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Banana Almond Muffins with Cinnamon Streusel 

A perfect way to use those old bananas! 

Ingredients for Muffins 

1 ½ cup flour 

½ cup + 2 tbsp granulated sugar 

1 tsp baking powder 

¾ tsp baking soda 

1 tsp vanilla extract 

5 tbsp melted butter 

1 large egg 

3 large, over-ripened bananas 

Pinch of salt 

Ingredients for Streusel 

1 ½ tbsp cold butter 

1/3 cup dark brown sugar 

2 tbsp flour 

½ tsp ground cinnamon 

½ tsp ground nutmeg 

Directions for Streusel 

In a small bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. 

Using a pastry cutter or a fork, cut the butter into the mixture until it has a crumb-like consistency. 

Refrigerate while preparing the muffin batter to ensure the butter stays cold. 

Directions for Muffins 

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Line a muffin tin wth cupcake liners or spray the tin with non-stick spray. 

Using a food processor, finely chopped ½ cup of raw almonds. Toss with 1 tsp of flour and set aside. 

In a large bowl, mash the bananas until they are smooth. Add in the egg and beat softly with a fork. Incorporate the melted butter. Set aside. 

In another bowl, sift together the flour, salt, baking power, and baking soda. 

Mixing the dry into the wet, incorporate the batter until combined. Add in the chopped almonds and continue to mix until all ingredients are combined. 

Be sure to not over-mix. 

Using an ice cream scoop or a ¼ cup measure, evenly divide the batter into the muffin tin. 

Once the batter has been placed into the tin, sprinkle the streusel topping onto each muffin. 

Bake for 17-20 minutes are until the centers are moist with few crumbs. 

Let cool slightly before serving. 

Enjoy! 

anonymous asked:

As a follow up to that Akeshu cake Drabble, Goro still feeling guilty about ruining it and making a cake for the PT. Whether it's a total disaster or not is up to You! Btw I love your writing!

Anon, that’s a very clever idea! I’m kinda surprised so many people liked that one, lol, I was very nervous about writing Goro for the first time. Let’s see if round 2 goes as well. Thankfully I actually bake fairly often. To anyone who sees this, the original prompt that this is from can be read over here

Also, fair warning, this may be the sappiest thing I’ve ever written. 

Enjoy lol

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starsarewishesindisguise  asked:

Would you be willing to share the recipe they sound amazing

Yeah, of course!!! I’m sort of surprised I haven’t typed this one up for tumblr before tbh it’s one I’ve spent a lot of time on (I also make a vegan version of these that’s a little more fiddly)

Wrye’s Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Ingredients:

Dry:
2 cups all purpose flour (you can substitute half for whole wheat flour if you want)
2 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
¾ tsp ginger
¼ tsp cloves

Wet:
2/3 cup packed brown sugar (I prefer dark brown)
2 eggs
½ cup vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup sour milk (buttermilk works or put a little vinegar in regular milk. I usually just use old milk bc we always have it in the fridge)
¾ cup pumpkin purée (NOT PUMPKIN PIE FILLING but canned or homemade pure pumpkin purée)

1 cup miniature chocolate chips (optional)

Method:

Preheat oven to 400°F. Line twelve cup muffin tin with paper liners or grease well. In a large bowl, whisk dry ingredients together until thoroughly blended. In a small bowl, whisk wet ingredients until well blended (it’s a good idea to add the pumpkin after you’ve mixed everything else but it works either way). Carefully mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just blended (don’t overstir or they get chewy and tough). Fold in chocolate chips, if using. Divide batter evenly in muffin tin (the cups will be pretty full). Bake for 16-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pan for five minutes and then serve or allow to cool on a wire rack the rest of the way.

thetrippmeister  asked:

Gay island story! (Okay, I'm a complete sucker for anything Patater...)

(meme link)

OKAY THE FIRST BIT


Kent Parson shouted something after Jensy and Sello when they left the kitchen, but Alexei caught very little of it–the initial Jesus, guys, that was familiar, but then there was something incomprehensible, and then something about your mom?  But without the usual cadence of the joke; maybe it was not your mom?  That almost made sense, because then the NHL’s top point-scorer began picking up paper napkins and muffin liners left behind, and wadding them into a plastic cup, muttering under his breath.

This was Alexei’s perfect chance, left alone with a man he hadn’t seen in half a year, but instead of trying to summon conversation to his lips he sat with the newspaper and the remains of his breakfast, and watched Kent Parson clean the kitchen.

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Orange and Chocolate Muffins

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup sugar
  • zest from 1,5 oranges
  • 1,5 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 75g butter, melted
  • 100ml fresh orange juice
  • 100ml milk
  • 100g milk chocolate, chopped

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 170°C. In a mixing bowl, toss sugar and orange zest together, then add flour, baking powder, cinnamon and a pinch of salt and mix to combine. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs with melted butter, then pour in orange juice and milk and mix until fully combined. Add wet ingredients to the bowl with the dry ingredients and stir until just combined, then add chopped milk chocolate and mix gently - do not overmix, the batter should be slightly lumpy.

Spoon out the batter evenly into the muffin cases lined with liner papers. Bake for 15 minutes or until skewer inserted in the middle of a muffin comes out clean.

Bon Appétit!

Cookingland

Finding Bitty’s vlog honestly was random happenstance. If there was anything non-random about it, it was Google’s fault, not Kent’s. He had the lazy, off-season thought that he wanted to make cupcakes for his teammate’s daughter’s first birthday, which their whole team was invited to. It was Google’s fault because when he was searching for “cupcake recipe”, “easy cupcake recipe”, “quick cupcakes”, “cupcake tutorial”, and “easy cupcake tutorial” a Check Please video showed up more than once, despite its seemingly non-relevant title (Cake Mixes are Not the Devil!). It probably showed up for him when it wouldn’t have for most people because its video description included the phrase, “Cupcakes so easy, even a hockey bro can make them,” and some algorithm at Google knew, just knew, that this was exactly what Kent Parson was looking for.

