Thursday, August 13, 2015

BEST BITES: CURRANT + LEMON MUFFINS

Today's recipe includes an AWESOME ingredient I've actually never baked with before, but have always loved: CURRANTS!
currant + lemon muffins


Growing up in Minnesota, we had wild currants grow on bushes near our house. My sister and I would pick them and eat them right on the spot. I was so excited when I found them at the farmer's market recently! They're tart and tangy and pop when you bit into them- kind of like a hybrid between and cranberry and a pomegranate seed:
fresh currants

I decided they'd be perfect to bake with, so I threw them into one of my usual muffin recipes with lemon and they turned out EXCELLENT. Half the batter was in mini muffin tins, half was in regular- both were eaten equally between family and friends :)

Here's what you need to make it happen:
- 1 1/2 cup fresh currants- washed, and destemmed! If I had had more I would have put even more in!
- 1 lemon: both zest and juice
- 1 cup skim milk
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup vegetable or canola oil
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
super easy recipe for currant + lemon muffins. could sub the currants for blueberries or cranberries!

How to make it happen:
Step 1: Preheat your oven to 400 and line your muffin tins with liners. 
Step 2: Combine your dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
Step 3: Mix together your eggs, milk, and oil, and add to the dry mixture
Step 4: Stir in your lemon juice and zest, and gently mix all together with a spatula. I don't like using a mixer for muffins, they always end up kind of tough!
Step 5: Fold in your currants carefully so they don't all burst open!
Step 6: Fill your muffin cups 2/3 full if you want them to have a slight cap, or a little more full if you want the dramatic muffin top look (yes, I said muffin top!).
Step 7: For mini muffins, bake for 20 minutes- for regular muffins, bake for 25-30 (until lightly golden brown)
Step 8: Serve to your family/friends and enjoy!
super easy recipe for currant + lemon muffins. could sub the currants for blueberries or cranberries!

 Personally, since the fruit is smaller, I think these were a lot better in a mini muffin form- each bite evenly guarantees some currant in it!
super easy recipe for currant + lemon muffins. could sub the currants for blueberries or cranberries!


Have any of you ever baked with currants before? 
Tell me what you've made, I'd love to try the recipe!
xo, lp






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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

RAINBOW DRESSES FOR SUMMER

Commercials may be telling us it's back to school season, but weather.com keeps telling me it's still SUMMER!
The forecast this week is mid-80s, which means there's still plenty of time left for summer dresses- and the best part? Retailers are bring out new fall goods, so most of them are on sale!
So whether you're someone looking for a bright yellow dress or a slightly calmer navy dress- this guide is 100% for you. Pin it or share it with a friend- shopping (even virtually) is better that way, isn't it?
rainbow dresses-  want one of each!




Okay, now tell me which of these dresses you love!
I'm all about Row 3, 2nd from the left!

xo, lp



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Sunday, August 9, 2015

LIFE LATELY: ALL THE SUNFLOWERS. ALL OF 'EM.

I'm about to say something that I know I'll get yelled at for admitting:

I'm ready for fall.

I love pool time and all that jazz- but early fall is the best! I'm kind of ready for scarves and boots and chilly fall air that smells like leaves. Yes, leaves. 
Since the Midwest seasons are like clockwork, I know it's all coming soon - so here's what's good about summer lately:

#1: Okay, so the flowers ARE a pretty solid part of summer..a part that I'll miss in fall! Love this quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson:
the earth laughs in flowers -ralph waldo emerson

#2: Another thing I'll miss about summer is the fun shoes- need a vote on these pink wedges (yay or nay?)
nude wedges

#3: Okay, maybe I'm already talking myself out of fall coming...because now that I think about it...summer has been pretty great. This weekend we went to Pope Farms Conservancy to see the acres full of sunflowers...so. so. so. gorgeous:summer sunflowers

#4: In other flower news, I recently stumbled across Lauren Bamford's "Locals" series. She takes local flowers and puts them in cans of local beers where she found them. Simple, but cool! See the series HERE. 
lauren bamford LOCALS series

#5: This week's recipe is a perfect ode to the summer Farmer's Market- we found currants a couple weekends ago and I made THE best muffins. I mean I know I'm biased, but guys, they're GOOD.
farmer's market currants

What have you been doing to enjoy the last bits of summer?
Anyone out there secretly ready for fall too?

xo, lp




*PSST: For more photos of all the flowers, find me on Instagram! @lpodlich


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