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"Over-Ripe" Strawberries? Let them make Muffins! 
Sep. 8, 2009 6:02 am 
Updated: Sep. 14, 2009 3:30 pm

This year as the kids approached back to school I made a “New School Year Resolution” which was to include fresh fruit in their lunch boxes this year, something other than shoving an apple in there! So with this in mind I bought small plastic containers with secure lids! I also decided to bake rolls fresh in the mornings instead of just giving them plain Sandwiches (ok I BUY them ready to bake at the supermarket BUT I DO still bake them fresh every morning) and fill them with whatever filling they want, for the boys its usually Nutella, my daughters eat Cheddar Cheese & Salad Cream, Ham, Lettuce & Tomato with Salad Cream, Chicken & Stuffing with (no NOT salad cream!!) Mayo! Amongst other fillings!

For week one I bought a bag of “Pink Lady” apples and a bag of Mandarin Oranges and a punnet of seedless Red Grapes. I then chopped up the apples into eighths removing all the seeds & gave them half each with 4 segments of Mandarin orange and 8 grapes!! They loved it and the fruit “Bowls” come home empty!!

This week I bought “Braeburn Apples”, Green Seedless Grapes and a punnet of Strawberries. Yesterday when I was making the lunches some of the strawberries were very Ripe so I sifted through the punnet to find enough Strawberries to give them a couple each!

This morning when I arrived home from bringing them to school I decided to look here at 

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for a Recipe to use the “Over-Ripe” Strawberries instead of throwing them out! I figured this would also give the kids something else for their lunch box tomorrow & hopefully for the rest of the week (if I can hide them from Hubby!!) I found 2 Muffin recipes that I decided to combine this one: 

Florida Strawberry Muffins 

cos I had all the ingredients to make them (or so I thought!) and this one: 

Strawberry Streusel Muffins 

cos I love streusel topping!!

So I start about following the Florida Strawberry Muffin recipe which stated to chop the strawberries and add ½ cup of sugar and leave to sit for an hour! While waiting for the hour to be up I decided to boil some chicken thighs to make a Chicken & Dumpling Stew in the Crockpot for dinner! (I boil the thighs first so I can remove the chicken from the bone and also so that hubby don’t know that I use thighs in the chicken stew cos he says he don’t like chicken thighs BUT he LOVES my Chicken & Dumpling Stew MADE from Thighs LOL !!!)

The hour is up and I drain the chopped Strawberries from the juice and continue to follow the recipe until I reach into the fridge for the box of eggs only to open it and see that I have only 1 egg while the recipe requires 2!! So I make a quick and frantic phone call to my neighbour to see if she will give me an egg which she kindly does WHEW!! Once the batter is in the paper liners in the muffin pan I make up the Streusel Topping from the Strawberry Streusel Muffin Recipe and dollop a good spoonful on top of each muffin! I pop them into the oven and within a couple of minutes the aroma of Strawberry in the kitchen is heavenly!! 

The muffins are indeed HEAVENLY!! I am sitting here drinking a nice hot cup of coffee and eating a muffin as I type this blog for you!!  I dunno if they will make it into the lunch boxes tomorrow I may have to hide them from myself never mind the hubby!!

As usual thanks for stopping by, take a minute more to just say HI!

