Week 3: Honey Oatmeal Pumpkin Muffins

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Still running behind for this challenge.  But thankfully I have another recipe ready to go for Friday or Saturday.

This recipe I found on my Sparkpeople app for my iphone.  I was looking for something relatively healthy to use up a can of pumpkin.  Why you ask did I have a can of pumpkin?   Well, I had seen some people on different healthy living blogs mix pumpkin into their yogurt to amp up the nutrition.  Well, you wanna know what I kind of forgot?  I don’t really like pumpkin that much, at least in that form.  I was using like about half a teaspoon worth in the amount of yogurt I was eating to get it to the stage of “pumpkin-y” that I liked.  So I had a whole lot of pumpkin to use up before it went bad.  I looked for a baked recipe because I know that I like pumpkin in baked goods.  The plus was that this recipe called for 1/2 cup of honey because we had a large jar of honey that had been in the cabinet for so long that it was crystallizing which Kimm did NOT like.  So I heated the honey in the microwave to make it liquid again and used a good portion of it in this recipe.  Bonus!  And the best part.  The recipe was actually really good.  I will definitely make it again.

Honey Oatmeal Pumpkin Muffins

Makes 12

Ingredients:

1/2 cup honey

1/4 cup applesauce, unsweetened (I used 1 apple chopped instead–didn’t have any applesauce)

2 eggs

1 and 1/2 cups pureed pumpkin (which equals about 1 can of Libby’s)

1/4 cup skim milk (I used whole…that’s what we use)

1 cup all-purpose whole wheat flour

1/2 cup old-fashioned oatmeal

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (I used 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg since I don’t have pumpkin pie spice)

To make:

In a large mixing bowl, beat honey, applesauce, eggs, pumpkin and milk.  In another bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and spices.  Add to pumpkin mixture and stir well.  Spoon into greased muffin tins, filling 3/4 full.  Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.

If you want, you can add some chopped walnuts and a sprinkling of white granulated sugar to the tops of the muffin before they bake which is what I did.

They turned out VERY moist and flavorful considering there was all whole-wheat flour in these.

I took one to work every night to have with my coffee and Kimm had one each morning with her coffee.

It’s nice to have muffins again.  They are such a nice, grab n’ go snack.

Hope you enjoy!

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CPR Re-Certified

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

I can once again officially perform CPR if needed.  The skills portion this morning was actually not that bad.  Took ten minutes tops.  I don’t know why I get so nervous about these things.  They usually turn out to be way easier than I ever imagine.  But I guess that is my nature to over-worry.

Thankfully most of my busy month is over.  No more tests and so on.

Bad news for Kimm and thus me.  She went to go get her car inspected today and it failed.  The mechanic told her she would need to find out why her “check engine” light always stays on (like we know…shouldn’t he??), she needs a new rear spring, and she needs a new tie rod.  Huh?  I don’t even know WHAT these things mean.  But supposedly they come to over $400 in repairs.  So there’s another unexpected expense.  What to do, what to do?  Put more money into an old car?  Try to look for a used car to replace that car?  Look into a new car?  Survive with one car?  This will take some thinking.

Oh yeah.  And our garage door got fixed this morning.  Not by our doing by any means.  Nope.  Our friendly, over-protective elderly neighbor made sure to go have breakfast early at the diner this morning so he could talk with this guy he knows who does garage door repairs.  Quite a surprise to look out the window this morning and see them both by our garage.  Nice to know that a professional will take our NEIGHBOR’S (!!) word that we want our garage door fixed right now.  Well he did do a good job and for a decent price ($80 when we were quoted $140 by the company we called who never showed up).  So now it’s done and we won’t have to think about that.

Now our big concern is how to get all of our neighbors with dogs to stop them from shitting on our lawn and not picking it up.  SO ANNOYING!!!!  We always pick up Izzy’s poop so I don’t understand why other people don’t do the same.  Common sense anyone?  Not to mention there are plenty of woods around our neighborhood that their dogs could do their business in if the owners are too lazy to pick up crap.  We are thinking of putting down cayenne pepper.  That would surely do it 🙂

Ah.  Can you tell I’m in quite a mood today!

Tomorrow back to work.  Two on then FOUR (!!) off with Kimm’s birthday as well.  Lots to look forward to.

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