Meet Another Member Of Our Family…….”THE BOWL”

Happy Friday Everyone!!!

Today we would like to introduce you to a very important member of our family….”THE BOWL.”

It’s important to note here that “THE BOWL” is not a means of identity of an object “a round deep basin or dish used for food or liquid” (thanks Answers.com), it is the given name to a long time, faithful kitchen companion, one that has been around for almost 30 years and has been an a very important partner in the preparation of many meals, desserts and snacks.  “THE BOWL” is always here no matter what we need him for, to make a dish, serve a dish, or store a dish.  “THE BOWL” pitches in each and every time.

“THE BOWL” was a gift from my mom (I am sure my dad was involved too, but for some reason we always just say “my mom”).  Mom found “THE BOWL” in a tiny country store while she was up-north visiting my Aunt Lilly, my dad’s sister.  In the 1980’s I was into the whole country theme decor, mom thought that “THE BOWL” would be a perfect addition to my kitchen, and even bought “THE BOWL’s” twin for herself.

“THE BOWL” and I have been on a great journey together.  Having moved several times “THE BOWL” is the one I pack last in the kitchen and the first I unpack when we reached our new destination.  “THE BOWL” has never been hidden in a cabinet, he has always been displayed on a counter or  a shelf.  “THE BOWL” is always within reach whenever he is needed.

If you ask my grandbabies, Joshua, Kaylee, or Lil E, for the bowl, they will, without hesistation, go to the shelf and get “THE BOWL.”    Keep in mind that “THE BOWL’s” big brother and younger sisters are also on display, yet each and every time, when asked, they will go directly for “THE BOWL.”  They know if grandma is looking for “THE BOWL” something is good is about to happen.

Last November Joshua was the “VIP” of his second grade class for one week.  On the forth day of VIP Week, Joshua was asked to bring in something that he loved to do.  One of Joshua’s favorite things to do when he is here with grandma and papa for the weekend is help grandma in the kitchen.  Joshua’s favorite dessert to make is “Oreo Cream Pie,” he can read the directions and make it (almost) all by himself.  I was so excited when I was asked if I could bring “THE BOWL” and all the ingredients needed to school so that Joshua could show his class his “Favorite Thing To Do.”  Joshua, “THE BOWL,” and the Oreo Cream Pie were a huge hit with the second graders!!

We have had great cooking adventures, “THE BOWL” and I, some good………others, not so much.  Together “THE BOWL” and I will continue to teach the grandbabies how to cook and bake, create family favorites, and experiement with new recipes and ideas to share with loved ones and friends.

Thanks “THE BOWL,” I couldn’t do it without you!!

This morning “THE BOWL” and I whipped up a batch of sour cream chocolate chip muffins.  They are light, moist, and full of delicious chocolate chips.  We hope you like them as much as we do.

SOUR CREAM CHOCOLATE CHIP MUFFINS

Ingredients

1 and 1/2 cups         All-purpose flour

2/3 cup                      Granulated sugar

3/4 tsp.                      Baking powder

3/4 tsp.                      Baking soda

1/4 tsp.                       Salt

1 large                        Egg

1 cup                           Sour cream

5 tbls                          Unsalted butter, melted

1 tsp.                          Vanilla

1 cup                           Semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  • Coat muffin pan with cooking spray (or use liners/papers)
  • In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt
  • In another large bowl, combine the egg, sour cream, melted butter, and vanilla extract, mixing well
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until combined
  • Gently add the chocolate chips – mix until thoroughly combined
  • Evenly divide the batter in the muffin pan about 3/4-full (I used an ice cream scooper)
  • Bake 15 – 20 minutes – until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean (ovens vary)
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