blueberry crumb muffins

by Mary & Christina on July 22, 2014 · 0 comments

I hope that everyones summer is going well!  Mine has been busy, but full of fun times and lots of ice cream…

ice cream

Check out the size of that brownie caramel sundae!

In addition to eating ice cream, I have also been taking advantage of the fresh local produce…and I can’t get enough of it!  Last week, I made these delicious blueberry muffins and this past weekend I made yet another recipe using blueberries–stay tuned for that recipe later this week!

blueberry muffin

These were so delicious and incredibly moist…the crumb topping makes them extra delicious so definitely don’t skip that step!



Blueberry Crumb Muffins
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Serves: 12
These muffins are delicious and incredible moist. They are super simple to make and take just 20 minutes to bake. Next time, I will probably add a little bit of vanilla extract.
  • Muffins
  • 1⅓ cups all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup white sugar
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2½ tsps baking powder
  • ⅓ cup canola/vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1½ cups blueberries
  • Crumb Topping
  • ⅓ cup flour
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease or line muffin pan.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together flour, white and brown sugars, salt and baking powder. Stir in oil, eggs, and milk until well blended and very few lumps remain.
  3. Gently fold in blueberries being careful not to mash them. Fill muffin tins ⅔ full, or slightly more for a larger muffin top.
  4. For crumb topping, mix together the flour, softened butter, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Place a small amount on top of each muffin.
  5. Bake muffins in the preheated oven for 20-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean and dry. (Mine took about 20 minutes)


What is your favorite blueberry recipe?

What is your favorite kind of muffin?






75 miles and I am going to Italy.

by Mary & Christina on June 16, 2014 · 0 comments

This weekend was a good one filled with lots of good food and fun family time.  On Saturday, my family rode our bikes to Wildwood, NJ for an event that raised money for ALS.  My sisters and I rode 75 miles and my parents rode 50 miles.  I am so proud of my parents for riding 50 miles!  This was definitely a reach for them.  They have been going on rides for about 20 miles…but nothing even close to 50 miles!  They did a great job and they should be proud of themselves.  There are not too many people their age going on 50 mile bike rides “for fun”.  Although, now that they are done, I’m not sure how much “fun” they had…they keep saying they wouldn’t do it again, but I’m not sure how true that is.


The weather was perfect and we all had such a fun time.  I definitely want to do this ride again.


After our ride, we sat outside and had lunch.  Later that night we made my dad dinner for father’s day.  We had a feast with steak, corn on the cob, tomato, basil, and mozzarella salad, and rosemary potatoes.



For dessert I made my favorite cookie cake and we served it warm with salted caramel gelato (can’t beat it) and vanilla ice cream.


We also celebrated father’s day with Todd’s family and went to Osteria.  Dinner was great and I ended it on a good note with Blueberry crostada…this thing was huge and delicious!


In less than a week Todd and I are going on our delayed honeymoon to the Amalfi Coast in Italy.  I could not be more excited!  We have 4 more days of school for the year then I leave for Italy…I don’t think it can get any better than that!

Oh yeah, so I open Runner’s World’s latest issue (that was published on my birthday) and see that the Rave Run of the month is Positano, Italy.  I mean come on…published on my birthday and I am going there in less than a week?? This is fate.  Unfortunately I’m still injured so I’m not sure how much running I’ll be doing in Italy which is disappointing because that’s my favorite way to see and experience a new place.  I will have to settle for lots and lots of walking and hiking (and eating pizza, pasta, and gelato).




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