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Blueberry Muffins

It’s official, I have a kindergartner (gulp)!  I can’t believe my sweet little baby Jacob is now going to school.  It seems like just yesterday we were bringing him home from the hospital.  Ok enough blubbering and on to these muffins! 
As a mom one of my goals is to always make sure Jacob has a healthy breakfast and lunch.  This sounds hard for a full-time working mom of 2 right?  If you take some time to plan ahead you can make it happen!  A lot of the things I do is to make items ahead of time that can be frozen for quick on-the-go options so what better way to start than with a batch of blueberry muffins for breakfast!   
I found this recipe on one of my favorite sites King Arthur Flour.  They have so many recipes you should serious go check them out!  I really like that the recipe calls for White Whole Grain Flour and since I already have some on hand from this recipe it made my decision to make these that much easier.  I am really trying to make a conscious effort to get more whole grains in our diet and this recipe does just that! 
Do you have any tips or ideas for families with busy scheduled like ours.  If so feel free to share them in the comments section I would love to hear them! 

blueberry muffins

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature
2 cups White Whole Wheat Flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1 1/2 to 2 cups (about 1 pint) blueberries
1 tablespoon sugar mixed with 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
Preheat your oven to 375°F. Grease 12 muffin cups generously; a vegetable oil pan spray works well.In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until they’re light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture, and beat well. Stir in the milk, and vanilla and almond extracts, mixing only until smooth. Quickly stir in the berries. Note that frozen berries will probably turn your muffins blue, while fresh will keep the cake part golden.Fill the muffin cups 3/4 to almost full, using all of the batter. Sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar. Bake the muffins for 25 to 30 minutes, until they’re light golden brown, remove them from the oven, and place the pan on a rack to cool for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, run a knife around the edge of one muffin, and try to lift it out of the pan. (These muffins are very tender, and if they don’t cool long enough, they’ll crumble when you try to remove them from the pan.) If the muffin lifts out of the pan without crumbling, remove all of the muffins and cool them completely on a wire rack. If the muffin sticks or the top peels off, allow them to cool an additional 10 minutes, then try again. Yield: 12 muffins.

Recipe Source: King Arthur Flour

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