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Springtime Recipes ― Edible Flower Cupcakes


Ingredients —

• 3 ⅓ cups all-purpose flour
• 2 teaspoons salt
• 1 lb. (4 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
• 2 cups sugar
• 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
• 9 large eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten
• Buttercream
• Fresh edible flower petals (roses, pansies, lavender, etc.)


Directions —

• Preheat oven to 325° degrees. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners. Whisk together flour and salt.

• Cream butter and sugar with a mixer until pale and fluffy. Reduce speed to medium, and add vanilla. Add eggs in 4 batches, beating well after each addition. Reduce speed to low, add flour mixture in 4 batches, and beat until completely incorporated.

• Divide batter among muffin cups, filling each ¾ full. Tap tins on countertop once to distribute batter evenly. Bake, rotating tins halfway through, until a cake tester inserted in centers comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Transfer tins to wire racks to cool 10 minutes; transfer cupcakes to racks, and let cool. Cupcakes will keep, covered, at room temperature, up to two days.

• Frost cupcakes with a generous layer of buttercream, and top each with a few edible flowers, such as pansies. Serve immediately.

Whole Wheat Vanilla Cupcakes for Two!

If you’re like me, sometimes you want a cupcake. But you don’t want to make a dozen because they’ll either 1.) go bad or 2.) all be eaten by you. Trust me, I know…I’ve been there. So while browsing around for healthy cupcake inspiration, I found a recipe on how to make cupcakes for two. I changed up some of the ingredients to make them healthier and was pretty satisfied with the results! Plus they were REALLY quick to make. Although I did spend another hour or so playing around and decorating… Definitely some room for improvement there! But more fun baked goods to follow soon. 

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 egg white
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 4 tbsp whole wheat flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp sprinkles (for funfetti inside, if desired)
  • Icing and decorations of choice

Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  • With a hand mixer, beat the oil, egg white, milk, vanilla and sugar together in a large bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together the flour and the baking powder.
  • While using the hand mixer, slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet until well blended and smooth.
  • Add in sprinkles but do not overstir or else it will be a brown/rainbow-ish mess.
  • Pour batter into prepared muffin liners in a muffin pan.
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

bakersweightgone  asked:

Satin, Silver, Wine ❤️

Hey there! I just answered Satin in a previous ask :)

Silver: Do you have any obscure hobbies? I don’t think I have any, honestly. Unless you count collecting baking supplies. Oh dear. Because I have enough cool muffin cup liners to make 1,000′s of cupcakes. THOUSANDS. 

Wine: what kind of drunk are you (happy/affectionate, angry, sad, fun/wild)? Lol. I try my best to not let myself drink too much but I am definitely the affectionate/happy/fun tipsy girl that is singing loudly and trying to get you to join in on a crazy adventure :)

Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Walnut Muffins

Oh my gosh!  Is it fall yet?!  I am so over this hot humid weather.  Sweaters, I want my sweaters and gorgeous yellow, orange, and red leaves bursting from the trees.

My hope is that baking with pumpkin will move summer along faster so fall can enter and I can bust out my sweaters!

Ingredients:

Yields 6 muffins

1 cup organic pumpkin purée
½ cup organic pure cane sugar
¾ cup organic unbleached all-purpose flour
1 t organic pure vanilla extract
¼ cup organic raw cacao powder
2 t non-gmo, aluminum free baking powder
½ t baking soda
½ t sea salt
½ cup organic vegan semi-sweet chocolate chips
¼ cup organic walnuts

Method:

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Line muffin tin with unbleached cupcake liners, set-aside.

In a large bowl combine pumpkin purée, extract and sugar.  Mix in flour, cacao, baking powder, baking soda, salt, chocolate chips, and walnuts.

Fill each muffin liner to the top.  Bake 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick when inserted in the middle of each muffin comes out clean.

Vegan Carrot Cake Cupcakes

INGREDIENTS

2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup soy yogurt (plain or vanilla)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
¾ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ginger
1 cup finely grated carrots
¼ cup chopped walnuts
¼ cup raisins

For icing:
¼ cup Earth Balance margarine, softened
¼ cup vegan cream cheese, softened
1 ¼ cups confectioners sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line muffin tin with paper liners or lightly coat with nonstick spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together sugar, vegetable oil, yogurt, and vanilla. Sift the dry ingredients together, then add to the wet ingredients, mixing until smooth. Fold in carrots, walnuts, and raisins.
  3. Fill the cupcake liners 2/3 full and bake for 26 to 28 minutes.
  4. While the cupcakes are baking, beat margarine and cream cheese together with an electric mixer until just combined.
  5. Continue to beat while adding the confectioners sugar in small batches. Mix until smooth and creamy, then beat in the vanilla.
  6. Once cupcakes are completely cooled, pipe or spread on cream cheese frosting, and garnish with chopped walnuts.

Makes 12 cupcakes.

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Clara Cakes is getting into the holiday spirit and bringing us an easy peasy recipe for her Vegan Casual Peppermint Patties. The combination of sweet creamy chocolate and refreshing mint will totally impress your friends and family at your next holiday party. And yes, you will be making these for your next party… because they take less than an hour to make! Turn on your holiday tunes and let’s get this holiday dessert making party started.

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Dark Chocolate Brownie Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Frosting

These are the same cupcakes I made for my friend Jessica except they are now for my friend Allison’s birthday. The salted caramel frosting is nearly the same as before, but instead, a more thick caramel was made and the frosting is now much thicker, less pillowy, still delicious. 

Ingredients for Brownies

1 1/3 cup unbleached, all-purpose flour

¾- cup Hershey’s special dark cocoa powder

½ tbsp ground coffee or espresso powder

1 ½ cup granulated sugar

1 ½ cup light brown sugar

¾ cup butter (1 ½ sticks), softened at room temperature

4 large eggs, at room temperature (it is crucial that you DO NOT use cold eggs)

3 tbsp sour cream

½ tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla extract

Ingredients for Frosting

½ cup + 2 tbsp heavy cream

1 cup brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla

8 tbsp (1 stick) salted sweet cream butter

3 cups powdered sugar

Fleur de sel (French sea salt) or regular sea salt for garnishing

Directions for Brownies

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a muffin tin with liners and set aside

Sift your dry ingredients (flour, cocoa powder, and salt) into a bowl and set aside

In a large bowl or standing mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream your butter until it is smooth.

