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Around here one of the surest signs of summer is when one of the kids comes back into the house with a purple face and purple hands! That is when I know the mulberry tree is loaded with ripe fruit and summer has arrived! So here are my Mulberry Recipe Ideas.
I love that my kids will always have the memory of climbing into the mulberry tree and eating their fill of berries in the warm sunshine. I love eating them myself. Usually eating berries from the tree is about all we ever get to do with the berries. There have not been an abundance of berries in year’s past. But for some reason, the mulberry tree this year is loaded with berries. Big beautiful black mulberries! More than we could ever eat! So I tried to figure out what to do with all these berries. First I attempted to make jam. Let’s just say that did not turn out the way I expected. Moving on…everyone I talked to about mulberry recipes suggested that I make muffins. So I dug my favorite muffing recipe out and gave it a shot! Yes! Success!
The muffins were moist and delicious with just the right amount of sweetness. In fact, they were so good I made 3 more batches and will freeze them for an easy breakfast all summer long!
I am sharing my favorite all time muffin recipe. You can make any variety of muffins starting with this basic recipe. For the mulberry recipe I reduced the amount of fruit to 1 cup. Mulberries are bigger than my typical add ins (blueberries or chocolate chips) amd they also have more seeds.
Basic Muffin Recipe:
1 13/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 to 3/4 cup sugar, depending on how sweet you like your muffins
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup butter, melted and cooled
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup mulberries, remove stems, rinse, and sprinkle with a little sugar
1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease 12 muffin cups or line with paper liners
2. In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, slat, and nutmeg. In a second bowl whisk together the milk, butter, egg, and vanilla.
3. Add fruit or any other add ins to the dry ingredients. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and combine with as few strokes as possible.
4. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling each cup to 1/2 to 2/3 full.
5. Bake until golden brown, 15-20 min. Brush with melted butter and serve warm.
Make a mulberry yogurt parfait. Layer vanilla yogurt and mulberries and even granola if you like.
Make mulberry smoothies. Blend up mulberries, strawberries, and bananas with vanilla yogurt to make a quick healthy breakfast. Mulberries are full of antioxidants and vitamins.
Got Mulberries? Now you know what to do with them!
I am gluten free so I was looking for cheap and easy snacks to make. I wanted a Healthy Homemade Microwave Popcorn because frankly I hate all the salt, oil, butter, and other ingredients added to my snack. I like to control what I am eating and I also like to control what I spend. I figured out a life hack to make my own healthy popcorn. This is what you need.
2) Brown bag I got 50 of them for $1.00
3) Popcorn kernels $1.97
4) Measuring cup
5) Clip that doesn’t have metal (hair clips work or take the metal off of those plastic hangers like I did)
6) Optional salt, pepper, cheese, chili pepper flakes etc
The first things you want to do is open the brown bag and the bag containing the popcorn. Then measure out 1/2 cup of kernels. Place those in the brown bag. Then clip the brown bag. Place the folded part face down in the microwave. Then turn on the popcorn feature of your microwave. If you do not have a popcorn feature go ahead and try microwaving for two minutes. This is cooking, so stay in the room while microwaving your popcorn just in case. The brown bag can be used multiple times so you can make different flavors for everyone in your house. Then once the healthy microwave popcorn has popped go ahead and pour it in a bowl to cool a little bit prior to serving.
Microwave popcorn without a bag
If you do not have a brown bag do not worry you can take a microwave safe bowl. Put 1/4 cup of popcorn in the bowl. Then place the plate on top of the bowl. Set your microwave for 2 minutes and 45 seconds.
Recipes you can make with popcorn
I LOVE my crock pot. I use it at least twice a week. One of my favorite things to use my crock pot for is for appetizers. I make all kind of yummy treats in my crock pot, and this week I made Crock Pot Cheese Dip which is the perfect blend of cheese, bacon, and spice. This dip is great with crackers, chips, or veggies. It was a big hit with guests that I had in my home over the weekend, so I wanted to share it with you guys! This Crock Pot Cheese Dip is super easy to make (It’s a set it and forget it recipe for sure). Let’s check out how to make it!Continue reading
Prepare a delicious snack that will satisfy your sweet tooth and power you up for your activities. This Mixed Berry Peanut Butter Granola Recipe is super easy to prepare and you don’t need to bake it. The great thing is they’re high in fiber and protein making these the perfect energy bites for everyone.Continue reading
I am going to be honest here… I am pregnant. I am trying to make healthy choices, but it is getting harder and harder to resist when a when indulging my not-so-healthy cravings. It is not always easy. Sometimes you just need something decadent. I decided to try satisfy my sweets craving with a dessert pizza. This Banana Nutella Pizza Recipe is just what I need and it’s so delicious and easy to prepare.
So I was watching TV while on a blogging break earlier this morning and something got me thinking, why is there SO much crap in our food lately!? It seems like there are more and more things that have ingredients that I can pronounce. With that in mind, and remembering that it was taco night, I thought I would ditch the premade stuff and try to make everything from scratch. So that meant ditching the taco kit and learning to season my own taco meat. And I must say, I think my tacos taste better now then they did when I was using the packaged spices so I thought I would share the recipe with you. The best part? This Homemade Weight Watchers Taco Seasoning Recipe is 0 Points Plus! Woohoo! Continue reading