Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Candy and Costumes: Word Counters

Counting my words again. 

Today my fellow Word Counters and I are sharing our monthly group post. The bloggers who are joining me this time all picked a number between 12 and 74 and sent it to me. I gave the numbers out as assignments to other bloggers who are then challenged to write something (or a few somethings, as the case may be) using that exact number of words. Today we all share what we came up with.

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I got the number 31. It was submitted by my friend the writer Sarah Nolan of the blog by the same name.

As I tend to do in these posts, I've chosen a general theme and am using my word count multiple times in keeping with my theme. Today's theme is Halloween (you're shocked, I know).

Candy and Costumes in 31 Words

~ Have you ever noticed that once it's October and you start buying Halloween candy, it being in your home is constantly taking over your conscious thoughts? No? Just me? Okay then.


~ We're halfway through October and I've already bought all of the Halloween candy. Like on the entire planet. Check your local store, I bet they're out. Sorry (not sorry), my bad.

~ A bit of advice, if you don't live alone and are sneaking a piece (or two) of the Halloween candy stash, push the wrapper(s) down below the rest of the trash.


~ My kids paid a Halloween candy tax. You know, a sweet price they had to pay to get back in the house at the end of a night of treat gathering. 

~ Don't worry, the sharing was done happily. The boys knew that it was always reciprocated. You share some of your candy, and mom will share her Orange and Pumpkin Carrot Cake. 


Orange and Pumpkin Carrot Cake is a classic moist fall cake with added orange and pumpkin flavors. | Recipe developed by www. BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #cake

Orange and Pumpkin Carrot Cake
Orange and Pumpkin Carrot Cake is a classic moist fall cake with added orange and pumpkin flavors. | Recipe developed by www. BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #cake


~ I know they say it's bad luck for a black cat to cross your path, but it doesn't count if it's you crossing theirs, right? Asking for a (fairly unlucky) friend.

~ The best way not to be afraid of a witch is to be one yourself. Or so I've heard. As I tried to climb onto my kitchen broom. Which didn't cooperate.

~ Don't ever go out with a ghost, not only because of the logistical challenges, but also 'cause when it's over, ghosting a ghost doesn't work. They walk through walls, you know.

~ Vampires, ghosts and witches too,
  come on that night by the slew.
  All are welcome to say "boo",
  but if candy's wanted by you 
  best say "trick or treat" . . . or shoo.

~ I will not trip any trick or treater wearing a trump mask, I will not trip any trick or treater wearing a trump mask. I will not trip any trick or . . .

There they are, ten Halloween thoughts each using 31 words (that's 310 words this month, if you're counting). Till next time, my spooky friends.


Here are links to the other Word Counters posts:

Spatulas on Parade



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Orange and Pumpkin Carrot Cake         
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Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup pumpkin puree
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups shredded carrots
1 (15 oz) can mandarin oranges, drained

8 oz cream cheese, softened
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
3 TBSP orange juice
1/2 cup chopped pecans, divided

Directions:
*Grease and flour 2 9 inch round cake pans. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
*Whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar and brown sugar.
*Separately, whisk together the pumpkin puree, eggs and vanilla. Mix into the dry ingredients, just until incorporated. Fold in the carrots and mandarin oranges.
*Pour into prepared pans and bake for about 25 to 30 minutes, or until the center springs back to the touch. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely.
*Beat the cream cheese, powdered sugar and orange juice. Remove about 1/3 of the frosting and add 1/4 cup of chopped pecans. 
*Place the bottom cake layer on a serving plate. Pour the frosting that has the pecans in it over the top and let drizzle down the sides. Top with the next cake layer and pour the remaining frosting over this layer, allowing it to drizzle down the sides as well. Quickly sprinkle the top with the remaining pecans and refrigerate immediately to set.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Date Night Dilemma: Use Your Words

Today’s post is a monthly writing challenge. If you’re new here, this is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once. All of the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the recipient will take them. Until now.


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At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them.
I'm using: phone ~ neighbourhood ~ falling ~ official ~ beetle
They were submitted by Diane of On the Border.

                          
"I love you", she looked him straight in the eye, "and I will leave him if that's the only way to keep you".

It was a difficult thing to say but the truth is, she was finally addressing out loud what she'd known in her head for weeks. It was such an emotional step to take, but she had to take it, it was time. Or she would lose him.

