Sunday, February 12, 2012

The Domestic Diva and The Diva of Music...

Ha, ya right! Yet somehow this weekend I have been fairly domesticated ;)
This weekend has been full of me and the kids time. As I mentioned, Ryan was golfing yesterday: he really needed the day...and had a great time with a friend. And now today, he is at the boat show with his dad. Today, I decided to stay home. I am sure the kids would have rather gotten out, but realistically, I have had a home day with getting things done. I started the day of with more baking! I made the family Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins, and made my own gluten/dairy free versions. Recipes to follow. All turned out quite well. I have learnt a few tricks for substitutions to make things g/d-free so I kind-of, made my own!
From there it has been a combination of cleaning the house and laundry. Not the most exciting Sunday...but sometimes you just got to do it!
I am going to take the evening to relax and watch the Grammy's. Speaking of...a sad turn of events with Whitney Houston having been found dead late yesterday afternoon. A sad loss to music. I remember dancing around to her songs as a young girl...how can you resist with her songs like "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" and "The Queen of the Night." Not to mention watching the movie "The Bodyguard" a zillion times...right up there in the tween era with "Dirty Dancing."
There is much to envy in stardom...and much to be glad to not be a part of as well; All of their perks and paychecks I am sure are a nice incentive...but a "normal" life out of the spotlight, I think in many ways, there is much more to envy there.
R.I.P. Whitney Houston...You really now are, The Queen of the Night.

"Music world stunned by death of Whitney Houston"
An article if you haven't heard the news.

I am looking forward to watching the Tribute the Grammys are supposedly putting together for her honor, sung by the great Jennifer Hudson.

Hope you are enjoying your weekend. Happy Sunday!

Here are my recipes from this mornings baking:

(Regular) Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins with crumble topping



1 1/4 cup quick cooking oats
1 cup whole-wheat flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 tbsp baking powder (i generally use 1/2 the amount)
1/2 tsp salt
1cup milk
1egg
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup blueberries

Combine all dry ingredients. Add wet ingredients to dry and combine until just moist. Fold in Blueberries. Fill greased tins 2/3 full with batter.

Add crumble topping. Then bake for 20-25 minutes at 425F.

Crumble Topping:
Mix together 1/2 cup sugar, 1/3 cup flour, 1/4 cup butter, and 1 1/2tsp cinnamon. Mix with fork and sprinkle over muffins BEFORE baking.

Gluten Free/Dairy Free Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins




1 1/4cup g-free oats
1cup gluten free flour (I use Red Mills)
1/3 cup unsweetened apple sauce (if you aren't cutting out sugar than use sugar instead of applesauce)
1/2 tbsp baking powder
pinch of sea salt
1cup almond OR coconut milk
1/4cup water mixed with 1tbps milled flax seed (substitute for 1 egg)
1/4cup vegetable oil
1 cup blueberries

Combine all dry ingredients. Add wet ingredients to dry and combine until just moist. Fold in Blueberries.
Fill greased tins 2/3 full with batter. Cook 20-25 minutes at 425F.

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