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Strawberry Cheesecake Amish Friendship Bread Muffins

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Strawberry Cheesecake Amish Friendship Bread Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Amish Friendship Bread Starter
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 small pkg cheesecake instant pudding mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • .5 tsp salt
  • .5 tsp baking soda
  • 3 cups flour
  • 8 oz frozen strawberries, defrosted, mashed with fork

Cream cheese filling:

  • 12 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 egg

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325.
  2. Mix all wet ingredients in Kitchenaid mixer. Incorporate dry ingredients one at a time. Fold in strawberries.
  3. Scoop muffin batter into liners in pan.
  4. Mix cream cheese with sugar until well blended, then stir in egg.
  5. Top with 1 tsp. cream cheese filling
  6. Bake for 25 minutes until golden brown on top and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.


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Lemon Zucchini Amish Friendship Bread Muffins

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Amish Friendship Bread Starter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • .5 tsp sea salt
  • .5 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 small box lemon pudding mix
  • zest of one lemon
  • 2 2/3 cups flour
  • 1 medium zucchini, grated or finely julienned

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325ºF.
  2. Combine wet ingredients in order in the kitchenaid mixer, add in the dry ingredients one at a time until incorporated.
  3. Fold in the shredded zucchini.
  4. Scoop into lined muffin pans. Bake 20-25* until golden and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Glaze instructions:
Mix 3-4 TBS powdered sugar with 1 TBS freshly squeezed lemon juice. Spoon over the top of cooled muffins. Dust with powdered sugar.


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Pancetta & Cheddar Amish Friendship Bread Muffins

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Amish Friendship Bread Starter
  • 1 1/3 cup milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • .5 tsp sea salt
  • .5 tsp baking soda
  • 3 cups flour
  • 5 oz. pancetta, cooked & drained
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded taco blend cheese

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325.
  2. Mix all wet ingredients in Kitchenaid mixer. Incorporate dry ingredients one at a time. Fold in pancetta and cheese.
  3. Scoop muffin batter into liners in pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown on top and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.


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Vanilla Blueberry Amish Friendship Bread Muffins

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Amish Friendship Bread Starter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/3 cup Greek vanilla yogurt
  • 1 small pkg. vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 1.5 tsp. baking powder
  • .5 tsp sea salt
  • .5 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries, defrosted, rinsed, drained and tossed with 1/4 cup flour

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325.
  2. Mix all wet ingredients in Kitchenaid mixer. Incorporate dry ingredients one at a time. Fold in blueberries.
  3. Scoop muffin batter into liners in pan. Bake for 25 minutes until golden brown on top and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.


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Double Chocolate Marshmallow Friendship Bread

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Ingredients
  • 1 cup Amish Friendship Bread Starter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1.5 Tbs vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 1/3 cups flour
  • 1 small box Hershey’s Chocolate Pudding mix
  • 1 cup Hershey’s semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325° F (165° C).
  2. In a Kitchenaid mixing bowl, add all wet ingredients and mix well. Incorporate dry ingredients one at a time. Fold in chocolate chips and marshmallows.
  3. Grease two Pyrex loaf pans with canola oil.
  4. Pour the batter evenly into two pans.
  5. Bake for 50 minutes, or until the bread loosens evenly from the sides and a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean. Cooking time varies according to the size of pan you use.


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Venturing into Mommy Blogging: Flat Diapers

One of the cloth diaper pages I follow on Facebook recently asked about using flat fold cloth diapers with pins, and pull-on rubber pants.  While I am relatively new to the world of flat diapers (nothing like waiting until baby #6 to try out the most basic of systems), I was a regular user of the pull-on vinyl and nylon taffeta covers when my now teens were in diapers. We just used them over prefolds or fitteds back then.

Flat diapers can be extremely intimidating for someone new to cloth diapers. You mean I’m supposed to fold this gigantic piece of fabric, that is big enough to be a blanket, into a tiny diaper for my baby, and then PIN IT!?  Honestly, they are super easy to use – just check YouTube and you will see videos of toddlers and young children mimicking their mommies and folding blankets and tea towels into flat diapers for their baby dolls.

Flat diapers are a cheap, affordable, and easy to find diaper. It is an ideal choice if you are struggling with a small budget and a new baby. They are versatile and easily grow with your baby from newborn to potty training. You don’t have to special order anything online – your diapering supplies are as accessible as your nearest WalMart or other mega-store.

What do you need?

  • a baby (the baby shown is 26months and 29lbs)
  • large square pieces of fabric to use as flat diapers (flat diapers, birdseye flat diapers, flour sack kitchen cloths, burp cloths, receiving blankets)
  • something to fasten your diaper with – diaper pins, snappi
  • a diaper cover (vinyl pull on pants can usually be found in larger sizes next to the padded potty training underwear. the smaller sizes are harder to find in stores these days and you may need to order online.)

These are the Flour Sack kitchen cloths available at Walmart. They are in the kitchen supplies area where you would find all your regular dish towels.  For a 5pack, you are looking at a cost of under $5.

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You might find Gerber flat diapers while you’re at Walmart. Don’t buy them. Go ahead and pull a diaper out of the corner of that package and see how thin and see-through it is compared to the flour-sack towels. The towels are thicker, more absorbent, and way more durable… and they’re actually cheaper.

  • Gerber 10 pack Flat Fold Birdseye Cloth diaper: $14.29 (link: Gerber)
  • MainStay 5 pack Flour Sack Kitchen Towels : $4.88 (prices vary by store: Flour Sack)

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There are tons of different ways to fold flat diapers. One of my favorite folds is the origami diaper fold.

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This is the origami fold, fastened with a snappi.

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This gives a super trim fit. (Shown under a http://www.Mudshrimps.com cover)
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If you don’t have a snappi, pins work just as well. Make sure to use DIAPER PINS and not just safety pins – diaper pins have a special locking head that helps keep little fingers safe. There are different styles of diaper pins – some even have a special locking head that clicks up and down for added security.
This “flat diaper” is actually a burp cloth from Ikea. They come in a 2 pack for $3.99 and make very nice, soft, quilty flat diapers. (Ikea burp cloths, Vandring)
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While the pull-on style diaper covers may give the baby’s bottom a “poofy” appearance, this is still a very trim fitting diaper.

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If you get bored with plain white diapers, you can tie-dye them. (Tie-dyed flour sack flat diaper from Happy Yia Yia Tie Dye).
Try some different folds out and see what fit you like the best on your diaper. This is a diaper sack fold:
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Super trim booty!
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If you prefer to buy your diapers online, this is an Osocozy unbleached birdseye flat. This diaper is pinned using the kite fold. (I didn’t buy this flat online though – I am lucky enough to have a local cloth diapering store – The Tender Tush.)
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Flat diapers – literally, your grandmother’s diapers. Easy to use, economical and affordable, and extremely versatile.
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Video Links:

Amazon.com Widgets

*update*

Version 7.0 has arrived, and flats quickly climbed my list to become one of my favorite diapers for her!

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She was a tiny 6lb 4oz at birth, but the mini kite fold was a perfect fit on her, even in the hospital. Favorite covers include Thirsties Duos size 1, and Rumparooz NB.