Married to the Empire

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Baking Session

My husband was looking helplessly around the kitchen yesterday morning for something he could grab for breakfast. We're not morning people, so leisurely breakfasts around the table are things that don't happen in our house before heading off to work. (And let's be honest, I'm not even typically out of bed when he heads off to work unless we're taking a car in for service, the cat has to go to the vet first thing in the morning, or I'm working that day.) Breakfast is usually a fend-for-yourself, grab-and-go affair around here.

Steven has some nasty breakfast burrito things in the freezer (I say nasty because eggs do not belong on bread--it's in the Food Rules that exist in my world), but after reading the nutrition information on the box, he's decided they're better as occasional treats.

I had to bake. I'd been meaning to since, like, December. But December was just so darned busy, then I got sick, then we went out of town, then I was recovering from all that, then I got sick again...

Anyway, I baked a ton of pumpkin and banana muffins today:

They're actually supposed to be baked as loaves, but I wanted something smaller with a shorter baking time. Besides, muffins package up so much more easily as small thank-you gifts:

One bag went to my friend Sandy because she was kind enough to take time out of her day off last week to pick me up at the mechanic's and take me home. And I was sick, so I could have infected her, and yet she still wasn't afraid to be in a car with me breathing the same air. That's friendship! The other bag went to my friend Karen because she's had us over to dinner a lot lately, including last night. I figured that deserved a little something. (Really, it deserves a big something, but this was what I had.)


A. said...

What lovely gift bags! I love the chocolate ribbons.

My new favorite breakfast item is whole wheat pockets stuffed with beans, cheese, scrambled eggs (sorry), salsa, veggies, etc. They are so easy to make, and freeze and re-heat well. Just take a circle of dough, pile it with filling, top with another dough circle, stretch, crimp the edges, and bake.

Mrs. B said...

Someone who I can agree with! Eggs do NOT belong on bread. I can only eat them by themselves...only. In sandwiches...yuck.