Wednesday, June 18, 2008


Tonight, Adelaide and I made muffins.

For a long while now I've been waiting and waiting for my daughter Adelaide to be big enough to make with me. I've been collecting up bins and jars of craft supplies - scraps of fabric, papers, ribbon and string. I'm saving up a big jar of laundry lint to use as stuffing for animals and other stuffed things we will make someday. (is this gross or what? I can't decide as it feels like it should be. laundry lint. well, at least I know it's clean!)

Last week Adelaide started to make chalk drawings around the neighbourhood with me and this makes me very happy. Previously, she would just eat the chalk but now shes happy to carry several pieces along with her and every so often she stoops down and makes marks!

Addie's marks look kind of like underwater reeds or twigs so I like to collaborate with her. I will add fish to swim in her reeds, or flowers or leaves to her twigs. She seems to like collaborating with me. Here we are drawing an underwater scene this weekend beside our neighbour Susanna's patio. Susanna is lovely and seems A-OK with the public art projects happening just outside her door. She even took this picture and sent it to us. Thanks Susanna!

Recently I've also realised that Addie really likes "helping" me cook and bake. At 16 months she's still pretty little to really help that much, but I put her up in her little high chair and let her assist me. Tonight we made berry muffins and she loved it! I tell her what I am doing and let her watch me mix together all the ingredients and let her mix and pour a little bit, too. I let her lick the spoon and she was very good at snatching blueberries out of the batter, too. She was pretty proud of our accomplishment!

Here is our recipe for mixed berry muffins. I've been making these muffins for about 15 years now. It's a simple but good recipe, somewhat like berry cupcakes really. The tart berries go nicely with the slightly sweet muffin and they are a nice substitute to cake or when you want a dessert that isn't overwhelmingly sweet. I try to use as many organic ingredients as possible which makes them a little bit nicer, too. 

Fresh Berry Muffins


2 cups flour

2.5 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 cup soft butter (room temperature)

1 cup sugar

2 large eggs (room temperature)

1 tsp. vanilla

1/2 cup milk (room temperature)

2-3 cups fresh or frozen berries - (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, or strawberries)


- preheat oven to 375. f.

- beat butter until fluffy

- add sugar, mix well.

- stir in eggs and vanilla

- in another bowl, mix the dry ingredients

- add half the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, then stir in half of the milk

- stir in remainder of the dry ingredients and then the rest of the milk.

- plop a heaping spoonful of the batter into each of 12 paper-lined muffin tins.

- place berries all over each spoonful of batter, and then add one more heaping spoonful of batter on top. Then place berries all over the very top. (this stops the berries from staining the batter all purple which happens when you stir the berries into all of the batter in one go)

- bake at 375. f. for 30 minutes. Ease open the oven slowly when done, so that the cool air doesn't sink the muffins

- allow to cool slightly, but these muffins are best when warm. and don't forget to lick the spoon!


Ché & Fidel said...

Yummy...the muffins look great and the sharing looks even better. I never expected to experience the "looking forward to" aspect of so looking forward to baking, gardening, painting and exploring with my little one. I'll bake the muffins on the weekend and let you know how they go. x

Shanna said...

delurking to say...i never thought about using dryer lint for stuffing! that's a fantastic idea! i currently live in kuwait so i have to ship out to the States for stuffing and the junk i bought from Joanns is just terrible! When I stuff something th elittle polyester fibers poke out making the fabric look like it needs a shave! I just washed some new towels and I ended up with a lovely shade of pink lint! Oh why did I throw it away!

I remember when I was in middle school i read about a gal who used dryer link to make needle felted doll furniture. i thought that was the coolest thing ever!

Carlene said...

That looks like an awesome recipe. Maybe she can come over and help me, too?


p.s. I love your hair.

kim said...

I've actually tried the dryer lint stuffing thing, it creates a lot of dust when you stuff it, and when you play with it afterwards the dust comes out of the stitch holes. It could be an issue with allergies. If you are planning to make something theat your daughter can throw arond and put in her mouth you may want to try regular poly fill. Whatever the case I'm sure you will have a tonne of fun .

Molly said...

I think this is one of the best collaborations out there in blogland. :)

Anahita said...

I enjoyed reading this post and love the photos! The recipe sounds absolutely delicious. Addie makes such a good assisstant :)

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Robyn O. said...

My kids would do flips over these muffins! I'll have to try your recipe :)

PS. I just wanted to let you know that my little red shoes came in the mail yesterday! They are even sweeter in person! I ordered bigger ones so that my daughter could wear them this fall/winter. Thanks again for sharing where to get them! I LOVE them to pieces! And they were on SALE....yipee

sharilyn said...

ché & fidel - yes, please do tell!

carlene - oh i WISH we could come over and help you! (any chance you are moving to the vancouver area anytime soon?) :)

Kim - i have been wondering about that! I was pondering if it would help to make the bodies of creatures out of a tight weave ticking fabric, or perhaps make a little soft sack of lint and use that along with regular wool or fill surrounding it, if they are large creatures. In my desire to throw less out, i have been trying to find a use for all that laundry lint...

robyn o - yes, i made some of these muffins when I had kids from our neighbourhood over and they were a total hit! oh, you got the little red shoes! aren't they great? i wonder if i should order a larger size for fall, too!

unha said...

isn't it wonderful?

Jinu loves cracking egg in batter.. though, often times, he crushes the whole thing! :)

Little baby A is growing so fast and so cute!

pangabanga said...

she is sooo adorable!! i know that probably a ton of people have already asked you, but perchance could you tell me what make amd model your camera is? i'm shopping for one but i want to invest in something that can actually take great pictures! and your pictures are better than great!

christina said...

it's such a great time when they can craft! i have a drawer full of stuff that Benj has created. he just started to make faces and people-ha!

christina said...

it's such a great time when they can craft! i have a drawer full of stuff that Benj has created. he just started to make faces and people-ha!

ms firefly said...

i love the last part of the recipe - "don't forget to lick the spoon!". :)

you have a very happy baby! perfect collaborator too!

Anonymous said...

oh so much fun!! i am totally waiting for that moment as well!! dreaming one day that siu momo & i can do crafty things or baking together...(or maybe just dish washing!).

i can see addie has your talents!! she will grow into a beautiful artist just like her mommy!!


Sarah said...

Your blog is lovely. So peaceful and serene. I've looked through your past post about Addie...what a sweetie!!!!! I have a five year old named Addie, too, and another little girl-growing QUICKLY 11 months. Anyway...enjoyed reading some of your blog!
Vintage Lily