Friday, July 23, 2010

Mini Rant

So, you would think that flies wouldn't like sour stuff, right? WRONG!!

I am trying out this special water drink recommend by Jillian Michaels (66 oz. water, 1 dandelion tea bag, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 tablespoon cranberry juice--the REAL stuff, it's sour, not sweet). So I went to get my glass of it, and what did I find? I twerpy little fly. Man, I had to dump the last swigs of my water down the drain.

Did I mention that I. HATE. FLIES.? I do believe that God has a very good reason for everything he created. I am anxious to hear that one.

Twerpy little fly.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Happy Food

When I find something I like to eat, I can eat if for days without getting tired of it. This holds true for my current "happy food."

Happy Food - def. - food that makes me want to dance and sing and lift my hands to heaven and shout, "Hallelujah!"

O.K., so here we go: Place soft corn tortillas on a plate. Microwave for 30 to 45 seconds to soften. Spread mashed black beans on top and sprinkle with low-fat shredded cheese. Microwave again to heat beans and melt cheese. Top with chopped purple cabbage (trust me, it works), low-fat sour cream and salsa. The extra crowning jewel would be avocado (I was out today) and/or chopped tomatoes (fresh from my garden on this one.

Can I get a "Hallelujah!" please!

Quasi Muffin Tops

Hmmm. Something occurred to me as I typed the title to this post. "Muffin top" has taken on a totally different meaning since the mid-90s when those pans for baking your muffin batter into the delectable "top" came out. Made famous by Seinfeld, of course.

That was a total digression. I apologize. But it WAS fun, wasn't it?

Back to the reason for this post. SnoWhite over at Finding Joy in my Kitchen, posted a recipe for Blueberry Cornmeal Breakfast Cookies last week. This got me to thinking. DS#1 (Pea Picker) likes to pick at the muffins I make. I asked him one day, "WHY?!" "The top is the best part!" was his answer. For the record, I AM his mother, not Elaine. At any rate. SnoWhite's post got me to thinking. Why not make muffins, and cook them on a cookie sheet. Immediate muffin tops without an extra pan. So that is just what I did this morning.

Banana Muffin Tops

3 cups white wheat flour
1 cup brown sugar
4 mashed ripe bananas
3/4 cup oil
3 eggs
1/2 cup milk
3-3/4 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1-1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon salt

1.Preheat oven to 350º.
2.In a medium bowl mix flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon and set aside.
3.In a separate bowl cream oil and sugar, add eggs and mix until smooth. Stir in milk and mashed banana and mix well.
4.Fold in flour mixture into the liquid ingredients until combined.
5.Using a large cookie scoop, place batter on parchment-lined baking sheet.
6.Bake in a preheated 350º oven for 15 minutes or until golden.

Results: No more ravaged muffins.
Added bonus: Delighted shouts of "Cookies . . . for breakfast!"