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If I was a morning person

Posted in Quirks by aulecteur on August 7, 2014

I would wake up at 5am. I would go out for a nice long bike ride. Maybe I would stop somewhere and read a chapter of my book. Or maybe I would read a chapter of my book once I returned from my bike ride, after a nice stretch and maybe a few sun salutations. And if I couldn’t bike, say it’s raining or winter, I would do a lot of sun salutations. I would wake slowly and do a gentle yoga routine while my cat sleeps on top of the back cushion of the couch, eventually waking up and walking around my upward dog.

Next I would jump in the shower for a quick rinse. Maybe I have to wash my hair, which will take more time, but it’s only about 6am now. Tons of time. While my hair dries, I make coffee and a bite to eat. Probably toast, maybe eggs. I have no idea actually. What do people eat for breakfast during the week that isn’t just coffee and and eventually half of their lunch around 10am?

I’d eat my breakfast and sip my coffee while reading the latest book I’m into. Or maybe I’ll find a good reliable news source to wade into or I’ll just watch an episode of something on Netflix – though I would rather not as it’s not a very good habit apparently, to zone out into TV first thing in the morning. I would be much better off engaging my brain with the written word. Or by writing words.

It’s worth noting that I’m blogging at work. It’s 9:30am and I got the itch to write about what I would do if I was a morning person. It’s entirely possible that if I was a morning person, I might also be a writer. Or at least a more consistent blogger.

If I was a morning person I would write morning pages – from Julie Cameron’s book The Artists Way. I actually forgot about that. I learned of morning pages a year or two ago. I tried it but three hand-written pages is a lot more than you think. My hand hurt after the first half page. But don’t type your morning pages. That’s not the point. The point is to empty your brain onto the pages. Do the brain dump in the morning and clear the way for productive creative thinking all day long.

If I was a morning person, I would be tired.

Can’t I do all this morning stuff at night? I really am more of a night owl. I would exercise and eat and write in the evening. And I do. Well, the eat part. But no, no that’s the thing. I don’t exercise at night. I don’t write at night. By the time I get home from work it’s the last thing I want to do (“it” being anything productive).  Mark Twain said to eat the frog. Exercise and consciousness are my frogs.

If I was a morning person.

Good morning, Muffin!

Posted in Food by aulecteur on April 7, 2013

Good Morning Muffin

Brenda’s Bran Muffins
April, 2013

Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 400 degrees. Spray 12-cup muffin tin with vegetable oil spray.

1 cup of raisins (golden/Sultana) or cranberries
1 tsp of water

1 –
Place raisins and water in a small bowl, cover with Saran Wrap/plate and microwave on High for 30 seconds. Let stand – covered, until the raisins are softened and plump – about 5 minutes. Transfer the raisins to a plate that has been lined with paper towel to cool.

2 ¼ cups All-Bran Original cereal

2-
Process 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons cereal in a food process until finely ground (3/4 cup ground cereal) about 1 minute.

1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup whole-wheat flour (I used only white flour)
2 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt

3-
Whisk dry ingredients in a large bowl and set aside.

1 large egg + 1 large egg yolk
2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
3 tbsp molasses
1 tsp vanilla
6 tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 ¾ cups plain yogurt – Greek or other + 1/2 cup milk

4-
Whisk egg and yolk together in a medium bowl until well combined and light coloured, about 20 seconds. Add sugar, molasses and vanilla to bowl with the eggs and whisk until mixture is thick – about 30 seconds. Add melted butter and whisk to combine. Add yogurt and whisk to combine. Stir in processed cereal and the remaining 1 cup plus 2 tbsp unprocessed cereal. Let mixture sit until cereal is evenly moistened (there will still be some lumps) about 5 minutes.

5-
Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix gently with a rubber spatula until batter is just combined and evenly moistened (do not over-mix). Gently fold raisins into batter. Using ice scream scoop or large scoop, divide batter evenly among prepared muffin tins, dropping batter to form mounds (do not flatten batter).

6-
Bake until muffins are dark golden and toothpick inserted in centre comes out few crumbs attached, 16 to 20 minutes, rotating tin halfway through baking. Let muffins cool in tin for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire rack and let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

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