May 12, 2008

Anna's Blueberry Muffins


Or should I make this one? This one looks terribly delicious! Yummy!



Anna's Blueberry Muffins

Yield: 12

Ingredients:
1/3 cup (75 mL) canola oil
1/2 cup (125 mL) honey
2 x large eggs
1 1/4 cups (300 mL) 2% plain yogurt
1 tsp (5 mL) finely grated orange zest
1 cup (250 mL) whole wheat flour
1 cup (250 mL) all-purpose flour
2 tsp (10 mL) baking powder
1 tsp (5 mL) baking soda
1 tsp (5 mL) ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
1 1/2 cups (375 mL) fresh blueberries

Directions:
- Preheat oven to 375 °F (190 °C) and line a 12-cup muffin tin (or 36 cup mini muffin tin) with paper liners (alternately, tins can be greased).
- Whisk oil, honey, eggs, yogurt and orange zest to blend.
- Add to yogurt mixture and stir just until blended. Add blueberries and spoon batter into prepared muffin cups.
- Bake for 20 to 22 minutes, until muffins spring back when touched. Muffin will keep 2 days in an airtight container, or can be frozen.

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Here is a cupcake recipee I will probably try this weekend... will add pics once I actually bake them enshallah :D


Red Velvet Cupcakes

Prep: 10 minutes.
Bake: at 350 degree F for 22 to 25 minutes.



Ingredients
3/4 cup sour cream
2/3 cup oil
2-1/2 cups self-rising flour (such as Presto)
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1-1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 bottle (1 ounce) red food coloring
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 can (1 pound) prepared vanilla icing
Additional red food coloring
1 can (1 pound) prepared chocolate icing


Directions
1- Line standard-size muffin pans with 18 cupcake liners. Heat oven to 350 degree F.
2- In a large bowl, whisk sour cream and oil (it will look curdled). Sift flour and cocoa powder into the bowl. Add sugar. Beat until just moistened. Add eggs and beat on medium-high for 2 minutes, until smooth and fluid. Stir in bottle of food coloring and vanilla. Fill liners 2/3 full.
3- Bake cupcakes at 350 degree F for 22 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire rack for 10 minutes; then remove cupcakes and let cool completely on rack.
4- Tint vanilla frosting light pink. Frost half the cupcakes with chocolate icing, half with pink icing. Chill slightly before serving. Makes 18 cupcakes.

May 11, 2008

A Mother... I have become...


I sit here watching my precious daughter taking her nap. I know that I will be her provider till it is time to pass on the torch and allow her to feel this growth of love within her.


Today is Mothers Day...
and I can't help but reminisce all the wonderful times I had with my dear mother. She was my rock, she truly was. She made my life make sense, when I thought nothing ever mattered. She made me smile, when I had tears trickling down my cheeks. She made me think, when I was a teenager and wanted to just life carefree. She never judged me. She made me feel beautiful. She made me important. It makes me sit in awe, how she was able to devote so much time to me, when she had 5 children to care for. She would nurture me when I was sick, be by my side when I was sad, and was there when I was happy. She was an ear for me to unload on whenever I needed to just talk. Of course there were times when I thought I hated her... but I was young, and hated anyone that said NO to me. Little did I know, that those many No's were indeed my mother showing me her true love. She made me travel the world, so that one day I could use what I have learnt. Those lessons were well worth it, as I have an insight on things many around me do not, and probably will never have.


I recall my pregnancy, when i heard my DD for the first time, I cried, tears of joy, happiness, and what was to come. I cried for my past, for what my mother went through for me. That day I found a new grown love for my mother. I loved her before, but this was something new. I only pray that I can be half as good a mother as my mother was... I pray that my DD will look back on her childhood and have as many fond memories as I had. This is the beginning for me and my DD, and I pray that Allah helps me make wonderful memories for her to cherish, wonderful memories that she may one day bestow upon her own children.
I love you Mother... I love you Daughter!


