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1 cup flour
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 cup oats
1 egg white
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 cup mashed ripe banana (I used 2 1/2 smaller bananas)
1/2 cup plain nonfat (or lowfat) yogurt
(optional) 1/2 cup chocolate chips or raisins
Get all your ingredients in line. Preheat oven to 400. Line a 12-muffin muffin pan with liners, cooking spray or light coating of oil. I prefer using muffin liners.
In a large bowl, sift together the flour, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg. Run the cup of oats through a food processor or blender until you have something the consistency of cornmeal. Add the oats to the dry ingredients.
Flour, baking soda, baking powder, brown sugar, cinnamon & nutmeg.
Oats after a good spin through the food processor.
One whipped egg white, plus one egg.
In another bowl, beat the egg white for three minutes until foamy and increased in volume, but not stiff. Stir the foamy egg white and the additional full egg, oil, mashed banana and yogurt and chocolate chips or raisins if you're using them. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry mixture until just combined.
Spoon the batter into the muffin tin. I added a handful of chocolate chips to six of my muffins at this point just to see how they'd turn out. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool. Enjoy.
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26 November 2010
- Safe travels - no deer sightings, no snow or ice and no sleepiness on the way up. Hoping for the same on the return trip.
- The warm cozy fire at my aunt & uncle's and an equally warm and cozy bed.
- Cooking in a giant kitchen with family. My cousin and I made a "tofurkey" from scratch on Thanksgiving and it was a riot. I contributed to the green bean casserole he was making - from scratch, no can of mushroom soup in sight and I also made the vegetarian gravy. All in all, everyone's efforts resulted in a delicious meal on Thanksgiving evening.
- Shopping on "Black Friday" that didn't involve any big box stores. We shopped local.
- Bowling and playing Liverpool Rummy. My family has been playing Liverpool together as long as the "kids" my age could hold a fist full of cards. Of the many sites I found when looking for a link, none of them had the rules spelled out exactly how we play, which is funny. I bet any group or family who has played as long as our family has developed their own little quirks for the game. I couldn't conceive of playing it any other way than how we play!
- Shopping again for a bit today with my mom and having a great long chat with her over coffee.
- Not having to be anywhere in particular and just being able to relax and enjoy the day as it unfolds.
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15 November 2010
- My assortment of make up brushes. Most of them are NARS, which I got for free when I interned there back when the line was only a year old. If you peruse the link, you'll see that the brushes are not cheap. I've taken care of them (cleaning them regularly with a little Aveda Shampure and water) and they're still going strong. It's been nearly 15 years, so had I actually purchased them, it would have been a wise investment!
- Benefit's Some Kind-a Gorgeous in original. Benefit calls this "the foundation faker," which is exactly what I was looking for when I started using this about a year ago. I don't like to look like I've got make up on, and this evens out my skin tone beautifully. I love it!
- Aveda Dual Base in Linen. I use this more as a powder than as a base foundation, which is what it was originally made to be and how I originally used it. I've had this for a while. They now are selling "Inner Light Mineral Dual Foundation", which I haven't tried.
- L'oreal Studio Secrets Professional Magic Perfecting Base. That's a seriously long name for a tiny product. I had been wanting to try a make up primer, especially for my eyelids since I sometimes find my eye color disappears during the day. I just started using it after hearing about it from K one night over ice cream not too long ago when it was still warm, so I feel like it's too early to weigh in with a verdict.
- Lancome eye color palette, which was a gift from my friend A awhile back. Four great colors, for a little extra eye drama when I need it. LOL!
- L'oreal True Match liquid foundation. I tried this out after seeing Kandee Johnson's video "Perfect Skin for CHEAP!" where she used it. It's funny that it's called True Match because although at the store it looked like the right shade, based on their little color chart, it's a touch dark for me. I've been mixing it with my moisturizer to lighten it up and so far I've been liking the result.
- L'oreal True Match Concealer. I bought this in a concealer emergency, my favorite Arbonne concealer (see #8) was back ordered this summer and I needed a stand in. I actually like it and use it when it the mood strikes.
- Arbonne Creme Concealer, light. I've been using Arbonne's skin care system for a few years and love it. This is the only Arbonne make up product that I have consistently used. It's got great coverage and the creamy texture dries down to a nice powdery finish. Little known Starr Fish fact, I am an Arbonne consultant. Although I now mostly sell to myself, my mom and the occasional friend who orders, I can hook you up with any of the Arbonne products if you're curious.
- Tooth picks from my orthodontist. I have braces, what else can I say?
- Loose NARS eye shadows. Secret stash of two loose shadows that were samples and no longer in stock. One is a great purple and the other is a yellowish gold. The store threw them in as a bonus when I was purchasing some other gear.
14 November 2010
How much do you love spinach artichoke dip? I've never made it, but when I've had it at restaurants, you usually get a thimble full with four crackers or tiny toasts and they charge you $5-7. It's usually tasty enough, but super rich and I seem to recall quite salty. So Ms. Budget Bytes came up with a creamy Spinach Artichoke Pasta dish that is reminiscent of spinach and artichoke dip, but it's way better, because you can eat it as a meal! Actually it makes a ton, so if you're feeding a crew, you'll have plenty. If your crew is slightly smaller or you're a crew of one making it early in the week, you'll have plenty of meals to bring to work or school.
I didn't have the white wine she used, I used lemon juice instead. The lemon juice added a subtle flavor that counterbalanced the creaminess in just the right way. I can see how the white wine would have been a nice addition. I used slightly less garlic and next time would use the full four cloves she used. I also skipped the hot sauce, because I didn't have any on hand, but did add crushed red pepper.
Overall the recipe was super simple to follow and it came together really fast. This would be a great meal to make for an impromptu dinner party - get someone to bring a salad and someone else to bring a dessert and you've got a super yummy dinner with friends!