Peaches N’ Oats Muffins

Back to baking! I have not done a lot of baking since we moved to our new place in Lakeview. Which makes me sad, because I love muffins, scones and breads! I started on my vacation time on Monday, so I was able to break that spell with these Peaches N’ Oats Muffins! I found them super yummy. The peaches were extra ripe, which made the muffins moist and flavorful. They are also very easy! I hope you get the chance to make them!

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What you need:

1 Cup All-purpose Flour

1 Cup Rolled Oats

1/2 Cup Brown Sugar (packed)

2 Teaspoons Baking Powder

1/2 Cup (one stick) Butter-melted or very soft

1 Cup Sour Cream

1 Egg

1/4 Cup Whipping cream or milk (optional for extra moisture)

1 Cup of Peaches (cut into cubes)

~Makes 12 muffins

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Take muffin tray and line with paper liners or spray with coconut oil or type of cooking oil to coat.
  • Combine Flour, Oats, Brown Sugar & Baking Powder in large bowl.
  • In separate bowl, combine Butter, Egg, Sour Cream and optional milk/whipping cream.
  • Next combine the two bowls of ingredients, with adding the Peaches last gently with a spatula.
  • Fill muffins tray so the batter almost reaches the top.
  • For extra sweetness, add a large sprinkle of cinnamon sugar to the top of each muffin before baking.  (just combing 1/4 cup sugar + 1tbs cinnamon).
  • Cook for 16 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

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The recipe revised from Damn Delicious.

Enjoy and Happy Adventures,

Erika

 

Cozumel Travel Guide

I promised a travel guide a little earlier than today, but here it is!!

Traveling to Cozumel

{Ways to get there}

Fly Directly into Cozumel (CZM) Airport

  • Perfectly tiny and easy to get in & out. There were no lines, no big waits and no unexpected hazards when it came to the CZM Airport. The employees are very accommodating.
  • From the airport to your hotel get a ticket for the Taxi Collectivo. It is $10 per person for a ticket to a collective van where you tell them your hotel and hand them your ticket. They take you and the others, as a group, to the chosen hotel or hotels. Usually this is much cheaper than taking your own cab.  There will be a window you go up to for your ticket once you exit from baggage claim.
  • When leaving from CZM, you will have to pay a departure/tourism tax when checking in at the counter. It’s about $20-$30. You pay that at the counter before going through security. They ask this be done by credit card.

Fly into Cancun (CUN) Airport, Take Bus or Taxi to Playa Del Carmen then Ferry over to Cozumel

  • If you want to take an extended trip, with maybe staying a night or two in Cancun and then continue your trip by staying on the Island of Cozumel, this would be a good option.
  • The bus to Playa Del Carmen from Cancun airport costs $10 per person and takes about an hour.
  • The Ferry is roughly $13 (163 Mexican Pesos) one way or $26 (326 Mexican Pesos) round trip and takes about 45 minutes.

Fly into Cancun (CUN), Take local flight to Cozumel (CZM)

  • They have flights leaving every hour. On MAYAir you can find a one-way ticket for $63 (US Dollars).

PICTURES OF THE FERRY TERMINAL (San Miguel, Cozumel)

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{Transportation Once You Are There}

The main way to travel around Cozumel & San Miguel (only city of Cozumel) is by taxi. Usually, paying in Pesos gets you a cheaper rate.

You can rent scooters, bikes, and jeeps/cars as well.

The insurance for car rentals seemed very sketchy. We had booked a car with Hertz, but then once talking to AAA and purchasing insurance it became more and more complicated and expensive.

{Mexican Pesos or US Dollars}

We discovered that the US Dollar is widely taken. If you are taking a taxi or purchasing souvenirs you will probably get a better deal if you offer Pesos. The restaurant menus displayed pesos, but once you received your bill they had the conversion and what they would take in US Dollars. I would suggest getting some of your cash in Pesos before entering into Cozumel.

They have ATMs available but usually with the fees and your bank fees for the conversion can add up. We did it all at my Chase bank before entering into Mexico.

MUST SEES / EATS

Snorkeling – We went with Chac-Choc Tours. We received a deal through our resort, which allowed us to go for $25 per person which was a great deal.  It was incredible! The boat came right to the Occidental Grand dock and picked us up. It was about 2 hours long, we went to three reefs (Ceilo-sand bar with all Star Fish!!-, Colombia, Palancar). We saw everything from sting rays to sea turtles to bright and colorful fish & coral. I sadly don’t have many pictures of what we saw or what the reef looked like. And some advice–go to the bathroom beforehand, you can see the bathroom is at the end of the boat…only #1 allowed, yikes. 😉

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Zermatt Bakery – You know I’ll find a bakery wherever I go…This lovely place is on the corner of 4th and 5th Avenue. Just one street back from the main road. It had a nice local vibe, with great inexpensive prices. All the pastries and breads were under a dollar! Payment displayed and made in Pesos.

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Catamaran/Sailing – The water is so gorgeous in Cozumel. The average temperature of the water is 80 degrees.  I had my first ride on a catamaran and if I could bottle up that feeling I WOULD! This was actually included with our resort, we just had to tip the gentleman who taught us the ropes. If I lived on the ocean, this would be my next big purchase! I wish…Cozumel Catamaran | Scones in the Sky Cozumel Catamaran | Scones in the Sky Blog

Stroll Around San Miguel – The town of San Miguel is really the main hub of Cozumel. It is definitely small, but it’s so bright and cheery. Maybe try to visit the town when the cruise ships are not in town. There are days when there can be up to 6 cruise ships at the port. But be warned that the shops will close early during the off-days of the cruise ships.

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Lobster/Margaritas/Ceviche- You have to have some ceviche and a margarita looking over the bay. We tried these two restaurants. On the left, is El Coctelito and they had great ceviche (far north side of town past the Cinco Del Sol shopping area on the main street of Av. General Rafael E Melgar), on the right, Palmeras overlooking the cruise ship docks. Great location and service, food was decent (also on Av. General Rafael E Melgar).

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Hope this helps if you ever find your way to Cozumel! I’m always open to questions too, don’t be afraid to comment below!

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Happy Adventures,

Erika

Cozumel, MX – Our Sunshine Escape

I heart Cozumel. Wishing I was there writing this post and not in the cuddly 9 degree weather of Chicago. These pictures do give me some comfort. I had the awesome opportunity to go on a 5-night All-Inclusive trip with my crazy cool mom. (A couple of these pictures are taken by her :)) Ok, so your next month (or two or three) is going to consist of this: searching for flight deals and a Groupon that will take you to this gorgeous island.

Groupon has some great deals going on right now…you should totally take a peek. The Mexico, Caribbean & Latin America section is now on my “Favorites” tab on my Safari.

We were scheduled to be at the All-Inclusive Allegro Cozumel from our Groupon, but since they had a slight over-booking they upgraded us to the ‘5 Star’ –when they told us 5-star, I believe they meant to say it is of a higher quality, not that it was officially given that rating– sister resort the All-Inclusive Occidental Grand Cozumel. We were happy to make the switch! The Occidental Grand was secluded, had very lush scenery and a great beach.

Today, I am just going to share with you some pictures of the amazing water and sunsets, tomorrow I will give a better description of ways to travel around town, a few places you should stop and eat, and mini travel guide to Cozumel!

But first, I have to get you pulled in with these crazy turquoise waters and stunning horizons.

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The mornings are tranquil and perfect in every way.

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It did rain on the last day we were there for about an hour or two in the afternoon. This beautiful rainbow was the result!!!

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With more to COME TOMORROW!!

Happy Adventures,

Erika