"We cannot have an entire relationship within the walls of this house", he continued to make his case despite the fact that she had already capitulated. "We need to be able to go out, be together somewhere else, and around other people, in public. Drink, laugh, talk, even if it's just to a neighbourhood (no, I didn't spell this wrong, Diane, who gave me these words, is Canadian and I defer to her spelling in this post) restaurant or that little dessert bar down the street".




Mint Chocolate Cheesecake features a favorite flavor pairing in a delicious creamy cheesecake baked in a crunchy mint chocolate cookie crust. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #dessert

Mint Chocolate Cheesecake
Mint Chocolate Cheesecake features a favorite flavor pairing in a delicious creamy cheesecake baked in a crunchy mint chocolate cookie crust. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #dessert


She could have maintained the status quo, would have preferred it really, maybe not forever but at least for now. It wasn't fair to him, though, and she knew it. He was putting his foot down, and she really couldn't blame him, he was not just doing it for himself, she had to admit that it was for them both.

There was, of course, something she had to do first. One of the hardest things she'd had to do in a very long time. Tomorrow. She'd do it tomorrow.

That night in bed, both emotionally drained and deeply exhausted, despite being as snug as a beetle in a rug (yes, I know the saying is "bug in a rug" but I gotta work with what I've been given here), sleep evaded her. The task ahead of her weighed heavily. Really, this should not be so difficult to do, she should actually be excited, looking forward to it.

But so much was running through her mind: she remembered the day she had met her husband, how much she enjoyed dating him, just being with him. She recalled the slow realization that she was falling for him, relived the day he proposed. Her wedding day was the most perfect day of her life, or so she had thought until just a month ago, when she met the person on whom she was now fully focused.

The next day, she set out to do what she needed to do. She turned to a few trusted friends for advice. Besides giving her valuable direction, they all assured her she would be OK. Better than OK, they all agreed, she'd be happier than she realizes in this moment. Words she later came to acknowledge were, of course, true.

And then, taking a deep breath, she picked up her phone. And put it down again. In the end, though, she did it. She said the words she needed to say, made the required arrangements.

You'd think she'd be relieved, once it was set in stone, but not so much. She questioned herself non-stop, all day long. "Is it too late? Can I undo this? What if I'm not ready?". The thoughts were relentless, even all the way into that evening as she dressed and prepared to leave her home.

An hour later she sat in his car. "I love you", she looked him straight in the eye, "I told you I would leave him and I did".

She actually did it. Left her one month old son with a babysitter and went out with her husband on her official first "date night" as a new mom.


Here are links to all the other Use Your Words posts:





Mint Chocolate Cheesecake
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Ingredients:
11.5 oz package Keebler Fudge Stripe Mint cookies
4 TBSP butter, melted

2 1/2 packages (8 oz) cream cheese, room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup heavy cream
3 eggs, room temperature
2/3 cup Andes baking chips
1/4 cup chocolate syrup

Directions:
*Wrap a sheet of tin foil around the bottom and partially up the sides of a 9 inch springform pan. Lightly grease the inside of the pan. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
*In a food processor, crush the cookies to fine crumbs, it should make about 2 3/4 cups of crumbs. Set aside 1/2 cup of the crumbs and mix the other 2 1/4 cups with the melted butter. Press into and partially up the sides of the prepared pan.
*Beat the cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in the sour cream and heavy cream, then the eggs, one at a time. Gently fold in the baking chips and the remaining cookie crumbs.
*Pour 1/2 of the batter into the prepared crust. Seal the chocolate into a sandwich bag. Snip a corner of the bag and drizzle half of the syrup over the batter and swirl into the batter, using a toothpick. Repeat with the remaining batter and chocolate syrup.
*Bake for 60 to 75 minutes, until the center is just set.
*Remove from oven and allow to cool. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
*Gently run a knife around the cheesecake before removing the side of the pan.
*Store leftovers, covered, in the refrigerator.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Lost and Found: Corn Mazes and Bonfire Poetry

My poetry's scary, that is true,
But I'm not here to terrify you.
No ghosts flew nor witches brew,
corn mazes and bonfires get their due. 

Ghouls and goblins take a back seat,
through mazes of corn we beat feet.
Put food on sticks, so fun to eat.
No scary topics . . . unless I cheat . . .


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Lost and Found

"It'll be fun", they said
"famous last words" to me.
Through peer pressure though,
I did agree.

A fun fall night,
at the pumpkin farm.
Eat, play, camp out,
what could be the harm?

Not a "roughing it" girl,
for many years now.
Like riding a bike,
can't have forgotten how.

Bogged down with supplies,
we chose our spot.
"an enjoyable night with friends,
could be fun", I thought. 

