25 July 2010

Keep Calm

If you've gone anywhere lately, you've more than likely seen a variation of the British WWII "Keep Calm and Carry On" slogan. I'm not sure why it's suddenly caught on the way it has, but I know I like it for its retro graphic quality and the simple yet sensible message (which I'm really considering adopting as my personal motto).

And, of course, with anything that gets this popular, there are imitations and parodies, some more successful than others. I wasn't particularly tempted by any of them until I found "Keep Calm and Carry Yarn" in PopSoupSupplies's etsy shop*. It's actually a pattern you can use for cross-stitch or knitting, and I think it's brilliant. In fact, I think I should take that as my personal motto. Anything that makes the world a calmer, craftier place (not to mention anything that enhances my own calm and craftiness) is a good thing in my book.

Well done, PopSoupSupplies; well done.

*No affiliation with this etsy seller and not recommending them in any way; I just happen to like this one item.

17 July 2010

Hot Mormon Muffins: July Edition

There's a running joke around my house that I always choose the hottest days to bake. It's true, too. I don't know if it's because heat stresses me and baking relaxes me, or whether it's some perverse craving for cookies or bread that store-bought just won't satisfy. At least today's baking had a greater purpose: it's July's Mormon Muffin! Brought to you by Cami (who doesn't look as though she's bothered by the heat), age 33 and mom of 3.

This is also my first MM post using the new camera. I'm pretty pleased with the results--hope you are too (click photos to enlarge).

The goods:

Melting the butter (I'm using the base of a citrus reamer--it's perfect for small quantities):

Dry ingredients (so there really are different shades of white!)

Milk and oil:

The wet ingredients (my philosophy is why dirty a bowl if the ingredients all fit in the measuring cup?)

I'm not a fan of zesting citrus, but I do like the results:

Sugar and lemon zest:

The ingredients come together (did you notice the heart-like blob on top of the flour? I thought it boded well...)

These are definitely the prettiest Mormon Muffins I've made so far:

Folding in the berries:

Ready for the oven:

Twenty-five minutes later:

The agony of waiting for them to cool:

And the triumph of taking the final photo (next step: tasting time!)

The garnishes are a pansy and basil leaves from my garden:

Cami's Bring'em Young Blueberry Muffins

[Anyone else think the name is a little creepy? My notes/changes are in brackets]

2 cups [all-purpose] flour
1 cup [granulated] sugar
1 tbs baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup melted butter
2 [large] eggs [I use free-run]
3/4 cup milk
1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen

1/2 cup granulated sugar
zest of one lemon

[Combine topping ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside.]

Combine all dry ingredients. In a separate bowl combine all wet ingredients. Mex wet into dry. Do not over mix. Fold in blueberries.

[Preheat oven to 350F.]

Fill greased muffin tins or use paper inserts. Sprinkle topping evenly over muffins [about 1 tsp per muffin].

Bake for 20-25 minutes until tops are firm [and tester comes out clean].

My verdict: Awesome. These muffins look good, they smell good, and they taste delicious. The texture is light and fluffy. The topping tends to get all over the place, but who's complaining?

The only change I might make would be to use all-butter, instead of a combination of butter and oil. I'll test it out next time. And there will be a next time.

Want more Hot Mormon Muffins (and really, who doesn't)? Check out my previous posts:

January (Lisa's Priesthood Praline)
February (Amy's Relief Society Raspberry)
March (Kourtnie's Mormon Marmalade)
April (Charli's Seminary Streusel)
May (Tami's Zesty Zion Zucchini)
June (Lynda's Seven Wives Grain)

Photos by Domicile

06 July 2010

Sweets from the Sweet

More pics of my garden, only these ones were taken by my very talented SO. Please do click to see them in their full glory. And you should follow him on Twitter too (he's @AchillesRage). Enjoy!