Cream Cheese Red Velvet Muffins

red velvet muffins
red velvet muffins

Cream Cheese Red Velvet Muffins
-1 cup of all purpose flour
-2 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
-1/2 cup butter melted
-2/3 cup granulated sugar
-1 large egg
-1/4 cup sour cream
-1 teaspoon vanilla
-1 teaspoon gel red food coloring

cream cheese mixture:
-1 8oz package of plain cream cheese
-4 tablespoons granulated sugar
-1 large egg
-1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Pre-heat over to 350F and line twelve muffing tins with paper liners.

1. Sift first 4 dry ingredients in a mixing bowl and set aside.
2. Beat butter, sugar, and egg until well blended.
3. Add sour cream, vanilla, and red food coloring and blend until the mixture is a even red.
4. Slowly mix in dry ingredients until smooth.
5. Divide batter between all 12 muffin tins and set aside.
6. With hand mixer/stand up mixer beat all ingredients for cream cheese mixture until smooth.
7. Spoon over top of each muffin. The red batter will all be covered.
8. Bake for about 20 minutes, then let cool on wire rack.
Makes 12 muffins

red velvet muffins

Gift Ideas

Gifts for the snailmailer
1. Mail Truck Ornament: perfect for the mail lovers Christmas tree, or tie it onto the top of their wrapped gift.
2. Custom Return Address Stamp: these are adorable, and would be perfect for some one who loves to send a lot of mail.
3. Air Mail Tote Bag: What better way to cart all those snail mail letters to the post office, then a cute airmail bag!
4. Pewter Stamp Dispenser: I love that it’s shaped like a tiny mailbox.
5. Stamps: Head to your post office to see what nice stamps they may have, or order online. There are even currently a set of Harry Potter stamps available!
6. Stamp Cufflinks: and postage jewelry made from real stamps.
Gifts for the bibliophile
1. bookplates: keeps track of what books are yours when you loan them out.
2. Penguin Mugs: This way the book lover can sip coffee or tea from their favorite book-mug while reading.
3. In The Library Perfume: I have this, and I love it. In the Library is a warm blend of English Novel*, Russian & Moroccan Leather Bindings, Worn Cloth and a hint of Wood Polish.
4. Out Of Print Clothing: We have quite a few t-shirts and sweatshirts from out of print, we love them all.
5. Novel Teas: This is a fun idea…Novel Teas contains 5 teabags individually tagged with literary quotes from the world over, made with the finest English Breakfast tea.
6. iPad book cover: I actually got this last Christmas from Tom’s parents. Its really well made, and looks very much like a book.

Holiday Mixer

Every December I try and make a mixed cd of Christmas songs to give out if we have a Christmas party, or Crafternoon. This year I just didn’t have time to get one done for Crafternoon, but then had an idea that I would mail them out with our Christmas cards instead. I found some really big Christmas cards at K-mart that should fit the cd mix inside perfectly.
Last night I sat down to finally make the cd sleeve, I scanned an old Christmas record that I really love, the colors and images are just perfect! Added my own text and a list of songs on the back. I always send my color copies to be printed at Staples on the laser printer, so I will be picking these up Monday morning. One more item off the long list ;)

Gift Ideas

Gifts for The Doll Lover
1. Doll Patterns: Hillary’s doll patterns are adorable, you could sew up a bunch of dolls for the doll lovers in your life, or gift them the pattern instead so they can make their own.
2. Nesting Doll Socks: I think almost anyone could use a pair of socks, and these are pretty cute with little nesting dolls all over.
3. Paper Doll Plate: This one is great for any paper doll fan, I know it was meant for small children, but I’d keep in on my dresser to sort small jewelry.
4. Hitty Her First Hundred Years: This is the memoir of a doll named Hitty. I love this book, its so sweet and charming and has really nice illustrations inside too.
5. The World’s Smallest Post Service: this little kit to make your own tiny letters and parcels is just about the cutest thing I ever did see.
Gifts for the maker
1. Camera pencil pouch: perfect for anyone who uses a lot of pencils & pens to draw, or the camera lover.
2. Time To Get Stuff Done Mug: I own this mug, and I love it so much! Its just a great size, and feels great in your hands. It always motivates me to grab a big cup of coffee & get to work!
3. Washi Tape: This day of the week washi tape would be great for someone who journals or scrapbooks.
4. Embroidery patterns: from Sublime Stitching make a great gift for the needleworker.
5. Mixed Media Masterpieces with Jenny & Aaron: Create Incredible Art Journals and Handmade Mixed Media Treasures with Two Master Crafters: I own this book and it is awesome! Not only does it show a bunch of really cool projects to make (from art journals to things like fake cakes that look good enough to eat!) but it also really serves as an inspiration to take techniques and tips and come up with your own projects. Anyhow who likes to make stuff would be lucky to receive a copy of this book for Christmas.

I’ve been doing almost all of my holiday shopping online, how about you? I love making little strange shopping guides, its like window shopping!
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