Got all set up,
by a big fire pit,
then right off to the mazes,
no time to sit.

At first I enjoyed
finding my way through corn, 
but as it got latter,
I became forlorn.

Complete silence replaced
giggles, laughs and glee.
Seems only one left in there,
was I, myself and me.

"Hey, remember me"
I called out in vain.
And now, lucky me,
daylight starts to wane.

Back at the camp
unbeknown to me,
friends were burning
bout half of a tree.

Dinner over a fire
adds to fun,
roasting hot dogs on sticks,
s'mores for everyone.


Maple Pumpkin Snack Crackers are a great fall treat. Share them by the campfire, tailgating or serve them in a fall vegetable soup. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #snack

Maple Pumpkin Snack Crackers
a great snack to share by the campfire
Maple Pumpkin Snack Crackers are a great fall treat. Share them by the campfire, tailgating or serve them in a fall vegetable soup. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #snack


It's then I fortuitously
glanced up to the sky.
What? Are those smoke 
signals that I do spy? 

Despair to hopeful
in seconds flat.
Followed nose and stomach,
got back just like that!


Before you go, click on these links to more poetry from some of my friends:
Dawn of Spatulas on Parade shares A Fiery Twist
Sarah of Sarah Nolan shares Autumn Joy
Diane of On the Border shares Mazed.


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Maple Pumpkin Snack Crackers
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Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
3 TBSP vegetable oil
2 TBSP maple syrup
9 oz bag of oyster crackers
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice 
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp paprika 

Directions:
*Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.
*In a large bowl, whisk together the oil, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice, cumin and paprika. Add the oyster crackers and mix gently so all of the crackers are coated.
*Spread the seasoned crackers onto the baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Stir gently, then bake for another 7 - 10 minutes. Cool completely. 
*Store in a sealed container.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Peanut Butter Brownie Graveyard: Boo Blog With Friends

Today’s post is the next in our series of Blog With Friends themed collaborations. Each month a group of bloggers get together and each publish a project based on a theme. What I love about his partnership is that it's not bloggers with similar interests or strengths but a diverse group coming up with a variety of posts. In any given month we may a recipe, sewing tutorial, crocheting, crafts project, book review, and/or technology post all related to the theme of the month.

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This month's theme is Boo. Because, you know, October. And Halloween.

There will be individual project pictures and links to what everyone else has to offer at the end of my post, but here's a peek at what we all came up with:

Blog With Friends, a multi-blogger project based post incorporating a theme, Boo. | Featured on and graphic property of www.BakingInATornado.com


I made a Peanut Butter Brownie Graveyard.


Peanut Butter Brownie Graveyard, a fun Halloween dessert for the chocolate and peanut butter lover. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #Halloween

Peanut Butter Brownie Graveyard

I said in my first October post of 2019 that I wouldn't be playing with my food as much this year. Since the start of this blog I'd write Halloween themed posts and develop Halloween recipes through the entire month. But the fun of that was the look on the boys' and their friends' faces when I served the spooky (or gross) foods. Now, with the boys grown and mostly gone, I'm doing that less and less, more focusing on Fall flavors this month than escalating the "I dare you to eat this" game.

Today, though, is one of those exceptions. With a theme like Boo, I jumped right back into those days. And although it's more rare for me to come up with these kinds of recipes I have to admit, it's still fun.

I started by making Peanut Butter Brownies. I used crunchy peanut butter, but you can use smooth if you prefer. Innocent looking brownies, aren't they? Not for long.



While they were baking, I made the hands. I drew them onto parchment paper, then turned the paper over and piped melted vanilla bark to form the hands using the drawn hands as a template. I added "blood" and "fingernails".

Preparing elements for Peanut Butter Brownie Graveyard, a fun Halloween dessert. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #Halloween


I also used the melted vanilla bark to make the tombstones. 

Preparing elements for Peanut Butter Brownie Graveyard, a fun Halloween dessert. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #Halloween


Added eyes and some blood to the ghosts.

Preparing elements for Peanut Butter Brownie Graveyard, a fun Halloween dessert. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #Halloween


And made a zombie out of the Keebler Stripe cookie. 

Preparing elements for Peanut Butter Brownie Graveyard, a fun Halloween dessert. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #Halloween


When the brownies were done, I carved out the central grave and prepared the zombie to emerge. 

Peanut Butter Brownie Graveyard, a fun Halloween dessert for the chocolate and peanut butter lover. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #Halloween

Then added the rest of the scene.

