Tuesday, February 18, 2014

No One Gives Me Muffins

One of the many things I loved about having little ones was reading to and with them. I’m a reader and when I had kids, it provided the opportunity to not only share the children’s books that I grew up with, but to explore the ever changing world of fairy tales and children’s books that had come along since my days as a child. When College Boy was 3, he knew Where The Wild Things Are so well that I’d read to him and he’d turn the pages at the right times. And High School Senior and I just loved Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. I think I can still recite that one. Love You Forever? I never did make it through that one without tears.

Some books you can relate to and some just make you smile. If You Give A Moose A Muffin was one that was given to the boys by my Mom and, although not relatable of course, always made us smile. I mean, our house backs up to woods so we do have a lot of wildlife in our backyard, but no mooses (hmmm, that’s not right) meese (nope, not that either). Well, whatever they are, we don’t have any.

So as much as I love the story, no muffins are given out willy-nilly around here.

BUT:

If you give a Mom a polar vortex, she’s gonna want to try to keep her family warm.

And if she just can’t get her family warm, she may want to build a fire in the fireplace.

And if she’s going to build a fire, she’s going to expect you to provide some firewood.

And if you don’t have any firewood, she’s going to point to the dead trees in the woods out back and send you out to chop them down.


No One Gives Me Muffins graphic - Baking In A Tornado

Now if you can’t chop them down because you do not have a saw, she’s going to send you to the store.

And if you’re going to the store, you’ll have to shovel the driveway.

And if you shovel and find there’s ice under the snow, you’ll have to spread some sand.

And once the driveway’s sanded, you’re going to have to start the car.

And if the car doesn’t start, you’re going to have to walk.


No One Gives Me Muffins graphic - Baking In A Tornado


When walking to the store you will need to wear your gloves. 

And if your gloves are wet from clearing the driveway, you’ll have to dry them off.

And if they’re also dirty from sanding the driveway, she won’t let you put them into the dryer with the clean clothes.

If you can’t put them in the clothes dryer, you’ll try to warm them in the oven.

And if you turn the oven on to warm your gloves?

She just might bake a muffin.


Maple Glazed Mandarin Poppy Muffins - Baking In A Tornado
Maple Glazed Mandarin Poppy Muffins


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Maple Glazed Mandarin Poppy Muffins
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Printable Recipe
 
Ingredients:
1 stick butter
1 cup sugar
¾ cup milk
¼ cup orange juice
1 egg
3 TBSP maple syrup
2 cups flour
½ tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
¼ cup poppy seeds
2 mandarin oranges, peeled and chopped (make sure there are no seeds)
1/3 cup powdered sugar
2 TBSP maple syrup
 
Directions:
*Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place 12 cupcake papers into muffin tins or grease the tins well.
*In a microwave safe bowl, melt the butter. Mix in the sugar, then the milk, ¼ cup of juice, egg, and 3 TBSP maple syrup.
*Mix in the dry ingredients just until incorporated. Mix in the orange pieces last.
*Fill muffin tins and bake for approximately 20 minutes or until the centers spring back to the touch.
*Remove from tins and cool.
*Mix the powdered sugar with the 2 TBSP maple syrup. Drizzle over the muffins.

32 comments:

  1. I bet your kitchen smells amazing! I have to give that recipe a try….

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    1. I hope you do. I've been buying the mini Mandarins and my son and I have been going through a ton of them, just had to bake something with them.

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  2. love this sweet story--and the muffin!

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  3. Absolutely adorable story, and I bet that muffin smelled amazing!

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    1. It really did. A little bacon on top and it would have been a full breakfast!

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    1. I've tried to send food but unfortunately with teenagers I always get tackled on my way out the door. . .

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  5. Totally makes sense!!! Life as a series of dominoes! :)
    P.S. I LOVE muffins!

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    1. I love that analogy. It's true, life can be a series of dominoes.

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  6. Love the story and the muffin:) Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

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    1. Thanks Lynn. The story was fun to write and the muffins really were delish.

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  7. This brings back memories of Give the Pig a Pancake ..... my grandson loved it... now he's six and reading on his own...every night his mom reads to him and then he reads to her.... I miss reading to him,,, when he was three , he would memorize the words and the pages to "Even Firefighters Hug Their Moms"...I couldn't skip a page at nap time..lol..... Thanks for bringing back all those sweet memories..

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    1. Yes, the Pancake book is by the same author as the Muffin book. And the reading thing, i remember those days too, the boys would know if I tried to even skip a word.

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  8. Too cute and I like the recipe. What about using any old kind of orange?

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    1. Yes, you could certainly try any orange, but with larger ones you may not need two. I'm finding that the Mandarins are especially sweet and juicy this year and have less pith than some of the larger oranges.

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  9. Yep, that sounds about right!! That muffin looks amazingly delicious and since I'm once again stuck in the house because we're getting another 6 inches of snow….I may as well bake!!!

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    1. I hope you try them, I think you'd like them. Be sure to let me know if you do.

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  10. I love your stories, and the muffins look really good too!

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  11. Your muffin looks delicious and your story was funny. It's been snowing again today, so I am actually going to go in the kitchen and make kiss cookies.

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  12. I love those If You Give A... stories! Including this one :) One of Mr. 12 and I's favorites was Skippy Jon Jones, a kitty who thought he was a Chihuahua, complete with Spanish accent!

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    1. I misses those, I would have loved them. So many amazing kids' books out there we had tons of them and loved them all.

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  13. Awwwwwwww….I love YOUR story even more than the others and you listed some of my favorites!

    Maybe it's time for another…baby. And if you have another baby, you will have to go to the store for diapers. And if you go to the store for diapers……

    <3

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  14. I loved the "Give a Moose a muffin" stories! I'm pretty sure all children would relate to you polar vortex story even more.
    THe first year I taught, a student asked me to read "Love You Forever." I thought, 'Sure, I love Robert Munsch."
    Holy Hannah! No one told me about that particular story. I bawled my eyes out in front of thirty first graders. Heaving, snot flowing tears.
    Now I want a muffin. <3

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    1. Oh no, I would have done the exact same thing if I had tried to read that story out loud. Even the thought of it makes me feel like crying.

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  15. I love all of the reasons that lead up to why you might make muffins. hehe. Those look really tasty by the way. I have a signature muffin I've been making that the family loves!

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    1. Signature dishes are so cool because they're the kinds of things your children will grow up and remember forever.

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  16. Love how one step led to another and in the end - PRESTO - muffins!

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    1. Well, you knew it was going to have to end with muffins, didn't you?

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