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Making Things Easier.

 

Dare I say it ….. but September is just around the corner.

 

*GASP* Slap me now. I know. But with the school days approaching for our family (okay, so it’s still a month away but I’m starting to plan our homeschooling year and get into that fall mindset with each passing day), my brain sometimes feels like it’s on overload thinking of all the exciting, daunting, wonderful but challenging routines we have to fall back into … since we homeschool the bookwork in the morning, my leisurely mornings will no longer exist for yet another school year. I need to start thinking ahead about snacks, food, what makes life a little easier once we hit the books.

 

One thing I know that is a big time consumer for me is baking/cooking/food prep work when I’d rather be working with the girls. I’m sure it’s the same for all of you. Doesn’t matter how many children you have or even if you are just making food for yourself or you and your spouse. Prepping food, baking, cooking, it all takes time. So I’ve come up with a {small} plan to save a little bit of time …

 

~Homemade Muffin Mix~

 

Oh yes, it will be ON HAND and ready to go each day. {Are you asking, “Why not make the  muffins ahead of time?” Oh, I do, but in less than 8 hours, a whole batch of muffins will be eaten by my crew of girls, believe it or not. So this is a daily thing.}

 

 

 

 

Okay, so here are the life saving details for you busy moms.

 

In a large bowl, mix:

8 cups flour
2/3 cup sugar {I added a bit more – depending on how sweet you want your muffins to be}
1/3 cup baking powder
1 tablespoon salt
1 cup shortening

 

Store in an air tight container for up to 12 weeks.

 

 

 

Then when you are ready to make muffins one beautiful sunny morning, just do the following …

 

 

Measure out 2 1/3 cups of the mix.

Add in one cup of milk.

One egg {beaten}

One cup of whatever you want – apple pieces, strawberries, nuts, chocolate chips … whatever flavor you want you muffins to be.

Bake at 400 for 15 minutes or so.

EASY!!

Yesterday, I tried this out – I added chocolate chips – and they are all gone by today!! So today I made more -  cranberry muffins this time – super yum.

 

 

This will make those fall, busy mornings all the more manageable.

 

 

Of course, another favorite way to save time – triple your cookie dough recipe and freeze the batch to just pop out onto the cookie sheet each morning …

 

 

 

Which leaves time for more of this …

 

 

and looking at this …

 

 

… totally worth prepping ahead, in my opinion.

( p.s. Lovie is doing MUCH better today. Thank you for the prayers.)

 

August 2, 2012 - 11:41 am

Amanda Young - Thanks for sharing!! Great idea!!

August 1, 2012 - 11:05 pm

Leanne - Just a quick note about storing the premade cookie dough in the freezer, we found if you roll it in to tube like shapes, wrap them in plastic wrap and store them in a zip lock bag, it’s like homemade Pilsbury dough rolls!! Works great, and you don’t even need to defrost you can cut it into rounds right on to the sheet :)
Just wanted to share :)

August 1, 2012 - 10:41 pm

Tara - LOVE it! If I was at home with the kiddies I would definitely do this!!!