Double birthday party yesterday. It suddenly occurred to me that something like cake would be there. I don’t know about you, but saying no to cake and then watching everyone else eat it, well, it just seemed downright tortuous. Quick. I had to act fast.
The night before I’d been scouring the internet for something new to try with my Anti-Candida Diet. I find that if I have something new to try every few days, I don’t get bored with my slim options.
So, I found a recipe for coconut muffins. Mmmm. That sounds simply delightful. I love coconut. It seems I had everything I needed to make it happen, except for coconut flour. Okay. I am just stunned by all the ‘flours’ out there. What will be next? Carrot flour? I mean, wow. Who would’ve thunk it.
So, off to New Seasons I tromp. Actually, it may have been more of a skip. I was excited. I just love that store. It’s so well organized and the people are friendly and helpful. I like friendly. But mostly I like the combo of the two. While there I took this kid-free opportunity to take a gander at the shelves of lovely food. Ah. It was lovely, wasn’t it? They have a whole section with just nut butters. And you can’t believe all the types of sweeteners they have. I found the Emerald Forest Xylitol. In a one pound bag. Ha! Awesome. I know, it doesn’t take much to make me happy.
By the way, I finally asked my other friend, Debbie (this is my brother Daryl, and this is my other brother Daryl) how to pronounce this miracle of sweetness. She says it’s Z-ie-loe-tal. True story. No x-sound anywhere to be found. So, why in the world does it have an x? Beats me. Who cares. Just add a teaspoon to my tea, please.
Then it happened. Have you ever known someone who when you are with them, you just want to be beautiful? You know, they are so beautiful, that you wish you were too. Like their hair is perfectly styled, their makeup is gorgeous and they are wearing stylish boots. I happened to run into this someone at New Seasons. To be fair, this sweet friend used to be a hair dresser, so she knows how to do hair.
Thankfully, I had chosen to leave my dirty barn boots and jeans at home this time, so I didn’t feel so awkward. But still. For a moment, I wish I paid closer attention to the current styles. I wish I knew how to put on eye makeup the way real grownups do. And, oh, how I wished I had gotten braces. I felt like I should go home, abandon this frivolous idea of coconut muffins and give myself a french manicure.
I mean, seriously, milking goats, making kombucha, and growing raspberries became low priorities, as I weighed her words, “Gonna run into Nordstrom Rack on my way to the party.” I began to think, I should go with her. Maybe she could teach me how to be….to be….I don’t know, like her. Nordstrom would know what was in style.
I could be taught.
I’m very teachable.
But then Nordstrom might take one look at my 3 year old scuffed and somewhat muddy mules, and announce me hopeless. And then where would I be? Standing next to my stunning, red headed friend, embarrassed.
Nope. Coconut Muffins it is. If you can’t be drop dead gorgeous, bake muffins.
And not just any muffins. Grain-free. That’s right, if you can’t knock ’em dead with your enchanting good looks, bake something difficult. Show ’em your beauty is in your brains.
Don’t worry, mom. I really don’t think I’m ugly. I don’t have a poor self-image. It’s just that most days, I just like farmin’ better than nail polish.
Grain Free Coconut Muffins
2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
1/4 C Xylitol
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 C coconut flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
3 Tbsp dried shredded unsweetened coconut
Preheat oven to 400° F.
In a small bowl beat eggs, coconut oil, Xylitol, and salt together. Combine
coconut flour and baking powder together and whisk into batter until smooth.
Fill 6 muffin cups half-way with batter and sprinkle with shredded coconut. Bake
in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes. Best when eaten warm.