Saturday, November 1, 2008

A Blessed November!!!

Wow! What an incredibly gorgeous day we're having here in north Georgia! The skies are blue, the sun is shining, the leaves (what are left of them) are finally turning colors, and it's just nice shirt sleeve weather. What better way to start this month of acknowledging and giving thanks for our many blessings, than with a day this glorious!

This morning was cold, though! When I put the 'girls' out about 8 AM the temp was right about 33 degrees (f), and there was definitely frost on the pumpkins this morning! And then I had to go put my car up on the street and get stuff out of the garage so we could pull the camper out today. We're going to Savannah, GA for Thanksgiving week to camp at Skidaway Island State Park, and the camper tires were just too worn to make that trip. So, we had to jack up the camper and take off both tires so hubby could take them to the camper store and get new tires. It was kind of chilly while we were doing that!

But while we were working on the camper, a convoy of about half a dozen pick-up trucks loaded down with furniture came down our street and went to the house down in the cul de sac that just sold. I had already planned on making some apple muffins, so I made a note to myself to make an extra batch and take some to the new neighbors. And I'm so glad I did! They seem like very nice people, and they are campers, too, so we already have something in common.

Anyway, on to the muffins. I have to give credit where due, because this isn't my recipe. I just got it off the blog "Mennonite Girls Can Cook" (you can find a link in the blog list to your left), and I'm glad I decided to make them, because they are delicious!!!

Here's a pic of my first batch, the ones I took to the neighbors. I will tell you though, that the recipe made 12 average muffins and 6 minis, but by the time I took the picture, we'd already eaten 3 of the minis!

Easy Apple Muffins

1 egg
1 cup milk
1/4 cup salad oil
1 cup coarsely grated apple
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Beat egg...stir in milk oil and apples.

Mix in remaining ingredients, just until flour is moistened...batter should be lumpy. Fill greased muffin cups 2/3 full.
Bake at 375 F for 20 minutes...or until golden.
Immediately remove from pan.
Yield...12 muffins

Now, me being the sweet tooth that I am, I made a light powdered sugar glaze and drizzled it over my muffins, but you don't have to do that - they are great without it.

And above is the way I carried them to the neighbors. I printed the leaves and welcome on my printer, and printed the recipe for the muffins on the reverse side, then folded it and stapled it to the zipper bag. Under the plate inside the bag was one of my homemade cards with our names and phone number and a little note of welcome.

It's amazing how God puts people in our path, and sometimes we're ready and waiting for them. I'm glad I was ready today! Everyone have a great, blessed weekend! Becky


English Cottage in Georgia said...

The scenery in your heading is breathtaking. I was soo excited to see a Georgia blog from my google "cottage blog" search.
Oh yeah, I am going to try out your apple muffin recipe. They look yummy!!

T in MD said...

Hello Becky!! Teresa here!You are such a wonderful neighbor!! I wish you were mine!! Oh my goodness! I love Mennonitegirls cancook blogspot & have been sharing it with everyone! My sister made a few things the same day I shared it with her. I love all of your pics! Thanks for sharing those with us!! Hope you & Hubby have a wonderful Thanksgiving trip!! With Love ~ Teresa