Monday, June 24, 2013

Moist Delicious Bran Muffin Recipe

Hey Guys. Long time no see. I'm going to break the cardinal rule of blogging and not post a picture with this recipe. What?! I know, I know, how will you know what it looks like? How will you know if it's worth making? How will you know if it looks like food? Well, I guess you'll just have to trust me on this one. Also, we have family coming to visit and right now cleaning the house is more important than baking a batch of bran muffins just so I can snap a picture. (Don't tell the blogging world I just said that or they'll kick me out.) Normally I'd just put off posting until I made a batch, but, let's face it, what with being pregnancy sick and all, my good days are totally unpredictable. So there. No picture.

But. These muffins are amazing. Like, they kind of look like, ya know, not that delicious, but then they're so delicious that you want to eat like five in a row. Or ten. But don't eat ten all at once or you will be way too regular. Just sayin'. But do make them because they are the best ever. And the healthiest ever. Like, for reals healthy. Like, even vegan healthy if you use the applesauce instead of oil. Don't fret, it's all in the recipe. I even told you which kind of molasses to buy because I'm cool like that.

For those that are still reading this and haven't already left to go preheat the oven, this is a recipe that my mom found in the original La Leche League cookbook. She kind of went through a major granola phase when I was a kid and this is from that period of my life. But actually we ate these the whole time I was growing up because they are so good. If you want to not be vegan, you can even slice them in half and put a little butter on them and then you really will eat ten because they are too good not to eat like that. But, ya know, fair warning about eating ten at once.

Okay, that's all. Go make some muffins and eat them and be happy. The recipe (and a printable version) is below.

Bran Muffins
Recipe originally from the La Leche League’s original cookbook.

·        2 cups whole wheat flour
·        1 ½ cups pure bran
·        2 TBS sugar
·        ¼ tsp salt
·        1 ¼ tsp baking soda
·        2 cups milk
·        2 TBS vinegar
·        ½ cup molasses
·        2 TBS cooking oil or applesauce

Combine the milk and vinegar in a large liquid measuring cup or small mixing bowl, stir, and let sit for 5 minutes.

Combine first 5 ingredients in a large mixing bowl (flour-baking soda) and mix well.

Add the molasses and oil or applesauce to the milk and vinegar mixture and mix well.

Add the wet ingredients all at once to the dry ingredients and mix until combined. Some lumps are okay, but try to make sure there aren’t any big dry spots.

Fill greased muffin plans 2/3 full. Bake at 350° for 20-25 min or until cooked all the way through.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

A Gift

Yesterday was a gift. The weather was perfect. Warm and breezy, not humid and hot. Olivia and I played with friends at the park all morning. We took a walk eating popscicles and ice cream bars. Then we filled up the wading pool. We spent a half hour or so outside together before our friends came to join us. For half an hour Olivia had her mommy back. Happy and well. I dipped my toes in the pool while she played. I taught her how to squirt water out of her stacking cups to make a fountain. We played tickle-y octopus. It was a gift.

I'm happy, beyond happy--so blessed--to be pregnant with our second child. (Finally!) But I'm sad to say that yesterday was the best I've felt in weeks. The first time in weeks that I got dressed and left the house first thing in the morning. I'll be 9 weeks pregnant on Friday and, suffice it to say, this pregnancy is not proving to be an easy one. Still, I feel so grateful for the tender mercies from The Lord that we've had these past weeks. Helpful, loving friends. The most flexible schedule Bryan's had in 2 years. A calm and patient daughter. An unlimited supply of kid shows and chick flicks from the library. The thoughts and prayers and well-wishes from friends and family. And, especially, an early ultrasound to make sure everything is ok. 

After such a happy day yesterday, I started feeling nauseous again in the evening. It turned out to be one of the hardest and most miserable nights of sickness in my life. My throat was raw and swollen from throwing up so much. It was both miserable and scary. I woke up feeling better, though not fully recovered. I slept for hours. Later Bryan took me to the doctor to get some new meds to try. We're all hopeful that things will get better.

The night I posted on Instagram and Facebook that I was pregnant so many of you testified to the Lord's timing in all this. You said what a blessing it is to be finished with writing my book. And I've been grateful and mindful of that blessing too, it's true. But in no way has Heavenly Father's timing in all this been more evident to me than in the way that all of my heartbreak, all of my longing and waiting, prepared me for enduring the sickness I've been experiencing on this sweet baby's behalf. How could I pray for something so long and so hard and then complain about feeling sick? All that waiting taught me more than ever that children are a gift from God. That they come in their own appointed time. To know that in the midst of feeling so sick is indeed a tender mercy from the Lord. It is indeed a gift.

"Count your many blessings
Name them one by one
And it will surprise you what the Lord has done."