Little Food for Little People

Now that Comfort and Joy are growing up each meal is a challenge. Gone are the days when I made their meals - either with my body or out of pureed fruits and veggies - and they looked at me like Oliver Twist saying, "Please, mama, some more."

These days we go through stages of not hungry, too tired, too mobile, etc. to eat and I think back with a strange fondness to just being able to pop a boob in their mouths and take care of dinner. I never had to wonder what to fix for them. But, alas, they grow up and we all needed better sleep and so there hasn't been any breastfeeding in our house for a year now. 

So it is with constant experimentation that I look to find the perfect breakfast food. Last summer I found a recipe on a mommy blog and made it the next day because it met all of my criteria for perfection.
  1. Inexpensive to make.
  2. Did not come from a mix and did not contain high fructose corn syrup.
  3. Used honey or other natural sweeteners [we were noticing a, shall we say, unfortunate behavior issue that we thought might be due the sugar 'highs'.]
The next morning we sat down at the table and the girls looked at the muffins as if they were from another planet. They never touched them. I don't know what clued them in to the 'differentness' but somehow they knew. We tried again the next day, but had the same results. I liked the muffins but that wasn't the point.

Back to the drawing board and along the way, thanks to the coupons in the paper I had several boxes of muffin mix and a new mini-muffin pan. I made a batch of Betty Crocker Blueberry Muffins in this tiny tin and - you guessed it - Comfort and Joy practically ate their body weight in these the next day. In fact, each time I have used a box muffin mix and the mini-muffin tin they have eaten the results. However, if I have made muffins from scratch they have not. In their defense, I haven't wanted to eat the last batch either. Allrecipes dot com should pull that one because it was seriously defective:)

And now we are on the search for the PERFECT homemade blueberry muffin recipe. I have dried blueberries that I know the girls like and I want to try them in a recipe. I have a mini-muffin tin that yields tiny breakfast treats that tempt them into eating but I can not for the life of me find the right recipe. If anyone has any suggestions please let me know, we need your Cool Ideas!

2 comments:

March 7, 2009 at 10:17 PM Main Street Mom said...

I have a wonderful blueberry muffin recipe for you here:

http://mainstreetmomcooks.blogspot.com/2008/10/tonight-i-made-2-versions-of-blueberry.html

I got the original recipe from a dear, experienced cook in my church. She made these for a bridal shower. They are excellent!!!

March 12, 2009 at 11:18 AM Stephanie said...

I gotta tell everyone these are excellent!! I went down the middle on healthy/ regular recipe based on what I had in the house and the girls are eating them up and so am I. They are moist and yummy. Definitely not like the paperweights that I made last time. Also, since I bake them in a mini-muffin tin I probably have enough for 2 1/2 - 3 batches. Bookmark the recipe and add it to your favorites because it's a keeper and very much a Cool Idea!! Thank you for the help!!

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