McCormick Look Book And Blueberry Muffins Recipe

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McCormick Look Book For Spring Recipes

It’s no secret that cooking is one of my main passions in life.  I can spend countless hours perusing recipes and I love trying out new recipes all the time.  When I put together my weekly menu, I often look to the internet in hopes to find meal ideas that will become part of our regular rotation of family favorite recipes through out the year.


One of the brands of spices I can always count on to bring me good results in the kitchen is McCormick.  They’ve recently launched the McCormick Look Book that showcases recipes made with McCormick products.  Since it’s springtime, they’ve got plenty of Spring recipes that will perk up your weekly menu and through the Look Book, you can collect the recipes you’re interested in to make your own look book (virtual cook book).  All you need to do to save a recipe to your McCormick Look Book cookbook is to click on the heart (it will turn red like pictured below) and it will automatically add it to your own Look Book!

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I really like this feature as it compiles all the recipes I’m interested in trying out in the future which saves me time when it’s time to make that recipe.  I no longer have to bookmark all those recipes individually and there’s a drop down box so I can sort each recipe by category.  This Look Book has an easy to organize format that simplifies my weekly menu process and it does so beautifully.  The pictures make all the recipes look so good and I have several that I’ve included in my weekly menu for the next two weeks.   I also like that I have the option to share recipes with my family and friends through email, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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One of the first recipes I tried through the ecellulitis magazine was their version of Blueberry Muffins.  I had a lot of Alaskan wild blueberries in my freezer to use up and there couldn’t have been a more fitting recipe than that!  I also incorporated many of the McCormick products that were sent to me and my kids could hardly stand waiting for these goodies to get done as they helped me bake them.  I’ve included the recipe below just in case you’d like to give it a try yourself! Smile


McCormick Look Book Blueberry Muffins Recipe

Recipe type: Breakfast, Brunch
Author: McCormick
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 25 mins
Total time: 40 mins
Serves: 12
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Cinnamon, Ground
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Lightly grease 12 muffin cups or line with paper baking cups. Set aside.
  2. Mix flour, 2/3 cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Mix sour cream, milk, oil, egg, orange peel and vanilla in medium bowl. Add to flour mixture; stir just until dry ingredients are moistened. (Batter will be thick and slightly lumpy.) Gently stir in blueberries.
  3. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling each cup 2/3 full. Mix 2 tablespoons sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle over muffins.
  4. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of muffins comes out clean. Serve warm with Honey Butter, if desired.


These blueberry muffins were a big hit with my kids.  They scarfed down 2 dozen blueberry muffins in the span of two days.  I can’t wait to try many more of the recipes from the McCormick Look Book and plan my weekly menus around some of their amazing looking recipes!  You ought to give the McCormick Look Book a shot yourself.  You won’t be disappointed!  You can find several spring baking recipe ideas here: or

*I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for McCormick. I received product samples and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

Chicken Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe

Chicken Broccoli Cheese Soup

I love preparing soups as meals for my family.  Most of the time, it can be done with one pot and is a one dish meal packed with nutrition and often, I make enough for leftovers so that they’re convenient, tasty lunches through out the week.  One type of soup that I had recently for the first time was chicken broccoli cheese soup that we had during an “American Girl” tea party.  It was so delicious that I had three bowls of it and was determined to make some at home.  This is my version of the chicken broccoli cheese soupthat my whole family eagerly ate up and enjoyed!

Chicken Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe Blessings Abound Mommy

Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 45 mins
Total time: 1 hour
Serves: 15
  • 1-1/4 cup butter, divided
  • 1 onion, chopped fine
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup flour
  • 4 cups milk
  • 4 cups heavy cream
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 2 lbs. chicken breast, cubed
  • 4 heads of broccoli, chopped
  • 4 carrots, grated
  • 32 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  1. In a medium pot, sauté the onions and garlic in 1/4 cup butter over medium heat until onions and garlic are soft and translucent. Set aside.
  2. In a large pot, melt 1 cup butter over medium heat and stir in flour until well blended and thick. Gradually whisk in milk, heavy cream, and chicken broth.
  3. Add chicken breast cubes, broccoli, and carrots to the milk mixture. Cover pot with lid and let simmer for 30-45 minutes, stirring frequently.
  4. Stir in grated cheese until melted and heated through. Season with salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper.

This soup can be easily halved for smaller servings.

