Domestic Diva

Yes, one might call me a Domestic Diva. I can do laundry, dishes, feed the zoo and whip up a mean banana bread all at once. Well, the bread isn't mean, per se, but I digress...

This weekend I thought I'd experiment with a regular muffin recipe and create some Mega-Cranberry-Orange Mini Muffins®*. Packing in as many cranberries as possible (hence the "Mega" in the Mega-Cranberry-Orange Mini Muffins monniker), adding orange zest and juice... mmmm. I must admit they were delish.

I was feeling very "Martha".

Cranberry Orange Mini Muffins
Later that same day I had a craving for some Buttery Redenbacher's Gourmet Popping Corn.

Remove bag from cellophane cover. Check.

Place in microwave the Proper Side Up. Check.

Push "Popcorn" button. Beep!

Push "Start" button. Beep!

Wait.

Beep! Beep! Beep!

Remove burnt popcorn from microwave.

Burnt Popcorn

I swiftly returned from my "Martha" state back to being plain old "Maureen" again.

* Yes, I may just Register that name, because I am positive no-one has ever come up with THIS recipe before...

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Daisy said...

The muffins look very extra-scrumptious. I like popcorns, but not the burnt-up kind.

Jeff said...

We have a "popcorn" button on our microwave. I have no idea how long it goes for, but it makes perfect popcorn every time!

Maureen said...

Daisy: They WERE extra-scrumptious (love that word!), and yes, only 1 burnt popcorn ruins them all...

Jeff: Sure. Rub it in. But it takes REAL talent to screw up simple one-button cooking you know!

Ashley said...

oooh, looking at those muffins is making me hungry!!! now if only you had already marketed your product, i might be able to get ahold of some Mega-Cranberry-Orange Mini Muffins® in my neck of the woods.

The Finely Tuned Woman said...

Maureen, it would take me 2 meals to eat one of those muffins, but they look great. I don't have a popcorn button on my microwave, but then this isn't Northern America.

VE said...

See now the popcorn is where you went wrong. Martha would have harvested it at the peak time in August and slowly dried out each kernal upon which she would have popped them over the first cast iron skillet ever made in her vintage kitchen fireplace. The butter would be hand churned by her slave staff and lovingly applied at the very end by Martha herself...

JoJo said...

My cranberry bread (also muffin) recipe won 2nd place in the 1998 Marin County Holiday Cooking Contest, in California. *beams proudly*

Jay said...

It's far, far better to be able to cook your own 'improved recipe' muffins from scratch, than be able to pop ready-prepared popcorn in a microwave, Maureen.

You're still a domestic diva to me! ;)

Beetle said...

The muffins look very scrumptious, but the burned popcorn is more, well, more Maureen. Only joking hahaha!

Shawn said...

Yeah, I succeeded in making some burnt popcorn the other day. That smell...it lingers. It really does.

Tony Single said...

Awww man... I had to stop myself from licking the screen. Those muffins look Tony-tauntingly yummy (is "Tony-tauntingly" a word?)! Now I have to find something in the fridge to eat... I can guarantee that it won't be as nice as muffins. Sad now. :(

Ed said...

Those muffins look good enough to eat!

Maureen said...

Ashley: Ha! Well, I'd better get those Mega-Cranberry-Orange Mini Muffins® out there! Maybe daughter can get Starbucks to start selling them! I'd make a for-tune!

The Finely Tuned Woman: Aw, you could get one down, they are Mini-Muffins! And yeah, the "popcorn" setting is probably a North American thing...

VE: OMG, now you have to admit YOU WATCH MARTHA! That was perfect!!!

JoJo: You should be proud... cranberry muffins are very difficult to create (well, okay, they are for me, okay?)

Aw, Jay, you are a sweetie. Thank you for the ego boost!

Beetle: No, you are absolutely right, Babs!

Shawn: How right you are... there is nothing worse than the smell of burnt popcorn; especially when it's your last bag.

Aw, Tony, don't be sad. I shall now have to remember "Tony-tauntingly yummy" for a future post...

Ed: They WERE good enough to eat! The popcorn, though, was another story...

toners said...

But you enjoyed that short "Martha" moment, right? :) Those don't come often in my house either :)

DJ Kirkby said...

I'll make you popcorn if you let me have some of those muffins!

Maureen said...

Toners: Yes, I did bask in the moment... fleeting as it was.

DJ: Deal! Too bad you're on the other side of the world :(

Janet said...

Fun while it lasted! lol The muffins look fabulous! I'm a sucker for cranberry orange.

Maureen said...

Janet: Yes, we are sisters, remember? So we both have to like them... like the Starbucks Cranberry Bliss bars.... mmmmm.

Swubird said...

Maureen:

Maybe you should send this post to Martha, and ask her advice. The caption reads: How to Make Gourmet-Style Prison Popcorn?

Pop, pop.

Happy trails.

Maureen said...

Swu: Ha! I do believe Martha would be appalled at my making microwave popcorn...

Vegas Princess said...

I am very impressed. As someone who burns water I can only imagine how to make such scrumptious muffins. However, thanks to my trusty all-knowing microwave I can make popcorn without burning it. It is much smarter than me.

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