Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Yummy Golden Delicious Apple Muffins

Happy Tuesday, My Lovelies!

This is not my favorite time of year, I must confess.  September is basically the last month of baseball's regular season, and summer is almost over, which basically means many of my favorite activities have either already or are about to come to a screeching halt.

So what's a girl to do?  Bake something delicious, of course!  And if it's also healthy?  That's an added bonus!  Plus, today is a sucktastic day....it's gray and raining.  So after a trip to the library to cheer myself up, I'm baking!

Y'all might have read last week's post about how autumn decor isn't typically my favorite.  I'm just not an orange person, and I'm thankful for all the pretty heirloom varieties of pumpkins that aren't orange.  By the way there seems to be a consensus from those who read the post that I need to add copper to any one of the schemes I choose.  I think I'm copper challenged around here, but I'll see if I can find something in one of the far reaches of our attic because I really like that idea!  Come back next week and see the breakfast room table all decked-out for early fall.

I love yellow and red, so for now I'm using apples in our decor to transition (ever so slowly) from summer into fall.




Because we have an abundance of apples around here, I decided to bake something with apples.  

Serendipitously while perusing the October 2018 edition of Romantic Homes Magazine, I noticed a recipe for golden delicious apple muffins that sounded scrumptious.  The fact that they're healthier without the edition of granulated or brown sugar made my decision to bake them a no-brainer.



Matthew Mead is an excellent source for all things entertaining.  I'm a fan!  So happy to see his contribution to the magazine.


The muffins were relatively easy to make.  The hardest part was dicing one apple into 1/4" pieces, and grating another one.

I love cinnamon.  Cinnamon reminds me of colder temperatures and hot drinks.  I like just about anything baked with cinnamon.




Ta-da!  Don't they look yummy for the tummy!
They are delicious, and so moist!


Our house smells wonderful right now.  Not many things smell as good as baked apples, cinnamon, and vanilla.  

You might be wondering what I serve with these yummy muffins.  Honestly, they don't need a thing, but I have a couple suggestions.



On the right my jam jar is filled with apple maple bacon jam by Terrapin Ridge Farms.  Mr. Sketchy Reader likes the jam on the muffins.
I also treated myself to the flowers.  They're locally grown, so that's three treats today: Library books, flowers, and muffins!  This day is looking brighter already!




I have local Alabama wildflower honey in the honeypot.  Local honey is a must this time of year to help sooth your throat and ease the affects and discomforts of fall seasonal allergies.



My allergy doctor suggested that I add a couple of tablespoons of local honey to my diet daily to help my allergies, and I've found that it works wonders.  Plus I eat less sugar when I use honey in my coffee and tea.



I used my honey dripper and drizzled a little inside my muffin.  Yum!
I didn't get these made in time for breakfast, so this is lunch.  I also made myself a macchiato. 


If you'd like to bake this recipe (it has applesauce (I used unsweetened), maple syrup, and Greek yogurt in it) I found a very similar recipe online at the Cookie + Kate blog.  

I want to apologize about the photos in this post.  Our dining room is the darkest room in our home, plus it's an overcast day.  I really need to invest in a light kit if I continue to share photos of our home.  If you know of an inexpensive yet fairly decent light kit, please share it with me!

What have you been doing so far this week?  Leave me a comment because I'm nosy and want to know what you've been doing.

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Until next time...

Blessings!
Ricki Jill




13 comments:

  1. Sounds wonderfully delicious! I'm pinning to make this when our little diet ends. :)

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  2. These look very good! Believe it or not, we cannot find Golden Delicious in our grocery right now that look worth purchasing...and it's a native fruit to our state!! We need to make a trip to our farmers' market. Pinning, as Mr. P. loves all the ingredients listed!

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  3. Hi RJ -- Before I forget, thanks for stopping by my blog! Yes, the Secret Garden is a favorite.

    Apples are a favorite too and this recipe looks really good. You're right about apples smelling so wonderful when you bake them. And I think your photos are lovely.

    What's up this week? More planning for the England trip and counting down! Doc appointments, and the never-ending process of tidying up, changing out the house for fall, even though I don't want to yet (but I don't want to return to summer things in the house and it's already close to November!)

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  4. Your muffins are gorgeous! And healthy too, that's a win win!
    Jenna

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  5. Oh sounds so yummy. Anything muffin, apples, vanilla and cinnamon I am in!!! Have a great week.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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  6. I've got to bake your muffins, they look delicious and healthy too! We make oatmeal Monday - Friday and I add cinnamon. I love the way it makes the house smell so good. RJ, I think your photography is gorgeous, I don't know what you are doing but I love it. I don't think it's to dark either. I signed up for your newsletter....

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  7. I am right there with you...summer is my favorite, too and I am reluctantly moving into fall with apples. Mine are red, but your yellow ones are so pretty! I may have to pick some of them up. They're a beautiful accent with your flowers and collections.

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  8. i think your photos are beautiful! and those muffins look so good.

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  9. gorgeous photos! the flowers are stunning. Glad you were able to salvage your day with such wonderful treats!!

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  10. Your muffins look yummy and are beautifully presented.

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  11. Yum, your photos are so well done. I do want a muffin.

    I have yellow apples in our fruit bowl too. ;-)

    How about this baseball. :-)

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  12. I think what you do is lovely- pumpkin colors or not!!! Love that you have flowers books and things that make you happy. I do love September because it is when things "kick off" for us around here-moreso than in the summer.
    Happy weekend to you. xo Diana

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