“Healthified” Oatmeal Streusel Topped Banana Walnut Muffins Recipe

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Oatmeal Streusel Topped Banana Walnut Muffins Recipe

As our family progresses to eat healthier and lead a more active lifestyle, I’ve been converting my family’s favorite recipes to be healthier.  Here is an example of my Banana Walnut Muffins recipe that I changed today to be more nutritious without sacrificing the flavor my kids love.  There is still room for improvement, but I wanted to take baby steps in altering the recipe so that the kid appeal will stay in tact and be well received at our church gathering tomorrow.  My kids still think my revised Banana Walnut Muffins are a hit which gives me more confidence to take it further and get more creative in making our favorite recipes more healthy for our family!

Recipe Type: Dessert, Breakfast, Brunch
Author: Jacqueline Renner
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 18 mins
Total time: 33 mins
Serves: 36
A healthy version of my standard banana walnut muffins recipe. It packs more nutrition and less calories without sacrificing flavor. It’s a winner in my family!
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp molasses
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup flax seeds, ground
  • 1 cup rolled oatmeal
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 cup 0% plain Fage yogurt or nonfat/lowfat plain yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1-1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp molasses
  • 1/2 cup flour (all purpose or wheat- your preference)
  • 3/4 cup rolled oatmeal
  • 2 tbsp butter
  1. Preheat oven to 350. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter, sugar, and molasses together. Add eggs until well blended.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix flours, flax seed, oatmeal, baking soda, sea salt, and cinnamon together. Blend into butter mixture until just moistened. Blend in bananas, yogurt, and vanilla extract. Fold in walnuts.
  3. Spoon batter into muffin cups 3/4 full. I used an ice cream scoop to measure them out.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together 1/2 cup sugar and 1 tsp molasses until well combined. Add 1/2 cup flour, 1 tsp cinnamon, and oatmeal and blend into sugar mixture. Cut in butter until it resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over muffins evenly.
  5. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until done.

Italian Sausage And Tortellini Soup Recipe

One of the things I serve my family regularly for lunch are soups.  They are a variety of soups that I make and they are packed with nutrition, which makes it an easy way to help ensure that my family is getting enough vegetables daily.  One of my children’s favorite happens to be this Italian Sausage and Tortellini Soup.  They love the combination of Italian Sausage mixed in with cheese filled tortellini and veggies.  This Italian Sausage and Tortellini Soup can be a meal all in one or served before a big meal or paired with a salad as I often do.
Italian Sausage And Tortellini Soup Recipe Blessings Abound Mommy

Recipe type: Main, Soup
Author: Jacqueline Renner
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 45 mins
Total time: 1 hour
Serves: 10
  • 1 lb. ground sweet or hot Italian Sausage (whichever you desire)
  • 1 onion, chopped fine
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, sliced
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 2 zucchinis, sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 6 cups beef broth
  • 1/2 cup burgundy wine or red wine
  • 15 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 15 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 20 oz. fresh three cheese tortellini pasta
  • 2 handfuls of spinach, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • parmesan cheese, grated (optional)
  1. In a large pot, brown the Italian sausage.
  2. Add garlic, onion, and red bell pepper cooking until softened.
  3. Stir in the beef broth, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, celery, carrots, basil, oregano, thyme, and black pepper. Bring to a boil and then reduce to simmer 20 minutes, covered with a lid. Stir in zucchini, tortellini, spinach, and parsley and simmer for 10 minutes. Serve with grated parmesan cheese, if desired.

Sausage Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos Recipe

Sausage Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos Recipe Blessings Abound Mommy

Sausage Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos Recipe

This Sausage Stuffed Bacon Jalapenos recipe is easy to do and one of my holiday staples when I’m entertaining guests or contributing to a holiday party.  It doesn’t take very much time or use many ingredients for a mouthwatering appetizer that never lasts long on the serving tray.  I hope you enjoy this Sausage Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos recipe as much as my family does!

Recipe type: Appetizer
Author: Jacqueline Renner
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 35 mins
Serves: 12
A simple to put together appetizer that’s a crowd pleaser and fit for holiday entertaining!
  • 12 jalapenos, sliced in half with membranes and seeds discarded
  • 1 lb. Italian sausage, browned and crumbled
  • 1 (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 green onions, sliced thinly
  • 1 package of center cut bacon, sliced in half
  • 24 toothpicks
  1. Preheat oven to Broil at 400 F.
  2. In a big bowl, mix sausage, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and green onions until well blended.
  3. Stuff each jalapeno cavity with sausage mixture.
  4. Wrap half a piece of bacon around each jalapeno half and secure with toothpick.
  5. Place bacon wrapped jalapenos on broiler pan and broil for 20 minutes or until bacon is done and crispy.

