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For the last few months I have tried each morning to make breakfast for the wee chicks. Typical fare includes homemade muffins or scones and (less frequently) baked oatmeal or Victorian Baked French Toast along with milk or juice. By far the all around favorites are the muffins; Very Berry Muffins with Surprise Muffins a close second. This morning is no different….Surprise Muffins fresh from the oven are being eaten even as I type this. Uh- oh…trouble in paradise…it seems Mother-hen chose the WRONG type of jam to fill the muffins with…apparently Big Sis is NOT too fond of raspberry preserves…who would have known…she eats it on scones! Well, the wee chicks are not the only hungry bellies I fill each day. It seems a neighborhood squirrel has discovered the bird feeder attached to our kitchen window and is intent on eating every last bit of seed we put out for our songbirds. This at first did not appear to be a problem. After all it allowed our budding naturalists to view a furry creature up close and very personal (yes, The Boy did discover it was a she-squirrel…loudly proclaiming, “it’s a girl–it has nothing in between!!”). However, after a few days of these pleasant little interludes with “Fifi” I started to get annoyed…she is eating our birdie friends out of house and home…bird seed ain’t cheap!! And she has moved from the feeder on the window to one hanging in our yard where she has gnawed right through the thing!!! Arrghh!! I do love feeding the birds and even the squirrels…but, I think it is time for “Fifi” to have her own breakfast nook…I’ll be hanging that squirrel feeder up very soon!

Very Berry Muffins:

2 cups flour

4 teaspoons baking powder

3/4 cup sugar

1 tsp.salt

1 cup fresh or frozen berries (blueberries or raspberries work best)

2 eggs

1/2 cup melted butter (I substitute 1/4 cup applesauce for 1/4 cup of the butter)

1 cup milk

Cinnamon sugar for topping

Pre-heat oven to 4oo’ (200’C). Sift together dry ingredients. Add berries and mix until well-coated. In a small bowl, beat the eggs well and add the melted butter, applesauce (if using) and the milk. Quickly stir the liquid mixture into the dry mix. Stir just until blended. Fill muffin cups 3/4 full. Sprinkle a little cinnamon sugar on top. Bake for 20 minutes or until brown.

For Surprise Muffins: use same recipe but omit berries. Fill muffins tins 1/2 full, make a well in each cup and drop in blob of jam. Cover with remaing batter. Bake as above.
P.S. No sooner had I published this post than “Fifi” showed up for her breakfast! She must like the what’s on the menu!

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