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Extremely important question to all!

I’ve been taking the opportunity to use the extra time that I will have this week (this month, really) to catch up on my blog entries. I also want to ask a very important question.

As I near the 1 year mark of this blog, I feel that many of my former anxieties are nonexistent. I don’t think about the calorie content of something before I order it. I don’t worry about cutting the sugar down in my baked goods. I don’t stress about having a dish of candy out in the open on my kitchen table. That’s right, I purchased 4 bags of candy corn on a sale yesterday and have it displayed in a gorgeous little silver dish on my table. I eat a couple pieces here and there when I feel like it. I no longer live under the fear of binging. Since I don’t deprive myself of anything I want, I no longer feel the need to binge. I eat everything in moderation and still hardly drink alcohol, not because of the calorie content, but because I don’t really care to anymore. I’ve maintained a healthy, gorgeous figure. I am happy and in love. I am on my own and fiercely independent. I exercise very regularly. I feel well. Very well.

Do I continue this blog in its current format? Or should I change it to more of a cooking/baking format only for when I make interesting recipes? (i.e. – No more boring cereal and PB&J sandwich pictures.) I just don’t feel that I struggle in such a way that deserves its own blog anymore. The disorder is not what interests me, FOOD interests me! So what do you girls think? What should I do?

One thing is for sure, I will blog every day throughout November on time. This is how I will be doing my writing every day since I am not actually participating in NaNoWriMo. After that though, well, that’s what I need your help with!

Breakfast:

Miss P’s Test Kitchen: Muffin Experiment #1 – Maple Walnut Buttermilk Muffins

Taken From: http://www.yummly.com/recipe/external/Maple-Walnut-Buttermilk-Muffins-Food_com-163259

Ingredients:

2/3 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 cup white flour
2/3 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 eggs
1/3 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup sunflower oil
1/4 cup chopped walnuts (reserve 1 tablespoon)Preheat oven to 400.
2
In a medium bowl, mix together dry ingredients.
3
In a separate bowl, beat eggs. Add buttermilk, maple syrup and oil; stir well.
4
Combine wet ingredients with dry ingredients.
5
Add walnuts and stir just enough to moisten.
6
Put ½ cup batter into each oiled muffin tin.
7
Sprinkle the reserved walnuts on the muffins and bake 20 minutes or until browned.

*Here’s my beef with muffins! Every set of directions tells you to do something different with the baking times and temperatures. This is because everyone’s ovens are different and if they don’t have an oven thermometer, there’s no way of telling actually how hot their oven is. Now. I know that my oven is 50 degrees off as I now have an oven thermometer. I decided to make a few batches of muffins, one for the next couple days, and try different temperatures and times.

This one I set at the specified 400 degrees and baked them for 12 minutes.

This resulted in overcooked, burned edges and bottoms. WAY too hot. How did they possibly think baking muffins at 400 is a good idea? On top of that, the outside was already overcooked before the inside was done. Overcooked outsides and undercooked middles point toward overly hot ovens!

They still tasted okay even though they were overcooked. It’s alright! I will try again tomorrow!

Lunch:

I had a lot to do today, so a quick sandwich sufficed well! Also some of that candy corn in the back! I had some of that, too! Tis why it is included in the picture!

Tonight, I had dinner at a friend’s house. She was having a party of sorts. There was homemade soup, veggies, wine, cookies and lemon bars. I partook in all of the above. Mmmmm!!! Great evening with friends and food! There were also many people there I hadn’t seen in a while!

I purchased ice cream on the way home, but didn’t have any. I’d eaten quite enough for one evening!

Tomorrow, I will get back to my business! It was nice taking a couple days off from it to catch up with trimming my apartment a bit and visiting with friends! A girl’s work is never done though!

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