Avocado Muffins

One of my favorite little caf├ęs, 3 Little Figs, has an avocado muffin that is surprisingly tasty. I asked them, one day, if they had a recipe. The worker said “I think it’s just a basic muffin recipe with half the butter replaced with avocado”. That’s not much of a recipe, since muffins vary a lot in fat content, but

I had just one avocado, so I scraped it out into a measuring cup to see what I had. One ripe avocado gave me 5 tablespoons of tasty green mush.

I used the “sweet and rich muffins” recipe from How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, with the following changes:

  • I doubled the recipe.
  • I replaced 5 tbsp of butter with avocado.
  • I accidentally melted part of the butter.
  • I used only 3/4c sugar instead of 1.5c

Avocado Muffins

  • 7 tbsp butter plus 1 tbsp for greasing the pan
  • One ripe avocado, about 5 tbsp
  • 3/4c sugar
  • Beat the sugar and fats together in a stand mixer.

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Backup Plan Foods: Fake Lindsor Tarts

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Potlucks are fraught with peril. Will others bring things my family eats? Will my offering be worthy? Or, on less good days, can I make something edible out of what is in my pantry or do I need to pay for a precut fruit bowl at the grocery store?

E has a preschool picnic today, and we are supposed to bring a fruit or dessert. I had hoped to bring banana bread muffins, but that didn’t happen: when both my kids took naps simultaneously I took one too! I regret nothing, that was the best 30 minutes ever.

But that doesn’t mean I don’t have to bring something, so I inventoried the pantry. From my 30 pizelle, and some fancy jams comes/

Fake Lindsor Tarts!

  • Pizelle, ideally unbroken
  • Fancy jam (in this case, lemon curd and fig butter)

Spread jam on a pizelle. Cover with another pizelle. If pizelle is broken, pair with unbroken cookie or give to preschooler. Serve!

Tinkerbell Slippers

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My eldest child is crazy for Tinkerbell. I would be less happy about this if it were not for the modern Disney Faeries franchise: they have seriously rehabilitated Tink’s image from the 1953 Disney movie or most versions of Barrie’s play. The new Tinkerbell is an engineer and inventor, which I am happy to encourage.

Anyway, my sister gave E a Tink dress with wings and matching plastic shoes for her birthday. My niece, who was visiting, got the same set, and they were adorable running around together. The only problem was the shoes:

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Aside from the inherent issues with kitten heels for preschoolers, these were very slippery on our wood floors, and a little too small besides. And they don’t actually look like Tinkerbell’s real footwear!

I found some perfect lime-green yarn at Michael’s for another project, and realized when I got it home that it is exactly the same color as E’s Tinkerbell dress, so I started hunting patterns.
I found this one on Ravelry, and decided that it just might work! I did not do the bow as she suggests, and instead did a strap 10 sc long by 3 rows to get a custom fit. I also added a closed-loop pompon for the white balls.

Since the original pattern gets a size 1.5, and E wears an 11, I used an F hook instead of G. It wasn’t quite enough—they are about a toddler size 12— but I wouldn’t want to change the hook or yarn size any more.

If I were making more, and I might, I would get stitch markers to make sure my counts are correct, and I would consider working elastic into the top row. I might also cut a few stitches from the sides to shorten the overall length. I also want to add something to the bottom to make them a bit less slippery, but I am not sure what…

The important part: E loves them!

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