Hello! I am writing to you from the depths of moving boxes upon moving boxes. Actually, that is a lie — we are far from being fully packed here, and we move out in less than a week. (!) NOT PANICKING. Just gonna sit here and eat another breakfast egg and cheese muffin to prepare myself for all the packing and not panicking.
It’s hard to be motivated to pack when we are relocating ourselves to an apartment for a few months while the new house is still being built, but such is life. The apartment is actually pretty great, and it might even be fun to feel like we’re “camping out” for a while. But I know that, come December, I will be itching like no other to move into our new home. Counting down the days.
The school bell might be ringing soon and the sun might be going down sooner and yes, it might even feel a little chilly at night (which I secretly but not-so-secretly love) but you know what? Summer isn’t over until we say it’s over. For me, there are still several weeks left before we can officially say goodbye to this carefree, bountiful season and hello to apples and pumpkins and colored leaves and chunky scarves and eventually to the Season That Shall Not Be Named – though department stores would have you think otherwise with their Halloween decorations and Christmas music already (TOO SOON) — so while we still have these last few precious weeks, let’s soak them up.
Let’s put our feet in the water. Actually, let’s jump in the water with our clothes on.
Let’s drink all the iced coffees and lick all the ice cream cones and get our hands sticky with popsicle juice.
Let’s run through sprinklers and roll the windows down and feel the wind in our hair and perfect our farmer’s tans and check off all the things left on our summer bucket lists. For me, it’s all of the above plus making and eating a few of my favorite summertime-lovin’ recipes from the blog. I’ve got my work cut out for me but hey! There is still time. Will you join me in making the most of it?
First up on this recipe version of a summer bucket list: Blueberry Lemon Muffin Bread. It’s sweet and full of juicy blueberries and fresh lemon and it’s just like eating the season, but with a streusel topping. GOALS.
To say this week is crazy is the understatement of the CENTURY. And I’m not exaggerating (OK maybe I am a little, but stick with me for the sake of story here).
First, our car broke down thanks to a mouse caught in the alternator belt. I’ll spare details. Then, a giant tree in our neighbor’s yard fell down and destroyed our shared power line, leaving us without power for the morning of the hottest day of the year so far in Minnesota. THEN — surprise! — we decided to sell our house this week! We are building a new house just a stone’s throw away, but in the days since we’ve put the house on the market, all of the above things happened amidst a flurry of house showings. It’s all very exciting and stressful and grown-up all the same time, and it also makes me want to drink coffee and wine all at the same time.
But since that’s probably not a good idea, I’m going to eat my feelings with these Strawberry Crumble Muffins instead. Join me?
You think I’m exaggerating, but it’s true. A life without delicious cornbread is a life not lived, I say. And this version, with its flavor infusion of fresh herbs and buttermilk, is tops. It goes with everything, from soup to chili to salad to brats on the grill. It says, “hello, warm weather!” as you’re about to take a generous bite.
No, wait, it doesn’t say anything when you’re about to bite into it, because that would be weird. But you get the point.
I’m taking this moment to better appreciate the pound cake.
I feel like pound cakes have gotten a bad rap in both the past and present. They can be pretty basic, pretty blah in the flavor department and some are as heavy and dense as a brick. Ever tried a dried-out slice of pound cake? Would not recommend. (Even ice cream on top won’t help save it, as I know from experience.)
But this gluten free pistachio pound cake is the pound cake outlier. It’s dense, yes, but incredibly moist and full of flavor. There are three iterations of pistachios in the cake — a ground-up paste beaten in with the butter, chopped nuts folded into the batter and a few more scattered across the top. The thick, smooth icing on top is, well, just the icing on a cake that can otherwise stand out all on its own.
So let’s set aside our pound cake prejudices and dig into a slice of this goodness.
If there is one thing I can be remembered for in this life, I hope it is this blueberry lemon muffin bread.
Just kidding. I hope to remembered for other, perhaps more important, things, but I do also intend to have this bread go down in history books as one of the greats.
That’s not to say this bread isn’t important in its own way. I mean, there are fresh blueberries and lemon zest speckled throughout the loaf that is then topped with the best crunch topping in all the land. To say you need this bread ASAP is an understatement. You, like, NEED this bread.