Basic Muffins-Granny’s Recipe Box

One of the first recipes I pulled from Granny’s box, was this one for basic muffins. Simple, straight-forward, and ingredients I already had in the pantry. I added of few of my own, just because. 

I am an impatient breakfast person, so naturally, I made these the night before. I just stuck the batter in the fridge. And if you aren’t an impatient breakfast person, feel free to make these in the morning…

The batter was a bit thick, so next time I may add a smidge more milk. These muffins were small in comparison to the ones we are used to these days, so naturally this means you should eat two. However, next time, I believe I will use the jumbo muffin tin.

Regardless of size, they turned out really well and have earned a slot in my repertoire. They were moist and perfect for strawberry jelly..


1 egg

1 cup milk (I always buy whole, as did my Granny)

3 tbsp. of vegetable shortening, melted (recipe also says you can substitute 3tbsp. vegetable oil instead of shortening)

1 tsp vanilla

2 cups self-rising flour, sifted (or cheat like I do and use a wisk)

2 tbsp. sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp nutmeg (freshly grated is best, but the dried kind is fine)


Preheat oven to 425 degrees and grease your muffin tin. Even when using the papers or silicone cups, I always use a little Baker’s Joy. This ensures they won’t stick.

Break egg into bowl and lightly beat with fork, then add milk, vanilla, and melted shortening. In a separate bowl, combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Combine the wet ingredients with the dry and stir until combined.

Fill muffin tins 2/3 full and bake for about 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Every oven is different, so I always set the time half-way. You can always leave it in for more time, but you can’t un-bake it. 

Serve with your favorite jelly (strawberry is the best!) and butter. 

Enjoy!! 🙂




Granny’s Recipe Box…

My mama recently gave me a recipe box, that belonged to my Granny Nell. Part of it has the Betty Crocker cards it came with and the others are all handwritten by my Granny on index/recipe cards. She even wrote a few on savings account slips, envelopes, and postcards. Some are detailed and others like one for spaghetti sauce, say “cook until done”. I love the recipes because I loved my Granny and actually framed some of my favorites. Over the rest of this year, I plan to go through the box and make some of the gems inside. So excited!

Overnight Wheat Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes

I have always been a breakfast person and love pretty much everything involved in the day’s first meal. Pancakes are at the top of my list and thankfully, a cinch to whip up. Either boxed or homemade, both are a staple at our house on the weekend. Out of all the ones I’ve had to taste test (so sad, ha!), these wheat buttermilk ones are my fave. It’s an Alton Brown recipe I came across a few years ago, and I’ve tweaked it a bit. Here is the link to the original:

The original recipe used white sugar, but I thought brown sugar would be a better complement to the wheat flour. It also called for melted butter, but I have forgotten the butter in the microwave so many times now, I just leave it out. They taste absolutely fine without it, I promise! Cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla are also not in the original, but I always add them to pancake batter, whether homemade or store bought. Blueberries were also an addition, but feel free to leave them out. They are good without them too!

Dry Ingredients:

2 cups whole wheat flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp fresh grated nutmeg (if you can’t find fresh, regular dried kind is fine)

1 tsp salt

3 tbsp brown sugar (original called for regular white sugar)

Wet Ingredients:

2 cups buttermilk

2 large eggs

1 tsp vanilla

Butter for cooking (see, I didn’t leave it out entirely!)

1 cup fresh blueberries, add to batter right before cooking

Makes approximately 12 small-medium pancakes.


  1. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl. In another bowl, mix together the wet ingredients, then add to dry until just combined. Don’t over-mix, or you’ll have tough pancakes. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. The next morning, stir the batter and fold in blueberries.
  3. Heat a well-seasoned cast iron skillet over low-medium heat and add 1 tablespoon of butter.
  4. When the skillet is hot, add 1/4 to 1/2 cup batter and shape into a pancake. Bubbles will form on top when the pancake is ready to flip, about 3-4 minutes per side, should be a nice golden brown.
  5. Adjust heat and add butter to skillet as needed.
  6. Serve with your favorite syrup and fresh fruit.


**Helpful Hint*** Set your oven to a low temperature (175-200 degrees), so your pancakes will stay warm before serving.  These also freeze well too!

This week I tried hot yoga…

Hot yoga is something I’ve wanted to try forever, I just haven’t taken the time to check it out. There is a local studio close to my job, so this week to celebrate the beginning of summer hours, I decided to treat myself. Some of you are probably thinking, hot yoga is not a way to treat yourself, but for me it was exactly the right thing.

Four things I did not expect:

1. You sweat soooooooooo much, and I can’t emphasize this enough. I mean like dripping, slip on your yoga mat sweaty. Thankfully, I was provided with a face towel, but I might have to invest in a towel specifically for yogi’s.

2. All levels welcome, no intimidation! No one trying to do a crazy pose. Similar to my gym, the instructor asked that you only do what you are able. Don’t do something if it doesn’t feel good. Don’t do something beyond your ability, risking an injury. It’s a good mantra and thankfully, a popular one.

3. The ambiance factor was also more than I expected, compared to what I am familiar with at my gym. Upon entering, the room had a candlelit feel and was warm like a hot bath. Feeling calm and relaxed, my decompression had commenced. Very different from the bright florescent lights of the gym.

4. Bonus points for complete relaxation: At the end of the shavasana, or corpse pose, the instructor placed a cool-lavender scented towel over my forehead/eyes. It felt so nice! I have never been able to completely close my mind until this class. Unlike the gym, there were absolutely no distractions and for once I wasn’t thinking about anything, except for how great I felt.

Obviously, this class was awesome and I’ll definitely be back! Highly, highly recommend.

Thanks for stopping by! 🙂


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