Strawberry Muffins & a Special Giveaway

First, I want to welcome my new readers! I've noticed that there has been an increase in subscriptions to my little 'ole blog, and want to welcome each and every one of you! My posting has been a little off the last week because we are still getting accustomed to our new routine with the start of school. I'm hoping to be a bit better this week, and if you read to the end you'll find out about a cool giveaway for this week.

This past weekend was Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year), so we spent part of the weekend with My In-laws as we have been going to their temple for the holidays for quite a few years now. After the day in temple, we have dinner together to bring in the new year. Our traditional meal includes Chicken in Phyllo Dough (you can find the recipe HERE).

Our dessert was an assortment of different things. Baked prune plums were served over ice cream (simply delicious!), coffee cake and a bowl of fresh strawberries and cantaloupe. Since My mother-in-law bought the big container of strawberries, I was the lucky recipient of the rest of the container when we left to go home.

Figuring I needed to get started using them beyond just prepping them to eat, I decided to search for a Strawberry Muffin recipe. I ended up making some adjustments to a Cooking Light recipe for Cranberry-Orange Muffins and I think they turned out perfectly!

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For a low-fat muffin, they turned out perfectly moist and not a smidge dry at all. I left out the orange rind and subbed in 2 cups of coarsely chopped strawberries for the cranberries. I didn't think the sprinkling of sugar over the tope of each muffin really added anything, so I don't think I would bother with it next time.

Now, for the giveaway news! As you may (or may not) know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Most people have been touched if not directly within their own family, perhaps someone they know by this disease. After losing his mother to pancreatic cancer, Victor Kasatshko created a line of t-shirts, bandanas and caps that encourage everyone to live each day to the fullest. A Celebration of Life is sponsoring a fabulous giveaway for one of my readers to help promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

So, what can you win?

A t-shirt, bandana and baseball cap with the "Do Life" logo on it which include the pink ribbon.

How do you enter?

Leave a comment here before Midnight on Thursday, September 24th.

You can get an extra entry by Tweeting this giveaway, then come on back and leave another comment with the URL of the tweet.

This is only open to U.S. residents.

The winner will be chosen using and will be announced on Friday, September 25th.

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Jamie said…
Love the strawberry muffin and that it's from Cooking Light. Happy Rosh Hashanah! I'm also of the Jewish faith.

Thanks for offering this giveaway. It's for a great cause.
Therese said…
Thanks for the entry
Megan said…
That muffins look to good this AM. I want two of them as I'm running out the door. Cool hat and get up. I would proudly wear it on our Breast cancer Walk we do each year. I lost both my parents to cancer, it's a horrible disease. Thanks for the contest! Have a great day! :)
Heidi said…
I would love to win this giveaway. My Aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer a few weeks ago and is hoping to be able to get surgery this week (they had to post pone it last week because she has infection where they did a biopsy).
Shelby said…
Patsy, the muffin looks delicious! Love this recipe.

I'm a big supporter of cancer charities - I lost one of my aunt's to breast cancer almost 25 years ago and my grandfather to prostrate cancer.
cpullum said…
Count me in! I would wear the hat everywhere!
marlynek said…
So glad the berries went into such a lovely form. I'm going to have to try the recipe.
All cancers are awful, and after all the scientific work done, there still is not only not a cure, but no prevention. Hopefully in my lifetime they will be able to come up with something.
Leslie said…
Beautiful and tasty muffins.
I have had 3 close friends lately pass from cancer. It is such a sad disease
Jen_from_NJ said…
Your muffins look so very good! Great use of extra strawberries! I love Cooking Light, especially for baking ideas.
Great looking muffins. I am always looking for the perfect muffin mixture and I love that this one is low fat!!!
CookiePie said…
Delicious-looking muffins -- can't believe they're low fat!
amycaseycooks said…
I love muffins and a perfect morning for me is a hot cup of coffee and a freshly baked muffin.

Your muffins look fantastic!
LaDue & Crew said…
I want these muffins! They look really delicious!

I am running the Susan G Komen 5k race on October 11th in honor of 3 people I know and love. You're right Patsy, it touches everybody.
LaDue & Crew said…
I just tweeted the contest too @ednascafe Patsy! I know what a url is, but I am so lost on how to grab a twitter post url!!
Unknown said…
Love your blog and your muffins look delicious!!! Hard to believe they're low fat but I'm all for that!
Deeba PAB said…
Great O Post. Was just off to update mine for O foods thanks to Bleeding Espresso. I love the muffins - light & fluffy! WOW!!
TheIsom8 said…
Love the strawberry muffin recipe and can't wait to try it with the strawberries is my fridge! And the giveaway is for such a good cause!

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