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Muffin Monday: Apple Cranberry Almond

Apple Cranberry Almond Muffins ready to go into the oven.

Apple Cranberry Almond Muffins ready to go into the oven.


  • 2 cups White Whole Wheat Flour
  • 3/4 cups Brown Sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup plain Yogurt
  • 1/4 melted Butter
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 cup Chopped Cranberries
  • 1 cup chopped Apple
  • 1 cup choppedAlmonds


  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare 18 muffin cups with cooking spray.

2. In a large bowl combine Flour, Brown Sugar, Baking Powder, Ground Cinnamon, Salt, Pumpkin Pie Spice, and Baking Soda.

3. In a medium bowl beat the Eggs, combine the Yogurt, melted Butter and Vanilla.

4. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.

5. Fold in the Cranberries, Apple and Almonds.

6. Divide batter evenly into the 18 muffin cups.

7. In a small bowl combine the TOPPING ingredients using a pasty blender or two forks.

8. Top the muffins with the Topping mix.

Apple Cran Almond 2

9. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until muffins pass the toothpick test.

These muffins were nice and moist, but not too dense. A smidgen on the sweet side because of the topping and the apples, but the fresh cranberries help bring them around with a kick of tartness.

Apple Cran Almond beauty


Muffin Monday: Hearty Harvest Muffins

Squeezing Muffin Monday in under the wire again this week. Darn that LIFE. Doesn’t it know I’ve got blogging to do?

Enjoy the muffins…

Fresh from the oven

Fresh from the oven

Hearty Harvest Muffins


  • 2 tsp softened  Butter
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1/3 cup Apple Cider
  • 2 cups White Whole Wheat Flour
  • 4 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Ginger
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1 cup grated Zucchini
  • 1 Cup grated Apple
  • 1 cup grated Carrots
  • 1 cup Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1 cup roughly chopped Pecans


1. Pre-Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Prepare muffin cups. This recipe makes 18 large muffins.

2. In a large bowl mix the Butter and Brown Sugar.

3. In a liquid measuring cup beat the eggs. Then add them to the Butter and Sugar.

4. Add the Milk , Apple Cider and Vanilla to the wet ingredients.

5. In a smaller bowl combine the Flour, Baking Powder, Salt, Ginger and Nutmeg.

6. Mix the dry ingredients in with the wet to form the base batter.

This batter can be used as the base for any number of muffins. The nutmeg and ginger give it a Fall feel.

This batter can be used as the base for any number of muffins. The nutmeg and ginger give it a Fall feel.

7. Add the Zucchini, Apple, Carrot, Chocolate Chips and Pecans and stir gently until incorporated.

8. Divide evenly into 18 muffin cups.

Ready for the oven.

Ready for the oven.

9. Bake in hot oven for 25 to 30 minutes until golden brown at the top. Muffins should pass the toothpick test.

10. Let cool a few minutes before enjoying.

The apples and apple cider in this recipe are from Manor Produce in Monkton, Maryland. But instead of picking them up at the Farmer’s Market I got these at the Hereford Fall Festival.  You can find out more about them at http://www.manorproduce.com

I think I’m going to brave a pumpkin from Manor Produce next week.   I’ve a hankering for some pumpkin muffins. Hmmm I’ll have to see how the spirit moves me.

As for today’s muffins… Well, what do you think?

The final product

The final product

Muffin Monday: Apple Zucchini Muffins

WHAT? Today’s not Monday! Its OK. Don’t touch that dial. You haven’t fallen into a muffin time warp. I just got swamped by freelance yesterday and, although I did MAKE these yummy muffins yesterday, I didn’t get around to posting about it until today.

This recipe is Texas sized so it makes 24 muffins. (Plenty for a package or two for the nieces in college down in the Lone Star State.)

Mom-Mom Approved Apple Zucchini Muffins

Mom-Mom Approved Apple Zucchini Muffins


  • 2 cups finely chopped  Apple
  • 2 cup grated Zucchini
  • 2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 3 cups regular Flour
  • 1 cup Buckwheat Flour
  • 2 tablespoons Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 stick Butter
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 cups Milk (or Milk plus Zucchini juice to equal 2 cups)
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon Almond
  • 2 Egg


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prep muffin cups by spraying with cooking spray and dusting with flour.

2. Chop the Apples and grate the Zucchini. DRAIN the Zucchini! Its October and the Zucchini available at the farmer’s market is roughly the size of a preemie baby. I picked up two for a buck a piece on Saturday. Half of one of those mega Zukes was enough to yield the 2 cups I needed for this recipe, but the larger gourd meant much more fluid. So I put the whole grated batch in a sieve to remove the liquid. BONUS! I was able to cut down on the amount of milk by combining it with the Zucchini liquid. Plus the Zucchini liquid is an awesome bright green color that just makes me happy.

