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Monday, June 2, 2008

June Mornings....I love them! Plus Sweet Peach Muffins

Happy June! Today is the perfect June morning with honeysuckle and wild roses perfuming the air. Blue skies and sunshine...I could just eat it all up! This is our pea gravel patio with Nuno's peach tree in the middle.

Nine years ago Dino's grandfather gave us a little sprig of a peach tree. He kept one for himself also. His was always kept pruned, fed and watered like a peach tree should. Ours was planted and left to its own survival...I did water it that first summer. He passed away in 2001 and that tree (plus we have lots of Nuno's grapes) are so very special to us. Since he's passed that little tree has produced thousands of peaches. You would think he was gardening from heaven. This is what it looked like this morning...
Well you probably wonder "What in the world does she do with all those peaches?" I do give lots away but usually I make peach pie, peach bisquits, peach preserves, peach pancakes, peach muffins, peach scones, peach smoothies...really if you can put a peach in it I do! By the end of July everyone has just plum had it with peaches hee hee!

Following is a recipe I created for peach muffins if this has you hankering for something peach now!

Sweet Peach Muffins
1/2 Cup Flour
3/4 Cup Sugar
1/2 tsp Salt
2 tsp Baking Powder
1/3 Cup Oil ~ I use canola
1 egg
1/3 Cup Buttermilk (or place 1/3 tsp vinegar in 1/3 measuring cup and add milk to top ~ let sit few minutes)
1 Cup peeled and sliced fresh peaches (to peel easy boil a pot of water, add peaches for a minute or two, then strain and run cold water over them, the skin should just come right off)

Preheat oven 400 degrees. Grease muffin cups or use liners. Combined flour, sugar, salt & baking powder. Place oil into 1 cup measuring cup, add egg and enough buttermilk to fill cup, whisk. Mix this with the flour mixture and fold in peaches. Fill cups to the top and sprinkle with crumb topping. Bake 20 - 25 minutes for regular size muffins; 10 - 12 minutes for mini muffins. Makes 8 biggies or 24 mini's (I always do those)

Crumb Topping: 1/2 Cup Sugar, 1/3 Cup Flour, 1/4 Cup Butter ~ Mix together with a fork.

Lastly I'm planning an update for the website next week ~ hoping I'll be ready by June 11th but I'll keep you posted.

Oh wait ~ Lastly lastly ~ Deena from Sweet Annie's is having a "Tour for the Cure" Garden Tour. You can click on the link to the left or visit her at http://www.deenasstory.blogspot.com/ for more info. Its a great idea for a great cause. Cancer touches each and everyone of us and we should try and do whatever we can to help researchers find a cure. And who doesn't like to neb (aka pittsburghese for being nosey) in other peoples gardens!

Have a happy day today! Jenn

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