Smoked Salmon Dip Recipe

Smoked Salmon Dip Recipe

There isn’t a time in the Christmas season, where I don’t make smoked salmon dip.  I usually make this cold version of smoked salmon dip or a baked smoked salmon dip.  Both are equally as tasty and the smoked salmon dip recipes are often requested.  Smoked salmon dip is one of our family’s favorite appetizers whether we serve it with bread, crackers, chips, or veggies.  I have also entered this recipe in the Macy’s Recipe Share Contest so if you have the time and would like to, please give my recipe a vote!  Thank you!  Smile


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Recipe type: Appetizer
Author: Jacqueline Renner
Prep time: 15 mins
Total time: 15 mins
Serves: 12
A yummy holiday favorite! Cold salmon dip pairs well with bread, cheese, crackers, chips and veggies for a holiday treat!
  • 1 (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 lb smoked salmon, chipped and divided
  • 1/2 bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 5 green onions, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp fresh dill weed, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 5 drops of hot sauce
  1. In a medium bowl, blend cream cheese, sour cream, half the smoked salmon, bell pepper, green onions, garlic cloves, lemon juice, Worcestershire, dill weed, parsley, black pepper, and hot sauce until smooth and creamy. Fold in remaining smoked salmon

Pumpkin French Toast Bake Recipe

Pumpkin French Toast Bake Recipe

Nothing says the taste of fall better than pumpkin and maple syrup!  How fitting is it to start your morning meal with fall flavor?  Last Sunday, I was on the hunt for a breakfast/brunch recipe with a fall theme.  It didn’t take too long to stumble across a recipe for Pumpkin French Toast Bake!  To me, it sounded a lot like the way you make bread pudding, only healthier and suitable for breakfast.

I did tweak the recipe to fit our family’s taste and I’ll be honest, there’s hardly ever been a recipe I have left on its own. I’m always having to put my 2 cents into whatever I’m cooking and baking. It hasn’t failed me yet and this Pumpkin French Toast Bake will now be part of our fall Sunday breakfasts!

While my family first turned their noses up at the thought of Pumpkin French Toast Bake, they quickly changed their minds as they smelled it baking away in the oven. When I served it at the table Sunday morning, they were more than willing to sample this dish. I found it to be sweet enough on its own, but the rest of my family ate the Pumpkin French Toast Bake happily with a touch of maple syrup drizzled on top.


Recipe Type: Breakfast/Brunch
Author: Jacqueline
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Total time: 45 mins
Serves: 12
  • 1 loaf of whole grain bread
  • 1 (15 oz.) can pumpkin puree
  • 8 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tsp cinnamon, divided
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • dash of salt
  • 3/4 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 2 tbsp maple sugar
  • 2 tbsp butter, softened
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease 9×13 glass baking pan
  2. Slice loaf of bread into bite size cubes and place into greased baking pan.
  3. Beat the pumpkin puree, eggs, milk, vanilla extract, sugar, 2 tsp cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, salt until well blended.
  4. Pour pumpkin mixture over cubed bread evenly, ensuring all pieces are soaked.
  5. Make the oatmeal streusel topping by mixing oatmeal, the remaining 1 tsp cinnamon, maple sugar, and butter.
  6. Sprinkle oatmeal streusel evenly over pumpkin coated bread cubes.
  7. Bake 30-40 minutes until french toast is baked through and top is golden brown.
*Recipe provided by AllRecipes.Com with modifications from Jacqueline Renner.

Pumpkin Turkey Chili Slow Cooker Recipe

Brr!  When the temperatures start to drop, that’s when my slow cooker gets hard at work to prepare warm, satisfying meals for our family.  This fall season, I’ve been making chili often and I had a feeling it was getting a little old, which is when I decided to put a fall twist to the traditional chili.

This time, I replaced ground moose for ground turkey, tweaked the seasonings, and added pumpkin.  Yes, pumpkin!  Think of all the rich, fiber goodness and fall flavor pumpkin lends to chili.  Pumpkin makes it’s a more filling and healthier dish.  My family loved the Pumpkin Turkey Chili I came up with and I hope you will too!002

Recipe Type: Main
Author: Jacqueline Renner
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 4 hours
Total time: 4 hours 15 mins
Serves: 8
  • 2 lbs. ground turkey
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 can (28 oz.) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (28 oz.) pumpkin
  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) kidney beans, drained
  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) black beans, drained
  • 3 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tbsp. cumin
  • 3 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  1. Brown the ground turkey. Drain grease from ground turkey and sprinkle the ground turkey with chili powder, cumin, sea salt, black pepper, and cayenne powder. Cook for another minute to cook in spices.
  2. Place the spiced ground turkey and mix in the rest of the ingredients until well blended.
  3. Cook in slow cooker on low heat for 4-6 hours.
  4. Garnish chili with cheddar cheese, sour cream, and green onions if desired.