I started ceramics class this semester and unlike my classes in the past, this is actually in the morning. I didn’t plan it that way but the sign-up process was pretty insane and unfortunately had to take what I could get. Luckily I live that freelance lifestyle so I could (sorta) take a class on Wednesday morning.
One thing I’m constantly thinking about is what should I pack for breakfast. The class is about 5 hours long so I definitely always like to take a few things with me to snack on. Of course, my other huge priority is COFFEE. Always.
For this post, I teamed up with bobble and their presse. It is seriously my dream come true.
I’m dropping in from Taos, New Mexico. Currently, I’m at this brewery, sitting outside, looking out a bunch of snow-capped mountains. The DJ is playing a trumpet to a Fly Lo song and it’s weird and funny and awesome. It’s beautiful here. I knew it would be beautiful, but it’s like a million times more beautiful than I expected.
These muffins were from last week, when I was wanting to make something for breakfast that I could shove in my purse for my flight. I’m a grandma. I’ve also been working with a freelance client on some recipes and she’s really into spelt flour. I wasn’t super duper familiar but I really love its nutty flavor. It’s grown on me big time.
There are a few things that I did differently with these muffins. For one, I always find that strawberries are kinda soggy in muffins. ME NO LIKEE. So, I did this thing where I dehydrate them in the oven for about 15 minutes. Feel free to skip this step if you’re strapped for time or are feeling sort of lazy. Whatever, the muffins will still be awesome.
I think you all look super cute today. Nice hair. Your skin looks fresh and pretty. Did you get lots of sleep last night?
We could all use a compliment once in a while. Yesterday I was in need of one, so I took upon myself to speak for Amelia. Whenever I speak for her, I do so using a voice that’s probably very irritating for most, but I find sort of adorable. I’d say it sounds kinda like a four-year old boy who I imagine dresses strangely (I’m talking wearing capes and cowboy boots to bed) and has a slight lisp. We all have animal voices. Mine sounds like that.
So, in my Amelia-voice, I said a bunch of compliments out loud. And then, since I’m super polite, I said thanks to her. If you’re in need for some compliments, which you shouldn’t be because I just said you look cute today, just speak for your animals. If they could speak, they’d probably say all sorts of nice stuff to you.
Do you think I’m weird? Pretty sure I just let my freak-flag fly. I’d like to change the subject now and talk about these muffins! Thanks.
These muffins may or may not just be an excuse to use the muffin liners I bought back at the beginning of October. Their pattern looks like a bad 80s couch that probably lives at a relatives cabin. I’m VERY into them.
I’m kinda surprised I bought them because I don’t even like cupcakes. I mean, they’re a’ight, but if I had to choose, I’d just make a layer cake or something. Those are prettier anyway. But these are muffins. They’re different. I usually have an attitude with muffins that skate the line between muffin and cupcake, but we’re on vacation right now so let’s just live.
These cupcakes come together with a quickness, especially if you already have sweet potato puree in the fridge leftover from Thanksgiving. If it’s spiced with bourbon or nutmeg or cinnamon and sugar, no biggie. Throw it in. It’ll work just fine. Of course, your muffins might be a bit more spiced and bourbon-ey, but that’s actually a good thing.
1. If I never see Lena Dunham’s boobs again, I’ll be ok. We see them too much, I think.
2. The best way to procrastinate is to look through Kim Kardashian’s Instagram–pure gold!
3. I just found out there’s a corgi walk in Portland, where like hundreds of corgis go on a walk together. And it dawned on me, just as I was mentally planning a trip to Portland, that I actually can’t go…because there’s a good chance that’ll I pass out in the middle of the street from all the cuteness.
4. I’ll never get sick of putting on warm sweats straight from the dryer. Best feeling EVER!
5. Spring cleaning feels amazing. I feel lighter, cuter and quicker. I have no idea why it took me so long to get on the Spring-cleaning-bandwagon, but I did it (a little) on Saturday and loved it. I mean, I didn’t love it, but I love the results.
I put things in cute mason jars and wrote the contents’ names on the front. I must’ve spent a solid fifteen minutes just staring at them in organizational amazement. And not so surprisingly, organizing made me want to make things with the contents I forgot I had.
Spring, yo! Totally in full effect. I seriously ignored it, completely let it pass me by, until yesterday when I saw a lady walking down Santa Monica Blvd sporting a very cute set of bunny ears on the top of her head. And then, it hit me: Spring has totally sprung–it’s here! What now?!
So, I came to the (short) conclusion than what better way to embrace it than by making something that’s more resemblant of Summer. Forget Spring! (This is me attempting to be ahead of the curve, I think.) Actually, no. That’s incorrect. I think it more has to do with the fact that yesterday it was a near 80 degrees outside and I was sweating.
When I experience both of those things simultaneously, my brain immediately travels to yards where hot dogs are being grilled and people are littered everywhere drinking beer and sprinklers are going off and some random dude thinking it’s a good idea to run through them.
I did exactly none of those things yesterday. Womp womp. My way of dealing with the overcompensating weather was to make something that I would love to eat on those type of days: Corn Dogs Tots!!
Muffin or cupcake? So many muffins skate that fine line between breakfast and dessert, am I right? Not mad at it. Not complaining…though some mornings I don’t want sweet. I don’t want dessert. I want something savory, delicious, cheesy and warm.
Enter: Goat Cheese Chive Corn Muffins.
Also!–don’t mean to be a debbie-downer on breakfast muffins–but sometimes I’m all psyched about making muffins, and so I do, and then I eat, like, two for breakfast and end up with a bunch leftover. Lame.
These muffins are pretty cool because they can dual as a breakfast snack or a dinner snack. Double-action muffins!
Halloween is stressful, isn’t it? Too much costume pressure. Will it be clever? Will it be cute? Will I be cute? Will I be able to use the restroom while dressed as a gigantic stick of butter? Will people think it’s funny? Will I be cold? UGGGGGH!
This year I got lucky; about a week ago I got a haircut and my hair stylist might’ve cut my bangs a liiiiitttle too short. I got home, looked in the mirror and realized that this year’s costume actually chose me. Lucky. Me.
So yeah…Dora the Explorer is totally happening. Backpack and Map will be there, too. Don’t be jellz!!
Saturday I celebrated one more year of being on this earth by learning the difference between Double Red Delicious, Standard Red Delicious, and Starkey Delicious.
And all I can remember is that they’re all delicious. Like really delicious.
I also learned that bees LOVE apples. Who knew!
It all started when I woke up bright and early and went to Los Rios Ranchos with a group of friends to get my apple pickin’ on. We picked apples, ate apples, contemplated paying a dollar to go through a corn maze, decided not too, then drank lots of beer and had a long lunch.
It convinced me that parts of being a grown-up are pretty dang fun.
And then when I got home with too many apples to stuff in my face, I realized I needed to put ’em to good use.
I decided that putting them in muffins, along with some apple cider, would be a pretty good idea.