Rain and The Great Pumpkin Muffin Adventure

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.

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About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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2 Responses to Rain and The Great Pumpkin Muffin Adventure

  1. Judy says:

    Lots of your recent posts mention reading. Books? And if so, which?

    • tjelser says:

      I finished “The Shipping News” by E. Annie Proulx. Wonderful story, set in Newfoundland. I also finished “Bad Blood” by John Sandford. Light – cop thriller. Now reading “Meet The Annas” by Robert Dunn. Also light reading, about a girl rock group in the 60’s. Not sure if fiction or non fiction. Light reading also -on my Nook! I highly recommend “The Shipping News”.

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