Thursday, September 20, 2012

Thoughts for Thursday...healthy muffins, books, etc.

Things I am thinking about today...

  • I made these healthy Whole Wheat Banana Blueberry muffins for breakfast this morning with some overripe bananas I needed to use and blueberries from the freezer. The muffin's healthy ingredients include whole wheat flour, oatmeal and honey. They are a very dense, moist muffin and not overly sweet. There is just enough natural sweetness from the bananas, blueberries and honey. They were perfect with my coffee, on this chilly morning. The recipe can be found here.
  • We had our first fire of the season in the fireplace and it is one of my favorite things in the fall. I love the gas logs in my fireplace. It is so easy to turn the switch and have a roaring fire any time of day. Many times, I will have a fire in the morning to take the chill from the house and then again at night when I am ready to relax. There is a comforting ritual when the days are shorter - lighting candles, turning on the lamps and lighting the fire.
  • Traveling with my daughter, Megan was a wonderful experience and a lesson learned. She drove us to the airport, figured out the system for printing the boarding passes and generally was that other adult, you can rely on when traveling. Somewhere along the line, we changed - I used to be responsible for getting us there - now we were a team, traveling together.
  • I read several books last week, all different, but I enjoyed each one. First, I highly recommend What Remains by Carole Radziwill. I found this book so well written and was caught up in the story and the details of her life with the Kennedy family. The deaths of her husband and John Kennedy, Jr. and his wife, Carolyn Bessette were heartbreaking and deeply moving. The other book I can recommend is A Year on Ladybug Farm by Donna Ball. It is a light read, but is interesting in the details of the renovation of a one hundred year old Virginia farmhouse and the three friends who undertake it. There is gardening, cooking and furniture renovation - all with successes and failures.
Happy Thursday!


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  1. We turned on our gas fireplace this morning, it was a chilly one! I love fall with fires and hot soups....comfort foods and curling up with a book! Have a wonderful day!

  2. Such a delightful post this a.m. I have several over-ripe bananas and a bag of blueberries in the freezer and some just purchased local honey!!! Thx for the recipe. Glad you and your daughter had a safe trip and the 2nd book you mentioned sounds like something I would really enjoy reading. I, too, love a fire in the fireplace but have not yet had one this season. Still a little too warm here in GA! Have a nice day. Mildred

  3. Sounds like a yummy recipe! Isn't it wonderful to have someone to depend on and travel with:) Have a blessed day dear friend, HUGS!

  4. Sounds like you and your daughter are good travel buddies. So much fun having a daughter.I make muffins quite often. Mine are bran muffins and I add nuts, apricots, raisins, bananas etc. whatever I have on hand.
    I read the book a Year on Lady Bug Farm and enjoyed it...I'll have to get the other one. Thanks for the recommendation.

  5. Hi Vicki, I won A Year on Ladybug Farm in a giveaway and I loved it. I then went to the library and requested the sequels which they obtained on interlibrary loan: At Home on Ladybug Farm, Love Letters from Ladybug Farm, and Christmas on Ladybug Farm. I am still waiting for the Christmas one but read the others and thoroughly enjoyed them. I also read a great dog/puppy training book by Donna Ball called Ten things your puppy needs to know to be a great dog. I love reading and being a retiree means plenty of time for that. I am thankful. Have a wonderful week!

  6. Hi Vicki - thank you for following me - I am your newest follower.

    I loved the way those blueberry muffins looked - very hearty. We have gas logs too - but have not used them yet. It is still around 80 here. And your trip looked like a great learning experience and bonding between you and your daughter.

  7. Oh my gosh, I love that you and your daughter are now a team! My mom is my best friend, so I think there's no greater team than a mother-daughter duo. :)

  8. Hi Vicki

    Happy Thursday to you too!

    We have the fire lit here in Ireland every evening
    as it is very cold
    actually today when I came home from work at 3pm
    I had to light it :(

    Lovely blueberry / banana muffin recipe.
    I would like to give this a go
    so maybe next weekend...

    Glad that your daughter and yourself enjoyed girlie time-
    isn't it lovely to have a daughter!
    I only have one girl but love spending time with her..

    The books sound good.
    I am reading the Kashmir Shawl at the moment
    and really enjoying it.

    Will look up your recommendations when I finish.

    Have a great weekend Vicki

    x Fiona

  9. I can't wait for everything to cool off here so I can bake some cookies. Haven't read anything good, yet that I can reccomend.

  10. I wish I had a fireplace to take the chill off here. I haven't turned the heat on but a fireplace would fee so good.
    Happy traveling with your daughter.

  11. I'm so jealous of your cute little fireplace. Mine is wood and my hubby is a big hunter so my fires will be very limited until January - although the older he gets the more he likes the fire too LOL. It is nice to use to delay turning on the furnace long too. Thanks for linking up at Sweet Saturday!

  12. Those muffins look delish! Thanks for linking up!


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