I love Lemon Blueberry Muffins but I’ll get to that in a moment. First I want to tell you about my Artist Interview. I was asked by Amy Komar, an Alaska artist who I met online, if I would do an Artist Interview for on her blog. I said Yes, I’d love to. It would be fun! We decided to trade interviews (I will be featuring Amy on my blog with her artist interview in the next couple weeks…so check back).
I first learned about Amy from discovering her blog titled Artist in the Arctic. I’ve been interested in Alaska for quite some time as I have relatives who live there and one of my best friends is living in Palmer, Alaska. I was enchanted by Amy’s writing from the start which I find to be very poetic. She talks about living authentically and I think she has keen insight…I found myself charmed and wanting to read more. AND her wonderful art is a source of much inspiration to me. I love looking at her paintings with their gorgeous color, pattern and line. I was lucky enough to do an art trade with her. I received one of her beautiful giclees (which I will talk about more when I post her artist interview)!
One of the things she asked me at the end of the artist interview, was to list (9 ) simple pleasures / delights from my day. Ahh, this to me was a special treat and only a kindred spirit would ask such a question!
I love the idea of stopping and taking notice….of being still and treasuring the Now. It is one of the reason’s why I do my An Artist’s Day Notes on my Blog…to stop and take notice and be present! So I stopped and thought about it….What were the simple delights from my day?
And I ask you reader, What are the simple pleasures from your day? Stop a moment and think about it. Tell me your list in the comments.
Below is my list from the artist interview:
1. watching the snow fall softly outside
2. seeing our two border collies play together and having so much fun in the now!
3. smelling fresh baked lemon blueberry muffins
4. getting a letter in the mail from an old friend
5. finding exactly what I need at the store amongst all the people scrambling with their holiday shopping
6. planning a coffee date with a friend
7. loving the look of light blue paint next to red
8. a big hug and a smile from my sweetie
9. feeling the house warm up after building a fire in the wood stove
Which brings me to the lemon blueberry muffins I listed in #3. I love this recipe! Sweet, yet tangy. Yummy, warm from the oven! Drizzled with butter and lemon juice, it’s a warm treat on a cold winter day!
My good friend Heidi (another kindred spirit) gave me the recipe a long time ago. I’ve known Heidi since we did our college internship together at the Seattle Art Museum back in 1981. Heidi loves to bake and she passed this recipe on to me which I will share with you below.
Lemon Blueberry Muffins
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2 Cups Flour
2/3 Cup Sugar (plus 1 T. sugar – save for later)
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 Cup Lemon Yogurt
1/4 Cup salted butter or marg., melted and cooled
1 egg lightly beaten
1-2 tsp. grated lemon peel (I use 2 tsp)
1 tsp. vanilla
2 Cups fresh or thawed and drained frozen blueberries
Grease 12 muffins cups
In a large bowl combine flour, 2/3 C. sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
In another bowl combine yogurt, butter, egg, lemon peel and vanilla until blended.
Make a well in the dry ingredients and add yogurt mixture. Stir just to combine,
stir in blueberries.
Spoon into muffin cups, sprinkle with remaining 1 T. of sugar.
Bake 20-25 min. or until cake tester comes out clean.
Cool on rack 5 min., then remove and cool completely, store in air tight
container at room temp. These freeze well. Makes 12 muffins.
And if you make this recipe, let me know how you like it.