Friday, February 19, 2010

Free Range Friday

While I can't post photos of the process, the morning will be devoted to making chocolate chip muffins for the Treat of the Day, at the request of Lola and Lucy. Maybe I can get Molly to take a photo of the finished product (hint hint), preferably while being eaten by the girls. I seem to be on a mint kick lately and what is better than chocolate and mint together? So I'll put in some of that as well, just to see what happens. Something delicious I hope.

Here is the recipe, taken from a fun site called Mr. Breakfast (who took it from BethH, so thanks, Beth!). A number of comments said there were too many chips...we'll see about that. I'll let you know what the verdict is.

Chocolate Chip Muffins
(12 servings)   

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup light-brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup butter -- melted and cooled
  • 2 eggs - beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 package (12 oz) chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup walnuts or pecans -- chopped
Preheat oven to 400 F. and grease up twelve muffin cups.

In a large bowl, stir together flour, sugars, baking powder, and salt. In another bowl, stir together milk, eggs, butter, and vanilla until blended. Make a well in center of dry ingredients; add milk mixture and stir just to combine. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.

Spoon batter into muffin cups; bake 15-20 minutes, or until a knife inserted in center of one muffin comes out clean. Remove muffin tin to wire rack; cool 5 minutes and remove from tins to finish cooling.

Serve warm.
Yesterday I asked for guest photos and Sue Morris, a friend of mine who comes down pretty often with her family, sent along the following photos, along with the accompanying letter. Thank you, Sue! Wish you could all be here for the Animal Welfare Auction on the 27th.

Hey MJ!  I saw you are looking for photos and thought I would pass a couple along, though don't feel compelled to use them.  They are from the most recent Culebra dog we fostered up here, who ended up taking 8 months to get adopted.  Her name is Zena (which they kept) and she had been hit by a car when AWC got her, then they treated her for heartworm, and finished by getting her spayed and on a plane up here to us.  She had a lot of people pulling for her and she even got to go to our cell dog training program.  In the end she was adopted by a family from southwestern Indiana and the dad drove 8 hours to get her in a snowstorm.  These are pics of her with her new canine sibling (Zena is the blonde), who loves to play with her, warming up by the fire.

Okay, this is shameless propaganda for my agenda, isn't it??

What happiness looks like:

Roses Rescue

Lucky Zena! Lucky family to have her. Be sure to check out Rose's Rescue link.

Have a flawless Friday! Do something frisky.


  1. I love that are what looks like two places for the dogs to sleep - a bed and a blanket - and neither dog is actually sleeping on them classic!

    PS - there can never be too many chocolate chips!

  2. LaMadre, on both are spot on!

  3. Sue Rocks! (You do too, MJ).

  4. Sue does rock! I just AM a rock.