Category Archives: Food

Rhubarb Muffins

A great discovery when we first moved into our house was this tiny rhubarb patch hidden behind our garage. It’s overgrown with weeds and a little TLC could help it reach it’s full potential. The little bit it produces now is all we really need though. I’ve been chopping it up and freeze for future treats.

I have a new habit of waking up at 5:45, no matter how hard I try to sleep in. Yesterday morning I whipped off some delicious rhubard muffins. The recipe is a hand-me-down from my mom’s friend Shelley that has probably changed along the way. I only made a 1/2 dozen because we do not need to be consuming that many muffins!

Here’s the full dozen recipe:

  • 2 and 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tsp almond extract
  • 2 cups chopped rhubarb

Topping

  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 1/4 cup white sugar (I used brown but I think white would be better–and is probably what the real recipe calls for!)
  • 1/4 cup almonds
Mix wet and dry ingredients separately and then combine. Spoon into greased muffin pan. Bake at 400 for 20 mins. When cool, dip muffins into butter, sugar, and almonds.

Oops, somebody ate one!

Definitely not health food! Fueled by muffins, I headed out in the yard for the day. My “quick-fix” flower bed ended up presenting a few challenges– stumps, roots, ant hills, and mountains of gravel that were much bigger than they appeared! I was back at it again today and will share the progress soon.

Post Gym Smoothie

In the Fall I was in the routine of making delicious smoothies in the evening. I somehow got out of that routine for a couple months…but tonight I’m back!

I basically use whatever I have on hand. I really got into making “green” smoothies that had either kale or spinach added in. Once you get over the look and texture, they’re amazing. The blog Oh She Glows has a whole site called the Green Monster Movement devoted to green smoothie recipes. Tonight there is no green because I’m in need of groceries. Here’s what I threw together:

What’s in there:

  • a couple spoonfuls of greek yoghurt
  • a splash of pomegranate juice
  • 1/2 a banana
  • 4 dates
  • frozen blueberries
  • a spoonful of almond butter

I don’t have a blender so I use my food processor–which is probably better for chopping up the dates and frozen fruit anyway.

Here’s the final product:

Lazy Sunday Lasagna

It’s rainy and cold here today so I just wanted to have a lazy, do nothing Sunday. I’ve really been trying to get in the habit of freezing some portioned out meals for the week so I decided to make and freeze a lasagna. A few months ago I made a recipe out of my mom’s Canadian Living Step by Step cookbook and loved it. It used sausage meat that added a unique flavour. I found this online and I’m pretty sure it’s the same lasagna.

Canadian Living Meat Lasagna with Spinach and Sausage

I made a few changes to the recipe.

  • Grated the carrots instead of chopped them.
  • Added grated zucchini in with the veggies.
  • Used oven-ready noodles (because I’m lazy!)
  • Adjusted the baking time by 15-20 mins because their time never seems to be long enough.
Meat filling on the stove. Yum!
Ready to go in the oven.
It turned out great! I cut it into 2 serving portions to make for some easy suppers!