What a week it's been so far. It's gone quick for the most part, but I'm EXHAUSTED. I think I was getting used to those cold delays, early releases, and snow days. What am I going to do when spring comes? EGADS!! These 5 day work weeks after all those crazy days are KILLERS!
This week I wasn't sure what I wanted to share with y'all. I'm usually into my junkfoods, but just wasn't feeling the cupcakes/cookies. I've put myself back into my "pinnercising" mode--meaning I hop on the treadmill for my walking, and pin then. I pin so many sweet treats while I'm on there, and then I think...I better pin some exercise ones too. I think they counter each other out, right? The only problem is---I will end up making the treats, and probably not doing all those great exercises.
I had strawberries that I needed to use--and I thought...hmmm.........what about muffins? I need something to make when I'm on the go. I don't know how many times I don't allow myself enough time for breakfast, and then I'm eating my Luna bar at 10:00 (or sometimes my breakfast becomes my lunch). I thought if I made some muffins, I could have something quick to grab on the way out the door before heading into work.
So I looked through my pinterest boards, and my recipe books, and came up with a muffin.
This is what it was supposed to be. It's a raspberry chocolate chip muffin.
Source: Taste of Home
BUT, if you know anything about me or my cooking style---I have a hard time following a recipe. Actually, my husband saw this "funny" and thought that it fit me well.
It's so true. I always think I can make it better. Now, I'm not sure if mine is better, as I never made the "real" recipe. HOWEVER, the muffins turned out pretty yummy.
Here's what I made. It's a strawberry chocolate chunk muffin.
The recipe base for the muffins is very similar. I opted not using orange juice, and instead of a 1/2 c. of chocolate chips, I used half a bag of chocolate chunks. It's close, right? ;) Does it help if it was Dark Chocolate. That's supposed to be good for you right?
Here's the recipe:
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A little step by step--because this is SUPER easy!
Most recipes call for you to combine this in a small bowl, and then add this, etc. I HATE washing all my dishes, or loading the dishwasher, so I cut out that step.
If I'm using my stand mixer, I seriously USUALLY dump it all in at one time ;)
Here's the gooey mess before folding in the strawberries and chocolate chunks.
Add a few strawberries
Fold in (Stir) chocolate chunks
Fill muffin cups 2/3 full. Remember to use liners, or spray with Pam.
Bake at 375 for about 20 minutes.
(I use convection bake on my oven--so it was 350 for 20 minutes exactly)
And there ya have it--a completely different recipe than what I started with ;)
But they are good. My son (who doesn't like ANYTHING) liked them....so they have to be good, right? :)
Happy Middle of the Week friends!! We're almost there! ;)