Spring Muffins

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As much as I look forward to receiving my monthly issue of InStyle , I must admit, I get just as excited when I find Better Homes and Gardens or Parenting Magazine in my mailbox.  I’m a homebody by nature so, a glossy magazine filled with gardening ideas, recipes, diy’s and parenting tips is a total treat.  I always rip out the things that especially appeal to me so when I saw this charming diy centerpiece using lemon muffins from Parenting Magazine, I knew I had to find the perfect occasion to try it out.  The original recipe calls for mini muffins but I find it way easier to whip up a batch of regular sized ones…less scooping batter.  Here’s the recipe:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees// Mix 1 1/2 cups flour, 3/4 cup sugar, 2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce, 1 tsp canola oil, 1 egg, 1/2 cup low fat milk, grated zest from two lemons and two drops of yellow food coloring (optional).  Mix all together and scoop into muffin pans (with yellow liners) to the halfway mark.

Bake 10 min for mini muffins or  20 min for regular sized muffins.

Now, for the centerpiece, you will need the following: a small terracotta pot, floral foam, yellow muffin liners (I also used flower shaped cupcake liners from Michael’s), green construction paper, skewers, green straws and green floral grass.  I used the cupcake liners as flower petals (simply cut into small triangles and tape them to the back of the muffin w/the liner on it), green construction paper for leaves (adhere them to a toothpick and stick them into the foam), skewers inside green straws for stems (stick them into foam as well), and just a thin layer of green floral grass.

Aside from the fact that these were so easy to make and took very little time, they make a fun project for kids and a festive centerpiece….and just in time for  Mother’s Day brunch!