Mar 11 2014

[recipe] banana oatmeal muffins

I haven’t posted a recipe in quite a while–probably due to the fact that since being pregnant and having Lucy I’ve hardly baked!  Considering it used to be a weekly affair, I’ve definitely noticed the difference.  But we are slowly starting to get back into a routine, especially now that Lucy is done with the constant hospital visits and doctors appointments.

This recipe is something that I’ve made and adapted for almost 10 years.  The muffins are a staple in our house and are great for a quick breakfast on the go.


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup rolled oats

*OPTIONAL*  1/2 Cup Ground Flax

1/2 cup white sugar**

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 egg

3/4 cup milk

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup mashed bananas

(**I sometimes substitute applesauce for sugar  If you do that, use 1cup apple sauce, and decrease milk to 2/3 cup)

1. Combine flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, soda, and salt.
2. In a large bowl, beat the egg lightly. Stir in the milk, oil, and vanilla. Add the mashed banana, and combine thoroughly. Stir the flour mixture into the banana mixture until just combined. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper bake cups, and divide the batter among them.
3. Bake at 400 degrees F (205 degrees C) for 18 to 20 minutes (or until golden brown)


Mar 21 2012

bits and pieces.

I apologize in advance for the plethora of Bigsby in this post.  I guess he was just extra cute today.

Morning.  Bigsby always comes and lays on my stomach while I read the news on my phone and check my mail.

Bigsby’s new thing is to roll around on the kitchen floor showing off his belly.  He probably thinks it will get him more treats.  He’s probably right.

Breakfast. Peanut butter and honey, whole wheat toast.  Banana.  Cappuccino.

“Hey Bigsby, come over here and stare up at me adoringly”  ”Ok.”  (Ok…maybe it was just that he wanted my toast)

New nap spot.

Baking day.

Bun day.

Banana apple oat muffins.  Will share recipe tomorrow.

Saved this little friend from work yesterday.  Chances are it won’t survive.  My bet is within a week all the yellowed leaves are going to fall off and it will look dumb.

Husband home for lunch.  Husband stirred the soup.

Homemade tomato soup + veggies + cheese.  Om nom.

Worked on arrangements.

View from behind the mic.  Recorded more songs (to be shared tomorrow).

Dave’s sparkly snare.  He bought it off of a guy that drummed for Heart in the 80′s.  The dude was pretty epic (complete with poodle perm mullet + crop top sweatshirt)

Barefoot and singing.

Our guitarist extraordinaire.

*I stopped taking pictures after the recording session, because I was working all evening on the website to get the tracks posted tomorrow.  The pictures of what I did past 7:00 would have looked like a view of my wordpress dashboard. Stay tuned for some new music posted tomorrow.  And a recipe.  Huzzah!*


Mar 1 2012

carrot cake. (AKA the best carrot cake in the universe)

Dave and I have this thing…whenever we manage to perfect a recipe, it goes in a book and it is titled as what it is, with the following in parenthesis: “(aka the best _______ in the universe)”.
For the past 7 years, I have been making the same cake for Dave’s birthday. It is honest to goodness…the best carrot cake. Period.
For his 30th this year I doubled the recipe, doing each in a spring form, and then stacking them with a layer of cream cheese icing in the middle. (We had to feed a lot of people) It was HUGE. We weighed it just before the guests arrived, and it came in at 10lbs 2.8oz. Holy crap…more than most newborn babies.
But…was it ever good.
So…(and I don’t usually do this) I decided to share the recipe with carrot cake lovers of the world (and possibly convert a few non-carrot cake lovers). Without further ado…

(aka the best carrot cake in the universe)

This is the NON doubled version. Fits ONE regular sized spring form pan.

2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp kosher coarse salt
1 cup olive oil (this is the weird one…and make sure it is NOT extra virgin…unless you want it to taste…um…special)
4 eggs
3 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
3 cups finely grated carrots

Mix dry ingredients together. Add oil, eggs and grated carrots and mix well between each ingredient. Bake at 350F for about an hour. Test the center with a toothpick. If it comes out dry, then the cake is done. It is best to let the cake rest for a day in the fridge–it tastes a lot better the next day.

For the icing, it is very simple:

2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Blend together until smooth.

Eat. Enjoy. (Like I really had to tell you that though.)

PS: Yes, that is Star Wars lego next to Daves birthday cake. Those were his decorations.


Aug 19 2010

25: cleaning, baking, cleaning, baking (repeat, x10)

I spent most of the day stubbing my toes, dropping things, kicking the cat out of places he shouldn’t be and generally making a mess.  Yes, I am trying to get my house ready for guests on the weekend.  No, I am not achieving what I want to get done for then.  You know those days when everything goes wrong, no matter how hard you try?  I don’t think I’ve ever had a day where I’ve continually stubbed my toes on everything in my path.  Except for today.  I dropped picture frames, free weights (almost on my toes) and  a whole array of cleaning supplies.  I steam cleaned some furniture, but managed to get more water on the ground than on the couches (I think the steam cleaner nozzle was buggered).  I discovered that if you use a bleach pen to spot clean, and mix it with the Bissell cleaning solution…it gives white couches yellow spots where you spot cleaned (I know it’s not just the bleach, because I regularly bleach my couch covers, and spot clean them with a bleach pen.)  And I discovered that my oven has decided to bake a lot hotter than it used to. (par-baked bread is…not par-baked….sigh)
I did accomplish one thing that pleases me today though, and that’s hanging some pictures in my studio that match the decor.  If anyone has any throw pillows that are pale green, pale pink or pale blue that they feel like donating to the cause of my studio…I’d love you forever. (See my colour palette here).  Or any zebra-striped fabric would be greatly appreciated.  You know…just in case you have any kicking around and you don’t have a use for it.

I’m also trying to find a chair for my workspace.  The one I have right now is huge and I can’t pull it all the way up to my desk, so my wrists hurt after working for a long time.  I saw this one (on the right) at HomeSense today and I quite like it.  The only thing I’m concerned about is the arms not fitting under my desk.  I guess I want a stylish chair (that’s comfortable) that has no arms.
Off to bed.  It’s been a long day, and I’ve barely gotten anything checked off of my list…
I’ll have to keep looking I guess…