May 6, 2008

A Fresh Breath of DUST:)

After a long day of really doing nothing... Didn't even have to cook, as my hubby brought home food from the diet center.. we got ourselves ready... got DD ready... and went to Prince Sultan University to go for a walk. I was happy, as it isn't every day my hubby agrees to going :D I still have a few pounds of post baby weight to lose.. and I must say, I thought it would have taken me 3 months TOPS... and now its 9 months and 2 weeks and counting! Is there any hope for me? lol I plan on travelling to the UAE in the next week to 10 days for a couple of weeks enshallah. I need to change this taste in my mouth... and get a bit of fun back into my life! I would love to go skiing, and shall see if that will work out. I also need my DD to see somewhere new! Since i have had her, we have merely traveled to Shargiya and Bahrain! This Summer I plan to travel off this continent with her, and that will be sure to bring some interesting blogging and pictures, as my love of Picture taking has been put on hold here in Riyadh! Every time I take out my Canon 400D EOS... I see people giving me the look! The look of how dare u take a picture of my woman!.. lol.. For Gods sake... even if I were to take a picture, no one could really tell who they really are! Anyway, I plan on taking some natureful pics as soon as I am off the plane :D Alright, I have no clue how my ramblings went to Photo taking, but that is me... my brain thinks of a million things at one time! Since I am on the whole photo talk, I am looking for a photography class here in Riyadh, so if by any chance, anyone so happens to stumble onto this blog, and actually reads it (wishful thinking I tell you:D)... please lemme know if there is anything available... Thanks in advance.. lol
May 4, 2008

Turkey Meatloaf

I was sitting at home watching TV, after finishing supper- I made some chicken breast and vegetables with sauce dipped on the side with some toasted bread...'Quaker' Soup (My hubby requested it) and a simple green salad with Olive Oil Dressing. I also made my DD (Dear Daughter) some boiled potatoes, carrots, and chicken breast with some of mommy's special spices and Pureed of course.. (she loved it)... OK Lemme start again... lol I was sitting at home watching Oprah on MBC4, after having supper and putting my DD to sleep. Today's episode had Billy Joel and his wife on. Anyway, she made an interesting and I must say EASY looking meatloaf. I am gonna attempt to make it sometime this week enshallah.. I hope hubby likes it :D I am going to leave the recipe here for anyone out there that may be interested in making it.... Ciao for now! XOXO Turkey Meatloaf Recipe created by celebrity chef Katie Lee Joel. Portions: 6 Serving size: 2 slices Ingredients 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 medium onion 1/4 cup red bell pepper, diced 1 teaspoon dried thyme (or 1 tablespoon fresh thyme) 1 bay leaf 1-1/2 pounds ground turkey breast 1/3 cup bread crumbs 2 eggs slightly beaten 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 1/4 cup low-sodium ketchup Preparation Preheat oven to 325° F. Heat olive oil in medium-sized skillet over medium heat. Add onions and bell peppers and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes. Add thyme and bay leaf. Sauté until onions are translucent, about 6 to 7 minutes. Remove bay leaf, then set aside onion mixture and let cool to room temperature. In a medium bowl, mix turkey, bread crumbs, eggs Worcestershire sauce and onion mixture until well blended. Put turkey mixture into a loaf pan. Top with ketchup. Bake for 1 to 1-1/2 hours or until the meatloaf reaches 160° F. Nutrients per serving Calories: 252 Protein: 23 g Carbohydrate: 9 g Fat: 13 g Cholesterol: 160 mg Sodium: 232 mg Potassium: 428 mg Phosphorus: 232 mg

I Miss.... ME!

I sit here on my trusty couch, with a Hot chocolate by my side. The air from the air condition vent is blowing lightly on me, helping me with the heat in this desert city. My daughter plays with her toys at my feet, my TV is tuned to my daily digs, I can hear the birds chirping outside the window in the garden. This is what my usual day consists of. My daughter is now trying to climb my leg, so I take some time away from my laptop and give her the attention she wants. Soon she gets tired of my arms and wishes to explore some more, so I set her down. Allowing me to come back and attempt to put my thoughts to paper or shall i say Keyboard? I love my husband, really! I just am not so happy in this life in this desert. I have made a few friends, but everyone is busy with their own lives, my husband is busy with work, and I am busy with hmmmm... I nearly said nothing, but that would be wrong, as I am busy with my lovely baby. She needs me, she needs me to remain sane. She needs me to help her into toddlerdom. I think my ramblings are no longer making any sense. I shall come back when I truly have something, anything to jot down! I miss myself, I truly do!
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