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Orange Prune Muffins

1 Mar

OK, so I did make these on the day it called for them, but I have been fighting a cold/flu from Hades! I finally began feeling better the day I attempted the cheese ball (BARF!) and the Secret Pie.  However, the last few days have been very reminiscent of my early months of pregnancy with the boy (NO, I am not preggers)…tired, tired, and tired.

Anyway, I did make a couple of things this week, I’m just now typing about them.

The baked-good of the week was a muffin that called for something that is really not in existence anymore: rice bran cereal. I did find out there is such thing as rice bran, just no cereal with that name.  So, I just crushed up some bran flakes and used those.  I found these to be pretty moist as the recipe also calls for orange juice.  This, by the way, is becoming one of my favorite ingredients with which to bake.  The local Winn-Dixie also had one of my other new favorites:

My new friend

For a family that only uses chopped prunes to cook with, this is a MUST.  I understand it’s probably more expensive per ounce, but I can guarantee we would not go through a regular package of prunes quickly enough.  These already come diced, which also saves time and sanity with a 17 month-old running between your legs.

When complete, they look like:

So I had them for breakfast a couple of days and a snack with hard-boiled eggs this day:

A Snack of Sorts


All-in-all they were a success…another recipe down!

Grandma’s Notes: 2/26/94- Anthony won a gold medal in Nacogdoches for a trumpet solo.  2/27/94- Marcus came showing his pretty red pickup.  Worked on quilt.  Lillian Mills drove Janey Watson & me to Marie Garvey’s (learning to play bridge); had a good time.  (They learned; played weekly for years).  HELP ME TO ALWAYS BE THANKFUL AND CHEERFUL.

Redemption, in the form of a muffin…(with recipe)

1 Feb

After eating the last sugarless concoction, THIS recipe restored my faith in humanity.

Whenever Grandma talked about bran, it was usually in the form of bran flakes, and that was it.  I can honestly say I never enjoyed her “Golden Health Muffins.”  But this evening (and over the next few mornings) I did and will!  I also took the liberty of tweaking the ingredients to make them even more healthy.  I don’t think she would mind.

Golden Health Muffins

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce (recipe uses oil)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 TBSP molasses
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1.5 cups milk
  • 2 cups bran flakes
  • 1 TBSP wheat germ with honey and sugar if desired (I couldn’t find any of this, so I omitted)
  • 1/2 cup of raisins (I used a heaping measure)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Beat together sugar, applesauce, egg, and molasses.  In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt (I hate using a sifter and just stirred them all together). Add dry mix, alternating 1/2 cup of milk (three times) into wet mix, scraping the sides and bottom of bowl until all is blended well.  Add bran cereal, mixing at low speed just until all blended.  Remove mixers, fold in wheat germ, raisins, and walnuts.  Spoon into greased tins.  Fill 2/3 full.  Bake at 400* for 25-30 minutes** Yield: 12 muffins***

**I only had to bake mine for 10-12 minutes

***I was able to get 18 muffins, easily

These muffins are great warm or room temperature.  They are a very hearty and almost meaty muffin.  My son even liked them.  I hope you enjoy them too!

Grandma’s notes: 1/6/94- Mailed Amber’s birthday card.  Hannah Williams came; we looked at old pictures.  1/15/94- Mailed Cheryl’s birthday card. 2/2/94- Went to Tenaha’s 108th birthday party; such a nice affair; saw so many people I hadn’t seen in so long. LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE, HELP ME SEEN HAPPINESS IN OUR BEAUTIFUL WORLD.

Golden Health Muffins


Orange-Pineapple Salad

I also made my first non-molded jello salad.  FYI: when a recipe calls for a jello mold, you don’t have to have one (unless you are entering the best-molded-jello contest or something)…a bowl will do just fine.  If you want to be able to get the concoction out of the bowl, just spray the bowl with cooking spray first.


This was a great and easy recipe.  It is a little time-consuming, however.  You add jello, marshmallows and cream cheese to boiling water and then you have to refrigerate it for about 30 minutes or so, to let it begin to congeal.  I couldn’t find Dream Whip anywhere.  I vaguely remember seeing it when growing up, but not too often.  I had some lite Cool Whip in the freezer and just used that.  There is also a half-cup of mayo that this calls for.  I guess that is how it got the “salad” in the title.  However, I refuse to add mayo to anything with jello in it.  I just think it’s wrong, on so many levels.  So, I just omitted it all together.  Add some pineapple and the let stand overnight (or all day) in the fridge.

You can’t see it in the picture, but the end result is a creamy orange color with a few white pieces of not-quite-dissolved marshmallows and pockets of cream cheese.  It was very nice and refreshing.  The baby liked it too!

Orange-Pineapple Salad, unmolded


Grandma’s Notes: 2/2/91- Haley spent the night and vacuumed.  James Hall came for a visit.  Haley, Marcus and Lance ate lunch with me.  2/6/91- Zach’s birthday; went to WMA; to church tonight.  2/12/91- Bought valentines for children; mailed Amber and April’s…filled w/$1.03/gal gas.  THANK YOU LORD FOR YOUR LOVE FOR CHILDREN.  HELP ME TO SEE THE LAUGHTER AND LOVE AS A CHILD.