The Muffin Experiment
Last week, I was blog hopping and saw a recipe for banana and chocolate chip muffins. This immediately prompted a trip to the grocery store. Unfortunately, once I got to the muffin aisle, my enthusiasm for baking from scratch disappeared and I found a .99 cent bag of ready-mix blueberry muffins.
Muffins 1 RS
Processed with Oh My Good Knits’ freebie action: Hazy B&W
Don’t get me wrong, they were tasty, but I should have stuck to my guns and made the banana and chocolate chip muffins. In fact, I fully plan to execute my plan…um, this weekend.
Muffins 2 RS
More than anything, this little baking experience provided a refreshing break from the summer heat and new photographic subject material. Who knew that sitting in front of the oven with a camera could be so much fun!
Muffins 3 RS
It even occurred to me that I might finally learn how to cook if I attached photography to it. Granted, I’ll never be the next Martha Stewart or Ree Drummond (and I don’t really see myself becoming a food photographer), but I’ve been known to do just about anything for a good picture.
Muffins 4 RS
Why not add “become domestic” to the list?! Don’t get too excited honey (directed at my husband), there’s probably going to be a mess in the kitchen, but it’ll be fun…right?
Muffins 5 RS
Processed with Vibrance by Mandy at A Sorta Fairytale
And, so what if my blueberry muffins are dinky (when the directions say fill 3/4 full, ignore them…go ahead and fill those muffin tins up!), at least I was inspired to take more pictures. Then again, did I really need the excuse?
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Alright, enough rambling…have a great Wednesday!


    mmm yum, think I’ll have to do some baking! I really like the B&W’s :)
    I haven’t sat in front of the oven with my camera but I have sat in front of the washing machine with it! (Charlotte’s favourite toy was getting its first wash, lol)

    LOL – your first little paragraph of this blog sounds exactly like something I would do! Get excited to try something new, something from scratch.. then go with pre-made cheap blueberry muffins!

    Awww – I love you itty bitty muffin!!

    i know. i never listen to how much they say to fill the cup.. i just do my own. i am not much of a baker, but i do like to try even if i fail miserably.

    and yes, we really don’t need an excuse to take any type of photo :) take ‘em all.

    hmmm… i should make muffins.

    I’m in love with that first picture! That action looks great.

    Love your shots….you MUST make the banana chocolate chip….it’s my “go-to” muffin to bake 90% of the time!

    :) Well, it didn’t cost a lot and you got nice photos! I enjoy making things from a scratch. Living in Italy does miracles for my cooking skills, especially hanging out with my 75 year-old Italian neighbor who does everything in an old-school way. : )

    Hey, with the cost of fruit these days, I don’t blame you.

    Your photos turned out great, even the dinky muffin. :)

    Those muffins are easy but not the tastiest. So funny about becoming domestic just for photos. Ha ha.

    Love these baking shots, especially the B&W in the oven and after. You’e inspired me to get the camera out next time I bake. Yummy!

    I had so much fun reading this post:). You’ve really played with your camera.

    Looks yummy to me!

    Great job at being domestic!!! I’m still trying to figure that out LOL
    Great set of photos!!
    Enjoy your day!!

    I’ll bet your muffins were delicious! I adore that action on the first shot. ♥

    Mmmm looks good ! Love the simplicity of the last photo! ❣

    Yum! You’re images always inspire me Ashley! Thanks!!

    Hey whatever makes things more interesting right! I always add fresh blueberries when I use those muffin nixes they make it so much better. I also love to make banana cc bread it is heavenly!

    Hey whatever makes things more interesting right! I always add fresh blueberries when I use those muffin nixes they make it so much better. I also love to make banana cc bread it is heavenly!

    I really wish I was a domestic goddess myself! I am quite o contraire. I want to work on changing that about myself though. Just a couple other things in front of that one on the list!

    Nope, I’ll never be Ree either, but for a photo shot, I’m with you on that … anything for the camera!
    Those look yumy!

    what a great post and great pictures! those banana chocolate chip muffins sound so good… but who doesn’t love blueberry? :)

    …but how did they taste???? Hope you’re having a super week! :O)

    Beautiful! We love muffins in our house! And, I think making muffins from scratch is just as easy as making them from a mix, only they taste a thousand times better. Last week, my daughter picked a bowl full of Mulberries from our tree and we made Mulberry muffins. They were delicious!

    Yum! Love the black and whites!

    I always over fill mine, but an overflowing muffin top is always ok as long as it’s on a muffin where it belongs.


    I love the idea of learning how to cook by attaching photography to it. I’ve had EXACTLY the same thought and so has my husband… “uh honey, I think you should make this… it would make for good photos.” lol. He’s so clever!

    I bet even these were good. I love baking when I have a mind to do it. So yummy rewarding. I think I shall soon.

    I LOVE that last photo.

    LOL, what a fun post, Ashley! I could so see myself in this! :-) Though I don’t think I’d start cooking… although… thinking about it, I DID take photos of putting spaghetti into boiling water ;-)
    Before I forget it – great photos! :-)

    Love, love, love your photography! and thank you for the notes on which actions you used – I’m always wondering – how do they do that?

    Yum, I want a muffin now!

    This post made me giggle, you are so cute! These are some pretty fantastic photos – love the b&w!

    Now get on those other muffins, I bet THOSE pictures will be even better (not too mention the muffins will probably be super delicious!).

    Happy Wednesday!

    Oh yum!

    And I don’t usually bother with actions but the ones you linked to are lovely!

    Too funny! My post today was about muffins too. :-) I couldn’t “cheat” and go for the box though, as my recipient is just too finicky!

    Great set of photos! I love blueberry muffins.

