Sweet and Moist Cornbread

Hey there! I’m so excited it’s finally FRIYAAY, aren’t you?. Last week I shared my Kid Friendly Chili recipe and I promised I was going to share my recipe for the “sweetest and moistest cornbread in the world”. I’ve been looking for a cornbread that my husband will approve for a while now (he always said it wasn’t sweet or moist enough) so I can assure you this recipe has gone through a few trials and errors to get it where it is now.

There are a million recipes for Cornbread but this one is my family favorite. Give this Sweet and Moist Cornbread recipe a try, you won't regret it!

Writing this week’s post was a bit of a challenge because toddlers are unpredictable. I usually work on the blog while Emi naps (about two hours a day) but this week her sleeping schedule has been a little off, which messes up my everyday schedule (cleaning, cooking, drinking coffee to survive). But a mom’s gotta do what a mom’s gotta do and we have to learn to live with it and make the best of it. I’m sure the stay-at-home parents reading this must agree (specially the coffee part).

On the bright side, my husband is taking Monday off so we have a long weekend to spend together, eat and have so much fun, but mostly to eat. Celebrating 4th of July in our home is a big deal. We have great respect for this country that we are blessed enough to call home and even though it’s only the three of us celebrating this holiday, that’s no excuse to stop having some of our 4th of July traditions, like BBQ ribs.

A picture from last year's 4th of July dinner prep, includes BBQ ribs, mexican street corn and homemade cheesy bread

Last year’s 4th of July dinner prep: BBQ ribs, mexican street corn and homemade cheesy bread

If you’re planning a big barbecue or picnic make sure you include this cornbread on your menu. I’m sure it’ll go perfect with anything you’re having and kids will love it.

You’ll need 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1 cup yellow cornmeal, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1 egg, 1 cup sour cream, 1/3 cup whole milk (you could also use 2% milk), 1/2 cup butter (melted and room temperature)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C). Grease and flour an 8-inch square baking dish. I used my 2-qt oblong baking dish because I shattered my 8-inch square pyrex a few weeks ago. In my defense that thing exploded without a reason! Okay I might have put it on the stove to finish cooking a sauce but aren’t these things supposed to resist like 500F degrees. Whatever, I got a new one and it’s so so pretty. I’m planning on breaking all my boring glass baking dishes to get new pretty ones, just don’t tell my husband about my evil plan bwahahahaha!

Moving on, combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.

Flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl

Mix egg, sour cream, milk, and butter in another bowl.

Egg, sour cream, milk, and butter

Fold egg mixture into flour mixture until just moistened. It’s very important that you do this by hand and be gentle, too much mixing and air will get into your egg and the cornbread won’t be fluffy and light.

Gently folding egg mixture into flour mixture

Cornbread batter mixed until just combined, with little lumps

Pour into prepared baking dish and bake in preheated oven for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Serve warm.

Cornbread batter spread on baking dish

Sweet and moist cornbread out of the oven, golden and fluffly with a crack in the middle

Easy peasy! Let me know if you tried this recipe or how you make your cornbread, I’m always open to learn and improve! Remember to give every recipe your special touch. See ya next week!

There are a million recipes for Cornbread but this one is my family favorite. Give this Sweet and Moist Cornbread recipe a try, you won't regret it!

Sweet and Moist Cornbread

Serves 8

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup whole milk (you could also use 2% milk)
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C). Grease and flour an 8-inch square baking dish (a 2-qt oblong glass baking dish works too).
  2. Combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.
  3. Mix egg, sour cream, milk, and butter in another bowl.
  4. Fold egg mixture into flour mixture by hand and until just moistened.
  5. Pour into prepared baking dish and bake in preheated oven for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Serve warm.

Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s day!! I’m hoping you’re having a great day, we are freezing here but that won’t stop us from celebrating!! We started our day with an avocado toast, smoked sausage and fruit, of course the toast had a heart-shaped over easy egg in the middle, I’ve been seeing these heart-shaped toasts on Pinterest for a while and thought today was a good day to try them.

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My hubby surprised me with Godiva chocolate truffles and flowers, two of my favorite things in the whole world!! Godiva chocolate truffles may be a little pricey but they are totally worth it. I gave him his present yesterday, it was impossible to make it a surprise since our apartment smelled like chocolate heaven, I baked him English toffee and sea salt brownies, we’re having a sugar overload this weekend but it’s ok, it’s Valentine’s!!

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If you’re still looking for a dessert recipe to make today, these brownies are the answer, not only they’re delicious but they’re really easy to make and most of the ingredients might already be in your pantry.

