Saturday, June 30, 2012

Lemon blueberry yogurt muffins

I loved the Recipe I found under this PIN. But I'm not so much of a loaf gal, so I converted the recipe to muffins :). These little buggers are sour and sweet almost equally. The lemon juice and zest make these irresistible!
I hope you enjoy them as much as hubby and I have!

The recipe:
The muffins:
1 1/2 cups + 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, divided
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest (the more the merrier)
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup peanut oil (a little less is ok, and ass water if there isn't enough liquid)
1 1/2 cups blueberries, fresh preferably, and rinsed (if you want to add extra, feel free)

For the Lemon Syrup:
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/3 cup sugar
Large pieces of lemon zest for decoration

For the Lemon Glaze:
1 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
2 to 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place paper muffin cups in muffin pan.
2. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.
3. In a large bowl, whisk together the yogurt, sugar, eggs, lemon zest, vanilla and oil.
4. Slowly whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
5. In the now empty dry ingredient bowl, mix the blueberries with the remaining tablespoon of flour, and fold them very gently into the batter.
6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the muffin comes out clean.
7. Let cool on a wire rack on top of a baking sheet.
8. While the muffins are cooling, make the lemon syrup in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir together the lemon juice and sugar and lemon zest until the sugar is completely dissolved.
9. Once dissolved, continue to cook for 3 more minutes. Remove from the heat.
10. Brush the top of the muffins with the lemon syrup. Let the syrup soak into the muffins and brush again. Let the muffins cool completely.
11. To make the lemon glaze, in a small bowl, whisk together the confectioners’ sugar and 2-3 tablespoons of the lemon juice. The mixture should be thick but pourable. Add up to another tablespoon of lemon juice if the mixture is too stiff.
12. Pour the lemon glaze over the top of each muffin. Place a piece of lemon zest on each muffin.
13. Let the lemon glaze harden, about 15 minutes, before serving.

Yields: 18 muffins
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Challenge post 1: List 20 random facts about yourself

1. I'm a little addicted when it comes to good coffee
2. I love spring and summer
3. The only things I like about winter is skating outdoors and watching snow from indoors
4. The only reason I would want to win the lottery is so that I could volunteer instead of work
5. I don't like to move
6. I love packing for vacation
7. I dislike unpacking from vacation
8. I have not yet mastered the delicate balance of keeping a clean house, as well as a happy marriage. I find one of the 2 always suffers in favor of the other.
9. My green thumb is more like a brown thumb this summer. Everything is not surviving
10. I'm a cat person
11. My husband makes me laugh in the most inappropriate places and situations. He stole my heart by doing that.
12. People think that getting me to drink will bring out a wild side. They don't realize I hide that side somewhere else.
13. 13 has been a lucky number in my life. 12 has not.
14. I love pinteresting
15. I don't love Apple products. I have 2. I didn't choose either. i don't apple..
16. I coupon. Not like the crazy ladies on that show, but it doesn't stop my dear friend F to suggest I appear on the show.
17. I love the smell of lemon and of clean sheets.
18. I love hot yoga
19. I have nice in-laws, and a fab sister in law.
20. My family is the most important thing in my life.

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Friday, June 29, 2012

Hello again :)

Wow it's been a while..
Hello my little blog land, I have thought of you and missed you often.
You know how it is, life gets in the way while you are trying to blog.
Life has gotten in the way..modified some things, and moved some worlds, but here I am. 
Myself, albeit a little changed.

So to get back in the swing of things and make it interesting, I will take on a little challenge.
I saw this gem in another person's blog, so I decided to borrow the idea (I hope she doesn't mind), and make it my own:
My plan is to complete the list as soon as I can.
If you've been a reader of mine for a while you will know that I try not to set timeline goals - because I know life gets in the way sometimes.
But do not worry, I will attempt some diligence with this puppy.
The incentive - I love talking about myself :p

I am nothing if not candid.

The list of things to talk about:

  1. List 20 random facts about yourself.
  2. Describe 3 legitimate fears you have and explain how they became fears.
  3. Describe your relationship with your parents.
  4. List 10 things you would tell your 16 year-old self, if you could.
  5. What are the 5 things that make you most happy right now?
  6. What is the hardest thing you have ever experienced?
  7. What is your dream job, and why?
  8. What are 5 passions you have?
  9. List 10 people who have influenced you and describe how.
  10. Describe your most embarrasing moment.
  11. Describe 10 pet peeves you have.
  12. Describe a typical day in your current life.
  13. Describe 5 weaknesses you have.
  14. Describe 5 strengths you have.
  15. If you were an animal, what would you be and why?
  16. What are your 5 greatest accomplishments?
  17. What is the thing you most wish you were great at?
  18. What has been the most difficult thing you have had to forgive?
  19. If you could live anywhere, where would it be and why?
  20. Describe 3 significant memories from your childhood.
  21. If you could have one superpower, what would it be and what would you do with it first?
  22. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years? 15 years?
  23. List your top 5 hobbies and why you love them.
  24. Describe your family dynamic of your childhood vs. your family dynamic now.
  25. If you could have dinner with anyone in history, who would it be and what would you eat?
  26. What popular notion do you think the world has most wrong?
  27. What is your favorite part of your body and why?
  28. What is your love language?
  29. What do you think people misundertand most about you?
  30. List 10 things you would hope to be remembered for.

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