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Best High Altitude Pumpkin Bread
Picture by me. I don’t slather this much butter on my bread but my husband loves to:)

Friday Yay-Day’s Post | The Girl Behind the Camera

The girl behind the camera – a peak into my everyday, mundane, and wonderful life.

I’m not caught up on editing (crazy schedule with my five kids!) so I don’t have any shoots to share yet:)

So I want to post a recipe of the BEST pumpkin bread because it’s pumpkin season and I love to bake!

It’s incredibly light, moist, and melts in your mouth.

How do you find the best recipes ever??? You shamelessly ask for them. That’s my secret.

My son’s best friend’s mom brought us over some pumpkin bread down in Socorro. It was absolutely amazing! Of course, I asked her for the recipe. She kindly shared it with me. Thanks Virginia!

Best High Altitude Pumpkin Bread
So light and moist and works at Farmington's high altitude of 5,395 feet!
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2725 calories
379 g
372 g
123 g
32 g
11 g
880 g
2595 g
234 g
1 g
106 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
880g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2725
Calories from Fat 1092
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 123g
190%
Saturated Fat 11g
54%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 22g
Monounsaturated Fat 84g
Cholesterol 372mg
124%
Sodium 2595mg
108%
Total Carbohydrates 379g
126%
Dietary Fiber 6g
23%
Sugars 234g
Protein 32g
Vitamin A
11%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
11%
Iron
24%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. -2 1/2 cups flour
  2. -1 2/3 cups of sugar
  3. -2 teaspoons of baking soda
  4. -1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  5. -1 teaspoon of ginger
  6. -1 teaspoon of salt
  7. -4 eggs
  8. -1 cup of oil
  9. -2/3 cup of water
  10. -1 can of pumpkin (15oz)
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a large loaf pan or two smaller pans.
  2. 2. Mix all the dry ingredients together - flour, sugar, soda, cinnamon, ginger, and salt.
  3. 3. Mix all the wet ingredients together in a separate bowl - eggs, oil, water, and pumpkin.
  4. 4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.
  5. 5. Fill the loaf pan(s) to 2/3 full.
  6. 6. Bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes.
  7. 7. Enjoy!
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calories
2725
fat
123g
protein
32g
carbs
379g
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Pie for Pi Day and Family Night

Mini Pies

Friday, Yay-day! This is a series of posts about my favorite things about living and working in Farmington, NM.

Pi Day just so happens to be on Monday night – family night. So I am going to give you an easy pie recipe to celebrate Pi Day and family togetherness.

My husband’s undergraduate degree is in Math. We are total nerds at my house!

Pi Day happens to fall on family night – the night where we make a huge effort to be together, play games, learn a spiritual lesson, and eat dessert.

In honor of Pi Day, my husband’s love of numbers, and family night, we are going to make individual mini pies!

Mini pies

Ingredients

  • Pudding cups, chocolate and vanilla (4 for $1)
  • Mini graham cracker pie crusts ($2.50 for 6)
  • Toppings: whipped cream, sprinkles, crushed candy bars

Ingredients

Directions

Let each member of your family choose a chocolate or vanilla pudding cup to put into a mini pie crust. Then let him/her have at it with the toppings!

Conclusion

A huge thanks for the lady at my church who gave me this idea! Happy Pi Day and family togetherness!

 

Zia Photography  specializes in children and family fine art photography in Farmington, NM and the surrounding areas.

 

Copycat Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits

Copycat Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits

Friday, Yay-day! This is a series of posts about my favorite things about living and working in Farmington, NM.

Farmington means family.

This weekend is a BIG celebratory weekend for my side of the family! In the Catholic church, babies are baptized. In my church, babies are blessed. My sister’s twins are going to be blessed and her oldest is having a birthday party. Family is coming from out of town, there will be huge amounts of food, family and friends, and laughter and celebration.

So I am going to be in charge of the bread for the big Sunday dinner after the blessings. This recipe is ridiculously easy and delicious. Fair warning though – these biscuits are highly addictive and every person who tries these will want the recipe. If you keep it to yourself, this recipe will put you on the map and you’ll be asked to bring them for every family or friend event. You decide:)

Red Lobster Copycat Biscuits

I hope you have a great weekend with your family and friends! The weather is warming up. If you missed fall pictures, you can schedule them with me for the spring. Any day is a good day to document your family.

Copycat Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits
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2938 calories
231 g
533 g
190 g
81 g
119 g
862 g
2531 g
27 g
5 g
58 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
862g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2938
Calories from Fat 1672
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 190g
293%
Saturated Fat 119g
597%
Trans Fat 5g
Polyunsaturated Fat 8g
Monounsaturated Fat 50g
Cholesterol 533mg
178%
Sodium 2531mg
105%
Total Carbohydrates 231g
77%
Dietary Fiber 8g
31%
Sugars 27g
Protein 81g
Vitamin A
121%
Vitamin C
15%
Calcium
231%
Iron
34%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. - 2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. - 1 tablespoon sugar
  3. - 1 tablespoon baking powder
  4. - 2 teaspoons garlic powder (I only had granulated. Use what you have.)
  5. - 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  6. - 1 cup buttermilk, room temperature
  7. - 1/2 cup or 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
  8. - 1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese (I only had mild. It was just fine.)
  9. Topping
  10. - 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  11. - 1 tablespoon fresh or dried parsley leaves
  12. - 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 450.
  2. 2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
  3. 3. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, garlic powder, and salt.
  4. 4. Combine buttermilk and melted butter.
  5. 5. Pour wet ingredients and cheese into dry ingredients.
  6. 5. Gently stir until combined
  7. 6. Scoop batter into 1/4 cup size balls on the baking sheet.
  8. 7. Bake for 10-11 minutes.
  9. 8. For the topping, whisk together the butter, parsley, and garlic powder and brush on tops of baked biscuits.
  10. 9. Enjoy!
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calories
2938
fat
190g
protein
81g
carbs
231g
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Zia Photography http://www.zia.photography/

