Winter officially came.
Last week I stepped outside to do my laundry-
(yes, I have to walk outside to access a washing machine...
yes, even in the winter...
yes, we are grad students...
no, I'm not complaining. :)
I was a little shocked,
Come to find out, weather.com said it was -27 or something with wind chill.
And whaddya know it was also the day I HAD to do laundry AND get to the grocery store
due to the fact that we just arrived back in town the night before.
It was a colder than cold,
Poor baby boy didn't like it very much.
Needless to say, we have come to appreciate warm things around here.
Warm apartment, warm coats, warm mittens, hats, car, bed, etc.
And warm food, course.
Take muffins, for example.
Say...strawberry almond yogurt muffins?
Take one look and you'll already feel cozier inside.
Strawberry Almond Yogurt Muffins
Inspired by Penzey's Spices Catalog
Make 12 muffins
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup white flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
4 Tbsp (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar*
2 large eggs
1/2 tsp almond extract
1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup plain, nonfat yogurt
1 cup chopped strawberries
Heat oven to 400 degrees and line muffin tin with 12 paper muffin cups.
Combine flours, soda, and salt in a bowl and whisk together.
In a stand mixer, cream together butter and white sugar until fluffy. Beat in brown sugar, eggs, almond and vanilla extracts, and yogurt.
Add dry ingredients and mix until just moistened. Gently fold in strawberries.
Divide batter between muffin cups and bake for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned on top.
*Next time I might try decreasing the sugar; they were plenty flavorful with the strawberries and almond extract.