Monthly Archive: February 2013

Feb 17

Blueberry Muffins at Their Finest

I was browsing Pinterest the other day, naturally, when I stumbled upon a pin for the best looking blueberry muffins. I’m a sucker for pretty much anything blueberry flavored. Unless it’s that fake blueberry flavor (particularly the artificial blueberries in cereal), in which case I’m not a fan. I digress.
Since Eric and I aren’t huge celebrators of Valentine’s Day (shouldn’t every day be like Valentine’s Day? We think so), I decided that I should do a little something special. These muffins were the perfect way to start the day of love. We concluded that they took first place over my blueberry scones from last Easter. Now that’s saying something.

I love that not only are there blueberries IN the muffin mix, the recipe calls for a homemade blueberry jam to top it all off. It’s over the top deliciousness. My suggestion is that you try these muffins soon. But beware…you will want them every morning. I’m just sayin’.
You’ve been warned.

Blueberry Muffins at Their Finest

Blueberry Muffins at Their Finest Blueberry Muffins at Their FinestThe jam! Whoa. I contemplated just eating it straight out of the pot. I opted to follow the directions.  Blueberry Muffins at Their Finest

Blueberry Muffins at Their Finest

**A special shout out to Brooke- thanks for the amazing recipe! Check out her website here.

The Best Blueberry Muffins (from See Brooke Cook’s website found here)
Yield: 12 standard or 6 large muffins

Ingredients:
Jam:
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1 tsp sugar

Muffins:
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1 1/8 cups sugar/splenda*
2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose/white wheat flour*
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp table salt
2 large eggs
4 tablespoons unsalted butter , melted and cooled slightly**
1/4 cup vegetable oil**
1 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extractDirections:
Begin by making the jam: bring 1 cup of blueberries and 1 teaspoon of sugar to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook the berries, mashing with a spoon several times to break some of the berries open, stir frequently until mixture is thickened and reduced to about a ¼ cup (about 6 minutes). Transfer to small bowl and cool to room temperature, 10 to 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, adjust your oven rack to upper-middle position and heat 425º. Spray muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray. Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt together in large bowl. Whisk 1 1/8 cups sugar and eggs together in a medium bowl until thick and texture is consistent (about 45 seconds). Slowly whisk in butter and oil (or applesauce) until combined. Whisk in the buttermilk and vanilla until combined. Using a rubber spatula, fold the egg mixture and the remaining cup of blueberries into the flour mixture until just moistened (batter will be very lumpy with a few spots of dry flour; do not overmix).
Divide the batter equally among the prepared muffin cups (batter should completely fill cups and mound slightly). Spoon a teaspoon of cooked berry mixture into center of each mound of batter. Use a chopstick or skewer to gently swirl the berry jam into the batter using figure-eight motion. Bake until the muffin tops are golden and just firm, about 17 to 19 minutes (about 25 minutes for large muffins) rotating muffin tin from front to back halfway through baking. Cool muffins in muffin tin for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire rack and cool 5 minutes before serving.
Sit back with your cup of jo and escape into the blueberry deliciousness.  Enjoy!

Feb 12

It’s getting there…

Its getting there...

Its getting there...

Its getting there...

Its getting there...

Its getting there...

Well, we had our first over night guest! Jaime came out last weekend to visit. We had an evening of cooking and movie watching. Although the house is still majorly cluttered, it feels more like home every day, and especially so when we can entertain. We do have Internet (finally!) but not a spare moment to sit down at the computer to blog. We will get there! For now it’s still on the phone.
We’ve been able to unpack every box in the house and start checking rooms off of our list. So far, the bedroom and laundry rooms are done! Hallelujah! Still so many rooms to go. The one I’m the most excited about is my craft room, naturally. That’s the room in the picture above. I’m thinking of painting it a soft muted turquoise. Thoughts?
More pictures and projects to come! Thanks for your patience!

Feb 04

It’s official!

Its official!

Its official!

Its official!

We are officially home owners! And it feels so good.
We’ve actually been owners of this house since last Thursday but with the hustle bustle of the move, I’m just getting to telling you about it! Warning: We don’t have Internet at the house quite yet so I’m writing this post on my phone. You’ll have to bear with me- posts will be quite brief until the Internet is installed (which will be in the next 3 days, fingers crossed!).
We have been so blessed with every aspect of this move, and the last part is no exception. The movers arrived with our belongings on Friday. They put boxes where we wanted them, set up our bed, couch, etc which was amazing! We’ve had the help of some awesome friends and family- whether it be letting us store our appliances in their garage, cleaning, unloading or lending a helping hand to unpack. Thank you to all of you! It’s been great.
The house is really starting to feel like a home as boxes get unpacked. Sometimes I look around and wonder how its all going to get done. But then I realize this is how everyone feels when they move! And yes, it will get done in time.
Here’s a little look into a few of the rooms in the house. Again, it’s messy so please look past that! I can’t believe I’m showing these to the public…

Its official!

Its official!

Its official!

Its official!

Its official!

More pictures to come! And don’t you worry, Eric and I already have a huge list of DIY projects in the queue. Get excited!!