Wednesday, March 6, 2013

SNOWY DAYS, BAKING AND THE PAINT PROJECT


So I moved on to cornbread muffins.  These turned out wonderful.  I found the recipe in the Williams Sonoma catalog and I tweaked it a bit.  I am sharing the recipe at the end of this post.  Now don't forget, we still have some "chili cooking" weather ahead and these goes perfect with a nice big bowl of it. 

And there was another glitch (isn't there always?).  The fabric I ordered for my new chairs is on backorder and we wouldn't get the chairs delivered until the end of May, which is after Emily's wedding.  So...I'm at square one.  I am taking this as a sign that the fabric may not have been the one for me.  I keep having visions of the muslin slipcovers I have in the family room.  Why not just a darker shade?  The fabric is soft but tough, sort of like denim.  Emily is bringing me home samples tonight.

Good luck to all of you out East where our snowstorm is heading.  Stock up on the hot cocoa, firewood and movies, stay off the roads and let it pass on through.  Now here's that recipe in my own little shorthand.  Email me if you have any questions.

Cheese Centered Corn Muffins

1 1/2 c. cornmeal
1 1/2 c. flour
1 1/2 T. baking powder
1 1/2 t. salt
2 T. sugar
2 t.. chopped rosemary or 1 t. dried
2 eggs
1 3/4 c. buttermilk
6 T.butter, melted
5 1/2 oz. cheese (I used cheddar) cut in 12 cubes

Preheat oven to 400.  Spray muffin tin wells.  In large bowl mix all dry ingredients.  In another, mix the remaining ingredients except cheese.  Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add your egg mixture.  Fold until blended and no lumps remain.  Spoon about 2 T. of batter in muffin well, pop in a cube of cheese and add batter until well is 2/3 filled. Bake for 15 minutes or until edges of muffins are golden.  Cool pan on rack.  Serves 12.

Easy, easy!!  I will see you next week.  I'm joining Debra at Common Ground for Be Inspired Friday and Rooted In Thyme for Simple And Sweet Friday. 

65 comments:

Laurie said...

oh no, so sorry abiut the chairs but like you said, they mustn't have been the ones! Your snow photos are very pretty but quite honestly we have been buried in it all winter and I long for spring, your baking looks marvelous and I WILL try those muffins.I have had some help to my computer and my blindness is no longer an issue, I'm back on go mode for blogging and i am so happy.Your Amaryllis is beautiful.I bought an after Christmas one, (saved its life too) I suppose but mine only gave me one flower, yours did much better! Take care in all the snow lovely lady!

NanaDiana said...

Those muffins sound cheddarly amazing. I find that people either love popovers or don't care for them at all. I, myself, love them and a couple in the family can take or leave them. They are great filled with chicken a la king, too.
I hope you can get your chair dilemma solved before the wedding. UGH I hate when things like that happen.
MyHero would love that you didn't move nails around in the wall- you are his kind of girl! xo Diana

Leslie's Garden said...

Your snow covered patio is beautiful. That table does look like a great big cake! Love the bunny wearing her bunny slippers! So cute!

Beth said...

The muffins sound wonderful!

Gina said...

Those muffins look yummy!

Hopefully your snow will melt quickly.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Lovin' the bunny slippers Jane, I want a pair myself! The corn muffins sound good too! We've had mostly rain, they say we might see up to 3" of snow by tomorrow. I can handle that:@)

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Those muffins look so yummy, a must try. You know I love me some bunny slippers. I can't wait to see the new look you're going for. fondly ~Lynne~

Debby said...

Those muffins look yummy.
Those chairs are driving you crazy. Plan B sounds good for now.
Glad the storm is over. We got lucky and didn't get as much as most areas.
Hope it warms up in a couple of day.s

20 North Ora said...

Glad you didn't get any more snow than you did. That's still an awful lot. It's cool here but no snow.

How aggravating about your chairs. Oh well, I bet you find something you like even better.

Your cooking spree looks so yummy. Bet your family enjoyed it.

Stay warm and safe.

Judy

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

You're right, Jane, we did get your storm. Now it's heading towards New York, where we used to live and my son still is. Your cornbread muffins look delicious. I make a gluten free version that tastes as good as regular. My hubby loves them and I love having them with chili, too. I will have to try adding the cheese to mine. I would definitely look for another fabric, too. I'm sure you will find something you like better.

Barbara F. said...

We have such wicked winds here I feel like Dorothy in Oz! We may be getting several inches tomorrow night, I hope not. Your muffins with the cheddar cheese surprise, wow, have to try those. xo

Diane Mars said...

