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Guest Post From The Thankful Heart

When I asked for some help from everyone with guest posts I was thrilled and honored that so many of you wonderful and talented people stepped up to help me out. If you don’t already know her I want to introduce you to Rhonda, her lovely blog The Thankful Heart is not just chock full of delicious recipes and stunning photography but it also gives us a peek at her beautiful family and unwavering faith. She is truly an inspiration and I want to thank Rhonda for sharing two of her great recipes with us all.

Without further ado I want to introduce you all to Rhonda, The Thankful Heart.


Hi friends– It’s September and the oven has been put back to good use around. I’ve been baking up a storm. And nothing smells so good coming out of the oven as something laced with cinnamon. This little muffins are kind of second cousin to cinnamon rolls, lots of the same flavor and the crunchy nuts, but a whole lot less time and effort is involved.

I made them for our lovable group of 20 & 30 something’s who come in on Thursday nights– and the muffins all disappeared! I love baking for those guys– such an appreciative group of eaters. And just all around fun to spend an evening with them.


1 cup brown sugar
1 tab. cinnamon
1 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
3 tab. melted butter

2 cups flour
1 tab. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
1 egg
1 cup milk

2 oz. cream cheese (1/4 of a block), softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 to 2 tab. milk
few drops of vanilla


First make the topping. Mix together the brown sugar, cinnamon and nuts. Then completely fold in the melted butter. Set this aside for later.

For the muffins, stir together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Then mix in the oil, egg and milk. (The batter will be stiff.) Take 1/2 cup of the brown sugar topping mixture and stir it into the batter.

Use muffin papers or spray a 12 cup muffin tin with cooking spray– then scoop the batter into the muffin tin. Put of spoonful of the brown sugar topping on top of each muffin, patting it down a bit with the spoon to make it stick well to the batter.

Bake them up at 350 degrees for 15 to 18 minutes until firm to the touch.

While they are baking, make the frosting. I softened the cream cheese in the microwave for a few seconds. Then with a whisk, beat together the cream cheese, powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon of milk and the vanilla. If the frosting seems runny enough to drizzle over the muffins from a spoon, that’s great! If it is too thick, add the second spoon of milk and blend it completely.

Drizzle that luscious frosting over the muffins, hot from the oven and enjoy that cinnamon smell while you do it! Scrumptious eaten with friends and mugs of tea.


Cheddar Zucchini Rice
Posted on August 4, 2016 by Rhonda Sittig

Hey there– here’s a new favorite side dish, easy, fast, fresh and creamy delicious. It is a good match for a whole list of main dishes. I made it a couple weeks ago when my dear friend Jenon came for dinner– lime salmon, asparagus, sturdy bread, a bright salad and this yummy rice. Add in easy conversation with an old friend and it makes a fine dinner…

2 tab. butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup rice
2 cups water
1/2 tsp. salt
2 zucchini, grated to shreds
1 cup grated cheddar cheese*
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Melt the butter in a large saucepan. Stir in the garlic and cook 30 seconds over low heat. Then stir in the rice, water and salt. Bring up to a low simmer and cook 10 minutes until all the water is absorbed and the rice is tender.

Stir the uncooked, grated zucchini and the cheddar into the hot rice. Taste and add salt and/or pepper if you want to season it a bit more. Easy, beautiful and delish!

*I used Colby-jack cheese, any easy melting cheese will do.

34 Comments Post a comment
  1. hocuspocus13 #

    As sweater weather is upon us here in the North East USA it becomes time for some homebaked goodies leaving not just the kitchen but the entire house swirling with the scent of cinnamon…

    How delicious 🍮☕🍮

    October 11, 2016
    • Fall and baking go hand in hand for me, there is nothing more magikal than the smell of baked goods, cinnamon and warm spices, apples, pumpkin. It’s wonderful.

      October 11, 2016
  2. I can practically smell that cinnamon, and the rice looks delicious too! Nice to meet Rhonda. Thanks Suzanne and have a great week. Hugs.

