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Marvelous Apple Muffins

Recipes By October 31, 2015 Tags: , , , , No Comments

Muffins are a wonderful food for both adults and kids. They freeze well, transport well and are easy to make. A batch can be whipped up in just a few minutes, usually with ingredients on hand. You can even substitute ingredients, if necessary – muffins are very cooperative and forgiving.

I still have apples left over from apple picking the other day. I didn’t want them to go to waste, so I decided to make a batch of apple muffins. I have been making these delicious muffins for years. They are incredibly moist. You could add some chopped nuts or raisins if you desire.

Apple Muffins

Makes 12 regular sized muffinsresized-apple muffins

  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ cups rolled oats (I used old fashioned oats)
  • 6 Tbs. sugar
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ cup almond milk or regular milk
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 2 Tbs. butter – melted
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 egg – beaten
  • 1 ½ cups apples – peeled, cored and grated

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Stir together flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in medium bowl.
In small bowl stir together milk, orange juice, melted butter, vanilla and egg.
Make a well in center of flour mixture and add wet ingredients, stirring just until moist. Fold in apples.
Spoon batter into 12 muffin cups.
Bake for 15 – 18 minutes. Cool on wire rack.
*I use a toothpick to test for doneness.
Adapted from a recipe found in Live Right September 2008 (



A Generation of Healthier Kids

Grandkids, Teens, Toddlers, Tweens By October 29, 2015 Tags: , , 4 Comments

On my way to Yahoo mail this morning – yes, I still use Yahoo mail, yes, I know this “dates me” (not in a good way) and yes, I know, I can have it forwarded to my Gmail– anyway, I stopped to read a post on Yahoo Parenting.

I quickly scanned the article, which was basically about a dad wanting to raise his kids better than how he was raised. He went on to explain that growing up he wasn’t given healthy food or encouraged to exercise. Wow! That caught my attention.

My two boys are physically strong, hardworking and healthy. I fed my kids a variety of foods growing up, probably a mixture of healthy and not so healthy (definitely by today’s standards). They like fruits and vegetables but they also like ice cream, breaded mozzarella sticks and loaded fries. They played some sports, swam in the summer and skied in the winter. But, as adults they struggle with their weight.

Looking back, I realize that I should have instilled in them a stronger desire to exercise daily. I shouldn’t have had chips and soda in the house all the time and I probably should have encouraged them to drink more water. I know more now than I did 30 years ago.

But it’s not too late. I can take my decades of experience and use it for good. As grandparents we get a fresh start, a clean slate. We can keep healthier food in the cupboard and have fresh fruits and vegetables within easy reach. We can exercise regularly, get ourselves in better shape and make wise food choices. We can become an example to follow for our kids and our grandkids. We can be a good influence, helping to create a healthier generation and have a long term, healthy impact on our grandkids. The choice is ours.

Have you decided to make positive lifestyle choices that will impact your grandkids? Let’s hear it.

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Daisies – The Friendly Flower

Family By October 15, 2015 Tags: , , , 1 Comment

I watched this movie called You’ve Got Mail, I believe it came out in the late 1990’s.  It’s a cute, rom-com, in case you are interested. In the movie, Meg Ryan asked the question, “…don’t you think daisies are the friendliest flower?”.  I would have to agree with her assessment (or rather, with her character in the movie).  I love daisies, white ones in particular.  They seem bright, cheery and yes, friendly.

Six years ago, when my son went away to college, he left me a great gift.  I didn’t find it until several months later, but it was fantastic!  One crisp, October morning I looked out my front window and there, among my husband’s “wild” growing ferns, was a bunch of white daisies looking up at me.  Not quite believing my eyes I went outside to investigate.  Sure enough there was a daisy bush growing under my front window.  Knowing this did not just randomly happen I asked my husband if he knew anything about it.  He didn’t.  Neither did my oldest son, which only left one more person to ask.

My youngest son, knowing how much I like daisies, planted the bush for me as a surprise. It was great!  Every fall, while he was away at school, I would look out my front window and see the daisies.  I would send him a picture of the bush and a text saying “thanks for the flowers!” and he would text back smiles and winks.resized-daisy

He graduated college a year ago and is now living closer to home. But again, this sunny, autumn morning I happened to look out my front window and noticed a bunch of happy, smiling, friendly daisies.  Thanks, Nate!

Which flower is your favorite?

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Delicious Apple Crisp

Recipes By October 15, 2015 Tags: , , No Comments

I went apple picking with my granddaughter and her great-grandmother, Gigi, who was visiting us last week.  It is the thing to do when the leaves start turning beautiful colors and the morning air gets a little cooler.  We got carried away and came home with pounds and pounds of apples.  Gigi, after assessing the mountain of apples on the table, asked if I had an apple crisp recipe.  In fact, I do and it’s a good one.

How to make an easy apple crisp:

  •  4 to 6 apples (peeled, cored and sliced
  •  8 graham cracker squares (2 ½ inches each) finely chopped (I suggest putting them in a sealable    gallon plastic bag and gently smashing  them with a rolling pin)
  •  ¾ cup brown sugar, packed
  •  ½ cup rolled oats
  •  ½ cup flour
  •  1 tsp. cinnamon
  •  ½ tsp. nutmeg
  •  ½ cup butter (melted)

Fill baking (microwave safe) dish ¾ full of sliced apples.  Combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar, oats, flour and spices.  Add melted butter and mix well.  (*I mix all the ingredients in the same bag as the graham cracker crumbs.  Then add the melted butter to the bag and mix.  It saves washing another bowl.)  Spoon mixture over the sliced apples.

Microwave:  Cook on High for 12-15 minutes or until apples are tender.  *If your microwave doesn’t rotate automatically, then turn the dish half way through.

Oven: preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Bake for 30 minutes or until apples are tender.

Cool slightly.  Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.

Makes 6-8 servings

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