arrange a wonton wrapper in each cup.
7. Take half the ricotta mixture and divide it among the 12 cups.
8. Top with half of the meat sauce, and sprinkle with shredded cheese.
9. Place another wonton wrapper over the cheese, and repeat the layers by adding the remaining ricotta cheese, meat sauce, and top with shredded cheese.

4) Cheeseburger Cups

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Ingredients:
Sauce
o ½ cup mayonnaise
o 2 tbsp ketchup
o 2 tsp yellow mustard
• 36 wonton wrappers
Burger
o 1 lb lean ground beef
o ¼ chopped onion
o ½ tsp salt
o ½ tsp pepper
o ½ cup chopped dill pickles
o ½ cup milk
• 12 (3/4-ounce) slices your chose of cheese
Toppings
o 1 cup chopped lettuce
o 1 tbsp sesame seed

How to Make it:
1. Heat oven to 375 degrees
2. Combine all sauce ingredients in bowl. Refrigerate until serving time.
3. Spray mini-muffin pan cups with no-stick cooking spray.
4. Press 1 wonton wrapper into each cup.
5. Bake 6-10 minutes or until lightly browned.
6. Cool completely; remove from pan.
7. Cook ground beef, onion, salt pepper in 12 in skillet over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until beef is browned.
8. Drain, if necessary.
9. Stir in pickles, milk and cheese.
10. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, 5-7 minutes or until cheese is melted.
11. Spoon meat mixture evenly into each wonton cup.
12. Top each with chopped lettuce, sauce and sesame seed. Serve immediately.

Snacks

1) Spinach Artichoke Dip

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Ingredients:

• 2 cups Parmesan cheese
• 1, 14 oz can artichoke heats, drained & chopped
• 1, 10 oz box of chopped spinach, thawed & drained
• 2/3 cup sour cream
• 1/3 cup mayonnaise
• 1, 8 oz block of cream cheese, softened
• 3 tsp garlic, chopped
• ¼ tsp onion powder
• 36 wonton wrappers

How to Make it:

1. Preheat oven to 325, spray an 8×8 baking.
2. Spray 3 mini muffin pans with cooking spray.
3. Press the wonton wrappers into each little cup of the muffin pan until they are all filled.
4. Place the pans in the oven and cook for about 8-10 minutes or until they just start to get golden brown around the edges.
5. Remove pans from oven and spoon the spinach artichoke dip into each little cup until they are all full.
6. Cover each pan with a piece of aluminum foil, but tent it so the foil isn’t touching the pan in the middle.
7. Place in oven and cook for 12 minutes. Remove foil, then cook another 2-4 minutes, or until mixture starts to bubble and the edges are browned, but not burned.
8. Remove from oven and place each bite onto a serving platter.
9. This recipe should make about 36 little bites, but it really depends on how much filling you put into each one.

Dessert

1) Mini Huckleberries Pies

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Ingredients:
• Pie Crust
o 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
o 1 tsp salt
o 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, cold, cut into small cubes
o ¼ cup ice water, plus more if needed
o 1 tsp lemon juice (mixed into the ice water)
• Huckleberry Glaze
o 2 cup berries
o 1 cup sugar
o 4 tbsp corn starch

How to Make it:
1. Pie Crust
a. In a bowl, combine flour and salt.
b. Add butter and mix together until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs with some larger pieces remaining, for about 10 seconds.
c. While the mixer is on add (lemony) ice water to mixture, keep mixing until the dough holds together without being wet or sticky.
d. Test the dough by squeezing a small amount of dough together; if it is still to crumbly, add a bit more water, 1 tbsp at a time.
e. Turn out dough onto a clean work surface.
f. Shape into flattened disk.
g. Wrap in plastic, and refrigerate at least 1 hour or overnight.
2. Glazed Huckleberry Pie
a. In a pot add 1 cup of berries and the 2/3 cups water and bring it to a boil for 5 minutes.
b. Mix in the 1 cup of sugar, then add another 1/3 cups of water, and add in 4 tbsp of corn starch into the berry mixture.
c. Cook until clear and until thick.
d. Next add in 1 tbsp margarine.
e. Cook the filling until it gets thick.
f. Finally add in 1 cup of uncooked berries and then spoon into backed pie shell.

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The Ultimate Guide to Missoula Happy Hours

 

 

 

 

The Ultimate Guide to Missoula Happy Hours

 

Let’s be honest. We are all hard working people, and we all definitely deserve a drink! This relaxation technique can get a little spendy though, so here is the ultimate guide to happy hour food and drink specials in Missoula.