Once your butter is creamed, add in your sour cream and vanilla extract. Add in both types of sugar and mix thoroughly, and slowly begin adding in your eggs one at a time. Be sure to scrape the sides of your bowl and incorporate ingredients with a flat spatula as you go along

Finally, add in your dry ingredients and mix until your batter comes together.

Your batter WILL be dark so don’t worry

Evenly divide your brownie batter into the muffin tin and bake for about 20-24 minutes. You want the inside of the brownies to still be slightly wet but not UNDERCOOKED. Using a toothpick or a dry piece of spaghetti, check your batter, it should come out with CRUMBS and a small amount of batter on it, not a fully wet batter

Remove the brownies from the oven and allow them to cool for a few minutes while you make the ganache.

*The brownies will puff up when they bake but once they cool, they will slightly deflate and create a little dip/pocket which is a perfect place to put your frosting

Directions for Frosting

In a sauce pan, heat the heavy cream over medium heat. 

Once gently simmering, add in the brown sugar and butter, melting them together until most of the sugar crystals dissolve. 

Bring to a gentle boil and allow to do so for about 30 seconds-1 minute.

Remove from heat, add in 1 tsp of sea salt, and let cool completely before making frosting. 

In a standing mixer or large mixing bowl, add in the vanilla extract and slowly begin, ½ cup at a time, adding the powdered sugar.

(If you want to color your frosting, begin adding in your food coloring until your reach your desired color).

Be sure to scrape the sides of the bowl with a flat spatula to continue incorporating the ingredients.

If you want a very thick frosting, add in a small amount (maybe 2 tbsp) of cornstarch or arrowroot starch and be sure to incorporate fully. 

Once the frosting has thickened, give it a final stir and pipe onto your cooled cupcakes.

Garnish with sea salt.

Enjoy!

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Recipe for Rainbow Cake

Ingredients
- 1 cup white sugar
- ½ cup butter
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 ½ cup flower
- 1 ¾ tsp baking powder
- ½ cup milk

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x9 inch pan or line a muffin pan with paper liners.

2. In a medium bowl, cream together the sugar and butter. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Combine flour and baking powder, add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Finally stir in the milk until batter is smooth. Pour or spoon batter into the prepared pan.

3. Separate the cake mix evenly into 6 cups , then add food coloring to each cup. Then evenly spread each color in layers in the cake pans.

4.Bake for 30 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven. For cupcakes, bake 20 to 25 minutes. Cake is done when it springs back to the touch.

[step 3 is optional, without the colors this recipe is a white cake mix recipe]

Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe

PREP: 30 MINS  TOTAL TIME: 1 HOUR  

INGREDIENTS

 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

¾ cup all-purpose flour

½ teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

¾ cup unsalted butter

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

½ cup sour cream

Easy White Icing

Sprinkles 

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 300-350 degrees. Line 12-cup standard muffin tin with paper liners.

2. Into a medium bowl, sift together cocoa, flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside. 

3. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in vanilla. With a mixer on low speed, add flour mixture in two batches, alternating with sour cream and beginning and ending with flour.

4. Pour batter into cups, filling each ¾ full. Bake until a toothpick inserted in centres comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes.

5. Cool in pan 5 minutes; transfer to a wire rack to cool completely, 

6. Spread with Easy White Icing using a table knife or small offset spatula. Decorate with sprinkles.

Share your chocolate cupcake recipe, would love to know!!!!

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Low Carb Blueberry Muffins

Blueberry muffins. Fluffy. Delicious. Low carb. Need I say more? I brought some of these to work to share with coworkers, one of whom has done low carb before, and one who wondered what I could eat on a low carb diet. Both liked the muffins, so I must have done something right! And, of course, my hubby, who does not diet at all because he is ridiculously skinny, loves them, too.

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Screams in the Night- Bucky x Reader one-shot

Summary: Bucky’s nightmares get noticed by the girl next door.

Characters: Reader Y/N, Bucky Barnes, Steve Rogers

Notes: WARNING: Extreme fluff, mentions of PTSD flashbacks, mentions of sex

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Bucky went for his morning jog, as usual, but was a little bit more tired due to waking up to his own cries of terror.

“Mornin’, Buck,” Steve greeted him happily. They made a habit of running in the morning together, since that was almost the only time they could see each other. Even though Bucky was invited to live in the Avengers Tower, he didn’t feel as though he belonged, so he opted to stay in an apartment just down the street.

“You doing okay?” Steve asked as they began their 15 mile run around New York.

“Yeah, just… sleep was an issue last night,” he told his running mate. They passed several joggers who gave them both weird looks, but then saw Steve’s face and realised why they were running so quickly.

“How about you get some rest once you get home?” Steve suggested halfway through the run.

Oh Steve, ever the caregiver.

“Yeah, probably…” Bucky said.

They didn’t talk much during their runs together, it was more of an enjoying each other’s company thing, really. Steve patted Bucky’s shoulder as they parted ways, each going to their seperate homes, the sun fully up now. They probably ran for more than 15 miles given that the distance usually only takes them 20 minutes at most and they were running for about 45 minutes.

Bucky got up to his floor and noticed a little basket by his door. Automatically in defense mode upon seeing something so unusual, he approached his door cautiously. The basket seemed to contain a dozen muffins and some plums. It had a pretty white bow at the top of the saran wrap keeping it together and a note. He picked the piece of paper up and saw the note was hand-written in a beautiful cursive.

