With Craig being in medical school, we really don’t get to spend too much time together. Recently, Craig has been trying to make more of an effort to be extra focused and productive while he does study so that our together time can actually be real “together time”…not Craig, me, and the third wheel of medical school notes and notecards. We also want to be more intentional about how we spend the time we have together so that it is legitimate quality time and not wasted time vegging out on the couch and messing on our own computers. We want to actually plan fun activities in advance so we can make the most of the little time we have.
Craig and I both love college football. We could happily spend a date night at home watching a South Carolina game, and that might just be the perfect evening for us. Or it might not. Watching a South Carolina football game as Craig’s and my “together time” does in theory sound like a great idea since we both love football. However, this date night idea is always a gamble. When a football game is really bad, Craig has a more difficult time than I do with not letting the outcome of the game affect his mood for the next couple hours. He works to let the game go, but neither one of us is interested in having a football game make or break a date night, so we just never know if it will be a good or bad idea.
Of the last three South Carolina games, our game against UGA was the only “date-night” game, and the next two were games that we tracked online or watched on t.v., but Craig still studied and I did some work around the condo. God clearly understood how desperately Craig and I needed quality time, because the South Carolina game against UGA was the only one of these past three that we won. And we didn’t just win. We obliterated them. That game was a fabulous amount of fun to watch. We enjoyed some egg salad sandwiches and a game of cribbage while we watched.
The game against LSU sucked, but we fought hard, and I was still proud.
Then there was the South Carolina game against Florida this past weekend. That game was incredibly painful from beginning to end. It was embarrassing…agonizing…horrific. We will just leave it at that. The one and only redeeming moment of the otherwise miserable three hours of a football game (if that’s what you want to call it) was tasting the batch of apple pie muffins I made to help distract myself from the massacre on t.v.
These muffins are unbelievably moist, but they also have a delightfully crusty streusel topping. I adapted this recipe from allrecipes.com, making a few changes to my
liking loving. Please try them. You won’t regret it. I mean, how can you possibly go wrong when you are making a dessert-for-breakfast type of treat?!
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1 egg
- 1 cup buttermilk
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- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- I used Fleischmann’s Unsalted Margarine.
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
- 3-4 cups peeled and diced Granny Smith apples
- The batter in this recipe is very sweet, so I highly recommend sticking to Granny Smith apples, or a least make sure to use something tart that will not get lost in the muffin.
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 Tbsp butter, melted
- Again, I used a combination of Fleischmann’s Unsalted Margarine and Blue Bonnet Light. Either would work, but I was just using up the end of one stick and the beginning of another.
- In a large bowl, stir together 2 1/4 cups of flour, baking soda, salt, 3/4 tsp cinnamon, and nutmeg. In a separate bowl, mix together the egg, buttermilk, 1/2 cup melted butter, vanilla, and 1 1/2 cups brown sugar until the sugar has dissolved. Pour egg mixture and diced apples into flour mixture and stir until everything is well blended.
- Spoon batter into greased muffin pan(s), filling cups almost to the top. For me, the batter ended up making 18 “regular-sized” muffins (a pan and a half).
- In a small bowl, stir together 1/2 cup packed brown sugar, 1/3 cup flour, and 1 tsp cinnamon. Add in the 2 Tbsp melted butter, mixing until well blended. It should be dark brown and clumpy. Sprinkle over the top of the muffins.
- Bake 25 minutes at 375, or until the tops of the muffins spring back when lightly touched. Remove from muffin pan to a cooling rack, and enjoy!