Peanut Butter Brownie Graveyard, a fun Halloween dessert for the chocolate and peanut butter lover. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #Halloween

Spooky fun, right? Delicious too!

As always, any time you make one of my recipes, feel free to post a picture of it to my Baking In A Tornado Facebook Page. I'd love to see it!

Be sure to visit all of this month's other Blog With Friends projects:


Blog With Friends, a multi-blogger project based post incorporating a theme, Boo. | Quick & Easy Halloween Treat by Melissa of My Heartfelt Sentiments| Featured on www.BakingInATornado.com 



Melissa of My Heartfelt Sentiments shares a Quick & Easy Halloween Treat craft.





Blog With Friends, a multi-blogger project based post incorporating a theme, Boo. | A Little Halloween Fun in the Shower by Tamara of Part-time Working Hockey Mom | Featured on www.BakingInATornado.com 



Tamara of Part-time Working Hockey Mom shares A Little Halloween Fun in the Shower



Blog With Friends, a multi-blogger project based post incorporating a theme, Boo. | Boo-tastic Cat House by Lydia of Cluttered Genius | Featured on www.BakingInATornado.com 


Lydia of Cluttered Genius shares how to make your own Boo-tastic Cat House






Blog With Friends, a multi-blogger project based post incorporating a theme, Boo. | Boo Treats by Dawn of Spatulas on Parade | Featured on www.BakingInATornado.com 

Dawn of Spatulas on Parade shares Boo! Treats.

 

Blog With Friends, a multi-blogger project based post incorporating a theme, Boo. | Bodie Ghost Town: The Best Ghosts are all in my Mind by Ka of The Ground Beneath my Feet | Featured on www.BakingInATornado.com 





Kia of The Ground Beneath my Feet shares Bodie Ghost Town: The Best Ghosts are all in my Mind





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Peanut Butter Brownie Graveyard
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Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter
4 oz unsweetened chocolate
1/4 cup peanut butter (I used crunchy)
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 cup flour

1 oz vanilla bark
10 slivered almond pieces
red piping gel
4 chocolate covered peanut butter cookies
4 marshmallows
10 candy eyes 
1 Keebler Fudge Stripes cookies (your choice of color/flavor)
1 TBSP finely chopped peanuts

Directions:
*Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8 X 11 baking dish.
*Melt together the butter and unsweetened chocolate in the microwave until smooth. Whisk in the peanut butter, then the sugar, followed by the eggs. Last, mix in the flour. Spread into the prepared baking dish. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until completely set. 
*While the brownies are cooking, draw 2 hands, approximately 2 1/2 inches long and 1 1/2 inches wide, onto parchment paper. Turn over so the clean side is facing up.
*Melt the vanilla bark, seal into a sandwich bag and snip a very small piece from a corner to use for piping. Pipe the outlines of the hands on the parchment paper. Pipe "RIP" onto the chocolate peanut butter cookies.
*Go back and fill in the hands, then immediately stick a slivered almond piece onto the top of each finger to form a fingernail. Dot the flat backs of the eyes with the melted vanilla bark to attach to the marshmallows and the Keebler Stripe cookie.
*Drizzle a little edible red writing gel along the fingernails, define the lines between the fingers with the tip of a knife, then carefully place the "hands" in the fridge. Use more writing gel to simulate dripping blood on the ghosts.
*When the brownies are done, cut a 5 inch slit into the center of the brownies and scoop a little of the brownie out. Very carefully, place the Stripe cookie partially into the top of the slit and sprinkle the peanuts around the edge of the slit to look like disturbed dirt. Place 2 marshmallow ghosts towards the top of the brownies and 2 towards the bottom. Refrigerate to cool and set.
*Once the brownies are cooled, gently push the "tombstones" in by the ghosts and place the hands so they appear to be coming out of the grave.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Skip That: Secret Subject Swap

Welcome a Secret Subject Swap. This month 6 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts. Read through mine and at the bottom you’ll find links to all of today’s other Secret Subject participants.

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My subject is: Did you love high school? Hate it? If you could go back and change something, would you? What and why?
It was submitted by Dawn of Spatulas on Parade.

I didn't love high school, didn't hate it either, although there were moments of each. The fun moments I remember with a smile. The cringe worthy times I try really hard (still) to forget. 

I didn't really find my tribe during those days. I had friends, but I fitted into and out of different groups, never really feeling that any one of them were mine. In fact, of my three closest friends from my high school days, two of them went to the other two high schools in town. It's hard when you (later in life) move halfway across the country, but one of those friends, Mark, I stayed friends with until just a few years ago when we lost touch. Another, Billy, I'd lost touch with many years ago but he found me through my sister on FB and we're now friends there and talk on the phone now and then. The third, Laurie, I've stayed friends with since the day we met. We're opposites, Laurie and I, but I adore her. 

