Tuesday, June 23, 2009

So good, glistening and meeting on the steps

- These Almond Peach Muffins* I found waiting at home on Sunday, courtesy of friend Leisa who had come by to check on Sophie while I was out of town. Telling her I would like to make them sometime, she emails, "Here's the muffin recipe. It's from a recipe book called "A Taste of the Country" that my dad gave me as a Christmas gift one year. He bought it from the home-economics department at the school where he taught." The recipe is at the end of the post. They are so good, with a toasty almond flavor.

- A late afternoon thunderstorm that leaves plants glistening when it is over.

- Showing up for a 7pm meeting at church, only to find everyone gathered in the parking lot. No one has a key to get in. So we meet on the steps.

* Almond Peach Muffins

1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon almond extract
1-1/4 cups chopped peeled fresh peaches
1/2 cup chopped almonds

In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt and banking soda. In another bowl, beat eggs, oil and extracts; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in peaches and almonds. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups 3/4 full. Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until muffins test done. Cool in pan for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Makes about 12 standard-size muffins.


Lance said...

Hi Lynn,
I love it...being locked out of church! And that's not going to stop what's already planned! With God...all is possible!

Lynn said...

Lance -

Exactly! And it was nice, sitting on the steps among friends. Lovely little breeze after a hard rain, birds singing in the trees...

Jannie Funster said...

lol on the last one. But of course, the church is really all about the people, not the building.

I tried to find the lyrics on a Google search but came up blank about "the church is wherever God's people are gathering, but that's the jist of it. gist?


Lynn said...

Jannie -

True! And we were meeting about new ways to welcome visitors.

TALON said...

Those muffins sound delicious. I'll be making those as soon as the local peaches come out.

I love how clean and fresh everything is after a good downpour. The air never smells sweeter and everything glistens.

You know what they say - you don't need a particular location for a meeting of the minds :)

Lynn said...

Talon -

Wasn't that nice of Leisa to do that? She took some to her mother-in-law, too. I heated one up, slathered on some butter and OH, it was good!

And my entire back porch was wet - a hard sideways blowing rain. The plants back there have been slightly neglected, so I know they were happy to have some pelting rain.

Meeting of the minds - very true!

Maude Lynn said...

Oh, I want those muffins!

Lynn said...

Mama Zen -

They were delicious!

TALON said...

Butter on a warm muffin? It's a little bit of heaven! Now I've GOT to make some muffins in the morning though they won't be this delicious variety just yet!

Lynn said...

Talon -

Let me know what kind you made - love the muffins!

G. B. Miller said...

Sounds like you had a good meeting outdoors. Fresh air and cool night makes for a delightful get together.

Muffins sound pretty good. Wonder if I can substitue Splenda for the sugar.

Lynn said...

Hi G -

I recently had some cookies in which Splenda was substituted for sugar and they were good! I would be interested to hear how they are.