Sep. 8, 2009 6:24 am
Hey Girl! We missed ya this weekend! I bet the kids are loving their new ramped up lunches! Sound delish!
Sep. 8, 2009 6:50 am
Hi Trishie...great minds......The 4 year old (5 in two weeks) was NOT eating his lunch that mom sent (pb&j, string cheese, bag of chips & something else I don't remember). I really don't know where she even finds time to throw ANYTHING into the lunch box anyway. I,also, decided more fruits, more variety frem Grandmas house. Made zucchini muffins, carrot cake squares, oatmeal rasberry bars. Also do baby carrots with little container of ranch dressing etc., etc. Aren't we good to our kids? (OR, maybe WE just can't resist those muffins ourself).
Sep. 8, 2009 7:07 am
First day here...off to school she went with a turkey & cheddar w/ lettuce and tomato(from the garden) on a sub roll. Apricot fruit leather, a gala apple, small bag of chips, and a bottled water. I'm too busy canning right now to even think about baking. And btw, what is salad cream?
Sep. 8, 2009 7:12 am
Sounds good, Trishie! It's a rainy first day of school here & DD wanted hot food to munch on during the day. At least it has cooled down enough to do some baking.
Sep. 8, 2009 7:24 am
Hi, Trishie! I am packing all the time for Jake's lunch now. He used to love the hot lunches but won't touch them now. I'm not sure how much of his lunch he trades away though, LOL! Signed, Your #1 Fan!
Sep. 8, 2009 7:33 am
Strawberry muffins?!? That sounds awesome. You would have to come up with Strawberry muffins on a day when I have to run to the store for a few things. I was going to make some Lofthouse cookies and I think I will add the muffins to that. I did notice a void on AR. Poor ole' Patricia is still dealing with you and she as neighbors. Promise, swear, it was by accident. Although when I did notice, I giggled. I always enjoy your thoughts, and sometimes I even learn a thing or two. Love ya'
Sep. 8, 2009 7:35 am
Avon, Salad Cream is just YUMMY! I have added a hyperlink up in the blog! I make the BEST EGG SALAD with hard boiled egg (Chopped NOT mashed!!) and equal amounts of Mayo and Salad Cream!!
Sep. 8, 2009 7:52 am
I should be so inspired! My daughter has asked for a lunch from home many times, but the things I send her off with come right back home, hardly eaten at all. I am also guilty of hiding food ingredients from my hubby. He'll say "Oh, I don't like ______in my _____." He has no idea he's eating it anyway, LOL!
Sep. 8, 2009 8:18 am
The muffins sound really good. I combine banana bread that way because I also like the topping. Never had salad cream that I know of, but since I did live in the UK for a few years I probably did and didn't even realize what that extra special favor was when I was served it.
Sep. 8, 2009 8:21 am
Good for you making healthy lunches... I never heard of salad cream until now!.. Thanks! :)
Sep. 8, 2009 10:43 am
dang! where are the tickets to ireland? wow..i'm so hungry even cilantro and beets sound good. i'm smelling those strwberry muffins from georgia..not fair! great blog!
Sep. 8, 2009 11:13 am
good to see ya back!!!
Sep. 8, 2009 11:18 am
Hi, Trishie!
Sep. 8, 2009 11:36 am
Thank you Trishie! I just got home from my first day back to work since October, and your bolg was just what I needed. Mag
Sep. 8, 2009 11:43 am
mmmmm..........strawberries! Sure, now you give me a great recipe to try and our strawberry season was over a month ago!!! Now I will have to buy the hard-as-a-rock-and-white-inside-shipped-from-California!!!! No flavour to those ones...cuz everyone knows strawberries do not ripen further after picking! they just go mushy! poo.....maybe I will wait till next summer...by the way, great blog...lets see how dedicated you still are in a month! :)
Sep. 8, 2009 12:06 pm
Hi Geranium! Oh Ye of little faith Gitano!!
Sep. 8, 2009 12:07 pm
Oh poor you Mags!! How was your first day back??
Sep. 8, 2009 3:48 pm
Great blog, Trishie! I like the fruit bowl idea for lunches and I like the sneaky thigh idea, too. Now, ye olde bowsie, wtf is a punnet?! ♥ SB
Sep. 8, 2009 4:21 pm
You could be the lunch lady for T's school, you're so healthy!!! What's salad cream? And what's a punnet?? Speak ENGLISH, woman!!! I have a thingie of strawberries that are very ripe, might have to make those muffins tomorrow!!!
Sep. 8, 2009 5:22 pm
Great blog, Trishie! As for the punnet ...it is a small container or basket for strawberries or other fruits. Had to look it up in my Irish Translation Dicitionary :)
Sep. 8, 2009 6:52 pm
I'd love your chicken and dumplings stew recipe! I made dumplings for the first time recently and the whole family actually liked it!!
Sep. 9, 2009 12:22 am
Punnet is a term used in Britain, Australia and New Zealand to describe a small basket for displaying and collecting fruits or flowers. Farmers' markets sometimes sell fruits and berries in plastic punnets. In recent years, the plastic punnet is being replaced by the molded fibre and microflute products so as to encourage the use of renewable resources.
Sep. 9, 2009 3:47 am
I joined Allrecipes this morning and your blog is one of the first I've read. I love your ideas, healthy hints and recipes. I'm from Florida, moved from Plant City, Fl nine years ago...strawberry fields everywhere, so of course my family will love the strawberry muffins. Sounds delish and I will make them today. Move over, Rachael, you have competition.
Sep. 9, 2009 6:20 am
Robbi, I don't have an actual recipe that I use for my Chicken & Dumpling Stew! Me-Me thanks for stopping by, glad you enjoyed it, hope to see you again in my Blog!!
Sep. 10, 2009 12:39 am