“Dear neighbor, I noticed you usually have a plum in your hand when I pass you in our building, so I figured you liked them. Also, I made you some blueberry muffins! I hope you enjoy them and if you ever need anything, day or night, I’m just across the hall! Your friend in apartment B7, Y/N,” it read and the note ended with a smiley face.

The corner of Bucky’s mouth slid upwards as he read the note and he concluded that this basket was not a bomb and the sender most likely did not have any ill will towards him. He looked over at the door to B7 and figured that she must still be asleep. He took the basket inside with him and placed it on the kitchen table, mulling over in his head what this Y/N looked like. He had known that other people lived on his floor, just not very many. He didn’t know how he had never seen the tenant in apartment B7, especially given that he was in apartment B6.

He decided to thank her, but he didn’t know how, so he called Steve.

“You’re supposed to be resting,” he answered.

“Steve, I got home and there was a gift basket full of plums and blueberry muffins and a really nice note from my neighbor…” Bucky told him more frantically than anticipated. It wasn’t that Bucky was scared or even remotely threatened by Y/N, he just didn’t know how to properly thank her and he didn’t know why she just now decided to drop a basket of his favorite things off.

“And this is a problem…?” Steve asked, obviously confused by his friend.

“I.. I feel weird. I need to thank her, but I don’t know how..“ Bucky said into the phone.

“Well, write her a note. Have you ever met this girl?” Steve asked.

“No and she lives right across the hall…” Bucky said, putting his head in his hands then running it through his hair.

“Well, maybe stop by and meet her. Who knows? Maybe she’s cute,” Steve joked.

Bucky felt an unsettling knot in his stomach. What if she was cute? What if she was nice and cute and she lived across the hall? Bucky blushed at the thought of a cute girl making him muffins and getting him plums.

“Steve, I.. I haven’t talked to a girl in… a really, REALLY long time…” Bucky said, nervous.

“Buck, you’re a lady killer. Always have been, and probably always will be. Just stop by and say thank you. No biggie. And if she’s cute and you like her, get to know her,” Steve advised. “Go get ‘em, tiger.”

“Yeah.. thanks, Steve..” Bucky said lowly and hung up.

Bucky looked at the clock and decided that 9am was still too early to bother her, so he picked up one of the muffins and noticed that the wrapper was an animal print and he smiled to himself as he peeled it off, wondering if she liked animals. He bit into the muffin and concluded that she had to be a baker because this muffin was damn delicious. Before long, he had finished three muffins and two plums. He pondered why she would make them and go through all this effort, and decided that 9:45 was good enough. His stomach in knots, he left his apartment and walked the short distance over to her door. He took in a deep breath and knocked.

The door opened and there stood an incredibly cute girl who looked especially soft in just an oversized sweater, shorts that had the same zebra pattern on them as the muffin liner did and slippers that looked like teddy bears. Her hair was a little unkempt, and her eyes were still slightly puffy, but she was probably the most beautiful and adorable girl he’d ever seen. His mouth immediately went dry and he could barely form words.

“Hi,” she greeted Bucky with a smile. “Can I help you?”

“Um… I.. I live in B6.. and I, uh.. I got your basket… I just came over here to say thank you.. I didn’t mean to wake you, I’m sorry,” Bucky managed out through the lump in his throat.

Her eyes got brighter as she smiled and Bucky swore he could have fainted. Her smile brought about his own and he met her eyes with his.

“I know you’re in B6, I see you all the time. ’S how I knew to give you plums. The muffins were a gamble, but I hope you like them anyway…” she said brightly.

Bucky didn’t understand how he has never seen her before. Maybe because he generally looked down and avoided any eye contact…

“The muffins are delicious, thank you…” Bucky said. “Oh, I’m Bucky, by the way..”

She smiled. “I’m Y/N.”

Bucky stuck his hand out and she took it, her hand soft and warm as she shook his. Bucky didn’t want to let go, but did anyway.

“So, why now?” Bucky blurted out.

Y/N looked at him with an eyebrow up. “Come again?”

“I mean.. why did you decide to give me a basket now? I mean, we’ve lived by each other for what, six months now?” Bucky said cautiously.

She smiled slightly and cast her head down and looked to each side before speaking, “I.. heard you scream last night. I didn’t know what to do at the time, so I just started baking… I felt so bad for you.”

Bucky’s eyes went wide. She had heard him. She heard him screaming for his vision to stop hurting him, for him to stop hurting people.

“I’m.. I’m so sorry, I didn’t want to wake you,” Bucky said, feeling guilty that she was subjected to his screams of terror.

“No, it’s okay. I just… Bucky, I know we just met, but I want you to know that if you ever need anything, I’m here for you, okay?” she said, nothing but kindness and compassion in her face.

Bucky’s heart swelled for this girl. “Thank you.. I’ll let you get back to your business. I’m sorry for waking you and I’m very grateful for the muffins and plums.”

“Any time, Bucky. See you!” she chirped and closed her door after he walked away. He closed his own door behind him and sighed deeply. It went better than expected and Bucky felt his cheeks burning. Was he.. blushing? Jeez, he’s starting to get wrapped around this girl’s finger…

~*~

A few days roll by and Bucky has actually made an active effort to look for Y/N when he’s in and around the building. He actually sees her several times in a day, saying hello to her each time he passes her. It isn’t until a week after their initial encounter that he decides to make a conversation with her. He saw her walking towards the building, coming from the opposite direction he is, several books in her hand and a distraught look on her face. He immediately gets concerned and rushes to her.

“Hey, you want some help?” he offers.

“Oh! Hi, Bucky.. No, I can–oh, jeez…” she said and stumbled over a crack in the sidewalk, spilling her books over the pavement. Bucky helps her collect them and keeps the heavier ones in his arms. He looks at her again and it looks as though she is seconds from tears.

“Thank you, Bucky… you don’t have to carry my books,” she said and smiled lightly.

“It’s alright. How was your day?” Bucky asked as they made their way up to their third floor apartments.

“It was okay…” she said. Bucky could tell she was lying, however.

