I used this recipe for oatmeal muffins from the 101 Cookbooks blog, with the following changes. Almost 2 sticks of butter sounded outrageous, so I did one stick plus one mashed banana which was nice for moisture and flavor. Also, I had some fresh blueberries, so those went in also. Oh and some almond meal was kicking around in my cupboard, so it went into the streusel topping instead of flour.
Heidi says get the muffins out of the pan as soon as you get them out of the oven so as not to continue cooking/steaming them.Word to the wise: getting them out quickly without losing all of that yummy streusel topping is not for the impatient or under-creative, but Heidi offered no tips. My pro tip is use a knife to first encircle the muffin, freeing it a little from the sides, then use the knife to pry them out a little bit, and finally, use your fingers pluck those hot baddies out of the muffin pan.
We balance out our muffin-induced comas with plenty of action. This was a energetic hour of multi-sporting with some friends that included frisbee, tennis, skateboarding, basketball, swinging, spinning, and some racing around.
Oh! And I would like to introduce you to my friend Con Forza, who is blogging for her 8th grade project at the Ashwood Waldorf School. I am fortunate to be her blogging mentor—she is a good writer and is using the blog to record her many creative interests. It has been a pleasure to offer what little advice I can to such a natural talent.