Cranberry Date Muffins…

Morning-time and fall weather is always a good muffin baking combination…
 I had left over cranberries in the freezer and a box of dates on the shelf…
I wanted to make fluffy muffins that you might buy in a bakery or fancy store, so I whipped
 the egg whites before adding them in once the rest of the batter was already mixed.
 I have found this to be the secret to airier muffins… Here is this morning’s doings:
Cranberry Date Muffins

Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Mix in a large bowl:
3 egg yolks (save whites)
8 or so soft dates pitted and mashed up
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup grapeseed oil
zest from one lemon
In a separate bowl mix:
1+3/4 cup unbleached white flour
1+1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
pinch salt
1 cup frozen or fresh cranberries (not sauce.)

In yet another bowl whisk egg whites until stiff.
Mix first two bowls together until combined.
Gently add the egg whites one third at a time.
Pour into an oiled muffin pan. I used paper liners because I happened to have some,
 but I still oiled the pan so the paper can come away from the muffin more easily.
Bake at 375 for about 25 minutes or until golden and puffed.
                                    Happy last few days of November ~ Marica

And the days are shorter…

Today was such a different feeling with the dark nightime so quickly arriving at 5:30…
I love when we get that extra hour to sleep in the morning, but it always feels so unexpected when suddenly it is dark before dinner is even ready. Part of me likes it, the rhythm of the day blends more with the odd schedules we humans tend to make for ourselves… I like the kids heading to bed and the night feeling deep and ready to rest in. It is too hard to make bedtimes when summer light is still dancing off the walls at 8:30 in the evening. 
Tonight we built a fire outside and ate our dinner in the still warmish evening air…
We lit the jack’o lanterns and I felt Autumn’s arrival… 
Yes I know it happend quite a while back, but tonight it felt real…
                             Happy Autumn and Winter’s Coming ~ Marica