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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Raisin Bran Muffins


I think these are very yummy. They are not to sweet and substantial enough. I like to add a smidge of cinnamon to mine as well. Sorry for the generic muffin pix. I hope to get one of my own up soon.

Ingredients:
4 cups raisin bran cereal
2 cups milk
2 eggs
1/2 cup oil
2 cups of flour
2 teaspons of baking powder
1/2 cup of Sugar
1 teaspoon of salt


Directions:
Put cereal in a bowl with milk, beaten eggs and oil. Stir all together and let sit 10 minutes.

Add in rest of ingredients and stir well.

Fill your muffin container 2/3 or more full.

Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.


I've also found the below recipe but have not had time to make it yet. I'm anxious to see how it turns out.
Ingredients
1 1/4 cups flour, all-purpose
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups raisin bran cereal
1 cup milk
1/3 cup honey
1 each egg
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
Directions
Stir together flour, baking powder and salt.

Set aside in large mixing bowl, stir together raisin bran cereal, milk and honey.

Let stand 1 to 2 minutes or untl cereal is softened.

Add egg and oil beat well.

Add flour mixture, stirring only until combined.

Portion batter evenly into 12 greased 2-1/2 inch muffin pan cups.

Bake at 400 degrees for 18 to 20 minutes or until lightly browned.

Serve warm.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

My Birthing Ball - I'm in love!


I finally got out the aerobic ball I got very inexpensive at a Thanksgiving sale at Meijer at least 3 years ago. Still new in the box, I figured now was the time to get it out. I'm now a few days shy from 31 weeks in my pregnancy and would love to use the ball this time in labor. Matt was sweet enough to blow it up for me and wow! I can't say enough . I didn't want to get off of it and I'm not even in labor yet. I'm thinking I should get a second one so I can have one in my room and in the living room at all times. Below are some links that explain how to use and the benefits of using a "birthing ball". Make sure you purchase an exercise/aerobic/birthing ball in your appropriate size:)

Here's a great article on the basics of using a birthing ball.

Here is a lovely video that shows how to use the birthing ball.

I just love learning new ways that may be helpful during labor. The last time around I knew about these balls, however, I had so much to learn just simply going "natural" that I did not take the time to get out or use my ball. This time around I'm hoping for an even better experience. The last time was great, this time will be awesome!