Lauren Kelly Nutritionist

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Please give a warm welcome to Christine Simmerman who is our guest blogger today!

on March 23, 2012
Christine Simmerman is a hilarious, self professed,  “home chef”  who enjoys giving cooking classes, demonstrations and writing original recipes.  She is the author of the food blog “FoodThoughtsOfaChefWannabe” and will be a featured contributor to the 2012 summer catalog for Penzeys Spices.  Christine is an advocate for families eating meals together around their table, spending time communicating.   
These look delicious!!  Just remember your portion sizes 🙂
PINEAPPLE UPSIDE DOWN MINI’S!!

1 yellow cake mix 
1 can sliced pineapple rings in juice
1 bottle pineapple soda

I am going to say to prepare cake mix as directed but WAIT!  Instead of using the water it calls for, use the juice from the pineapple rings.  That will not fulfill the entire measurement required so here is where you will use the pineapple soda.  (I got 1/3 cup of juice and needed 1 1/3 cups so used 1 cup of soda).  Mix until completely combined and set aside.  
1 stick butter (for 12 mini cakes)
2 cups brown sugar 
pineapple rings cut into small pieces
muffin tin

Melt your butter.  I used a glass measuring cup with a pouring spout.  Pour enough butter to cover the bottom of each muffin bottom plus just a bit more.  Use a pastry brush and dip it in the butter on the bottom and paint up the sides and on top a bit so the cake doesn’t stick. 
Next, using a regular teaspoon, add 1-2 tsp of brown sugar into each cake bottom.  When you are done, add in a few pieces of pineapple, just enough to cover the bottom. 
You will then add about 2 tbsp’s of batter on top of each.  Fill until a bit more than 3/4 full.  Bake as directed for cupcakes.  WARNING…you may not need them to bake as long since there is so little cake in them.  Just keep an eye on it.  

When they are done, remove from the oven and let sit 5 minutes.  I ran a knife around the edges of mine but I didn’t really need to.  I used a fork to carefully get down under them and lift them out.  Flip it over so the pineapple is on top and there you go.  INCREDIBLY delicious!
Join her on her blog or Facebook Fan Page, for some humor, some blunt truths about life and 
the hits and sometimes misses of her kitchen!”
Thank you SO much Christine!!! 🙂
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One response to “Please give a warm welcome to Christine Simmerman who is our guest blogger today!

  1. So glad to be part of your blog!! And about those portion sizes…..THAT is why I made them small, they are even smaller than cupcake size actually!!! We are working on portion control at our house and since we can’t seem to always be successful, I made things individual now! HA!!! They are definitely delicious and I hope your readers love them!

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