Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins and life

I made chocolate chip mini muffins for the kids this morning.  It has cooled off to the point that I can once again use the oven.  Using the roaster oven is probably cheaper, but it's a hassle to run up and down the stairs between mixing and baking and I'm being generally lazy at the moment! LOL

Muffins bagged and ready to go into the freezer.
This recipe originally came from one of those teaser mailings for recipe cards.  I got 10 cards in the mail and if I agreed to send them $9.95 plus shipping and handling for the rest of my life they would send me a bunch more every month.  Well I flipped through the cards and 9 of them went in the trash, but it's that 10th one that's been around for a while.  I've changed it a bit over the years to make it healthier, but really, it's a chocolate chip muffin.  It's never going to be the epitome of health, so here it is.

2 cups whole white wheat flour
3/4 cup mini chocolate chips
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup milk
1 egg

2ish Tbsp. Demerara sugar (or brown sugar)

You know the drill.  Mix the dry.  Add the wet.  Stir until combined.  Spray your muffin pan and fill accordingly.  Then I take a small pinch of the sugar and sprinkle the tops.  For 52 mini muffins, I used about 1 1/2 tablespoons of sugar.  It just depends how big or small your pinch is!  Bake in a 400 degree oven for 9-11 minutes.  Try to wait until they cool to eat.  The chocolate WILL burn your mouth if you eat them directly from the oven.

Now for the life part.  Hubby is having sinus surgery tomorrow.  I'm hoping and praying that it goes without any complications.  Then on Friday, I am seeing a retinal specialist.  It seems that the retina in my right eye is thinning and when you are as nearsighted (read-blind as a bat) as I am, you are at a dramatically increased risk of detached retina.  On Friday, the specialist will determine if it is something that just needs to be closely monitored or if it will need surgery.  Let's all pray for the monitoring, because I don't get sick days in my line of work.

I may not post much over the next couple of days, but I hoping to stick to the menu and not eat out, other than maybe taking the kids to get some breakfast before school tomorrow.  We will be dropping Hubby off at 6:45, then dropping the girls off at school at 7:00, and I'll keep little man with me at the hospital.  I think I will need a little extra sanity tomorrow as I try to keep a 3 year old happy during a 4-6 hour stay in a waiting room and a grumpy Hubby who I think is seriously underestimating what recovery from this surgery will be like.

Someday I'll look back on this week and laugh.  Really.  If I keep telling myself this, that makes it true, right!

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