Dairy-free Pumpkin Muffins

25 Mar

GlowWorm:

I’ve posted an old favorite recipe on my other Blog. Check it out ! 😀

Originally posted on Practically Vegan Mom:

My kids love these healthy muffins. Every kid and adult I’ve ever served these to has loved them. They make a great breakfast or after school snack.

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins

**makes 2 dozen regular muffins or 48 mini muffins.

1 1/4 cup olive oil

4 teaspoons vanilla

1 cup honey

1 cup molasses or sugar

4 eggs (or 1 cup applesauce to be totally vegan)

2 cups pumpkin or 1 (15oz) can of pumpkin

1/2 cup ground flaxseed

3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

2 Tablespoons cinnamon

1 Tablespoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon ginger

1. Preheat oven to 400*F

2. Combine wet ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

3. Combine dry ingredients and mix well. Stir into wet ingredients until blended.

4. Bake in muffin tins for 15 minutes.

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What have you promised never to do, because you remember?

6 Mar

I was three.

***Correction:  I was four.

But I remember the night my father was brought home with a forehead full of glass and a broken hip.
I remember two of the friends who came to help my mother.

A few miles of rolling Missouri fields away, the police were telling my aunt that her husband would not be coming home, ever.

My father and my uncle had driven together to a church meeting that evening.

On their drive home, as they crested a hill, a car full of drunk teenagers crossed the center line and hit them head-on.

My uncle, who was driving, was killed instantly.

***Correction:  My dad was the driver.  My father was badly hurt.  I do not know why he was not taken straight to the hospital that night.  Perhaps he refused to go.  Perhaps the EMTs didn’t think he was injured badly.

***Correction: My dad was taken to the hospital by ambulance, but at the hospital, the nurses/doctors just wrapped his head in gauze without removing the glass from all the lacerations. They ignored his insisting that his hip hurt the worst and did not even x-ray it. They x-rayed his head and his knee and left him shivering on the cold marble table for a very long time.  A brace from the car had speared his knee all the way through and that looked like the worst wound to them, so they wrapped it up and ignored the rest.

Soon after “the wreck,” as us kids always referred to it, my dad developed pneumonia and had to be hospitalized.  The doctor told my mother that it was common for people who suffered an impact to the chest in a car accident to develop pneumonia.  While still weak from the pneumonia, my father developed a second infection and had to be hospitalized again.

I remember that it seemed like forever that he was in the hospital.  I think it was actually about two months total.  I remember asking my mother when daddy would be coming home.

A few miles away, my pregnant aunt had to tell her 5 children that their daddy was not coming home.

The family of the drunk teenagers sued my aunt, demanding that she pay damages and the medical bills for their son’s broken leg because my uncle had been the driver of the car they collided with.

This was my first “experience” with alcohol.  I learned then that alcohol was a killer and not a fair killer either.  Alcohol killed the innocent.  Alcohol took people’s daddies away.  Alcohol took away other things too.  My father walks with a limp to this day–although most people probably don’t notice because he is so tall, and he sort of rolls along like a ship that lists to one side slightly.  Alcohol took basketball away from my dad.  Something he loved to play (and was good enough that he was offered a contract to play with an Australian team before he was married.)  He never complained about it, but us kids knew he didn’t play because of his hip.

In my religion, we follow a health code that we call The Word of Wisdom.  God has told us that “strong drinks are not for the body”  so we do not drink alcohol.

As a child and a teenager, I could not understand why anyone would drink alcohol.  To me, alcohol equalls death.

When I was sixteen, I worked in an office.  My boss was a part-time sheriff for the county.  One day he told me how he had pulled over some teenagers who were drinking and driving.  He gave them a warning and made them pour out their beer.  He told me this story, I think, because he wanted me to be impressed by how cool he was and how understanding of teenagers he was.

I remember just staring at him, wanting, but not brave enough to say, “Drunk teenagers killed my uncle.  You should have been more harsh with them.”

Now as an adult, I don’t know.  Maybe he was right.  Teenagers don’t often respond to harshness. Maybe his way was an effective way to teach them a lesson.

