Cinnamon Roll Muffin in a Mug (Low Carb, and Delicious!)

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Kind of thinking this recipe might transform mornings for me.

Yes, it’s a muffin in a mug; yes, it’s grain free; yes, it’s sugar free.  But I’m telling you, it’s as seductively, aromatically, buttery-cinnamon-sugar-y as any cinnamon roll ever was. Just delish.  Enjoy!  (And make two.  Your friends will smell these and want one.  I promise.)

Serves 1

requires 3 small bowls/mugs/ramekins for mixing and baking


  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp ricotta (or pumpkin puree…  this is a “moisture addition” ingredient, so feel free to experiment!)
  • 2 TBSP unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 TBSP almond flour
  • 1 TBSP coconut flour
  • 1 TBSP golden flax (I use the kind with added chia seeds)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • equivalent of 5 tsp sugar, divided (I used Swerve, which I now like BEST of all sugar subs! 🙂 )
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp butter
  • 1 oz cream cheese (or light Laughing Cow, swiss)


  1. Mix together wet ingredients in a mug (egg through vanilla)
  2. add flours, flax and baking powder
  3. mix in 2 tsp of Swerve (or sweetener equivalent to 2 tsp of sugar)
  4. in a separate small mug, mix 1 tsp Swerve and 1.5 tsp cinnamon
  5. in a ramekin or mug, melt butter in microwave (about 15 seconds)
  6. sprinkle generous amount of cinnamon/swerve mixture over the butter
  7. spoon in one half of batter
  8. cover with cinnamon swerve mixture (save an equal amount for the top)
  9. spoon in remaining batter, and top with remaining cinnamon swerve mix
  10. pop in microwave for 2 minutes
  11. while cinnamon roll is baking, grab cream cheese or laughing cow, and cream it together with 1 tsp swerve and a dash of vanilla
  12. remove cinnamon roll from the microwave, turn out onto a plate, and top with frosting.  I sprinkled one remaining tsp of swerve on top for sparkle and a bit more sweetness.

Kids and Art

Every other Friday night, I have a quiet night at home with Miles and baby D while the older kids are out and about with Dad at their church youth groups.  While they have Bible study, scavenger hunts and Karaoke, we relax in our peaceful home.

This week, Miles and I decided to start a painting club.  We have a very involved secret handshake.  And we both work on painting projects.  We decided that sometimes, we’ll invite other people over to paint with us.

Here is what Miles made:

painting by kidskids artworkkid artI made some stuff too.  Here’s what I noticed.

I had a vision of what I would make.  Miles just made.  My work turned out a bit stilted and contrived.  His flowed.

I worked on my painting until it was over worked.  Miles knew when to put his painting aside and start a new one.

I am not usually so uptight about art, but I think I’m out of practice and was a little anxious. Yes, I was anxious about Friday Night Art Club with Miles.

When I was in school, I had a wonderful drawing teacher – Crossan Hays Curry – who shocked us all in 1st year drawing.  We drew the model, each of working SO hard to demonstrate our lofty 18 year old “skillzz”.  After 30 minutes or so, he asked us to tear off our drawing, wad it up, and throw it in the trash.  We did this every day, every drawing for a month.

Miami University Art

by Crossan Hays Curry

When we were through, we knew that we were students.  We were learners, experimenters, free to make mistakes or make beauty – either way, there would always be another chance tomorrow.

I guess it takes “practice” for grown ups (including 18 year olds) to unlearn our ways and loosen up enough to really be creative.  I treasure the lessons learned that year, and am reminded of them this year in the Miles and Mom Painting Club.

kids art

52 Fridays #16 – Kansas

This late night edition of 52 Fridays is dedicate to my dad, who from his sickbed today asked me “weren’t you supposed to post two 52 Fridays today”?  Yes, Dad.  Here it is!  I wish I could send you some chicken noodle soup along with it. 🙂

Kansas Painters

Sand River I by Lisa Grossman - Lawrence

sterling jewelry

Daisy Necklace by Julie Branstrom - Lawrence

Circles of Color Series 1 (old house paint lids) by Joelle Ford - Lawrence

Kansas Artists

Grocery Art Blocks by Suzanna Scott - Manhattan

Red Hot Cherry by Alan Chow - Prairie Village

Kansas painters

Girl with Black Masquerade Mask by Katherine Labbe - Burrton

Kansas Jewelers

Navy Blue and White Pendant by Nancy Bjorge - Lawrence

Kansas painters

From "The Earth Takes Us In It's Embrace" by Jane Voorhees - Kansas City

Kansas Quilters

Bigger Poppies by Sharon M.W. Bass - Lawrence

Remember, click on the images to see MORE of each artists work!

52 Fridays #15 – Iowa

I once lived next door to Iowa, in Nebraska.  We would travel to Council Bluffs to visit friends.  My memories of this place are the flat, flat, fields, the surprising cliffs rising out of them and the flat, wide, rivers running in them.  I think there’s bound to be a lot of creativity when there’s a lot of sky….

