This morning, I woke up as usual.
Got dressed as usual.
Watched the Today Show as usual.
Made my breakfast as usual.
Consumed: 1/3 C oats cooked with 2/3 C water. Mixed with ~1/4 C whole blackberries. Topped with ~2 T mashed blackberries, milled flax seeds and sunflower seed butter.
But, there was one glaring aspect that just wasn’t “usual.” Snow — In the middle of March! What’s this all about?
Although I’m ready to see it go until next year, it is here for now. Plus, I didn’t have anywhere to go, so I decided to declare it a “snow day” — So much more exciting that way!
The first part of the morning, I staked it out at the table and worked on homework. I have THREE tests on Thursday, so I’m trying to work on a little at a time. I lasted for a while, but got restless before lunch. To get out some energy, I pulled on the snow boots and tramped on over to my apartment’s gym for a meeting with the elliptical and the latest issue of People.
Back at home, I was ready for a leftover lunch — One of my favorite kinds!
A little bit of homework later, I noticed something kind of nice…
The snow was melting!
Easy come, easy go!
The melting snow seemed to be a little bit more “usual,” so it convinced me to get back to my usual ways: experimenting in the kitchen!
Apple and Peanut Butter Muffins
- 1 C whole-wheat flour
- 1 C all-purpose flour
- 1/2 t baking soda
- 1/2 t baking powder
- 1/2 t salt
- 1/2 t apple pie spice (or cinnamon)
- 1/4 C sugar
- 1/4 C brown sugar
- 1/4 C peanut butter (I used chunky)
- 3/4 C almond milk (or any milk)
- 3/4 t vinegar
- 1 T milled flax seeds + 3 T water (alternatively, one egg)
- 1/2 t vanilla
- 1 Granny Smith apple, diced
- In a liquid measuring cup, pour the milk over top of the vinegar. Allow to sit.
- Mix the milled flax seeds with water.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the flours, baking soda, baking powder, salt and apple pie spice. Toss in the apple pieces — This will prevent the chunks from sinking to the bottoms of the muffins!
- In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the milk mixture, flax-seed mixture, sugars, peanut butter and vanilla.
- In three batches, pour the sugar mixture into the flour mixture, mixing after each addition. Once everything is thoroughly combined, spoon batter into slots of a lined or greased cupcake pan. Batter should fill each slot up 2/3 way.
- Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes, until lightly browned and firm to the touch. Allow to cool thoroughly on a rack.
The fresh, delicious apples I picked up for cheap have been such gifts! Usually, I buy Pink Lady apples for every day munching, but Granny Smith apples are truly the best for baking with — So much more flavor and better texture.
Basically, they are made for these muffins!
While I had the oven on and the peanut butter out, I decided to also make some peanut butter granola. I’ve been out since I desperately polished off that chocolate granola last week, and was really missing the crunchy addition to my oatmeal bowls!
I followed “Nourishing Eats” recipe to a T and loved, loved, loved it!
It’s got the total “clump” factor that I crave and is filled with peanut buttery, honey goodness!
Before I knew it, dinner time had arrived and I had to get — err — a little creative. What I did have was one sweet potato, some mustard and a freezer full of leftovers.
Mid-dinner, Dan came by to hang out. Around that time, I was in need of some more mustard, so I randomly squirted it out. But, just like the Madonna’s face on potato chips, there was a random message…
Do you see it? “d&E,” right?! That would most definitely be for “Dan & Emily.” Our love was so meant to be…
Well, looks like my snow day fun has come to an end. Back to school tomorrow!
Question: Have you ever found any random “messages” in weird places?