Why, oh why, didn't I get started on this project last month? I could have been more prepared. Aldi, my "safety" store for low prices, had only bruised fruit and a line of twenty people. Their molasses (which used to be 18 ounces for $1.59) is now a slimmer 16 ounce bottle for $1.79. Of course, if I had planned smarter, I could probably have ordered a bulk jug from a co-op. Big Lots saved me with Griffin's molasses (16 ounces for $1.50), flaked coconut ($1 a package) and more ginger. Lemons are expensive this year, so I will substitute bottled lemon juice and grate some of the peel into the glaze for a fresher taste.
One thing I'm doing right is preparing all my dry ingredients early. I bake on Wednesday, because I don't have the space or freezer to keep all those muffins fresh. We pre-measured and bagged the dry additions for each batch last night, with smaller bags for glaze or streusel topping ingredients. This should make the baking (and the cleaning!) less overwhelming.