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Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

It’s become somewhat of tradition for me to make muffins before our annual trip to Zion. Last year I made blueberry muffins, my muffin of choice. This time, I thought I’d try another one of my fave flavors; lemon poppy seed. I should preface this recipe by saying; I think the lemon flavor is too subtle. In the future I’d double the lemon zest, and maybe even the juice too. That being said, we still devoured the entire batch in two days, so they couldn’t have been too terrible.

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins- Paint the Gown Red

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds

Directions

Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Fill 12 muffin cups with muffin tins. In a large bowl, rub the sugar and lemon zest together with your fingertips until the sugar is moist and the fragrance of lemon strong. Whisk in the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In another bowl, whisk the sour cream, eggs, vanilla, lemon juice and melted butter together until well blended. Pour the liquid ingredients over the dry ingredients and, with the whisk or a rubber spatula, gently but quickly stir to blend. Stir in the poppy seeds. Divide the batter evenly among the muffins cups. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, or until the tops are golden and a toothpick inserted into the center of the muffins comes out clean. Serve and enjoy! (Original Recipe)

What A Wonderful World

What A Wonderful World- Paint the Gown Red

Happy Earth Day! I’m back from my trip to Zion and Bryce and couldn’t feel more appreciative of nature, today. We spent our days exploring hidden canyons, climbing sandstone cliffs and spotting wild turkeys, deer and bighorn sheep. Our nights were lost in the hundreds of stars we gazed upon. There’s endless space to think out there, and I had a lot to think about. I’ve returned relaxed, refreshed and ready. Many more photos to come.

Hoppy Easter

Hoppy Easter- Paint the Gown Red

Hoppy Easter Every-bunny! Are you enjoying your brunches, Cadburys eggs and pretty pastels? I hope so. I’m still in Zion, but wanted to share with you these cutesy Easter cards I made before I left, using my awesome embossing tool. Whaddayathink?

Hoppy Easter- Paint the Gown Red

Zion Bound

Zion Bound- Paint the Gown Red

Too harsh? I’m sorry. I don’t think I’ll ever get over this phrase, hatched in my noggin sometime during our last Zion adventure. Zionara is really one of my favorite made-up words to date. As it suggests, goodbye for now, I’m off to Zion!

Spring Swing

Spring Swing- Paint the Gown Red

Today marks the beginning of a little thing I like to call, Can Do Hair Do. Ok I just made that up. The point is that I’ve decided to start trying more hairstyles. I’ve also been washing my hair less, every other day, and figure I’ll try styling on those days. So I don’t go totally nuts. Now, I’m not going to sit here and pretend this bun was difficult or well made. But it’s a start! Last night, I even learned how to make a fishtail braid. Impressed? You should be.

Spring Swing- Paint the Gown Red

Blouse ModCloth, Pants SOLD, Boots Steve Madden, Purse Roche, Bow American Apparel