Sunday, August 15, 2010

The Muffin Woman

We stopped at the Farmer's Market this morning to get some vegetables for the week. Abby is a true blueberry fan and signaled for a carton. We already had some at home, but it's hard to resist a little girl repeating "blue? blue? blue?".

With a surplus of blueberries and a heat wave outside, I decided to make some muffins inside. I love making blueberry muffins with some brown sugar struesal on top. Makes the house smell pretty awesome.

Whoever said that yogurt in replacement for oil makes a yummy muffin, was probably the same person that likes fat free butter. I tried it and they turned out kind of rubbery. Edible, but rubbery. I guess they are suppose to be healthier, but let's just say we'll save this batch for us and wouldn't make a batch for public consumption. Ever.

Texas Sized BlueBerry Muffins (Makes 6)
If you bake the muffins in a Texas Style muffin pan, they turn out large, just like the kind you'd find at a Corner Bakery. 

3/4 c. milk
1/4 c. vegetable oil (or use 1/4 c. vanilla yogurt for rubbery variety)
1 large egg
2 c. flour
1/2 c. sugar
2 tsp. baking power
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup fresh blueberries (frozen work just as good, don't kid yourself)

Oven Temp. 400 degrees
Grease a 6 muffin Texas Style Muffin pan. 

Make a streusal topping using 1/4 c. flour, 2 tbsp. hard butter and 1/4 brown sugar...chop ingredients with a fork so you get little "Butter rocks" coated with flour and brown sugar. 

Beat milk oil and egg in a brown. Stir in flour, sugar baking powder and salt. Fold in the blueberries. Add batter to the muffin pan, Sprinkle the streusel topping across. Bake for 20-25 minutes. 

And there you go. Throw them in a basket, put some fresh blueberries on the side (to prove it wasn't made from a box) and you're looking like a little pro-homemaker. 

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Urp Cloths

Inspired by all those wonderfully creative Esty folk and lonely, housebound Saturday nights, I pulled out the sewing machine and decided to start making stuff. I'm a very, very novice sewer right now, but I get excited when I can stick two pieces of fabric together and it turns into something functional.

These easy Urp Cloths® make great baby gifts for showers, or baby welcome gifts. My friends were impressed with my new domestic talent, but hey, it was a cinch to do.

Making Urp Cloths
1. Buy Gerber cloth diapers
2. Buy Fabric
3. Sew fabric down the middle of the diaper. 

What I like about making my own Urp Cloths, instead of buying them is you can pick out your own fabric and it doesn't have to be all babylike. Be bold! Be Whimsy!  You'll find the Urp Cloths made with cloth diapers are so much more durable than premade store bought ones.

Easy, creative, personal, fashionable and functional all in one.

Exactly how I like life to be.

The Heat Was Hot

It's been humidly muggy and hot for over a week now. Makes me lazy, sticky, tired and feeling fat. These are the days a pool would come in handy.

Too lazy, sticky and tired to write anymore than that.