Morning Glory Muffins

SO DELICIOUS!!!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup/120 grams all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup/85 grams whole-wheat flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¾ cup/177 milliliters whole milk
  • ¾ cup/160 grams packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ cup/90 grams shredded carrot (from 2 medium carrots)
  • ½ cup/77 grams shredded apple (from 1 medium apple)
  • ½ cup/57 grams unsweetened shredded coconut, toasted
  • ¾ cup/90 grams finely chopped walnuts, toasted
  • ¾ cup/112 grams raisins
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon chia seeds (my addition)
  • ½ cup/118 milliliters melted coconut oil

Preparation

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12-cup standard muffin tin with paper liners.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a large bowl, whisk together milk, dark brown sugar and eggs until smooth. Stir carrot, apple, coconut, 1/2 cup of the walnuts, chia seeds and 1/2 cup of the raisins into the wet mixture. Stir in the melted coconut oil.
  3. With a large rubber spatula, fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined. Do not overmix. Divide the batter evenly among the prepared cups. Sprinkle the remaining walnuts and raisins evenly over the tops of the muffins.
  4. Bake until puffed and set and a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Transfer the muffins, in the tin, to a rack to cool for 5 minutes. Then remove the muffins from the tin and let cool completely on the rack. Once cool, store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Recipe from The New York Times.

 

Gheimeh Baademjaan, Persian Seared Eggplant with Beef and Tomatoes

Delicious!

Based on a recipe from Honest & Tasty.

Ingredients
  • 1 large Eggplant or the equivalent amount of the smaller eggplant variety
  • 2 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 pounds of Lean Ground Beef
  • 1/2 Vidalia Onion, diced
  • 1/2 red pepper, diced
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • 6 Campari Tomatoes), rinsed and cut into wedges
  • 1/2 cup of Sour Cream
  • 1 teaspoon of freshly minced garlic

Directions:

  1. Peel eggplant (I know. The skin is good for you but we just don’t like it.) Dice 1/4 inch cubes. Fry until cooked in hot oil. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  2. Cook till almost soft the onion and red pepper. Add garlic and cook for another minute or two. Set aside.
  3. Cook beef stirring often.  Return eggplant, red pepper, and onions to pan. Heat for 5-10 minutes. Add tomatoes and cook for a few more minutes until tomatoes are heated through.
  4. Serve with sour cream or yogurt over noodles—-if desired.

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Chipotle Chile-Roasted Pork Ribs

Delicious! Serves 2. Based on a recipe from Real Simple Magazine.

Ingredients

  1. 1 tablespoon Chipotle Chile Powder plus 1 tablespoon Chile Powder
  2. 1 tablespoons kosher salt
  3. 3 Country Style Pork Ribs, about 2 pounds
  4. 1/2 cup ketchup
  5. 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar or distilled white vinegar
  6. 1 tablespoon sugar
  7. 1 tablespoon black pepper
  8. 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  9. 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Combine chile powders and salt in a small bowl; rub mixture over ribs. Wrap ribs in aluminum foil and place on a rimmed baking sheet, lined with another sheet of foil–turn edges up. Roast until bones can be pulled out with just a bit of tension, 2 hours to 2 hours and 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk together ketchup, vinegar, sugar, pepper, hot sauce, and mustard.
  3. Preheat broiler. Unwrap ribs and baste with half the sauce. Return unwrapped ribs to oven and broil until sauce is bubbly and glazes the ribs, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board; let rest for 5 minutes before slicing. Serve ribs with remaining sauce.

Wild Geese

Beautiful gray day here in Western Massachusetts.

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Resolutions vs Rules

When I woke this morning, I read from The Daily Word:

New Year
The life of God within reassures me that new adventures await.

With a new year comes new beginnings. As I bid last year goodbye, I greet today with an air of anticipation. This new year holds the promise of a new dawn, an adventure waiting to be fulfilled.

Prayer is a powerful resource on my journey, and every thought of God is a prayer. So I keep myself centered on divine life within. There, faith encourages me to believe that all things are possible. This new year holds within it the promise of love, joy, health, prosperity, harmony, and so much more.

With gratitude, I recognize and give thanks for the many blessings in my life—those received and those coming my way. I live in confidence because the life of God within reassures me that new adventures await.

Be renewed in the spirit of your minds.—Ephesians 4:23
In the book, Balancing Life By The Rule, Debra Farrington shows us the difference between self-help and spiritual growth in her article on creating a “rule” to guide everyday life, based on Christian monastic rules. Contrasting a rule with a New Year’s resolution, she says that the latter is based on what we think is wrong with us (too fat, too poor, too tired, etc), while a spiritual rule grows from a desire to become more fully what we were created to be.
“Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom.” – James 3:13

I went down to the river to pray. “I will pray with the spirit, but I will pray with the mind also; I will sing praise with the spirit, but I will sing praise with the mind also.” – 1 Corinthians 14:15

Some “rules” for this year include: 

More Spiritual Study. Read the Bible every day and other spiritual texts. Pray.

More Charity. Help those in need. Continue to volunteer with the 3rd grade class here in town. Look for other opportunities to volunteer.

More Meditation. Rise early and pray/meditate. Practice yoga.

One Pointed Attention. Listen empathically (getting inside the other person’s frame of reference so you listen with one purpose: understanding) until you truly understand the other person’s position. Then work on ensuring that you clearly communicate your thoughts and ideas.

Think Outside The Box.

Remember Who I Am. Know Thy Self. Namaste.

Humor. Find the humorous in the everyday.

Read more books.

Write more poetry.

The park, for me, is a place of grace. A church. A temple of nature. A sanctuary. Birds singing songs of praise and joy. Doves, finches, woodpeckers, crows and robins. On one walk I saw a fox on the path in front of me. Another time hawks circling overhead. A Green Heron in the water. I walk my dog, Freddy, a mini-labradoodle, there a few times every week. One time, without incident, we walked, and every few minutes I talked, “Good dog. Good dog.” On we walked past Meadow Trail and Beaver Brook. All the time my dog acutely aware and when I wanted to stop and photograph, I said “Freddy, sit.” And he sat. And he waited. And when I said “okay” on we went.

More story-telling.

In church the book calls How did you find me And do you believe Her neighbor says I Bet he found you through Me, I believe in Beauty, do you, too Yes, take me, take me Home says this book with The light of sunshine I know I am this A young simple gift See the butterfly And in the second Chapter we read, no Not yet, please, let me Did I ever tell You I was raised Not from the dead but From the living word Wrapped in ancient Stories when all I Want is to go home Angels I hear Come to protect me I am being held Lifted off the shelf Where I have waited Patiently for you Or you or you to Take me with you home Read my sad story Once upon a time No it does not start Quite like this, listen I hear them singing Do you hear singing See under this book A Garden for Rose

More Portraits.

Continue to count daily gifts.

Self-publish books, including a cook book.

Bruce, they say. When is the cook book coming out? And I saw, now, this year. Tonight I made this–Cheese Tortellini Soup with Kale and Kielbasa.

Market my photography better.

Nymph Lake at Rocky Mountain National Park.

Be more like Jesus.

“Imitate me, as I also Imitate Christ.” 1 Corinthians 11:1

I think the more I grow to be like Jesus, the more I develop into the person I was meant to be all along.

“Come. Follow me.” Jesus said.

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