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
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:
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!!
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