Tuesday, May 21, 2013

I'm Back!

Pin It It feels so good to be blogging again!  This past year has been a whole lot of busy.  It's not like I haven't been spending time in the kitchen, I just haven't had time to make anything fun, new, and worth sharing.  Sad I know.

Well just to give you all a little update on my life, this past week I moved from Winona, MN to Menomonie, WI.  In the fall, I will start working towards a masters degree in Human Nutritional Sciences at UW-Stout. I can't believe that just over a year ago I decided to change my major and come to Stout for grad school.  Where has the time gone!?  I feel like I was just moving into Winona and making new friends.  Now three short years later, I have graduated and moved on to the next step toward my dream job of becoming a dietitian.  It's so exciting!  Saying goodbye to all my friends in Winona on the other hand... was not so exciting.  :(  At least I know I am only an hour and a half away and some genius invented this wonderful thing called Snapchat. Haha!  I love being able to see them every day! 

Today I decided to make Whole Wheat Cranberry Orange Muffins for the residents at my new job.  It was actually my night off, but I couldn't resist heading up to the kitchen to make them a healthy snack for the night.  Man oh man did they like the muffins!  One was practically eating the paper liner trying to get every last crumb off and another snuck an extra muffin into his room and was sitting there eating it in the dark with a spoon.  Too cute.  Needless to say these muffins are taste tester approved!  I am excited that they are enjoying my healthy snacks. :)  They are going to learn real fast that while Kara's around they will learn to eat healthy!  Muhaha. Just kidding... well not really. :P

 Sorry, not the best picture I know. I was in a rush the residents were hungry!
1 1/2 cups All-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups Whole wheat flour
3/4 cup Brown sugar (seems like a lot of sugar, but it makes a lot of muffins)
2 1/2 tsp Baking powder
2 tsp Salt
1 cup Orange juice
1 cup Unsweetened applesauce
2 Eggs, beaten
2 tsp Vanilla extract
1/4 tsp Orange extract
2 cups Craisins
1. Preheat oven to 400 F degrees.
2. Line a muffin pan with muffin liners.
3. Whisk together flours, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.
4. In a smaller bowl whisk the orange juice, applesauce, eggs, and extracts together.
5. Make a well in the middle of the flour mixture and pour in the wet ingredients.  Stir until combined.
6. Fold in craisins.
7. Scoop the batter into 24 muffin liners.
8. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until done in the middle.
9. Let cool before serving. Enjoy!
Makes 24 muffins.
Nutrition Facts:
Calories: 125                        
Total Fat: 0.5 g
      Sat. Fat: 0.1 g                                    
Cholesterol: 15.4 mg
Sodium: 208 mg
Potassium: 62 mg
Total Carbs: 27.6 g
      Dietary Fiber: 2.0 g
      Sugars: 14.4 g
Protein: 2.3 g
Vitamin A: 0.5 %
Vitamin C: 5.0 %
Calcium: 1.6 %
Iron: 2.8 %

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