Do you ever look back on your childhood and get embarrassed at what an idiot dork you were?
Don’t even try to say you don’t.
Liars are not allowed on this blog.
My stepdaughter is here for the summer and she is currently obsessed with Silly Bandz bracelets. I had never heard of them, but apparently they are these rubber bracelets that turn into different shapes when laid flat. You buy a package and wear all of them in a big bunch on your arm.
I did a little research online and it turns out that these things are like, all the rage right now.
I even had to stop at Hallmark so she could whack out twenty of her hard earned dollars on four packs of those suckers. And then proceed to oohh and ahh absentmindedly as she showed me the shape of EVERY. SINGLE. BRACELET.
And I’m thinking to myself, “how goofy is this….they are rubber bracelets for crying out loud…” and then I remembered back to when I was about twelve.
Two words: Friendship Bracelets
My friends and I were obsessed with making friendship bracelets. All we ever wanted to do was earn money for the embroidery floss to make them, and then get a ride to the craft store to buy it. We’d get all excited about different color combinations and tie the bracelets to our headboards so we could sit and tie dozens of knots.
I would take orders for bracelets from other kids during class and be all “yeah, I made this last night in like, an hour….I can do like five in a day” and I’d get out my little notebook all professional and take down the details.
It was serious business.
Sometimes I’d even throw in something like, “Well, if you order three, I’ll give you a fourth for free…” or “Hmmmmm…well…it might be about three days on this one, I have a ton of other orders”.
Who the crap did I think I was? The Alex P. Keaton of string bracelets?
But at least in my day, we had to MAKE our bracelets. By hand. Straight up Little House on the Prairie style.
So I make peace with the fact that I may have been a dork. But I worked hard at it.
Nowadays, I work hard at other things. Like baking muffins. And because it is almost officially summer, lemon muffins sounded mighty nice.
Adapted from: Taste of Home April & May 2008
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cold butter
1/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons lemon juice
Preheat oven to 350. Line a 12 cup muffin pan with liners.
In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. In another bowl, whisk the eggs, sour cream, butter, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Stir into the dry ingredients until just moistened. Fill muffin cups three fourths full.
In a small bowl, combine flour and sugar; cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over batter.
Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. In a small bowl, whisk glaze ingredients; drizzle over warm muffins.
These muffins were sugary, lemony, and delicious!! Even my picky husband loved them. And he is picky.
I could give you a list of all the foods he hates, but I don’t have that kind of time.
So make these muffins for your dorky kids…and eat a few yourself while your at it!!!