This picture makes it look burnt, but they weren't! I am not a photographer.
Anyways, I used THIS RECIPE FROM ALLRECIPES. It was really good and the kids loved them. I liked how it was a recipe for 12 muffins - that's a doable amount. If we have more, I'm up to my ears in muffins.
After I made the batter, I looked at my table:
What a mess! I don't want to deal with getting everything out again the next time I'm suckered into making muffins. I had just enough chocolate chips left in the bag for two more batches. So I took 2 gallon sized plastic bags and wrote the following on them with permanent marker:
3/4 cup milk
1/3 cup oil
Bake @ 400 for 20 minutes
Then I mixed all the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, salt, baking powder & chocolate chips) together and put the dry ingredients in said bag. I did this again.
So now I have 2 pre-portioned bags of chocolate chip muffin mix. It's like I made my own fancy Bisquick. Now when the kids need chocolate chip muffins, I can just get my bag and add it to the wet ingredients. I should be able to measure milk & oil and crack and egg in the morning without much fuss. Plus, I'm pretty sure making these mixes are cheaper than buying boxed mixes.
Oh - on the recipe it says to sprinkle a mix of sugars on top of the muffins. I skipped this mostly because I'm lazy. The muffins were still good.
This post is partially inspired by the group challenge Precious started at Frugal Makes Cents.