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Delicious and Healthy Bran Muffins


My favorite muffins are blueberry, banana-nut, orange-cranberry and…yes bran.   The older I get the more I think about what I’m putting in my body.   I want it to taste good but I also want it to be good for me.  Muffins made mostly with white flour and sugar taste great, but they don’t fill me up and they don’t stay with me for more than maybe an hour.  So, I’ve been experimenting with a few recipes and have finally come up with something that really works for me and my family.  It’s based on this great muffin from A Bountiful Kitchen that you can find here – .

This bran muffin is SUPER easy to make, has ingredients in it that are good for you including cholesterol lowering bran and walnuts with good fats for your brain, eggs for protein, and black strap molasses for iron.  You can substitute 1/4 Cup of the 1/2 Cup of vegetable oil with olive oil and not notice the difference – which is what I do.  One of these with a cup of coffee or tea or a glass of milk and you’re good till lunch!

Delicious Bran Muffins

Makes 16 large bran muffins

1/2  Cup vegetable Oil (can use 1/4 vegetable oil and 1/4 olive oil)

3 cups All Bran Cereal

2 Cups Buttermilk

4 Eggs beaten

4 TBSP Molasses

3/4 Cup of Light Brown Sugar

2 – 4 tsp of vanilla (I use 4 tsp of home made vanilla)

1  1/2 Cups of organic whole wheat flour

1 Cup of organic white flour

2 1/2 tsp of baking soda

2 1/2 tsp of baking powder

1 1/4 tsp of ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup of chopped walnuts

18  whole walnuts

1 Cup of Kellogs Special K Pumpkin Spice Crunch crushed.


Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.

Spray your 12 muffin pan with Pompeian Grapeseed Oil or PAM nonstick Coconut oil spray.  In a big bowl combine the All Bran cereal, buttermilk, vegetable oil, eggs, molasses, brown sugar and vanilla.  Mix it very well and put it aside.  In another large bowl combine both of the flours, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.  Use a whisk and stir for about a minute until all ingredients have been well mixed.  Add the cup of chopped walnuts and stir with a spoon until walnuts are completely coated with flour and distributed.  Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir slowly, just until incorporated.  Your batter should be thick.  Do not over stir, just until no white flour is visible.  Put enough batter in each muffin cup to reach the top.  Don’t worry if it is not even.  Now center one whole walnut on the top of each muffin.  Sprinkle each muffin with a bit of the Special K Pumpkin Spice Crunch.  Put the muffins in the 425 degree oven FOR FIVE MINUTES.  Then turn the oven down to 350 degrees and bake them for an additional  10 – 12 minutes.  When you take them out test them just to make sure a knife or toothpick comes out clean.  Let them sit for 5 minutes and then take them out to cool on a rack.  You should be able to get 4 additional muffins out of this batter for a total of 16 muffins.

I usually leave 4 out and then freeze the rest of them in individual sandwich bags.  This keeps them just baked fresh.  It makes it easy to take one out the night before to eat in the morning, or grab one, even frozen and it will be defrosted by the time you get to work.

I hope you enjoy it!!

Taking the plunge…my first post!

OK…honestly…this is a little nerve wracking.  My first official post to Managed by Mom. (Yikes!) This past New Year’s my resolution was to “Make A Difference”.   Yeah, kinda vague, I know.  And once you get to know the OCD part of me you’ll find out how truly out of character this really was.  As an ex-corporate mom I know better.  Goals are supposed to be SMART – specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely – and overall this was none of those things.  But… I kept thinking about it.  As the year progressed the idea of starting my own blog was planted and has kept creeping into my thoughts.  Let’s get real, I blame Pinterest:).  This summer I finally decided I needed to listen to the little voice inside my head and give this a go.

I’ve been inspired by so many wonderful people in the past few years, some of whom I’ve never met in person, to care more and learn more and color outside the lines.  I’ve been following the blogs of bright, insightful and creative women, of all ages, who are doing inspiring things with their lives outside of a 9-5!  They have motivated me to do more as well..but it’s been a one sided relationship with my virtual friends doing all the giving.  So, I’ve decide it’s time to take the plunge and contribute…to make a difference.  I hope you like what you find on my little spot on the internet.  I also hope it will inspire you just as others have inspired me to connect and share!

Simple Modern Quilts

I decided to teach myself to sew a few years ago.  I started with pillowcases, receiving blankets and simple children dresses and pants. My favorite part was always the fabric! A few years ago I had the opportunity to try quilting. I really enjoyed it, but needed to really get more skill with the techniques used. My best friend and I decided to take a class this past summer and we have been absolutely hooked ever since. Sewing with a friend has made all the difference because we kept each other on track.  We finished our quilt for class and immediately started on a second quilt (the one you see above).  We are now thinking about fabric for our third.  I’m not sure I will have time to finish another one until spring, but it’s fun to be looking at ideas and thinking about colors.  We share pins we find and shop for fabric together. We push each other to get things done each week.  well.  I will post some of our quilting endeavors here as well as patterns and fabrics we love. Hope you enjoy this little corner and will share your quilts and fabric love!

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