The muffins look so yummy, I sure hope you see some sunshine soon! Hugs, Diane

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Your patio looks beautiful Jane, we're expecting snow tomorrow into friday. What a sweet little bunny:)

chateau chic said...

Chicago knows how to handle snow. The D.C. area does not. Everything automatically closes. My husband would have loved if I had made some of your yummy looking goodies today!
Thanks for stopping by!
Mary Alice

Cristina Garay said...

Oh, Mary Alice is so right! I'm also in the D.C area and yes, everything is closed and not snow on the roads! :) Crazy!
Those cookies sound good to me!

Sarah said...

Oh, I can't imagine all that snow again, but sounds like you take all in stride. Love the idea of the cheese in the cornbread muffins. They look delicious! But I'm also a fan of popovers. Now that sounds wonderful!

Junkchiccottage said...

Jane,
Oh all your cooking goodies look yummy. I baked yesterday too with it snowing so much outside. I made some cookies that quickly disappeared when my husband got home. Good luck with the painting I am sure it will be so pretty when you get it all done.
Kris

susan@avintagefarmwife said...

I'm not going to even think about those cookies! The corn muffins sound delish and would go perfectly with the taco soup I want to make for a little domino party I am planning for Saturday night. Enjoy the beauty outside your window!

xinex said...

I am glad I am not your neighbor or I might just pop in often to try your baked goodies. That would make me really fat, lol. Look at all that snow! I just missed that but cause the one from last week...Christine

Melanie said...

Can't believe all the baking you've been doing! I love popovers, but I've found that you have to eat them right out of the oven otherwise they're just not as good. One time, my neighbor-friend brought some over that were fresh out of the oven, and she also brought over her homemade strawberry jam to go on the popovers. Now those were delicious! I just printed out your cheesy corn muffin recipe - yum. Love cornbread here. You got a bit more snow than I did out here in the northern 'burbs. We only got about 6". Like you said, no biggie. Streets were perfectly clear today. What kind of camera do you have? If just a point & shoot (like me), just put it on the automatic mode. Good luck with finding the exact color paint you want - the hardest part! There's so many choices. If I were you, I'd take those nails out of the walls. The painter will be using a roller and he's not going to be too happy when he runs into nails! That is a real bummer with the fabric for your chairs. I hope you can find another fabric that you like just as well. xoxo

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

Those cornbread muffins sound soooo yummy! Love the idea of putting a hunk of chedder in the middle!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Jane,
Thanks so much for sharing the recipe...they look soooo good. Sorry about the fabric...what a bummer!!

Blessings,
Linda

Maria Elena said...

Jane, the muffins sound amazing! You guys got so much snow. But it looks so pretty! I hope the weather gets better for you soon. I know what you mean about white paint. I had NO idea there were so many shades of white until a few years ago when my husband built our library and the time came to paint it. It was kins of funny. The guy at Lowe's looked at me like I had lost my mind when I just asked for a can of white paint. I ended choosing "Delicate White" in Satin by Valspar. It has done very well over the years. Enjoy the rest of your week!

podso said...

I guess you have to be prepared for popovers to enjoy them. But I love them. My mom used to fill them with chicken a la king if you know what that is. And I am saving that corn muffin recipe, it looks wonderful.

Your snow is beautiful too but I'm sure you are happy it won't last long, Maybe its your last before spring, And I think muslin sounds like a good idea for your chairs, definitely nice and casual.

Karen said...

I am loving those cornmuffins!! Gonna make them with dinner tonight, thanks for sharing!...

Karen Harvey Cox said...

It's snowing now. The winds are howling a bit, but we haven't gotten too much accumulation yet.

I hate when that happens with fabric. I ordered fabric to have my couch and loveseat recovered. They ran out of one of the fabrics during the job. So I had them cover the back of the loveseat with the same fabric as my wing chair. It's nice really. Sometimes glitches take us in an even better direction. I am sure your room is going to be lovely when it is is finished.

Thank you for the recipe, and I love your bunny. Does the Easter Bunny have snowshoes? Just wondering.

Happy Thursday.

Karen

Theresa said...

Oh my, sorry about the fabric. I hope you will find something you will be happy with:) Yummy treats scattered throughout your blog... makes me hungry! Have a blessed day dear friend, happy paint shopping! HUGS!

Julie Marie said...

Dear Janie... thank you so much for your email this morning... you are the only one who has emailed saying they miss me, you are so sweet!... I am missing posting and feeling kinda in a funk... love your sweet bunny, in slippers even!... your baking looks delish!... wishing you a beautiful day, and thank you again for being such a dear friend, xoxo Julie Marie

Linda said...

