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pistachio butter cake

So yesterday, almost two weeks into 2013 my husband and I attended our last Christmas dinner/celebration.  Yes, you heard/read me correctly.  The holidays are still trying to go strong here even though we are trying our darndest to move on.

pistachio butter cake 2

Sure our lights are still up but we have stopped turning them on plus it finally turned super cold here and neither of us wants to be outside if we don’t have to be.

But none the less we still celebrated Christmas 2012 with my mom who had spent the holidays at my Sister’s in California with her human grandchildren as if three dogs aren’t good enough to be considered grandchildren and maybe some people aren’t sure if they want kids and are very happy with their lives as is and that is an argument for another time.

Franklin and the pistachio sugar

It’s the holidays plus a few weeks so smile and get through this.  Anyway I brought cake.  A fantastic cake.  A cake that will be made again and again and you really need to make.  I’m not just saying it because I’m now re-holiday stress eating or that I have a love of pistachios that may just rival my olive, bread and blueberry addiction.  (Maybe not rival the bread or blueberries but def the olives, maybe I have a salt problem?  Again, something to work through at a later date.

pistachio butter cake

Anyway the cake was a huge hit.  It is lite and fluffy and the chocolate so decadent.  You just have to make it for your next event or next event plus 3 weeks.


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So spring has arrived and I could not be more jazzed.   Yes, I said jazzed.  I also use phrases and words like monkeyshines and holy nerds to try to keep my swearing at a PG level but it can get an R rating for language at times.

This week could have been one of those times.  I am currently having a bit of poison ivy or oak problem.  In my basking in the sunshine I was gung-ho to start  my yard clean up and garden prep,  now have red itchy arms and ankles.   (I just had to go without socks and set my feet free from winter..Blurg!)

I also lost my last remaining link to childhood, or as I described it on my husband’s voicemail when I called  to share with him the news.  I lost my last baby tooth this week!  Weird I know, apparently an adult molar never grew in so I never lost the baby one.  Well, until it popped out at work the other day.   Henry Winkler!

The same day a dog jumped up on me at work and ripped my necklace off, breaking the chain.  The one piece of jewelry that besides my engagement ring and wedding band my husband has gotten me.  (To be fair to him I do not wear much jewelry and he did get me roller skates that I get way more use out of… Fiddlesticks anyway!)

So what’s a girl to do?  slump down and weep? No.   Shout “HOLY NERDS”?  Maybe.  But I think you should make these mini chocolate chip muffins, enjoy their deliciousness and maybe next time find out what poison ivy looks like before you start any garden projects.  Holy Nerds, indeed.

Mini Chocolate Chip Muffins

yield 12

(From the Joy the Baker cookbook, blueberry muffin recipe, I didn’t have any blueberries at the time)


7 tbsp unsalted butter

1/3 cup milk

1 large egg

1 large egg yolk

1 ts vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups flour

3/4 cup sugar

1 1/2 ts baking powder

3/4 ts salt

1 cup mini morsel chocolate chips


3 tbsp unsalted butter

1/2 cup flour

3  tbsp sugar

Preheat oven 375 degrees.  Line muffin tin with paper liners.

For muffins, melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat until it browns and smells nutty.  Remove from heat so it does not burn.  This step goes quickly so keep you eyes on it.

Mix milk, egg, yolk and vanilla, add browned butter and mix to combine.

Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.  Add liquids and stir to combine,  Fold in chocolate chips.  Divide batter into muffin cups.

Make topping:  combine ingredients in bowl and squeeze together until crumbly, sprinkle on top of muffin batter in cups.

Bake for 18-20 minutes until tops are golden and tester comes out clean.  Cool in pan for 15 minutes then enjoy and let your troubles float away.

P.S. Newton and Larry would approve of these if they were allowed to eat chocolate.  Monkeyshines!

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