Young Cultivator Merit Badge: Do You Know the Muffin Man? Beginner Level

The adorable, always humorous MBA Jane is my way of honoring our Sisterhood Merit Badge program, now with 7,504 dues-paying members who have earned an amazing number of merit badges so far—10,886 total! Take it away, MBA Jane!!! MJ

Wondering who I am? I’m Merit Badge Awardee Jane (MBA Jane for short). In my former life  

For this week’s Farm Kitchen/Do You Know the Muffin Man? Beginner Level Young Cultivator Merit Badge, Piper and I put up our muddy boots and got to talking.

Talking about? Muffins, of course. I mean, is there anything else in the wide, green world to talk about really? Right up there with Nancy Drew mystery stories, dresses with pockets, and whether or not one believes in ghosts, breakfast foods are really the go-to in any young girl’s conversational arsenal.

Perhaps Pooh and Piglet put it best:

“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?”

“What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?”

“I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?” said Piglet.

Pooh nodded thoughtfully.

“It’s the same thing,” he said.

But of course—and this is the really exciting part—muffins aren’t just for breakfast anymore. They belong to one of those remarkable food categories like eggs, apples with peanut butter, and granola bars: an excellent choice no matter the time of day. Midnight snack muffins? Um, yes please. Breakfast, second breakfast, brunch, lunch, snack, dinner, and dessert? They can all be satiated with a muffin. They really are the perfect food …

“Aunty,” said Piper, “you’re getting that dreamy-eyed look again. Are you okay?”

“Just waxing poetical about muffins,” said I. “Top or bottom?”

“Top, of course!”

“What if you slice them from top to bottom instead of lopping off the top like most people do? Then each half would have half a top and half a bottom?”

Piper thought for a minute, then declared me a genius. (I know, I admit it humbly.)

Our next question was regarding our favorite flavors and it was such a long discussion we needed sustenance and lemonade, so we broke out the cookie jar while we deliberated. In the end, while we did choose current favorites, we realized our muffin knowledge was sadly lacking. Example: Piper had only ever had blueberry muffins and chocolate muffins, and I had been stuck in a lemon poppyseed rut for far too long. We had a feeling this badge was going to get us out of our comfort zone, and we were right!



  1. Joan Hendrix says:

    I’ve been cutting my muffins vertically for years just so I get some top with each half! I would eat muffins every day if I could get away with it.
    Love ’em!

  2. Lisa Von Saunder says:

    Love the Pooh and Piglet reference. I could live on muffins. Being southern originally, corn muffins top my bucket list of must haves. I am now making mine from hand ground corn meal made from the greatest corn for baking of all, Floriani. It was a gift from a young ethno-botanist friend , who grew the corn and ground it by hand and so forth. I treasure it and its over the top corny flavor.

  3. Barbara Criss says:

    I love muffins—especially blueberry ones. My friends little boy called them moo-fins. I am afraid I picked up this bad habit and now my husband calls them moo-fins too. I need to bake more of them, but I truly hate to wash a muffin pan. You are right they are a great food.

  4. Savory – fits the bill for me. Feta and spinach and ham and cheddar both are great with soup or salad as a meal or as mini’s to go with cocktails!

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