Well, I am finally getting around to organizing the new recipes I’ve been working on, since the publication of NJFV. It’s kind of strange…
I am usually quite an organized person. When it comes to recipes though, I still seem to revert back to the “write it on a scrap of paper for now” and leave the neatness and order until later.
Well, today I’ve added a new category to my sidebar, New Recipes and slowly but surely, I plan to get my “scraps of paper” (many of them,at least) typed up and saved for future use in my new cookbook and of course, for my reader’s use as well.
Today, I want to start off by sharing a wonderful new muffin recipe I created a couple of week’s ago,
Wheat Germ Coconut-Cran Muffins:
These muffins are very moist, colorful and include the goodness of toasted wheat germ and coconut for fiber sources. Hope you will enjoy these soon. I’ll include the recipe at the end of this post.
Do let me know how you enjoy these (and any suggestions/variations) and of course, your families comments are appreciated, too.
In cat news, I have some darling pics. of “the kid’s” to share.
Here’s Mr. Cheddar, using Joe’s leg for a headrest:
To all the feline lovers…. can you relate? Haven’t we all done this? Kept still so that the kitty of the hour could rest and recline, as our body parts went slowly but surely into “sleep mode”! I know I’ve put up with this done this many, many times. I just love them so much!!!! I’m putty in their paws!!!!! 😉
Here’s another Mr. C pic. A tad fuzzy photo, but isn’t he a smart fella?
This time he’s catching up on the local news:
One more solo pic of Mr. Cheddar, this time showing his best “meatloaf” pose:
Don’t ask me why they call this classic cat pose a “meatloaf” but I’ve read this several times. Whatever you want to call it, he is looking handsome, don’t ya think? 😉
And now for Ms. Mitzi. Checking out some morning action outside. “Is that an American sparrow I see???”
Cue…. “the machine-gun, teeth chattering noise” 😉
Is that a hoot or what, when felines make that particular sound?
Ahhhh…..Are these two buds or what?
I just love when they get all tangled up and cozy together. Somedays, it’s still “hissing and tackle time” but more often than not now, it’s more of the good stuff. I am so glad they’ve become pals.
On to knitting news.
I finally have a photo of my March charity project to share:
This was a fun hat to knit, from the Oddball Knitting book. I am also planning to make one for myself, for next winter too. I like the way the rolled edges turns up (and stays up) by itself. And it was really, really quick and easy. Now I have to get moving on my April charity project, I’m a bit behind in the crafts right now.
I have got this much (right up to the pattern section of the body) of my Fairly Easy Fair Isle knit from Stitch and Bitch Nation, knit so far:
Still no contrast yarns found or purchased, rats! I am checking out Ravelry when I can to see about a swap but so far, I just haven’t found the time.
Still loving my re-kindled poetry pursuits over at: My Poetic Path.
I am planning to enter a poem or two in the Writer’s Digest writing contest that is currently accepting submissions, including poetry.
It is so gratifying to be recognized for your very personal, creative work, isn’t it? I have been so fortunate to have received so much positive feedback and reviews about my work as a cookbook author and now re: my poetry.
Well, that’s about all my news, for now.Hope you all have a wonderful week!
Last but certainly not least: Do stop over to Ruinwen’s when you can, it’s her birthday today ! What a lovely person Ruinwen is and just one of many, many people I am so glad to have “met” via Blogland.
BFN, G 🙂
Recipe for Wheat Germ Coconut-Cran Muffins (please see next page)
Moist, colorful and delicious. The hints of cinnamon and allspice add so much! Makes 12 large muffins.
1/2 C. raw wheat germ
1/2 C. unsweetened flaked coconut
1 C. unbleached white flour
1/2 C. whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1/4- 1/2 tsp. ground allspice (to taste)
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. EACH baking powder and baking soda
1/2- 3/4 C. raw sugar (to taste)
1 C. dried cranberries
1/2 C. chopped walnuts or pecans
1 egg, beaten
1/3 C. vegetable oil (sunflower or safflower work well)
1 1/2 C. buttermilk
Grease muffin tin thoroughly and set aside. Preheat oven to 375 F.
Toast wheat germ and coconut together, in a dry frypan, over medium high heat, stirring constantly, until lightly toasted but not brown. This will only take about 3-4 minutes, don’t forget to keep stirring. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the: toasted wheatgerm and coconut, flours, spices, sea salt, baking powder and soda, sugar, dried cranberries and nuts. Stir to thoroughly combine.
In a smaller bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Add to first mixture and stir just until mixed, do NOT overmix. Mixture should be lumpy but well combined. Spoon into prepared muffin tins.
Bake for 18-20 minutes until done. Reduce heat to 350 after first 10 minutes of baking time, if browning too fast. Serve with cream cheese, margerine, butter or plain.
Wheat Germ, Coconut-Cran Muffins: © 2008 Geraldine Hartman. All rights reserved.