November 21, 2014 § Leave a comment
During the holiday season, it’s easy to get swept up in the frenzy of shopping and gift giving. When shopping for gifts, consider how soon your gift will be consumed and end up in a landfill. Is it reusable? Can it be recycled? Consider giving gifts of experiences to share. Handmade gifts can be unique thoughtful gifts while donations to organizations can support a cause all year.
Give gifts of experiences
Some of our fondest memories are of experiences with friends and family. Give your friends a gift that you can share with them. Give your friends tickets to a game or concert you know they will enjoy. A gift certificate for a massage may be a welcome luxury they may not experience very often. A dance or music class for you and your friend so they have a partner with which to practice may be an especially thoughtful gift. Gift certificates for a dinner out to their favorite restaurant would be a special treat.
Consider making a donation
A wide variety of organizations continue to need financial support throughout the year. A donation could help support their work. If you do prefer to give your friends a personalized gift, many non-profit organizations partner with retailers to offer items with proceeds to benefit the organization. These items are often designed so that the wearer or buyer can raise awareness and show others their support for the organization.
Make your friends handmade gifts
A personalized homemade gift expresses the spirit of the season of generosity without the trappings of consumerism. If you have creative talents you can express them in your gifts.Your friends may appreciate a basket of homemade muffins, cookies, or fudge. If they have any dietary restrictions or their favorite ingredients you may want to keep that in mind when considering what to make for them. If you can make jewelry, a beautiful bracelet or necklace crafted from sustainable materials may compliment their taste. If you are a photographer a framed print of a landscape or portrait with special meaning for the
receiver would be treasured.
March 19, 2014 § Leave a comment
September 6, 2011 § Leave a comment
I have struggled with finding the right carrot muffin recipe. I love a light moist texture with the sweet raisins and cinnamon. I have two versions of the carrot muffin, one with reduced fat without compromising too much moisture or flavor with the addition of applesauce. I often find that I don’t even bother with a glaze or even a dusting of confectioner’s sugar. I like them just as they are, warm from the oven. In a previous post on Wellness Week, I mentioned that these were very popular at our Bake Sale
Ingredients for approximately 18 muffins:
3/4 cup of raisins
2 cups of flour
1 tablespoon of baking powder
2 teaspoons of baking soda
1 teaspoon of salt
2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon of vanilla (optional)
2 cups of shredded carrot
3/4 cup of brown sugar or demerara sugar
1/2 cup of butter OR 1/2 cup applesauce and 1/4 cup of coconut oil
1. First soak the raisins in either a little hot water just to cover or if you will be using applesauce, heat the applesauce a bit and let them soak until they plump up. Then removed them from the applesauce before going further.
2. As is typical of the muffin method, you will be assembling the wet and dry ingredients at first in separate bowls. In the bowl you will be mixing all of the ingredients, assemble the dry ingredients the flour, ground cinnamon, baking powder and baking soda and mix well.
3. Assemble the wet ingredients butter OR applesauce and coconut oil with the sugar. Cream the butter. Add the eggs. Then add the eggs. If adding the vanilla, do so now.
3. Now add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients along with the shredded carrot and raisins. Mix just to combine, no need to make it perfectly mixed.
4. Now spoon into lined baking cups of a muffin/cupcake tin and fill about 1/2 to 3/4 up the side. Let bake 15-30 mins. at 350. Check them after 10 mins
5. They can be finished with a dusting of confectioner’s sugar. For the purists a cream cheese glaze or frosting would also be delicious.
August 5, 2011 § Leave a comment