Lets have a scattered post day, shall we?
I am all out of muffins, and have been for a couple of days now. This is sad to me. I love having one of my muffins for dessert. And I especially loved the PB Branana Muffins I made recently. It’s also been way too hot to turn on the oven.
I was going to make them again, but then remembered the BSI this week is applesauce. And so I changed my plans a little. Yet still failed to come up with something suitable to enter.
Well, these muffins taste good. But, there were some glitches in the experimenting. Take, for instance, trying to bake a big loaf (instead of the intentional muffin) in a small toaster oven.
Yes. I went there. But!! I’m still going to post the recipe because I am 99% sure if you are just able to bake them as muffins you would have a much greater success rate.
Quinoa Carrot Muffins
- 1/2 c. almond milk
- 3/4 c. applesauce (unsweetened, all-natural)
- 1 T. milled flaxseed
- 1/3 c. Xagave
- 1/2 c. white whole wheat flour
- 3/4 c. whole wheat flour
- 2 T. coconut flour
- 1 1/2 t. baking powder
- 1 1/2 t. cinnamon
- 1/2 t. salt
- 1/2 t. nutmeg
- 1/4 t. ginger
- 1 1/4 c. cooked quinoa
- 1 c. shredded carrots
- 1/2 c. chopped pecans
- 2 chopped Turkish figs
- crystallized ginger (optional, for the top)
Whisk together the milk, applesauce, and flax. Allow to sit one minute, and then whisk in agave.
In separate bowl, whisk together dry ingredients.
Add wet to dry, and combine. Do not overmix.
Fold in quinoa, carrots, figs and pecans.
Pour into muffin tins and bake at (I’m guessing here) 350* for 20 minutes. Don’t take my word for it, though. I sprinkled chopped crystallized ginger on top, too.
They are moist and delicious, but my batch is ugly. I figured that would happen. I baked it for about half an hour…took it out…flipped it over in the pan…baked about 20 more minutes…thought it was done…cut into it…was sorta gooey. Cut it into chunks about the size of a muffin, put on the baking sheet that came with the oven, and baked longer. Then they were done 🙂 So, they will certainly be making an appearance again. Except in real muffin form.
Everyone was sleeping still when I woke up! And I even slept until 7. Looks like these guys were out late partying.
Maya and ???
Apologies for the poor photography. I didn’t feel like putting shoes on, so shot from the deck 😛
Jiggy. He's alive, I promise.
Kaia was up, though I don’t know how she felt about it:
And SaBaay always wants to say hello, too:
She looks so mean. She's not.
For a cat, she's doing a pretty good "cow."
I had to take advantage of the pretty fog we had this morning – sorry! Moving on. I was obviously too lazy to change my lens. Work with me here.
Really good waffles. I'd missed them.
Peaches were on sale for $0.68/lb yesterday. Score. Obviously, they will be much loved this week.
Waffles! Except, I’ve been buying the honey flavored Kashi puffed cereal. Very good, as well. For some reason, these waffles were better than usual, maybe for that reason. Or maybe because it’s been a couple of days and I missed them more than I’d realized.
And yes, I do still let my waffles get soggy before eating them. The juices from the fruit combined with the agave melting into the waffle is just too perfect for words.
Lunch was amaaaaze today.
A tomato sandwich, but not being a mayo person, I made it with a ranch dressing – greek yogurt, garlic salt, pepper, dill, and chives – and pepper goat cheese.
Why yes, yes that is a boatload of smoked sea salt that my snap peas are swimming in. And yes, yes that is fresh lettuce from our garden. Minor gloat.
Fun Fact: I’ve probabbly eaten my body weight x ten in sweet cherries today. I feel like a farmer spitting out chew when I spit the seeds out, because I’m not classy enough to cut them or de-pit them first.
Best snack ever. If I'm home, anyway.
Kashi, oats, trail power, honey roasted peanuts, sunflower seed butter, cherries, almond milk.
I found a kidney bean in my chickpeas when I was making dinner. Random.
I had leftover quinoa, so naturally that had to star in dinner. I made a quick cold quinoa salad with:
- sliced cherries
- fresh basil
- balsamic vinegar
And let it chill for a while in the fridge. When it was time for dinner, I served it over a bed of lettuce from the garden, snap peas, and red pepper and made a quicky yogurt-dressing by mixing greek yogurt, cranberry-orange jam, dijon mustard, and fresh basil. I thinned it with a splash of almond milk. This was a great combo of flavors, if I may say so myself 😉
My mom tried her hand at momography while I rode Teddie this morning. Teddie was a superstar once again. Mom was a superstar at momography. Which, as you may know, means a work in progress at photography. I’m just grateful to have someone with me though, so I won’t complain! It’s actually difficult to find someone to take good riding pictures because there’s a certain point in the stride that you need to press that button. Otherwise, it’s just not a pretty picture.
And that’s the “pretty point” in the trot. Although I’m mildly embarrassed at how popped my collar is. He’s stepping up nicely, though. And honestly, I’m just glad he’s quieter with the bit at the trot, so I’m still not asking for much.
Showing off for my mom. He’s a ham.
This isn’t flattering for either party involved, but he has the cutest face, doe she not? Proud mom here, bear with me.
Practicing our centerline!
As for Maya and yet-to-be-named, they are the sweetest things ever. Especially Maya! Yet-to-be-named is sweet, but sometimes plays “hard to get,” in that she’ll walk away at first but after a minute or two of just letting her think it out she comes over and ends up loving the attention! We took them both out for a little walk down the road in-hand and they did very well, even when Mel and Jiggy charged the fence 😉 My mom took Maya and I yet-to-be-named. We have our favorites I think 😉 Yet-to-be-named reminds me of a female Teddie!
I’m off to find my cell phone, finish a massive load of laundry (when did I become so awful about putting off laundry?!) and if tonight is anything like last night, do a little bit of yoga, too 🙂
So, I’ve blabbed long enough – what was the highlight of your weekend?!