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Zucchini Cranberry Orange Muffins

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My family likes these muffins without the glaze and they are perfect for a light Thanksgiving day breakfast.
Muffins that are glazed should be eaten the same day. Otherwise they tend to get soggy. This can lead to unexpected moments in the kitchen when someone goes to take a muffin for breakfast the next day and it crumbles apart in his/her hand, leaving a sticky mess.
Ingredients:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 orange, zested
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
Glaze:
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 orange, juiced (2-3 Tablespoons)
Materials:
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • 1 Large bowl
  • 1 Medium bowl
  • 1 small bowl
  • Grater/Zester
  • Muffin tin
  • Cooking spray or paper liners
  • toothpick
Directions:
1.  Preheat oven 350°.  Spray muffin tin with cooking spray or set in paper liners.
2.  In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg and salt together.  Add zucchini, milk, oil, orange zest and egg.  Fold in cranberries.
3.  Fill muffin cups 2/3 full.  Bake for 17-19 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.
4.  Cool on wire rack 5 minutes, then remove from pan and cool completely.
5.  For the glaze, in a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar and orange juice until smooth.  Dip tops of cooled muffins in glaze, and allow to set.

While you enjoy your treat, why not listen to a good book? Starter Zone, the first book of my new YA/LitRPG series, The Revelation Chronicles, is now available on Audible!

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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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