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Thursday, November 17, 2011

In the mood for a Good Night's Sleep!

Isn't is ironic that insomnia is so common in 40 something gals like me?   I have no exams to pull an all-nighter for, no babies to feed every 2 hours, absolutely no reason to be productive at 2 am, and yet I find myself wide awake at that ungodly hour.

I suppose I could try one of the popular sleep aids, or as The New York Times  called them last Sunday,  "mother's little helper of the new millennium".  But I am entirely convinced that I would be the one out of a thousand people who would fall victim to the dreaded SRED (sleep related eating disorder).  I can see it now.... my jeans start to feel tight so I hook up a web cam in the kitchen and am horrified to discover that every night I creep into the kitchen and stand at the open refrigerator in a trance, eating whole packages of cookie dough and chugging half and half from the carton.  When they invent a sleep aid that has the potential side effort of causing sleep-running on treadmills, I'll be all over it.

Meanwhile, maybe I'll just use these photographs of my sweet children and their amazing capacity for peaceful slumber as inspiration.  On the other hand, I think I'll just pop into the kitchen and get the ingredients together for these Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins....they will be a lovely treat to wake up to.


Let sleeping children lie....unless they might fall down the stairs. 

Running on empty...


The Slumbering Superhero (note candy wrappers)


The not-so-vigilant vigilante
"You can make me go to bed but you can't make me sleep!"






Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins
Another wonderful recipe from Glamour's Gourmet on the Run.  It's a collection that never fails me.  I usually end up with 11 muffins instead of 12 because I like to fill the cups at least 3/4 full.


1 cup boiling water
2/3 cup oatmeal (not instant)
4 tablespoons butter, cut into cubes
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla

Heat oven to 400 degrees.  Grease a 12 cup muffin tin or line tin with cupcake papers. In small bowl, stir together boiling water, oatmeal and butter.  Set aside and let stand for 20 minutes.  In a large bowl combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.  Add chocolate pieces and stir.  Beat eggs and vanilla into oatmeal.  Stir oatmeal mixture into dry ingredients just until flour is moistened (batter will be lumpy, do not over mix)  Spoon into muffin cups.  Bake 20 minutes or until tops are golden.













2 comments:

  1. Adorable pictures! Oh, wasn't it amazing when we could fall asleep anywhere and not move even if a marching band was playing outside our window? Oh, and that oaky Cabernet might work wonders if you drank enough of it! :)

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  2. The photos of your kids is hilarious! And those muffins look yummy!

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