Om nom nom…Coffee cake muffins

So people always say that cooking is an art and baking is a science; meaning that you can pretty much go crazy and do whatever you want when you’re cooking (which is definitely true for me, I do what I want!) but you have to follow the recipe to the letter when you bake. I think this scares some people away from baking, thinking they’ll make a mistake and the deliciousness will be ruined. Totally not true; I immediately started screwing up this recipe and ignoring directions. You can can change or skip a few things and still be just fine, it’s not that complicated, anyone can do it, for realsies. Ya know that thing about people only using 10% of their brain? Well first of all that’s completely ridiculous and untrue…for most people, I’m almost positive this is true about me, sometimes I have no idea how I function on such a low level of mental capacity. Seriously, I spelled coffee wrong when I started this (and I just had to type “spelled” like 8 times to get it right…) Even at such a low level I still someone manage to be pretty successful with baked goods, I mean not to brag or anything, but I’m pretty incredible at it. Anyway, now that we’ve established that you don’t need to be a genius to bake (you really actually don’t even have to be that coherent. Obviously) let’s get to the baked tastiness of the day. Most people talk about cafeteria food in high school like it’s the epitome of awful. I don’t even care how nerdy this sounds, I actually kind of loved some of the food we had at Snider (chicken sandwiches anyone?), I still want to know where I can find some of those animal crackers because they were the best thing ever. Coffee cake was one of the things that they would make every once in a while (ok fine, at least once a month, it was a rotating schedule, I’m pretty sure they just renamed things randomly to try and fool us, or I just didn’t pay attention, whatever). The point is that it was tasty coffee cake but I’ve never made it myself and was never that motivated to. Until a few months ago when I had a coffee cake muffin at some hotel when I was in North Carolina interviewing at Duke and it reminded me how much I love it. So I finally started looking online for a recipe and found one here. I finally got around to making them today cause I’m lazy and didn’t feel like studying. This is the longest intro to a recipe ever but I think I’m done now. Here’s everything you need to make these amazing muffins (I don’t actually put everything out like that, I made it pretty just for this)

I made the streusel topping (what the heck is streusel?!) first cause it’s supposed to be refrigerated for 30 minutes first. Here’s where a made my first mistake and it’s something I do every single time I bake. The butter is supposed to be at room temperature so it’s soft, I never actually remembered to do this ahead of time so I always have to put it it the microwave. You know how easy it is to get the butter at the right consistency by microwaving it? It’s basically impossible. I also totally wasn’t paying attention and put too much butter in, oops, didn’t really seem to make a difference though. I also just did everything in the mixer, I love that thing. 

OMG this is so much butter (and that’s only half of it! Looks kinda gross…)

This is the finished streusel, popped this is the refrigerator while I made the muffins

Part of the muffin mix (flour, baking soda, and baking powder)

The sugar and butter in the mixer

Way slimier after adding the eggs

Added the flour mixture and sour cream, light and fluffy batter now

I like to get handsy when I bake (I wash my hands, I promise)

Pans are set, and no the oven is not already heated to 350. I know preheating the oven is always one of the first steps but it’s always the step I always ignore

Batter in the muffin cups, now to add the streusel topping

Pack down some of the topping so it sticks into the muffin (I think I need to do this part a little more carefully next time)

Sprinkle on the leftover topping so it’s crumbly on top, I’m obviously a little bit messy with it

The topping should be up over the top of the pan, there’s a lot of crumblies on top

I kinda hate to show how unpretty the muffins look here but if this happens to yours then you’ll know it’s normal. I think if I had flattened out the batter when I poured it in and level off the topping it would have stayed on top better

Mixing up the icing is super easy. I used the icing to cover up the topping imperfections a little bit (I’m pretty sure this is half the reason for icing/frosting)

All done!

Soo yummy! They’re nice and soft with a great crumble on top, perfect combo

So these muffins turned out pretty great, not as pretty as the picture here but they tasted amazing! I’m sure I’ll make these again with a few adjustments, taste is great, just working on making them prettier out of the oven. I want to try putting some of the streusel in the bottom of the muffin cup too for a little bit extra. Totally worth making and they’re going to be perfect for the morning.

I think everything is better with music, I’ve been using Spotify a lot lately (cause it’s amazing) and here are couple of my favorite songs and some of bands that I was listening to today

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Wait so where are you from…?

