Random Moments of Delight #27: Let Them Eat… Pumpkin Muffins

I have had moments of delight all week as I prepared healthy fresh food from scratch, like pumpkin muffins, for my husband and myself.

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This is a real shocker to me since I haven’t liked cooking for years and years… and well, years. But all of a sudden I’m enjoying myself. I haven’t actually cooked for over 3 years since I married a man who cooks meals for his sons and I’ve tagged along for the ride. For health reasons however, there were a lot of his meals I couldn’t eat – I try to stay away from gluten and sugar and processed food (see my Friday post about sweet potato fries for more details and a great recipe).

Anyway, since it’s just Tim and me this summer (and a few guests now and then), I decided to cook for us and make our meals from scratch, full of fresh foods that nourish my health and hopefully his as well.

I don’t know about anyone else, but I need an apron to get into the cooking spirit… even over my overalls… 😉

pumpkin 2Fun music to energize the space is key to my happiness in the kitchen. My choices range from smoky female jazz singers to quirky alternative music to Celtic music to the Dixie Chicks… I’ve been known to dance around with a sharp knife in my hand, or rubber gloves with soap suds dripping to the floor. 😉

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I’ve chosen to cook from recipes as I get the hang of cooking gluten and sugar-free meals. I want to keep hubby and myself nourished but also interested by preparing tasty food. At the moment I am using the Eat Right 4 Your Type- O cookbook by Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo with Kristin O’Connor (we’re both type O). I made the pumpkin muffins with brown and white rice flours and tasted rich and comforting. I’m also doing lots of surfing the net for recipes and getting instructions on how to cut things like fennel…

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Have YOU ever cooked with fennel? It’s new to me but smells and tastes divine!!!!

I have an interesting challenge here at the ranch. My cooking space is tiny, with little prep space, no dishwasher, and hardly any storage space. But I have a great view of the Idaho mountains out of the two windows.

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One of the biggest delights is that most of my recipes have turned out well… what a miracle! I’ve only burned myself twice and all of my food was gobbled up by hubby, me, and guests as well.

Pumpkin muffins and homemade turkey breakfast sausage.

Pumpkin muffins (no wheat or corn) and homemade turkey breakfast sausage.

We just finished a breakfast of scrambled eggs made with fresh chives, red and orange peppers and mushrooms, rice-bread buttered toast, turkey bacon and a fruit salad made with cherries, grapes and pears (and a little cinnamon and nutmeg). Yummmmmmm! I would guess that many of you who are reading this are wondering why this is such a miracle to me. Well, I really haven’t ever understood the concept of nurturing with food before, and now I’m finally getting a clue. That’s a huge spiritual shift for me.

As always I am so pleased that you visited. Your comments warm my heart and put a smile in my day. :D

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#27 – Let them eat … pumpkin muffins


16 thoughts on “Random Moments of Delight #27: Let Them Eat… Pumpkin Muffins

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  4. eclecticoddsnsods

    yes its very hard i am struggling with it as the kids don’t seem to like the wheat free food or lack of sugar, but im trying to hit a middle ground. glad you liked my RmoD xx

  5. Meghan Post author

    I agree! Mindful and thinking in terms of nurturing are really helping me to create beauty in the kitchen. It’s truly a transformation for me. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  6. Meghan Post author

    I can’t believe I burned myself! What an idiot but my excuse is I haven’t cooked for so long 😉 . Truly going gluten and sugar free takes an investment in supplies. I spent a lot of money getting different flours and sweeteners, herbs and replacements for milk and pasta etc. But now I have a well stocked pantry. The key for me (and Tim I’m sure) is variety of tastes. Otherwise it could be truly boring! Love you post for this week!!!!!! xxoxox

  7. Meghan Post author

    They really are, but have more the texture of cornbread (which is perfectly fine, just need to be prepared for it). Thanks Jenna!

  8. Meghan Post author

    It IS a challenge when eating out. Especially since I don’t eat corn either. But occasionally I throw caution to the wind and eat Mexican! Just not too often. 😉 Thanks for stopping by and joining the RMoD party!

  9. Meghan Post author

    It is very difficult to cook when others are not eating the same way. I’m making an agreement with my hubby when we get back, he can cook his kind of meals for him and the boys for three nights a week, then I’ll cook my way three and the boys (who are 20 and 22 anyway) can either eat it or fix their own. We go out one night a week so it’ll be perfect. Thanks for stopping by.

  10. Meghan Post author

    I think you’re right about the creativity Genevieve. I’m really enjoying the smells (I’m using fresh herbs) and gorgeous colors of the food. Little by little I’m beginning to taste the more subtle flavors of food. I don’t know if hubby ever will, he’s a spicy heavy salt and pepper guy… but as far as I’m concerned he can add that when it’s on his plate! 😉

  11. Meg Evans

    The muffins look very yummy! I’ve also paid more attention to nurturing with good food the past few years, keeping sugar to a minimum. Much better to eat mindfully and cultivate appreciation for healthy comfort food as you’re doing. 🙂

  12. eclecticoddsnsods

    hah what a great post, glad your enjoying cooking and trying gluten free i am too and having mixed results. Make sure to be careful, no more burning yourself please xx

  13. Raewyn's Photos

    I am also supposed to be gluten and sugar free too. It is a challenge to cook when the rest of my family aren’t. But these look so yummy and I am impressed considering you don’t have much room to move, apart from to dance. But I would put up with it too if I had the same outlook out of the windows. 😀

  14. Genevieve Petrillo

    I am far from gluten or sugar free, but I am a healthy eater much of the time. Your recipes and ideas sound amazing. I’m happy you’re having fun with cooking. You’re a creative person, so I am not surprised you’re embracing the creative side of food prep.

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