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Coffee Cake from Muffin Mix & Protein Smoothies

hoistOne thing you can be sure of . . .  things never go as planned.  While we did manage to get a chain hoist hung from the rafters of the carport so the riding lawn mower could be lifted . . . did not get the belt changed, yet.  Guess that will have to wait for this coming weekend.  One thing is for sure – now that I have the hoist attached, it is NOT coming down.  I may not need it for years, but if I do – it will be ready and waiting.  That was one huge job for us ‘old folks’.







With David feeling better, he’s starting to eat like he used to.  We’re still trying to get a little more weight on him and one of his favorite things is the smoothie I make for him in the afternoon.  We call it a smoothie but it’s more of a cross between a smoothie and a shake.  Saw the original recipe online and have modified it to his taste to include not just the Cocoa-Banana in the original recipe but have included vanilla, strawberry,  banana, strawberry-banana and chocolate.    We add a protein powder to his to help build him up, but it would be good without that added.    The recipe is below and you can adjust to your liking.





Protein Smoothie
  • 5-6 ice cubes
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (or regular milk)
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 1 – 2 heaping tablespoons of fruit or 1 banana
  • (Note if making the strawberry-banana combo, use 1/2 measure of each)
  • 1-2 scoops of vanilla ice cream
  • 1 packet Sweet & Low (optional)

If making a chocolate drink, use about 1-2 teaspoons of chocolate syrup or 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder.

Liquefy in a blender  on high until creamy.

I have found that this drink is easier to make if you  pulse the ice cubes and liquid together before adding the other ingredients.

This recipe makes about  8 oz.

Coffeecake From Muffin Mix

coffeecake_boxBreakfast seems to be the hardest meal to fix for David, he always wants something sweet with coffee cakes at the top of the list.  With that being said, we are limited to the variety of coffee cakes – or even pastries for that matter – available at our stores.  So I decided to experiment on my own and try making a coffee cake from a muffin mix.

Bought a cinnamon muffin mix and using half the box ingredients, along with  following the directions for making bread – I came up with a coffee cake that was really good.

To the ingredients I added 1 teaspoon almond flavor and then rather than sprinkling the pre-packaged streusel on the top, I spooned it onto the top of the batter in the pan swirling it into the batter with a knife.  I then sprinkled my own homemade streusel on top,  then covered with slivered almonds.

Note:  For the streusel recipe, visit this link, the recipe is at the bottom of that page.

Only took about 15 minutes to bake.  Next drizzled a little frosting on top make from powdered sugar and water.  That was it!  I’ll definitely be using this one again – may even try making one with some fruit topping.  The pic below is of the finished product.  And if you happen to be looking for an aluminum pan like the one pictured, it is a recycled pan that a store-bought coffee cake came is.  I’ve been searching for others, but haven’t found any yet.


On a sad note, we said good-by to a wonderful man this week.  My cousin’s husband – David Moore – passed away.  He was a kind, gentle man that will be missed.







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