Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Miners' Mini Muffins + The Latest Meal Plan

The first thing the kids say when they walk in the door after school is, "Can you make us a snack?"  Every.  Single.  Day.  I'm runnin' out of original ideas.  They get a lot of cheese and crackers with fruit.  Or a bowl of cereal.  Today, I cut 'em off at the pass and had muffins and smoothies ready to go.

The Girl got a Disney princess cookbook for Christmas from my sister and she's all about making things out of it.  
This was the first recipe we tried and we've made it twice since.
The miner reference refers to the Seven Dwarfs, if you hadn't picked up on that yet.

I don't know what makes these so good.  
It's just a basic muffin recipe.
Maybe it's the fact that they're so small and you can eat six of them without blinking.

Baby was my helper today.

Dear Lord, that poor girl's hair.
I'm not a total lazy-ass.  I do fix it.
But she rips the barrettes and rubber bands out before I even turn my back.

Back to the muffins.
This is a super quick recipe to mix up.
You'll  be poppin' 'em in your mouth in less than 30 minutes.

Here's the recipe with my notes:

Miner's Mini Muffins
Makes 2 dozen mini muffins

1 C flour
1/2 C brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon (I use a whole teaspoon)
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
1/2 C milk
2 Tbsp melted butter
1/2 C blueberries (I use a whole cup)

Heat the oven to 375.  Lightly grease the bottom of a 24-cup mini muffin pan.  

In a small bowl, stir together the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.

In a bigger bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, and melted butter.

Stir the flour mixture into the egg mixture just until all the ingredients are wet.  Use a rubber spatula to gently mix in the blueberries.

Spoon the batter into the prepared pan until the muffin cups are about 2/3 full.
Speaking of which, do you own one of these spring-loaded scoops?
Best thing ever.
Second favorite kitchen gadget.
I use it for EVERYTHING.

Bake for 12 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.  
Let cool in the pan for 2 to 3 minutes before removing.

Attempt to take pictures of finished muffins with a very impatient Baby.

"Please keep your fingers off so Mommy can take pictures, then you can have one."

"Laney, fingers off."

"Mommy's almost done."

"Fine, just take one."

Yeah, they're good.
There's only three left.

On with the latest meal plan.
It felt good to sit down and map out some dinners.
I feel like I've been flyin' by the seat of my pants in the dinner department lately.
Which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but I do like to have a plan.
Here's what I came up with:

BLTs With Fried Egg & Chips
Balsamic Marinated Grilled Sirloin, Twice-Baked Horseradish Potatoes, & Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Blood Oranges
Chili-Lime Chicken Thighs, Baked Chili-Cheese Hominy, & Cucumber-Jicama Salad
Gumbo & Geen Salad
Tortellini With Lemon and Brussels Sprouts & Bread
Turkey Stuffing Bites, Mashed Potatoes, & Broccoli
Lime and Coconut Chicken Breasts, Coconut Curry Cauliflower, & Steamed Rice

And on the snack/baking/sweet treat list:

Almond-Apricot Granola Bars
Chocolate Blood Orange Cupcakes
Coconut Raspberry Banana Bread

That oughta keep me busy for a minute or two.

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  1. Those look really good and I love watching baby "helping". Love the hair-so funny. My granddaughters all LIKED having bows and barrettes but their Mom did NOT! lol

    Your meals all sound wonderful, Mindy! xo Diana

  2. Yummy. I made some cornmeal/blueberry muffins yesterday. We're on the same wavelength!

  3. Fantastic meal plan lady! And yes I need to get back to planning my meals because I am always without something...stealing some ideas! And thank you for this recipe...I am pinning this one for sure...I watch my brothers kids and pick up the oldest from Kindergarten...Everyday it is the same thing here too...what's for snack...what are we eating!?! Ha! This is so needed and if it makes you feel any better neither of my girls will wear anything in their hair anymore. Drives me a bit nuts! Baby is such a doll!!! Happy weekend you! Nicole xoxo


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