Monday, May 12, 2014

Star-Spangled Muffins #PickYourPlum #KickOffToSummerWeek2014 #MuffinMonday

When you want to show your love of the Stars and Stripes, these are the perfect muffins. Blueberries for blue, strawberries for red and cream cheese for white. And, of course, just a little colored sugar to finish them off. Pretty and delicious!

Welcome to Day #1 of Kick Off to Summer Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Lauren of From Gate to Plate and Summer of Summer Scraps. With summer quickly approaching and the US holiday Memorial Day in just two weeks, we wanted to make sure you had plenty of ideas for your Memorial Day activities. Each day we will be serving up a variety of different appetizers, main dishes, desserts, decor, printables and more all centered around the upcoming holiday. We hope you enjoy all of these wonderful ideas. Tune in each day starting with Monday, May 12 and ending on Saturday, May 17. We have great prizes up for grabs throughout the week so you will not want to miss out on any of the days! Follow #KickOffToSummerWeek2014 on Twitter to keep up to date with all of our spectacular ideas, recipes and giveaways!

Any kick off is best started on a full stomach and a great breakfast, and, as regular readers know, Monday isn't any old day on Food Lust People Love: It is always Muffin Monday. So, without further fanfare, here are my Star-Spangled Muffins.

Hands over our hungry bellies, repeat after me:

I pledge alliance to the muffin
of the United Straw- and Blue Berries
And to the breakfast for which it stands,
one muffin, under sugar, 
with oatmeal and cream cheese for all. 

1 1/2 cups or 190g flour
1/2 cup or 50g quick cook oats
1/2 cup or 100g sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup or 180ml milk
1/2 cup or 120ml canola or other light oil
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 1/2 oz or 100g cream cheese
1/2 cup or 100g blueberries (fresh or frozen)
1/2 cup, chopped, or 90g fresh strawberries

Optional to decorate: A couple of tablespoons each of colored sugar sprinkles and/or pearl sugar

Preheat your oven to 350°F or 180°C. Prepare your 12-cup muffin pan by greasing it with butter or nonstick cooking spray or lining it with paper muffin cups.

 In a large bowl, combine your flour, oats, sugar, baking powder and salt.

Cut your cream cheese into small chunks and toss them in the flour mixture to coat so they won’t stick together.

In another smaller bowl, whisk together your milk, oil, egg and vanilla.

Pour your wet ingredients into your dry ingredients. Add in the chopped strawberries and blueberries.  (If using frozen blueberries, they can be added without thawing.)

Fold all the ingredients together until they are just combined. Do not overmix.

Divide the batter between your 12 muffin cups.

Sprinkle the tops with colored sugar and/or pearl sugar to decorate.

Bake in your preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned. Allow to cool for several minutes before removing the muffins from the pan and cooling further on a wire rack.


Needing more more Memorial Day ideas and recipes? Check out what my fellow Kick Off to Summer Week 2014 participants are sharing today!  

Our sponsor for Day 1 of Kick Off to Summer Week 2014 is the fabulous Pick Your Plum! We are so excited they joined us today. Pick Your Plum is an amazing deal site that features products from all over the world. New deals occur each morning at 7 a..m. Mountain Time. Some of these fab deals go so fast you might miss out on them because the deals are always so great!

Pick Your Plum features clothing, home decor, crafting, party supplies and other fun surprises! You can follow Pick Your Plum on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter. Today's Pick Your Plum Prize Pack includes TWO $50 Plum boxes full of PYP awesomeness so there will be two lucky winners! Make sure to sign up through the rafflecopter widget below to enter.

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