During April, join Jessica and her desire to work with herbs in this new short story – It’s an Herb Thing.
This week we’re writing to the prompt ‘chest.’ You can check out the other wonderful snippets at Tuesday Tales here.
Onion, Chive, Thyme Muffins
Jessica was wound up now. She kept going, on a roll. “There are so many different varieties of herb gardens you have. Why just on the gardens part I could probably teach a different class each month for well over a year. And then all the ways to craft with them. Why there are dozens of possibilities, if not more for different crafting classes. You know, if I work it right, I could probably make more money from teaching classes than I would from selling products.”
“That’s a possibility, Laurel agreed. “That would take a lot less inventory and supplies. And once you got your classes worked up, then you’d have them set to go. It’s not like you’d have to keep recreating them. Why you have a whole treasure chest of possibilities here. I’ve got a brown thumb and couldn’t keep anything alive. But even I’m getting so caught up in your excitement here that I’d even take some classes.”
Jessica almost doubled over in laughter. She was laughing so hard, she wiped away tears from the corners of her eyes. She finally quieted and took a deep breath. “Sorry, my friend. It’s just, I’ve known you for too long. You might take the classes, but I don’t see you turning your brown thumb green. Just the thought of you growing plants…” She tapered off and tried to stifle the laughter wanting to erupt again.
“I know. I know. It was a thought though.” A rueful smile flittered at the edges of Laurel’s lips. “But you know – cooking. You haven’t mentioned cooking and those classes I could take. And there are lots of herbs you could use in those too. Why those muffins you made a few weeks ago were divine. I think they had chives and thyme in them? They were delicious. You could teach a class just on herbal muffins.”
“I could, couldn’t I? I hadn’t thought of the cooking angle. Those muffins aren’t my recipe though. I got that recipe from Joyce. She entered them in an herbal cooking contest at an herb fair years ago. Placed with that recipe too.”
“A well-deserved win. I’d love more of those. In fact…I have a birthday coming up next month. That’s what I want for my birthday. A batch of those.”
“Consider it done. That’s what you’ll get. And a bar of soap!”
The two broke out in laughter. Again. It didn’t take much to set these two buddies off on another fit of hilarity. Jessica finally pulled her phone from her rear pocket and glanced at the time. “Oh my goodness! I’ve got to go. I left early and now I’ll get back late too.”
Jessica grabbed her papers and her half-eaten lunch and scrambled towards the car. Her body headed to the office, but her mind was already in high gear, thinking of the cooking classes she could share with her community. Herbal seasonings and blends, dip mixes, salad dressings, desserts, baked goods. Just the baked goods would give her another slew of available classes. Rosemary Bread, Minted Apple Bread, Cheese Dilly Bread, Lavender Shortbread, Lemon Balm Cake…her mind was spinning.
Thyme, Onion & Chive Muffins
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
½ cup whole wheat flour
1 Tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
2 tsp. fresh thyme or ¾ tsp. dried thyme
½ cup onion, finely chopped
¼ cup chives, finely chopped
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 cup milk
Preheat oven to 375°.
In a large bowl, combine the flours, baking powder, salt, thyme, onion, and chives.
In a separate bowl, mix the butter, egg, and milk. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients, stirring only until the dry ingredients are moistened. Work quickly and do not overmix.
Spoon the batter into well-oiled, or paper lined, muffin cups. Bake for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.
Makes about 12 muffins.
Come back next week for the last week of It’s an Herb Thing.
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