Aspettando L’estate


Now that it’s mid semester and my life has been spinning mess of work, school, home, and tutoring, I now have a constant state of half alive and half drowing. I can’t wait though for the summer when I will be soaking up Italian sunshine and gorging myself in countless pounds of pasta and pizza.
Until then I will be tutoring, house sitting, working, trying to get back in shape at the pool, and studying until the very last second. In the beginning of the semester I had a lot more time to think about the trip this summer, but unfortunately… for now I will be barely getting through it.

Yesterday, we had an impromptu birthday party for my mom who will be leaving with my dad for 14 days on a Latin American cruise during Spring Break while I will be here, house sitting at a cute little house in the countryside for a few days. Then I will come back home and tutor for a few more days before returning back to work. I’ve been tutoring to supplement extra income before my trip and it has been quite nice to have this little nest egg.

I’ll be hosting my first give away soon, so make sure you follow both my blog and instagram. I will post the rules soon.





Cinnamon streusel topping:
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup (packed) light or dark brown sugar
2 Tbsp organic cane sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
5 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted

Apple muffins:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup organic cane sugar
2 large eggs
1-1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups (about 2 small) tart apples, peeled and diced

Vanilla glaze:
1/2 cup confectioners sugar, sifted
1-1/2 Tbsp whole milk
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract


Make the muffins:
Preheat the oven to 425℉. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners or lightly grease with butter or nonstick baking spray. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Set aside.

Using a stand up mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Turn the mixer down to low, and add the eggs, one at a time, followed by the vanilla, mixing well after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula as needed.

Add the flour mixture to the mixing bowl along with the chopped apples, and use a spatula mix until just combined. Be careful not to over mix. The batter will be very thick.

Use a cookie scoop to divide the batter between the prepared muffin cups. Top with the streusel mix, pressing the crumbs gently into the batter.

Bake at 425℉ for 5 minutes, then turn the oven temperature down to 350℉, and continue baking for another 12-15 minutes, until the muffin tops are golden and a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven, and allow the muffins to cool for a few minutes in the muffin tin, before transferring to a baking rack to cool completely.

Make the vanilla glaze:
Whisk together the confectioners sugar, milk, and vanilla until smooth. Drizzle over the warm muffins. Enjoy!!