Now as an adult, I can understand a little that if a person grew up in a home where people drank alcohol often and nothing bad came of it, or the bad that did was laughed off as a funny story, that they would see no harm in drinking.

I believe God warned us not to drink alcohol for the same reason I tell my children to stay away from venomous snakes.  Snakes aren’t bad, but they are dangerous.  It isn’t so much because alcohol is bad, but because it is dangerous.  It dulls our minds.  It makes us less able to hear Him.  It makes us less able to make good decisions.  Under it’s influence, you can hurt others.  Those who become addicted to it are chained as surely as any slave ever was.

When I was 19, I joined the military.  In our company of about 120 basic trainees, one soldier was chosen as the “Soldier of the Cycle”  the best of our class.  The soldier chosen was a tall young man from New York but of Pacific Islander decent. He was a hard worker and an impressive soldier.  One afternoon, a group of us were talking, and somehow it came out that I didn’t drink alcohol.  He became very excited.  He wanted to know why I did not drink alcohol.  I told him it was because of my religion.  He told me that he had never met anyone who did not drink, but because of the way he had seen alcohol devastate his parent’s lives, he had made a pledge to himself to never drink alcohol.
His courage to change his family legacy all by himself was very inspiring to me.

I don’t judge others who drink alcohol.  I know many good people who do.  But I would judge myself, if I ever drank, because I know it’s wrong.  To me, drinking alcohol would make me complicit in my uncle’s death.  I would become one of his killers.  I would in effect be saying, “I don’t care who I hurt by drinking this, I’m going to have some fun.”

I could not do that.

why are they laughing?

4 Mar



They think that a cake called “hobbit hole cake” must not taste very good.  

Hahahaha

One more

4 Mar

Yesterday I sewed up this beautiful dress.  



I had actually cut all the fabric out two years ago, right before Christmas and then ran out of time to sew it.  ( You see now that getting Christmas pajamas sewn by the end of February is an improvement on my track record.) 

This pattern is AG Josephine’s Christmas dress.  The pattern is very regency style (translation:  Pride and Prejudice style). 

The fabric came from my friend who makes renaissance and steampunk corsets.  It’s shiney.  



Very Shiney.

Snow Day, Sew Day

2 Mar



Every year my mom buys a whole bunch of flannel. 

By a whole bunch, I mean that she buys several bolts of flannel, as in, she could start a store with the bolts of flannel she has in Rubbermaid tubs upstairs.  It is awesome.

For Christmas, my sisters and sister-in-laws and I are invited over for pajama day.  We cut out pajamas and sometimes get them sewn up as well. Mom does crafts and reads stories with the grandkids while we have a great time chopping up those yards and yards of flannel.



This year, I got all the girls’ Christmas pajamas cut out, but not sewn.  Those almost pajamas languished in a pile for more than 2 months. 

Then last Friday afternoon the snow began falling.  It continued to fall all night and all the next morning.  Saturday morning I fixed breakfast (funnel cakes) and cleaned up the kitchen.  Then it was time to fix lunch (hash browns scrambled eggs, and country gravy–I was in a breakfast mood still).  After lunch I took a nap (pregnant ladies get to do that sometimes. ) When I woke up the snow was still falling.  

So I got out my sewing machine.  I popped my 6 hour A&E Pride and Prejudice (Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle) in the DVD player.  I pulled out that stack of Christmas pajamas and got busy.  By the time Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett were married and kissing the bride, I had finished four flannel pants, one fleece pants and matching fleece hoodie, and one nightgown.  

I still had one nightgown left, so I put I my Focus Films version of Pride and Prejudice (Kiera Knightly and Matthew McFaydden). That was a mistake.  While I can sometime watch this version and get enjoyment from it (sometimes I need a P&P fix and I don’t have 6 hours), Kiera just can’t hold up in a back to back comparison.  The timing of every line is off and the whole thing is over acted.  

I just put my head down and finished that last nightgown.  

Finishing that big project was so satisfying, that I got sewing fever.  Church was canceled on Sunday because of bad road conditions and I had to fight the siren song of my sewing machine all day long.  But I triumphed over that temptation and my machine had its day of rest.  

