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I’ve been pulling out and putting up the Halloween decorations these past two days and since we were in Canada last Halloween, the storage boxes were literally buried in the shed. It was a chore to get them out of there… I’ve got the cuts and bruises to prove it.

The motivation was our weather. The last couple of days have been gorgeous; the windows are open, the air is off, and life is good! Well, at least for now, because it is going to be 93 degrees on Tuesday, 97 degrees on Wednesday, and 99 on Thursday! What is up with that!?! Ninety-nine degrees on October 13th… that is not right! Not. Right.

So, I’m soaking up all the coolness while I can and I made chilly-weather chili and cornbread for dinner last night. I usually make my cornbread with buttermilk, but since I didn’t have any (in fact I don’t have the milk of any kind in the fridge) I used yogurt. Not just any yogurt, vanilla yogurt. I must admit – very good call on my part. Tomorrow, I’ll share the chili recipe.

Vanilla Corn Bread

3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup yellow corn meal
1  1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup vanilla low-fat yogurt
2 eggs
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and position a rack in the middle position. Grease an 8-inch-square baking pan.

In a bowl, whisk together the flour, corn meal, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

In a large bowl, whisk together the yogurt, eggs, and melted butter.  Add the flour-corn meal mixture to the yogurt mixture and stir until just combined.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake until the cornbread just begins to brown on top and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 18 to 20 minutes.

Cool for about 10 minutes before cutting into nine squares and serving.

Makes 9 pieces

To make muffins: Grease 12 muffins cups. Fill each cup about 3/4 full and bake for 2o minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of one muffin comes out clean.

This cute Halloween Menu Board is a gift from a friend, thanks, Tram!

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1 Peggy M { 10.08.11 at 9:42 AM }

You have a “shed”??

2 Linda Hopkins { 10.08.11 at 10:28 AM }

Yes, I do… thought you knew that… back by the horseshoe pits. Yes, I have horseshoe pits, behind the volleyball court. 🙂 xoxo

3 Sloane { 10.08.11 at 11:10 AM }

Tee hee, yes she does have a shed in its chock full too!

4 Marissa { 10.08.11 at 11:15 AM }

No complaining about the weather. You don’t want to be an old person.

5 Kim Tunheim Salmans { 10.08.11 at 12:51 PM }

Your decorations are awesome! I guess I need to start collecting fall decorations. I only have a couple pumpkins!

6 Tram { 10.08.11 at 5:00 PM }

Love love your decorations! I can only imagine how many you have! What a great idea with the pumpkin!! My mother in law likes your recipe with the corn bread- we were just talking about making corn bread this week too! We’ll have to try your recipe too! So glad you pulled out your newest foodie decoration full of ghoulish delights! YUMMY! :O

7 Linda Hopkins { 10.08.11 at 5:43 PM }

Oh Marissa darling, complaining about the unbearable heat (in the FALL – no less!) is not acting like an old person. An old person always wants to know how the weather is – where you are – and that is the first question they ask, “How’s the weather?” As if that is the most important part of the conversation. But 99 degrees on October 13th, YOU know that is just NOT RIGHT! Uggg. I long for San Francisco! xoxo

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