Everyday Mom's Meals: They Will Grow

Sunday, July 22, 2018

They Will Grow

For years we attempted to grow a garden in our backyard. And by we, I mean Adam, and then Alex too. We always got a few things that were edible and usable, but never anything like we hoped. Finally after so much time, money, and water wasted, we gave up.

But the one thing that they can get to grow? Blackberries! Adam planted bushes back when Alex was just a baby, and each year they've gotten a little bigger, and produced a little more. Well, this year, they have gone crazy! They are picking from them every single day...and trying to make sure they get to them before the birds do. Our little feathered friends enjoy them as much as my boys do.

Oh, and this summer Max has gotten in on the fun. You know, picking them and eating straight from the bush? Yeah, he's an expert. "Back-berr-ies Mommy!" He will even sneak them from the bowl in the fridge. (His face always gives him away though!)

So last week when they were out picking in the evening, there were too many to just keep to snack on, so I ended up making muffins at 8:30 at night. Something simple, but oh so yummy to treat my little berry growers.

They loved these. Couldn't get enough. They ate them right out of the oven, for breakfast the next morning, snacks and dessert after supper. Needless to say, they didn't last long.

You can easily swap out the blackberries for raspberries or even black raspberries, (Adam's favorites... and yes there is a difference....he will tell you!) if you happen to have those on hand.

We might not have fresh tomatoes, cucumbers or corn in our backyard, but luckily we have friends who share and terrific farm stands. But we do have berries....so we will make the most of those!

Blackberry Muffins
2 c. all purpose flour
1/2 c. white sugar
3 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 egg, beaten
1/4 c. butter, melted
2 tsp. vanilla
1 c. milk
1 c. fresh blackberries
Decorating Sugar (I used gold)

Preheat oven to 375. Line muffin tin with papers or grease well. In a large bowl mix together flour, white sugar, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. Add egg, milk, melted butter and vanilla. Stir well. Gently fold in blackberries. Fill each well about 2/3 full. Sprinkle with decorating sugar. Bake for 20-25 minutes until toothpick comes out clean. Transfer to wire rack to cool.
Makes 1 dozen.

Shared at Weekend Potluck

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