Monday, February 13, 2012


I'm trying this:

I did substitute 1/2 of the flour with whole wheat.  I also used the bread machine to mix and proof the dough.

They're okay.  Not as soft as I'd like, but that's probably my fault.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Baking Day

Zucchini Bread:

Banana Bread:
I've blogged this one before, but it's oh, so good, that I just had to do it again.

Monster Cookies:
My daughter brought the recipe home from her aunts with strict instructions not to tell Heidi.  So I am sorry but I cannot share the recipe.  There are recipes on the web, but they seemed a tad bit different than the one I used.

Peppermint Bark
I melted some white chocolate chips in a double boiler, added some crushed candy canes and poured the mixture into my silicone muffin "pan".  After refrigerating, I melted some dark chocolate chips and spread that on top.

I'm still working this one out, so will try to remember to post it at a later date.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Flaxseed Muffins

I started at:

And ended up with:

2 c. whole wheat flour
1 c. oat bran

1 1/2 c. flax seed
 - - side note, mixing these together brought to mind the images from when I was growing up in Africa and we sometimes had weevils in our flour - -
3/4 t. nutmeg
1 1/2 t. cinnamon
1 T. baking powder

1/8 t. baking soda

1/2 c. honey
1 3/4 c. milk (I used rice milk and used about 1 T. lemon juice in an effort to create buttermilk)
1 c. chopped pecans

325 for 20 minutes.

I baked the first dozen and tasted them.  They were okay.  Not too sweet (it is a muffin after all, not a cupcake).  I'd add more honey next time.

For the second dozen, I added a cup of my leftover cranberry sauce from Christmas.  (see #5
This set had to bake for an hour and still weren't done.

Now that I think of it, some vanilla or almond would be good, and maybe less nutmeg.

Grains and Dips

Today's Quick Lunch:
Multigrain crackers from Trader Joe's
Multigrain Tostitos

Salsa Lisa (mild)
Roasted Red Pepper anda Artichoke Tapenade from Trader Joe's
Guacamole (see below)

1 avocado, mashed
1 clove garlic, minced
1/8 c. (approximately) sweet onion, minced
lime juice

Chicken Salad

It's a meat day!  I usually only eat meat every other day.  It's still easier for me to come up with meat meals than it is for me to come up with meatless ones.  So, as lunchtime approached today, I felt I had more options.   What to do?  Pita bread that I made last night as well as humus, but today, I can do something with meat .... hmmm.  I have chicken chunks in the freezer, so I can do chicken salad.  No celery .... oh well, I'll just use onion and ...... craisins.   Very good.

I think it was about...
1 c. chicken
1/4 c. mayonnaise
1/4 c. minced sweet onion
1/2 c. craisins

I served it in the fresh pita bread with some baby bok choy  and Campbells new Harvest Orange Tomato Soup.  I didn't think the soup was all that, but that might be because I'm getting to the point where I want to steer away from processed foods, I don't know.