Making the Perfect Raspberry Muffins

 You would have think that a blog with the name “Muffins and Magnolias” would be sharing muffin recipe, after muffin recipe, after muffin recipe…but I personally think that that would be boring both for me, the writer, and you, the reader…right?! But every now and then I do plan on sharing a muffin recipe…and todayContinue reading “Making the Perfect Raspberry Muffins”

Raspberries…The Which

  Raspberries are another food that is high in antioxidants. ******************** Buying Raspberries Buy certified organically grown raspberries because these have less likelihood to have been exposure to contaminants—such as pesticides and heavy metals. Look for the USDA organic logo on the container to make sure that they are “cerified organic.”. Buy raspberries in their peak period—whichContinue reading “Raspberries…The Which”

Raspberries…The What

Now let’s move on to raspberries, a member of the rose (Rosaceae) family of plants— which also inclues apples, apricots, blackberries, cherries, loquats, peaches, pears, plums, strawberries, and almonds. Raspberries are the third most popular berry here in the United States…right after strawberries and blueberries. There are over 200 species of raspberries, but these typically belongContinue reading “Raspberries…The What”

Farmer Brown Went to Town

It may seem that buying organic produce is so much more expensive that “regular” produce, but there are ways to keep switching to organic produce less expensive. Let’s take a look…     *********** Food Coops One way that you can possibly start buying organic foods for far less is to join a food co-op.Continue reading “Farmer Brown Went to Town”

Great Advice for Buying Grapes

When shopping for grapes, there are three questions that you should ask yourself… 1.  Are the grapes organic? 2.  Are the grapes fully ripe? How can I tell? 3.  What color are the grapes? What’s the difference?       ************************ 1.  Are the grapes organic? One of my goals in adopting a healthier lifestyle and learningContinue reading “Great Advice for Buying Grapes”

Grapes…The Why

Like all other fruits, grapes contain several beneficial nutrients—such as fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. For example, one cup of grapes provides more than a fourth of the RDI for vitamin K, a fat-soluble vitamin vital for blood clotting and healthy bones…as well as vitamin C, necessary for bone and connective tissue health. Another nutrientContinue reading “Grapes…The Why”

Making the Perfect Blackberry Smoothie

The perfect blackberry smoothie is quick and easy to make…has an amazing taste… thick, luscious, creamy, and quite satisfying…not to mention that it contains tons of the antioxidants and vitamins that we alll need. But what we’re mainly concerned with in this series of posts is the health benefits of smoothies—such as which smoothies are bestContinue reading “Making the Perfect Blackberry Smoothie”

Making the Perfect Refrigerator Jam

  I have always had the ink/ling to carry on the family tradition of home canning. Growing up, I’ll never forget my grandmothers and my mom standing in the kitchen for hours after hours, days after days making homemade jams and jellies. Yet being a minimalist…and being afraid of the whole canning process, this hasContinue reading “Making the Perfect Refrigerator Jam”

Making the Perfect Cobbler

The perfect cobber is perfectly juicy, and sweet and has a perfectly crisp and tender top crust….served with a huge scoop of the perfect…(Blue Bell, perhaps)…vanilla ice cream…served straight out of the oven. But perhaps the best thing about cobbler is that it’s just so darn easy to make. Not only that, you can use whatever fruitContinue reading “Making the Perfect Cobbler”

Blackberries…The What

Another good option when targetting your smoothie to be most effective for its antioxidant purposes is the blackberry. This soft, plump, sweet, and juicy fruit is commonly found in Europe from June until November, but are now also grown commercially in the United States. They also grow wild  in forests and hedgerows across most of North America…whereContinue reading “Blackberries…The What”