Sheared Bliss

Pumpkin Carrot Cake Muffins
February 20, 2012, 3:36 pm
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My baby is three months old today.  To celebrate, we went to the pediatrician.  Then, since that’s a terrible way to celebrate, I made muffins.  This is my current favorite muffin recipe, modified from this one.

  • 1 1/2 cups flour (I used Pamela’s Bread Mix.  If you use a GF flour that doesn’t contain xanthan gum you’ll want to add some.)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 cups shredded carrots (This is two gigantic carrots or probably more like 3 or 4 normal sized carrots.)
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (This is about half a can of pumpkin puree if you don’t have a freezer full of the homemade kind.)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup chunks (Use any combination of nuts and dried fruits you like here.  I like walnuts with raisins or dried cranberries.)

Preheat oven to 350°.  Put all dry ingredients including sugar in a bowl and whisk to combine.  Add shredded carrots and toss to coat the carrot shreds with flour.  In another bowl combine the pumpkin, eggs, vanilla, and olive oil.  Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until just combined.  Mix in the chunks.  Scoop into a muffin tin (greased or lined with muffin papers unless you really trust the non-stick power of your bakeware).  Bake for 30 to 40 minutes until they pass the toothpick test.  Eat immediately with butter or cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

Wiggles can’t eat muffins yet so he ate his lamby rattle instead.


My Valentine
February 14, 2012, 9:47 pm
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CodeMonkey is very romantic.  See?

Ok, I know it doesn’t particularly look like it, but bear with me.  In this picture he is simultaneously:

  1. Holding Wiggles who had been cranky-pants for a good part of the day
  2. Putting the cranky-pants baby to sleep
  3. Enjoying and being very appreciative of the dinner I made
  4. Working hard to support us while I get to stay home and take care of Wiggles

Also (not pictured) he gave me a beautiful rose and, while I type this, he is washing dishes and singing an Irish ballad.  I think I got myself a keeper.  I love you, CodeMonkey!

This is what happens . . .
February 3, 2012, 8:19 pm
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. . . when you let a rodent forecast the weather.

That’s CodeMonkey’s “I love shoveling snow” face.  Let’s zoom in, shall we?

This is after about 24 hours of snow.  It’s still snowing.