Travelers by Kindra Noel - Des Moines

Iowa Artists

Stone Rabbit Pitcher by Elisabeth Maurland - Decorah

Iowa Artists

Cold by Rachel Arnold- Elkader

Iowa Furniture Makers

Midcentury Cabinet by Dan Neubauer - Ames

Iowa Artists

Sound Booth (pencil drawing!) by Laassa Kabel - Des Moines

Hand bound book by Gena Ollendieck - Cresco

Iowa printmakers

Shiny Things by Lori Biwir - Osage

Street Art by Brent Houzenga - Des Moines

Iowa Jewelry Artists

Empress Necklace by Cindy (CTThings) - Ames


True Blue by Hilde De Bruyne - Des Moines

It’s been a while since I’ve shared fun facts about a state in 52 Fridays.  As I’m from Ohio, and it seems that people often confuse it with Iowa and Idaho, it seems appropriate to differentiate this fine state.

  • Elk Horn is the home of the largest Danish community in the United States (yay!  I’m Danish!)
  • The most crooked street in the world is in Burlington.  (According to Ripley’s Believe it or Not).
  • Quaker Oats – the largest cereal company in the world – is located in Cedar Rapids.
Kansas – coming up soon!  xoxo

An Early February Mash-Up

Oh, friends, February has been challenging for us here at the Muller household.  It’s not been without fun and spark and joy, but I think someone has been sick on any given day since the month began.  So this is not a mommy blog, but frankly, all that I’ve been doing this month is being a mommy.  I’ve needed to do that, and wanted to as well.

I think we turned a corner this weekend, and I set about to blog again, to catch up on 52 Fridays, Iowa edition (which was a l m o s t complete!!), when I lost the whole thing.  Maybe in my previous sick haze, I forgot to save or something.  Argh!!

Anyhow, I wanted to touch base, although I have no art or making or musing to share.  I thought I’d just share a bit of the fun that’s been interspersed in our days this month.

Also, this Friday, I plan to share not one but two 52 Fridays editions – Iowa and Kansas.  A double dose!!  And can I just say, I’m so glad I memorized “The Fifty Nifty United States” as a child.  I never knew how often it would come in handy!

kids first tooth loss

Miles was SO happy to lose his tooth! (His brother transcribed the note...)



baby of the family

Baby of the family = our mascot!

happy baby

Happy to be well!

Columbus Architectural Salvage – Part 2


Last week I introduced a little bit of salvage heaven on earth, and this week I’ll continue the adventure.  The goodies are good, good, good!  Hope you enjoy…

vintage architecturevintage globalarchitectural salvage1960's lampOf course, once again, there’s more where this came from.  Despite having baby D in my arms, I managed to take a bazillion photos of this wonderful place.  Really, if you’re ever passing through Columbus, Ohio, I highly recommend this as a stopping point!

Have a great Wednesday.  See you soon!

Playing With Our Food

food sculpture

Cousins food prep team...

These little cuties played with their food and made black olive penguins (messy and yummy)!  If you know a kid who likes black olives, this is the best treat ever!

food art

Black Olive Penguins

Earlier today we happened upon this delightful little tree house made by Brock Davis.

broccoli tree house

Broccoli Tree House by Brock Davis

Since we were already having fun making mini-veggie sculptures, the kids tried their hands at a broccoli forest of their own…  We made our houses out of scraps of paper.  Everyone was too hungry to spend time building wooden ones!

Food art

Broccoli tree house 1

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Broccoli tree house 2

broccoli tree houses

Enchanted Broccoli Forest

Some of the kids ate the broccoli.  Others just played.  It was all good.


Great Lakes Bakery


Dear Hungry Readers,

It is my joy to introduce you to a wonderful local shop, the Great Lakes Baking Company. They consistently have the most wonderful breads and sweets around.  (My favorites are the cherry-orange scones.  Oh my!)  Stopping by the store is like visiting a gallery – the sugar cookies and varieties of shortbreads are so lovely to look at…

Today, a quick peek at their Christmas goodies…

sugar cookie ideasideas for Christmas cookiesideas for sugar cookie decoration

christmas cookie ideas

Great Lakes Bakery ShortbreadChristmas shortbreadChristmas cookies

Look for an interview with sugar cookie artist extraordinaire, Cam Salsberry, in the new year.  Of course, if you’re local, stop by in person to watch Cam decorate, and taste some goodies!

Saving a Bit of Summer


It is already getting cold and wintery here in Ohio, so this weekend I decided to bring in a bit of the outdoors in the form of a terrarium. If I’m able, I’ll hold onto a bit of green all winter long.

how to make a terrarium

At the side of the house, our very shady damp yard is turning into a moss garden. I love moss, and am happy to have it as the sole inhabitant in my little glass bowls of green.  I scooped up two small patches for the project.  A little acorn came too.

easy home decorLucky me, I caught the half off sale at Goodwill this weekend and came home with two glass bowls for one dollar.  (If you know me, you know that I can’t drive past a thrift store or tag sale without stopping to look. :))

ideas for thrifty home decorMy kids helped scoop a bit of leftover potting soil into the bottom of each bowl.  Then they collected little rocks and dropped them in so the moss would feel more at home.

natural home decoratingNow, even when we’re snow covered for months, I’ll a have little bright spot in my office, reminding me of the warmth and green to come.

how to make a moss terrariumI may add a few baby ferns to the bowls in the spring, but until then I’ll just spritz the moss to keep it moist, and watch it do it’s moss thing.