Thursday, June 9, 2011

This Wife Bakes

This wife also cooks. This wife also cleans. This wife also runs errands. This wife also is the designated driver. This wife tries to do it all. But through it all this wife is still a person… a person that still needs to take care of herself.

I told you all that I would share some of the things I learned in the BlogHer Food11 conference. One thing I learned was if people wanted to read recipes then they would buy a cookbook. I can’t remember which member of panel said that but it hit home. My blog started as a recipe collection for me and for others. I kind of wanted to bring some of Bermuda to America and vice versa. Then it turned into cakes. Well, I love to bake.. but didn’t want my blog turn into a huge cake gallery with no personality. And to me, that is what it was becoming. That member of panel then said the person who is reading your blog wants an experience… your experience with food. My blog wasn’t showing my experiences with food.  I mean, it showed some of the good, the bad and the ugly…but not my thoughts on the dish… my thoughts of making it. I have become more relaxed in my writing since first starting but now I crave more from my blog. It is time for a change.

In addition to changing how I write up a recipe I am adding more healthy recipes. Oh… don’t huff and puff about it. I will still be blogging some good ole fattening desserts. Life isn’t life without some sweet dessert.

For the next few months I am trying to focus on my health and make a lifestyle change. I want to enjoy the lovely desserts with less guilt.  Don’t we all? So majority of my meals can use a little cleaning up!

This brings me to a recipe I want to share. A healthy one. :)

Oatmeal Banana Muffins

adapted from: 3 fat chicks

…no flour….no sugar… just good ole fashion oats and fruit.

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Ingredients:

2 1/4 cup dry oatmeal

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup skim or 1% milk

2 large egg whites

1/2 cup of applesauce

1 banana, mashed

1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut (optional)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

cinnamon to taste

 

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a muffin pan with non stick spray or use liners.

Mix oatmeal, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in bowl.

Add rest of ingredients and mix just until incorporated.

Add to muffin pan and bake for 15 to 20 minutes.

Makes about 10 muffins.

 

Folks… do not make these and expect a fluffy oatmeal muffin. Nah… this muffin is purely oatmeal and banana and I chose not to add Splenda. But by all means you can. The original recipe calls for 1/3 cup of it. This muffin is dense and not too sweet. But for someone like me who is trying to break away from too much sweet and enjoy eating wholesome…it works.  It makes a great healthy choice you can grab on the go. I toasted mine this morning and added mashed apple. It was a great breakfast treat with no guilt. If you are watching you flour and sugar intake I would definitely encourage you to try these and enjoy trying them in different ways!

Experiment with adding blueberries, raisins,  oohh.. pineapple.. yum.

I think I am going to make another batch.

The Greatness of the BlogHer Food11 Conference

Yes… I am here. Busy as ever but still here… thankfully. I have had 3 weekends of busy-ness. From the time May 20th I have had company visiting from overseas. Can’t neglect family… but did neglect the blog.

The day my cousin was due to arrive from Bermuda I had made plans to attend BlogHer Food11. She didn’t have me for a whole weekend, but it was a weekend I couldn’t miss. I had wanted to attend this food blogging conference for a good 6 months. But as time got closer it seemed that it wasn’t to be. Then a friend of mine, the lovely Shelly Chapman of Eat.Relate.Love.com told me about a contest that one of the sponsors was having.

POM Wonderful was offering a ticket!! FREE! All I had to do was email them. I never win anything… not like this.. .but man, it must have been my time to shine. I was stunned that my email was picked. I was elated that out of many few were chosen and I was one!

BlogHer Food11 was more then I could hope for. I went there  with cards in hand, made by Precise of Extreme Atlanta. I was ready to learn and ready to meet and ready to eat. I met people that I respected in the food blogging world… like Brady of Branny Boils Over. I love her blog! And meeting her showed me she is just as true to herself as how she writes. I also met Tami from Running With Tweezers and Betsy who is the sister of Rue Drummond. And my twitter pal Lauren of Celiac Teen a young blogger with a mature lovable and educating personality. I also got the pleasure of meeting Erin of Erin's Food File whom I think is awesome and would love to sit at a bar with and have a drink. Man, there are so many more..

I met bloggers whom I had not heard of but upon meeting them thought were so cool that now their blogs list amongst my favorites. Irvin from Eat The Love, Sabrina of The Tomato Tart. Also one of my favorites is Chef Asata, her realness is the coolest.

And I can’t forget my friends such as Shelly of Eat.Relate.Love and my girl Josie of Pink Parsley. It was great hanging out with them there.  I can’t name everybody, seriously… there were many that I had the pleasure of meeting and so many that I didn’t.

Amongst all the bloggers there was food. Oh my gosh… Along with the hotel feeding us every five minutes…the sponsors were everywhere enticing us with their goodies… A few of my favorites where Bays English Muffins. It is at their station where I first tried Nutella. Yea, I said it… never had it before. And now I am hooked. I am also hooked on Bays English Muffins. You find these in the dairy section of the grocery store… you know.. by the eggs. I will never buy the other English muffin again. Ever.

Scharffen Berger was very popular at the conference. They were giving out bags of chocolate! Oh my. And of course POM Wonderful was giving out some of their delicious pomegranate juices.  Amongst them were the other great sponsors of the BlogHer Food11. I came home with a bag of wonderful goodies! Got to love free stuff!

Anyway, the main thing is I learned. I learned a few things. And because I forgot to take a camera to the BlogHer Food11 event this post is picture less.  Which leads me to tell you that I will be making a new post of some of the things I learned from BlogHer Food11 conference. Soon…..

Oh.. wait.. .I found a picture of me at the conference…hanging out with Shelly and Asata..

Click here to see!! How fun!!