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For some reason, this evening, I had the urge to bake, but only on 2 conditions:

  1. whatever I bake can’t be too unhealthy
  2. I have to have all the ingredients on hand (I hate going to the food store)

So I looked around in my fridge and pantry for inspiration, and came up with carrots & oatmeal and instantly thought muffins! Muffins can be (relatively) healthy & yummy, and so I googled, as usual, and found quite a number of recipes, each a bit different. I like to read over several and then come up with my own variation, using their measurements and cooking times as a guide.

MY recipe for Oatmeal Carrot Muffins is (more or less) as follows:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla (I didn’t have any so I omitted it, but I’m sure it would have been good! Vanilla is in all baked goods!)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 3/4 cup grated carrots

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Mix all the dry ingredients together (first 9 ingredients) in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together all the wet ingredients. Add the chopped walnuts & grated carrots to the wet mixture, and finally, add the wet mixture to the dry mixture. Mix until everything is incorporated, and spoon into muffin cups. Reduce oven heat to 375 degrees and bake for about 20 mins or until a toothpick (or similar) inserted into the centre of the muffin, comes out clean.

all mixed up

This recipe made pretty much exactly 12 muffins (filled quite high) so probably could have been stretched to make more like 15-ish, but my muffin tray (and most trays I’m guessing) only holds a dozen, so why dirty another tray?

ready to pop in the oven

And the finished product:

all done!

That muffin in the far left, centre row looks a little crazy cuz he has a glob of brown sugar that I obviously didn’t mix properly…oh well!

Benji is eating one now, hot out the oven, and he says they’re an A+! :) Even though they’re not sweet, they have great flavour, a nice chewy outside and soft, moist centre. I can’t wait to try one myself!

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Last night was a looooong night for me. I was late getting to bed in the first place, cuz Benji had gone out to chill with his buddies and celebrate his friend having a son, and I always have trouble falling asleep when he’s not around. And of course he forgot his house keys, so when he came home at 1:30am, I had to let him in… (grrr!)

But on top of that, I’m dog-sitting Brees’ mumma dog, Cleo, while she’s on heat cuz Augusta doesn’t want her to be impregnated by her male, Wick (Brees’ daddy dog). Cleo is such a sweet dog, and she reminds me soooo much of Breesy boy. They look just alike in the face, and have so many of the same habits, it’s uncanny!

Surprisingly (or maybe not, but I always worry), all the dogs are taking well to each other, even my high-strung potcake (translation: mutt), Bubba (aka Lucky). Shera & Cleo are like long lost sisters, or best friends! They have not left each other’s side since I brought Cleo home yesterday evening! I tried to get video of them, but it was too dark, but they keep licking each other’s faces, and laying together, walking together and playing. You know how dogs get all bouncy and pouncy when they want to play, and they arch down onto their front legs? So cute! I’ve never seen Shera like that before! Typically Shera doesn’t care for other dogs because they detract attention from her, so she usually just ignores or avoids them, but she is all about Cleo! :)

Anyway, so Cleo, being on heat, must be feeling her natural urges to mate, because is soooo antsy to be outside at the fence next to the neighbour’s 2 (intact) male dogs! She also keeps trying to encourage Bubba (who is neutered) to mount her, but Bubba is confused by this because he has never done that! And so he has snarled at her a few times like, wtf lady!? But no harm done…

o hai! O_o i'm cleo

So even though last night I had Cleo up in the room with me, she kept waking me up to take her outside. Every hour and a half, she would jump up on the side of the bed and stick her wet nose in my face! I didn’t know whether she needed to pee or was just restless, so I would take her outside just in case. Each time I took her out, she did pee, but not instantly…it seemed like more of an afterthought. Tricky puppy!

By about 6:15am, both Shera & Cleo had had enough of sleeping, and insisted on being let outside, and I didn’t bother to bring them back in after that, but unfortunately, it was already light, and I was already up.

So, very disturbed sleep last night; very tired today. And to make matters worse: I used up the last off my instant coffee and the last of my 1/2 & 1/2…sad sauce. Although, it was pretty satisfying for both to run out at the same time…I like when things even out that way…

*in case you’re wondering why Cleo’s chest looks kind of…bald…it’s because she had an accident recently during one of her attempted escapes, and got caught on some sharp barbed wire :( Poor baby had to have all kinds of stitches to fix her up…but she is OK now! :)

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