Sweet Potato & Five Spice Muffins

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Despite the lingering warm weather, it’s nearly October which means time for pumpkins, the leaves to turn, and all of the delicious cozy dishes that autumn has to offer. Sweet potatoes are a fall favorite in our family (make that a year-round favorite!), and so last night I decided to bake a batch of Gwyneth’s sweet potato & five spice muffins. As healthy as they are tasty, we each enjoyed a muffin for breakfast this morning, and savored every last golden crumb. A hint of sweetness from the maple syrup combined with fabulous depth of flavor from the aromatic spices makes for the perfect combination, and one I think you will truly enjoy. Also, if you have yet to experience the culinary masterpiece that is “It’s All Good,” I recommend you pick up a copy today – there are so many wonderful recipes!


INGREDIENTS

1 large sweet potato
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
3/4 cup good-quality maple syrup
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 cups gluten-free flour (if the flour doesn’t include xanthan gum, add 1 teaspoon)
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tablespoons Chinese five-spice powder
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

DIRECTIONS

Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Prick the sweet potato a few times with a paring knife or a fork. Bake about 1 hour. Set the sweet potato aside until it’s completely cool.

Peel the sweet potato, discard the skin, and mash the flesh in a mixing bowl with a fork. Whisk the olive oil, almond milk, maple syrup, and vanilla into the sweet potato. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, five-spice powder, and salt. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.

Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners and evenly distribute the muffin batter among the cups. Bake for 20- 25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Ask B: Listing Co-Hosts on an Invite

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Dear B,

I am hosting a brunch at my home, and have several friends who are co-hosts. I’m working on the invitations, and want to make sure I list everyone’s names in the correct order – do I list my name or the co-hosts names first?

Sincerely,

Holly Hostess


 

Holly,

Brunch truly is the perfect excuse to entertain (buttery croissant anyone?), and even more fun when hosting good friends. In terms of the invite, since you are hosting the event at your house, list your name first on the invitation. Next, list the co-hosts in alphabetical order. Cheers to you and your marvelous party!

In Between Season Basics

Summer tends to linger here in Texas, with warm afternoons dancing well into September and October. It’s a bit of fashion limbo though, as the weather has yet to turn cool, however many find themselves wanting to push their white linen dresses to the side to make way for chunky cashmere sweaters and sleek leather leggings. As I dream of my autumn wardrobe, here are a few of my favorites that I keep in rotation during in between season.

 

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Denim Blouse • White JeansGold FlatsWhite BlouseBlack JeansBlack FlatsStriped ShirtJeansTan Flats