June 16, 2009

Sour Cream Coffecake Muffins

53 days. Then we fly to Florida and the next day we will sail off to the Western Carribean! Last night Grumpy and I turned the TV off and went upstairs. With the laptop. he he. We sat and looked at the different excursions we can do. This is our first cruise ever. Deep Sea fishing (appeals to Grumpy). Horseback riding (appeals to me). Swimming with the dolphins, snorkeling, ATV tours, private beach. This all means I get to call my dr and ask what am I going to be able to do?? Sigh. I never planned on having a neck injury when we planned this cruise. I don't want Grumpy to be disappointed and not get to do his fishing. I'm willing to sit on the beach for the day and let him go though if I am not allowed. Still though, it is 53 days away. Maybe he will say I can do a little more than I am allowed to do than if it were right now?


Then the food. What to expect? I don't have a clue! I have heard people talk about how wonderful the food is. I see they have Supper Clubs. The Supper Club is going to be available on our ship. For an extra cost we can do the Supper Club. Our dining time is 6 PM. That's a good time don't you think? Then I read you can eat between 5:45 and 9:00 PM? I'm confused. All you seasoned cruisers tell me what you think/know?


Oh, and before I leave....these are the muffins I made on Sunday morning. I had been looking at this recipe for a while now and finally decided on Sunday that I had the desire to finally throw them together. It is another Cooking Light recipe (now have you all figured out why I'm Cooking Light so much lately?) and this one is a definite keeper. I made the recipe as written except I didn't have egg replacer so I used 4 egg whites instead of the egg replacer. Turned out awesome. Loved the cinnamon sugar pecan swirl inside and then sprinkled on top before baking. Yummy. Try them, you'll like them!

Sour Cream Coffeecake Muffins 
WW Points: 4


1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup egg substitute
1 cup reduced-fat sour cream
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour (about 7 3/4 ounces)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
Cooking spray
6 tablespoons powdered sugar
3 teaspoons fresh orange juice
Dash of salt


Preheat oven to 400°.

Combine first 3 ingredients; set aside.

Place granulated sugar and butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended (about 3 minutes). Add egg substitute; beat 3 minutes. Beat in sour cream, water, and vanilla.
Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Make a well in center of mixture; add sour cream mixture. Stir just until combined.

Place 3 tablespoons brown sugar mixture in a small bowl; set aside. Sprinkle surface of batter with remaining brown sugar mixture. Gently fold batter 4 times.

Place 18 paper muffin cup liners in muffin cups; coat liners with cooking spray. Spoon batter into prepared cups. Sprinkle batter evenly with reserved brown sugar mixture. Bake at 400° for 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove muffins from pan immediately; place on a wire rack. Cool 10 minutes.

Combine powdered sugar, juice, and dash of salt in a small bowl, stirring until smooth. Drizzle powdered sugar mixture evenly over muffins.

27 comments:

  1. I bookmarked these muffins to make when I get back from DC next week. They look fabulous!

    I think the biggest thing to watch out for on a cruise is the constant availability of just so so food. It is so tempting to eat all day. The best food will be served in the dining room and not on the buffet.

    I would do the Supper Club one night. I thought it was worth the extra money for one night. I like the earlier dinner hour (6:00). But we eat fairly early at home too.

    Have a great time. I really enjoy cruising!

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  2. The muffins sound really yummy!

    We were thinking about a cruise but opted to do a staycation this year--I'll be anxious to see what you think.

    Love your new header!

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  3. The muffins look fantastic! :D

    As for me, I know absolutely nothing about cruises, but everything you described sounds fantastic. I'll bet you'd be able to go fishing and sit on the boat. You're going to have a blast either way!

    +Jessie

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  4. I WILL be making those muffins... they're right up my alley.

    I'm so jealous of you and your upcoming cruise. We went on our first one last year (Mexico) and had a ball. Definitely a food fest. Make sure you bring along your favorite pair of fat pants...lol

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  5. Those coffee cake muffins look delish! I hope you have a great time on your cruise. Don't stress about it, just think about all of the great sights you're going to see! :)

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  6. I took a Princess cruise w/my twin sister about 4 years ago. I wasn't too impressed. The food was good, but I got tired of being served after a few days. The entertainment on the cruise was pretty good, but I mostly liked the excursions once we were finally "parked."

    It all depends on your expectations and what you like to do. I'm a city girl, so lounging around the pool and drinking pretty drinks is not at the top of my list.

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  7. Hope you get good news from your doctor. There should be plenty for you to do on a cruise either way.

