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Sweet Cinnamon Muffins and History

I almost had a panic moment today after I went to see the last of the promising listings with my agent. The place is a new condo conversion but all units are laid out in an unwieldy, ineffective fashion that nearly renders their fabulous neighborhood meaningless. We saw all units and hated every one of them. It’s really, really disheartening. I told my agent (who’s been so patient thoughout the whole process I need to buy him champagne or something) I never imagined it would take me so long to find something in this city. After the spring selling season, the market just died. It may recover in September, but if it doesn’t, that may just be it for me. 

So, feeling dejected and light-headed thanks to my calorically poor diet, I stumbled home and found the energy to make muffins and watch my new Netflix mailing. It took way too long to get something after their recent delivery meltdown. The muffins I cobbled together are great and will help get me through the rest of the week. Man cannot live on vegetables alone. My cupboards are nearly bare thanks to my not having time or money to shop and buying whatever’s on special at the market is great in one way but bad in another. You need to eat food with calories in it! Here’s the muffin recipe:


1 c. white flour

3/4 c. white wheat flour

2/3 c. brown sugar

2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

1 heaping tsp. cinnamon

1 egg, beaten

3/4 c. evaporated milk

1/4 c. canola oil

1/4 c. honey

Mix all dry ingredients together and make a well in the middle. Mix all wet ingredients together with a whisk. Pour it all in at once into the dry ingredients and mix just until incorporated. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full of batter. Bake at 400F for 19 minutes.

I ate mine with Dalmatian fig jam. They hit the spot after another salad for dinner.

For my TV, I finally watched the first disc of that John Adams show from HBO. I’ve heard it spoken about a lot and well so being the history buff that I am I decided to look into it. I think Paul Giamatti is a bit much as the title character and there’s a little too much to do over the wife and kids back home in Massachusetts, but it still captures the era, most especially at the Continental Congress in Philadelphia when they decide to break free of Britain. They had nothing, just anger and an idea and yet they chose to take arms against the most powerful country in the world. And we all know they won, tradesmen, merchants, farmers, against trained soldiers. They were derided as terrorists in their day. It’s a lesson we need to learn from… and be proud of. There’s nothing more dangerous than a fool with an idea, but sometimes, wise men have ideas too.

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