Blue in the Sky

A lesbian wife and mother tries her hand at something new. Surely there is a hat that fits out there somewhere!

Whole Wheat-Honey Quinoa Muffins Monday August 30, 2010

Filed under: Daily Life,Food Glorious Food,The Chef — The Professor @ 8:28 pm

I’m getting bored with my breakfast routine and I’ve been thinking muffins.  Yummy, healthy muffins that I could freeze and defrost when the urge strikes.  I found a recipe that fits the bill on one of my favorite foodie websites, Enlightened Cooking.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed in a mesh sieve
  • 2 cups white whole wheat flour (i.e. King Arthur brand)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries or any dried fruit you like
  • 3/4 cup lowfat milk
  • 2/3 cup honey (or agave nectar, brown rice syrup, or maple syrup)
  • 1/4 cup light olive oil or other neutral cooking oil (e.g., canola, safflower)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

PREPARATION – Makes 12 muffins

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Bring quinoa and 2 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan set over medium-high heat. Reduce to a simmer; cover, and cook 15-20 minutes until water has been absorbed and quinoa is tender. Cool.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, cranberries, and the cooked quinoa.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the milk, honey, oil, egg, and vanilla. Add milk mixture to flour mixture, and stir just until combined (do not overmix or muffins will be tough). Divide the batter among the prepared muffin cups.
  5. Bake 25-30 minutes until toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Cool muffins in pan, 5 minutes; transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container up to 5 days.
 

Bean has Arrived!!!

Filed under: Daily Life,The Wife & Mother — The Professor @ 3:10 pm

I’ve been absent for a while, but I have a great reason.  We had a baby!!  And a really cute baby to boot.  Much to our surprise, Bean was a boy.  Here’s all of his info:

  • Sunday, August 15th
  • 2:09 pm
  • 6 lbs, 2 ozs
  • 19 inches

He’s now two weeks old and we’re beginning to settle into something of a routine.  Yesterday was our first day at home without family and although the help was a tremendous blessing, we’re looking forward to finding our way together in our new little family structure.

 

Black Bean Breakfast Burritos Monday August 2, 2010

Filed under: Food Glorious Food,The Chef — The Professor @ 5:02 pm

Do you ever just feel like breakfast for dinner?  I do.  A lot.  I got this recipe from one of my favorite food blogs goodLife{eats}.

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves, rinsed and chopped
  • 1 – 15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • salsa, your choice of heat
  • 6 soft taco sized flour tortillas, warmed

PREPARATION

  1. Combine the eggs, milk, salt, and pepper. Hand beat the eggs using a whisk or fork until yolk and white are evenly mixed and the eggs are frothy, about 1-2 minutes.
  2. Grease a nonstick saute pan and set it over medium-high heat. Add eggs to the pan. After the eggs begin to set, gently move them around in the pan with a spatula or wooded spoon. Move the eggs to the center while tilting your pan to redistribute the unset parts.
  3. Break apart large pieces with your spoon or spatula. Turn the eggs as needed until the are cooked through. Stir in the chopped cilantro.
  4. To assemble the burrito: divide the egg and black bean evenly among the tortillas. Garnish each burrito with feta, avocado, and salsa. Top with additional cilantro.
 

The Last Week in July

Filed under: Family,The Wife & Mother — The Professor @ 4:50 pm

This was Toad’s last week before THE JOB begins and it was also Old Home week at the new place.  Toad’s Mom came for the first part of the week and three of my favorite folks arrived on Friday for a long weekend.  Here’s a hint about our weekend visitors.  The trio included this little person:

First things first.  On Monday AM, Toad’s Mom got to town.  This visit began only a few days after she got one of her tonsils removed, so she was a pretty big trooper.  It was hard for her to eat much and her throat was pretty sore, but she told us that it was important that she get one last visit with us as daughters before we became Moms.  Between pregnant Toad and post-op Toad’s Mom, the visit was a little slower than it might otherwise have been, but we all enjoyed each other.  Our one big adventure was going to the botanical gardens.  It was hot as hell, but absolutely beautiful.  Here are some of the visual highlights:

I loved this place and am happy that we got a membership.  I think that once the baby gets here (and the weather turns cooler), that this will be a fabulous place to stroll.  Looking fwd to that.

Between the two visits we had to take care of some business.  In the month that we had to settle in, we managed to save many of the unsavory tasks for the last minute.  Surprise, surprise.  But at least we got them done.  We are both official residents of our new state, with the license, tags and registration to prove it.  We also picked up a few more pieces of work appropriate maternity wear for Toad.  This kind of shopping is not fun, but I think we are covered for the moment.

On Friday, our peeps arrived and we were so excited to see them.  It always feels good to spend time with T and it’s been almost a year since we have seen Z.  Entirely too long.  And then there is Miss B.  She is getting to be such a big girl.  They came with some great things to help us get ready for Bean and we kept Z pretty busy.  He installed car seat bases in both of our cars, put together a bassinet and a swing and helped Toad decorate a bit more in the nursery.

There was lots of talk of the baby and parenting and Bean prep was the unofficial theme of the visit.  Actually, Bean Prep is the official them of life at the moment.  Here in the ninth month, I am feeling ready to just get this kid here.  That doesn’t mean that I feel entirely ready (whatever that is), but I do feel ready to just get on with it.  I’ve had enough of thinking about it and wondering about it and now I would really just like to jump in to it and start finding out for myself.  As I write this, I know that it will all be here before I know it and then I’ll probably wish I had the time and energy to feel so eager.