Easy Blueberry Lemon poppyseed muffins with cream cheese icing

It’s been a while since I’ve made anything creative in the sweets department (not counting my go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe) but I was feeling inspired by all the fresh blueberries at the grocery. Plus my kids always love it when I make muffins.

I had recently seen a beautifully delicious blueberry lemon poppyseed cake one blogger made for their sweet baby’s birthday. It looked so yummy and it got me thinking about trying to make one for us, just because.. So I went about gathering the ingredients but we had no lemons or blueberries or poppyseeds (which cost a little over $5 btw) or cream cheese for the icing…

I set about my task from another direction, a simpler, more cost effective direction. And it probably didn’t take nearly as long to make my version.

Win, win.

Here is my version of blueberry lemon poppyseed cupcake muffins with cream cheese icing.


Here’s the ingredients I used…

Do you see the simplicity of this recipe?!

All you need to do is get a bowl,

empty in both bags of muffin mix,

Add 1 cup of milk…

Add the zest of two lemons if you’re feeling adventurous (I was!)

Stir it up… pour batter into muffin cups  (it will fill 12)

If you feel even more adventurous, add some fresh blueberries to the tops of each  cup before baking!

Bake according to directions on back of muffin mix bag… don’t burn them!

Let them cool completely before icing with your “homemade ” cream cheese icing!


I left some un-blueberried… some little folks in this house don’t like to be as adventurous…


Put them out on a pretty little plate and watch them disappear!


I don’t think making these could be any easier! Unless you just buy them already made from your new Publix supermarket bakery… ; )

Go try them out! Let me know what you think! What other ways do you simplify your recipes for the win?

Oatmeal Banana Bread Cookies

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I make cookies waaaaay more often than I should. I love making them. I love eating them. They don’t take up too much time to make. Once you have your “base” cookie dough, the possibilities are endless. And, in a way, cookies love you back.

What I mean is, cookies are one of those things or foods that can create feelings of love, and comfort, and happiness. They can help you show love to others in a very tangible way.

I bet you didn’t know that cookies had so many positive attributes. But they do. To me, a cookie is kinda like a hug. (and I’m not really a hug-er)

I feel they can give the same kind of comfort that a hug can… like a big ‘ol plate of warm cookie hugs.

Banana Bread is kind of like a hug too. So these cookies are a double hug!

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Although so full of cookie love, this cookie idea came about from my dislike for banana chips. I found them at Aldi one day and bought them because I had never had banana chips before. And I probably won’t buy them again to eat unless I am making these cookies! To me, banana chips are not so delicious….by themselves anyway.

So I decided to add them into my new favorite oatmeal cookie recipe. It is from the Pioneer Women found here . Her oatmeal cookies are for whoopie pies but they are delicious on their own. And/or filled with frosting!

I also altered the spices in her recipe to make the cookies seem a little more banana bread-like. I added 1/2 tsp ground ginger, 1/4 tsp cardamom, and 1/4 tsp allspice in addition to the cinnamon already in the recipe.

I also used old fashioned oats instead of quick oats. It probably doesn’t really matter. Maybe it does. I say use what you have!

Then you have to break up the banana chips so… do this…
then open the drawer to your … um… neatly organized utensils… and look for that scary hammer thingy.

Do you see it?

(stay tuned for a future post on how to organize your utensil drawer ; )

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I think mine’s a Kitchen Aid… You can find one similar on amazon here! It’s a useful tool, great for crushing ice too!

I really need to organize this drawer!!!

Okay back to the cookie recipe! Next do THIS to the sweet innocent banana chips…
even more than this, like break them into teeny bits…

Get your 2-year-old to help! They love to pound things up!

The banana chips will go in with the oats so maybe crush them up kinda like the size of the oats.

Then once they are mixed up…
admire the adorable baby sitting over there watching your every move…and tell him you will reward his cuteness and patience with a warm cookie… momentarily…

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Scoop them out with your favorite nifty scooper… This one is similar in price to mine. It’s technically called an ice cream scoop but it is perfect for getting consistently sized cookies… I wish I had gotten one a long time ago!!

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and bake them on your favorite baking pan with parchment paper… I got the box of pre-sized sheets and it makes it so much easier to line your pan!

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They will not disappoint you one bit! Slightly crunchy but still chewy.
and if you are feeling cray-zay, try adding in a cup or so of freeze dried strawberries mixed in with the banana chips. So yummy.

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I found them at Aldi as well… in an unusually light (in weight) bag. You will think the bag is empty but it is just full of freeze dried strawberries!
Strawberry Banana Bread Oatmeal cookies….

Boom!
Now, go give someone you love a big hug and a warm cookie! I’m gonna go hug that baby!

Do you experiment with cookie recipes? What were your most surprisingly delicious combinations? Let me know!!

My new favorite Pumpkin Bread Recipe

I occasionally like to cook things…and eat them. My children are picky eaters these days so to cook something extravagant and beautiful sometimes seems like a wasted effort (except to improve my lack of culinary skills). I really do like making food and the process of adding ingredients together to result in something delicious. Oh, there have been plenty of times when the result was not so delicious!

This past February, my thoughtful husband splurged and got me a Kitchen Aid Mixer. It’s aqua and I love it. I love the way it says to me, “Now you can mix anything your heart desires at lightning speed!” I love the way it sits on the counter looking so aqua-y. It is definitely a sweet machine!

Well, since he did buy me such a thoughtful gift, I try to use it weekly. The kids love helping me make things in the kitchen so when they see me scooting the mixer out on the counter, they go straight for the step-stool. Then they struggle over who will get to stand closer to me.  And sometimes we push the mixer right back under the cabinet altogether! It’s always a learning experience for everyone!

Some of my favorite things to mix up and bake are breads and cakes. Today I tried out this recipe I found over at somethingswanky.com. It is a “healthy” version of my favorite bread/loaf from Starbucks. New favorite!

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  Well maybe not too healthy!

But very delicious!

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Until next time!