Buttermilk Spice Muffins

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2-1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk

Topping – 1/2 cup sugar, 1 cupchopped nuts, 1/2 tsp both cinnamon and nutmeg

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Blend sugar and butter; add eggs and mix well.

Mix dry ingredients together and add this and the buttermilk to the egg mixture.

Mix on low until smooth.

Mix topping items.

Fill non-stick muffin pan cups 3/4 full, and sprinkle topping evenly over tops.

Bake 20-25 minutes.

NOTE – My exercise trainer says these taste just like Snickerdoodles!

Recipe: Applesauce Muffins

  • 1/2 C butter
  • 1 C sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 C applesauce
  • 1-1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 2 C flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 C chopped nuts (optional)

Preheat over to 350 degrees.

Cream butter and sugar; add egg and mix well.

Stir in applesauce and spices.

In small bowl mix dry ingredients.

Add to wet mixture just until mixed. Stir in nuts.

Bake in a non’stick muffin pan for 8-10 minutes.

Recipe: Beautiful Blueberry Coffee Cake

Blueberry Coffeecake


  • blueberry cake mix
  • 2 tbs cinnamon
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 tbs brown sugar
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1/4 cup sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees; spray bundt or tube pan with Pam.

Filling mix: Combine 2 tablespoons of the cake mix with the brown sugar, cinnamon and nuts; set aside.

Place remaining items into a large bowl and mix for approx 3 minutes.

Pour 1/2 the batter into the pan.

Sprinkle the filling mix evenly over batter.

Pour the rest of the batter over the top.

Bake for 50-55 minutes, or until done.

Let cool 10 minutes then remove from pan.

Sprinkle confectionary sugar lightly over slices to serve.

NOTE – You can use any flavor cake mix you want, obviously changing the name to what that flavor is…enjoy!

Thurston House Key Lime Muffins

Hollieanna Groves Key Limes

I have been making these for years but just recently discovered our local Central Florida Maitland grove store – Hollieanna Groves – carries their own fresh key limes. So, I now use these wonderful little fruits in this very popular and yummy recipe –

Key Lime Muffins

2C flour, 1C sugar, 1T baking powder, 1/3C milk, 2 eggs, 1/4C oil, 1t lime rind grated & 1/4C fresh key lime juice

Combine dry ingredients; make a well. Combine wet ingredients; pour into the dry ingredients well. Stir until just moistened and mixed….don’t over mix! Bake in muffin tins at 375 degrees for 15-18 minutes…..ENJOY!

Book your room now and request this special breakfast treat, or stop by Holieanna Groves where they proudly give out recipe cards with this on it.

North Orlando – Bed & Breakfast “SPECIAL” Recipe

I was going to blog something else today, but I received a call last night from a friend of over 50 (yikes!) years. His Mom just passed away from a massive stroke. She was a tough old Swede and went out fighting for sure. They were our next door neighbors in Massachusetts for many years. Anyway, I often make her recipe for omelet and will do so this morning for my Thurston House guests – lucky them!

Stina’s Omelet

4 eggs, 3/4C flour, 2C milk or 1/2+1/2, various meats, various veggies, shredded cheese

Spray a 10″ cast iron pan with PAM. Sprinkle a variety of cubed meat and/or veggies on the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle shredded cheese over, to taste. Whisk the eggs, then the flour; whisk until well blended. Add the milk and whisk until blended. Pour over the other mix. wire-wisk-mini-wisk-kitchen-wisk-graphic-11Bake 400 degrees for 30 minutes, or until puffed and slightly browned. Best right out of the oven. ENJOY! I better get going in the kitchen now….