2.24.2013

What's for Breakfast and Other Ramblings....


Our yummy gluten-free muffins

One of the added bonuses of being home recuperating, has
been having time to make my kids breakfast.
Typically, I leave the house by 6:30, and they get ready after I leave. 
I have always craved
the time at home in the morning....but it was a fair
trade for getting home 
from my teaching
job by 3:00 most days.

My husband, also a teacher, goes in later,
so mornings
have been his to handle.

In August, I always shed a few
tears about going back.
I miss being with the kids for their morning
routine....for ponytails and peanut butter toast.

So after my surgery, I WAS down for the count for a while, but the 
thing I could do was make a 
light breakfast, and a braid or two :)

It truly has been a whole
new bonding with my 9 and 14 year olds.
We have determined that N definitely 
needs to lay his clothing out the
night before, and that C needs to get up
a little earlier to motivate Dad :)

This past week was school vacation, and 
I am almost ready to return to work.
So we have been making LOTS of special breakfasts.
Our daughter has Celiac, and we don't use any
regular wheat flour in our house at all.
It has been banished.
Luckily, we all (including picky 14 year old), 
LOVE gluten-free muffins.

Recently I  purchased
Cup 4 Cup Flour. I  tried it using Lissa's recipe here. for
 orange brownies.
It was an amazing recipe, and an amazing result.
(Lissa is an inspirational mom, wife, photographer, decorator, and cook!)

I Love to take our traditional family recipes and 
use gluten-free flour. I decided to try
 our favorite blueberry muffin recipe with Cup 4 Cup.
The results were AMAZING.

Here is the Land O' Lakes Recipe.
We substituted Cup4Cup where it called 
for regular flour.

Muffin



1 cup milk
1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, melted
1 Land O Lakes® All-Natural Egg, slightly beaten
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

Topping

1/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, melted
1/4 cup sugar



Heat oven to 375°F. Place paper baking cups into 12 muffin pan cups or grease cups; set aside.
Combine milk, 1/2 cup melted butter and egg in large bowl. Add all remaining muffin ingredientsexcept blueberries; stir just until moistened. Gently stir in blueberries.
Spoon batter evenly into prepared muffin pan cups. Bake 22-26 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly; remove from pan.
Dip tops of muffins in 1/4 cup melted butter, then in sugar.
Serve muffins with butter with canola oil.

Variations:Lemon Blueberry Muffins: Prepare muffins as directed above, stirring in 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest with the flour.

Raspberry-White Chocolate Chip Muffins: :Prepare muffins as directed above, substituting 1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries for blueberries. Gently stir in 1/2 cup vanilla milk chips with raspberries.


And I know that dipping it in butter sounds
positively slovenly...but it really makes this particular muffin.
I would like to buy baker's crunchy sugar and try
that as well, without the butter.

My family heads back to school tomorrow.
I will be here to make a few more breakfasts,
to comb that long, silky hair.
I will have a few more days of
my morning
coffee and toast routine.
A few more days of putting the breakfast dishes in the
dishwasher BEFORE 3:00 in the afternoon.
As always, it makes me a 
little sad. Last summer someone (an anonymous blogger of course), said
I was complaining when I expressed my sadness at the end of the summer.
I feel that same sadness now. 
But I know it will be summer
before we know it...
the garden will be in full
swing...the windows will be open, carrying in a warm 
breeze and the laughter of
neighbors playing.
I have BIG plans....a few home projects on a 
non-existant budget...a few new art projects that
have me so excited.


***C had a cyclic vomiting episode this week...she went 73 days.
Please visit cvsaonline.org to learn more about this mysterious illness, and educate a friend or family member. Thanks.
read more here.


20 comments:

  1. I know a couple of families that are gluten free and it takes some work to keep the kitchen that way! As a teacher, I know you have been enjoying your time with your own children!

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    1. We have it down to a routine, but we do still allow our 14 year old to eat "regular" foods. We just have to be VERY cautious. I have been enjoying the time!

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  2. I enjoy reading your blog! I don't always comment, but I am here reading!

    Thanks for the Cup 4 Cup review. I have heard other wonderful things about it and I am going to try it.

    Glad you are enjoying time with your family. I hope your daughter is feeling better. Having a loving and caring Mom has to help.