 

The Ultimate Guide to Missoula Happy Hours

 

The Ultimate Guide to Missoula Happy Hours

 

 

The Ultimate Guide to Missoula Happy Hours

 

The Ultimate Guide to Missoula Happy Hours

 

The Ultimate Guide to Missoula Happy Hours

 

AND, well, we all know we will drink on the weekends no matter what the cost.

Can You Handle The Facts?

 

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Please Check Out TheRedRoadFoundation.com

 

“Help us build sustainable communities for children in need.”

 

 

Learn more about The Red Road Foundation and their last jazz and sushi dining experience held to raise funds for their farm and safe home project in Cambodia.

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The amazing sushi dinner was catered and donated by Montana’s Best SaketoMe Sushi.

red25 The Vice President of The Red Road Foundation educates guests on the foundation’s progress and goals in Cambodia.

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Amazing, fresh sashimi platter by, Montana’s best SaketoMe Sushi.

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An event guest sharing her support and love for The Red Road Foundation.

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Image board of the community being built in Cambodia labeled, “Help Us Color Their World”

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Excited guests request a picture with the Vice President.

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Guests are welcomed and served cocktails and appetizers.

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Vice president and event coordinator share a happy moment for their success!

7 Watermelon Recipes You Should Be Making Right Now

If you haven’t had a chance to notice: watermelons are in stores again! They are definitely yummy enough to eat on their own, but you can take watermelon from a yummy summertime treat to an extraordinary culinary masterpiece in no time at all. Check out this list for some delicious inspiration…

1. Watermelon Salsa

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What’s better than chips and fresh salsa? Chip and watermelon salsa, of course! Adding a little bit of juicy sweetness really livens up this spicy side. Get the recipe here!

2. Watermelon Lemonade Spritzer

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If you have never had watermelon in a spritzer, you are seriously missing out! It is so refreshing; it will make you regret not adding it to every summertime beverage you’ve ever made. Get the recipe here!

3. Easy Watermelon Sorbet

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No need for explanation here. It’s two ingredients and you don’t need an ice cream machine and it’s obviously delicious! Get the recipe here!

4. Watermelon Summer Salad

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Don’t be intimidated to try this combination, watermelon makes a regular greek-style salad into a super refreshing treat that’s easy enough to throw together for lunch or an impromptu summer picnic. Get the recipe here!

5. Fresh Watermelon Martini

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This should be the signature cocktail at every summertime get together! Just make sure you use seedless watermelon for this one  Get the recipe here!

6. Watermelon Feta Bites

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This super easy appetizer (with only three ingredients!) can be thrown together in a matter of minutes, but your guests are sure to rave about them!
Get the recipe here!

7. Strawberry and Watermelon Cake

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This one isn’t as easy to whip up in no time, but trust me, it’s so worth it! Fresh watermelon slices inside a dessert covered in strawberries, grapes, and pistachioes then drizzled with rose water?! I’m hungry just thinking about it… Get the recipe here!

Bearly Puns at Montana’s U

Bear with me every one, these puns might not even koala-fy as puns.

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To be honest this might be one of your most grizzly online experiences ever.

Don’t be embearassed you can share this on your Facebook… someone will think you’re not crazy.

Just bear in mind that life may never be the same.  

I once hiked the M…bearly made it up alive…

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Did you know the M was built by forestry majors with their bear hands? 

The University should plant some strawbearies for students to eat at the food zoo garden…

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After the #UMLockdown should students be able to bear arms?

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Ever had a crush on someone in college and wanted to strip them bear?

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Stoop kids….such grizzled people they are….

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When I was a freshman I always lost my bearings finding my classes!

These dorms clawsits suck – said every UM freshman ever

A Student and his pet bear walk into the Iron Horse. As the night goes on they move from beer to mixed drinks to shooters. Finally, the bartender says: “Last call.” So, the student says, “One more for me… and one more for my bear.” The bartender sets them up and they shoot them back. Suddenly, the bear falls over dead. The man throws some money on the bar, puts on his coat and starts to leave. The bartender, yells: “Hey buddy, you can’t just leave that lyin’ there.” To which the student replies: “That’s not a lion, that’s a bear.”

Hope you bearly enjoyed this post, it was unbearable to write.

 Love,

 Unbelievab.ly

P.S.
Is it really pawsible the university puts laxatives in the Food Zoo food?

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