Thursday, June 25, 2015

Pumpkin Coconut Flour Muffins


It's totally not the season for Pumpkin Muffins but sometimes I start craving a good Pumpkin Muffin. What happened was one of Molly's little friends asked his Mom for a pumpkin muffin and that is when my craving started. I had also been presented a challenge to make something using coconut flour.  Coconut Flour is a great wheat flour alternative with the added bonus of being gluten free and high in fiber and protein. I wasn't ready to bake pumpkin muffins completely gluten free but I was interested to see how substituting some of the all-purpose flour for coconut four would taste. 

Verdict! DELICIOUS! The kids and I both loved the bit of extra texture that was added to the muffins. All of the muffins were gone in such a short time that I quickly made another batch and those also disappeared quickly. 


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Pumpkin Coconut Flour Muffins
by Rebecca Mongrain
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Ingredients (16 muffins)
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup coconut cream
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup brown sugar, plus more for sprinkling
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
Instructions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease muffin tin.
In a medium bowl, sift flours, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice and baking soda together.
In a separate bowl, mix oil, pumpkin puree, sour cream, coconut cream, eggs, and 1 cup brown sugar together.
Add chocolate chips and dry ingredients to mixture. Mix until moistened.
Spoon batter into muffin tins and sprinkle with brown sugar.
Bake for 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Cool in pan.
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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

No Sleep, Creativity and Honoring Families are this Week's Links Around the Web!


#100DaysofSummer2015


You're Using the Internet WRONG! There are some major lessons in this article for me.

This is Your Brain on No Sleep This is my brain!

Creating a Place to Create I've been carving out space around the house for my creativity when really I need to take time to really craft the office/guest room into a beautiful place where creative magic happens. This post inspires me!

After a Stillborn, a Silent Delivery Room This is a beautiful story of a devastating loss. When a woman becomes pregnant, that is the day she becomes a Mother. When her child dies in utero, she loses a part of herself with that child. That part that holds all her future dreams, hopes and wishes. I actually hope to be able to volunteer for a photography organization someday that gives families who suffer such a loss, a memento to keep with them once their time it the hospital is over. Every family deserves pictures of their just-born baby.
Thursday, June 11, 2015

*Sniff* Last Day of Co-Op Preschool

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Two years ago, Molly started off down the road to her first day of co-op preschool. She just a wee little thing but full of spunk. I remember that she could barely hold the chalkboard sign I had made for photos. It took us so long to get those first photos. We had to stop many times to fix the sign, wave to the garbage men and dance. 

1st Day of Toddler Preschool

1st Day of Toddler Preschool

She LOVED preschool from the start. She burst right in and held her own. She was the only kid who never ever came into parent education because that would have meant taking time away from playing and her little friends. We live down the road from the church where preschool is held so we always walked to school. Molly learned how to really march her little feet down the road. Our little walk was a time to talk about where we were going, what exciting things might happen in school and then our walk home was spent talking about our time at preschool. 

Last Day of Toddler Preschool

She grew so much over that first year and added a baby sister to her life. Preschool helped so much with that transition. Preschool is also where I figured out that Molly needed some speech therapy which only helped her sing even louder during circle time. Circle time has always been one of Molly's favorite parts of preschool. 

First Day of Preschool 2014

This year, preschool grew to two days a week - one day that I stayed for and the other one where I left. I was worried about Molly being upset about me leaving her at school. There was nothing to worry about. In fact, Molly often wanted me to leave on my work days but I couldn't. 

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Preschool was a nice return to our routine after last year's summer of sadness and change. Tuesday mornings were a break for me as Maggie often napped and Molly was off learning and growing. Thursdays were good for all of us. Maggie went to daycare and made some fantastic friends while Molly and I went to preschool. 

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Next year I'll be starting this whole process again with Maggie but today, today I teared up when it was time to leave the classroom. I almost sobbed into the teacher's shoulder even though I'll be there again in a few months, just with a different child. Molly will head off to a drop-off preschool where she will really blossom. Until then we're going to spend the next few months splashing in pools, hiking, finding adventure and making a summer of fun! 
Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Sunshine Adventure, Parent's Weight and Two Kinds of People Make Up This Week's Links


Sunshine Adventure Awaits in Suncadia - A few weekends ago, we headed up to Suncadia for a long weekend of fun and adventure. It was one of the best times we've had in a long time.

The Things Parents Carried - This cleverly written article really touched my heart and reminded me that while I sometimes feel like a Sherpa, there will come a time when my arms are empty and my heart aches to hold little bodies again.

Snacking - All the snacking!

There are TWO kinds of people - TWO KINDS, People!

Can Reading Make You Happier? - It makes me happier.
 
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