I bought Robin a cookbook for Christmas called “Deceptively Delicious” by Jessica Seinfeld (Jerry’s wife). It’s all about blending up vegetables and cooking them in foods that your kids eat so they get their veggies without knowing it. Robin loved the book and we even tried some of the recipes when I was in Boise over the holidays. (Cauliflower in scrambled eggs!) I actually had bought a second book for Carrie, but she doesn’t have much time for that special kind of cooking, so I ended up keeping it myself.

GFCakeMixOn Saturday, I went to a Pampered Chef party hosted by a friend who has Celiac disease (gluten allergy). She served a cake that I could not tell was gluten free. It was delicious. I found out from her it was “Sans Gluten Free” from Whole Foods.

Well, I got the idea to use one of those cake mixes and Jessica’s ideas and make up some muffins for Lauren. Lauren loves “sketti”, scrambled eggs, bananas, sliced turkey and cheese, but she doesn’t eat many fruits and vegetables. She does, however, love cake!

On Sunday, I got the ingredients for those muffins along with a variety of vegetables and fruits. I added extra rice flour, eggs and milk to the cake batter to reduce the amount of sugar so they would be healthier for Lauren. I steamed and pureed and mashed and mixed and matched two dozen muffins in about twelve different flavors. I bagged them up noting on each baggie what was in each one. I took them over to L.I.F.E. on Monday for Lauren.

Carrie called today to say Lauren really likes them. I explained how healthy they were for her and Carrie was really pleased. It’s a great healthy snack or meal alternative for Lauren.

I’ve mentioned what I did to a couple of friends and now people are asking me for the recipe. So here it is.

1 Box Sans Gluten Free White Cake Mix
Mix as directed on box. Add to the batter:
1/2 C rice flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 egg
1/2 C buttermilk or sour milk

Taking 1/3 C of batter into a separate bowl, add pureed fruits, vegetables and peanut butter as desired. I used anywhere from about a tablespoon of each vegetable puree to 1/4 C in each mix. This was enough for 2 muffins. The ones with less veggies raised more, but the denser ones were still delicious.
Some of the combinations I tried:

Sweet potatoes & apples
Carrots, apples, peanut butter
Peas & blueberries
Shredded zucchini, banana, peanut butter
Peas, carrots, blueberries & apples
Peas, blueberries, peanut butter
Zucchini & blueberries

Muffins

I’m going to get a chocolate one next time. I read you can put beets and/or broccoli in it and not even tell.

Ken’s grandfather died yesterday. I send my prayers and sympathies to him, his mother and all of their family. He was in his late 80′s and had spent the past few years under hospice care. He and Deanna’s mother were married over 60 years.

I hope Ken doesn’t mind my sharing a sweet story he told me last night. His grandmother had stayed by her husband’s bedside for the past 2 weeks. She finally went home on Monday to rest. However, she woke up at about 3:30 in the morning feeling like God was prompting her to go back to the hospital. She got dressed and went back to his side. Just thirty minutes later he died.

There will be a graveside service this week, with a larger memorial service for the extended family in early March.

Brian and Carrie took the kids up to the White Mountains to see snow this weekend. Nathan has never played in snow, and Lauren certainly does not remember it. Brian knows someone who owns a cabin near Showlow. They were offered the use of it for the weekend. These are pictures taken last week. Beautiful, huh?

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I woke up this morning at 1:50 a.m. hearing “patta, pat, pat, patta, pat, patta, pat” in the back yard, and the sound of running water. I laid there for a few minutes, but couldn’t go back to sleep. I got out of bed and peeked out the window, and saw it was pouring rain. I figured out the sound was a plastic frozen dinner plate that Holly had carried outside and water was dripping off the porch roof onto it.

I went back to bed, and tried to go back to sleep. But I kept hearing that “patta, pat, pat” and it was really beginning to annoy me. I couldn’t ignore it, and I couldn’t go back to sleep. So I got out of bed and went outside in the cold and wet to get that plate. As soon as I opened the sliding door, I discovered the sprinklers were on. It was pouring down rain, and the sprinklers were running! Apparently the rain sensor was drowned or something. I grabbed that plastic plate, turned off the sprinklers, locked up, dried off my feet, and went back to bed.

I finally dropped back to sleep at about 4 a.m.

I’m not a football fan. But it was impossible to ignore it this past week when the Super Bowl came to town. To let you know just how much it has been in the local news, even Mom knew that the Patriots were one of the teams playing!

I watched the pre-game show to see what the national commentators were saying about the Valley of the Sun. I would say we scored a major touchdown with the media, celebrities, athletes and fans.

Jordin Sparks knocked it out of the stadium with her rendition of the national anthem. The commercials were okay … no better or worse than any other year. I’m not a Tom Petty fan … in fact I don’t even know who he is. So I pretty much ignored the halftime show.

Oh, yeah… the game. It was a football game. Since I don’t follow it, I didn’t have a favorite team. I thought it would have been kind of fun for the Patriots to accomplish their undefeated season, but I didn’t lose any sleep last night over their loss.

Super Bowl week coincided with the FBR Open pro golf tournament. That brought thousands more people to Phoenix, and along with Super Bowl fans who stopped off at the green, they had record attendance on Saturday AND Sunday.

What I liked best was all the money those visitors dropped into our local economy.

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