A Peace Offering


On today's menu we have Blueberry Muffins and English Muffins (de-stress muffins). 
For the past week I have not really felt my usual self. I have been super edgy (and not the fashionista type). I have discovered this week, something I have probably known but didn't really think about it, one person's mood really effects the people around them. The "bad apple" saying. I have just felt very blah, no reason in particular, but also all the reason in the world. 


As an individual that works in an office environment, I should know to be more on top of my game. It is great to have a group of work people that you can get along with. I feel it is very important that things run smoothly in the workplace between co-workers. Afterall this is really where we spend most of our time. It is tough to work in a "Negative Nancy" environment. 

     

So, as head "Negative Nancy" of the week I presented my co-workers with muffins for our weekly meeting. Again, for me baking is a time to really get those thoughts out and replace the negativity with the sweet aroma of a warm oven putting the finishing touches of the conductor's masterpiece. Most of all I really enjoy presenting a little something sweet to others. (Especially after having a bit of a sour attitude).


 

Sometimes this dark cloud can really come over a group of people. Sometimes out of nowhere, but other times the reason is staring everyone in the face. I feel it is very important to keep our minds on each other, especially in a time of need, but don't forget about them when the need doesn't seem to be there. When something bad happens people usually step up and try to be there for one another, we have to remember it is good to be there for others even on the good days. Encourage good days!



I found this English Muffin recipe, and it seemed the individual that made them was going through a bit of a blah time. I new I had to make them. This muffin is so light, I could have had the entire batch to myself. When baking them the smell of Christmas came to mind with the nutmeg and cinnamon. Aroma therapy at its best!


The muffins did not really rise as expected, I believe it was because I used buttermilk and didn't add the appropriate amount. However, they turned out really good. They reminded me of miniature breads. Which has given me the idea to make bread for Christmas gifts this year! I have not really made bread before, but I think it will be a great learning experience.



Here we are now the week behind us and another week to come. I pledge to put a smile on my face and make this week better. Hopefully I can outshine the dark cloud. These muffins are definitely a good start! 


Yummy Blueberry Muffins

1/2 cup butter
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 pint of fresh blueberries- rinsed
2 tablespoons of sugar- to top the muffins before placing them in the oven

Preheat oven to 375
Mix butter, sugar, salt.
Add eggs (one at a time), flour, baking powder.
Add buttermilk as you add the dry ingredients.
Crush part of the blueberries, mix them with the batter. Then add the whole ones.
Bake about 30 minutes.



English (de-stress) Muffins

1/3 cup melted butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 cup flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg- add more to taste if you like.
1/2 cup of milk - or 1 cup of buttermilk

Glaze
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup melted butter
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350
Mix all dry ingredients, add the wet ingredients to the dry mix.
Place mix in muffin/ cupcake pan.
Bake for about 25 minutes

Mix glaze and pour over after the muffins come out of the oven.


Enjoy!