muffin monday: sunflower butter bran muffins

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Last Monday I went back to my Weelicious Lunches book for a recipe I’d been wanting to try for Sunflower Butter Bran Muffins. I love sunflower butter, and this recipe did not disappoint! It was hearty but moist and the sunflower butter taste came through nicely but not too strong. I added chocolate chips (why wouldn’t I?) and it was the perfect tasty treat. The kids liked them, though they weren’t begged for as often as the others. The muffins made a great addition to their lunches throughout the week, and they happily ate them when presented, so I call it a win.

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ten on ten [sort of]: october 11, 2017

I wanted to do ten on ten this month, but the tenth fell on my work day. And as much as I love my job, a series of photos of my office was not what I had in mind. So I went with the 11th instead. Here’s a glimpse of what happened that day.

6am hour /// New audio book while working onĀ an order for my shop.

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7am hour /// Time to diffuse a little peppermint & sweet orange into the air as the kiddos wake up.

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8am hour /// Family breakfast time. My happy egg eater. [Bonus: this week we are also enjoying Trader Joe’s Pumpkin O’s with breakfast].

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9am hour /// Walking to school. This is Luke stopping to listen to the thunder we heard along the way. He’s explaining something to Gracie, but I’m not sure what. He’s holding a kleenex to “dry his tears” after a transition meltdown.

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10am hour /// My little helper(s). She’s gotten really fast at folding washcloths.

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11am hour /// A filling for the little lady. Her second, and they discovered a third cavity while we were there. She loves to brush her teeth, but apparently they are pretty “groovy.” Sigh. This was my childhood as well. Luckily, the place we go is awesome, so she loves going and lays there perfectly for them.

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12pm hour /// After dentist treat is her favorite lunch in the world: the individual mac and cheese cups.

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1pm hour /// It was an early release day. Almost every day, the first thing he does to unwind after school is play with his beanie babies and stuffies. And yes, they are mine from childhood. I had so many that we actually rotate through them – the kids bring some back and pick out new ones when we go to my parents’ house.

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2pm hour /// After Luke gets some alone time, it’s always an intense time of play for these two playmates. It almost always involves rearranging half my house, and it is ever evolving as far as what is actually being imagined. But they play so well together and have so much fun, I just try to take deep breaths and stay out of it.

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3pm hour /// After I finished some chores, I took a few minutes to sit in the sun and do some stitching. It was glorious. It’s amazing what I can do now that the kids are a little older – it feels like not that long ago that I could never leave my projects out without little hands getting into them, let alone actually work on something while caring for them.

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muffin monday: pumpkin spiced baked oatmeal cups

For last week, I gave a slightly different muffin a try – these pumpkin spiced baked oatmeal cups. I really wanted to include white chocolate chips, because the photo looked so yummy, but I couldn’t justify the purchase when I already had regular chocolate chips on hand. Sigh.

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I was a little concerned how these would do in my silicone mini muffin liners – given that baked oatmeal is a little different than regular flour-based muffins – but the recipe did say that you could use silicone liners, so I went for it. And they turned fine and were able to slip out of the liners once they cooled. I did end up baking them for the full-size muffin time, however.

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The kids gobbled them down per the usual at breakfast, but these were the first muffins that they didn’t ask for every day. They had them on Tuesday, but then Luke declared them “too chewy” and didn’t care for anymore. And I get what he means – they have the baked oatmeal texture. The pumpkin spice is yummy and not overwhelming, so I enjoyed them. If I make them again, I’ll go full size so they can be consumed quicker – they are definitely yummiest fresh. And maybe I’ll spring for the white chocolate chips.

muffin monday: spinach cake muffins

Last week’s muffin recipe came out of Weelicious Lunches – and before you judge me on making deluxe lunches for my precious snowflakes, I basically bought the book for myself. Well, first I checked it out of the library, but realized I would end up making copies of half the book, so I spent some of an amazon gift card on the real deal. Now, I wish that my culinary interests were more useful – say, actual dinner recipes that would feed my family. But no, what catches my attention is a recipe for roasted honey cinnamon chickpeas or chocolate graham crackers. So yeah.

Back to muffins. My kids both loved the green muffins I made last St. Patrick’s Day, so I thought I’d give this recipe a whirl.

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I didn’t make any alterations to the recipe, but next time I’ll add some cinnamon or something – they were a little bland for my taste, but the kids gobbled them up. And they still don’t know that it’s spinach that makes them green.

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muffin monday: pumpkin chocolate chip muffins

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I am so pleased that we pulled off Muffin Monday last week – we returned from our church retreat on Sunday afternoon, and all of us were in some stage of fighting a cold. I managed to print off this pumpkin chocolate chip muffin recipe (recommended by a friend) before bed on Sunday night. I was in the mood for some pumpkin, and I knew we had all of the ingredients on hand.

I had an excellent helper on Monday morning, and these muffins turned out super yummy. I think I added extra chocolate chips, and I probably reduced the sugar, because I almost always do. It’s all kind of foggy now.

Also, I forgot to mention last week that I tried out my new silicone mini muffin liners, and they are awesome! I hate cleaning the mini muffin tin, but when the liners arrived in the mail, I panicked a little – what had I done?! Did I really want to clean 24 little liners?! I’m happy to report that they clean up like a breeze, and the muffins come out of them easily. I’m very happy with them.

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Anyways, these pumpkin muffins were enjoyed by everyone in our family, and we’ll be keeping the recipe around.

muffin monday: jen’s blueberry muffins

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Last Monday was Luke’s first day of kindergarten (!!!), so I let him choose what kind of muffins we would have. He chose one of his favorites, blueberry. When I had asked on Facebook for favorite recipes, my friend Jen posted a photo of her tried and true blueberry muffin recipe, handwritten on a notecard. Handwritten recipes seem pretty trustworthy, so I decided to give it a try. And the resulting muffins were delicious, so I now have my own handwritten recipe to keep on hand.

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After enjoying the blueberry goodness, we sent our babies off to kindergarten and preschool. How does life move so fast sometimes?

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