We heart summer. And everything that comes with summer: bike rides, picnics, lazy pool days, the tinny music of the ice cream truck. We were born for summer days.
It's a gorgeous day today in the Chicago suburbs, mid-70s, light breeze and sunny. Yesterday it was so chokingly humid. Today, though, just gorgeous. It's the perfect day to sit outside and blow big fat bubbles into the blue sky and watch them skitter away.
We haven't had any rain in quite some time though and the grass feels a little crunchy underneath bare feet. With the installation of our shed last fall, my husband decided he wanted to add rain barrels to help conserve water. He hooked them up to the back of the shed, using gutters to corral the water into the barrels. They are less than a foot from the veggie garden, so instead of lugging an unbearably heavy hose all of the way across the backyard, all I have to do is take a few steps.
They work awesome. When it rains, that is. This teeny weeny dry spell kind of puts a damper on the rain barrels.
Speaking of gardens, the rabbits are out of control this year. They are gorging everything green in sight that is not barricaded. I keep trying to grow super tall sunflowers on one side of the shed and they keep eating the little sprouts. On the other side, I planted pumpkin seeds, which have germinated, but I have not seen any corn sprouts. I'm really hoping the rabbits didn't get those too.
My dad is probably the only other person I know who really understands what it truly means to grow your own food; he and I seem to both get that warm and fuzzy feeling from pulling veggies out of the dirt and then cooking them up. (My mom says it must be the Italian in us.) So in an effort to help rid me of my rabbit infestation (or to simply stop my complaining), he ordered me this from Amazon.
Can't wait to get this baby set up.
Speaking of Amazon, we recently ordered a bike trailer for the kids and we broke it in last weekend for a 10-mile bike ride.
I pulled the two kids in the trailer so it was definitely a laborious 10 miles. While this wasn't the fastest 10 miles ever, the resistance was definitely tough.
We figured with the kids, it was probably an extra 75 pounds I was pulling. But it always feels good to get outside and get the blood pumping. We stopped mid-trip so the kids could play at a park and so we could help mute our grumbling tummies.
While everyone else munched on Clif bars, I packed one of these muffins in this container for my snack. Loaded with protein and sprinkled with pepitas, these muffins are perfect for breakfast on-the-go or as a mid- or post-workout pick-me-up. It seriously hit the spot.
Good Morning Muffins
Makes 8 Muffins
1/4 cup oil (I used grapeseed)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups almond flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup coconut palm sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 cup chopped almonds
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup + 1/4 cup pepitas, divided
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a muffin pan by lining with papers or coating with cooking spray.
In a small mixing cup, whisk the eggs, oil and vanilla extract.
Set aside. In a large bowl, combine the almond flour through the cinnamon.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix to combine. Add the chopped almonds, raisins and 1/2 cup of pepitas. Mix well. Divide evenly in muffin pan, filling almost to the top. The almond flour does not lift as much as gluten flour. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup pepitas.
Bake for 26 - 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool on a wire rack.
Store in an airtight container. These freeze quite well.
Till next time!
Nutrition Information Per Muffin: Calories 348; Total Fat 25g*; Total Carb 23g; Fiber 4g; Sugars 13g; Protein 10g
*The almond flour contributes to the fat content of this muffin.
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