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I’m a Copy Cat…

Copy Cat #1:

M and I met my friend Gina for lunch in Old Town Alexandria. She recently moved to San Diego, but came back to visit 🙂 YAY! We went to The Warehouse Grill . It was my first time eating there and I loved it! Gina and I browsed through the menu. She ordered the Lobster Cobb Salad… I copied her and ordered the same 🙂
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I loved the small portion of the salad. Normally entree salads are so ginormous that you can barely make a dent. This was the perfect size!
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Copy Cat #2

Remember when I posted about me being a procrastinator? Well, I popped by my neighbors house, who’s also a stay-at-home-mom, and she had this great magnetic dry eraser board with her full schedule on it. Everything from house chores to appointments. I thought it was a great idea… so I copied her 🙂
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I had a few gift cards from the Container Store so I bought a dry eraser calender, this cool magnetic pen holder, dry eraser markers, and a few other things.
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Here it is all set up on the side of my fridge 🙂 I love it! Thanks for the idea Joanna 🙂
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Copy Cat #3

I love the color of Martha Stewart’s blue cookware… but don’t want to pay the full price at Macy’s. I was in the market for a new pan and found this one at TJ MAXX for nine dollars! So I’m copying Martha Stewart’s look, but at a much cheaper price 🙂
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I also found this fun looking colander. I don’t know who I’m copying with this one… but I’m sure I’m copying someone 😉
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Copy Cat #4

I’ve been seeing these “muffins that taste like donuts” all over the blogosphere. I’m not a huge donut eater, but I was intrigued by this. So I copied every other blogger out there who’s posted these on their site.
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To be honest… I wasn’t a big fan. These tasted like a plain vanilla cupcake, minus the icing. Maybe I used the wrong recipe? They were good, but didn’t taste like a donut. Copy Cat #4 = FAIL!

Here the recipe I used:

Adapted from All Recipes

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 canola oil
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a muffin tin with cooking spray or vegetable oil.

In a large bowl, beat together sugar and egg until light in color.

In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. Pour into egg mixture and stir to combine. Pour in vegetable oil, milk and vanilla extract.

Divide batter evenly into 10 muffin cups, filling each about 3/4 full.

Bake for 15-18 minutes, until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean.

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What was the last time you were a copy cat? What did you copy?

Have a great weekend 🙂 🙂

12 Responses

  1. Becky said on August 13, 2010 at 8:28 am

    Let’s see… the person I copy the most has to be YOU! 🙂 I use your recipes and kiddie lunch box ideas all the time – last night, I made the zucchini fries for my in-laws. Delicious – and I HATE zucchini. Thanks for the help on the meal, by the way.

  2. Joanna said on August 13, 2010 at 8:35 am

    Wait a minute! I like your dry-erase calendar better than mine! I should have known The Container Store would have better color options than Target. I still use my MomAgenda religiously, but I do like having my chores, etc., detailed on the wall. Also, it helps me remember to bathe my kids!

  3. Jessica @ How Sweet said on August 13, 2010 at 8:37 am

    That lobster salad looks so good!

  4. Nicole @ Making Good Choices said on August 13, 2010 at 8:39 am

    I think I need to copy your dry erase board idea! Can I be a copy cat of you??

  5. Heather (Heather's Dish) said on August 13, 2010 at 8:59 am

    well, i TOTALLY copied you last weekend and make popsicles 🙂 one of the best copycat moments ever, i’m never eating store-bought popsicles again 🙂

  6. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman said on August 13, 2010 at 9:05 am

    Well, I haven’t done it yet but I want to copy you with that pan. I love the blue!

  7. Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) said on August 13, 2010 at 10:53 am

    I think it is perfectly acceptable to copy…isn’t it the best form of flattery? Not sure what I have copied recently. I would like to copy your kitchen scales as candle holders! I loved that! As for those muffins. I have seen the idea before, but with butter and then rolled in cinnamon and sugar. Also, I would have put nutmeg in the to give them the flavor of an old fashioned donut. Yours sound yummy though and I have a lot of icing in my fridge left over from a cookie cake!

  8. Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) said on August 13, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    I have no qualms about copying good ideas! I want to copy you with that dry erase board – love it!

  9. Erika @ Food, Fitness, & Fun said on August 13, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    I just made the Muffins That Taste Like Donuts the other day and you must have the wrong recipe or at least one that left out a few things. I got the recipe I used from Tasty Kitchen. I also have it posted on my blog if you want to look. They are so good – you should definitely try making them again with Tasty Kitchen’s recipe! 🙂

  10. Anne @ the doctor takes a wife said on August 13, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    I’m totally hitting up the Container Store for the magnetic dry erase calendar. That’s AMAZING!!

  11. La. said on August 14, 2010 at 12:38 am

    I found your blog today and I am super excited! I love to run as well so it’s always fun to find a “kindred” spirit. I ready through a few posts and I am looking forward to reading what you feed your daughter. I have a 15 month old, who I call Gooner on the blog, and some days I’m at a loss. I’m happy to eat a spinach wrap, but she…not so much. I don’t like donuts, too sweet, so I have no desire to try the donut cupcakes. I created a binder to help get my life organized!

  12. Ameena said on August 16, 2010 at 1:35 am

    I am in love with the Container Store. There is one way too convenient to my house and Maya and I end up spending far too much time and money in there!