Only a very small handful of schools here have a Cafeteria, and they are the top fee paying private schools, so there is NO alternative to a packed lunch! Have I got a spare room??? I have a shed.......!!!!
Sep. 10, 2009 5:55 pm
We live in northern calif where fresh fruit/veg are avail 12 months a year. I often overestimate what I can eat before it gets mushy/overripe. From bananas to berries, apples or peaches (chopped/sliced and toss with vitC or lemon juice), we individually quick freeze (IQF) on a cookie sheet, put in a container, and use year-round in cooking. The overripe bananas are the easiest: just throw the entire thing, peel and all, in the freezer. When ready to use, thaw at room temp and squeeze contents out. As long as you don't need the texture of the fresh fruit, tis delightful to make "fresh" peach protein shakes in the middle of winter. But I digress: back to apples. Pink Lady has the highest sugar content so has a shorter shelf-life when picked fully ripe (tends to get brown in center) but is delightful. Braeburn is a perennial fav, and the list goes on. See "My Sweet Creations" blog here on AR for delightful ideas on caramel apples. The gourmet ones w/choc or sprinkles can go for up to $20US, so makes a lovely, inexpensive, easy gift. I might make your muffins above with raspberries...have lots of them this week. Thanks for the inspiration.
Sep. 10, 2009 6:06 pm
Hope you wont mind me butting in your blog but those muffins sound awsome! LOVE strawberries,its too early for me to start packing any school lunches for my 6 month old baby :) but im definatly gonna try these for me and hubby :) thanks for the great idea! Nice blog too
Sep. 10, 2009 8:59 pm
Oh now that's brilliant! Strwaberry muffins. Now I have incentive. Thanks very much for that.
Sep. 11, 2009 12:01 am
Love your ideas about food ! And, I love your writing style ! Will check back again. I have three sons, four dogs, a parrot and a turtle, to cook for ... whew.
Sep. 11, 2009 1:35 am
pc I have seen "My Sweet Creations" blog about the Caramel apples, my kids would not be allowed to bring them to school, but I have stored the idea for Halloween perhaps!!! Mrs.Alqahtani(Jumana Alshahin) I hope to see you often butting into my Blog!! Spagetty hope you enjoy them!! hotDiggityBlog you have your hands full!!
Sep. 11, 2009 7:13 am
I love your ideas and how you inspire to try new dishes. However, what's up with all the exclamation marks?
Sep. 11, 2009 1:25 pm
Great job! Taking the time to put 'love' into your kids lunches is worth the effort. Keep up the good work.
Sep. 11, 2009 6:35 pm
These recipes sound great! I just harvested some unexpected September strawberries (yes, in Pennsylvania). These might be the ticket. Kudos to you for the fresh fruit and rolls! More parents (myself included) should do that (but my picky kids won't eat it, so they get applesauce and fruit yogurt). :)
Sep. 11, 2009 8:25 pm
Hi Trishie! Just stopping in to read, muffins sound yummy!
Sep. 12, 2009 8:21 am
Love your blog...can't wait to try the straw-muffins - they sound heavenly!!111:D
Sep. 12, 2009 10:03 am
Dear Trishie, this morning I baked your muffins and combined the streusel with the other recipe (plus added a ripe mashed banana) - they were definitely a keeper! Served them with an omelet, juice and we loved them. Just turned on the tv and guess what came on? A show titled "The Land of St. Patrick"....what a coincidence! Thanks for the recipe idea.......
Sep. 13, 2009 6:32 am
loved your blog on the strawberry muffins, thanks for that. To bad they don't have salad cream in the states. I wonder if it's anything like miracle whip. http://brands.kraftfoods.com/miraclewhip
Sep. 13, 2009 12:07 pm
Great idea with the strawberries. Every week I think to myself (while throwing out food that has gone bad....because it was overlooked in the back of the fridge). I never thought of putting the over-ripe fruit into Muffins! My daughter LOVES muffins, maybe also a great way to get her to eat more fruits. She is a picky eater, doesn't like to try new things. Take care, keep up the blogging, I will be back to read more :-)
Sep. 13, 2009 2:31 pm
The muffins sound wonderful! I'm always tossing over ripe strawberries, now I'll have to try this recipe. The sandwiches sound great too! Do you bake the fillings or add them after the rolls have baked?
Sep. 13, 2009 8:11 pm
Trishie,I have two small ones that I pack lunch for.How the heck do you keep the cut up apples from turning brown???
Sep. 14, 2009 5:40 am
I'd like one of those muffins now please! This is the first school year that I haven't packed lunches..my last child leaves for college on Sunday!..kinda sad but won't miss making those lunches. I loved reading in your profile how you almost poisoned your guests and they still let you marry their son!
Sep. 14, 2009 5:41 am
check out my blog...I also try to enter not quite everyday!
Sep. 14, 2009 12:57 pm
What wonderful reading!! You should write a book. I'd read anything you wrote!!!Thanks for sharing your tips and also Thanks for being such a caring Mom. There aren't enough of you out there!!!
Sep. 14, 2009 2:36 pm
Great article! Keep up the interesting posts!
Sep. 14, 2009 3:30 pm
OH,Wow Trishie you are like the rock star of AR or something.I enjoyed you last blog so much I decided to read some of your older ones. Thank you to AR for doing that(putting old blogs up to read) I'm looking forward to reading more of them, maybe one a day when the kids go to school and the babies sleep with a nice cup of tea and maybe a strawberry muffin!
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