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You’ll need 1/2 cup of butter, 1 cup of white sugar, 2 eggs, 1 tsp of vanilla extract, 1/3 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder, 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour, 1/4 tsp of salt, 1/4 tsp of baking powder, 3/4 cup of Heath bits and 1 tsp of sea salt.

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The secret for chewy brownies is mixing everything by hand, that way you won’t overmix the eggs and the batter won’t get too much air. Let’s start! Grease and flour an 8 inch square pan, I like to use the remaining butter stuck to the paper wrap to grease my pans, that way you don’t waste anything!!

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Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. In a pan or a dutch oven melt the butter over medium high. Remove from heat and add 1 tsp of vanilla extract,1 cup of sugar.

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Add 2 eggs and stir quickly before the eggs start to cook. Follow with 1/3 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder and blend.

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Then add 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour, 1/4 tsp of salt and 1/4 tsp of baking powder and gently fold. Finally add 3/4 cup of Heath bits.

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Pour batter into prepared pan and tap it against the counter a couple of times to spread evenly the batter. Sprinkle with 1 tsp of sea salt.

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Bake for 25-30 minutes in preheated oven or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let it cool for 10 minutes, cut and enjoy!!!

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These brownies turned out SO good, I’m having one as I’m writing this post, you know for inspiration, lol!! I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s, we had dinner plans to go out for sushi but tonight’s forecast is -20 degrees F, we’re having second thoughts about it. Have a great weekend!!

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English Toffee and Sea Salt Brownies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 1/4 tsp of baking powder
  • 3/4 cup of Heath bits
  • 1 tsp of sea salt

Directions

  1. Grease and flour an 8 inch square pan. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a pan or a dutch oven melt the butter over medium high. Remove from heat and add 1 tsp of vanilla extract,1 cup of sugar.
  3. Add 2 eggs and stir quickly before the eggs start to cook. Follow with 1/3 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder and blend.
  4. Then add 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour, 1/4 tsp of salt and 1/4 tsp of baking powder and gently fold. Finally add 3/4 cup of Heath bits.
  5. Pour batter into prepared pan and tap it against the counter a couple of times to spread evenly the batter. Sprinkle with 1 tsp of sea salt.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes in preheated oven or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let it cool for 10 minutes, cut and enjoy!!!

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New Year, New Look

Hello my lovely readers! I decided to start this year with a makeover, as you can see I changed the theme of my blog and I love how it looks, specially my new logo, which I made with a little help of my husband. This year I want to invest more time on my blog and I’m doing some research to find ways to improve it. In the meantime, since this is the first post of the year, I wanted to share my New Year resolutions with you, maybe we have a couple in common!

We all can relate!! =D

Is this familiar? =D

  1. Dedicate more time to my blog: I really enjoy posting but I’m in desperate need of a schedule, I’m already working on it.
  2. Try new recipes: My family and friends think I know a lot of recipes, but I need to step up my game, specially since a big part of my blog is about cooking.
  3. Finish my college degree: I’m so close!! I can’t wait to have that diploma in my hand.
  4. Drink two liters of water a day: I know this sounds like an easy resolution but it’s actually harder than it sounds.
  5. Use my Thighmaster everyday!!: Oh yeah, I have the Thighmaster, and its been sitting in a dark corner of my closet for too long. Perfect thighs, here I come!
  6. Read a new book every month: I doubt about this one because it’s a huge commitment but if not now when! I’m accepting suggestions.
  7. Work on my photography skills: I’m a terrible photographer (my husband agrees) so this year I want to learn how to shoot nice pictures, decent at least!

There you have, my New Year resolutions, by the end of the year I’ll post how they turn out, hopefully I’ll accomplish at least 6 of 7 (fingers crossed). Why don’t you leave me a comment with your New Year resolution, lets give each other some support!!

I hope this year will be full of wonderful moments and lots of blessings for all of you. HAPPY 2015!!

Happy 2015!! Thank You @mber89 for letting me use your pic!!

Happy 2015!! Photo by: Ma. Belen Estrella (instagram:@mber89)

Santa Claus is coming to town!!!

I’m so excited about Christmas!! Who isn’t? I know this could be an overwhelming week between cooking and shopping for last minute presents, but forget about that and give yourself a moment to enjoy the most wonderful time of the year!!! (I’ve been watching Ellen, she’s the best!!)

