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Thank you, thank you to everyone that commented on yesterday’s meal planning post! I loved reading about everyone’s different perspectives on it. It’s not something that is usually discussed among friends, so I had no idea what was “normal” or not.

Reading your comments made me realize two things:

  1. How different 2 people household situations can really create a variety of budgets! There is definitely no one “right” budget.
  2. This is a topic that should totally be discussed among friends, over wine, somewhere between “where did you get those cute shoes” and “how’s everything at work these days

And speaking of buying only what I need, and eating it all before it goes bad… I bought some, not so tasty, apples last week and was forced to bake something with them so they wouldn’t go bad.

Mission accomplished: Tasty apple streusel muffins, and 2 less {soft} apples grossing me out on my counter.



  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups diced apples (about 2 medium apples)
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a 12 cup muffin tin or line with paper muffin cups.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together 2 1/4 cups flour, baking soda and salt. In a separate smaller bowl, mix together the egg, buttermilk, 1/2 cup melted butter, vanilla and 1 1/2 cups of brown sugar until sugar has dissolved. Pour into the flour mixture and sprinkle the diced apple into the bowl as well. Stir just until everything is blended. Spoon into the prepared muffin tin, filling the cups to the top.
  3. In a small bowl, stir together 1/2 cup of brown sugar, 1/3 cup flour and cinnamon. Drizzle in 2 tablespoons of melted butter while tossing with a fork until well blended. Sprinkle this over the tops of the muffins.
  4. Bake for 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the tops of the muffins spring back when lightly pressed.


Note: I blame my badly lit photos on the loss of Daylights Saving Time, and no longer ever seeing sunlight during the week.

Anyone have any advice for photo tips {or websites with tips for taking photos} without sunlight?

For more apple recipes, check out: apple pie turnovers and homemade applesauce