One day while shopping at Trader Joes (one of my favorite stores) I discovered a new product they had, frozen Black Raspberries! They looked so good! So big and plump with a deep purple color. Of course I had to buy them! So I did, and tucked them away in my freezer, till today! I like making muffins because its a controlled sweet, I mean you take one and thats it! (yeah right) Anyway I thought the polenta batter would hold up nice with those big berries, and it did!

1 1/2 cups of flour
1/2 cups of polenta
2t. baking powder
pinch of salt
1/2 cup of sugar
2 eggs
2/3 cup of milk
1/3 cup oil (canola)
orange zest & 1t. vanilla
1 1/2 cups of Black raspberries ( or any other berries)
Simply mix up the wet ingredients first, then stir in the dry ingredients to that, then fold in berries. Bake at 350 for about 2o to 25 min. You want them a dark golden brown.
Mix powdered sugar,with a squeeze of fresh lemon and the zest, with a little water till a nice consistency. Glaze over warm muffins
Hope you get to try them!!

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POT ROAST!! What a great comfort food! So rich in flavor. A one pan wonder!! 3 1/2 hours to do whatever you want! I love meals like this! This is good to make on a lazy sunday afternoon.

3 or 4lb. chuck roast

Lots of garlic

Fresh rosemary and thyme

1 whole onion

Canned diced tomatoes ( I like fire roasted) about 15oz

2/3rds of a bottle of good red wine

1 1/2 cups of beef stock

Stud the beef with garlic slices, then salt and pepper all over on both sides. Heat up your pan till it’s extremly HOT! Put olive oil in pan and sear meat on both sides till it’s nicely carmelized. Take out the meat and throw in at least 6 whole garlic cloves that have been smashed with the side of your knife, along with a whole onion thats cut up,and chunks of carrots. Next take whole branches of rosemary and thyme and just throw them in, stem and all. Don’t be shy!!! ( the herbs fall out and you can take out stems later) When every thing is carmelized, add tomatoes, wine, and broth. Bring it to a boil, then place meat back in, now put it all in the oven for about 3 1/2 hours at 325 and fagetaboutit!!!!

You can serve this with mashed potatoes, wide egg noodles, or it’s delicious with a creamy polenta!!!

Buon Appetito

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Yes, I got tagged for the very first time, for my very first Meme! I’ve read other Meme’s before and it is kind of cool because you get to know just a little bit more about some of your blogger friends that you visit! The person I want to Thank for this tag is Maryann, over at findingladolcevita she has been a great support to me from day one!! So here it goes! Oh, I just wanted to say, I felt I needed a picture added and this one gives you a little more insight to me.
I love coffee!! I need glasses to read!!! and I’m from the Chicago area!!

What 4 Jobs Have I Had?

1. Cookie Decorator
2. “Faux” Painter of wall finishes
3 . Airbrush Stencilist
4. Real Estate

4 Places I”ve Lived?

1. City of Chicago
2. Suburbs of Chicago
3. Pacific Northwest
4. Sorry only 3

4 Places I’ve Been On Holiday?

1. Florida
2. Arizona
3. Vegas
4. Italy

4 Favorite Foods?

1. Authentic Italian
2. Spicy Anything
3. All kinds of Veggies
4. Cannolli’s

4 Places I’d Rather Be?

1. Disney World with my Grandaughter
2. Walking the streets of Florence
3. Gazing at the Oregon Coast
4. San Marco ,Venice

4 Bloggers I’m Tagging!!! (They might have been tagged before,but even so, I’d like to learn a little bit more about them)

Well, I’m finished!! Hope I didn’t bore you to much! Have a great day, all of you!

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