When the cooler weather comes, I start feeling the urge to cook.  Yes, eating has always been high on my list and there are not too many places where you can buy food that tastes as good as something prepared at home.  

While thumbing through my recipe box a few days ago, I came across this tasty recipe for muffins I got when I was taking a Lamaze class for my first baby.  These muffins are chock full of nutritious things and you can feel really good about eating them.  My kids will even eat them, which of course is a miracle…thank goodness they don’t know what they are made of.  Enjoy!

Super Snack Muffins 

½ cup Dry Milk (non-instant)

1 Tbs  Baking Powder

½ tsp   Salt

½ tsp   Allspice

½ tsp   Nutmeg

1 tsp    Cinnamon     

2 ½ cups Whole Wheat Flour

1 cup   Honey

½ cup  Oil (I used Extra-Virgin Olive Oil)

4         Eggs

1 tsp    Vanilla

1 cup   Apple Sauce

1 cup   Grated Carrot

1cup    Raisins 

Mix all of the dry ingredients into a bowl.  Add the rest of the ingredients (except raisins) and mix well for 2-3 minutes.  Stir in the raisins.  Pour into muffin tins (with paper liners) to ¾ full.  Bake at 400 degrees for 15-18 minutes or until they spring back when touched.  Makes 24 muffins.

OK, am I the only one who ALWAYS reads the dumb Yahoo! Health articles thinking that they may actually help?  I fall prey to all of them.  This on especially caught my eye because I have a horrible time sleeping.  Counting sheep just doesn’t cut it for me.  Warm milk….ummm…nope.  Maybe because, according to Yahoo, the protein in milk will boost your alertness.  Who would have known.  Does that mean we should drink warm milk in the morning?

So the 8 sleep-better foods are:

Nonfat Popcorn – I knew there was a reason I liked to eat popcorn before going to bed.

Oatmeal with Sliced Banana – Ain’t that a breakfast food??  Alert, alert….maybe that’s why I’m always so tired in the morning after eating a bowl of oatmeal.  I’m seeing the light.

1 cup plain yogurt with 2 T. mixed nuts – I could give this a try.

A pile of sesame seeds – can you seriously imagine eating a pile of sesame seeds plain??  My throat is constricting just thinking about it.

A handful of pretzels – another very interesting idea.

1 glass of wine – sounds good…but I don’t drink alcohol…DANG!

A 4-oz glass of unsweetened cherry juice – I’ve heard of unsweetened cranberry juice but not cherry juice.  Might give this one a try.

Red Bell Peppers – Chocolate maybe.  Red bell peppers for sleep…don’t think so!

You can read the whole article at http://health.yahoo.com/experts/eatthis/38272/8-perfect-sleep-better-foods/


Is it just me, or have you ever noticed that you crave what you can’t have?  Every time you turn around you hear or read about what is bad for you.  When I read that too much salt is bad for you, I want pretzels.  It seems like every weight loss book says in order to lose weight quickly you must drastically cut your carbs—of course then I start dreaming about warm bread, rice or mashed potatoes.   With the media is constantly telling us about the evils of processed sugar, I start thinking about what I’m going to make for dessert. 

Years ago, I remember Zig Ziglar telling about the time when he wanted to shed some pounds and become healthier.  He then went on to say that he didn’t worry about what he couldn’t eat because there were so many good things that he could eat.  

Hmmm…maybe Zig’s got something there.  Frankly, I love eating fresh fruits and vegetables and fall is the best time of year for that!  After acquiring a taste for brown rice, it’s hard for me to even eat white rice anymore.

From now on, I’m going to take Zig’s advice and focus on what I CAN eat, not what I shouldn’t be eating.  When I am eating healthy foods I’ve found that don’t crave the sugar, which is my biggest challenge.  Now I just need to find some recipes of really yummy, healthy, and easy to cook recipes that my kids will eat too 

Yes, I’ve heard about ALL the benefits of yoga.  Yes, I can go attend yoga classes at my gym for no extra charge.  No, I’ve never attended a yoga class….until last night.  I think I might soon become a “yogie”.  I LOVED IT!!  I loved the music, I loved my instructor, I loved the dimmed lights.  I was more relaxed after that one class of yoga than I am after a massage.  $$Ching-ching$$  Free yoga or $70 massage.  Ummm….I’ll go for the free yoga.  I was so relaxed at the end of the class that I just about fell asleep.  I came home and could so absolutely nothing because I was in such a state or relaxation.  The only thing that could have made the night better…that I had come home to a clean room filled with lots of lit candles.  Maybe next week. 🙂

So now I’m really interested in reading and learning more about yoga and the benefits of doing it.  I decided I wanted to try it to see if it would help my knees.  They always hurt when I run…which doesn’t bother me because I actually hate running so it’s a good excuse to not run.  But I love doing triathalons…and that includes running.  So I’ll update you on what benefits I find from yoga.  Namaste!

I have a love hate relationship with jeans.  If I can actually find a good fitting pair of jeans, I love them.  I don’t want to take them off.  I wear them like I would sweat pants.  The problem is that it’s not very often that I find a pair of jeans that fits that well.  Jeans are by far the hardest fitting pant for me.  I don’t know if it’s the material or the style or just what but I highly dislike going shopping for jeans.

Because I’m tall, many pants are too short for me.  Jeans especially so.  So I opt for the “tall” pants.  They must make those things for giants.  I’m tall but not that tall.  Those things are about 4 inches too tall for me.  Crazy!  And jeans have an especially bad way of by the time I get them to fit my thighs they are huge in the waste.

Any suggestions of a place to find nice fitting jeans?  It’s time for me to go buy some but it depresses me just to think about.

So just like that, summer is over.  The pool is closed.  And I’ve got to start wearing pants again.  Maybe I can ease into those bads boys by transitioning through capris.  It’s not that I don’t like pants.  It’s just that….well after spending all summer wearing shorts….and by shorts I mean shorts with elastic waists….I never seem to fit into my pants.  Funny things.  Couldn’t be that I’ve spent all summer eating homeade ice cream.  So now it’s onto the fall weight loss plan so that I can fit into some of my pants.  Because in the not too distant future it will be too cold to wear shorts.

And can anyone explain exactly why we don’t wear white after Labor Day?

A few years ago when Marquette & I decided we were going to become world class sewers so that we could design and sew our own pants…that would fit us….we took a sewing class at a local fabric store.  On the first day of class we had to find a pattern and pick out our material.  I decided on a skirt because I figured that would be much easier than pants.  I’ve never sewed before.  I tried one and couldn’t even sew a straight line.  I knew this class was going to be difficult.  I can’t read a pattern to save my life.  Measurements??  Aren’t those for cooking?

So I found the pattern and picked out the cheapest material possible.  But I must admit, it was very cute material.  I faithfully went to class each week but I don’t feel like I learned very much.  Instead of teaching me how to sew, the teacher basically did it for me.  It’s a cute skirt. (I’ll post pictures later)  But I’m no closer to sewing my own pants than I was before I took the sewing class.