I exhale and realize that slowly, steadily, each time I exhale this week I will unwind just a little more. It's a wonderful thought. By this time next week I will have gotten through planning choirs for all of the remaining weddings for the summer, gotten all of the emails ready for those weddings, taken a group of 33 boys to sing the anthems at a Jays game honouring Carlos Delgado (the name means very little to me, a non-baseball fan, but I'm sure that you all are duly impressed), gotten through a lot of birthdays (I forgot to count this time around) and... well... I can't think of anything else. Maybe there is nothing else.
I pulled the cookie sheet out of the cupboard today and tried to think of the last time I made cookies. I can't recall it. My mind is blanking and it's been happening a lot - I'm not worried though. Sometimes the thought that I might not remember things is kind of comforting. KT, knowing my gift anxiety and challenges, requested oatmeal cookies for her birthday. I didn't make them while it was 2 billion degrees in the kitchen so they're a couple of days late but the were very cute and hopefully very yummy and now they are gone... some into her belly and some into her freezer. Plain oatmeal cookies.
|These are not plain, oatmeal cookies.|
I met a guy who is just starting to train for a body building show. He's already built but it will take another 18 weeks to get him show ready. The diet changes have started and he's gradually ramping up his workouts. By the time he's ready to show he'll be working out multiple hours a day and eating god knows how few calories to stay in his weight class. Plus - no drinking. The whole thing sounds scary to me. The spray tan alone would decide things for me... no spray tan.
|These super hero's have been watching my every move today.|
I thought that this parenting article pretty much covered me all around. Cue sigh of relief and Wanda out. The kids are out with two friends (who also happen to be brother and sister) having a play date which is why I'm sitting here writing this post in the first place.
|This was my lunch and I thought you might care... I still might eat more. It wasn't as filling as I thought it would be.|
|Please note super hero trio in the upper right corner... creepy.|
Zucchini, Banana, Chocolate Muffins adapted from Martha Stewart
makes 12 lg muffins
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup red fife or whole wheat flour
1 cup brown sugar
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cardamom
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1 1/2 cups (scant) grated zucchini
3/4 cup milk
1/3 cup mashed banana (about 1 banana)
3/4 cup (or so) chopped chocolate or chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350°F
Line a muffin tin with about 12 muffin liners.
Combine both flours, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, cardamom and nutmeg together in a bowl. Add the grated zucchini and mix until the zucchini is well incorporated and completely coated with the flour mixture. Mix well and set aside.
In another bowl mix together the milk and egg. Whisk to mix.
Add the mashed banana and mix well.
Add the banana mixture to the flour mixture and whisk together only until everything is wet.
Add the chopped chocolate and mix until the chocolate is evenly distributed.
Spoon into the muffin cups. I filled mine just barely to the top edge.
Bake for about 25 minutes or until a cake tester comes clean out of the middle muffin cup.
Cool before eating.
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- St Michael's Choir School is celebrating it's 75th anniversary year of service to St Michael's Cathedral. Part of the school celebration is a trip to Italy where our boys from Grades 5 - 12 will be performing and celebrating Mass. This blog will be chronicling our adventures. Wanda Thorne is the Vocal Coach at St Michael's Choir School. Gerard Lewis is the Grade 7/8 Homeroom teacher at the Choir School.
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