The high school years were tough ones for me. Would I go back and change anything? In retrospect I have to say that I didn't have the maturity to take advantage of what was available to me. I wish I had been more disciplined, willing to assess what subjects interested me or what talents I might possess. Although I had gotten some good feedback from teachers about my writing and did originally plan on majoring in journalism in college. But I was spoiled and rebellious. Very rebellious. My parents were at this point divorced, my clothing was . . . well . . . indicative of the times and my mood (that's as good a way to put it as any) and my diet were frequently dictated by the level of my munchies, usually trending towards coffee and sweets.


Espresso Chip Irish Cream Muffins, have your coffee and eat it too. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #breakfast

Espresso Chip Irish Cream Muffins
Espresso Chip Irish Cream Muffins, have your coffee and eat it too. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #breakfast

The day I got my driver's license, my dad had a convertible waiting for me in the driveway. Probably because he'd seen me drive and didn't want me borrowing his car. Either way, that car was my freedom. I had been thrilled not to have to ride the school bus ever since the day, freshman year, when I smoked a cigarette at the back of the bus with some friends and all the older boys in the neighborhood stopped my mom on her way home to tell her. As poorly as that went, all I can say is, good thing it was only a cigarette.

Like with friends, I jumped into this and that (in activities and in persona), dabbled in this and that, never really planting my feet into anything. Joined the boys' track team with a friend, quit the same day, worked on the senior yearbook for a short time. Nothing was serious or based on any dream for the future, I was all about me.

When it came to my education, I did as little as I possibly could to get by, skipped classes often, put as little effort as I could into school work, and lived by the motto "fake it till you make it." How I got good grades and was accepted to multiple colleges, I still don't know. What I do know is that my mom bribed no one. 

And I must have done something right as I neither ended up pregnant nor have I ever been arrested.

I will say this, and it probably says a lot, I am Facebook friends with my high school principal. I doubt there are many people who can say that, but all these years later and I still, as I did then, like and respect the guy. Despite the way I used him.

As I said, I skipped school a lot. Well, more like I skipped classes a lot but every now and then I'd skip a day. I loved grabbing a friend and heading out for a snack, a ride, or even sometimes in the spring, a day on Cape Cod. How did I do this without getting in trouble? I had a system. First, skip full days only a few times a semester. The number of absences on those report cards had to be low enough that Mom wouldn't look at it and know it didn't look right. I learned this the hard way when she once questioned the number and I had to explain the whole (made up) computer glitch in the attendance system. Phew. 

When it came to skipping classes, mostly, coincidentally, when there was a test or a project due, I would simply come up with a problem. Just as the class started, I'd go to the principal's office with an issue. Al cared about the students, all of us, and not just in terms of our academics. I could go talk to him about anything. And I did, real or imagined. After about 10 minutes I'd thank him, he'd give me a "late pass" to give to my teacher so I wouldn't get in trouble, I'd get lost until 5 minutes before the class period ended, arrive to class with the pass and abracadabra, passed "go" and collected my $200.

See, I did learn something in high school after all. And I bet if I asked Al now, he'd tell me that he was on to me all along.   

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts. Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:


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Espresso Chip Irish Cream Muffins
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Printable Recipe


Ingredients:
1/2 cup Irish Cream flavored baking chips
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg, room temperature
2/3 cup coffee flavored yogurt
1/4 cup Irish Cream liqueur
1/2 cup milk
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup Espresso flavored baking chips

1 cup powdered sugar
2 TBSP Irish Cream liqueur

Directions:
*Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place muffin cups in 12 cup tin or spray with non-stick spray.
*Finely chop (to crumb like texture) the Irish Cream baking chips in a food processor. 
*Whisk the vegetable oil with both sugars until smooth. Whisk in the egg, yogurt, 1/4 cup of the Irish Cream liqueur and the milk.
*In a separate large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. Mix in the chopped Irish Cream baking chips.
*Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Add the espresso baking chips and gently stir until just blended. 
*Divide the muffin mixture into the muffin cups. Bake for 20 minutes or until the center springs back to the touch. Cool in the muffin pan for 10 minutes before removing from the pan.
*Once cooled completely, whisk together the powdered sugar with the remaining 2 TBSP Irish Cream liqueur. Drizzle over the tops of the muffins.