If You Give A Mom A Muffin

My mom’s birthday falls quite close to Christmas, so she usually insists that no one buy her presents.  And we usually all end up ignoring that request.  😉  She deserves all the spoiling and so much more!

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So this year, she tried a different tactic and made a special request for muffins.  She said that she just wanted me to bake her muffins for her birthday present.  And probably for the first time ever, I decided to not ignore the simple request.  Finances are a bit tight right now (not to mention that we have a baby on the way and my brother is getting married in July).  We’re definitely following a tight budget and saving as much as we can.

And as I brainstormed a bit, I realized that – although I’m not the most crafty of people – I do LOVE to bake and cook.  So I decided to set a goal for myself this year that I will try to make as many gifts for family and friends as I can, instead of just buying them.  I can provide nicer-looking gifts at a lesser price, and they will be more personal.

After pinpointing two of my favorite muffin recipes (banana chocolate chip and blueberry orange), I decided to shop at Marshall’s for a cute tray or basket to put the muffins on.

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Of course, I may have had to do some browsing while I was there, since I don’t get out all that much these days.  😉  How adorable is this bicycle shirt?  (I didn’t buy anything, but it was fun to try on a few outfits)!

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I also think that I need this plaque in my life.  What I’m the boss of, I’m not quite sure.  But the plaque would make me officially the Girl Boss of something!  

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It was tough choosing between the trays and baskets; but I finally decided on this rustic, copper-colored tray.  It matches my parent’s decorating style and would look great filled with muffins.  Plus it was only $14, which was an incredible price!  (At my sister’s amazing suggestion, I decided to also bake a homemade bread too, since I received a bread machine for Christmas.  I decided to make a Whole Wheat Molasses Raisin bread).

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I’m quite happy with how the gift turned out in the end.  I think it looked nice… and hopefully delicious too!

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Lunch at my mom’s birthday get-together was pizza, which is a staple for me these days.  😉   Even Brady ate two huge slices.  Yum!

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(Do you like my striped socks?  Keepin’ it classy)!  

Then there was apple crisp for dessert and presents to open afterward.  (My dad bought my mom a wooden, toy train for one of her gifts just so she could have a new toy to play with Brady.  🙂  Yeah, my parents are pretty awesome).

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I have to say, baking muffins for my mom’s birthday turned out to be a great idea… AND great inspiration for future gifts I might give.  I guess mom really does know best!  (But then again, I already knew that).  🙂

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4 thoughts on “If You Give A Mom A Muffin

  1. So sweet! The bread tray looks terrific. I want to eat all those tasty treats. And the homemade gifts you make this year will be so meaningful to the recipients. Great idea and budget friendly! Winning all around.

    • Thank you, Amy! My dad’s birthday is in March, so I’m already brainstorming what to make him. 😉 I’m thinking chili, but I’m not 100% sure yet… And then I have to decide how to package it. 🙂

  2. I love homemade gifts. They always mean the most to me, because they giver spent their time making something nice. That was a super cute tray choice too!

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