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Black Ice on Wilshire?

December 7, 2009

Today was a rare winter day in usually sunny Southern California.  It.Was.Freezing.Cold.  By freezing I mean about 52 degrees. While I know that sounds ridiculous to people battling real winter conditions, I swear that people in L.A. don’t know what do when the temp falls below 72 degrees.  The rain flooded the streets faster than one could say tow truck.  People were driving like maniacs.  Or they crawled through the streets as though they were covered with black ice. I’m not sure which scenario bothered me more.

Work was no fun either.  The heater was broken, the ceiling leaked, and my fingers nearly froze while I typed.  I huddled up to my CPU for warmth.  I am not exaggerating.  All I kept thinking about was getting home and blasting our barely used heater.  So that is exactly what I did.  I picked up Maya from school and we came home and put on our warmest pajamas.  Maya wanted to model her gingerbread pajamas and grandma slippers:

I”ll spare you a picture of my random but warm ensemble…but how cute are my slippers?

My mother-in-law bought these for me.  She is the best shopper in the world.  The best part is that she buys me things I don’t even know I need.  And then suddenly months later I suddenly realize how useful the gift is. 

After sitting around brainstorming what to do Maya and I decided to make muffins.  It was a safer alternative to shooting glares at each other.

Chocolate Chunk/Chip Muffins to be exact.

There appeared to be no incidents of sneezing into the batter but I can’t guarantee she didn’t taste test when my back was turned. 

After hounding me the entire time the muffins were in the oven, Maya finally had a taste and stamped a firm approval. I wasn’t able to taste test but if the amazing smell wafting through my house is any indication, these are fabulous.  And easy.  And fairly healthy too.

Chocolate Chunk/Chip Muffins – makes 10 muffins

1 3/4 cups flour (I used 1 cup whole wheat flour and 1 cup regular)
2 Tablespoons sugar
2.5 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup chocolate chunks/chips (I used a mixture of semi-sweet chocolate chips and a chopped up milk chocolate bar)
1 egg
3/4 cup milk
1/3 cup canola oil

Mix all the dry ingredients together and add the chocolate. Mix all the wet ingredients and then add to the dry ingredients. Stir only until combined (don’t overmix). Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes. My oven only takes about 20 minutes.

Enjoy after your kid/husband has gone to sleep and you have a minute to think. 

I’m not sure that will ever happen for me but I have high hopes that it will happen for someone!!

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. December 8, 2009 10:42 am

    Brrrr! It was cold here too ( go figure) I am moving somewhere warm ASAP!

    The muffins look delish!

  2. December 8, 2009 11:45 am

    Those slippers are adorable! So is your daughter. 🙂

  3. December 9, 2009 7:47 am

    Those slippers are so classy for being… slippers!

    When I have to babysit my little cousin, I always bake with her. It’s the easiest and most time-consuming thing I can think of! lol

    • December 9, 2009 3:32 pm

      I agree…cooking with Maya is the best way to entertain her!

  4. July 23, 2012 9:30 pm

    I was looking through your recipe list and just had to read the post for the muffins! I love your last instruction- wait till after the spouse and child go to sleep! I am going to make these this weekend.

    • July 24, 2012 3:46 am

      These muffins are easy and really tasty…and that’s saying a lot seeing as I rarely cook. 🙂

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