Sleep would be nice, but muffins will suffice!
I write to you from Exhaustion Headquarters where our CEO, Mr. Henry, had me up EVERY. SINGLE. HOUR. OF. THE. NIGHT.
I don’t think I have ever seen every hour of the nighttime clock before, so maybe I should be thankful to Mr. H for giving me this once in a lifetime opportunity? Let’s go with that (and let us pray it really is a ONCE in a lifetime opportunity!).
He will rob you of sleep and sanity using his overwhelming power of cuteness!
If this is what normal parenthood is all about, I am really surprised my parents decided to have me, a second child, after my brother. And to think that if I lived in America, I’d have to go back to work in a couple of weeks! Oh my.
But enough venting on the blog. You don’t need to hear it. That’s what husbands are for! Today I would like to share with you a recipe for Date muffins! I picked up a bag of dates on sale at Bulk Barn but they aren’t the soft and chewy Medjool dates that are delicious to eat on their own. These are the cheapo, tough dates that are sticky and hard. They must be used for baking purposes!
I chose this recipe because it called for a lot of oat bran rather than just flour. Oat bran contains a lot of fibre and lowers bad cholesterol, so I figured that would help counteract all of the sugar!
DELECTABLE DATE MUFFINS
Makes 10 big muffins
(Muffins with dates, not muffins you take on dates. Unless you really want to).
1 cup chopped dates
1 cup hot water
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon oil
1 1/2 cups oat bran
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup sour milk or buttermilk (I use one cup of regular milk with a tablespoon of lemon juice added)
1. Mix dates, hot water, 1/2 cup of the brown sugar and lemon juice in a medium-sized saucepan and simmer until thickened.
2. Measure remaining brown sugar, egg, oil, and date filling into one bowl. Beat vigorously until smooth and then add bran.
3. Add flour, baking soda, and then milk. Stir only enough to moisten the throughout.
4. Spoon into muffin cups and let stand for 3 minutes. This is the runniest muffin batter I have ever made!
5. Bake at 375 F for 20 minutes.
Two muffins are missing. Wherever could they be?
So I’ve been doing a pretty good job living the frugal lifestyle lately. This is mostly aided by the fact that:
1. I rarely leave my house because it is January and ccccccold outside.
2. We only have one car.
3. I don’t gots nowhere to be!
It’s only been a month since Christmas (seems longer, eh?), but I am kind of coveting this book that recently went on sale:
Reasons Why I Want This Book:
1. Kris Carr has a rare form of cancer that she documented in the movie Crazy Sexy Cancer. She is a charming, free spirit who has used nutritious food as a way to fight her illness, both physically and psychologically.
2. She is the inspiration behind Angela’s famous Green Monster!
3. I think it would be a fun, inspiring read that can help spice up my own Green Monsters and maybe help me make some healthier choices (she says while sipping her second cup of coffee!).
Reasons Why I Don’t Want This Book:
1. I’m afraid it’s just another book about veganism (Nothing against veganism, but there are plenty of books on this topic already!).
2. She is not a doctor. (However, the awesome doctor, Dean Ornish, writes the foreword.)
3. She champions a 21 day cleanse. I am not a fan of cleanses or detox diets and even the idea of them creeps me out a bit.
4. Do I really want to spend my precious dollars to support the billion-dollar diet industry?!!?
I guess I will hold off until I see it in the bookstore (when I leave my house; possibly by 2012?). That will let me flip through it and then make my decision. If you have read this book, can you let me know what you think? Until then, I will continue drinking my (much beloved) coffee and eating my sugar-laden date muffins!