Getting My Bake On

Today did not start out well. I was having the WEIRDEST dream ever, and must have turned my alarm off during said dream, because when I actually woke up and figured out where I was, it was 6:15 am, and I had to be out the door in 15 min! ACK!

I threw on some clothes, washed up, and put some food in containers and was out the door. I even made it to class on time, but had to wait until after class to dig into breakfast. Boy was I hungry!

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In the thermos I had yogurt, the last of the quince, and pomegranate arils. The other container was just some Kashi Honey Almond Flax cereal to combine with said yogurt & fruit.

Yogurt close up!

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It was horrendous weather all day. It just rained, and rained, and rained. Good thing I had my new fancy boots – they kept my feet dry and warm! But to warm the rest of me up, I had to hit up the Sbucks.

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Do I even have to say what’s in there?

My last volunteer shift at Agora later, and I was on my way home. First thing on my mind when I walked in the door? What’s for lunch?

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I made a grilled ham & cheese sandwich with baby spinach and red pepper jelly. Too bad my cheese didn’t want to melt.

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I also heated up a bowl of broccoli soup my sister had made on the weekend.

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Topped with a little more cheddar. What’s better than broccoli & cheddar?!

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Rainy day food, for sure!

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With a Werther’s Original candy for dessert 🙂

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I spent the afternoon at home, expecting an important phone call. Of course, my mom then ended up on the phone all afternoon, and we don’t have call waiting, so I figured they called and got a busy signal. But, low and behold, and 5 pm I received my call. Looks like I’ll be working with a dietitian on a project at Children’s Hospital. Alas, it is only volunteer, but still – it’s all about boosting that resume, right?

Dinner was served way too early for my hunger, so I only had a bit.

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Meatloaf, green peas, and apple/craisin/pecan salad. There were baked potatoes as well, but I wasn’t feeling it. And wouldn’t you know it, all my close ups turned out poorly. So this is all you get!

I made a quick trip up to the store to get a couple things (I was all out of good peanut butter), then had a sweat session with the dvd’s. Then it was time for me to satisfy my baking desires!

I had a hankering for muffins. I thought oatmeal and apple should be involved. I searched out some recipes, decided on this one as my inspiration, concocted a variation in my head, then assembled the required ingredients.

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Some mixing, grating, scooping, and baking later, and I was presented with this:

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Apple Carrot Raisin Oatmeal Muffins

makes 12 muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour (would have used whole wheat, but we had none)
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ
  • 1 tbsp ground flax seed
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tbsp molasses
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1 small apple, chopped
  • 1/2 cup raisins

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Method

  1. Combine dry ingredients (oats through salt) in a large bowl.
  2. Combine wet ingredients (milk through vanilla) in medium bowl.
  3. Add wet ingredients to dry, then add carrot, apple, and raisins.
  4. Mix until just combined – don’t over mix! (you know how muffins go).
  5. Divide equally between 12 greased or lined muffin cups.
  6. Bake at 375 F for 20 min, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

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These turned out really well. I was a little worried that my wet to dry ratio would be off, but it was perfect. They are hearty, moist, slightly sweet, with a nice balance of spices. Both of my parents tried them out, and gave them the thumbs up. I think they would be a great breakfast muffin, pairing nicely with your favourite nut butter.

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Obviously, I had one as my evening snack, with a another cup of chamomile tea.

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I still have another project on the stove, but it’s totally time for bed, so I guess I’m calling it done. I’m sure you’ll get to see it tomorrow. Night!

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6 Comments on “Getting My Bake On”

  1. November 26, 2009 at 5:21 am #

    Marvelous muffins! Can’t wait to see what else you’re baking up 🙂

  2. November 26, 2009 at 6:20 am #

    I am so in need for some baking, I’ll try and make those muffins.

  3. November 26, 2009 at 8:24 am #

    Soup and grilled cheese are practicaly required on raining days!

    The muffin recipe sounds delish. Thanks for sharing…. 🙂

  4. November 26, 2009 at 9:28 am #

    That is some awesome eats 🙂

  5. November 26, 2009 at 6:30 pm #

    Beautiful muffins!!!! I am definitely going to keep your name/blog in mind when I am searching for some baking inspo!!!

    The apple cranberry salad sounds soo good, and even though I just had a huge Thanksgiving meal, I am totally craving a ham and cheese sammy!!! YUM!

    Sorry bout rushing late with the alarm situation. I hateeeeeeeee having to scramble!!

    TAKE CARE M!!

    HUGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

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