Thursday, March 28, 2013

Cranberry Orange Muffins

Ever since the hubby got us a fancy cappuchino machine last year, a friend of ours has been stopping by on occasion for a couple cups of Joe before heading into work. I just LOVE that! (even the though last time he came, the hubby forgot to tell me and I answered the door to my messy house with PJs on - good one, sweetie!). He usually stops by with Panera goodies in hand, but this morning, we told him to just bring himself and that I'd be providing the breakfast treats. So what does he do? He brings us these gorgeous fresh eggs that his hens laid just last week. Looks like the Easter Bunny paid us an early visit this year! Thank you thank you thank you, Easter Vinny! :)


Perfect timing because I had JUST used up the rest of my eggs making this mess! Decided to make not one, not two, but THREE different kinds of muffins this morning, 'cause when I go, I like to go large! I was excited about baking this morning, so I actually woke up at 6:45am to get jump on things. Luckily I did, because guess what?!?!? I ran out of baking powder - like not even enough for one batch so off to the store I ran. DOH!


I was excited to try a new twist to my favorite MOMables Easy & Delicious Blueberry Muffins recipe: Cranberry Orange Muffins and I have to say, they were my FAVORITE yet! And our friend Vinny agreed, as did the hubs. Gotta find out what the girls think as they just had their usual blueberry variety.


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I just followed the recipe for MOMables Easy & Delicious Blueberry Muffins and added 2 Tbsp of wheat germ, 2 Tbsp of ground flax seed, 1 cup dried cranberries soaked in hot water for about 10 minutes to plump up and soften (and drained), and 1 orange, peeled and chopped up. That's it! And baked in my convection oven, they came out perfectly crispy on the outside and soft and moist on the inside.


Here's what was left of my morning of muffin madness after gobbling some up, sending some along with Vinny and packaging some up to send along to the girls' teachers for a little morning treat. Blueberry, Raspberry, Cranberry Orange trifecta of muffins. Which one sounds good to you? Be sure to check out my Muffins Galore! post for more variations.


I'll leave a few more out to nibble on and freeze the rest for future use in quick breakfasts, snacks and lunches. They reheat deliciously just by sticking them in the toaster oven at around 350 for about 10-15 mins. Just as crispy on the outside and moist on the inside - like fresh out of the oven a second time!

Shout-Outs:

MOMables - for sharing so many delicious and healthy recipes with us!

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Christine, aka happyvballgirl :)


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7 comments:

Audrey said...

I love cranberry orange anything!

Victoria Lavender SUNNY in Tucson said...

What wonderful muffins, they look good! Your blog is cute too. I've got one (stupid) question.....how did you go about placing the linky party buttons at the bottom of your post? It looks very nice and I'd like to try this on my blog. Thanks so much, Victoria Lavender

happyvballgirl said...

hee hee! It's quite the combo! :)

happyvballgirl said...

Hi Victoria! Thank you and awww, thank you! :) And not a stupid question at all. On Blogger (which it looks like you use), copy the button html that the linky host provides onto your post using html. An easy way to resize is to go back to "compose" mode, click on the button and then pick a size. Then go back into html format and change the height=" " and the width=" " fields to the size that you want - i use 150 x 150. Then switch back to 'compose' view to see that it looks the way you like!

and if you don't have a button, cut and paste the picture into your post (in compose mode) and then click the link button at the top of your blogger page to connect a link to it and then do the same as above to resize.

Hope that helps and makes sense!

Christine

Diana - FreeStyleMama said...

WOW! Those look so good!!

anyonita green said...

Cranberry & orange is such a nice combination! :) I bet these are super moist too! Thank you so much for linking up with me this week at Tasty Tuesdays! I’ve pinned this & shared it with my followers! Please be sure to stop back by the party and check out some of the other links!

Kathy Penney said...

Thanks for sharing at All Things Pretty! Pinned these treats to my breakfast board!