But what I've noticed lately is how Dooley and Diver have helped people associate me with There's a Newf in My Soup. Just the other morning, Coronado Mayor, Casey Tanaka, called over as he walked into Starbucks, "Hey, are you Denise?" When I replied yes, he said, "I read your blog!" I also met Steve, the man behind eCoronado, Coronado's #1 community website and online newspaper, when he recognized the boys as we walked past his house one morning.
Diver, age 3, 150 lbs, on the left, and Dooley, age 11, 130 lbs., on the right...No, they don't sleep with us, and yes, they shed and drool!
While enjoying my second cup of coffee, which is usually at the office, I like to nibble on a muffin with my yogurt. I made the P90X Plum Bran Muffins, which were good and very healthy, but then came across these Morning Glory Muffins, from Cooking Light. They're not quite as healthy, but are rated outstanding based on five out of five stars by the majority of reviewers. They're also very accommodating if you want to make substitutions in the type of dried fruit and/or nuts to suit your fancy. Some reviewers used Splenda Brown Sugar Blend in place of regular brown sugar.
Morning Glory Muffins
Adapted from Cooking Light(Makes 18 muffins)
1 cup whole wheat flour (about 4 3/4 ounces)
1/2 cup all-purpose flour (about 2 1/4 ounces)
1 cup regular oats
3/4 cup packed brown sugar (or 6 tablespoons Splenda Brown Sugar Blend)
1 tablespoon wheat bran (I used oat bran)
3 tablespoons ground flax seed (about 2 tablespoons whole)
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup plain or vanilla fat-free yogurt
1 cup mashed ripe banana (about 2)
1 large egg
1 cup chopped pitted dates (I used prunes)
3/4 cup chopped walnuts (I used pecans)
1/2 cup chopped dried pineapple
Preheat oven to 350°.
Place 18 muffin cup liners in muffin cups and spray lightly with cooking spray.
In a large bowl, whisk together flours, oats, brown sugar, wheat bran, flax seed, baking soda and salt. In a separate, medium bowl, whisk the egg and then add the yogurt and banana. Combine well, and add this mixture to the flour mixture. Stir just until moist. Fold in the dates, walnuts, and pineapple. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups.
Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until muffins spring back when touched lightly in center. Remove muffins from pans immediately and cool on a wire rack.
Nutritional Information: Each muffin contains 186 calories (21% from fat); 4.4 g fat; 4.2 g protein, 35.2 g carbohydrates, 3.4 g fiber and 190 g sodium.
The Newfs also give these muffins 5 Stars!
Next time you see me and my goofy boys walking down the street in Coronado, stop and introduce yourself! But please...don't ask me if they're Bouviers!