Lemony Lemon Cranberry Muffins

Muffins on Monday are a good idea.

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On that note, muffins any day are a good idea. The sweet aroma of being fresh baked, the soft cushion center and the slightly crunchy muffin tops … it can leave a girl caught up drooling :D … just saying.

And for the record, in my parts of town we NEED these particular muffins. I need to do my part to trick mother nature into bringing spring our way. On Saturday … there was frost on the ground … last Wednesday, I saw people in open-toe shoes and shorts.

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WHAT THE HECK MOTHER NATURE?! It’s almost May.

And so, I’ve stocked my kitchen with tulips .. fresh citrus and it’s bursting with berries. But obviously, that’s not good enough for me.

I need muffins. And they need to be special. Special enough, to make me want to leave my warm and cozy bed … crawl down the stairs, remove the wrapper and dig in. I know you get it – that’s why we’re friends. So I added an extra punch of lemon, sprinkled some cranberries and well … Mmmmm.

Lemony Lemon Cranberry Muffins

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2 Cups Flour

1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar

1 package Lemon Jello

3 Tsp Baking Powder

1/2 Tsp Sea Salt

1 Tsp Fresh Lemon Zest

2 Eggs

1 1/4 Cup Milk

1/2 Cup Vegetable oil

1 Cup Dried Cranberries

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Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 oc, prepare a 12 Cup Muffin tin.

In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, jello, baking powder, sea salt and lemon zest.

In a medium bowl, mix together eggs,  milk and oil.

Next, stir together your wet ingredients and dry.

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Last, add the cranberries.

Fill the prepared pan and bake for 25 minuets.

Allow to cool and then, Mmmm … taste a little spring weather.

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Stay sweet darlings, it’s going to be a great week!!

Cardamom Chai Date Nut Muffins

You know that feeling you get when you’re grocery shopping and you gaze upon a shiny box of a brand spankin’ new product. Excited and intrigued – – you pick it up, have a read about what all the jazz is about and then pop it into your cart.

Well that’s what happened, when my eyes pondered onto this bad boy.

How great does that sound, Cardamom Chai tea – it’s pre-packaged, not sweetened however it already comes with milk. The idea is, you just add water.

I thought – – cool, maybe it’s like a loose tea. I got home, opened it and brewed myself a cup.

My first observation, it was not loose tea. In fact it was simply a powdered substance. I added the water and at first, no sugar or sweetener. I wanted to see what it actually tasted like at first.

I took a sip. …. Let’s just say, NOT MY CUP OF TEA.

I added a little sugar, to see if a little sweetness could help the situation. It was a no go.

So, what did I like – – I like the idea that there was a strong taste of cardamom…. That’s about it.

And didn’t like? – It tasted like powder. The pre-packaged convenience of already adding powdered milk to the tea did not work well for me. While drinking the tea, I had to continuously stir it, so that the mixture wouldn’t settle at the bottom *yuck*. And even still, after consuming the cup – -there were strange bits at the bottom *yuck*.

I had to try it – – it sounded so good!! Would I buy it again? – no. Well, not to drink it as tea. But as I usually do when I find a product I don’t like – – I made muffins.

And so, Cardamom Chai Tea, turned into Cardamom Chai Date Nut Muffins. And these muffins, well they made all well in the world again.

Cardamom Chai Date Nut Muffins

1 box spiced cake mix

3 eggs

1 Cup warm water

1/3 Cup Milk

1/3 Cups Olive oli

1/4 Cup Cardamon Chai Mix

1/2 Cups Slivered Almonds

2/3 Cups Chopped date + 12 whole to top your muffins

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 oc. Prepare a 12 cup muffin pan.

In a medium bowl, mix together spice cake mix and cardamon chai mix.

Add the eggs, water, milk and oil. Mix until well combined.

  

Add almonds and chopped dates.

Fill your prepared pan and top with whole dates.

Bake for 25 minutes.

Fluffy – full of rich spices – the crunch of nuts and the simple sweetness of the dates. Now we’re talking yum!

Stay sweet darlings

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