Monthly Archives: March 2012

Muffin in a Minute Recipe!

I just saw this recipe posted on a forum to which I belong.  I didn’t want to forget it, so I asked if I could repost!  The OP said it was widely publicized on the web and while she didn’t know where it originated, it was likely from a low carb diet message board.  That’s the best credit I can give.  🙂

MIM’s (Muffin in a Minute) ~~ Flax Seed Meal Muffin

Ingredients:
3 tbs (1/4cup) flax seed meal
1/2 tsp baking powder
Sweetener of choice to taste (original recipe calls for 1 pkt of Splenda)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 large egg
1 tsp butter

Directions:
Put the dry ingredients into a coffee mug.  Stir.  Add the egg and butter, mix well.  Microwave on high for 1 minute (or more depending on your wattage).  Take out slice and serve with butter (I personally like mine toasted).

You can put all kinds of twists on MIMs like adding pumpkin or banana.  I’ve even made it into French toast by dipping the slices in egg/milk and frying it then sprinkling with cinnamon…delish.  Try less sweetener and more herbs on the original recipe to make mini sandwich bread for lunch meat.  The opportunity for creativity is endless.  Enjoy!

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I might be packin’ my bags…

My mom called while I was getting DS to sleep.  She said they were going to transport my grandmother to the hospice place in an hour.  It was the best place around, but very not convenient for my mom and uncle to visit.

Always thinking of others, I guess she didn’t want to inconvenience anyone.  My sweet grandmother passed away this evening, shortly after arriving at the hospice place.

Rest in peace, Grandma Dot!

Family

Every summer, my mom’s family has a family reunion in Texas, a tradition that was started in 2001.   That first year was awesome.  My cousin and I tried on our great-grandmother’s wedding dress.  (It was TINY!)   I remember helping my cousin and grandmother put together a folder of photocopied old pictures and stories about our relatives.  I know I looked at the pictures at the time, but I don’t recall ever having read all the stories and ancestry.  I have somehow managed to not only keep this folder, but I have always known where it was.  This may not sound like a great feat to some, but have you seen the name of my blog??  Uh, yeah.

Over the years, the cost of flights had gotten crazy expensive for all three of us to go to the reunion.  A few years ago, we had considered skipping one year in the near future.   I was apprehensive on when to do this, since the matriarch of our family, my grandmother, wasn’t getting any younger.  But last summer, we decided not to go.

Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time.

Around Thanksgiving, my grandmother’s health started going steadily downhill.   She had her aortic valve replaced at the beginning of the year, then a pacemaker shortly thereafter, and there have been several infections since.  Her doctors have said she is now in renal failure.  Dialysis would be too difficult for her frail body, so my mom and uncle have said that they will not pursue that.  The only other option is hospice.  The doctors say it’s a matter of days to a week.  😦

I don’t see how I can fly out to Texas on such short notice.  The tickets are outrageous and I thought they were bad before!  I would probably have to take the kid with me.  DH has to work so there would be no one home to care for DS.  And while my dad and stepmom have offered to watch DS, I would be worried about the whole gluten thing (because even with my diligence as his mother, I’ve screwed up and let him eat something I didn’t know had hidden gluten).  My dad and stepmom aren’t local enough to get him to kindergarten, so he would be out of school.   Yes, it’s just kindergarten, but he’s already missed about 8 days because of the gluten issue.   So.  It doesn’t look likely that I will be able to go.  She wouldn’t be able to recognize me right now anyway, and as my uncle said, she would rather that we remember her differently.

Here’s some of my most memorable memories of my grandmother.

She loved to make tiger butter for us grandkids.   If you are not familiar with this rich treat, you must Google it and make a batch post-haste!   It’s so simple and SO damn good.

As the daughter and wife of ministers, she did not curse.  Then as she aged, she let “crap” slip on occasion.  Sometimes, she’d even say “Oh shit,” and the other grandkids and I would giggle!   Mostly though, she would say, “Oh for heaven’s sake!” which I can hear her saying in my mind right now.   🙂

When DS was an infant, she was in town with my cousin and her husband and my mom and stepdad for my son’s baptism, everyone all piled up in our tiny little house.  I saw her in the hallway upstairs coming out of the bathroom, with nothing but a towel over the front of her.  She said, “phantom!” in her sing-song-y teacher voice.  And then I saw an 80-year-old full moon as she retreated to the guest room.  LOL

When her time comes in the next few days, it will be a sad sad day for us here on earth.  But in heaven, where I have no doubt she will be, there will be much rejoicing.  She will finally be reunited with her husband, her brother and sister and their spouses, her parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles and cousins….and thanks to that old folder of information from our first family reunion, I now know all of their names!

Here’s to you, Grandma Dot!  Ich liebe dich!