Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Orange Muffins and a Fun Orange Lunch for Kiddos

Our house was full of company again last week (yeah.) I pulled out a recipe my mom gave me ages ago, that I had never tried . . . orange muffins.

I love seeing my mom's pretty handwriting.

These muffins are easy to make


and fun to serve.

Mom's Orange Muffins

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup milk
1 cup grated raw carrot
1 can mandarin oranges, drained and chopped
(I added 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut)
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups flour

Using electric mixer, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, orange juice, milk, carrots and orange pieces.
Add dry ingredients. Do not over mix.

Spoon batter into 12 prepared muffin cups. Bake for 20 minutes at 375 degrees. Cool three minutes before removing them from pan.

Great with butter and honey.

And speaking of orange, reminded me of past days when I was a young mom with two wee kids at home. Sometimes when the girls needed a little pick-me-up, I would give them three colors (based on what was in my fridge) and let them choose one. I would then serve them a lunch with only that color.

So in honor of orange muffins, today I choose orange. Here is what our orange lunch might have looked like:

cubes of cheddar cheese
sliced oranges
cheddar fishy crackers
tiny carrot sticks

You get the idea. Have fun. (I was not always a fun mom, but I tried to be one once in awhile.) Ask me later about toothpick lunches and cookie cutter lunches.

Linking to the lovely Pamela at A sheltering tree.


  1. You are so cute! I bet you were a really fun mom. I didn't get to be much fun until my kids were older. Know what I mean? ;)

  2. This is a really important point, Shelly. Some moms really become close to their kids at older ages . . . and you have great relationship with your kids. So be encouraged, if you are a mom who finds wee kids stressful. Thanks, Shelly.

  3. Your muffins sound and look delicious and the idea of color coated meals is inspired. I'll use it this summer when the younger grandchildren are visiting. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  4. These look delicious and no one has to tell the children that they are healthy as well. Your mother's handwriting looks a lot like my mother's. I think they were required to take penmanship back then and it shows.


  5. With a tiny bit of color cheating you could also serve an orange filet of salmon and orange yam!

  6. These muffins look delicious and are making me hungry!! I love orange anything!! Thanks for a great recipe, Glenda!


  7. oooh, those muffins look delicious!! Gotta give these a try!

  8. Sounds like a good mom idea to me! And orange is one of my favorite flavors! I can't wait to try this.
    Come "see" again soon!

  9. My daughter loves oranges and I'm sure would love to have orange muffins for breakfast one day. Thanks for the recipe! :-)

  10. Hello Glenda,
    Love oranges..love carrots and anything with coconut gets my vote!

    Thanks for popping by to say hello..come back anytime.

    Janet xox


  11. Sounds delicious! and I agree your mother does have gorgeous hand writing!

  12. Carrots, oranges and coconut! Yummy!

  13. Those look sooo good! I've never made orange muffins. I'll be making them very soon!

  14. Mmmmmm, those sound delicious!! :)

  15. Thank you for sharing your idea--the muffins and the monochromatic lunch! :) I'm one of those moms who needs a little help being fun; I have three wee ones, and I find when I try to be that fun mom, I end up being a stressed-out mom! Today I was better, though--I actually ran through the sprinkler twice with all of my clothes on (it's a start!). ;)

  16. Hi Glenda! Thanks for stopping by Yummy Mummy, I'm so happy to see you again. These muffins sound fantastic! I LOVE orange baked treats. Yum!

  17. I think I would love those muffins! And, the color coded lunch is so creative! I should do that for my Grands.

    I've been having a hard time posting a comment for some reason. ?? Hope it works this time....

    Have a great day!

  18. Thank you for visiting me over at Crafty Texas Girls. Your orange muffins look delicious- the perfect fruity bread for summer.
    :) Samantha

  19. Hi Glenda! Thanks for your visit over at Casa Haus. I'm delighted to meet you! What a great and easy recipe. I bet my daughter will love it!

  20. Hi Glenda! Thanks for your sweet comment on my porch curtainbs...they were fun to make and added so much to my patio!
    Your muffins look really yummy, I'll have to make them with my son. He's 10 and I homeschool him, he LOVES to bake! He gets up at least 3 times a week and makes muffins for the family...he's such a sugar muffin himself! He will love a new recipe!
    Have a great day!

  21. These look and sound so good! Yumminess!

  22. Oh those sound wonderful! I'm printing this out so I can put it in my baking book! :) Thanks for sharing!~

  23. I am adding this to my recipe box!
    praying all is well in Chicago:)

  24. These sound amazing and I'm sure they were fragrant and yummy. I love baking muffins and scones in the cooler months! Enjoy your day!

  25. I'm honored that you linked to Sharing the Shelter today. The orange muffins sound so good--how could it not be with coconut! I wasn't always a fun mom either. But its so much easier as a grandparent. I cut the crust off the bread today (something I wouldn't have done for my daughters) spread it with hazelnut butter and rolled it up jellyroll style. Morgan was delighted. Next time she's here I'm going to try the color meal.

  26. I love your idea for picking a color for lunches -- cute one! I'll have to remember that and try it with my daughter sometime!


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