Life is filled with yummy adventures and we just returned from a glorious one. We feasted on memorable muffins with our grandkids and enjoyed amazing Washington State.
We flew to Spokane and then drove three hours north, quite near the Canadian border. On our way we crossed the expansive Columbia River. It was a stormy spring day and a perfect day to travel.
Our son and daughter (in-law) traveled to Ecuador for a week. We enjoyed a few days on each end of our trip with them, but most of our time was spent caring for three little grands who live in the middle of no-where, ages 5, 4 and 1. They are each busy, creative and such fun just to watch....
along with our handsome grand Springer Spaniel, Blintzen, who is almost one year old.
|My view from the kitchen window at the glorious lake below their home.|
Our phones and computers didn't work and we filled our days reading stories, playing games, watching classic DVD movies, enjoying long walks and keeping up with diapers, laundry and bath time. Yes, we were "back in the trenches," getting the kids on the 7:15 school bus, making trips to their small town library, doctor's office and country grocery store. My hat's off to all of you young moms who do this all day long. I was long gone by 9:00 PM each night! I'd almost forgotten all that it takes.
Everywhere we turned we saw amazing deer, large herds that live around their home, that are almost tame. We watched them grazing as we waited for the school bus and strolled their neighborhood.
Cloudy skies filled with songbirds brightened our days.
One of the best things about caring for grandchildren is spoiling them. I get to do all the things I wished I'd done more of with my own children. It's so nice to have a second chance to get it all right, not that I really do!
Making early morning Jelly Donut Muffins warm from the oven was a surprisingly fun start one day. They go together easily and make the house smell so good. Here's all you need to do:
Combine dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Add the wet ingredients.
Combine just until dry ingredients are moistened. Ignore the lumps and don't over mix. That's the secret to a light muffin.
Fill greased muffin cups 1/2 full with batter. Add jam of your choice and then cover with more batter to 3/4 full. You can use papers too if you'd like.
Pop your dozen beauties into a preheated 350 degree oven.
Bake until edges are just turning golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes.
Let the baked muffins cool a few minutes before removing from the pan. Brush the tops with melted butter and sprinkle cinnamon-sugar on top.
Serve warm in a pretty basket with some fresh fruit.
Be prepared for cries of delight when your little munchers find the surprise inside. Oh and if you have extra cinnamon and sugar, crunchy cinnamon toast was a big hit too!
Jelly Donut Muffins
- 1-3/4 cups flour
- 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup canola oil
- 1 egg, slightly beaten
- 3/4 cup milk
- 12 teaspoons jam or jelly (I used red-raspberry)
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Combine sugar, oil, egg and milk; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups half full. Place 1 teaspoon jam or jelly on top. Cover jam with enough batter to fill muffin cups 3/4 full. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or till done. Brush tops of muffins with melted butter and sprinkle generously with cinnamon-sugar. Serve warm with lots of love. Makes 1 dozen.