 Zia Photography  specializes in children and family fine art photography in Farmington, NM and the surrounding areas.

 

 

Thick and Chewy High Altitude Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Friday, Yay-day! This is a series of posts about my favorite things about living and working in Farmington, NM.

I’ve been eating really healthy; that calls for some chocolate chip cookies, right!?

I had to try a new high altitude recipe because this lady calls her recipe the “tried and true” recipe. She lives in Park City, Utah which is a little over 4,000 feet above sea level – similar to Farmington’s altitude (5,300).

Will It Work?

Any recipe that has gorgeous, drool-worthy pictures and claims to be “tried and true” must be tested!

Of course, I’m always excited to bake chocolate chip cookies. But will they work? Will they come out like the pictures (yes please!) or will they rise and fall like my expectations for them?

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The Results

I baked them a few times (I might have cancelled out my healthy eating but all for the sake of cookie science!) Here is what I found out to work in Farmington.

A Bountiful Kitchen’s Recipe

  • Leave the cookie dough round and tall. Do not slightly flatten. After the cookies bake, give the pan a good whack against the counter. That will create those beautiful crags.
  • 3-4 tablespoons per cookie dough ball. I used my standard, 2 tablespoon scoop and the cookies were thick but flat on top. You need at least 3 – 4 tablespoons of dough for each cookie to have those beautiful crags and creases.
  • Do not use a Silpat. The Silpat makes them puffy.
  • Use 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of Morton’s kosher, coarse salt if using unsalted butter. Trust me on this:)
  • Baby your cookies. Peak in the oven. It won’t hurt them. Look in the oven a minute early and see if they need to cook more or not. Don’t just rely on the timer. Chocolate chip cookies are high maintenance!
  • Please use a half sheet cookie pan. You need a pan larger than the standard cookie pan. The half sheet fits exactly six cookie dough balls on it. They are a light silver color. They are only around 12 dollars at Sam’s Club. If you use a dark cookie pan, then you will need to lower the baking times.

The Recipe

Click on A Bountiful Kitchen for the recipe. It’s a good one! It also has plenty of details – the kind of thing that might put some people to sleep but makes my heart happy.

Happy baking!

 

Zia Photography  specializes in children and family fine art photography in Farmington, NM and the surrounding areas.

 

Farmington Favorites: Best High Altitude Peanut Butter Cookies

High altitude peanut butter cookies

Friday, Yay-day! This is a series of posts about my favorite things about living and working in Farmington, NM.

Give me a yummy, delicious high altitude recipe that works in Farmington, and I’ll give you one happy woman!!!

I finally found my ultimate peanut butter cookie!

We are only a mile high like Denver. Being a little over 5,000 feet above sea level totally messes with baked goods.

Now I can cross off finding the best high altitude peanut butter cookie recipe!

High Altitude Peanut Butter Cookies
The best thick and chewy peanut butter cookies that work at Farmington's high altitude of 5,306 ft.
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3144 calories
377 g
430 g
164 g
59 g
73 g
702 g
2579 g
220 g
4 g
79 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
702g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 3144
Calories from Fat 1412
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 164g
252%
Saturated Fat 73g
367%
Trans Fat 4g
Polyunsaturated Fat 23g
Monounsaturated Fat 56g
Cholesterol 430mg
143%
Sodium 2579mg
107%
Total Carbohydrates 377g
126%
Dietary Fiber 13g
51%
Sugars 220g
Protein 59g
Vitamin A
62%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
23%
Iron
35%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. - 1/2 cup or 1 stick of room temp. butter
  2. - 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  3. - 1/2 cup brown sugar
  4. - 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  5. - 1 egg
  6. - 1 tsp. vanilla
  7. - 1 1/2 cups flour
  8. - 1 tsp. baking soda
  9. - 1/2 tsp. salt
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. 2. Mix the butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar, peanut butter, egg, and vanilla together.
  3. 3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt together.
  4. 4. Mix the wet and dry ingredients together.
  5. 5. Make balls of cookie dough (roughly 2 Tbsp.) and roll in granulated sugar. Do not flatten.
  6. 6. Bake for 10 minutes. 12 minutes if you like a crispier cookie.
  7. 6. Enjoy!
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calories
3144
fat
164g
protein
59g
carbs
377g
more
Zia Photography http://www.zia.photography/

Zia Photography  specializes in children and family fine art photography in Farmington, NM and the surrounding areas.