The Great Muffin Debacle


The other day I made gluten free chocolate chip muffins. They were a hit!


Everyone wanted some after seeing them on my blog and social media. So... today I decided to make more, with a little twist.

If chocolate chip muffins are good, then, chocolate, chocolate chip muffins are even better! So, I would add some Hershey's Cocoa to the dry ingredients. I was excited.


I planned to triple the recipe. Chocolate, chocolate chip muffins make everything better, so I would make a lot of people happy.


Now, let me just say, I got a good five days in 2021 and after that, it went way downhill fast. My mind was preoccupied with a million things.

All was going well as I was working on tripling my recipe. I was anxious to give some muffins to my dad, mom doesn't like them, and to my daughter and her boyfriend and my son and daughter-in-law. Of course, I'd leave a few for myself and my husband.

When I got to the vanilla, things went south. I was supposed to put in 2 teaspoons full, so 6 teaspoons full to triple. Well, I accidentally put in tablespoons full, or 6 tablespoons full, which equals 18 teaspoons of vanilla! Holy cow.


My heart sank. There was no way I was wasting all those expensive ingredients. What a dilema.

What does one do when one makes such a ridiculous mistake? Well, go into mom's side of the house and borrow a bowl big enough to cook food for 500 people. I then tripled the recipe again, so I was now up to SIXwhatevers of muffin mix.


How do you say it? Am I sexting the recipe? Six babies are sextuplets, correct? Somehow, that doesn't sound right and Google isn't helping me. Any math people out there? I've doubled recipes, tripled, even quadrupled when baking a cake for over 100 people for a Christening, but I've never sixwhatevered a recipe! This was a first.

I mixed up another batch of wet ingredients, MINUS THE VANILLA, since there was enough in there to choke a horse. Then I did the same with the dry ingredients.

My next problem was, I didn't have enough chocolate chips. So, back into mom's side of the house. Thankfully, she bought a HUGE bag of Nestle Toll House chocolate chips from Sam's Club for the holidays. She gave them to my daughter, who made a big batch of chocolate chip cookies and sent them back to my mom with some cookies for Christmas.


I was set. I could make this work. I sixtwhatevered the recipe, I had the big bowl, I got my hands on more chocolate chips. All was good. Not so fast,


Did you ever have one of those days? Well, today was one of them. As I was lifting the second bowl of dry mix to add it to the 6 times wet mix, the bowl slipped out of my hand and plopped into the bowl of liquid. Oil and milk splashed everywhere and flour flew all over. I couldn't make this up if I tried.

I was full of flour, my hair was all white in the front and I was slipping on oil on my new floor. My kitchen was trashed. It looked like a 5-year-old had been attempting to bake.


After cleaning the mess and finally mixing the batter, I took some out and put it into a separate bowl and mixed in my chocolate chips (gluten free, soy free, etc.) To see what I used, check out my blog post.

I mixed the Nestle chips into the rest of the batter to make muffins for all those who can eat those chips.


Once the Vat of dough was well mixed, I started filling my muffin tins. Mind you, I could only make 24 muffins at one time. I asked mom for more tins. She gave hers away a while ago. Grrr.

I made my muffins first to be sure to keep them separate. Then I made the rest of the muffins. Needless to say I was in the kitchen all afternoon baking muffins, letting them cool, and making more batches.

My husband, who was in the living room, oblivious to the goings on in the kitchen, walked in to make some lunch and said, "Holy sh*t, there's muffins everywhere!" I think I laughed for a half hour between his expression and his comment.


I had planned on making a new soup today. That never happened. By the time I baked and cleaned up over and over, I was exhausted.


Anyone want some gluten free, chocolate, chocolate chip muffins? I have enough muffins to feed the state of Texas.



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