Saturday, December 8, 2012

What Every Good Party Goer Needs To Know - NOW!

The holidays are approaching f-a-s-t and you probably have been invited to a few parties/dinners/shindigs.

Now you have to figure out what to bring as a hostess gift. Not wine. They have enough wine. And it’s really boring. You’re not boring.

It would be a wonderful gesture to bake something. But maybe, just maybe, that sounds like a whole lot of work. You want the kudos, but not the work, right? I’m with you.

No problem. I’m here to tell you about the best shortcut ever.

This is what you should bring to every holiday party you’re invited to this year. Every occasion. Every dinner. Every shindig.

It’s muffins. 
Wait - it’s not as boring as it sounds.

It fulfills all the things you want a great hostess gift to be.
It’s easy. It’s different. It’s appreciated. It’s low cost (okay, let’s call it what it is - it’s cheap!)

These super easy muffins are the absolute BEST HOSTESS GIFT EVER! Why? Because you’re going to present them with a bit of a twist. Here’s what you do - bake a batch of these muffins, pop them into a basket, and present them to your hostess. Stay with me here - 

Here’s the twist - attach a note stating that they are for breakfast tomorrow! You have just given them something they didn’t even know they wanted! You have made breakfast for them! 

You will instantly be the most favorite guest ever! You’re thinking of them, you’re making their life easier, and you’re making your life easier too.

Promise me - from now on, you’ll make your life easier & more HOPEFUL (Happy, Organized, Peaceful, Efficient & Full of Fun) by NOT running out to the store before you go to a party. You’re going to bake in less time then it takes the coffee to brew. Have faith. You can do this!

Why? Here’s why:
  • mixes up in less than 5 minutes
  • uses ingredients you probably already have on hand
  • healthy – whole wheat flour, low-fat, low sugar
  • everyone will love them!
Remember, next time you’re invited to a party, leave the wine at home. They already have wine. They don’t want more wine.

Bake them these muffins, pop them into a basket, and present them with a card saying they’re for breakfast the next day. The party hosts will love you…….’nuff said.

Here’s the recipe.


  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup oil or applesauce
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups white whole wheat flour – Trader Joe’s or King Arthur. (Regular white flour is fine too, just not as healthy.)
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • cinnamon sugar mixture in a shaker bottle or bowl


  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. 
  2. Spray muffin tin with cooking spray.
  3. Mix milk, oil/applesauce & egg in a bowl. 
  4. Add flour, sugar, baking powder & salt. 
  5. Stir until flour is just moistened. Do not over stir.
  6. Use an ice cream scoop to fill muffin cups 3/4 full. 
  7. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar mixture on top. 
  8. Bake 15 – 20 minutes until brown.

That’s it. In a few minutes you’ll be done, and as a bonus, your home will smell wonderful!

And the recipe is infinitely changeable – add a handful of berries, some chocolate chips – whatever sounds good to you!

C’mon on – give it a try. See how much more organized you can be by not running out to the store. And how much more popular you’ll be next year when the party invites are going out.

I’m Evelyn Cucchiara of The Hopeful Life and my goal, my reason for being, is to make your life easier. I teach crazy, busy people with no time how to lose the crazy and get more time.

I’m all about the shortcuts – shortcuts to getting out the door in the morning, shortcuts to getting dinner on the table. I admit it, I like my me time. That’s what my shortcuts are designed to do – get you more time. That’s what The Hopeful Life is all about.

Happy, Organized, Peaceful, Efficient and Full of Fun.

be happy!

ps – I just launched my shortcut product for WAHM’s (work at home moms) – a unique way to get your message out to more people. And get them on your list. 

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