February 10, 2013

Honey, Applesauce & Flaxseed "Sunday Morning" Muffins

It looks like this outside here in NYC this Sunday morning . . .




Thanks to Nemo I have lost all motivation to venture outside.  Plus, when it's snowy outside and it's a Sunday morning  - I almost always get the urge to bake something warm and comforting.  Unfortunately, those warm and comforting things typically are not the most healthy foods.

However, this year we've vowed to not fill our house with unhealthy foods (outside of chocolate - because really who would deprive themselves of chocolate ever) because we are finding if unhealthy foods aren't in our fridge or cabinets we won't eat them.  Although I'm not going to lie every once and a while a bag of Harbro Gummy Bears somehow sneaks in. . . but I digress.

I have recently been on a flaxseed kick - sprinkling them in my oatmeal, cereal, yogurt - whatever I can find.  They are high in fiber and just really good for you.  So I set out looking for a healthy & easy flaxseed muffin recipe that was low in sugar, low in butter amounts, and still was tasty.

I found this great recipe on my search ...

                              Honey & Flaxseed Muffin recipe from Sugarcrafter


I made some of my own variations & what resulted was a delicious and even healthier version with the below ingredients:




INGREDIENTS 


  • 1 1/4 Cup Flour
  • 1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1/3 Cup Flax Seeds
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 2 Tbsp Sugar
  • 1/2 Tsp Sea Salt
  • 2 Eggs  - Lightly Beaten
  • 3/4 Cup Milk
  • 1/2 Stick Butter - almost melted
  • 1/4 Cup All Natural Apple Sauce
  • 1/3 Cup Honey
DIRECTIONS
  1. Preheat Oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Spray a Muffin Pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. In a medium bowl whisk together the dry ingredients.
    • Two Flours, Flaxseeds, Baking Soda, Sugar & Sea Salt
  4. In a separate medium bowl whisk together the wet ingredients.
    • Eggs, Milk, Butter, Applesauce and Honey.
  5. Gradually add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, mixing while combining.
  6. Continue mixing until just combined and evenly wet.
  7. Fill each muffin cup with batter
  8. Bake 15 - 20 minutes or until the tops are a golden brown color.

The result is a hearty, delicious, muffin with a hint of honey flavouring   These babies will leave you feeling satisfied and would be a great addition to a brunch or even for afternoon tea.

They are incredibly easy to make and have a minimum amount of sugar, allergy fighting honey, and whole wheat flour.  I used Vitamin D milk, because it's all we had around (for coffee) and I think it was a good choice - although if you want to cut a few more calories I'm sure 2%, 1% or Skim it would work as well.



Dry Ingredients


Slim - mixing the wet ingredients



Combo of wet & dry ingredients


The finished product - delicious, healthy, perfect, Sunday Morning Muffins. 



Two thumbs up from slim and I, top them with a little slather of butter and snuggle into your blanket - you won't be disappointed or feel guilty for eating a sugary/cake-like muffin in the morning!

February 4, 2013

Moto Lust


It's chilly, brisk, nippy ... no -  it's just downright freezing in New York right now.  

While the life sized sleeping bag coat I wear to stay warm does nothing for my style points, I still feel it's necessary to have warm and stylish footwear while tromping around the city. 

My current lust is for a new pair of hip, cute, and warm motorcycle boots.  Moto-boots are such a great accessory and give an edgy look to a basic a sweater, tee, or blouse.

They are also really versatile and  can be worn not only in the winter, but also in the fall and autumn with a cute pair of shorts and tights. 

I've noticed lots of New York women sporting them and pulling them off well with skinny jeans, spicing up but blending into the often mono-chromatic urban style that crowds the city streets.

Here are a few of my celeb-research favorites.

Kylie Minogue with a classic pair
via stylebistro.com


Super cute pair thats tighter and then flares at the top on Hilary Swank
via stylebistro.com

Agnes Dean wearing a looser version
via stylebistro.com

I love Julianne Hough's double buckle & lace up
 via stylebistro.com

Malin Ackerman in a cute pair layered pair
via stylebistro.com

The always stylish Nicky Hilton in a basic black
via stylebistro.com




 

February 1, 2013

Toot, Toot - Happy 100th Birthday NY Grand Central Station!

Ok, ok - a hokey title for a post I admit, but totally appropriate because it's Grand Central's 100th anniversary this Saturday!  I thought it appropriate to send electronic birthday wishes out because I walk through the halls of this building every day and night and am still amazed by its insanity & grandeur.

View from my commute


It's hard to imagine Grand Central was at one point almost demolished, or that the now beautiful ceiling was so black with pollution that you couldn't see any of the mural above.


The gorgeous ceiling of the central terminal



It's a definite must stop for your visit to NYC because:

1) It's free.
2) It's very New York.
3) It's presents a great photo opp background.
4) It's got lots of great restaurants to rest your feet and refresh at for a coffee or a bite to eat, as well as an awesome marketplace to stock up on edible souvenirs (hello delicious Halloumi cheese!).
5) There's an Apple Store (as well as a Mac and all sorts of other awesome vendor stores) in the terminal in case your I-phone needs a tune up.

Can you see the Apple illuminated blobs?
Let's not forget that train ticket prices can be really reasonable along the Atlantic coast. Especially to Connecticut and New Jersey, day trip!

Departure Times


Beautiful External Entrance 


Night view walking up to Grand Central from Madison

I think I'll get a cupcake tonight on my way home to celebrate. :)