“Why don’t you come over and I make us some coffee and you can tell me about it? It’s the least I could do, those muffins were to die for,” he offered.

She looked like she was about to cry as she smiled, the dullness in her eyes brightening a little. For some reason, Bucky wanted nothing more than to coddle and protect this girl and seeing as how she seems to have had a very bad day, he made it his obligation to make her feel better.

“Okay, sure. Thank you, Bucky,” she said.

They reached their floor–and it really was their’s as no one else lived on it but them–and Bucky opened his door and started brewing the coffee while Y/N went to drop her books off and ‘get into something more comfortable’.

Bucky heard a soft knock at his door as he was pulling out two mugs from his cupboard. He set them down and went to the door, running his human hand through his hair before opening it.

Y/N stood in grey sweatpants and a sloose sweatshirt and she couldn’t have looked more huggable. She still looked tired and worn down, but less so than earlier.

“Come on in,” Bucky said and stepped for her to enter his home.

“You have a lovely home…” she said after a pause and looking around.

“Thank you.. I don’t usually have guests, well, except Steve, so sorry if it’s a little messy..” he said and closed the door behind her, then making his way back to the kitchen where she followed him.

“No, no, it’s immaculate in here… Which isn’t a bad thing, I wish I had that skill. My apartment is a wreck,” she said and followed him, taking a seat at the bar.

Bucky smiled and looked over at her. He could get used to her being in his apartment and in his life. He had absolutely no clue as to why he was having these thoughts and he wasn’t sure he liked feeling the knot in his stomach every time he saw her, but he wasn’t sure that he disliked it, either.

“How do you like your coffee?” Bucky asked.

“Lots of sugar and dairy,” she said.

Bucky raised his brow and lowered the corners of his mouth.

“You?” she asked.

“I prefer mine black,” he said and smiled at her and the coffee maker started to drip water through the filter and down into the pot.

Bucky wasn’t sure if it was safe to bring up how he hadn’t tried his coffee with anything because he didn’t have that luxury back in 1942 or in the army. And Hydra certainly never gave him coffee. He wasn’t sure she knew exactly who he was, so he figured he’d keep that information to himself for now. Of course, he wanted to share with her who he was eventually, but right now he didn’t want to scare her off.

When the coffee had finished, Y/N hopped off of the stool wand walked over to Bucky, who was pulling out some milk and sugar for her coffee.

“I can mix it, you don’t have to fuss over me,” she told him and took the carton over to the mugs. “Which one is yours?”

Bucky pulled the mug with more coffee in it into his hands and Y/N poured a little bit of milk and about two tablespoons of sugar in the mix. She smiled at him and put the milk and sugar away.

“Thank you very much, Bucky,” she said, smiling warmly at him and holding the mug. Bucky nodded and motioned for them to sit on his couch. They made their way over and sat down.

“So.. what’s been bothering you today?” Bucky asked.

Y/N sighed. “It’s just been a stressful day… It was the first day of class and I didn’t exactly know what to expect or where to go and then I get out and my backpack rips open and all of my paper and books spill out, and they start blowing everywhere and nobody helps me, they just kind of step all over my stuff and so I had to go back to one of my professors and he kind of laughed at me, then gave me another paper. But basically, today was intimidating and stressful… I’m really glad you let me come over, Bucky. Thank you so much,“ she rambled. Bucky honestly wanted to punch everyone at her school in the face for not helping her, and he wanted to slap her teacher for laughing at her distress.

“It’s not a problem, I like to listen to you,” Bucky said, smiling.

Y/N giggled and took a sip of her coffee, smiling at the taste.

“Is it good?” Bucky asked.

“Yes, very. Thank you so much… How was your day, Bucky?” she asked, turning towards him.

She and Bucky then spent the evening together and by the time Y/N left, he figured he could listen to her talk forever, even if it was about nothing.

~*~

Bucky woke up sweating, his throat dry and raw, he assumed from screaming. His blankets and sheets were twisted at the foot of his bed and his heart pounded in his chest, the blood flow rushing in his ears. He couldn’t quite see where he was yet, but he knew he wasn’t being tortured anymore. He turned his bedside lamp on and found himself in his bedroom in New York City, not in Siberia.

His heart rate began to slow and he stood up to change his sheets, but a knock at his door startled him slightly. He looked and saw that it was 3 am.

“Bucky? Bucky, are you okay?” he heard Y/N’s voice say. Oh no, he had woken her… a wave of guilt crashed over him and he went to his front door, throwing on a fresh shirt before opening it. He saw Y/N standing there in her oversized shirt and zebra shorts looking extremely worried.

“Hey,” Bucky said, not knowing how to begin this conversation.

“I’m sorry, I know it’s early, but I heard you screaming and I had to make sure you were okay…” Y/N said while she awkwardly played with her fingers.

“No, no, I’m sorry I woke you up.. I’m.. yeah, I’m okay,” Bucky said, running his metal hand through his hair, not realizing that she had never seen his arm before–he always wore gloves and long sleeves around her.

Her attention was drawn directly to the shiny appendage and her eyes wandered over it, but then went back to meet his eyes.

“You’re the Winter Soldier,” she asked, though it was more of a statement.

Bucky hung his head. “I am.”

“No wonder you don’t like sugar in your coffee… Do you like chocolate chip muffins?” she asked, seeming to not be bothered that the world’s most dangerous assassin lived across the hall from her.

“You don’t have to make me muffins…” Bucky said, his eyes looking back up at her.

“That’s not what I asked, silly,” she said with a smile.

Bucky sighed and let a slight smile creep on his face at her. “Yes, I like chocolate chip muffins.”

“Thank you,” she said. After a pause she looked at him more seriously and asked, “Do you want to talk about it?”

Bucky shook his head. “No, I don’t want to give you nightmares too.”

“Well, we’re friends now, so if you ever decide you want to, I’m here. Well, unless I’m at school, but I always come back here,” she said and smiled.

“Thank you, Y/N… You should go back to sleep, it’s early… I’m sorry for waking you,“ Bucky said.