Zucchini juice green -- why isn't there a Crayola Crayon in this color?

Zucchini juice green — why isn’t there a Crayola Crayon in this color?

3. Combine the Apples and Zucchini with the Cinnamon and set aside.

4. In a medium bowl combine the regular Flour, the Buckwheat Flour, the Baking Powder and the Salt.

5. In a large bowl melt the Butter.

6. Add the Sugar to the Butter and mix. Add the Vanilla and Almond.

7. Add  the Eggs one at a time to the Butter/Sugar mix.

8. Add the MIlk/Zucchini to the liquid.

9. Working in thirds combine the wet and dry ingredients. Mix until combined, but don’t over beat.

10. Add the Apples and Zucchini.

11. Divide the batter evenly into 24 muffin cups.


12. Bake for 30 minutes or until the muffins are golden brown and prove done when tested with a toothpick.

13. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes then remove from pan. Enjoy warm or cool.


Mom-Mom S. was over for the weekend and she gave these muffins an unqualified stamp of approval. She particularly liked the hint of almond that the extract gave the muffins.  I like the little sweet kick you get when you bite into an apple morsel. We had them “right from the oven” with tea and they were delightful. But they are mighty good at room temperature too.


The apples were also from the farmer’s market. I picked these up at the Manor Produce stand. The good folks at Manor Produce were able to guide me through the orchard of offerings on the table to the best apples for baking. (And they were right). They also had THE best fresh pressed apple cider.

Ahhh Fall. How I love thee.

Steve Wozniak 8.11.13 Thought of the Day

“Never trust a computer you can’t throw out a window.” — Steve Wozniak

Steve Wozniak

Stephen Gary “Woz” Wozniak  was born on this day in San Jose, California in 1950. Today is his 63rd birthday.

Woz was always interested in electronics. Even as a kid he had the ability to build gadgets from scratch. He wasn’t a great student (he only stayed one year at UC Berkley) but he  was able to design the hardware, circuit boards and operating system for the original Apple computer on his own and with out a formal engineering degree.  (He later went back to UC Berkley under the name Rocky Clark — a combination of his dog’s name and his wife’s maiden name — and earned his Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences degree in 1986).

Apple I Computer

Apple I Computer (Photo credit: euthman)

He and friend Steve Jobs were members of a Palo Alto electronic hobby group called the Homebrew Computer Club and they premiered the Apple 1 at one of the groups meetings. Wozniak quit his job at Hewlett-Packard and he and  Jobs started Apple Computer  on April 1, 1976.

With Wozniak’s knowledge of electronics and Jobs’s marketing skills, the two were well-suited to do business together. Wozniak went on to conceive the Apple II as part of the company’s personal-computer series, and by 1983, Apple had a stock value of $985 million. [Biography.com]

Wozniak was severely injured in an airplane accident in 1981. It took two years before he returned to Apple. He eventually left the company in 1987.

Post Apple Woz founded CL 9, a company which developed the first programmable universal remote control. His Wheels of Zeus venture developed wireless GPS

Steve Wozniak thumbs up

Steve Wozniak thumbs up (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

He pursued a lifelong goal  when he began teaching science and technology to kids from 5th to 9th grade.

Wozniak published his autobiography,iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-Founded Apple, and Had Fun Doing It. Three years later, he joined the Salt Lake City-based start-up Fusion-io as its chief scientist. [Biography.com]

Steve Wozniak - Apple Co-Founder

Steve Jobs 2.24.13 Thought of the Day

“Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.”

English: Steve Jobs shows off the white iPhone...

English: Steve Jobs shows off the white iPhone 4 at the 2010 Worldwide Developers Conference Español: Presentación del iPhone 4 por Steve Jobs en la Worldwide Developers Conference del año 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)*

Steven Paul Jobs was born on this day in San Francisco, California, USA in 1955. Today is the 58th anniversary of his birth.

Adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs when he was a baby, he was five when the family moved to Mountain View, California. His parents later adopted a second child, his sister Patty. His dad worked with Steve on electronics and woodworking projects  in the family’s garage.

My father was a machinist, and he was a sort of genius with his hands. … I started to gravitate more toward electronics, and he used to get me things I could take apart and put back together. –Steve Jobs [AllAboutSteveJobs.com]

He was a bright, inquisitive child, but he lacked focus and motivation. Because he was bored he became a class prankster. Then he met Imogene Hill, his fourth grade advanced class teacher, who “kindled a passion in me for learning things. I learned more that year than I think I learned in any year in school.” [Ibid] He scored so well in standardized testing that he could have skipped two grades (his parents let him skip one grade.)

