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Life is beautiful whether you're soaking in sunshine or caught in a thunderstorm. I take the beauty of life for granted too often. I have a supportive husband who I don't want to live life without, a beautiful son who is always reminding me of the simple things that really matter, and an independent daughter who is teaching me to throw schedules out the window and live in the moment. My day is made when free samples fill my mailbox. I love discovering a new product and sharing it with others. I hope you will enjoy reading my posts and will share your stories with me as well.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Blackberry Muffins Recipe

We were driving through Gaffney, SC on Saturday and stopped at Strawberry Hill USA.  It's one of our favorite places to stop when we are in the area.  They always have the best berries, homemade ice cream and of course Mike has to get his Blenheim Ginger Ale.  I picked up a quart of blackberries and made a blackberry cobbler on Sunday and blackberry muffins today.  The great thing about this recipe is you can easily adapt it to whatever berries are in season.  I've used blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and sometimes all 3 berries at once.

1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 cup regular oats, uncooked
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup white sugar
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups fresh blackberries

Combine brown sugar, 1 tablespoon flour and melted butter until mixture is crumbly.  Stir in oats and set aside.  (this will be used as the topping for the muffins)
Combine 2 cups flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar in a large bowl.
Make a well in the center of mixture.
Combine milk, oil and egg; add to flour mixture, stirring just until moistened.  Add blackberries and stir gently.
Spoon batter into greased muffin pans, filling 2/3 full.  Sprinkle with oat mixture.
Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until golden.  Remove from pans immediately and cool on wire rack.

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