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blackberry macaroon tart muffin 5I come bearing muffins in an attempt to apologize for my absence.  Sorry!

If any muffin is going to make up for my utter scheduling woes and my pure laziness when I did have free time these are the ones to do it.blackberry macaroon tart muffin 3

We could solve some real world problems with these muffins.  You will definitely have some nation building happening, you know if muffins are served during those sorts of things.  They should be if they are not if you ask me but no one has asked so we will just have to enjoy them. What?

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They are a muffin, they are a macaroon, they are a tart, they are amazing!

But back to my disappearance.  You already know I joined roller derby and am flat-out obsessed.  It kicks my tush and I love it.  I was driving 2 hours away once a week to get to practice and it really was having an exhausting effect for the rest of my week.  With summer season coming the drive was going to only get worse.  I was torn, I just found this amazing sport that I’m loving but I can’t be a zombie for the rest of my week. Folks, I was bummin’.

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Well luck would have it, right around the time I started roller derby some ladies right here on the Cape were trying to start a league, I met them for some open skates and well the practical thing occurred.  I talk to my other league about the distance and I ended up joining the Cape league. YAY Salty Dolls!  What?

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We are all just starting out but we are determined to make this happen plus I love that I can be in a league and fundraise and all that jazz in the community I live in.  Sure we don’t have a roller rink and are currently using a melted ice rink so we have some hurdles to get through but we are having so much fun along the way.  If you happen to know anyone who wants to build and own a roller rink on Cape Cod there are some ladies who would be ever grateful, I’m looking at you Bill Murray.

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So spring has arrived and I could not be more jazzed.   Yes, I said jazzed.  I also use phrases and words like monkeyshines and holy nerds to try to keep my swearing at a PG level but it can get an R rating for language at times.

This week could have been one of those times.  I am currently having a bit of poison ivy or oak problem.  In my basking in the sunshine I was gung-ho to start  my yard clean up and garden prep,  now have red itchy arms and ankles.   (I just had to go without socks and set my feet free from winter..Blurg!)

I also lost my last remaining link to childhood, or as I described it on my husband’s voicemail when I called  to share with him the news.  I lost my last baby tooth this week!  Weird I know, apparently an adult molar never grew in so I never lost the baby one.  Well, until it popped out at work the other day.   Henry Winkler!

The same day a dog jumped up on me at work and ripped my necklace off, breaking the chain.  The one piece of jewelry that besides my engagement ring and wedding band my husband has gotten me.  (To be fair to him I do not wear much jewelry and he did get me roller skates that I get way more use out of… Fiddlesticks anyway!)

So what’s a girl to do?  slump down and weep? No.   Shout “HOLY NERDS”?  Maybe.  But I think you should make these mini chocolate chip muffins, enjoy their deliciousness and maybe next time find out what poison ivy looks like before you start any garden projects.  Holy Nerds, indeed.

Mini Chocolate Chip Muffins

yield 12

(From the Joy the Baker cookbook, blueberry muffin recipe, I didn’t have any blueberries at the time)

MUFFINS:

7 tbsp unsalted butter

1/3 cup milk

1 large egg

1 large egg yolk

1 ts vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups flour

3/4 cup sugar

1 1/2 ts baking powder

3/4 ts salt

1 cup mini morsel chocolate chips

FOR THE TOPPING:

3 tbsp unsalted butter

1/2 cup flour

3  tbsp sugar

Preheat oven 375 degrees.  Line muffin tin with paper liners.

For muffins, melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat until it browns and smells nutty.  Remove from heat so it does not burn.  This step goes quickly so keep you eyes on it.

Mix milk, egg, yolk and vanilla, add browned butter and mix to combine.

Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.  Add liquids and stir to combine,  Fold in chocolate chips.  Divide batter into muffin cups.

Make topping:  combine ingredients in bowl and squeeze together until crumbly, sprinkle on top of muffin batter in cups.

Bake for 18-20 minutes until tops are golden and tester comes out clean.  Cool in pan for 15 minutes then enjoy and let your troubles float away.

P.S. Newton and Larry would approve of these if they were allowed to eat chocolate.  Monkeyshines!

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