He began Homestead High School in 1971. When he was a teen he met another electronics enthusiast, Steve  “Woz” Wozniak. They two became friends over their shared interest in computer chips and electronics.


jobs_woz (Photo credit: Revolweb)

After High School  Jobs went to Reed College but dropped out after a half a year. He felt the school was taking to much of his parent’s nest egg and he wasn’t getting enough from it. He continued to take creative classes for another year and a half, most notably calligraphy, which sparked his interest in typography. Then in 1974 he took a job with video game designer Atari.

An original Apple I Computer. [Image courtesy:  Wikimedia Commons]

An original Apple I Computer. [Image courtesy: Wikimedia Commons]

In 1976 he and Wozniak formed Apple Computer Company to sell circuit boards. The company was housed in the Jobs family garage. Wozniak invented the Apple 1 computer. They displayed it in July at he Homebrew computer Club in Palo Alto. To finance the  production of the computer Jobs sold his VW Microbus and Wozniak sold his HP-65 calculator. The price of the computer was $666.66. About 200 computers were produced, about 50 of which are documented to still be in existence.

Jobs and Wozniak are credited with revolutionizing the computer industry by democratizing the technology and making the machines smaller, cheaper, intuitive and accessible to everyday consumers. [Biography.com]

In April of 1977 the Apple 11 came out. The Apple 11 ran at a lightning fast 1MHz with a whopping 4kb of RAM. The next improvement involved a floppy disk drive and a color monitor.

Apple 11 with floppy disk drive [Image courtesy: Wikipedia]

Apple 11 with floppy disk drive [Image courtesy: Wikipedia]

Apple Computer became a publicly traded company in 1980. John Scully, formerly of Pepsi, came on board as Apple’s president.

But as the 80’s dawned so did IBM’s dominance in the personal computing world.

Steve Jobs - Placard

Steve Jobs – Placard (Photo credit: The Seg)

“In 1984, Apple released the Macintosh, marketing the computer as a piece of a counter culture lifestyle: romantic, youthful, creative.”[Biography.com] Apple has always had a certain attitude and style to their marketing. This is especially evident with the famous “1984” Apple ad …

Despite Jobs’ creative influence in including things like a WYSIWYG screen interface (vs the PC’s coded  approach) choices in typography and a drawing package the Mac couldn’t compete with Big Blue’s stronghold in the business world. Sales were still strong, especially among the graphic design and art world, but Mac executives began to see Jobs as “hurting Apple” and began “to phase him out.” [Ibid]

This NeXT Computer was used by Sir Tim Berners...

This NeXT Computer was used by Sir Tim Berners-Lee at CERN and became the world’s first Web server. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

He resigned in 1985 and started a new company called NeXT. In 1986 he joined with George Lucas to form what became Pixar Animation (“Jobs invested $50 million of his own money into the company.” [Ibid]) Pixar became one of the most successful animation studios in Hollywood history. It was eventually bought by Disney and Jobs became Disney’s largest shareholder.

Apple bought our NeXT in 1997 for $429 million and “Jobs returned to his post as Apple’s CEO.” [Ibid]

For much of the 90’s Apple, Inc. was a follower. It’s designed resembled IBM PCs and PC clones. a lot of the Apple magic was squandered.

With a new management team, altered stock options and a self-imposed annual salary of $1 a year, Jobs put Apple back on track. His ingenious products such as the iMac, effective branding campaigns, and stylish designs caught the attention of consumers once again. [Ibid]

An iMac looked nothing like the tower, keyboard and screen of its competitors. (Yes, I have one.)

An iMac looked nothing like the tower, keyboard and screen of its competitors.*

The Macbook Air, iPod, iPhone and iPad followed. As did 2008s music and media download service iTunes.

English: Steve Jobs while introducing the iPad...

English: Steve Jobs while introducing the iPad in San Francisco on 27th January 2010. Version without watermark and with reduced noise in the background. Deutsch: Steve Jobs stellt das iPad in San Francisco am 27. Januar 2010 vor. Version ohne Wasserzeichen und reduziertem Bildrauschen im Hintergrund. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)*

in 2003 Jobs was diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumor. He had it successfully removed in 2004, but battled pancreatic cancer for nearly a decade until his death in 2011.

My first Mac was a Mac SE with dual floppy drive. It still sits on my shelf, and it still works (though the software and cables are so antiquated it can't communicate to anything.)

My first Mac was a Mac SE with dual floppy drive. It still sits on my shelf, and, as I found out  in 2011,  it still works.  However, the software and cables are so antiquated it can’t communicate to anything.*


So are you a Mac or a PC?

Apple Product Timeline [Image courtesy: Innovations In Newspapers]

Apple Product Timeline [Image courtesy: Innovations In Newspapers]

* Yeah, I got that.

Apple Logo created in 1977 by Rob Janoff. [Image courtesy:  Wikimedia Commons]

Apple Logo created in 1977 by Rob Janoff. [Image courtesy: Wikimedia Commons]

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