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I’ve been living under a rock!! Last week I started using Pinterest (shame on me) and I want to kill myself for not starting before. I’m obsessed with it, there are so many ideas and I wanted to share with you the ones that I liked the most:

Best everyday tip: Everybody needs to know how to jump start a car, especially at this time of the year when snow and low temperatures can make your battery die. I had no idea there was a specific way to connect the cables and if you don’t follow them, your battery could explode. Not cool.

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http://pinterest.com/pin/475622410622501978/?s=3&m=wordpress

Best decorating tip: I love crafting!! I don’t do it as often as I’d like but I really admire people that come up with ideas like this:

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http://pinterest.com/pin/475622410622450316/?s=3&m=wordpress

Best winter outfit: I’m still not used to winter, so finding outfits that will keep me warm and make me look cute is a challenge. This outfit is definitely my style.

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Those are a few of my favorite pins, to see more you can follow me on Pinterest, not sure how, but this is my username: SweetSaltyThoughts, if you can’t find me let me know and please share your wisdom with a Pinterest newbie like me.

I’ve been wanting to share this Sugar Cookie recipe for a while, and what better time than Christmas. These cookies are perfect! The recipe will make 24 medium cookies or 12 big ones, our perfect size.

Chewy Sugar Cookies

Ingredients
1-1/3 cups and 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup butter and 2 tablespoons
3/4 cup white sugar, plus more for rolling
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (190 degrees C).

In a bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, and baking powder.

In a different bowl, cream the butter. Then add the sugar and mix until smooth. Beat in an egg and vanilla.

At this point I like to switch my mixer for a wooden spoon. Pour half of your dry ingredients into the butter mixture and blend slowly, then add the other half and be careful of over stirring.

If you don’t have a dough scoop like me, use your ice cream scoop to roll dough into balls, then toss them in a bowl of sugar until well covered and place onto cookie sheets lined with parchment paper.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until edges are golden. I’ve learned that baking is a little about intuition, so make sure to use yours, it takes some practice but you’ll get there.

After you’ve taken cookies out of the oven let them rest two minutes to cool down.

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I put some chocolate chips in a couple of cookies because I was in the mood for some chocolate (ok I’m always in the mood for chocolate).

I hope you enjoy these cookies!!

Take me back to the Windy City

Hi everyone!!! This past few days I’ve been busy doing Christmas shopping. This will be the first time I celebrate in Wisconsin, last Christmas we spent it in New York (it was our honeymoon too!).

I didn’t forget I promised to tell you about my Thanksgiving weekend in Chicago!! We spent Thanksgiving at home and went Black Friday shopping. We hit Old Navy’s, Target and Walmart. On Saturday we drove to Chicago and met my sister-in-law and her husband, which was a great idea!!!

We first stopped atShake Shack (it recently opened in Chicago). The place was packed! We waited in line outside on the curb to get in, the line went almost around the block but it moved pretty fast, although finding a table was more challenging, thankfully my sister in-law found one (more like fought for one 😂) right before our food was ready. I ordered a single SmokeShack and a vanilla shake, both where amazing!!! I didn’t notice the burger had a spicy sauce until my first bite and even though I’m not a spicy lover, I really liked it. I was bummed that I didn’t order a double instead, I wanted more!!!!

Once we finished we went to The Art Institute of Chicago, the atmosphere was captivating, at first we got lost inside but then I turned on my human GPS skills 😂 and took the two hour tour, which included 12 of the best and brightest exhibitions of the Art Institute’s Collection.

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What a beautiful day!!

Since we where in Millennium Park, we made a stop to see The Cloud Gate, more known as “The Bean”. It wasn’t my first time in Chicago, but God knows why I haven’t visited this sculpture before. Not only it was beautiful but we had a blast taking pictures!!

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You, Me and The Bean

We couldn’t leave Chicago without seeing some Christmas Lights, so we visited the Lincoln Park ” Zoolights”. The strings of lights and bright displays were beautiful and being in the zoo after dark made it more interesting. It was really something special, the best part: FREE ADMISSION.

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It's not the best pic but I needed to show you some of lights

All the touring got us hungry, so we had dinner at Avec. Food was amazing, seriously, AMAZING. We waited no more than 20 minutes to be seated, keep in mind that you share a table with other people, which was perfectly fine for us, and you HAVE to share the food with your party, we learned that the hard way, because our waitress was in complete shock (and a little rude) when each couple wanted to order their own plates.

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This skyline's on fireeeee!! 🎼

Chicago is a beautiful city, full of life, culture and entertainment. If you decide to visit (You must!!), be sure to plan ahead, there’s so much to do, you’ll really want to squeeze every second you’re there.

I hope y’all have a great week!!