It's a Dog Tag Wife Life

The musings of a non-conventional, soon-to-be Army Wife

Labor Day = Blueberry Muffins! September 8, 2010

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I will be honest, I am not entirely sure why, but for all long weekends I want to make muffins or some other baked good (occasionally Texas Sheet Cake, I’ve been known to go crazy with banana bread and cupcakes also).  This past weekend was even more special because I was at the beach with the hunny & part of his family.  I know that his family likes blueberries, which lead me to believe it was imperative for me to make blueberry  muffins and haul them down to the beach.  Boy, am I glad that I did.  We ended up having a great time.  I think we both needed some down time after the travels and the craziness that is wedding planning.  Although, I am happy to say the only two things I feel like I haven’t gotten a start on are flowers and a cake.  I’m making appointments for next weekend for flowers, and the cake, well, that will come in time.  But I have to say, when people say they will respond, and don’t, it makes me less inclined to use them.  I know the day might not be important to you, but it is to me so if you don’t treat me well before my big day, how are you going to treat me on what I feel is the most important day in my life ::diatribe over::

Back to the blueberry muffins.  They were a huge success.  This is a fantastic recipe that I’ve used for years and wanted to share it with you all.  I thought that I would add in some pictures to make it a little more interesting and to show consistency of the batter at different parts.

To Die for Blueberry Muffins

(Courtesy of Colleen from Allrecipes)


  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries (I like to add a few extra)
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

Grease muffin cups or line with muffin liners. (The tube on the right are all my muffin liners, I used to bake cupcakes, A LOT)

The ingredients (pretty simple, huh)Combine 1-1/2 cups flour, 3/4 cup sugar, salt and baking powder.

Place vegetable oil into a 1 cup measuring cup; add the egg and enough milk to fill the cup.  (This may be slightly more than 1/3 cup milk, but that’s ok)

Mix this with flour mixture.  This is what the batter should look like.Fold in blueberries.  And yes, I mean fold, not stir violently. Trust me, it ends up leading to a very interesting violet colored muffin without delicious juicy blueberries in the middle.

Fill muffin cups right to the top and sprinkle with crumb topping mix.  The original recipe calls for making 8 muffins but I make 12, this way, they don’t over flow, and you have a nice even dozen.  I use a mini ice cream scoop which I use for making cookies.

To make crumb topping: Mix together 1/2 cup sugar, 1/3 cup flour, 1/4 cup butter, and 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon.  Mix with fork, and sprinkle over muffins before baking.  I use a french pastry blender to mix.  I find a fork isn’t as productive, but works if you don’t have the french pastry blender.  This is what it looks like when you first start blending.

This is what it should look like when it’s ready to be spooned onto the muffins.

You can use all the mixture quite easily.  Feel free to put a generous amount on to use it all up.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until done.

The tops are just a little crunchy once cooled and are best not covered up.  While still delicious, the crispy part will no longer be crispy if they are covered too long.

I hope you enjoy these, I had fun making (and eating!) them!


9 Responses to “Labor Day = Blueberry Muffins!”

  1. Megan Says:

    hmm muffins! thx for sharing the recipe, im going to try it!

  2. Deena Allen Fruchtman Says:

    I love the step by step process and the pictures. They are great. I will tell Daphne about this recipe and the pics. Did she ever tell you about the first time she made a key lime pie in a graham cracker crust? It is a crazy, funny story. She follows directions literally!

  3. Kendra Says:

    These look delicious! I will definitely have to try them out!

    Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting!
    I have tried Rioja wines and love them too! I’m terrible at pairings though.

    • Thanks! They are delicious and super easy!

      Thanks for commenting too! I loved Riojas, but almost any Spanish wine makes me happy. I understand about pairing. Usually, my thought is…does it go well with chocolate 🙂

      • Kendra Says:

        Spanish wines are the best! Tempranillos and Grenaches are my top favorites right now. And here in Europe, they are so inexpensive!

        You sound like me! If a wine goes well with chocolate then it must be good! =) Mmm, wine and chocolate….

      • I am jealous of your access to all those great wines! Half the reasons I love visiting Europe are the wine/food.

        My personal favorite to get me through a crummy day currently, cabernet sauvignon and a slice of layered dark chocolate cake. Mmmm, comfort food…

  4. […] Baking is one of my favorite things to do, and I’m pretty decent at it.  It all started because I didn’t have a lot of friends […]

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