Thursday, February 26, 2009

This morning I made my third round of carrot/zucchini/pineapple whole wheat muffins... A recipe I found and altered a bit so that Noah would be getting more veggies in his diet. The first batch was such a hit that I have made it my goal to keep them on hand all the time. Noah will have two for breakfast with a sippy of milk, and even with the sugar/oil that is in them, I feel secure that he is eating something ultimately good for him.

If your kiddos need more veggies, give them a try! They taste like carrot cake, kind of, but more "muffin-y", if that makes any sense. (The whole wheat flour helps it to taste less like dessert and more like breakfast.)

Carrot Zucchini Pineapple Whole Wheat Muffins

3 eggs
1 cup oil
2 cups sugar (granulated)
2 tsp. vanilla
2 1/2 cups shredded carrots
2 cups shredded zucchini
1 8 oz. can drained crushed pineapple
3 cups flour (I use 2 C. wheat, 1 C. white)
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 tsp. nutmeg

Mix eggs, oil, sugar and vanilla together in one bowl. Stir in the fruit and veggies. In a separate bowl, mix up the remaining dry ingredients. Add the dry mix to the wet mix. Bake at 350 degrees for--
25-30 mins for muffins
45-60 mins for bread pans


In other news, I am working frantically on my upcoming "REAL" website for my photography. It is really cool to see it coming together, but I'm not gonna lie, it is also really OVERWHELMING. Putting this site out there means I'm doing this FOR REAL. People will think I am a legitimate, skilled professional. And while I do have the skills.... well.... in so many ways, I still feel like a little fish in a big pond. So much more to learn. So much already learned in just the last two years. Ah, well... strange journey. Exciting future. REAL websites coming up.

In honor of the website opening next week, (that's right-- I said NEXT WEEK.... EEP!!) I give you this little gem-- one of my favorites from last year of, well... okay, it's MY son. But I have NO issues putting him in my online portfolio. After all, I sharpened and honed a lot of my skills on him throughout his short life, bless his patient little heart. Of course he gets a few spots in the portfolio!!

{3 month photos}


Last random for the moment--

Next week, Beckie comes back from Iraq for a visit, and I CANNNNOT wait. I miss that girl! If you weren't reading this last year, I blogged about her ditching me for the money-making opportunities of Iraq here.... And at the time, it felt like a year would be an eternity. And yet-- here we are, with only three months left of her stay, and a mid-year visit to tide me over! We are going to play with Noah at the zoo, the mall, St. Charles, the park, pretty much everywhere, so she can get in her "Noah fix" while she's here. You bet there'll be photos!

I love my family... LOVE my sisters and my brother. Love my parents. Love Joe's incredible parents and siblings.... I haven't mentioned that on here recently enough, and thinking about the joy I get from visits, trips, photos, and good ol' fun family time makes me so happy, because they are such a big part of the richness of my life.

Anyhoo... enough random rambling for now... I'm going to guiltlessly, unabashedly, decadently go lie down for a wee little nap whilst my sweet baby naps. Because I can. Because I should. And because when the next few kids come along, I may never gt this chance again.



  1. I love all your randomness.
    Good for you for being so domestic and healthy! I bet those are delicious. I'll have to try them.
    I cannot wait to see your website. Which one did you choose? How long has it taken you to set it up. I've been researching for the last 3 months. It's such a scary commitment. I can't wait to see your fantastic work. BTW, you are a serious professional and don't undercut yourself. You have worked hard and deserve all the success that comes your way.
    Last note, I'm very happy you get to see your sister. It sounds like you're definitely going to enjoy each other.
    For heaven's sake, why don't I just call you?

  2. Amen to the muffin love! We love them in our house!! (Nolan would eat nothing else if given the chance)

    Also, the web site is going to be BRILLIANT, even if it is overwhelming.

    And I'm so excited for you to get to see your sister!!


  3. I am excited to try your muffin recipe. Happy Napping!

  4. Yeah, I AM coming to town shortly and I cannot wait!!! We are going to have a BALL!

    Wish those muffins were chocolate cream cheese cookie dough muffins, then I could get behind them. But I don't have a child to feed, just my own unhealthy habits, so kudos to the yummy/creative baking!

  5. Beth OTS12:49 PM

    If I knew how to twitter, I'd twitter back atcha. Instead, popping in to say YAY for healthy muffin recipes, YAY for cute new hairdos (though I know the angst of the short, but not THAT short cut - it has a mind of it's own and sometimes it ain't kind) DOUBLE YAY for much anticipated new web sites (Sunday? Monday? When can we see?!!) and BOO on apathy :( but it sure makes the other days seem fantastic and bright in comparison doesn't it?

  6. i'm totally trying these muffins out. and drained pineapple? so much more manageable than the fresh stuff! Cute picture of noah! can't wait to see your new website!!! p.s. we took your advice and got the canon rebel, for 30% off at circuit city no less!

  7. Ok yeah, maybe if I had PEELED the veggies first -- seriously, have I lost my mind? Gotta try that recipe again after peeling. HMPFH.

  8. I, too, cannot WAIT for this next week to pass, when I get to spend a weekend in the Motherland of Missouri with my family! :) :) :) Yay for Beckie being home! Yay for getting to see my growing-up-too-fast-nephew! Yay for watching Kirsti's last Hickman musical! (Well, that one's kind of a bittersweet thing...) Yay for my family!!

  9. if you want to take the sugar out, replace it with maple syrup (3/4 cup for every 1 cup of sugar).

    maple sugar is pretty pricey, but when it comes to a more natural, less processed alternative, it's the way to go.

    agave nectar is also a good (and better for you), but it is a bit more confusing:

    "For each cup of white sugar replaced, use 2/3 of a cup of agave and reduce other liquids by 1/4 to 1/3 cup."

    and then there is always honey, but that isn't recommended for the little ones.

  10. I need to make those and feed them to my kids everyday. Too bad I hate baking or cooking or anything to do with a pot or pan. What can I trade you for muffins? :)

  11. New websites are exciting! I actually am in the process of turning my little blogsite into something more professional looking, got GROWN-UP hosting (no more tweaking the crap out of free blogger templates!)and may even buy a website eventually, though I like the idea of a blogsite better. I can't wait to see yours!

  12. Thanks for the recipe. I always looks for ways to get more veggies in my little picky eater. Yum!

    Good luck with the website. You are so talented I am sure it will be awesome!

  13. I am totally going to make your muffins for my Noah! He is a big fan of blueberry/banana ones, but I know he would gobble these up. Thanks!

  14. Mmmmm, just came by to get this recipe. I was mentioning to Melody that I accidentally bought too much zucchini...twice. She sent me here for this! I'm excited, sounds delicious!


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