5/9/13 Thursday at Clinton, IN (Horseshoe Lakes Campground-TT)
After our morning routine, we went to the lodge. It took until lunch time for me to get the 2 days posted. This Internet Service has a miserable time uploading photos.
Once we had our lunches, we investigated our routes from Chrisman, IL (where Adam will be repairing our rig, hopefully on Monday), to our next campground at Forest Bo Wood (COE). We plan to visit my Aunt Phyllis, who lives in Quincy, IL, from there, so we worked on that route as well. We’ll be going that part by car, because it would be more costly by RV. The rest of the day we read and checked stuff out on the Internet. That’s what rain does – keeps us inside!
As the rain got to really pouring down, with thunder and lightening, I thought this would be a good time to make those muffins from the mix we’d just purchased in Bridgeton. Simple, right? Well, we hadn’t done any baking with our convection oven (just casseroles and John’s potatoes), so I was gathering our special tools for this venture; silicone muffin cups and a teflon baking circle. Because our convection oven is so small, normal muffin tins won’t fit, nor could I find any pizza pans small enough for the 11” rack. Last January we bought the teflon flat circle, for a surface to put on our rack. I’d bought the muffin cups long ago, when I knew I couldn’t find an appropriate muffin tin. All set.
I proceeded to mix the liquid ingredients, then add the mix. I forgot to involve my logical mind. As I’m mixing, then trying to put the mix into the cups I noted aloud that it was pretty stiff. John agreed. Then he looked at the mix instructions. 2 ½ C mix. Hmm. I had poured the whole bag in. We measured a cup of flour and put it in the mix bag. Yup. I probably used twice the mix I needed. Hmm. I’d used just about all of the canola oil – but we could add olive oil. I’d used all of my fructose (for the sugar), but I could add some maple sugar – and we had enough of both! So, crossing my fingers, I mixed another batch of liquid and mixed that into the stiff mixture. Since the instructions were clear on the limited amount of stirring needed, I wasn’t sure this would work. SO rusty with baking skills.
Into the oven. 20 minutes later, they were cooked! The pumpkin smells were wonderful and John was suddenly starving, so we HAD to eat a couple muffins each. Mmmm Mmmm good! Yes! It took past supper with about 4 or 5 oven sessions. We just dished up our chili, cooking in the crock pot all day, while the muffins baked. Plus a muffin or too with it. Yum.
Lots of dishes next, then showers then a TV marathon. All accompanied by drenching rain, thunder and lightening. Thankfully, no hail or tornadoes.