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Muffins

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 beaten egg (preferably in small fiesta cup)
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup oil

~grease muffin tin (this recipe makes between 10-12 muffins) or line with paper cups.

In a medium mixing bowl, stir together dry ingredients.  Make well in center, pour in egg, milk, and oil.  Gently stir until slightly mixed.  Add a teacup full of berries and lightly stir them into batter.  Spoon mixture into muffin tins, place in oven and bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes, or until lightly golden.

Let rest in pan about 5 minutes then tip out over a wire cooling rack.  Turn them over and sprinkle white sugar on top.  Add a small pat of fresh butter. . . .and watch them disappear.

I made these yesterday and ate one.  When I went back to get another, they were all gone.  I was disappointed until I found one half eaten on the floor of the livingroom, by Caleb’s choo-choo track.  Was is bad that I ate it?

 jam mama. . . .

I haven’t made jam for two years and I’ve been wanting to.  Yesterday I got myself off the couch at about 11 and drove down the road to a fruit and veggie stand.  I bought 4 quarts of fresh native strawberries that were just picked that morning, from a very nice country lady who was sitting with an old old lady behind the produce table. 

Then, we stopped at the grocery store to pick up a bag of sugar, a box of certo, and a case of jam jars.

I got home, cleaned the kitchen, got all my things organized and made two batches of jam.   A batch of strawberry and a batch of strawberry rhubarb.

You should have seen small Grace diving into the warm cup of jam that I set out on the table, with a loaf of soft white bread from the bakery.  She tore of big chunks of bread and dipped the majority of it down into the bright red jam. . . .there is just nothing like that warm, strawberry taste. . . .it’s heavenly.

She called me “jam-mama”.

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I woke up last night at 12:30 and Rich was not home yet so I called him.  His plane had just landed, and he pulled in the driveway at about 1:30.  I had the poor guy up at 5 this morning. . . .needless to say, he’s tired but we’re about to go out with the kids and have fun.  It is so good to have my husband back home!

Happy Saturday to all my friends~

love, Shanda   (jam mama)

33 thoughts on “

  1. That strawberry jam looks deLICious! I don’t think I’ve ever made jam by myself before; I can’t wait to do it some day.YAY for Rich being home. I guess he’ll be good and ready for a nap this afternoon…maybe when you feel your own “sleepy spell,” you can both crash together!

  2. did you buy that cookbook? I LOVE it!
    such a pretty picture of your Jam! I am going to go pick blueberries today for a batch.
    I will be sure to try those muffins…and use a fiesta cup to beat the egg 😉
    Have a great day!  I’m so glad for you that your husband is home…I know how it is to breath that sigh of relief when your family is all with you!

  3. I don’t think it’s polite to post recipes and delicious looking muffins and jam pictures early in the morning before I’ve had a chance to eat anything – not unless you have put some on a plane headed to Oklahoma City! LOLEverything looks WONDERFULLY yummy! Glad your happy family is complete again! Welcome home, Rich!

  4. Good Morning Shanda…..The muffins look delicious. I will have to try that recipe. Now that my oven is working. How convenient…..a fruit and vegetable stand down the road…… 🙂 People come from British Columbia with their fresh fruit and set up stands around the city. I’ve only seen 3 so far. Jam – Mama….cute.
    Have a wonderful day with your family.

  5. “Jam Mama”  I LOVE it!!  I am making those muffins TODAY!  I have fresh strawberries or cherries (kinda different fruit for muffins but I’ll bet it will taste GOOD!)
    I am glad Rich is home.  Hopefully the two of you will get a nice Saturday afternoon nap!
    My hubby gets home tomorrow, I can’t WAIT!

  6. The photos of the jam are are wonderful and it certainly looks delicious! How wonderful to have your dh home safely again…I always look forward to my dh coming home at the end of a day, nevermind how much I look forward to seeing him after a business trip away! ~Colleen~

  7. Yeah Rich is home!  Happy for you!  The jam looks excellent.  I still have not tried to make jam but have wanted to.  Some year.  I hope you have a great weekend!  I’m going to eat lunch and read the rest of my book then I’m going out in the sun to get chores and enjoy the blessing of a day that it is!

  8. i’m impressed – – now we just need the recipe for the jam to go w/ the muffins!!! would love it if you have time ~ my mother in law makes a wonderful strawberry freezer jam… i’m craving it now just thinking of it. don’t know if it’s the same just put in the freezer, or a whole different recipe – – that was one of my very first mother-daughter things w/ her… picking strawberries and making them into freezer jam. i was so nervous though that i don’t remember a thing about how to make the jam!!! 🙂 🙂

  9. @Hutch5 – I just used the recipes included in the box Certo.  I do cooked jam because I prefer seeing it in a pretty glass canning jar.  But, my mom makes freezer jam and she likes the fresher taste.  The directions for both types are included in the Certo box.  (I bought mine in the seasonal aisle at the grocery store.)  Try it!  It’s not as nerve-wracking once you’ve done in a couple times.  I’m addicted now.  I just got done making red raspberry/strawberry jam, and I plan on making peach eventually, when our peaches here are ripe.

  10. Thank you for posting the muffin recipe!!   I’m going to get some fresh berries so I can make some!   It sounds so good.   Oh, and I would have ate the muffin to:)   The jam sounds good to.   I made some 3 years ago, and haven’t made it sense then.   I like the homemade taste of it, it didn’t last long around our house:)  Glad Rich is home with you!   Have a great evening!

  11. There’s nothing better than homemade jam.  My MIL always makes raspberry jam, but I want to try my hand at grape jam at some point.  I’m glad you had a nice day and that Rich is home safe and sound. 

  12. We made muffins the other day, too… with our blueberries we picked ourselves. There’s nothing better! :)I haven’t made jam myself yet. I remember helping my mom make it when I was a kid. I will have to try my hand at it soon.I’m glad your hubby is home. Does he have more traveling to do in the near future? I was sad I didn’t get to at least say hi to you today. 😦

  13. Your posts are just delightful – I’m so glad I found you! (I can’t remember from which friend’s site I bounced to you…?) Your children are precious, and you seem to have such a loving, close family. God’s blessings on all of you, and on your new little one.

  14. OH, that Jam! I can hardly take looking at it! I wish I could reach through the screen and grab a jar of it! Yummy! I have been craving home made jam! What an undertaking!! It does look wonderful! Good job Jam Mama! :o) Hahaha!

  15. those muffins look emmm so good and the jam – luscious!  do you have a good recipe for your rhubarb jam? i’d love to try it, down here we love peach jam – it keeps that fresh peachy flavor if frozen.  looks like you had a succesful day, i love the jam mamma, so cute – you go girl!

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