Sunday, May 22, 2011

Blueberry Muffins Complete With Crumblies...mmmm....

This weekend has been a baking weekend! I love it! These muffins are sweet and soft with a crispy top and pockets of blueberries, how much better does it get???

Here's the recipe:

3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 egg
2 cups flour
1/3 cup brown sugar
3 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup blueberries

2 tbs. barely softened butter
1/4 cup brown sugar

Preheat the oven to 400 F. Grease muffin tins (this recipe makes a dozen). Stir the milk, oil, vanilla, and egg togther in a bowl. Add the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Stir until everything is moist (the batter will be lumpy). Then add the blueberries. Divide the batter among the muffin tins.
Now for the crumblies: stir the butter and brown sugar together, the mixture will form little balls or misshapen pea-sized chunks. Sprinkle this over each little muffin.
Bake them for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Don't forget to enjoy! :D

Chocolate Cupcakes

Well, there isn't much to say about these cupcakes except that I made them for a party...oh, and chocolate shavings are very temperamental to work with. They melt the moment you touch them, so just beware :)

Lesson from a Volcano Cake and a Little Brother

I made this cake for my (now four year-old) brother's birthday on Friday. He wanted a volcano which is kinda strange since he's into puppies, slugs, and cars, but he could have whatever cake he wanted and he chose a volcano. This cake didn't turn out very well but at least you can tell what it is! I was debating on whether or not to post the picture but in the end I decided that I should. So here it is:

He was very pleased with the fact that I was going to make his birthday (pronounced: boitday) cake and so, he decided that he needed to direct me in the process. He insisted that he watch the process and observe the result of everything I did. Then he would "instruct" me from, keep in mind, that I have been baking and decorating cakes since before he was born, so you can imagine that his instruction was a bit uncalled for :) Anyway, it got me thinking that we do the exact same thing to God. Here he's had our whole life planned out since before the world was made and yet we have to audacity to question him and/or instruct him what to do with our lives and with the world for that matter. We are often that "3 year old" standing on a chair looking over God's shoulder telling him to do this or do that. Thankfully, though, God is MUCH more patient than I am! :)
So, that's my little "nugget" for today!