So much for my silly blogging schedule. That worked for all of about 1 week. LOL Things have been CRAZY here. I feel like I barely have time to think...let alone write down what it going on. Let's give this silly schedule one more try. Although I'll admit this time that I KNOW I won't keep it up as much as I had originally planned to. Oh well. :)
Ok...so not REALLY a recipe....but the tip does include some baked goods...so that counts right?! I am normally a "make it from scratch" type of girl. I rarely use boxed mixes of any kind. I like the old fashioned-ness of combining ingredients and coming up with something completely yummy. BUT, here is my one exception:
A few years ago, shortly after DH and I moved into our first home, a dear neighbor (Linda) brought over some blueberry muffins as a welcome gift. They were the BEST!!!! Now, I consider myself a muffin connoisseur, and I had never had a muffin this perfect. Very moist, but still light and fluffy....with the perfect crumbly streusel topping. YUMMMMMMM-O! Well, a couple months after we moved in, we were transferred to Houston with Todd's job. We sold the house and moved to the Lone Star state. And I never had a chance to get Linda's killer recipe. I was obsessed and tried EVERY SINGLE blueberry muffin recipe that I could find but nothing compared. Found some really good ones...but nothing quite like THE muffins. So after about 9 months we decided to move back. Texas just wasn't our thing. (Sorry y'all. LOL) And I got the nerve to call our sweet old neighbor and just ASK her for the muffin recipe. She started to laugh, and made me promise not to tell if she told me her secret. (Guess I'm breaking that promise. Woopsie.) Wouldn't ya know.....they were straight out of a box! Yep, I had spent the past year trying to duplicate Duncan Hines. LOL They are the Bakery Style Blueberry Streusel muffins, and you've GOT to try them. (I get mine at Walmart ~even though I despise that place~ because they sell them in the super mega pack with 3 mixes in a box.)
Okay...so here's MY little secret on how to make these already fabulous muffins absolutely HEAVENLY! (You knew I wouldn't leave ya with just the box muffins, right?! LOL)
CREAM CHEESE FILLING:
- 1 8 oz. package cream cheese, room temperature
- 1/4 cup Sugar
- 1 Egg
- 1 tsp Vanilla or Vanilla bean paste if you can get your hands on some. (It's worth it, I promise!)
- 1/2 tsp Lemon Extract
Make the batter according to the box directions. Then combine all these ingredients with a hand mixer until smooth. Fill muffin tins 1/4 way with batter. Then layer 1 Tablespoon filling and more muffin batter until full. Then sprinkle the streusel topping on. Bake until muffins are just set.
So there ya go....a time saving tip and a semi home-made option. :)
I made the next cut for the Ultimate contest. But just barely, again. I think I submitted with 30 seconds to spare this time. Whew....that was close. There were AMAZING pages in the gallery. I truly have no idea how I pulled it off. The judges must have been tired by the time they got to mine. LOL
So this week's assignment is to do a "freestyle" page. No rules, just scrap from the heart and let your personal style shine through. ACK!!!! I hate this kind of assignment. I need boundaries. Rules. Give me a starting place. Pleeeeeeeeease! To be 100% honest, I've had a really hard time not dropping out completely. It's so fun to move on to each round (and I'll even admit that it boosts my scrapping confidence a teensy bit.) but, I hate feeling like I am trying to out-do someone else. It's completely draining and not my style. Especially when I am up against the girls that blow me away each and every time. So this time I decided that IF (and that's still a BIG "if"!) I do submit something it will just be for fun. Not for the competition aspect. Just a regular old page to check of the "to scrap" list. It will be my style~ heck...that's the style I do best. LOL~ but probably won't be anything fancy. And I WON'T have my feeling hurt in the slightest when I don't make the next cut. Sound good?
And with that, I think I'll sign off. Tonight Todd and I are going to look at some more homes, in the home show, to hopefully snag some ideas for our new house. YAY! It's funny how "house stuff" makes me all giddy these days.