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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Muffin episode #3 - Pear Cranberry Oat with Almond Topping

I've been so tired! I barely got any sleep Sunday night since Julian was up coughing, but I did make it to work!

Tuesday I had to stay home with Julian, poor baby coughed again all night Monday and then threw up all over himself, the bed and of course me. As I carried him into the kitchen to get fresh water for him, we ran across daddy, and he raised his hand, waved and said "Daddy... hi!"

Since he was wide awake now I let him watch a little TV while we threw all the sheets and clothes in the washer and made the bed. I typically never let him watch TV in the middle of the night, but oh well, those 30 min didn't hurt him. He was still couhing a lot the rest of the night, so I called into work on yesterday to stay home with him. Didn't get up until after 9am, which is really late for him. So I made pancakes from scratch... there is something great about making pancakes from scratch for your child on a lazy morning :)

Milk, eggs, flour, a little bit of salt and sugar... nothing compared to the looong list of ingredients on frozen pancakes right? Not that I hate frozen pancakes at all, I love them! So easy and convenient, but when there is time it's great to make them yourself.

Luckily Julian slept very well Tuesday night, no coughing at all, so today he was back at the babysitter's, and I was back at work. I wanted to let him sleep in a littie since our schedule was so off yesterday so hubby took him in, and also picked him up.

We met at another model home with our realtor to look at some additional models in two different subdivisions. Wow, prices can vary up to $50k just depending on where you build your house! Same model!

If you know my hubby and I... we don't care to live in the fanciest new development. We like our money, so why pay $50k more if we can have the same house in a smaller, less popular community? No outrageous CDD or HOA fees. We can easily live with that!

We really  loved the models we saw today! More so than the other models we saw before. They are a bit smaller (still huge) but we really don't need 7 bedrooms. Less cleaning to do :) Now we are really torn between the two models we saw today... we'll have to do some thinking and comparing.

Julian really enjoyed viewing the models with us, he ran around, checked out all the closets, the beds, and served us water from the water cooler. You can tell our realtor isn't a kid person! Wouldn't you use that to your advantage as a seasoned sales person?

Dinner was Pizza! Wanted to eat at Little Harbor but it got late and we got a little lost. So hubby called the pizza place, ordered pizza and when we arrived it was ready within 5 min and we sat down to eat. Julian ate a piece of hawaiian by himself, and then we rushed home.

After I put him to bed, I thought I should try a sweet muffin this time.

Most are hesitant when they see a savory muffin... but the sweet onces usually go quickly!

Baking can be so relaxing after a long busy day of work and taking care of a toddler!

Tonight's muffin - Pear Cranberry Oatmeal with an Almond Topping.

Yummy, these turned out fabulous!!!!!!!!!!! I love the nuttiness from the oatmeal, the freshness of the pear and dried cranberries, and the almonds on top! Definitely another great recipe from this book!

Recipe for Pear Cranberry Oat Muffins

Makes 12 muffins
Preheat oven to 375 F

What you need:
2 tbsp granulated sugar
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup sliced almonds

1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/4 cup old fashioned rolled oats
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
2 eggs
2/3 cups milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cups dried cranberries
1 firm ripe pear, finely chopped

How to make them:
1. Topping: in a small bowl, combine sugar, and nugmeg. Stir in almonds and set aside.
2. Muffins: in a large bowl, whisk together flour, oats, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda and salt.
3. In a medium bowl, whisk together brown sugar, eggs, milk and oil until well blended.
4. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and stir until just blended. Gently fold in cranberries and pear.
5. Divide batter equally among prepared muffin cups. Sprinkle with topping.
6. Bake in preheated oven for 21 - 24 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let cool in pan on wire rack for 5 minutes, then transfer to the rack to cool.

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