muffin monday: spinach cake muffins

Last week’s muffin recipe came out of Weelicious Lunches – and before you judge me on making deluxe lunches for my precious snowflakes, I basically bought the book for myself. Well, first I checked it out of the library, but realized I would end up making copies of half the book, so I spent some of an amazon gift card on the real deal. Now, I wish that my culinary interests were more useful – say, actual dinner recipes that would feed my family. But no, what catches my attention is a recipe for roasted honey cinnamon chickpeas or chocolate graham crackers. So yeah.

Back to muffins. My kids both loved the green muffins I made last St. Patrick’s Day, so I thought I’d give this recipe a whirl.

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I didn’t make any alterations to the recipe, but next time I’ll add some cinnamon or something – they were a little bland for my taste, but the kids gobbled them up. And they still don’t know that it’s spinach that makes them green.

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muffin monday: pumpkin chocolate chip muffins

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I am so pleased that we pulled off Muffin Monday last week – we returned from our church retreat on Sunday afternoon, and all of us were in some stage of fighting a cold. I managed to print off this pumpkin chocolate chip muffin recipe (recommended by a friend) before bed on Sunday night. I was in the mood for some pumpkin, and I knew we had all of the ingredients on hand.

I had an excellent helper on Monday morning, and these muffins turned out super yummy. I think I added extra chocolate chips, and I probably reduced the sugar, because I almost always do. It’s all kind of foggy now.

Also, I forgot to mention last week that I tried out my new silicone mini muffin liners, and they are awesome! I hate cleaning the mini muffin tin, but when the liners arrived in the mail, I panicked a little – what had I done?! Did I really want to clean 24 little liners?! I’m happy to report that they clean up like a breeze, and the muffins come out of them easily. I’m very happy with them.

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Anyways, these pumpkin muffins were enjoyed by everyone in our family, and we’ll be keeping the recipe around.

muffin monday: jen’s blueberry muffins

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Last Monday was Luke’s first day of kindergarten (!!!), so I let him choose what kind of muffins we would have. He chose one of his favorites, blueberry. When I had asked on Facebook for favorite recipes, my friend Jen posted a photo of her tried and true blueberry muffin recipe, handwritten on a notecard. Handwritten recipes seem pretty trustworthy, so I decided to give it a try. And the resulting muffins were delicious, so I now have my own handwritten recipe to keep on hand.

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After enjoying the blueberry goodness, we sent our babies off to kindergarten and preschool. How does life move so fast sometimes?

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muffin monday: carrot cake muffins

One of my new “things” this fall is “Muffin Monday” – every Monday morning, I’m hoping to make a batch of muffins to have with our family breakfast. I’m also going to attempt to chronicle this muffin journey here, so that I can reference back to different recipes I’ve used.

Last Monday was our first Muffin Monday, and since it was Ian’s birthday week (40!!), I asked him to choose our selection for the week. He ended up choosing carrot cake muffins (aka cupcakes for breakfast). I used this recipe, and they came out great. The only modification I made was using a little less sugar, and I’d probably use about 1/2 cup next time, because they were plenty sweet. Oh, and Ian went with pecans over walnuts for the topping.

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The cream cheese frosting definitely made these a fun birthday week cupcake, though I hope the kids won’t expect frosted muffins for every Muffin Monday. I frosted about half of them, and the unfrosted ones were just as well received.

These muffins were a huge hit, and all 24 mini muffins were completely gone by lunch time on Wednesday. Because they are a sweet treat, I’m not sure the next time I’ll make them, but the recipe is definitely a keeper.

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The look Luke had when he realized he was about to enjoy a muffin that is basically a cupcake.