4-H in the United States is a youth organization administered by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), with the mission of "engaging youth to reach their fullest potential while advancing the field of youth development". The name represents four personal development areas of focus for the organization: head, heart, hands, and health. The organization has over 6.5 million members in the United States, from ages 5 to 21, in approximately 90,000 clubs.
Every Tues. and Thurs. we would meet at a different home and a mom would teach us a different skill. Honestly there are a few things I learned as that 8-9-10 year old little girl, that have stuck with me my whole life. I wish I could remember how to crochet as well as I did back then, but I do know the reason for "Just mixing until combined" when I make a muffin. I remember the demonstrations of over mixing a muffin. Worm looking tunnels would exist throughout the entire muffin, and the top of the muffin would be pointy. I learned how to keep the "skin" from forming on a freshly cooked pudding. I actually learned HOW to make that pudding. Not just emptying a JELLO pudding box in a bowl and adding milk.
So it may be 30 years later, but I still use those 4-H skills every time I cook:) I learned to use my HEAD, my HEART, my HANDS, and my HEALTH. I'd say my experience was a success! These muffins were a success as well. My 4-H skills came in handy. Even if they're a little 1990-ish you will love them. They are so full of goodness, and tastiness you'll make them again next Sat. Enjoy!
Morning Glory Muffins
recipe adapted from Pillsbury Best Muffins and Quick Breads
1 cup All Purpose or Unbleached Flour
1 cup Whole Wheat Flour
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups shredded, peeled apples
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1/2 cup coconut
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
3/4 cup oil
1/4 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 eggs, beaten
Heat oven to 350°F. Line with paper baking cups or grease 18 muffin cups. Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off. In large bowl, combine all purpose flour, whole wheat flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Add apples, carrots, coconut, raisins and walnuts; mix well. Add oil, milk, vanilla and eggs; stir just until moistened. Fill lined or greased muffin cups 3/4 full. Bake at 350°F. for 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Immediately remove from pans.