Day 355: Add-In Muffins

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I have been enjoying having Amish friendship bbread starter in the house. The only downside is that I don’t have enough friends that want to deal with the starter.

The fun part about this basic recipe is that it just tastes like sweet bread until you add more flavors. I admit that I had to look up some ideas as to what I could add and get some sort of idea about quantity. Here is the useful link I found. Thank you, Armchair World for blogging and sharing!

To this batch I added the basics, plus 3 mashed bananas, applesauce instead of oil, and milk chocolate chips. I usually use semi-sweet chocolate chips, but I found the milk chocolate were on sale.

Even though I added sugar to the mix, I don’t add pudding mix (substitute 1 cup flour) so it stayed semi-sweet with bombs of chocolate sugary goodness. Honestly, I think 3/4 cup flour substitute would be a wiser choice. My batter ends up a little thicker than it probably should be.

I grabbed a bunch of hot muffins and gave them to my Spain-girlfriend. She came over and we had a gear spray down for bugs and water proofing. Jess snarffed a muffin before she left. Kit and I aren’t sure if any made it home to share with her folks :-) The best compliment is nothing leftover!

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Day 314: Health Food Store

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Sorry this blog is so late for today! I unexpectedly got called in for work.

While visiting my brother, we went to a health food co-op store. The deli had many pretty things behind glass. I particularly liked the zucchini bread muffins.

I have tons of cushaw that need to be cooked up. Cushaw bread with chocolate chips and cinnamon-y spices? I think it is worth a try.

I also bought some lavender dry soda. Lightly sweetened, but otherwise tasted similar to a seltzer water with a yummy lavender flavor.

I decided to do this with them: Make mint and lavender mojitos. Using half simple syrup and half lavender soda, rum and fresh mint.
What do you think? I cannot wait to try it!!

Day 197: Pumpkin Muffins

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The original recipe is simple.
It states that you need two ingredients. Just the can of pumpkin and a cake mix.

I must admit that I am a non-believer. I tried but my mix was still mostly powder. I added an egg and a dash or two of water until it looked more like cake/muffin batter.

Oh yeah….I am also not on weight watchers. Big surprise there, right?
So I added chocolate chips.

And you know what I discovered?
Everybody on Pinterest is right, they are the best muffins ever….with a bit of tweaking.

Note above I didn’t use a dull yellow cake either. I used a spice cake mix because if I was making a pumpkin pie I would have added pumpkin spice. Much less trouble than getting my measuring spoons dirty.