Jan 5, 2012


If I hadn't been there, I would think he wasn't mine.
The Boy and I have very different tastes in food.
I like potatoes. He chokes the bare minimum down.
I like pecans in everything. He likes "smooth food."
I like sauce and gravy. Love sauce and gravy. Oh, how I love sauce and gravy. He likes his food plain.

He eats pasta plain--no sauce, just salt.

I like muffins with fancy tops. Loaded tops. The Boy? Plain. Jane.
A minimalist to my ultra.
The Felix to my Oscar.
Bert to my Ernie.  But without that annoying voice and unibrow.

His favorite muffins are these:
Vanilla Muffins.

Yep. Vanilla. How tame can you get?
I once tried making these a little more lively. Added chocolate chips. The Boy looked at them and asked, "what did you do?" Not amused.

Truth be told, these muffins don't need anything to make them outrageous. They really are good plain. As is.
Let's not tell Mr. No-Frills.

You know how people say
use the good olive oil
use the good chocolate
use the good vanilla

And it's kind of annoying?
use the good vanilla here.
When I have a good, strong Mexican vanilla, I'm in heaven.

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Vanilla Muffins
slightly adapted from Jessica

2 cups flour (can use half whole wheat and half AP)
1 TBSP baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
1 cup milk
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 TBSP vanilla (good vanilla!)
4 TBSP melted butter

Preheat oven to bake at 350ºF.
Line 12 muffin tins with paper liners, or grease them, then set aside.
Blend the first four ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.
Blend milk, egg, and vanilla in a small bowl.
Add milk mixture to the dry ingredients, combining just until moistened.
Add melted butter and stir well.
Spoon batter into muffin tins, and bake 18-20 minutes, or until tops begin
to brown. *Check muffins after 15 minutes

Linking with:
Food on Friday: Muffins & Cupcakes @ Carole's Chatter
Muffin Monday
Bake with Bizzy
What Makes You Say, "Mmmmm?
What's Cooking Thursday
Simply Delish
Friday Food


  1. I can dig vanilla muffins...Proof that simple is sometimes best.


  2. Go figure kids. :)
    I love reading your posts. Such fun.

    What could be bad about vanilla muffins?

  3. Isn't it funny how that happens?
    he's got a point tho....sometimes plain and simple is GREAT.

  4. My daughter is very finicky, too, and has always been very selective about what she eats, so I understand. These muffins look great, but I might have to top them off with some praline icing. :)

  5. That's so funny. My boy was the same way. Plain, plain, plain but now? NOW he eats hot sauce and HOT wings and all manner of foods covered in sauce. Now he's 23.

    A vanilla mufin is always welcome at our house. Heck, you can always spread Nutella on it!

  6. Simple is good. If we all liked the same things we'd be pretty boring. Thanks for sharing with Simply Delish.

  7. I will like these too, warm right out of the oven with a nice pat of butter... I think I like the way your boy thinks... no need to meddle with purity, foods too

  8. I'll take a dozen. I'm a plain Jane kinda girl. Vanilla is my favorite flavor. High five to the boy!

  9. Sometime plain is the very best. Thanks so much for linking up this week @ Things That Make You Say Mmmmm!

  10. OOOH...this looks so similar to a muffin I made yesterday. I just need to up the sugar and add vanilla. YUM!

    DS is also a boring eater. I've caught him adding hot sauce to his fries a few times though....there's hope.

  11. So funny - my partner is pretty much exactly the same way. He would love these muffins, though he would allow the inclusion of banana.

    I can totally get how flavoured with nothing but the "good vanilla" these would be great.

    Sue xo

  12. 3 nice links for Food on Friday, thank you Michelle. Cheers


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