Monday, October 19, 2009

Paper Bag Mixing and Muffins!

Hope your weekend was pleasant? We were in Newport Beach, CA for our daughter's wedding. Lots of fun, but as a result, I missed posting for Saturday. So today I want to share a muffin idea and offer a time-saving tip:

First, the time-saving tip: Get yourself a large paper grocery bag and use it from now on for mixing anything prone to splattering. Open the bag, sit it in your sink. Place your mixing bowl containing contents to be mixed, in the bottom of the bag. Then with your electric hand-mixer, reach in and whip away. All splatters go onto the sides of the bag and not onto your back splash, counter appliances, onto you, or onto the underside of your upper cupboards. The time-savings is in the cleanup--there is none! My kind of work. Try this and let us know what you think.

Now to the muffin idea. I love muffins as much as my friend Becky, loves cupcakes! They're portable, yummy, and so versatile. And did you know just about any cookie recipe can be turned into a muffin recipe? All you need to do is add an extra egg (the binder), a little more water or milk, and a dash more of flavoring (vanilla, for instance). This takes a little experimenting, but give it a try. My grandma's scrumptious oatmeal raisin cookie recipe makes the most incredible oatmeal raisin muffins, for instance. I haven't tried making a chocolate chip cookie muffin yet, but probably will. I'll let you know how it works.

And lastly, another muffin--a ham and egg muffin: So simple, so good, so brilliant! Depending on how many "muffins" you want to make, grease the appropriate number of cups in your muffin pan. Place a slice of thin-cut deli ham atop your greased muffin cups. Gently ease each piece of ham down into its cup. Then pour in a little beaten egg into each ham-lined cup. Sprinkle with a little pepper, maybe a little shredded cheese. Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 7-8 min., or until the egg is set (an inserted toothpick will come out clean). Just watch closely--not real sure on the time. Scrape around the edges with a knife, lift out with a spoon.
These are one of my husband's favorite "grab and go" breakfasts. Try this and let us know what you think!

If you have any favorite muffin suggestions, please share. And also, what do you do for easy and good meals on the weekends? Please share your tips here--remember, we're all in this together. And until next time, here's to making family dinner hour possible!


  1. These are seriously some of my favorite muffins anywhere. Everyone who has tried this recipe loves them! I can't take credit for them though, I got the recipe from Laurie Peterson, who I believe said it originally comes from Annette Flygare!


  2. Thank you for sharing Kristin! I can hardly wait to try this recipe.