It’s NEW! It’s SHINY! It is destined to drive us to DRINK!

Well hello there!

How did you find me? I thought I did such a good job of packing and leaving in the middle of the night… yet here you are. Hmm. You are very sneaky. Actually I have never been happier then to see your smiling faces here reading my gripping tome… Actually I should say – OUR tome. Did you notice that? Did ya? Did ya did ya??? I have become a we… He became a we. And I bet you never even noticed.

You may recall I entered into a search for the perfect Bread Bakers Apprentice Challenge assistant. He needed a healthy supply of flour, fresh yeast and mad kneading skills. And folks… ha haa let me tell you – I only got ONE application. ONE! Sigh. Anyway, when we finally introduced our Kitchen Aids to one another we wasted no time baking our first breads. English Muffins & Corn Bread. And mmm they were so yummy, that I decided to hire on this assistant. And ya know – keep him. (It helped he has a killer bootie…)

We are both pretty savvy in the kitchen, but his kitchen is kinda small, and mine is microscopic! Needless to say… cooking together is usually an adventure. As is grilling, gardening, eating and drinking and most everything else we do. It has all been full of so much mockery fun that we decided to share it with you.

Aren’t you lucky…

Of course the first post here wouldn’t be a true post without a yummy goodie attached am I right? So just in time for Thanksgiving, I give you:

Carrot, Cranberry & Pumpkin Muffins with Cream Cheese Scribble.

pumpkin carrot muffins

Preheat oven to 400°.


1 1/2 cups AP flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 t baking soda
1 t baking powder
1 1/2 t cinnamon
1/4 t ground ginger
1/4 t nutmeg
1/2 t salt
1/4 c vegetable oil
1 cup pumpkin puree
2 eggs
1 t vanilla
2/3 c shredded carrot
1/2 cup dried cranberries

8 oz cream cheese – softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 T milk

In a bowl combine the first eight ingredients and set aside.

In the bowl of your KitchenAid (or whatever other mixer you have but realllly – don’t you think it is time to hint hint for say a KitchenAid for a simply WONDERFUL holiday gift?? Hmmm) Combine the oil, pumpkin, eggs and vanilla until creamy. Add the carrot and cranberries. Then add the dry ingredients slowly till just combined.

Line your muffin tins with paper and spray. (They will stick to the paper otherwise…) Fill 2/3 -3/4 full of the muffin mixture.

Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

Allow to cool. While cooling take 8oz of softened cream cheese and whip the heck out of it. Add 1/2 cup of sugar and 1 T of milk.

I then take the cream cheesy goodness and put it in a baggie, cut the tip off the end to create a make-shift decorating bag – and tada get to decorating.

This part is simple.

Zig zag frosting on a muffin.

Squeeze frosting in mouth.

Zig zag frosting on another muffin.

Squeeze more frosting into mouth.

Repeat as necessary.

I hope you all completely enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday surrounded by good friends and loving family. I will be spending mine with my family fir the FIRST time in over 9 years and I could not be more elated if I tried.

Cooked up by Heather


  1. 19
    November 30

    How cute are you two? Seriously! Stop it ; ) I’m so happy for ya Mwah! Can’t wait to read about your shananigans (& I KNOW there will be many!) Oh and YES the muffins are marvelous (as always!)

  2. 18
    November 29

    What lovely & very tasty looking muffins!! Marvellous!!

    Ps/ I love the 2 people’s blog, beautifully combined! haha!

  3. 17
    November 27

    Hey Heather and Jeff!

    So is this the new site? All shiny and, well, NEW!? It looks great. I can’t wait to read more from youse guys (that was my best midwestern accent). What a great story you have to tell!


  4. 16
    November 27

    A perfect time to announce your new shared life and a blog…at Thanksgiving. Good luck and happy cooking! I look forward to seeing what you concoct together.

  5. 15
    November 26

    Now this ought to be fun!

  6. 14
    November 25

    Oh and this post was gaggingly obnoxious. :) Which is why I adore both of you.

  7. 13
    November 25

    Love the new digs … cannot wait to bookmark ya. :)

  8. 12
    November 25

    Your new blog is TOO CUTE!!!! I’m so happy for you. Can’t wait to follow along on your cooking adventures.

  9. 11
    November 25

    This is awesome you guys! I am so happy for both of you. Who knew intense amounts of carbs could bring people together? This is why I make pasta so much. In the hopes that it will lead me to my soulmate. Somehow.

    These muffins look amazing! The perfect thing to quell my seemingly never-ending pumpkin cravings.

  10. 10
    November 25

    Sweet…I’m with Dawn…will pop bubbles tonight to celebrate…congrats, guys. But I expect return love on my blog if I become a regular here!!!

  11. 9
    November 25

    This is wonderful! Love your new site! You two are so cute!

  12. 8
    November 25

    I am so happy!
    There are tears in my eyes.
    Love the muffins with cream cheese scribble, just perfect!

  13. 7
    November 25

    The new site is FABULOUS chica and chico! I hope you saved me a muffin. :)

  14. 6
    November 25

    We took the recipe you sent and made these. They turned out perfect (not as pretty as yours) but close! Thank you and I love your new site. xoxoxo

  15. 5
    November 25

    How awesome for you both! Congrats & happy baking for years to come!

  16. 4
    November 25

    Congrats on the new site – looks awesome!

  17. 3
    November 25

    we need to open a bottle of champagne to celebrate this new joint venture! I love it. You two are too cute.

  18. 2
    November 25

    I L O V E this! You already know how freakin’ happy I am for the two of you, but it needs repeating…

    I’m so freakin’ happy for you two! Just goes to show you that you can find cute apprentices online. (Thank God you guys aren’t freaky, and we didn’t have to hear your names on TV followed by “Film at 11.”!)


  19. 1
    November 25

    Oooh, I can’t wait to make these. Bookmarking! Have a great Thanksgiving!