“It isn’t a problem. Hey, if you wake up and I’m not at your door, come and get me, okay?” she said.

“Alright, I’ll keep it in mind.. Good night,” he said and closed the door as she walked away. He went back to his bedroom and changed his sheets, deciding he was too tired to actually wash them right now. For the rest of the night, he dreamt of only Y/N. It was a foreign feeling to dream about a cute girl, but he wasn’t opposed to it. He was opposed to the stiffness between his legs when he woke up, though. He barely had time to get ready for his run given the problem he woke up with.

“So have you asked her out yet?” Steve said after their run.

“What?” Bucky asked, almost choking on his water.

“The muffin girl. You said she was cute, why don’t you ask her out?” Steve said, taking a large swig from his bottle as they walked back to their street.

“I.. Steve, I don’t really know her all that well…” Bucky said, avoiding the fact that he wanted to know her and that she had visited him last night after he woke up screaming.

“So? That’s why people go on dates. Ask her out, you’re already blushing, so I know you want to,” Steve said.

Bucky’s face got even hotter and he gave Steve a pitiful glare. Steve laughed and they parted ways. Bucky got up to his floor and saw a small plastic box sat at his doorstep. He picked it up and took it inside then placed it on his counter, already knowing who it was from.

Bucky decided to shower before he dealt with the box and the note attached and possibly asking the sender out on a date. After his shower, he opened up to box to find twelve chocolate chip muffins. He smiled to himself and then opened the note.

“Bucky, I made you chocolate chip this time! I hope you enjoy them and I didn’t have any plums, but I’ll get some later. If you need anything or want to talk, I’ll be home all day, Y/N,” it read and again, a smiley face.

Bucky sighed and took a muffin out of the box and found that the paper lining was a purple and black zebra print. He chuckled and bit into the muffin. If blueberry weren’t his all-time favorite, he would have said these chocolate chip muffins were better than the last batch. She must like to bake.

Bucky finished it and ran a hand through his hair and texted Steve about the present.

“She’s into you, Buck. Walk over there and ask her out before I do,” Steve said.

Bucky knew Steve wouldn’t actually ask her out, he had a girlfriend after all, but a small twinge of jealousy still struck him.

Before he had time to even think, he looked in the mirror and checked how he looked before walking over to her door. He gathered his thoughts and swallowed the lump in his throat before knocking on her door.

After a pause, the door opened and Y/N stood there in black lounge pants and a purple off-shoulder shirt. She smiled, showing off a lovely set of teeth that Bucky decided he wouldn’t mind if they left marks on him.

“Hi, Bucky!” she said and her voice was like his favorite song. He smiled at her.

“Hi. Thank you for the muffins…" Bucky said and smiled.

“Oh, you’re welcome, it’s not a problem. Baking is kind of a hobby of mine,” she said cheerily.

“Well you’re very good at it…” Bucky said

“Thank you..” she said and smiled, looking down bashfully. Bucky thought he saw her cheeks turn slightly pink.

“So, I was wondering… umm… Would you like to go out tonight? Maybe we can grab dinner?” Bucky managed out.

Her face knitted in confusion. “You mean like a date?”

“Y-yeah, like a date…” Bucky said and nervously ran a hand through his dark tresses.

She smiled. “Okay, yeah! It’s a date. I’ll see you tonight, then!”

“Really? I mean, uh, great! I’ll pick you up at say five thirty?” Bucky suggested.

“Sure thing!” she said and smiled, closing the door.

~*~

“So it’s been three months and I still have yet to meet Y/N,” Steve said one morning. Bucky cocked an eyebrow in response.

“Steve…” Bucky groaned. Steve had been at Bucky for a week about not meeting Y/N, who had agreed to be his girlfriend after just one date.

“What? I want to meet her. Want to put a face to a name, especially since it’s been so long since you’ve had any action. Wanna make sure she’s doing right by you,” Steve pressed.

“Of course she is, Steve, we haven’t even kissed yet…” Bucky admitted.

“Wh… what?” Steve said, stopping mid-run to stare at Bucky’s reddening cheeks.

“Yeah..” Bucky groaned, knowing Steve was about to lecture him.

“Why not? Are you scared?” he asked.

“No, it’s just.. things are so different… Like, she always makes me muffins and brings me plums when I wake up at night, I just don’t want to force her into anything…” Bucky said and they began to walk back to their street.

“Kiss her. She’s going to think you don’t want her if you don’t…” Steve said and clapped a hand on Bucky’s shoulder before they went to their separate homes.

Bucky came home and found Y/N sitting on the floor outside of his apartment and started to panic. As he approached her, he found her sniffling and holding her legs to her chest.

“Hey, doll, what’s wrong?” Bucky asked, worried.

“Bucky, I’m so sorry, I fell asleep when I was trying to make you muffins.. I know you love them, I just had a really long day at school yesterday and I was so tired and I forgot to set my alarm after a half hour so I slept and I’m so sorry!” she rambled through small tears.

Bucky couldn’t help but smile. His heart throbbed for her and he hated seeing her cry, but he was relieved it wasn’t serious. She was so upset over something so inconsequential. Yeah, her muffins were honestly the best he’d ever had, but he didn’t need them.

“Sweetheart, you don’t need to make me muffins every time I have a nightmare…” Bucky explained and more tears fell from her beautiful eyes.

“But you were screaming and I wasn’t there…” she said.

“Oh, Y/N… It isn’t your responsibility to take care of me…“ Bucky said and pulled her into a hug.

“I care so much about you, though..” Y/N mumbled into his chest and his heart soared. Hearing her say that made him smile and feel a way he hadn’t felt since before the war.

Bucky led her into his apartment and tried to cheer her up with hot chocolate.

“How about you show me how you make those delicious muffins? That way, I can make them instead of you feeling guilty about getting adequate sleep and I can bake with you,” Bucky suggested after a little bit. He wanted to see her smile and not look at him with so much guilt in her eyes.

