Haiti, the religious life, flora and fauna, and whatever else crosses the mind of this Episcopal sister and priest
Monday, January 21, 2013
Mom's blueberry muffin tips
Working with Mom today to make something yummy. Ah, muffins. I love muffins. Haven't had muffins for a while, either.
Mom knows good ways to modify basic recipes to made a decent muffin a really great muffin.
1. Take basic recipe (below; Better Homes and GardensNew Cookbook, 1996).
2. Grate the rind of one lemon to stir into batter.
3. Substitute 1/4 cup ground almonds (Trader Joe's!) for 1/4 cup of the flour.
4. Substitute 3T Splenda for 3T of sugar.
5. Instead of stirring in the blueberries, fill the muffin pan about 1/4 to 1/3 way with batter. Place blueberries in the center. If the berries don't touch the pan, it will be much easier to remove the muffins and to clean the pan afterward.
6. Put in the rest of the muffin batter, not filling to the top.
7. Cinnamon sugar on the top of some of them.
8. Extra muffin batter goes into the mini loaf pan. Sliced almonds on top!
I began this blog as I prepared to leave for a seminary field education placement in a parish in Haiti, creating it as a way of sharing my experiences and reflections over the summer with people at home and continuing it upon my return.
I finally returned to Haiti in 2011. So much in a short time. I returned to the US in 2013, but something tells me I'll be back. Meanwhile, there is still so much I intended to share while I was there. I hope some of it will make it onto this blog. A piece of my heart is always in Haiti, and I hope some of yours will be, too. Pray for Haiti, please. So much is needed; with God, so much is possible.
Meanwhile, there are ample opportunities for ministry here, and plenty of discoveries to make. There are beautiful things to consider, birds to watch, and concerns to share. And I am never short of curiosity to lead me into all sorts of odd corners. In all of it, God is present. Welcome to the adventure.
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This is a personal blog. Nothing in it is an official statement from the Sisters of St. Margaret, the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti, or any other organization.