Friday, April 8, 2011

TGIF.....Orange Cranberry Muffins

Happy Friday from me and Maggie! I took this picture of Maggie this morning as we were sitting in the car waiting for the door to be unlocked at the vets office. Maggie is having a spa day (bath and toenail trim) today. This is her look of excitement, or I guess I should say her look of "momma, please do leave me here". I don't think she really minds going though. I honestly believe they treat her like a princes there. They seem to love our spoiled baby! :o) However, she is always very happy when we pick her up. You would think that she has been there for days the way she carries on when she sees us. :o) Of course her excitement to see us always makes us feel loved.... Last night, Tony had to leave right before supper time to go show a house, so I whipped up Isa Chandra's Orange Cranberry Muffins while he was gone. These were amazing! They were so light and fluffy and so bursting with flavor. I used her reduced fat method by using 1/3 cup of apple sauce and 1 tablespoon of oil instead of the 1/2 cup of canola oil. The recipe can be found on line here. The only change I made was I used dried cranberries, because I didn't have any fresh. I can only imagine how good these would be with fresh cranberries. I thought they were great with dried cranberries, but I definitely want to try them with fresh berries. I took a quick phone picture of the muffin before I devoured it. The picture doesn't do the muffins all!
For lunch today I made a wrap out of some left over chickpea cutlets. As I was eating the wrap, I thought about taking a picture of it. That's the reason for the dark and not so great picture, but at least you get an idea of how good it must have been. I spread a little spicy pepper hummus on a whole wheat tortilla and added some lettuce, alfalfa sprouts, shredded carrots, and the chickpea cutlets....very yummy! I think the hummus made it. It gave it just enough spiciness to make a great wrap.

I hope everyone has a great weekend. Looks like we have a busy one planned as long as the weather stays nice. :o)

Oh....Question....Does any one have any suggestions of a great beginner yoga dvd? I am totally NOT limber, so when I say beginner....I mean very beginner. I can't get anywhere close to touching my ankles! The tips of my fingers barely go past my knees. I know that's pitiful, so help me out with some suggestions....please. :o)



  1. Those muffins look and sound amazing! My favorite muffin from starbucks was their orange cranberry and they quit selling them last year! I've been looking for a good recipe!! Thanks for sharing!

  2. aw Maggie does look a little worried:) your muffins are so light looking! good job:)

  3. Oh can I have one of those right now!! YUMMM

  4. I love that picture of Maggie. She's such a puddin' pie!

    I have two excellent recommendations for ultra beginning yoga dvds. This one- and this one-

    The first one is probably more for you because the second one I got specifically to help my FMS, but they're both great for beginners. Easy and very gentle. :)

  5. Orange and cranberry? um.... YES PLEASE!!!! <3

  6. 247Mama - I think you will really like the muffins. Try them with fresh cranberries though. :)

    Thanks DD. Maggie was verrrrry happy for me to pick her up. :)

    Thank you Simply Life!

    WobiSobi - I wish you were close by...I'd for sure give you one. :)

    Molly - Thanks for the yoga recommendation. I just put the first one in my shopping cart...I'm just waiting for Tony to pick out a book or cd, so I can get free It sounds perfect for me!

    They are soooo good Jennifer! :o)

  7. Okay, I was going to comment on the food and Maggie, but I'm so distracted by the image of you not being able to touch farther than you knees that I'm speechless. I'm kinda chuckling! :-)

  8. Way to cut back on the oil, Michelle! Have a great weekend!

  9. The muffins look great. I love cranberries.

  10. Oh, I've made those muffins too! They are reaallly good. I have some frozen cranberries from Thanksgiving in my freezer if you can believe it - Sounds like they found a home :)

  11. Oh the muffins looks great, and Maggie ever so sweet! I need a spa day too!


  12. aww, maggie! i cant get over that sweet little face. and your muffins and wrap look awesome. Great idea for left over chickpea cutlets! i must try that. :)

  13. The muffins look delicious - and the pug incredibly cute! Great post!