According to my gorgeous sister-in-law, Sunday's are for baking. This past Sunday she shared one of her many recipes. This one caught my eye faster than most recipes usually do because I love muffins. Now, don't get me wrong, I do like to cook - when I have the time AND the energy, but that doesn't happen much (my poor husband). I try not to save recipes for that very reason, but seriously, anyone that's ever been to any of our family functions knows that any recipe Kelsey has is going to rock your taste buds. I'm going to be trying this very soon!!
If you want more amazing recipes to try check out her blog at Blue Cheese Bungalow!
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 60 minutes
Yield: 12 muffins
For the muffins:
¾ cup whole-milk ricotta cheese
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
¾ cup granulated sugar
1 cup of fresh or frozen blueberries
2 tablespoons milk
2 tablespoons corn starch
2 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of salt
½ teaspoon vanilla
Juice of one lemon (3 tablespoons)
For the glaze:
2 tablespoons lemon juice
¾ cup Confectioners sugar
For the crumble:
Zest of 1 lemon (1/2 teaspoon)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted)
3 tablespoons brown sugar
½ cup all-purpose flour
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. To prepare muffin pan, grease or line muffin pan with paper liners.
3. Using stand mixer, cream butter and granulated sugar on medium speed until fluffy.
4. Add ricotta, eggs, 3 tablespoons of lemon juice and vanilla to the mixer. Mix on medium speed until well combined.
5. In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients including flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Stir with a whisk to ensure all ingredients are fully incorporated.
6. With the mixer on low speed, slowly incorporate dry ingredients into wet ingredients by adding only a quarter of the dry ingredients at a time. You may need to stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl. Once all the dry ingredients have been fully incorporated, take the mixing bowl off the stand.
7. In a separate bowl, toss blueberries in cornstarch. This will keep the blueberries from settling in the bottom of the muffin pan.
8. Gently fold the blueberries into the batter. It should take 10-15 big strokes to fully incorporate the berries.
9. Scoop approximately 3 tablespoons into each muffin cup. I like to use a large ice-cream scoop for this. Cups should be about ¾ full.
10. To prepare the crumble topping, combine melted butter, lemon zest, flour and brown sugar in a medium bowl. Topping will be dry and crumbled.
11. Spoon one teaspoon over the batter in each muffin cup.
12. Bake muffins at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
13. Allow the muffins to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.
14. While the muffins are cooling, prepare the lemon glaze by adding confectioners sugar and lemon juice in medium bowl. Glaze will be a thick milky consistency.
15. Once the muffins have cooled to room temperature, place the wire rack over a baking sheet and spoon one teaspoon of the glaze over top of each muffin. The baking sheet will catch the excess that runs off the muffins. Allow the glaze to dry and enjoy!
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To the natural moms, those that carried their babies in their tummies. To the mommas that needed a segregate, because not everyone can carry a baby. To the adoptive mommas, like me. To the birth mommas, some of us wouldn't be what we are without you! To the foster mommas, you do so much and I hope you know how very special you are! To the furbaby mommas, don't anyone tell you just being a furbaby momma is any less special! To the step-mommas, those that don't have to love someone else's child, but do anyway. To the mommas who have lost a child in the womb, you may not exactly feel like a mom, but honey you are, you loved that baby with all you had and that my dear is the definition of mother-hood.
Last, but definitely not least - to the woman waiting. I've been in your shoes, I was there for 13 (long) years. Your time will come. It may seem like forever, but that moment that you hold/hug your child for the first time all of those years will wash away. It will all be worth it. Your heart and soul will get to rejoice in the love of motherhood - just don't give up. It isn't easy, but nothing with worth is. Sometimes you'll want to give up. Sometimes it will feel like you've tried all you can. Sometimes you'll want to shut your heart to the hope and especially to the pain. It's okay and perfectly normal to feel like you're on a roller coaster. You may even find yourself envying your momma friends - don't put yourself down for feeling that way. You're human and you can't be strong every second of every day. You may not even feel strong at all, but I can tell you, YOU ARE. Hang in there lady, keep your head up! One day you'll look back and be able to see how all the pieces were placed together like they were for a reason. One day you'll look back and see just how strong this venture made you. One day you'll be there to support other mommies-in-waiting. One day you'll realize that all you went through makes you appreciate motherhood so much more than you ever would have without it.
I apologize for being late ladies, but I do have a good reason! My two guys took me to Disney for the weekend. We stayed away from facebook, email and texting. The only thing I used my phone for was the Disney app and to take pictures and it was amazing. It felt so good to unplug from the outside world for a little bit!
Boys --- no matter how old they get, they love their toys.
My husband got a new grill and used it for the first time yesterday. Of course, with all the excitement of this new fangled thing I had to get my camera out and capture it being used. It's a Kamado ceramic [smoker] grill. While it's completely different from his gas grill, I have to say - the taste of the chicken after being cooked on it was exquisite! So much juicier than a regular grill. I'm also digging that it's easy to move around and doesn't take up a whole end of our porch!
I can honestly say that until Sunday I'd never heard of lump charcoal before. Have I been hiding under a rock? It's nothing like charcoal that I'm use to, but then again, we've been using a gas grill for six years now! I don't even know if I would remember how to cook on an old grill, unless it's like riding a bike...
Needless to say, I'm digging this particular toy of his!!
We had our first ever Girls Night out here in Jacksonville last Thursday, April the 27th, at Blackfinn Ameripub in the St. John's Town Center. The event was held from 5:30-8:30 and we had a little over 40 ladies that attended! The night was a hit, with lots of laughs, shopping and enjoying each other's company while we networked and sipped on wine. In case you missed it, I wanted to give you a highlight of the awesome businesses that worked with us. Make sure to check their website links below
To check for our future events click HERE! Trust me you don't want to miss them.
Hello! I'm Diona. I am a wife and mother. You may notice I post a lot about motherhood, it's a huge part of who I am!
I love essential oils, Starbucks, hot tea, going to the zoo, being at the beach, traveling (any and everywhere), and having lengthy discussions - I'm a big time talker once you get me going.
I can see the beauty in a mud puddle. I love anything creative and artsy - crocheting, sewing, painting, drawing, graphic design and web design, you name it, I probably do it!
Aside from Housewives In The City I am also a full time photographer with a few other small jobs on the side.