Sundays… A day when most everything just stops. A day when we have the luxury — the pleasure — of being bored. A day when for once we’re not expected to be productive, to get things done, exchange money for services, or any damn thing else. It’s a real loss that all we have are fond memories of those days, when nothing was expected of us.
Nowadays, life seems to be in such a hurry, that Sundays, the day we are supposed to rest… is just another day. Well , let’s change that and let’s make today a day where we enjoy life again. A day that we spend time with our families, our friends… ourselves! It is time that we reflect on our inner souls, our inner selves. It is time that we come to realize that this life of ours… is our gift to us. We are our gift to this world. Unwrap yourself and let your gift be exposed. Be a shining light… be the most glorious example of what life has to offer. Be the best that YOU can be!
Even though today is a day of rest and relaxation, we still need to eat. Sundays, again, are a “Brunch” kind of day. A day where we might nibble all day long, where we might start out with a nice glass of fresh squeezed juice. Next as the morning unfolds, we might enjoy a fresh baked muffin, of some sorts with a hot cup of coffee. Then, as a little more time rolls around… a bowl of oatmeal, grits or even “cream of wheat”, now that brings back memories, might be in order. Now we are rolling into the early afternoon and some of my waffles or pancakes might sound real good about now. Then a little bit later maybe something more hearty, like a past recipe of biscuits and gravy, Huevos Rancheros or even a nice Blackened Filet of beef Benedict, sounds real good about now. If you want to eat something a little bit healthier than don’t forget my crust-less breakfast casserole from an earlier article. If you are feeling a little “sexy” today, then my other Benedict style breakfast… “Eggs Orleans”, just might be in order for you!
O.K. after going through some past articles, it seems that there aren’t that many, if any, good muffin recipes. So since there are so many other recipes to check out from the past for breakfast today, let’s dive into a good muffin recipe. Muffins are fairly simple to make and there are just a few simple rules to follow to make a good muffin. Really there is only one rule that is important to remember… do NOT over mix the batter. You are not making cup cakes! Muffin batter wants to be barely mixed, you want to fold the ingredients until it is just mixed together. There may be a few lumps or so, but that is O.K.. The difference between butter and oil is this… butter tends to make a more “cake like” muffin, where the oil, makes for a more “muffin” like muffin… more air holes in the texture. Using an ice cream scoop insures a more even portion. You can use cup cake sleeves or spray some non-stick spray into the muffin tins, for easy removal.
Todays recipe is a classic. The blueberry muffin has to be one of the most popular muffins out there. Hey, there are plenty of great muffin recipes to choose from, but it is always good to start with a classic. Here is today’s feature… The Classic Blueberry Muffin…
Classic blueberry muffin recipe…
1/3 – cup oil
1 – cups milk
1 – eggs
1 – teaspoon vanilla
2 – cups flour
1 – Tablespoons baking powder
1 – teaspoon salt Pinch of Nutmeg
1/2 – cup sugar
1 -2 cups of your favorite fruit like… fresh blueberries, strawberries, raspberries or Mighty Joe Mangos’ favorite… of course, fresh Mango chunks! (Tip: Dredge in flour to “suspend” the fruit in the batter. This will allow the fruit to stay in the muffin and not sink to the bottom)
Cinnamon sugar for tops
Mix the wet ingredients in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl mix the dry ingredients. Next add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix just until moistened (it still may be a little lumpy). Then add the fruit of your choice and fold gently. (if using fresh fruit, coat or dredge the fruit in flour. This will prevent the fruit from sinking to the bottom of the batter). Use a ice cream scoop and scoop into large greased muffin tins. Sprinkle the tops with cinnamon sugar.
Bake at three hundred, fifty-degrees for eighteen to twenty-one minutes and remove from the oven. Cool for five to ten minutes and remove. Enjoy warm or completely cool and store them in a sealed container.
That’s all for today, except you know the rules (o.k. no rules just suggestions…), after you make these muffins, you need to go out and share them with your neighbors and friends. In fact, make up a nice brunch and invite a few friends over to enjoy and celebrate the day with you. Sundays are also a time to relax with friends and family and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Create a great day today, so that tomorrow, the beginning of your great new week, will be tremendous, too! Take several deep breathes and relax… it is Sunday! Hey, on a side note… when going for “anything” in life, remember to relax there too and let “life” take over. If it is meant to be, believe me, life will make it happen! Enjoy the ride and don’t fight the waves so much, let go and let life lead you in the right direction! Peace…
The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one often comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won’t.