    As far as the food, for most of us the food on a cruise tends to be much better than we usually have at home. However, with all of the delicious things that you cook, you and Grumpy may need to lower your expectations! :-) Thankfully, most ships have a variety to chose from.

    To me, scheduling dinner is actually one of the trickiest parts of cruising. In some ways, it is fun to sit with a group of people for a traditional cruise dinner and get the full "Love Boat" experience. However, it is nice to mix it up a bit, and have some dinners where you just go grab the buffet or go to a non-traditional cruise restaurant.

    It depends upon your excursion schedule, but 6 p.m. might be a bit early. We tried early dinners n the past, but we've had excursions that got back to the ship after 5 p.m. and then we were scrambling to freshen up before dinner and get changed.

    One other consideration that we have run into in the past is that some ship gyms close early. So, with excursions starting early and coming back around 5'ish, if you chose an early dinner you might end up dining past the gym closing. If you exercise really early or don't need the gym, no worries -- though the average person gains a pound a day while on a cruise, so it's good to hit the gym some!

    So, it depends on your excursions and other scheduling preferences. For us, we've decided that a late dinner reservation works best -- then on nights when we want to eat earlier (to see a show, etc.) we chose a more casual dining option.

    Have fun!

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  8. Beautiful muffins! You will absolutely love your cruise. The W. Carribean is an excellent choice! The food will be extravagant! Take tons of food photos for us! I think the dining option of 5:45-9 is for people who just want to drop in. I agree with Barbara to stay away from the buffet and the keep early dinner hour. Plan on using the stairs instead of the elevator and you will do just fine!

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  9. YEA! A cruise!! I have been on 13!!!! haha I love love love cruising, if you have any questions let me know! I actually don't like eating at 6 just because usually you are at your ports of call later than 6 and I didn't like being rushed to get back on the boat for dinner. So we always opt for the 8pm seating. What boat are you cruising? Be for-warned...you will leave the boat as cargo!!! haha ALL YOU DO IS EAT!!! :o)

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  10. Those coffee cake muffins sound terrific! I'll have to make some for the weekend.

    I have never been on a cruise but I've heard good things. I hope you have a great time!

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  11. I am so excited for you. Go swimming with the dolphins, they are gentle and amazing!

    The muffins looks mouth watering good...I love Cooking Light.

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  12. I've been pouring through the Cooking Light recipes lately too.

    Those look soooo good!!!

    Enjoy your trip!!

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  13. i love cinnamon. these look delicious!

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  14. Hi! This is my first time in your blog and I love these muffins, they look so delicious.

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  15. Definitely go swimming with the dolphins if you can. You'll never forget the experience.

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  16. Those muffins look wonderful! Can't wait to hear about your cruise... last one I went on was over 12 years ago, so I'm sure they have changed a bit since then!

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  17. Love the new look of the blog.
    I am not familiar with Supper Club, but my husband and I did have an early reserved seating time for dinner (5:45). It was nice enough, but there are other places on the ship to eat -check out the 24/7 spots or buffets where dining is also very casual. Really, you can eat anytime you want and not have to get too dressed up if you are in the mood to just relax. Enjoy!!

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  18. Ooo that looks great for 3:30-itis

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  19. I don't know anything about cruises, but I am sure you'll be able to have a good time! I hope your neck gets to feeling better soon, so you don't have to make compromises on the trip! As for these muffins, YUM!

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  20. I have never been on a cruise so I can't give you any insights Shelby. I have heard the food is good too, but then we are foodies and have really high expectations. In the meantime I would have loved these muffins for breakfast this morning:D

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  21. Holy Yum!! These muffins look FABULOUS!! We're taking a road trip for a baseball tournament next weekend and these will be perfect to pack up for a quick breakfast in the hotel. :)

    I've never been on a cruise (although I've tried talking hubby into them MANY times) so I'll have to live vicariously through you.

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  22. Sounds like quite a trip. You'll have a super time. Those muffins looks great, I have to make them.

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  23. HoneyB, a cruise sounds so luxurious! I am so very happy for you and Grumpy to have such happy plans!

    Yummmm...these muffins look fab!

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  24. I know nothing about cruises, but that muffin looks awesome. I hope your dr gives you good news.

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  25. Those are some great looking muffins.

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  26. Those look amazing! I haven't eaten breakfast. Now I want muffins.
    ~ingrid

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  27. I am a big fan of muffins and these would certainly hit the spot with me.
    The days are getting closer for your cruise, you are going to have such a blast.

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