A Token of Appreciation…..

by jerseygirl on June 24, 2008 · 16 comments

Today was the last day of school for my children. It seems like everyone else finished days or weeks ago. Seriously, the backpacks and school supplies are already out for next year. So summer has finally begun!

With all our activities lately, I have been feeling like a chicken running around without a head. And yesterday I realized I still needed a few gifts for some special people that take care of my children. Let’s see…we have a school aide that runs all the lunch time clubs my daughter belongs to, two bus drivers and we can’t forget the school nurse. Our school nurse is the best ever. She cleans cuts, gives out ice packs, repairs children’s hurt feelings and even fixes shoes! So these gifts really need to be special. After some thinking, I decided to bake some mini muffins and put them in pretty mugs. Wrap them up with a Dunkin Donuts gift card and we are good to go.

I checked out some muffin recipes on various blogs and decided to incorporate some Lyle’s Golden Syrup and buttermilk that I had. These strawberry muffins are perfect for summer and the size was great to fit in a large mug. The kids enjoyed giving these as gifts. Happy summer everyone!

Golden Strawberry Orange Mini Muffins
(Adapted from Dorie Greenspan’s Orange Berry Muffins).

zest and juice from one orange
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1/4 cup golden syrup (I used Lyles Golden syrup)
1 stick (8 TBS) melted unsalted butter
1/4 cup sugar
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/4 cup chopped strawberries

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line 36 mini muffin tins with paper or foil cups. Pour the orange juice and buttermilk in a medium size bowl. Reserve the zest. Whisk the vanilla, eggs, syrup, and butter with the buttermilk mixture. In a large bowl, mix together the zest and sugar until sugar is fragrant. Stir in the flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Mix well. Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients and gently mix with a rubber spatula. Batter will be a bit lumpy. Stir in the strawberries. Divide the batter amongst the muffin cups. Bake for 15 to 19 minutes or until muffins are golden and springy to the touch. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan. Makes about 36 mini muffins.

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Lori June 24, 2008 at 5:59 pm

That’s a really great idea for a gift!

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Aggie June 24, 2008 at 6:03 pm

Lisa, I love the idea…and the muffins!! I recently found a strawberry muffin recipe (when my kids and I went and picked 12 lbs of strawberries at the local patch!!!), but I like the orange in this one, will definately try it soon, my kids love muffins!

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Jenny June 24, 2008 at 11:54 pm

Those little muffins look so tasty, what a great gift idea!

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Kitt June 25, 2008 at 1:25 am

What a cute idea! Very thoughtful.

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EAT! June 25, 2008 at 7:21 am

Only in NJ do our kids go to school half way into the summer!!

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Veronica June 25, 2008 at 8:39 am

Lisa,
Cute idea! The muffins look so pretty. I know what you mean about those last few days of school being so crazy…it’s so nice when it’s all over and you can settle into summer. But that can be crazy too!

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Prudy June 25, 2008 at 6:45 pm

Those look wonderful and I love their golden title. I would have loved this when I was in el ed. I favored the consumables-especially the homemade ones!

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Bridgett June 26, 2008 at 12:03 am

What a great idea for a gift! I don’t think the muffins would have made it out of my house, let alone into someone’s gift! They look so yummy.

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Dee June 26, 2008 at 10:15 am

Such lovely and thoughtful gifts.

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Satan June 26, 2008 at 1:44 pm

wow! seriously what a thoughtful gift!
xoxo

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Clumbsy Cookie June 26, 2008 at 6:43 pm

Lisa they’re so small and cute! I love that idea, you just want to get that mug, fill it with coffee and dunk all those cute muffins!

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Mrs. L June 27, 2008 at 2:25 am

I think that’s a perfect gift!

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Julie June 27, 2008 at 4:54 pm

The muffins look delicious. I’m ALWAYS making muffins, so this will need to go in my file for a future recipe to prepare. What lucky recipients–you can’t go wrong with Dunkin Donuts coffee!

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giz June 27, 2008 at 10:48 pm

So nice – I can’t even imagine someone not having a big smile on their face when they receive something like this that has thoughtfulness and utility combined in one. You’re a good mommy.

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Lisa June 29, 2008 at 7:45 pm

Thanks Lori, Aggie, Jenny, and Kitt!

Eat,
Can you believe school is FINALLY done?

Veronica,
Yeah, the summer has been crazy also.

Prudy,
I always have a hard time with teacher gifts so I hope they like them too.

Bridgett, Dee, Satan, Clumsy, Mrs I, Julie,Giz,
Thanks for all the lovely comments!

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Psychgrad July 5, 2008 at 2:42 pm

What an awesome gift! I’m sure they really appreciated a home-baked gift.

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