Then today, I whipped the cover back off and sewed again.  Tamale Pie and Pumpkin Pie each have an 18″ doll that they got for Christmas three years ago.  (They aren’t American Girl Dolls, they are a Target knock-off version.)

Well the dream of these two girls hearts has been to have matching pajamas with their dolls.  I saved the scraps from cutting out their nightgowns and Voila!  Today their wildest dreams came true!!



I was a little worried when I got out the pattern pieces.  These doll clothes always take more fabric than I think they should.

If you look closely, you can see that I quilted the yoke on this nightgown. I used the AG pattern for Kristen’s nightgown, which you can download here.  I just left the cuffs off the sleeves and turned the neck piece under so the nightgown would be the same as Tamale Pie’s. 

Pumpkin Pie is happy too.  Hooray for being twiners with your doll!

One good thing about these dolls is that they make thinking up Christmas presents easy.  What shall I get for the girls for Christmas?  Doll clothes & accessories!!



Last Christmas, I made this beautiful red wool coat from an old wool blazer and a little girl’s plaid wool shirt.  Isn’t it gorgoeus?!! I had so much fun sewing it.  



I enbroidered the button holes by hand because they were so small that I was afraid my machine would just bung them up.  The covered buttons came right from the shirt.  



Sewing doll clothes is so much more fun now than it was when I was a girl, because the clothes look good and fit the doll when I am done!!  This apron dress was made from scraps left over from a dress I made Tamale Pie.  It isn’t as close a match in style as the nightgown, but it’s not too bad.  That tiny ric rac around the apron was murderous to sew.



I didn’t have another thrifted  wool piece to make PumpkinPie’s doll coat, so hers is made from fleece.  It worked well enough and is pretty, but it isn’t luminous the way the wool is.  Yes, I made the tam-o-shanter and muff, too.



This dress does not correspond to any of PumpkinPie’s wardrobe.  It is just purple, which was her favorite color for a long time.  Also, the flowers were a good scale for a doll dress. The coats and this purple dress came from Addy’s Pretty Clothes patterns.  The tam and muff are Samantha’s.  In my opinion, Addy and Josephine have the prettiest dresses.

So much fun!! I want to make more!!

Baby Bean is One

1 Mar



Baby Bean is One.  Okay, she is actually 14 months old.  I just finally have access to posting so I’m playing catchup.  

Her favorite foods are applesauce and cheese crackers.  She also loves raisins, but I try to limit those because they go right through her.

Holding the kitty makes her so happy.



She started walking at 10 months, making her my earliest walker.

she’s so fluffy, I’m gonna die!! Seriously,  If a person could die of cuteness overload, I would have died this day.

She knocked out 3 of her baby teeth falling down the stairs.  She cried a little.  I found one tooth floating in her mouth and two on the stairs.  Three beautiful, perfect teeth.  The two teeth you see peeking out on the bottom in this picture?  They are gone, plus the one that had come in next to them.

 I called the dentist.  He explained there was no way to put them back.  That she just wouldn’t have teeth until her permanent teeth grow in at age 6.  He told me it would be okay, that each of his 5 children had lost at least one baby tooth violently.  I felt a little better.  I cried myself to sleep that night.  My poor toothless baby.  



Baby Bean loves to empty drawers and boxes.  She loves to spread messes over the floor.  She loves to turn off the TV right at the climax of the movie.  She’s a stinker.  But she’s so cute, it’s hard to be upset about it.  

Banana Cream Pie is Three

16 Dec



Banana Cream Pie is three!  She still likes to be a baby, but is willing to move up to “little girl” now–but she will tell you emphatically that she is not a “big girl”. 

Her favorite color is red and white and yellow.



Her favorite game to play is Just Dance Movie.

Her favorite song is “Let it Go” 



Her favorite food is apples and hot dogs and macaroni& cheese. 



“Mommy, my cheeks are smiling”. 





She picked this baby herself.  After about two hours, she wanted to go back to the store to buy a different one. 



This is her face most of the time.  Smiles from Banana Cream are like a sunny day in Oregon–rare and wonderful.  

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