i made another round of muffins this morning (v7), this time using fresh instead of frozen blueberries. i tried beating the softened butter first but that turned out to be a mistake as it quickly clogged the beater attachments. only after i poured in 3/4 cup of sugar did it prevent the clogging. i mixed the two ingredients as carefully as i could, trying not to splatter any sugar butter mix. that was followed by 2 eggs (one at a time, left outside overnight) then the vanilla extract, which turned everything into a soupy batter. i also had some lemon juice in the fridge and added a tablespoon to compensate for the fact that i wasn't using any sour buttermilk.
next came in the dry ingredients, added in thirds, with some milk in between to moisten the batter. then came two cups of fresh blueberries. because these are more delicate than the frozen variety, i was afraid of mixing then too hard and breaking the berries, so i was very gentle, but i think i got a pretty good mix. into the jumbo muffin tray they went, then baked at 425°F for 10 minutes, followed by 375°F at 30 minutes then another 10 minutes for a more well-done crust.
while the muffins were baking, i squeezed a container of orange juice. i'm glad this is the last batch because the juicer can be pretty messy when it comes to spraying (i've been lining the nearby area with newspaper for the past few juicing). i ate a chinatown pastry (courtesy of my 2nd aunt) for lunch. it seems a little weird, since soon i will have fresh muffins to eat, to be eating something else.
once the muffins finished baking, i packaged 4 of them into a plastic container and biked to belmont. it was still pretty windy from the storm yesterday, but thankfully we didn't really get any snow. what was out there was a lot of small branches and pine needles, not to mention asphalt gravel from pot holes, which were already there but seemed to gotten bigger somehow. had this taken place during the summer when the trees still have their leaves, there would've been more damage. i didn't see any tree damages, but occasionally i'd spot a part of some fences that had blown over.