    And I don't know one teacher who doesn't mourn the end of summer!! There's nothing wrong with that.

    All the best,
    E.

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    1. Aw thanks E.! (I wish you weren't anonymous...it does intrigue me!)....Your words are a blessing. Yes, try the Cup4Cup...I read mixed reviews, and decided to make up my own mind. I am pleased. I still used Pamela's for Pancakes, and for a certain lemon cake I enjoy...but this is now a staple in our pantry.

      It is so nice to know you are out their reading, even if you don't always comment. Thanks so much!

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  3. Just one more thing...

    I recently saw the movie "It's Complicated" again. (It stars Meryl Streep, Steve Martin, and Alec Baldwin.) Anyway, Meryl's character has the MOST gorgeous garden, truly amazing. And I saw it and thought of your garden.:)

    Your garden really does inspire people and I just thought I'd let you know! Thank you so much for taking the time to share it with your readers.

    E.

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    1. My goodness E. I didn't think it could get any better than your first comment....you have brought tears to my eyes! To know that you are comparing my garden to the one in the movie makes me elated! To know that it inspires people? My goodness, that is my dream! You have made my Sunday...my entire week! xo

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  4. Bringing up a family is hard enough without having a health problem with a child. I know only too well as two of my grandchildren have different problems. It's hard juggling work with family but you sound a wonderful young mother. Enjoy the extra time with your children during your sick leave. I'm always reminding my daughter 'don't forget to give yourself some ME time'

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    1. Thanks for your sweet words Babrbara. I have a VERY tough little girl! She was born with a spirit that will take her through all life throws at her! ME time?? What's that?

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  5. The luxury of staying at home to cook is a gift. I too am a teacher, taking this year off to see if I could make a go at art...hahhhhaaa....I will be returning to teaching next year IF I am lucky to get back in the district. However, the sweet moments of not having to RUSH OUT and actually enjoy a quiet day at home, has been priceless.

    THESE MUFFINS LOOK FANTASTIC! May I enter your give away my dear? Anita

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    1. It is sad that we want to have art as our means and cannot.....

      Glad you have been enjoying your time home.

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  6. Hi ND! I will try these muffins! I'm sorry to hear about your daughter dealing with such a challenge. I had a third grader with Celiac last year. She was so brave. All I had to do was look at her to know when she was toughing it out! You daughter has a great support person in you! As for that anonymous commenter last August ~ s/he didn't get mothers and how sad/hard to give up those magical summer days for the consuming/passionate vocation that is teaching.

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    1. Hi FB. The muffins are yummy. My daughter is one tough cookie. Thanks for your sweet words!

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  7. Muffins sound great! So sorry to hear about your daughter and hope she improves. I bet you are enjoying your time with your children....Yes you are right, summer is around the corner for you and you can have more time with them again!

    Looking forward to seeing your upcoming projects too!

    Have a wonderful week!

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    1. Thanks CCD...can't wait for summer! I wish I could craft/create year round....such a dream.....

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  8. The muffins look tasty. We began a blueberry patch the year before last. This past summer there were a few blueberries, not enough to make anything with. We had a hard time keeping our Jack Russell, Sadie, from eating the berries right off the bushes. Good visual, huh?

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    1. Thanks Peggy. Dogs are so funny. We had raspberries....maybe I could try these with raspberries!

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  9. Very sad to read Miss.C was not well, (between episodes, is the time getting longer with age or really random?) poor thing, but so brave. I hope Stormy gave her a big pug-hug to keep her warm.
    Muffins look wonderful, happy you have had such a special time with your kids and hubby, family support must of helped to mend you.
    Your new projects... that's always the way forwards at this time of year, I also have a few (too many) but I think that's also good!
    Hope you are fully fit soon,
    Ivan.

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    1. Thanks Ivan! It is typically 70 someodd day...started out in the 50's so this is better....and we had a magnificent 150 over the summer, as if she skipped one! Thanks for caring. Stormy gave her lots of snuggle time, and some naughty stealing her socks and biting her hair time. Hope you are well!

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  10. I bet your children have been enjoying this extra time with you too :)

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    1. I think so ...I hope so! My husband isn't very hair efficient, so I think that has been my daughter's favorite part!

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