“You.. want to bake with me..?” she asked, slightly confused.

“Yeah, I would love to. C'mon, let’s get to your kitchen,” Bucky suggested.

They spent the day baking all sorts of things because Bucky kept on suggesting they make various recipes. They made three batches of muffins, two cupcake recipes and finished off with a merengue pie. Bucky loved seeing her face light up when the finished product had come out of the oven and he enjoyed eating the creations with her.

After the merengue pie came out of the oven, Y/N cut a piece for him and handed it to him.

Bucky’s eyes closed at the delicious mix of sweet and tangy. “This is so good…”

“Good, I’m glad you like it,” she said and dug into her own piece. Bucky then got a brilliantly devious idea. He dipped his finger into he egg whites on his piece and then, when she wasn’t looking up, he smeared some on the tip of her nose. A harmless flirting gesture, really.

“You did not just do that…” Y /N said warningly and looked up.

“Oh, I did, you see…” Bucky smirked, cockiness thick in his tone.

“Alright… I see how it is. Wanna play like that? Fine,” she said and smeared some of her own merengue on his face. Bucky trembled at her touch, but looked at her devilishly anyway.

“This means war, my dear,” he said and grabbed the can of whipped cream, then squirted some on her head and in her hair.

“How dare you!” Y/N exclaimed and grabbed the frosting bag, squeezing a large glob of frosting into her palm. She then rubbed the frosting into his hair and over his face.

The two of them fought against each other, spreading various confections over each other until they were laughing so hard that they could bearly breathe. Bucky noticed the sun setting and he didn’t want their time together to end today, so he decided to take another step forward in their relationship.

“Do you… wanna spend the night?” he asked her.

She looked slightly alarmed. “Bucky, I didn’t know you wanted that yet…”

He then realised that his wording could have and was misinterpreted. Yes, he wanted to have sex with her, but he hadn’t even kissed her yet; they weren’t ready.

“No, no, I mean I do, but I meant just sleeping… I want to spend more time with you and you don’t have school tomorrow, so…” he corrected, blushing fiercely.

Her face relaxed, “Oh, okay. Yeah, sure, I’ll pack a bag. It’ll be just like a sleepover! We should watch a scary movie!”

“Yeah, Steve got that movie thing for me. I’ll get it set up,” Bucky said, now nervous that she was sleeping over. He went to his apartment and set up his Netflix to where all the horror movies were displayed and he decided to order pizza and make popcorn. Y/N came over after a little bit and they settled in on the couch, pizza in hand.

“That one looks good…” Y/N said, pointing to a movie called ‘Dead Silence’. She pushed the play button and they watched, Y/N inching closer to Bucky. They had cuddled many times before, but there was something more intimate about being ready for bed and getting close, Bucky thought.

At a particularly scary part, Y/N jumped and buried her face into Bucky’s chest. Bucky didn’t find the movie scary at all, but rather interesting. He often wondered how it was filmed, what they did to make things look like that and how they even came up with a story about evil dolls. So, he wrapped an arm around her and held her close to him, comforting her.

“Want me to turn it off?” he asked. She peeked her head out and shook it.

“Wanna see how it ends,” she said and looked at the screen. While she was encased in Bucky’s arms, he found himself feeling something he hadn’t really ever felt before–safe. Her arms weren’t around him, but he felt sheltered and protected anyway. For some reason, Y/N made him feel completely at ease and relaxed.

The movie ended and Bucky found himself no longer immersed in how they got someone to look like their jaw had been ripped off, but rather in Y/N. He looked at her every day and he had always found her beautiful, but for some reason tonight was different. She let out a cute yawn and Bucky smiled.

“Wanna get to bed?” he offered.

“No, it isn’t a proper sleepover unless you stay up late. Let’s watch another movie if you want?” she said, only slightly sitting up.

Bucky chuckled. “Okay, doll.”

By the middle of the second movie (which was some animated movie he had never heard of), she was soundly asleep on Bucky’s chest. He looked at her fondly and decided he, too, would like to get some sleep. Better yet, he’d like to sleep next to her. Carefully, he carried her off to his bed and let her snuggle beneath the comforter. When he turned to leave, he heard a soft whimper and turned his head to see her reaching out for him.

“Stay and cuddle?” she said in a small, sleep-ridden voice.

Bucky’s heart melted and he climbed in bed with her, letting her rest her head on his chest, sleep overtaking the both of them.

Panic flooded his body and he shot up, tears streaming down his face and sweat coating his skin. He looked around the dark room, only the green light from his clock slightly illuminating the features of his room. He felt a warm body next to him and remembered that Y/N had slept over. He hooked his arms around her and held onto her tightly as if she’d slip away if he didn’t keep her close.

“Bucky?” she asked, voice groggy from being awakened. “Bucky? Hey, what’s wrong?”

“I.. nightmare…” he said, his voice shaking.

“Oh, Buck…” she said and wrapped her arms around him. Her hands reached up and stroked his hair soothingly, and he calmed down at her gentle touch.

After a few minutes, he pulled away and looked at her through the darkness.

“You alright?” she asked.

“I am now…” he said and he could barely see her face. He delicately pushed his right hand out in search of her cheek. Once he found it, he ran his thumb over her bottom lip ever so gently.

She said nothing, and Bucky took it as a sign to continue his movements. He wanted to kiss her. He had wanted to since he met her, but he was never sure if she would be okay with it. Now, having woken up beside her and using her as a way to ground himself, he found that his inhibitions and doubts about connecting their lips were gone. He leaned in and he felt the soft skin on her cheek with his lips before he moved them to connect with her’s. She didn’t pull away, but did the opposite. Her hands grasped his shoulders and pulled him closer to her, urging him to kiss her deeper. He obliged and slid his tongue across her plump bottom lip and she widened her mouth, allowing him to slip inside and explore her mouth. All too soon they had to pull away for air.

“Finally…” she whispered, causing Bucky to chuckle.

“I’ve wanted to do that since the moment I laid eyes on you…” Bucky confessed and caressed her cheek with his thumb.

