Super Squirrely Muffins

Super Squirrely Muffins

September is National Honey Month

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There’s a lot I could say about these muffins.

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I could mention that Super Squirrely was the first Blind Spot Nutbutter flavor that I tried (back in 2016).

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An Egg-celent Egg-speriment

An Egg-celent Egg-speriment

Welcome back the elementary-education-major side of Kat’s 9 Lives.

Today we are going to do an experiment to show young minds the importance of taking care of our bones…because bones keep us upright, and no one wants to look like this:

Just pretend that you are back in fifth grade for a minute as I walk you through the steps of the scientific method.

1. Question – How do different drinks affect our bones?

2. Hypothesis – We are often told that milk is good for our bones, and we are discouraged from drinking soda.  Therefore, we hypothesize that milk will strengthen bones and soda will weaken bones.

3. Experiment – For our experiment, we will soak eggs in three different liquids: 2% milk, Coca-cola, and distilled white vinegar.  Bones and eggs are both strengthened by calcium carbonate, so any affects to the eggs’ shells are similar to what would happen to a bone.

Supplies:

  • 3 eggs
  • 3 seal-able plastic containers large enough to hold an egg
  • 2 % milk
  • distilled white vinegar (although most people do not drink white vinegar, I included this liquid out of curiosity)
  • Coca-cola
  • Refrigerator
  • Permanent marker
  • Patience

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Process:

  • Place all three eggs in separate containers.
  • Fill each container with a different liquid so that the egg is covered.
  • Seal each container, and refrigerate for several weeks.

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4. Analysis – Observe the eggs at different stages over the next few weeks.  I placed the eggs in their various liquids on March 1.  Here is how they looked on later dates:

  • March 6
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Within five days, the Coca-cola had stained the egg brown.  The milk had not visibly affected the egg.  The vinegar had completely eaten away the shell from the egg, leaving a rubbery lining around the egg white.
  • April 3
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After a month, the egg soaked in Coca-cola had deeper stains. The egg soaked in milk still appeared unaffected, but the milk itself was spoiled. The egg soaked in vinegar was slightly swollen.
  • April 21
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The Coca-cola continued to stain the egg, and the shell gained a rough brown crust.  The milk still caused no external changes to the egg. The vinegar continued to deteriorate the lining of the egg, and it had swollen a little bit more.

 

5. Conclusion –  This experiment proved that Coca-cola can effect the composition of bones (as seen by the bumpy substance that formed on the egg shell after a month of soaking).  This experiment did not prove that milk will strengthen bones.  There was no observable change to the egg soaked in milk.

Irresistible Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

Irresistible Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

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Next to Christmas and my birthday, today might be the best day of the year.  Why?  Because today is National Oatmeal Cookie Day.

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In honor of this wonderful holiday, I am going to share with you my recipe for Coconut Oatmeal Cookies.  In my opinion, these cookies are simply irresistible.

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I must confess, though, that I have substituted one very important secret ingredient.  This ingredient truly makes the difference in the coconut oatmeal cookie recipe.  The recipe you see below is how I made the cookies one time when I was out of my secret ingredient.  They were still delicious and quickly devoured, but they were not quite the same.

You can guess the secret ingredient all you want, but I will neither confirm nor deny any guesses 🙂

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Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1.5 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 cups rolled oats
    • 1 cup shredded coconut

    Directions

    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit
    • Beat butter and sugars to form a cream
    • Add eggs and vanilla.  Mix well.
    • Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in a flour sifter.  Sift into the egg, butter, and sugar.
    • Beat with a hand mixer until all ingredients are completely combined.
    • Stir in oatmeal.  To make mixing easier, I like to add one cup at a time.
    • Add coconut.
    • Form teaspoon-sized balls and place on an un-greased cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes.  Let cool 1 minute on the pan before transferring to parchment paper.
    • Let cool, eat, and enjoy!

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    **Note: Pictures were taken of a half-batch of cookies.

    Huevos Verdes con Jamón

    Huevos Verdes con Jamón

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    As a teacher’s kid, you spend a lot of hours sitting in your parent’s classroom, waiting for meetings to finish, papers to be graded, and lesson plans to be written.

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    My childhood was exactly that.  I spent many hours coloring, playing solitaire, and walking circles around the tree outside.  When I tired of those activities, I searched Mom’s classroom for an activity to pass the time.  After playing with various props that Mom kept around to aid for her Spanish lessons, I read Green Eggs and Ham in Spanish.  I didn’t understand a word, but I used to pictures to recall the familiar rhyme.

    In celebration of national Dr. Seuss Day, read Green Eggs and Ham…in whatever language you choose.  Optional: make the following recipe as well.

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    Greens, Eggs, and Ham Quiche for One

    Ingredients:

    • 2 thin deli slices of ham
    • 1 egg
    • 1 small handful of spinach
    • 1/2 tsp green salsa (more or less to taste)
    • Cracked pepper

    Directions:

    • Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and spray two large muffin tins with nonstick spray.
    • Place one slice of ham in each muffin well and fold so that it lines the side of the pan.
    • Grind spinach in a food processor for about 5 seconds.
    • Add eggs and salsa to food processor and pulse 2-3 times.
    • Pour egg mixture into ham bowls.
    • Bake for 20 minutes.
    • Eat and enjoy!

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    2-Ingredient Banana Pancakes

    2-Ingredient Banana Pancakes

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    I’ve been seeing this recipe floating around the web, and I was excited to try it.  It is simple, quick, and (most importantly) tasty.

    2 Ingredient Banana Pancakes

    Ingredients:

    • 1 over-ripe banana
    • 2 eggs
    • Optional toppings and fillings:  cinnamon (my favorite), peanut butter, fresh berries

    Directions:

    • Heat griddle or frying pan and liberally spray with oil (banana tends to stick!)
    • In a bowl, mash your banana to smithereens.
    • Whisk in eggs.
    • Pour spoonfuls of the banana egg mixture onto the hot pan.  Allow it to cook a few minutes on one side, until the top is bubbly.
    • Flip the pancake and continue to cook the other side.
    • Remove, top with fresh fruit or nuts, and eat!