Blueberry Oat Muffins — The Perfect Gift for Teachers
Yesterday I blogged about how disorganized I am as a meal planner. Today let’s switch to how disorganized I am as a human being. Yesterday I learned that I signed up the boys for summer camp too late and there’s no room for them two days next week. Then this morning I dropped the fellas off at preschool only to discover that — oh my! — TOMORROW is the last day of school.
Who knew? I had assumed it was Friday and actually had semi-planned to spend Thursday afternoon with the boys baking goodies for Miss Jani, Miss Stephanie, Miss Pam, Miss Marcia and the other fabulous teachers at Circle of Friends.
Looks like we will be baking tonight! Luckily, I have a terrifically easy recipe for Blueberry Oat Muffins from Taste of Home, recommended by Brenda Thompson, Meal Planning Magic blogger. But what kind of container will I bring the muffins in? Oy! I may have to pick up gift bags at the market or card store, since I won’t have time to go to Michael’s.
Back in December, the first time I was posed with the question of what gifts to bring to the boys’ teachers, I found that baking is the perfect answer. It’s something the kids can participate in — as opposed to, say, buying a Starbucks gift card — and teachers can always freeze the goodies if they’re inundated. My boys felt so proud handing the tin of Healthier Banana Cupcakes to Miss Jani. Well, at least Toby did. “I smushed the bananas!” he said.
Ian had a little trouble relinquishing the cupakes. It took a fair amount of gentle prodding on Miss Jani’s part for to get Ian to finally hand them over.
I’d like to mention that Miss Jani and the Circle of Friends staff deserve a lot more than muffins. They are impossibly patient and even-keeled, dealing, as they have, with parents who failed to label clothing and repeatedly forgot to send kids to school with snow pants and children who caused a ruckus during rest period or demanded a wardrobe change every time a single droplet of water would land on a shirt. And that was just our family!
The teachers are clever and creative, always warm and nurturing and somehow able to get errant kids back in line with nothing but the stink eye. How do they do it? I wouldn’t last 10 minutes as a preschool teacher, and I have enormous respect for those who do the job, and do it so well.
OK, I’d better get to the store to buy the blueberries!
Blueberry Oat Muffins
Hands-on time: 15 minutes
Total time: 35 minutes
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup quick-cooking oats
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 egg whites
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup canola oil
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
In a bowl, combine the first six ingredients. In another bowl, beat egg whites, water and oil. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in blueberries.
Fill paper-lined muffin cups or muffin cups coated with cooking spray three-fourths full. Combine sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over muffins. Bake at 400° for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack.
If using frozen blueberries, use without thawing to avoid discoloring the batter.