Monday, November 3, 2008

Baby Blessing/ Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

Sunday morning we went to Navy's baby blessing (grand daughter of my dear friend Ruth). After church we went back to Jeff and Monica's house for a wonderful brunch. Navy wins the prize for being the best natured baby I've ever seen. We went shopping together the day before, and she was an angel. Even with all the company in the house on Sunday she was happy and mellow.
Such a beautiful family.

Olivia holding her new sister Navy.

Grandma Ruthie
Ruth's daughter Aleena.
With the help of Ruth and Aleena, Monica put on quite a meal. Three different quiches, muffins, fruits, etc. I don't know how Monica does it all with a new baby and a large family.
I brought these muffins and everyone asked for the recipe:
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins
Filling: 1 (8oz) package cream cheese, 1 egg, 1 tsp. vanilla extract, 3 T. brown sugar
Streusel topping: 4 1/2 T. flour, 5 T. white sugar, 3/4 tsp. cinnamon, 3 T. butter, 3 T. chopped pecans
Batter: 2 1/2 C. flour, 2 C. white sugar, 2 tsp. baking powder, 2 tsp. cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. salt, 2 eggs, 1 1/3 C. canned pumpkin, 1/3 C. olive oil, 2 tsp. vanilla extract
Directions: To make filling: In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese until soft. Add egg, vanilla and brown sugar. Beat until smooth, then set aside.
For streusel topping: In a medium bowl, mix flour, sugar, cinnamon and pecans. Add butter and cut it in with a fork until crumbly. Set aside.
For muffin batter: In a large bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Make a well in the center of flour mixture and add eggs, pumpkin, olive oil and vanilla. Beat until smooth.
Place pumpkin mixture in muffin cups about 1/2 full. Then add one tablespoon of the cream cheese mixture right in the middle of the batter. Try to keep the cream cheese from touching the paper cup. Sprinkle on the streusel topping.
Bake in preheated oven 375 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes. Makes 18 muffins.
To go along with the fruit platter I made this dip. We like it best with sliced apples.
Fruit Dip
1 (8 oz) package cream cheese
1 C. packed brown sugar
1/2 C. Skor English Toffee bits (I also use Heath Chocolate Toffee bits)
Beat the cream cheese and brown sugar until smooth. Stir in toffee bits.


Katie said...

Baby's name is Navy? I really like that. It's different but not at all weird! :-)

Di~ said...

Wow Nedra, how do you get so much done!!!??? Seriously? You are going doing going and doing some more! You had a busy weekend! Muffins look/sound so so good. will make over holidays! I love the name Navy! My cousin named her little girl Navy about 8 years ago and I've loved it since.

Gayle said...

Hi Nedra - I'm home from my trip to CA - was in your old stomping grounds - we drove by field after field of artichokes on our way to and from Monterey! Mmmmm....

We had a baby girl in our ward named Navi about a year ago - must be one of the new 'popular' names!

Nanette Merrill said...

Aw what a beautiful baby and a lovely family event. The food looks amazing.

Material Mary said...

Just have to say I can't wait to make the pumpkin muffins and I was most impressed with an older post of the fun and done quilts. I have the patterns and now I can't wait to sew them up. Yours was absolutely gorgeous.

amy smart said...

Not only do you show fabulous quilts, but also fabulous recipes!! I can't wait to try them. The Pumpkin Cream Cheese muffins sound so good right now. And I need to go buy Hoisin sauce so I can make that chicken. Sounds AMAZING! Thanks for taking the time to post all of those.

Aleena said...

it was so good to see you on Sunday! Thank you for posting all those recipes. I have a lot of cookin to do!

Carrie said...

Your muffins look so good - and the roasted veges and chicken. I can't wait to try them. You you always have the best recipes - I might turn out to be a good cook yet!