Jensie's church group, The Faithgirlz, met the other day at my house. I knew exactly the lesson I wanted to teach them... My object lesson entailed making these Sweet and Sassy muffins.
We started the meeting off with one of my favorite childhood bedtime stories. My mom, Bobi, used to read this one to me a lot. I must have needed to hear it FREQUENTLY! The story comes out of Uncle Arthur's Bedtime Stories. This story is about a little girl, Carolyn,who is nice at school, but turns into "Number Two Carolyn" at home. By this I mean - she shows love and respect while she's away - but at home she sasses her mom (Sound like anyone you know?)
The muffins we made use the same batter and you just change the ingredients to determine if they are going to be sweet or savory. Just like "Number Two Carolyn" - you can determine if you are going to be sweet or sassy - depending on what you put inside.
Sweet and Sassy Muffins 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 cup sugar 1 egg 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 Tablespoon baking powder 3/4 cup milk 1/3 cup vegetable oil
Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add egg, milk and oil to dry ingredients. Stir until just moistened. Do not overmix. Grease or line muffin tins with paper baking cups. Fill about 2/3 full. Bake at 400 for 15 minutes.
Makes 10 to 12 muffins.
Add in's for Sweet: 1 cup blueberries,1 cup dried apricots, 1 cup chopped and peeled apples, 3/4 cup chopped dates, 1 cup mashed bananas, 1/2 cup canned pumpkin, 1/2 cup pecans, 1 cup flaked coconut, 1 cup chocolate chips, 1 cup peanut butter chips, 1 cup raisins, 1 cup shredded carrots, 1 cup drained canned pineapple.
Add in's for Sassy: 1 can chopped green chilies, drained Small can whole kernel corn, drained 1 cup grated cheese (Cheddar, Muenster, Swiss, or Monterey Jack) 1/2 cup cooked and crumbled bacon 1/2 cup chopped green onions.
We added Chocolate chips to our sweet muffins and Bacon, Pepper Jack Cheese, and Green Onions to our Sassy muffins. The girls loved making them and many even learned a lesson I hope... "Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be" - Abraham Lincoln.