Friday, August 20, 2010

Life Goes On

A few days ago, I moved from my purse back into a diaper bag. I never got the hang of carrying two different bags around so for now, it's the diaper bag. The good news is that I still love my diaper bag and I think it's super cute. When I was going through stuff, I read through my cool Nancy Drew notebook (thanks, Lisa) and found a few recipes I had written down from various places. My almost-3-year-old daughter had been asking me to bake for the last couple of days, so I chose this muffin recipe that I had scribbled in the notebook.

Baby girl is a little more than 2 weeks old and it felt good to finally do some baking. One of the first nights that I was home from the hospital, I remember laying in bed thinking that my blog was probably over. There was no way I'd ever be able to cook or write or take pictures and keep up with the blog. But, life goes on, I'm feeling good, and here are some strawberry muffins for the end of summer.

Little girl loved mashing the strawberries and whisking (her favorite cooking action). I overcooked this batch . . . didn't adjust the oven temperature or check them soon enough. My revised baking time is below - hope you have a little better result with that. The overall flavor was good but the muffin was a little denser (more biscuit-like) than I usually prefer.

And this is what baby sister did while we baked:

Strawberry Muffins (1 dozen)
from Body + Soul magazine (Whole Living) 8/09

1 1/2 cups strawberries, sliced
1 1/4 c. all purpose flour
1/2 c. whole wheat flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup buttermilk
1 egg
1/4 c. vegetable oil
1 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a muffin tin with paper liners. Whisk the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Mash the strawberries with a little sugar (I used about a half tablespoon) using a potato masher. Add the wet ingredients to the strawberries and mix well. Fold into the dry ingredients and don't overmix. Bake for 13-17 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.


  1. You sure had a good helper. Hope you are getting enough sleep.

  2. Life Goes On... a perfect title for those postpartum months when life seems a bit more complicated but things still need to get done! Doing some baking always made me feel like I was at least a little bit under control, and "normal" was slowly returning. Good for you! Hope to see you all soon!