The “C” Word And Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins

Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins / My Friend's Bakery

I find myself at a crossroads. Something horrible has happened and I’d like to think that we’re friends and that I can dump it all on you and that you’ll understand. But I fear that if I put it in print, if I say it out loud, if I put it out there in cyberspace that somehow it will become more true, more real, and more terrifying than if I didn’t do those things. If I keep you in the dark and if I don’t admit it out loud, then it can’t really be happening. In the recesses of my mind I know that that statement is ridiculous, but somehow it feels like it’s true and I just wanted to stay in my safe, little bubble a while longer.

Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins / My Friend's Bakery

I’ve decided I’m going to rip off that band-aid quickly. It’s hard to admit that someone you love has the “C” word. Maybe if I whisper it really quietly. c-a-n-c-e-r.  Nope, still sucky to say. There is nothing in this world that will suck the air out of your lungs faster or with more force than the “C” word.

Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins / My Friend's Bakery

That life-sucking bitch has sunk her claws into one of the most important people in my life, my dad, and it’s terrifying. It has altered my family’s lives. It has shaken us to the core and we are trying to deal with the situation the best way we can. But sometimes you just want to cry. Cry and scream at the Universe and yell at God and all The Powers That Be that they have somehow made a terrible mistake!

Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins / My Friend's Bakery

Why is this happening to my dad? That’s the ultimate question isn’t it? Why?  And that’s a scary path of self-pity to go down so I’m not going to go there yet. For now, we’ll just worry about today. So thank you for letting me say it, letting me feel it, and letting me get it out there so if I need you I know that you’ll be here.

Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 12 large muffins

A delicious muffin that is not overly sweet. Blueberries are an excellent source of vitamins C and K, Manganese and a good source of dietary fiber. Blueberries are among the fruits highest in antioxidant power, largely due to their many phytochemicals.

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups quick oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs, lightly whisked
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 F.

In a large bowl, gently whisk together the flour, oats, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and brown sugar.

Add the milk, oil, and eggs and stir until just combined. Do not over mix. Let the batter sit for 10 minutes to allow the oats to soak up some of the liquid ingredients. Gently stir in the blueberries.

Use an ice cream scoop to evenly divide the batter among 12 prepared muffin liners. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in muffin tins for 5 minutes before transferring the muffins to a wire rack to completely cool.

Notes

Original Recipe by My Friend's Bakery 2015

http://myfriendsbakery.ca/blog/blueberry-oatmeal-muffins/

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Smelly Things And Monkey Fart Muffins

Monkey Fart Muffins / My Friend's Bakery

There are few things in life that evoke such immediate and intense reactions more than scents. Good or bad.

My favorite smelly things in the whole, wide world are…

Fresh baked bread.  Yeasty, heady, and the most nostalgic of any scent ever created by mankind. Like, ever.

Monkey Fart Muffins / My Friend's Bakery

Black marker. Not the cutesy black marker from your kids’ box that smells like licorice, I’m talking about the black permanent marker that you were never allowed to play with. If it wasn’t poisonous and brain rotting I would smell it all day long.

Lilacs. They are a dominant, yet very temporary, reminder that Spring has finally arrived.

Monkey Fart Muffins / My Friend's Bakery

Gasoline. Not diesel and definitely not gas in its exhausted form, but good ‘ol liquid gold from the pump. Which coincidentally would make me instantly vomit when I was pregnant, so why I love the smell so much I couldn’t tell you. You’d think it would have the opposite reaction.

Sweet peas. I’ll take a whiff of sweet peas over roses any day of the week.

Crayons. It’s like opening a box of waxy sunshine.

Monkey Fart Muffins / My Friend's Bakery

Coffee first thing in the morning, middle of the afternoon, or at the end of the day. It doesn’t really matter, does it?

Rain on a cool Spring morning or on a hot Summer evening.

Monkey farts. Not real ones, but the ones that are baked in muffin tins.

Monkey Fart Muffins / My Friend's Bakery

 

Monkey Fart Muffins

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 12 large muffins

A strange name for a muffin I know, but tropical flavors like bananas, pineapple, and coconut make me think that this is what monkey farts would smell like, if I was ever inclined to smell a monkey fart.

Ingredients

  • 3 large bananas, mashed
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 3/4 cup crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut - dessicated, shredded, or flaked

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 F.

In a large bowl, mash the bananas with a potato masher or fork until most of the lumps are gone. Add the lightly beaten egg, granulated sugar, melted butter, coconut extract, crushed pineapple, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and flour. Mix with a rubber spatula until just combined. Do not over mix.

Use an ice cream scoop to evenly divide batter among prepared muffin liners. Generously sprinkle the tops of each muffin with coconut.

Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in muffin tins for 5 minutes before transferring the muffins to a wire rack to completely cool.

Notes

Original Recipe by My Friend's Bakery 2015

http://myfriendsbakery.ca/blog/monkey-fart-muffins/

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