Loved visiting with you! Thank you for the recipe - I am going home Saturday and will be making this while I'm there! My daughter, Summer, used to make the most amazing popovers when she was a teenager. There was a seafood place in Dallas that was famous for their popovers. I haven't had one in YEARS! That may change after reading your post!
Stay warm and enjoy your rescued flower!

Kim said...

Ooooh! Save me a muffin will ya? We are supposed to get more snow tonite. I've been sick all week so I'll probably just hunker down, but gosh I can't wait for warmer temps!!!
xoxo,
Kim

Shelia said...

Hi Janie! Snow? More snow? Wow, I just can't imagine being so cold so long but your snaps are so pretty. Love the sound of those little muffins and your little bunny things! I'm sorry to hear this about your chairs but hopefully you'll find some you like even better.
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Lynn @The Vintage Nest said...

Well....if it's got cheese in it....it must be good!!! We got walloped too and spent about 36 hours with no power.....not fun! Stay warm Jane. xo

Olive said...

Hi Jane, I love cornbread and well adding cheese would just take it over the top. I bake mine in a cast iron skillet. I think I would have a difficult time picking out a creamy white but the editor at Southern Living has a good list and I would likely look at his picks. Stay warm. xo, olive

Balisha said...

I love your idea for the new chairs. Remember ...things happen for a reason. Go with your gut on this one.You'll have to live with your decision for a while.
You are a baking whiz...and you ended up with one of my all time favorites...corn muffins. They are so easy to make and so homey. Enjoy the weekend.
Balisha

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

The snow photo is so pretty! YAY for you saving that pretty red amaryllis! LOVE it (my favorite color). Thanks for the recipe. I want to make the muffins this weekend....Trip and Shelley will love them!
The bunny with her bunny slippers is too, too cute!

xo,
RJ

mississippi artist said...

Wow that is a great idea to puit the cheese in the corn muffins-I must try that.Seems like ya'll have gotten lots of snow-it has rained here all winter!

Debra @ Common Ground said...

cornbread with cheese, how yummy can it get?

June said...

You guys have really been getting it there Jane. I am happy to read that it is melting away though. I must say, you know how to make the most of a snow day my friend.
Your new additions to you bunny collection are darling!
sending hugs...

Patty@Lemon Lane Cottage said...

I just made corn bread muffins and they turned out terrible. I ended up throwing them away. I usually love them especially with chili so I will give yours a try. How can you go wrong with cheddar cheese in the middle. Stay warm, Spring is just around the corner. Patty

Claudia said...

Corn bread anything makes me happy, Jane!

Sorry about your chairs - how frustrating that must be.

We got snow last night - about 5 inches or so.

xo
Claudia

Susan said...

We've got your snow Jane! The outside of my house looks a lot like yours, and it's heavy white stuff! I will take your advice and bake, watch movies, have a fire in the fireplace. Your recipe looks amazing!
Good luck with the decorating and painting!

Kelly said...

I've never had popovers before. I'm glad you explained what they're like. We had chili earlier this week. My husband likes to cook and this is one of his favorites to cook and eat! Cornbread would've been good with it. Sorry to hear that your chairs are on backorder and now you're having to start over. Such a hassle! No storms (snow anyway) here but have been watching it on the news for people north of us. We haven't had any substantial snow here in almost 2 years! I would love to have at least one day of it before Winter passes. Doesn't look like that is going to happen though.

Gina Gao said...

Those muffins look really great!

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A N D Y S T Y L E said...

pretty pics ;)

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Oh no! More snow! Yikes! It's dreary here again and I much prefer blue skies rather than everything looking drab and blah. It's amazing how many white colors there are out there. With a gray, yellow or blue undertone it can look quite different. Hope you got the paint sorted out. Good luck with the chairs. I'm feeling the need to rearrange things in my living room again. Have a great weekend. Tammy

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

So sorry to hear about your chair disappointment. Like everyone else, I think the muffins sound yummy! I do love a muffin -- sweet or savory. We got the snow too, and now the rain. This will not be a pretty combination.

Sue (Someones Mom) said...

Corn muffins with cheese in the middle? Who could ask for more! I love popovers, but my husband doesn't like them either. I love that eggy taste and the way melted butter tastes on them. Yum.

It is supposed to be gorgeous here today, with rain tonight. I hope you get some of the warm temps and sunshine! Sorry about the chair fabric, but as you said...maybe it will turn out to be for the best.

Kit said...

