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Strawberry Goji Muffins

Posted Mar 17 2010 2:28pm
Well!  After all the kerfuffle on my last t/s post , I'm in the mood for a light 'n easy post today. (if you don't know what I'm talking about, click to read the comments).

So, thought I'd show you another muffin recipe I've just finished.  I feel like I'm making more new muffin recipes than is necessary.  But, since they are terrific snacks for the kids, double-whammy reason to keep creating.  Most people like muffins anyhow, right? 

With these Strawberry Goji Muffins, the wet mixture for the muffins is all pureed in a blender (that's my Blendtec you see in the corner of the photo), and then worked into the dry mix.  Every time I've made these, I have a moment of awe at the sheer beauty of the color of the blended mixture.  With frozen strawberries and whole goji berries, the color is vibrant and stunning! 

And then the batter turns a beautiful shade of pink... isn't that lovely?  I try to get every last drop of that blended glory, as you can see to the right. 

So, here's the thing with these muffins.  One of our daughters likes strawberries but not gojis.  And the other daughter... can you guess?  Yep, she likes gojis but not strawberries.  So, I've gotten to telling one daughter that they are goji muffins and the other daughter that they are strawberry muffins. 

One day we were driving and they had the muffins as a snack.  Our middle daughter said "mom, which muffin do we have, strawberry or goji?"   I realized I was in trouble, and thought quickly after a brief moment of "oops" panic.  I replied "Let me see the bottoms.  Turn them so I can see the wrapper on the bottom.  Oh, yes, that one is the goji you have.  Your wrapper had more wrinkles on the bottom.  Yep, you each have the right muffins."   Worked like a charm.  I accept that I won't be able to pull these tricks off for too much longer.  I'll do it while I can... and of course, there's always the baby to work on.  Plenty more opportunities for me to be a crafty lil' bugger.  Self-preservation as a momma!  ;)
From 1935 to 1995, the average weight of "broilers" [chickens] increased by 65 percent, while their time-to-market dropped 60 percent and their feed requirements dropped 57 percent.  To gain a sense of the radicalness of this change, imagine human children growing to be three hundred pounds in ten years, while eating only granola bars and Flintstones vitamins.  (Source: Eating Animals , Jonathan Safran Foer)
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