“I feel the same…” she said and let out a yawn.

“Sorry I woke you…” Bucky apologized.

“I’m not,” she said and laid her head back down on the pillow. “I like kissing you.”

Bucky blushed and leaned down, letting their lips collide again in a kiss.

“I like kissing you, too…” he said. They both drifted back to sleep.

Bucky woke up to his apartment door opening. He instantly tensed and prepared to protect Y/N from the intruder when suddenly his bedroom door opened and there stood Steve in his running gear.

“Hey, Buck, did you sleep through your–oh,” Steve said as he walked in and saw Y/N’s head on Bucky’s chest.

“Sh, you’ll wake her up,” Bucky whispered and relaxed. “Sorry, buddy.”

Steve smirked. “So that’s her?”

Bucky nodded and felt Y/N stir and look up at him, here eyes open.

“What’s going on?” she asked, rubbing her eyes and looking around.

“Nothing, doll. I just didn’t set my alarm, so Steve came to check on me…” Bucky said and Y/N rolled over to look at Steve.

“Oh… Captain America… is in your bedroom…” she said slowly and sat up more.

Steve smiled bashfully. “Well, your boyfriend is Bucky Barnes, my best friend.”

Y/N brought a hand to her forehead. “Oh my god, DUH… I only had to do like six reports on the Howling Commandos in grade school, I should have pieced it together…”

Steve and Bucky both laughed.

“Well, Y/N, this is my best friend Steve. Steve, this is the girl I’ve been telling you about, Y/N,” Bucky said and placed a hand on her back. Steve approached her and stuck his hand out.

“Pleased to meet you, I’ve heard so much about you,” Steve said and Y/N, took his hand.

“Likewise,” she said. Bucky smiled and held her waist, then planted a kiss to her cheek.

“I’ll catch you two later. Nice to meet you, Y/N,” Steve said and left the apartment, closing and locking the door behind him.

Bucky laid them back down and kissed her lips before getting a few more hours of sleep, feeling completely safe with Y/, in his arms.

4 FAMILY-FRIENDLY MEMORIAL DAY DESSERTS

PB&J CUPCAKES

INGREDIENTS:
Cake
2 c. all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
.50 c. butter
1.50 c granulated sugar
1 c. sweetened, creamy peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 large eggs

Frosting
1 box confectioners’ sugar
.50 c. butter
.75 c. strawberry, raspberry or grape jam

DIRECTIONS:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line 24 standard muffin pan cups with liners.
2. Prepare cupcakes: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder. In a large bowl, with a mixer on medium speed, beat the butter and granulated sugar for 3 minutes, or until fluffy. Beat in the peanut butter and vanilla. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Reduce the mixer speed to low; add the flour mixture alternately with the milk, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Spoon the batter into the prepared cups.
3. Bake the cupcakes for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, rotating the pans halfway through. Cool the cupcakes in the pans on a wire racks for 5 minutes, then remove them from the pans and let them cool completely on wire racks.
4. Meanwhile, prepare frosting: Beat the confectioners’ sugar, butter, and jam in a large bowl, with a mixer on low speed, until blended. Then, increase the speed to high and beat until light and fluffy. Spread the frosting on the cooled cupcakes

CREAM, BERRY AND NECTARINE TART

INGREDIENTS:
9 oz. tea biscuits
0.50 c. unsalted butter
1.50 package cream cheese
0.25 c. sugar
1 tbsp. sugar
1 c. very cold heavy cream
0.25 c. fresh lime juice
12 oz. small nectarines or peaches
0.75 c. blueberries
confectioners’ sugar
11- by 8-inch rectangular or 9-inch round tart pan with removable bottom

DIRECTIONS
1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F. In a food processor, pulse the biscuits to form fine crumbs. Add the butter and pulse to combine. Press the mixture in the bottom and up the sides of the rectangular or round tart pan. Bake until the crust is light golden, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool for about 15 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and ¼ cup sugar in a large bowl on medium-high until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add the cream and beat until stiff peaks form, about 3 minutes. Add the lime juice and beat to return to stiff peaks, about 1 minute. Spread evenly into the bottom of the crust.
3. Refrigerate until the cream mixture is set, at least 4 hours and up to 2 days. Fifteen minutes before serving, slice the nectarines ¼ inch thick. In a medium bowl, toss the nectarines with the remaining tablespoon sugar. Let sit, tossing occasionally, for 10 minutes. Add the blueberries and gently toss to combine. Top the tart with the fruit and dust with confectioners’ sugar, if desired.

PATRIOTIC PARFAITS

INGREDIENTS
0.25 c. sugar
0.25 c. water
1 c. blueberries
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 c. heavy cream
10 oz. angel food cake
2 c. strawberries
0.50 c. shredded coconut
8 canning jars

DIRECTIONS
1. In 1-quart saucepan, stir together sugar and water. Heat to boiling on high, stirring occasionally; stir in blueberries and lemon juice. Remove from heat. Let cool completely.
2. In large bowl, with mixer on medium speed, whip cream until soft peaks form. Gently fold in cooled blueberry mixture.
3. Place a single layer of angel food cake on bottom of 1 canning jar. Top with 2 tablespoons strawberries, then 2 tablespoons blueberry whipped cream. Repeat layering of cake, strawberries, and whipped cream. Repeat with remaining 7 jars. Serve immediately, or replace screw caps and refrigerate up to 1 day. Before serving, top each parfait with 1 tablespoon coconut.

RASPBERRY-BUTTERMILK ICE POPS

INGREDIENTS:
1 c. raspberries
.75 c. sour cream
.25 c. buttermilk
3 tbsp. honey
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice

DIRECTIONS
1. In a large bowl, smash raspberries with the back of a fork. Add remaining ingredients, and stir to combine.
2. Pour mixture into ice-pop molds and freeze for 30 minutes. Insert a wooden stick into each pop; then freeze for at least 2 more hours.


SOURCE: Delish