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Apple-nana Oat Muffins with Butterscotch Chips

These are really good muffins.  The texture is perfect, they rise high into gorgeous golden brown domes, they're packed with fruit, and the butterscotch chips hidden here and there shift the flavor toward caramel apple.  I served them up alongside a zucchini frittata for dinner, but they'd be great for breakfast or an afternoon snack. 

Apple-nana Oat Muffins with Butterscotch Chips
(adapted from Banana Oat Muffins)


1 c. AP flour
1/2 c. whole wheat flour
1 c. old fashioned oats
1/3 c. white sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 egg
3/4 c. milk
1/3 c. vegetable oil
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 c. mashed bananas (about 2 bananas)
1 tart apple, peeled, cored, and diced small
1/3 c. butterscotch chips (white chips would also be good, or chopped walnuts)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and grease a 12-cup muffin tin.Combine flours, oats, sugar, baking powder, soda, and salt.In a large bowl, lightly beat the egg.  Stir in the milk, oil, vanilla,…

Notes From the Tilt-a-Whirl

My in-laws got me this DVD for Christmas from my wishlist, and it was probably the best 50ish minutes of anything I've watched in the last 3 years, maybe more. As an artist, as a lover of words, as a lover of God...it just doesn't get much better. I'm hoping to read the book soon.

The Tilt-a-Whirl is N.D. Wilson's analogy for the Earth we live on--spinning in what appears to be a random and chaotic way, but actually having a beautiful and amazing order to every movement.  Publicity for the film describes it as "An Idea Film. A Bookumentary. A cinematic treatment of a worldview. A poet live in concert. A motion picture sermon. VH1 Storytellers meets Planet Earth. 60 Minutes meets Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God. In this unusual but fascinating film sequence, best-selling author N.D. Wilson gives an emotional and intellectual tour of life in this world and the final chapter that is death. Everything before and after and in between is a series of miracl…

Sausage & Kale Soup

My poor son has had a cold for the last week and a half.  Let me tell you, when you can't blow your nose (he's 21 months), you are pretty much at the mercy of this kind of thing to run its course.  His normal cheerful disposition and eat-anything approach to meals has been replaced by near-constant crankiness and rejection of everything except scrambled eggs and noodles.  Today I think he turned the corner though, and had a number of happy play times and even some giggles.  And, judging by the three helpings of rice and beans he had for dinner, I'd say his appetite has returned as well.

I turned half a head of kale into kale chips to eat with our dinner tonight.  They were fabulous in their own right...if you struggle to wrest something leafy and green into your loved ones, you gotta try it.  We don't really buy snack foods, but I'm hoping that kale does well enough in hubby's garden this year to place these chips alongside our grilled summer fare. 

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