My family has always had a large garden and our summers growing up were usually spent planting, watering, weeding, harvesting and cooking with the produce grown in it. Most summer mornings, we would wake up to find my mom outside watering the garden, weeding her flower beds, or picking fresh fruits and vegetables. The first place that my dad usually goes after work is outside to check on the progress of things he's planted. All of the hard work my parents (and sometimes us kids) put into the yard and garden pays off every year. Not only do my parents have a beautiful yard full of flowers and lots of green, but we get to enjoy the fruits of our labor and share them with our friends and neighbors too.
We haven't started a garden of our own yet, but we still enjoy fresh produce every summer, straight from my parent's garden. Bensen even got to help plant the garden this year and every time we're over, he checks to see how the beans are growing. In a few weeks, I'll teach him how to snip the beans, like I did every summer growing up, and then my mom and I will bottle them so we have those to enjoy through the winter months as well. He's helped pick fresh strawberries from their garden and eats them all immediately. It's safe to say one of our favorite things about summer is all of the fresh food we get to eat.
One of my mom's favorite summer foods would have to be raspberries and they've quickly become one of Bensen's as well. We eat them fresh, make jam with them and put them in a lot of different recipes. These muffins, or really any muffin she makes, usually disappear into our bellies before they even have the chance to cool off. Of all the muffins she makes, these are probably my favorite. They make the perfect addition to breakfast on our deck, a picnic at one of our favorite free summer activities, snack at the beach, etc.
The Best Muffins for Summer
These muffins freeze really well and we will probably be eating them for breakfast all fall/winter while I reminisce about summer mornings spent picking raspberries and summer nights eating these muffins with cheese and fresh veggies for dinner. You could also make them with frozen berries and add a little summer to your life when you're getting sick of the snow and cold weather in six months.
What is your favorite thing to make with fresh raspberries in the summer?