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Walnut Raisin Spice Muffins

100_5685My family is fond of muffins and I am happy to oblige with different recipes throughout the year.  This one is perfect for fall

Ingredients:
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • cooking spray or paper muffin liners
Topping:
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon mixed with 3 tablespoons white sugar
Materials:
  • Muffin tin
  • Small bowl
  • Medium bowl
  • Large bowl
  • Mixing spoon
  • Whisk
Directions:
1.  Preheat oven 375°.
2.  Combine topping ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
3.  Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and cloves in a medium bowl.  Set aside.
4.  In the large bowl whisk together eggs, sugar, oil, yogurt, and applesauce.  Add flour mixture to liquid ingredients and stir just until mixed.
5.  Add raisins and nuts into mixture.  Don’t over mix.
6.  Spoon into muffins tins which are either sprayed with cooking spray or lined with paper muffin cups.  Top each muffin with sugar topping mixture.  Bake 25-30 minutes in preheated oven at 375°.

While you enjoy your yummy muffin snack, take a peek at Starter Zone, the first book of my new YA/LitRPG series, The Revelation Chronicles.

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When hydrologists inscribe the consciousness of a human mind onto a single drop of water, a Revelation sweeps the land. The wealthy race to upload their minds into self-contained virtual realities nicknamed Aquariums. In these containers people achieve every hope, dream, and desire. But governments wage war for control of the technology. Terrorist attacks cause massive destruction. The Aquariums fail. Inscribed human minds leech into the water cycle, wreaking havoc.

Street gangs rule the cities in the three years since the fall of civilization. Sixteen-year-old Cami and her younger sister Alby struggle to survive. Every drop of untreated water puts their lives in peril. Caught and imprisoned by soldiers who plan to sell them into slavery, Cami will do anything to escape and rescue her sister. Even if it means leaving the real word for a life in the realms, a new game-like reality created by the hydrologists for the chosen few.

But life in the realms isn’t as simple as it seems. Magic, combat, gear scores, quests, and dungeons are all puzzles to be solved as the sisters navigate their new surroundings. And they encounter more dangerous enemies than any they faced in the real world.

Time to play the game.

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