One Year Older – One Year Wiser

This week marks the one-year anniversary of House of Bedlam – hard to believe a whole year and 52 blog posts have gone by so fast. My goal when I started this little project was to get my kids to start eating better and enjoying real food. Looking back over all the new foods they have tasted I believe we made huge strides. Of course, we still have a long way to go but one thing is for sure, my kids have become a lot more fun to cook for. Okay, there are still days when someone screams at seeing a pea on his plate but at least it is not EVERY day anymore. Most nights our family dinners, while still loud, are somewhat less combustible. Another added bonus, the boys have started to set the table!

My very first post was a simple one about apples so I felt compelled to come full circle and try another apple recipe. We always take a trip to an orchard this time of year so we have a huge basket of apples ready and waiting to be turned into something yummy. I found a scrap of paper tucked in a cookbook with an old recipe for apple muffins. They are delicious and if I could remember the person who shared it with me I would gladly credit them. If you are reading this and it is you, please let me know…

So the big question is has all this cooking been worth the effort? The answer is a big fat YES! I look forward to forging ahead with new dishes in the coming year. Thanks so much to all of you who have followed along with us and for the many comments (we love getting those comments!), and encouraging words.

Now on to baking –

Apple Cobbler Muffins

To these delicious muffins I added an oat crumble topping. The crumble is totally optional, but I had a feeling my kids would love it so I made mine with. I also made them mini since they are a bit high on the sugar content.



2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking salt

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 cup white sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

2 cups finely chopped apples



1/3 cup packed brown sugar

2 Tbsp whole grain oats

1 Tbsp all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 Tbsp butter



Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare a muffin pan with paper baking cups.

In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a larger bowl, beat or whisk together butter, sugar and eggs until smooth. Mix in the vanilla. Gently stir in the apples.

IMG_6298 Gradually add in the flour mixture a bit at a time until well blended. The mix will be a chunky consistency. Spoon the mixture into the prepared muffin pan. Note: You can add more or less apples to your mix depending on taste.

For the topping:

In a small bowl, mix the brown sugar, flour, oats and cinnamon. Add the butter and use your hands to mix into coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over the tops of the mixture in the muffin pan. Press down on the topping a little bit so it sticks well when baking.


Bake approximately 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin tests clean. After 5 minutes, remove muffins from pan and cool on a wire rack.


And the VERDICT is:

Matthew (age 6): “Wow, I love these!”

Liam (age 4): “Did you use the purple apples in these? It tastes like it”

Dylan (age 4): “I didn’t like the fruit part – Can I try another?”

Nothing like a purple apple muffin!



6 thoughts on “One Year Older – One Year Wiser

  1. Love the recipe. You have to be careful which apples you use for baking, they can get mushy if they are the softer kind. Granny smith or Johan Gold or Honey Crisp make great baking apples. If you use a bit more vanilla and cinnamon, you can cut down on the sugar a bit. I have found that with taste for baking things you can use 1/8th cup less sugar than the recipe calls for, especially if there is sugar on the top as well. As I said, it is a matter of taste.

    Three cheers for a year of blogging! We love each and every one of them and all of you.!!!!

    Much love,

    Judy and Bill

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