Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Try A New Recipe Tuesday: Lemon Poppy Muffins

Good morning friends and welcome to my corner of the web today!
Love Tuesdays!

A few wonderful blog hops brighten our mid week and help me keep 
 my family's homeschooling momentum going! 
Sine this is Holy Week, with the exception of daily read alouds and independent reading, 
piano and violin lessons and the kids' rehearsals at church
 to prepare for the living Stations of the Cross on Good Friday
 and choir hymns at the Easter  vigil, 
I have to say, we're taking a much needed break from routine this week.
We'll be resuming our rigor the day after Easter and plowing through the remainder of this school year's curriculum until we slow things up again around Memorial Day.
Well, that's the plan anyway. 
Then I assess and tackle "what we really need to cover this year but didn't yet"
 and administer their standardized tests.
June's routine is much lighter as we head into summer break.!

In fact, I write about balance, checklists, laundry and grace this week
in my column at Catholic Lane.
If you're so inclined, go check it out,  (thank you!) as well as the inspiration found there. 
Seriously, the writers at CL hit one outta the park every time; I wonder how on Earth they publish me alongside these writers with  teeth!
 But they do and I'm honored.
I reprinted my column for my Memoir Monday post yesterday 
( yup, running a bit low on time! )
 Blogger friends, please look into my Memoir Monday hop and consider linking up!
 I'd love it if you shared your stories with us in the hop!
A few of my blogger friends have linked such amazing reflections
 and I am flattered that they did so......

So, my recipe share for this week~
Lemon Poppy Muffins
Our family is getting set for the baseball season, which begins the weekend after Easter. We're a three sport family and very active in our CYO.
 Soccer in Fall; basketball in winter and baseball in spring.
Two boys generate lots of mitts, bats, helmets, mud, dirty uniforms, 
game and practice schedules and yes, cleats...
You know the drill. We're all happily in the same boat!
And so, we need simple, filling and nutritious foods.....
 Since  we're at the field for many hours 
every Saturday from beginning of April  until end of June,  
we've found these muffins to be a great  breakfast/snack staple.
Making our own is easier, cheaper and less time consuming
 than stopping at 7-11 or a deli for a pick-up  breakfast.
 They're tasty and easily stored in the cooler with
 some fruit and water bottles on the hot baseball field.
 We also rely on my hubby's blueberry muffins 
as well as my Irish soda bread recipe, which I'll be sharing soon.

So, here goes;
There are a lot of ingredients, but you know I'm all for simplicity:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 stick (1/2-cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • finely grated zest from 2 lemons
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
Mix flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda in a bowl.

In a mixing bowl, beat the butter, sugar, and lemon, until light and creamy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing thoroughly. Stir in flour mixture; then add  lemon juice and  poppy seeds. 

Pour into muffin tin; place in preheated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes or so.


I'm  happy to link up with my friends who host these awesome blog hops...
Please head over to  Home to 4 Kiddos for Lisa's Try a New Recipe Hop, 
for their In and Out of the Kitchen Hop,  as well as 
for some wonderful treats!
Please  check out their warm, inviting spots on the web,
 as well as the bloggers who've linked their recipes.

                                              Feeding Big                                                                                              


Tempt my Tummy Tuesdays                                                        

(You know, in the "draft," these badges are all laid out beautifully. Then I hit
"publish" and this happens! Yikes)

Thank you  for stopping in !

Have a  wonderful day!

 Until next time,



  1. These look awesome, friend! Hope you are well. With all of the "busy-ness" and illnesses of late, I feel like we haven't gotten a chance to connect lately. :-( I hope you have a beautiful and blessed Holy Week. Thanks for linking up! I'm sorry I wasn't able to linkup yesterday. Not able to blog whole lot this week. Much love and prayers, Lisa :-)

    1. Hey Lisa, Thank YOU for hosting!
      Don;t worry abt not linking up to Memoir Mon...we can't do everything!
      Have a great week...

  2. so yummy looking! i happen to love poppyseed anything! got to try these!

    1. Thank you, Liz, for stopping in!
      Have a wonderful day :)

  3. Hi Chris, your lemon poppy muffins look quite good indeed! I know you suggested I should join one of your link ups and I think I'll check it out. Thanks for inviting me to join in. May your Holy Week be filled with good food, love and God's abundant blessings!

    1. Thanks Noreen!
      Yes, so many would love your recipe shares.

      Happy Easter,, friend!

  4. Oh Chris, you know the way to my heart, it is through lemon and chocolate. You hit it with one.
    Thanks for sharing with us at "In and out of the Kitchen"

  5. Chris, I am featuring this recipe this week! :-) Congratulations! Please stop by and grab an "I've been featured" button. :-) Sorry the post is going up so late. I wasn't online over Holy Week and Easter. It should go live in an hour or so. :-) God bless, Lisa

  6. Although your muffins do look lovely (did that sound right? he he) I am not real fond of poppy/lemon flavors.....but, would your hubby be ready to give up his blueberry muffin recipe yet? That I'm definitely interested in, and hey, simple is great, I am not a whiz in the kitchen although I try! :)


    1. http://campfiresandcleats.blogspot.com/2013/03/try-new-recipe-tuesday-blueberry-muffins.html


      Link to recipe is above! Thanks for asking. I need to highlight the links within my post so it's more obvious:)

      Thanks for stopping in, Denice!


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