Friday, February 14, 2014

Lemon Blueberry Muffins

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These muffins are bursting with blueberries and lemon flavor!

My husband loves muffins. Which is kind of funny since he doesn't really like sweets for breakfast. He doesn't like waffles or pancakes or anything I would love. He is more of a hash brown and sausage kinda guy. So, I like to make muffins because it's something we all enjoy. And since it's Valentines Day today I am happy to be sharing a recipe my guy loves!




Speaking of love. I love lemons. I love lemons in my diet coke, I love lemon bars, I love lemon in or on just about anything. And blueberry and lemon together is one of my favorites. So when I came across this recipe I couldn't wait to try it! They are packed with blueberries and the cinnamon crumble on top is perfect. It's just the right amount of sweet to go with the lemon and blueberry flavor. It does make them kind of messy but totally worth it! I hope you love these muffins as much as we did. Now go make these for someone you love :)

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY! (did I say LOVE enough times! haha)


Lemon Blueberry Muffins {w/ Cinnamon Crumble Topping}
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Ingredients:
  • For the cinnamon crumble topping:
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup cold butter, cubed
  • For the muffins:
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups blueberries*
Directions:
  1. To make the topping: Stir the sugar, flour, cinnamon & salt together in a small bowl. Add the cubed butter and using a pastry blender or fork, cut in the butter until it resembles coarse crumbs. Put the topping mixture in the refrigerator while you make the muffin batter.
  2. To make the muffins: Preheat over to 400 degrees. Line a 12 count muffin pan with paper liners.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and lemon zest.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, oil, milk & egg until combined. 
  5. Pour the wet ingredients into the the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Gently fold in the blueberries.
  6. Divide the batter between the twelve muffin cups then sprinkle the crumble topping over the top of each muffin. Be generous with the topping, the more the better and some will bake into the muffin. 
  7. Bake the muffins for 20-22 minutes (if using frozen blueberries, bake 24-26 minutes) until cooked through and golden. Allow to cool for 15 minutes before removing from the pan.
  8. NOTES: *Fresh or frozen blueberries can be used. Do not thaw the berries in advance if using frozen, this makes them too fragile to fold into the batter. I used fresh when I made them. 
Recipe Source: slightly adapted from Alaska from scratch (I added lemon juice and decreased the milk amount)


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Dried Cranberry Shortbread Hearts

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The perfect little treat to make for those you love this Valentines day!

When my older brother got married my Mom and I made a bunch of these hearts for their wedding reception. I love shortbread! I love the way it melts in your mouth. And because I think everything is better dipped in chocolate I went ahead and dipped half of them! The chocolate is totally optional but I absolutely loved it. So, make these cute little hearts for someone you love this valentines day. If my daughter was a little older, I'd have a fun little tea party with these cookies.


Are you a dip it in chocolate fan?

or a keep it simple and not overly sweet kinda gal or guy! :) 


Friday, February 7, 2014

Orange Basil Salad Dressing

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This dressing is light with a lot of bite and totally addicting! 

It's hard to make a statement like this is THE most amazing salad dressing ever. But in my opinion it is. Everyone has different taste buds and what might be delicious to one person is just okay to another. I guess thats what makes the world go round. We are all different. With that being said, I absolutely LOVE this dressing. Do I love other dressings too? Yes. But this one is my favorite for sure!

About the dressing. It's light. It's tangy and it's totally addicting. My brother is the one that first told me about this salad dressing. He was staying at Jacob Lake Inn while on a hunt in Kaibab, AZ. The salad was reccomended so he decied to try it out. He says he was tempted to lick his plate clean it it was so good. And this is coming from someone who didn't really like salads before trying this dressing. 

So now every time we drive from Arizona to Utah (which is quite often to visit family) we stop at the Jacob Lake Inn for lunch and cookies. Totally makes the 11 hour drive more bearable! They make the most amazing cookies by the way! I think the cookie in a cloud is my favorite. But it's really hard to choose. Anyways, for lunch I always get their orange basil salad and sometimes the cranberry cream cheese chicken sandwich. (I think I need to try to re-create that next!)

We told my in-laws about this place so they always stop there too. One time my mother-in-law asked what was in the dressing. The waitress said she couldn't say but the cook came out and told her what he puts in it just not the measurements. So after playing around with the amounts I was able to come up with my version of their Orange Basil Dressing. After I thought I had it right I called my my brother to try it out. He couldn't believe it! He said it tasted just like it. Now of course it's never gonna be quite as amazing as theirs but it's close enough to tide us over until the next time we are driving through.

Try it out and let me know what you think!



Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Triple Vanilla Brownies


Hello! Today I am sharing the recipe for these seriously addicting brownies over on Classy Clutter ! I am so excited to be a recipe contributor on their blog. I will be sharing a new recipe once a month so head on over and check it out! These girls sure know how to DIY. I can't believe all of the projects they come up with. So much talent. I just love their blog! 

Tonight I am going to be showing the Young Women I work with in my church how to make cinnamon rolls. So you know what I'm gonna be doing today :) As for you, I think a batch of these brownies is just what your Wednesday needs. 


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