This has been happening for a while, but now that I’ve moved AGAIN it’s getting even more confusing to tell people where I’m from. So here it is; I’m originally from Royal Oak, Michigan, both sides of my family are from Michigan and pretty much my whole extended family still lives there. Royal Oak is a suburb of Detroit, so if I want to pretend that I’m a gangster I say I’m from Detroit, which is mostly true. Some of my family lives in Grass Lake, actually some from both sides of the family. I’ve also got family around Ann Arbor (one of my favorite cities, if the U of M had their PT at their main campus that’s where I would have gone to school) and Lansing. They’re in other places though but I can’t keep track and I don’t go back very often. We lived in Michigan till I was almost 9, my birthday was actually a month after we moved to Grand Junction, Colorado. I LOVE Colorado, but who doesn’t? GJ is a pretty small town and having lived there for quite a while I have no problem saying that it’s not always the classiest place but it’s still got some amazing things going for it. The mountains are beautiful, you can do just about any outdoorsy thing you could imagine, and some of the best people ever are there (at least in my opinion). I went to Grand Junction High School my freshmen year and right after that moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana. Oh wow…what do I even say about Indiana? Um, it’s flat there? Hahaha, I really can’t say that I liked Indiana that much, probably my least favorite place that I’ve lived but I definitely had some amazing friends there and wish I got to see them more, they’re the only reason I think about going back and maybe I’ll actually make that trip sometime soon. Ft. Wayne really did have some interesting things. I got my first job there when I was 16 at Icing in the mall. It was a pretty cool place to work for a couple years and I actually kinda miss that mall (I love shopping so much that I actually get attached to malls, oh man…). I went to Snider High School, I can’t say that high school was my favorite time, but Snider really wasn’t too bad and there were some pretty rad people there. Right after graduation (seriously RIGHT after, like a week) I was moving again. So this is where it gets even more confusing. From Indiana I moved back to Colorado to go to school at Mesa State College. At the same time my parents and my sister were moving to Cedar Falls, Iowa. My dad had actually moved to CF a few months earlier because he had started working at John Deere but me, my mom, and Anna stayed till I was done with school. So I stayed with them at their new house for a couple days then I was headed off back to Junction. I lived with the Fenskes for two years; they’re my other family, this also gets confusing, Steve and Roberta are the parents of Tabitha and Treyce. Tabitha is my sister-in-law, married to my brother Donny, who live in Boulder, Colorado now. So they’re kinda legally family and our families are super close, so basically it just makes sense…well to me at least. Seriously these people are so amazing, you have no idea. Eventually I decided to try to be a real adult and move into my own place. I somehow managed to find one of the cheapest apartments in town without being in the sketchiest place ever, it was actually pretty fantastic and I had 2 great roommates. 1 at a time, Sarah was there for a few months until she graduated and went home to Wyoming and then Josh moved in and then eventually took over the lease from me. Seriously 2 of my favorite people, they’re fantastic (and they both cook, the best kind of roommates to have). My real adulthood was short lived though because after graduating from Mesa State (oh yeah let me make something else confusing, Mesa State College changed it’s name this spring to Colorado Mesa University. I promise I went to a real school that actually exists) I moved to Ankeny, Iowa and moved back in with my parents. Wait a second, last I said that my parents were living in Cedar Falls, how did I move in with them in Ankeny? Well, right after I got accepted at DMU in February my dad had an interview and got offered a promotion within John Deere that was in Ankeny. He took the job and started commuting to Ankeny from Cedar Falls. They looked for a house for a while, found one, and then waited to close on it till June. So I moved from Junction 2 weeks after graduation (I really don’t stick around long do I?) and moved to my parents house in Cedar Falls for 2 weeks until they closed on their new house in Ankeny. Then we all moved to Ankeny at the same time. So that’s how I got to where I am now. I’ll make it even more confusing in a few years when I finish at DMU and move again (how long after graduation do you think I’ll stay then?) hopefully back to Colorado…again (3rd times a charm right?). So this is the whole story but I usually just tell people I’m from Colorado because that’s the place that really feels like home to me. If I’m feeling feisty I’ll mention “originally from Michigan” but anything more than that is just confusing for such a simple question. I’ve got friends/family in all the places I’ve lived that I love so much and miss all the time, even though I don’t get to see them that much they’re always on my mind. I hope you all know how special and important you all are to me!

2 weeks

Uh so I haven’t been doing so great keeping up on posting. I’ve been getting a lot busier with school and my energy/motivation has gone down hill. I’m gonna try and recap what I’ve been doing but I can barely even remember so we’ll see how this goes. I’ve been trying to keep up with working out every week but it definitely gets hard when all I want to do is sleep! I have been doing pretty good making it to the gym around 6-6:30am a few days a week to work out before class. Sometimes it works out the right way and wakes me up for class, other days my 5:30 wake up results in me trying not to fall asleep in class. Yoga at Climb Iowa and yoga in the park is still amazing, it helps that I don’t do yoga super early in the morning too, even though that makes me sleepy too…basically I just really love sleeping. School is going pretty well too, made it through my first 2 tests and started anatomy lab this week.(this is what grad school does to you…)Definitely gonna be hard to try to stay on top of everything but I actually think anatomy makes it more interesting. Anatomy lab is going pretty great too, it was a little weird at first but so cool once we started to get into everything. No book will ever live up to actually getting to see inside a body and seeing and feeling all the different structures and muscles, it’s so amazing. Last weekend we also had out white coat ceremony.

(haha lovely right? Mom, dad, and Anna all started taking pictures at once without me having any idea what was going on…)I really didn’t think it was gonna be that big of a deal but it was actually really cool and it was fun to show my family around campus and tell them more about what goes on at DMU. Um… I honestly can’t even think, there was probably some other stuff too but I’m drawing a blank. I always say this but I’ll try to keep up more with blogging to actually remember what’s going on, hopefully some more interesting posts to come, possibly including some how-tos and videos.