Sunday, June 12, 2011

Happy Monday?

This weekend included a birthday party for an adorable one-year-old, a visit from my parents, and a low-key afternoon in the backyard on Sunday with M and the pets. It was pretty perfect, and I was sad to see it go.

Today begins my final week of classes for the summer; then I'm officially on summer break until I start my new job in August. I have plenty to do before I get to Friday, so Monday Muffins were a must to get me geared up for this week. I had three rotting bananas, and my parents brought us tons of strawberries, so I give you...

Strawberry- Banana Muffins

3 large, ripe bananas, mashed
3/4 sugar (I subbed 1/2 of it with Splenda)
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 c butter, melted
1 1/2 c flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 c chopped strawberries

Combine bananas, sugar, egg and butter. Mix until well combined. Add dry ingredients and mix until just moistened. Fold in strawberries. Fill muffin tins 3/4 full. Top with sugar in the raw for a little crunch (optional). Bake at 375 degrees for 18-20 minutes.

After this week is over, I will have a lot more time to blog about something other than muffins...

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Monday Morning Muffins

Part I: The Muffins

In an effort to use up a bunch of blueberries, I made muffins a few weeks ago on Sunday evening. The next morning, I got out of bed a bit quicker because I knew I had a delicious muffin to eat as I walked to work. M concurred that the muffins made his Monday brighter as well (huge surprise). And, thus began a new tradition in our house. Today marks the third consecutive week of Monday Muffins. So, I've decided it's now a thing.

And, this week's muffin recipe is one you're gonna want to try -

Peaches and Cream Muffins
1/2 c butter, softened
3/4 c sugar
1 egg
1/2 c sour cream
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 c flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 c chopped peaches

Cream together butter and sugar. Add egg, sour cream and vanilla and mix. Mix in flour and baking powder until just combined. Fold in peaches. (I sprinkled sugar in the raw on top to add a little crunch). Bake at 375 for 18-20 minutes. Cool in muffin pan for 5 minutes, them move to wire cooling rack. Yields a dozen.

Seriously easy. Seriously delicious.

Part II - Blog Changes
As you may have noticed, things have changed here at GMG. I decided to merge my personal blog with this one. Since I wasn't posting on either one, I figured having one blog to focus my energy might make it easier. I'm optimistic.