Ooooo, your muffins looks wonderful! I will have to try your recipe. :) Kit

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Yum, those muffins have my attention.....love cornbread and cheese....how can you go wrong! Linda

Susie said...

Blondie, I am going to try making those muffins, yum. I'd love the brownies but am cutting sugars, as much as possible. I liked the warm yellow color of your photos. You sure make me wish I had an amaryllis. I did pick up some pansies at the Horton store today, happy-happy. xoxo,Susie

LuLu Kellogg said...

Sorry about the chairs!!!

I have been recovering from a big surgery and am now just getting back to Blogging. I have missed reading all your posts! I have a lot of catching up to do!

My Blog is now private so if I have not sent you a link to it, shoot me an email at lulukellogg@verizon.net so I can send you the link!

Love,
LuLu~*xoxo

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

I get so frustrated with upholstery! Your new plan sounds good though. And the muffins look fantastic! I know so much snow is an ordeal, but it's so beautiful! Stay cozy! Thanks so much for stopping by. You left such a great comment for me!

Carolyn said...

Your patio looks pretty with all the snow and I am sure it won't last long.
Sounds like you have lots of things going on-hope everything falls into place before the wedding.

Thank you for visiting me today!

Carolyn

Heaven's Walk said...

Ohhhhh.....my gosh! Those muffins look sooooo good, Jane! Sounds like you've been a busy gal during those snowstorms. :) Hope that you can come up with the perfect fabric. Spring is coming! It was 50 here today! Yay!

xoxo laurie

Tricia said...

Ohh, those muffins sound so good! I wish the warm weather would hurry up and arrive so I could get outside instead of sitting in the house thinking about food :)

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

Wow! Jane! Just thinking about you and how busy you will be for the next couple months!

Lot's of work, fun and yumminess happening at your place!

Thoughts and prayers for smooth sailing into Spring and on to the wedding day!
~Lynne
w/L.

mmmmm...those muffins...

Carol said...

Good luck with the chairs -- so annoying when you have this vision and idea in your head, but it just won't come together!

Wish I could send you some of our weather this week! Friday, I think, was our last winter blast -- rained cats & dogs & hailed some, too! Then the weekend was beautiful and the extended forecast is for plenty of sun and temps reaching 90*! Well, I could do without it getting that warm so quickly, because I know what will be just around the corner -- SIZZLE time summer!

Carol

Lori E said...

I agree about the fabric, move on, wasn't meant to be. I really hate to wait for things and will often change my mind on something just because it requires waiting.
Those muffins look yummy. Mine are always so dry.
I think it is funny you are painting white, creamy or otherwise.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

That's a lot of snow, sure hope it goes away fast..

The brownies, and everything else look so good...bet they tasted great.

Jen

SmilingSally said...

Ah, Jane, you have such a lucky family to get those chocolate cookies AND the muffins!

I'm certain that your decorating will be gorgeous when you've finished. You always do know what you're doing, even though you may not know just how you're going to get there! LOL

City Farmhouse said...

Great idea Jane, they look so yummy! THought I would share the aging solution, hunk of finest steel wool & vinegar, leave for 2-3 days or until dissolved:). Thank you for your lovely comment! Have a great week, Jen

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Janie, I have been thinking about you and tried to check in on the IPAD. For some reason, the brown background won't allow me to see where it says comments. Not sure why, but I am on Mr. Magpie's computer right now and can see just fine. I had to twist his arm to let me use it, and he did.

Glad you are okay from all of that snow. I think muffins are the perfect treat. Those look really good.

Thank you SO much for your prayers and your sweet comments. I have missed you, and I can't tell you how much I appreciate your thoughtfulness. To say this has been hard is an understatement. I really have to stay focussed not to end up in a greasy heap of tears, but I am trying to remember the good things. The only problem is, that makes me aware of how much we are going to miss him, particularly his mother who tried so hard to have a baby and FINALLy carried him to term. What a blessing he was to everyone who knew him, young and old alike. He will be missed.

Sending lots and lots of love your way...

XO,

Sheila

bj said...

Hey, Blondie girl..sorry I've been MIA as far as comments go. Just got too much on my plate right now.

Speaking of plate..I am going to make these corn cheese muffins and get them on our plate TONIGHT...that hunk of cheese sounds amazing and I can't believe I didn't think of doing it a looong time ago. :)

koralee said...

Thank you for the yummy recipe...must put these on my list to make. Glad your snow is all gone...all I want now are Spring flowers in my garden..not snow. Have a lovely day. xoxxo

Lisa said...

What a beautiful patio! And yummy muffins. You have a beautiful blog.