Weekly Photo Challenge: I’d Rather Be Baking

Especially when my apartment’s boiler is not working properly and I wake to freezing, just above zero temps, in my area of Michigan.  My first thought was to turn on my electric oven because it helps to warm the apartment and why not throw in some muffins to bake as well (two birds).

I used the same recipe I posted on a recent post of mine for Sour Cream Coffee Cake.  Click for the recipe.  I baked them at 350° for only 17 minutes in my vintage ecko baking tin.  I did not top these but instead whipped up a spread for them from 4 oz cream cheese and 2 TBs sweet cream butter softened in the microwave but not melted, then stirred in 2 Tb French Vanilla coffee creamer to give it a rich, buttery slightly sweet flavor.  Delicious, but they would have tasted great plain too.  I just happen to be a fan of cream cheese and had some on hand from a sale last week at the local market.

 

I’m still pampering myself and having treats to make up for all the time last year during fall and the entire Holiday Season that I spent ill.  First year I lost weight instead of gaining it for once, to think of it on the positive side.

Daily Prompt: Cozy as I Please

How fine a line between cozy and sty?

I ponder this as I breath a sigh.

You’ve heard of tea cozies, meet “couch cozy!”  Created by throwing an oversized quilt on my dark sofa.  I am still unpacking and trying to find places for things so they don’t have to be in boxes or on shelves anymore.  Selling or giving away what I can and now starting to throw out my “toxic” clothing that I never wore very much.  The man made fabrics that never breathed or fit very well.  Stuff too worn to donate.  Even changing over to the natural fibers is no guarantee of fabric safety since most use pesticides everywhere now.

I’ve been sick more than well since October until just a few days ago so I don’t really care what my place looks like.  No one can come in and I have not been out much except for water and supplies and do wear a “sick” mask everywhere so I don’t spread my cold or catch something else from all the unbridled sneezing everywhere I go.  I buy my own drinking water since the tap water out here in the sticks is well water, too hard and I can’t drink that softened stuff, gross!

Had to take some plants off the sill because they started dying.  I have some cuttings ready to transplant so I will do this and just keep them inside on my patio table I have right in front of the window for now.  To the far left of the plants you can just see the large silver spoon I use as a spade inside for my houseplants.  I gave away my garden tools when I moved from my house.  This was from our family’s original silver set we used to use during the holidays.  Most of the silver plating is off of them now but I’m glad I can use this piece for something.

Great Daily Prompt choice for right now in my area as we are in sub-zero weather and it is miserable inside and out.  This is expected for the next couple weeks or so.  UGH!!   This older apartment building has a boiler and sometimes the heat is not sent through the building evenly.  I have purchased a small ceramic heater that I use for short bursts if it gets too cold.  What sucks is I am paying extra for this supplemental heat since the heat they supply is included in my monthly rent.  My brothers have it worse further north.  Way more snow and much colder temperatures of 25 below wind chill this morning.  It was maybe 6 below in my neck of the woods.

This was a “cozy corner” in the living room next to the sofa before I condensed much of it down, got some hung and put some of my unfinished work away.

So dangerous for all the party goers celebrating the remainder of our holiday time now.  New Years a few days away, there will be many out traveling the icy roads.  Please be careful out there!  I purchased this super sized Christmas stocking many years ago at a charity function for Children’s Hospital.  Very whimsical!

Still have my oversized opulent stocking hung inside my front door that gives it a cozier look than a wreath.

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