Halloween Muffins

I finally stopped drooling over the recipes in my copy of Grain-Free Gourmet and tried one. The results were…unexpected!

One day last week I woke up with a craving for blueberry baked goods. Out of the blue (har har), I just had a hankering. So I settled in with Grain-Free Gourmet and flipped through to the recipe for blueberry muffins.

The recipe calls for 2 cups of blueberries (fresh or frozen), and I had a big resealable bag of blueberries in my freezer, from this summer when my mom, grandmother, and I visited Wild Blueberry Land in Columbia Falls. World’s largest blueberry here, folks!

World's largest blueberry

Two cups seemed like an awful lot, but I figured I’d go where the recipe led me. It also called for simmering the blueberries on the stove top, which again seemed peculiar, and a tad too time intensive for my norm. I grew a bit impatient once I had all my other ingredients mixed and the oven preheated, and I was just waiting on the blueberries to cool. I decided to mix the wet ingredients and the dry, and then stir in the blueberries to that afterward.

The results were surprising.

Booberry batter

Midnight black batter! If you’re looking for something that fits the spooky Halloween bill, these muffins are it. No food coloring required to make these booberry babies!

Dark black muffins

I can’t get over how dark the batter turned once I added the blueberries. These would be a festive addition to a Halloween party spread. For an extra special treat, you could even top these with a very simple meringue frosting using honey, egg whites, sea salt, and a dash of vanilla. I bet this SCD cream cheese-style frosting would also be great. Throw in some red and yellow food coloring to make a striking shade of orange that will really bring out the Halloween effect.

Black muffins for Halloween

Happy Halloween!

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Halloween Classics

I’ve caught the Halloween spirit, which means I’m watching all the horror offerings on Netflix I typically ignore. Sunday Colin and I watched Re-Animator, a campy 1985 classic based on a short story by H.P. Lovecraft. It boasts a surprisingly solid 93% freshness rating on RottenTomatoes.com. If you’re in the mood for a “scary” movie that doesn’t take itself too seriously, this is a fun little film to watch.

NSFW warning: This trailer includes gore and butts.

On the milder side of cinema, this is the time of year when I break out my DVD of Garfield holiday classics and watch Garfield’s Halloween Adventure. Major childhood nostalgia hits me and I get filled with warm fuzzies sitting in front of the TV wrapped in a blanket, sipping insert-your-favorite-hot-beverage.

And everybody loves It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. It’s basically a requirement of United States citizenship to watch that every year. But what about new cinematic Halloween treats? Apparently the full version of Dr. Seuss’s Halloween Is Grinch Night is available on YouTube. I’m afraid this is a Halloween special that’s slipped under my radar. Fortunately, I believe this is a situation I’ll be remedying posthaste.

What are your favorite Halloween specials and scary movies? What puts you in the spooky spirit?