As the name of my blog indicates, I spend a lot of time thinking about home. Of course, my Heavenly Home is the one that is eternal, so that’s where I need to lay up my treasures, and that’s the one I’m striving for. But in the meantime, I have been given this tiny piece of the here-and-now—this home on the edge of town, this family, this neighborhood—in which to serve Him. And, though this is in the earthly realm, I want the things that happen here to be investments in the Heavenly realm.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins {with Strawberry Butter}

Still on my lemon kick, I made some lemon poppy seed muffins this afternoon. And because strawberries are growing in the garden these days, I whipped up some strawberry butter to accompany them.



2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 teaspoons poppy seeds
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1/2 cup lemon juice
2 eggs
grated zest of 1 lemon

  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Butter muffin cups.
  2. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and poppy seeds; blend well.
  3. Melt butter; remove from heat. Stir in lemon juice, eggs, and lemon zest.
  4. Stir egg mixture into dry ingredients and blend until well moistened. 
  5. Spoon into prepared muffin cups.
  6. Bake 15 minutes or until lightly browned.



1 cup sliced fresh strawberries, puréed
1 cup (2 sticks) butter at room temperature
2 tablespoons confectioner's sugar 

  1. Using a food processor or stand mixer, beat the strawberry purée into butter.
  2. When mixture is fairly smooth, beat in sugar.
  3. Pack butter into a bowl or mold and chill until serving time.

So far, it's been strawberry shortcake, strawberry pie, and strawberry-spinach salad. And strawberries on cereal and strawberries in yogurt. Oh, and simply strawberries in a bowl. Also on tap for this week: strawberry jam. 

Are we tired of eating strawberries yet? No way! 

Are we tired of picking them? Maybe so. (Especially since Kati discovered a snake skin in the strawberry patch. ~shudder~)

On Saturday, it will again be time to Gather the Moments. (Don't the months fly by?) 
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  1. this combination sounds just wonderful. But the strawberry butter has really got me going...soo yummy sounding. Hope your week is going well!

  2. Our strawberries aren't quite ripe yet, but soon!

    I love anything lemon and especially lemon poppyseed! Thank you for this recipe!


  3. Shudder is right. I'd love one of those muffins with my coffee right now! Delicious...

  4. Good grief, you and me both! I'm on a lemon kick too and if I were there, those lemon poppyseed muffins would be a thing of the past. They look fantastic. And with strawberry butter? Oh please! LOL

  5. Oh my, how yummy these look! Lemon poppy seed muffins are one of my faves but don't think I have ever had any strawberry butter....and I think I want some RIGHT!

  6. Oh my! I think John might keel over if I made him some strawberry butter! Do I need to start praying for a new oven at your house? That one that Deanna has made me wobbly in the knees...such a beauty! I don't think we'll be picking strawberries any time soon here, but perhaps there might be some decent imports. A snake skin in the strawberry patch? Acckkk...there go my knees again.

  7. I will have to try some of that strawberry butter.

  8. The strawberry butter is a great idea! The muffins look wonderful.
    I planted strawberries this year, so eventually I will once again have a strawberry patch. Can't wait!
    We've had strawberries plain, in granola, in yogurt.
    We are limiting sugar to Thursdays and Sundays, so that's why it's been limited.
    But tomorrow is Thursday!!

  9. It's nice you can step outside and pick strawberries (sans snake skin, shudder) … and it sounds like you are enjoying them to the fullest. It was fun to read how you make the strawberry butter and I've recently become a fan of lemon and poppy seed … yum.

  10. This sounds so good! We planted some new strawberry plants and I hope they do well. I will make a not of this butter to make! Thanks for sharing!


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