I am not a natural hostess. I over think things waaaay to much. I always wish my house was a little neater or that we had time to fix up our house a little better before anyone comes over. My hubby just came over and chuckled at me while reading over my shoulder. That probably means I'm even worse than I'm admitting. I shooed him away. ☺ The funny thing is that I am not a perfectionist by any stretch of the imagination. I'm okay with throwing my shoes into the closet and shutting the door. I guess I just want others to think I am a little neater than I really am. Throw in the fact that I am a homeschooling mom with more on her plate than she can handle at times and the fact that I just plain don't like cleaning much and I'm a hospitality disaster.
Well this week we are hosting my parents-in-law. Needless to say, I panicked. Our normal leftovers at lunchtime that I throw together after homeschooling probably wasn't going to cut it- you know what I mean??? I didn't have time to bake a lot ahead or assemble casseroles so when I stumbled on the idea of making mixes I hoped it would work out. I really like my family to eat homemade as much as possible so I know what's in the stuff they are eating. Here is the recipe for the muffins we had this morning.
I combined flour, sugar, butter and salt. Set aside the amount it calls for to sprinkle on the top and then added the rest of the dry ingredients (I didn't add cinnamon) to the flour mixture. Bagged it up: crumbs were in a small bag thrown in with rest of the ingredients into a larger bag and put it in the freezer until needed. Pulled it out last night so the butter wouldn't be crazy hard and added the eggs, buttermilk, vanilla, and mixed frozen berries to it this morning. I made regular sized muffins instead of the jumbo and got approx. 30 surprisingly light muffins. I think you could throw in almost anything you like to have in a muffin.
My mother-in-law said" Mmm -yeah they're pretty good." That, my friends, is praise indeed.