    Photography makes anything better! Love this series! Maybe I should take my camera to the kitchen :)

    Mmm banana and chocolate chip muffins, yum!! My mom makes them and I love love love them! Visiting from FFP, love your blog!

    Great shots! I love me some blueberry muffins! That shot through the oven door is pretty nifty! Thanks for the advice about the session, I will keep that in mind!

    Ha ha love it! What’s next? Making cushions? That would be a good photo opportunity too? :D

    I love baking!! I’ve learned to use an ice cream scooper to dish out my muffin mixes…. :) Hope you have a great Wednesday!

    LOL You crack me up! I’m sure your husband would find much entertainment in your journey to become domestic. Loving these shots. That last one, especially!

    oh, the exciting part! yummmy….love the second to the last picture….thanks for dropping by!

    These shots turned out great, really like the black and white ones.

    Love these shots! I really like that first one especially–I’m off to check out that hazy b&w action!

    Terrific Photos! I love making homemade banana muffins. My girls love the addition of chocolate chips. I like a sprinkle of cinnamon and my husband likes chopped pecans! I can smell them now!
    Enjoyed your post,

    I love this. It takes a lot of work for me to feel “domesticated” :) … Love the way you make a photo of everything though.

    I don’t care much for the process of cooking but I am a gadget girl. So since I got fancy kitchen bits I bake from scratch. Shiny Kitchen aid has been known to convert girls like me.
    And if you take pictures like this of it, I hope you bake more so I can enjoy your art.

    Baking is the one part of being in the kitchen that scares me. I get nervous with cake from a box – so go you!!

    Great shots Ashley, and I look forward to those banana chocolate chip muffins!! :-)

    You are an amazing photographer. The photo of the muffins in the ovum is awesome!

    You had me rolling when you got to the part of what changed your mind in the grocery isle. :) I have been known to purposely bake something just so I could have something to photograph. In fact I have talked about it before- but I post food photos so often that I have thought about becoming a food blogger. Actually- it would have to be a sweets blogger- because that is the only thing I know how to make.

    Hehe, were they jiffy? My Husband will not accept banana anything without chocolate chips. So high maintenance ;)

    hmmm looks deliciouso! love your action =) i like spongy pastry or fluffy i guess :)

    you are so funny! great shots! and looks delicious! xoxo

    I love cooking! And food photography! And it is way hard to make some things look good. Great shots.

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    Awesome pics! As always!

    Ha! I am with you on the not cooking so much… love the pictures, especially the one with the muffins in the oven…

    Love all the shots – and now I’m suddenly craving muffins. ;)

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    Yum, muffins…and I have a feeling if I got up the energy to make them, mine would come from a mix too.

    Those look so yummy! I love the processing on the first shot. What a great b&w action. I will definitely have to download it when I get home.

    Look delicious none the less! You’re a brave one to turn on the oven in the heat of the summer!

    Photographing the oven. Why didn’t I think of that? Great idea for a new subject matter!

    I never bake from scratch. I get too lazy.

    Yum! I absolutely love blueberry muffins but I’ve never even thought about making my own from scratch. Maybe I’ll try it out soon. Also, I love that last photo. I love Mandy’s action. :)

    Loving this entire post…the yummy muffins, yummy pictures…

    Gotta start somewhere (becoming domestic that is, ha!) … I’ll let you know if I ever get there fully. My chocolate chip cookies are to die for (literally, they will probably make you sick)

    Enjoy your muffins. They LOOK good enough to eat chica.


    Great great great idea – there’s nothing like a good food-pic. :D Hey, maybe I should make photographing our clean house a hobby….you know….so that it gets clean. :/

    Oh Yummmm!
    UGH…..thanks now I’m hungry! lol

    Love that shot of the dinky muffin! So pretty.

    Love that first shot! I am always tempted by the box mixes, especially when I have the kids helping :)

    mmmmmm…. blueberry muffins :)))

    Yummm…I love blueberry muffins. Even if they are from a package. They’re a little better from scratch though. These days Andrew really likes to help me in the kitchen – talk about messy! But it’s fun and he loves it. You’ll have to let us know how those banana muffins turn out. :)

    LOL ~ sweet little muffin! Great pics, esp that fluffy BW one ;-)
    I’ve been foot photog’ing tonight too (coincidence!) ~

    It’s not about the size, but all about the taste of the muffin! Love the processing of the last shot!!

    THIS makes me want to get to the kitchen.

    Who cares if the muffin was a little stunted? I bet it was just as delicious. :)

    This post cracked me up – because I do the same thing. I’m taking my camera on a work road trip tomorrow because then I feel like the entire day hasn’t been wasted…even if I only get a couple good shots. If I attach photography to it, it makes me feel better.

    Ha! Very fun pics, Ms. Domesticated! And flat muffins can still taste good… but maybe they’re reflecting more the 99cents that was put into them instead of the yummy bananas and chocolate… lol! But be careful… if you fill them up, that’s when they’ll over flow… then who’s gonna clean the oven??? Oye!

    I’ve been meaning to make some cookies with Georgia, but it’s been so hot that I couldn’t bring myself to do it. But this makes me get excited to do it all over again. Great job on the muffins; small ones just mean that you get to eat more, right? ;)

    I love the hazy black and white edit! You make the ordinary extraordinary!!

    Love that last edit! I might need that action!

    Love the lesson here…don’t follow the rules all of the time – sometimes excess is better! :)

    I love chocolate chips banana muffins. They are soooo goooood :)
    And your experiment came out awesome! Great idea and great execution!
    have a wonderful day!

    I’m WAY late commenting here, but I want some of those muffins. Yum!! And I’m so glad you used my action in that last photo!! Looks awesome! :)

    Ha ha ha, did you get the Jiffy brand? As cheap as those boxes are, I totally love them. Especially the cornbread. Mmm, I miss cornbread.