The past three days have been full of ups and downs. To sum it up very quickly- a fire, a graduation and family gathering, and a devastating tornado. Even though my beautiful cousin's graduation was great, the majority of the news was obviously sad and had me feeling very blue today.
These muffins have been cheering me up since I first staring baking them about a month ago. (Plus I had a big container of fresh blackberries from our Costco trip yesterday.)
The first step, creaming butter and sugar, ALWAYS makes me feel better!
Even though it was pouring down rain, I felt it important enough to make these muffins that Breeze, Dylan and I ran to Braum's to grab an orange.
Here is recipe for the muffins:
|Creaming butter and sugar in the KitchenAid.|
|Orange zest = key ingredient.|
|Muffins pre-baking. Notice the muffin in the top left corner has a pile of sugar on top. Breeze claimed that one.|
I always think it is important to cook/bake with what you have. I ran out of all purpose white flour tonight so I substituted whole wheat flour and added some extra milk. It worked out just fine. The more I experiment, the more comfortable I feel about substituting.
I wish I could give everyone in Joplin, both those affected by the tornado and those helping, a blackberry orange muffin. Instead, I will eat this muffin as my late night snack, continue to pray for them, and take my donations to the school tomorrow.
Good night, all.