    October 11, 2016
    • Thanks Teagan, Rhonda is a great cook her recipes are always are so inviting,

      October 11, 2016
  3. Those muffins look good but the rice…wow! Thank you!

    October 11, 2016
    • I know I am going to try making that rice with cauliflower rice. It looks delicious.

      October 11, 2016
  4. Hi Rhonda-Hi Suzanne-Yummy to both! Yay! xo

    October 11, 2016
    • Hey Cheryl, hope all is well thank you for kicking off the guest posts you are the best and Rhonda is a gem.

      October 11, 2016
      • Most welcome my friend. I’ll be heading home tomorrow from GA. My heart is heavy as I know the clean-up from Hurricane Matthew will be long and its effect on me will linger. It could have been much worse though. There is just no place like home. xo Cheryl and the Gang!

        October 11, 2016
      • So glad you are able to go back to your wonderful home state. It could have been worse and am very happy you were out of harms way,

        October 11, 2016
  5. Love it. Guest posts are wonderful. Anybody interested to participate in the Sharing is Caring recipe exchange hop over and you can also participate on my blog.
    Love the cinnamon post. Yumm yummy yumm

    October 11, 2016
  6. Thank you to both of you for sharing and posting. It all looks yummy.

    October 11, 2016
    • Thanks so much Gerlinde, it does look delicious right?? Rhonda is amazing,

      October 11, 2016
  7. Bonjour dear Suzanne – every dish so beautiful, healthful and tasty ! Thank you – et félicitations ; que sortira-t-il de votre prochain ” storm ” ? Bises, amitiés et mercis -de france

    October 11, 2016
    • Bonjour France mon ami. Merci oui, il y a quelques merveilleuses recettes à venir. J’espere qu vous passez a great week. Hugs!!

      October 11, 2016
  8. The cupcakes are gorgeous but I’m with Michelle, that rice! YUM!

    October 11, 2016
    • I love them both but the only one I can eat is the rice dish if I make it with cauliflower which I am going to try this week. Thanks so much Kathryn.

      October 11, 2016
  9. Both are looking very delicious Suzanne and worth trying. Thanks to Rhonda for sharing 🙂

    October 12, 2016
    • I love them both as well Rhonda is such a great cook. Thanks Irene.

      October 13, 2016
  10. I am now hungry, as both of these recipes look delicious. I am most tempted by the zucchini rice, I know Rhonda gives the recipe as a side dish but I would be happy to eat it as a main on a day when I wanted a light supper. I hope all is well with you.

    October 12, 2016
    • Thanks so much very very busy but doing well hope you are too. I love the rice recipe and it would make a great light meal. I am going to make it subbing cauliflower for rice.

      October 13, 2016
  11. Hi Suzanne– thanks for including me in your beautiful blog– it feels like an honor to be here. Thanks Blog-friend!! xox

    October 12, 2016
    • It’s my pleasure and honor to have you do this guest post. Thank you.

      October 13, 2016
  12. Wow, cinnamon rolls in a it! I have 2 huge cinnamon roll fans in my house that will enjoy these. The rice looks delicious, and I like how you grated the zucchini.

    October 13, 2016
    • I am a real cinnamon roll fan and those muffins look so good I can hardly keep myself from making them, they look so good as does the rice dish. Thanks so much Antonia.

      October 13, 2016
  13. You’re getting some killer recipes Suzanne! These cinnamon roll muffins look just amazing! I’m drooling just thinking about them!

    October 13, 2016
    • Yes I am so lucky having so many great cooks and amazing recipes stepping up. Thanks so much Julie.

      October 13, 2016
  14. Those muffins look amazing! I have to try them!

    October 14, 2016
  15. Yumm have to try those muffins!

    October 15, 2016
  16. I love the muffin recipe, Suzanne! it looks like my kind of baking! Thank you both for sharing, I will save it to try it soon!

    October 15, 2016
  17. Here I am at home with nothing sweet to eat and I find this post. That cinnamon roll cupcake looks DIVINE. Wow…

    March 12, 2017
  18. Reblogged this on Oh Yes, They Did and commented:
    Don’t these sound great? Thank you and!

    April 19, 2017

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