Friday, January 16, 2009

Muffin Beginnings

Hey hey people!  

First, I want to tell you about, first is some of the bars I've tried recently.  The picture may look familiar because I posted about them a few days ago, when I was having the Perfect Day.

So, the Bumble Bar.  I had the Luscious Lemon variety, which was about 210 calories and 6g of protein.  Respectable.  Unfortunately, I wasn't a big fan.  They look really yummy, you can see all the seeds and whatnot, but I really wasn't a fan of all the sesame seeds.  I've heard that some of the other varieties are better, but I probably wouldn't buy this again.  

Second, the Orange Jocolat bar.  I thought this was heinous.  I know that is pretty strong, but I was super disappointed because I love the regular Jocolat bar.  It tasted like alcohol to me, and not in a god way.  That's really the only way I can describe it.  I thought maybe it was a bad one, but unfortunately I had bought two.  The second one was just as bad.  It almost tasted to me like there was vodka in it or something.  I don't know if this sounds silly, maybe someone can chime in and tell me whether or not I am crazy.  

I spent some time shopping today, for student teaching stuff.  I really don't like shopping when I have sort of specific things that I need.  Like, work appropriate...blah, not fun.  I also went to see Bride Wars, which I thought would be better.  If you saw the preview, you pretty much saw the movie.  I was also annoyed by Candace Bergen's commentary.  Not recommended, and I like silly girly movies. 

We did find this new "treat", I guess you could say, at a stand near the food court.  They're called Kim's Magic Pop, and they are delicious.  Everyone agreed that they have a taste similar to toasted marshmallows.  It is faint, but its there, and it makes them awesome.  

Has anyone tried these before?  They're only 15 calories apiece, and are apparently a popular Korean snack, although they're made in Jersey.   

My dinner was super boring.  I had BBQ tofu with roasted asparagus and butternut squash fries.  Ready for bland looking picture time?  

Gosh, I swear it tastes better than that picture looks.  
Meal Nutrition Information:  289.8 Calories;  5.6g Total Fat;  0.7g Saturated Fat;  0.0mg Cholesterol;  48.0g Carbohydrates;  13.6g Fiber;  16.3g Protein  

Okay, last but not least, I set off, yesterday, to put the carob chips that I recently received, to good use.  I ate some...of course they're good like that.  But I wanted to do something special with them.  I made muffins!  The first batch, I think I mentioned, were inedible, because I used the gluten free AP flour.  I can't stand it.  I tried again today and for now, they're good.  I can think of some stuff that I should have added though, so I will post the recipe after I try them again.  

So for now, I will simply leave you with a picture of my Banana Carob Muffins.
Oh what the heck, I'll give you the current nutrition information too.  
Nutrition Information:  178.1 Calories;  3.5g Total Fat;  1.9g Saturated Fat;  0.0mg Cholesterol;  33.6g Carbohydrates;  2.8g Fiber;  4.6g Protein

I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!  I am, of course, being Saturday morning yoga girl tomorrow, then I am staying at my friends house and we are doing some recipe testing.  

In case you need something special to start your weekend out on the right foot, I am leaving you with a pictures of my mom's cat.  His name is Marco (his brother's name is Polo, I know, sickeningly cute, right?) and he was being extra cute today (those are not my sneakers).  

Today's Cooking Song:  "Rock N Roll Band" - Boston.  Happy long weekend for those of you with MLK day off!!


  1. tofu is never bland! your tofu rocks!!!

    Thanks for the movie stay away tip.I hate paying so much for movies that is lackluster.

    Yea can't believe we picked the same comment style...blogger twins! tee hee.

    Catch you later...xoxoxo

  2. You tofu sounds good to me!

    Those "pops" sound intriguing...

    As for the GF AP flour, I use Bob's Red Mill. It does have a very beany taste to it but only when the batter is raw. I don't even notice it when it's cooked.

  3. sounds like a great dinner, and the muffis look yum!
    ur kittie is so cute :)

  4. I've heard those Orange Jocolat bars are good, but I've never had them. I usually don't like citrus and chocolate and will definitely stay away after your review!

    Your dinner sounds absolutely delicious to me as it included some of my favorite things. Butternut squash and asparagus - YUM!

    Glad your muffins turned out - they look so good right now - love the lone carob carob chip peeking out on the left. :)

    I want a Kim's Magic Pop - never seen those!

  5. Aww, Marco is such a cutie!

    Your picture does not look bland, it looks great and I want to take a big bite off that tofu!

    Banana muffins = Love!

  6. gina, i love your muffins!!! i miss muffins so badly. i just haven't been baking that much lately.

    i'm disappointed that bride wars isn't good. my mom wanted to see it with me. looks like we'll be seeing twilight for the 3rd time haha which is totally fine with me!!! my sister is in new york right now and she bought me a copy of twilight in chinatown. i hope it works!!

    love the names of those cats!!! that honestly makes me laugh my ass off. haha i can just hear your guys yelling for them. too funny.

  7. That's disappointing about the bars! They both look yummy, too. I've yet to find an alternative to the Clif Bars I like so much. I tried a Luna Bar and it was just so sweet it made me feel sick.

    I think your dish looks delicious! As does your muffin. I want to visit you and steal some. -_-

  8. The food looks and sounds delicious, especially the muffins. Marco is adorable!

  9. Super super cute kitty!
    I love Bumble bars - but I haven't had one since I moved to brussels - can't find them here! Great blog.

  10. Hehe, Denny we are totally blogger twins, how fun :)

    Shelby, I used Bob's too. I can't stand it, I don't know what my problem is, since no one else seems to have this problem.

    Thanks Larissa! He is a cutie, I'll have to get a picture of him with his brother one of these days.

    Heather! I would totally send you some Magic Pops...except I think they would get all crumbled in the mail, they're kind of on the VERY fragile side.

    Thanks River! I think everyone took me too literally, I meant the PICTURE was bland, not the food! I was quite happy with it.

    I'm sorry to disappoint you Joanna...but it isn't so bad that I wouldn't go see it if someone else was paying, haha. It just wasn't anything special.

    Claudia, I love Clif Bars. I especially love the Clif Mojo bars, but the regular Clif bars are good too. They're definitely a good standby bar. The Jocolat and Larabars are raw, but they just don't taste as good (sorry Larabar lovers). I think Luna bars are okay, but I think they taste kind of chalky, and are too small for the calories involved.

    HealthNut, thank you! I really do want to perfect the muffins, but in the meantime, I think they are going to be my breakfast this week!

    VeganCowGirl, I'm sorry Brussels is lacking in Bumble bars! Surely you must have some other fun bars there, no??

    Happy weekend everyone!!

  11. I'm not Vegan, but severely lactose intolerant, so I tend to buy Vegan food- Kim's Magic Pop is really incredible, and even when I'm starving, it is hard to finish a package- which is a whopping 225 calories!

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