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Thursday, March 07, 2013

Always keep on the bright side of life

It's been a busy week, but I've gotten on top of some cooking.  So rather than filling the blog with stories of our visitors, or tales of Uliana's overnight maturation from a newborn into a baby, I'm going to get right down to my newest pet project. 

Growing sprouts. 

Now I'll admit we do tend towards the granola-side of things, but sprouts are super easy to grow.  So rather than think about it as a hippy-food thing, view it as an early sign of spring, as it's the one thing you can grow in those dark days of January and February.  

When we moved last year we had very little kitchen equipment.  So I asked anyone and everyone to pass along anything that they were getting rid of.  It worked great!  Our kitchen pots, cutlery, glassware, blender, everything was all given to us!  We also acquired a set of sprouting lids for canning jars.  (Luckily they came with the instructions.) 

So we played around with growing sprouts until I got pregnant. (Sprouts are not recommended for pregnant women).  And now I'm back at it.  So here are a series of pictures of the alfalfa sprouts we grew last week.

Now for a less healthy recipe... Doughnut Muffins!  They literally taste just like cake-style doughnuts (though Brad asserts that they are much tastier).  As another sign of spring, Nikolai picked the crocuses in our garden.

Doughnut Muffins
Mix together 1 cup of flour, 1 tsp baking powder and 1/2 tsp nutmeg.  Add 1/4 cup of melted butter, 6 tbsp of honey, and 6 tbsp of milk. This will make 12 mini muffins or 6 regular muffins. Bake at 375 for 15-30 min (depending on the size of your muffins).

When the muffins are done baking baste them in melted butter (you will need about 3 tbsp), then roll in a granular sweetener.  I used about 3 tbsp of fructose mixed with 1 tsp of cinnamon.
Flavour add ins can include apple chunks to make an apple-fritter style muffin, or cocoa powder to make chocolate muffins.

The picture above is a close up of Uliana's famous cheeks.  The photos below are from a trip to a playground.  We walked past the local fire station when the firemen were out cleaning their pumper truck. Nikolai and his friend were invited to explore the truck!  I guess the firemen had some free time on their hands.


Dina said...

Uliana does have sweet little cheeks. I just want to give her a little kiss on them! An aunties option you know. Smooch! And isn't Nikolai lucky to get a look in a fire truck.

Dina said...

And what a gorgeous plate full of yummy treats!

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