I’m feeling pretty good about one of my 2014 goals. I’ve taken Duke on long walks & runs each morning. He’s exhausted by the time we get home and I’m feeling good about maintaining my health and saving money. I’ve cancelled my gym membership. Nothing against the gym, but I figure it doesn’t make a lot of sense when I do the same thing in the gym that I do when I exercise on my own. Plus, I have a sweet pup to exercise and a large neighborhood to take advantage of on foot.
Also…years ago I read that if your dog needs to shed pounds, you need to shed pounds.
While Duke is well-exercised and very active, he has an appetite similar to mine (oink, oink–he’s truly my dog) and it wouldn’t hurt if he lost about 5 pounds. I’d like to tone up and lose a few. So let’s do this, Duke!
But first, muffins! Duke actually had one of these scrumptious marmalade muffins today. Hence, the extra walks. See? They were so mouth-watering…
This batch allows for a little more than 12 muffins so I make a few mini-muffins for Munchie to take to school. They’re light, tasty, and not too sweet. You can omit the simple orange glaze (I like em’ naked, while my husband and Munchie prefer glazed) and they’re a yummy accompaniment to tea. Enjoy! ♥
- 2.5 cups flour
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. kosher salt
- ½ cup marmalade
- 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
- ¾ cup buttermilk
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- ¾ cup sugar
- ¼ cup butter, room temperature, softened
- 2 eggs
- Preheat oven 350°. Grease 12-cup muffin pan with Baker's Joy (these will stick so be sure to grease well). In a medium bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. In another bowl, mix marmalade, lemon juice, buttermilk, and vanilla. Set aside. In a large bowl (or use a stand mixer) use a hand mixer to cream the sugar and butter until completely combined. Add eggs one at a time and mix just until combined. Alternate adding the flour mix and marmalade mix into cream mixture. Fill muffin cups ⅔ full. Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean (the mini-muffins bake in about 13 minutes for me). Let sit for about 10 minutes before removing from pan. They will stick to the pan if you force them out too early. Glaze if you choose. Serve with marmalade if you like.
- Orange Buttermilk Glaze: Mix 1 cup powdered sugar, 3-4 Tbsp. orange juice, ¼ tsp. vanilla, and 2-3 Tbsp. of buttermilk together (add juice and buttermilk to your taste preference). Warm in microwave for about 20 seconds to smooth and mix again. Drizzle over muffins or drizzle on muffins just before serving/eating.