Coco got me out of bed around 8.30am this morning.
The sun’s not even up for God’s sake.
I had promised her that I’d take her to Lock 5 this morning … so I put on my cap (to hide the unwashed hair), scarf and big coat and escorted a very excited Coco into the street.
I’m glad I was out that early (although Dee’s eyebrows rose a bit … she’s used to seeing me around noon) … it was so misty foggy … and still.
I love this weather … it has a mystery all its own.
I had to yell at Coco to slow down as the path on High Street was slippy with ice … and I have no intention of breaking any part of my body.
We got to lock 5 and it’s ethereally beautiful … the water is iced over … it’s prenaturally still … and then I let Coco off the lead … she’s faster than a speeding bullet.
The sun was doing it’s very best to rise and shine … a bit like me.
Coco was in a kind of bliss state …
running everywhere … scenting …
making sure I was still in sight …
going very still when she sees a bird (I can’t wait to see her going crazy in the Spring when there are millions of birds!) …
checking out the ice in the canal … add mine to a martini darling!
We were out for nearly 2 hours and I’m thinking that I’ll be rising and shining very early in the Spring and Summer … so we can fit in 2 hours walking … and the rest of working and living.
Home now by the fire and it’s not even noon yet.
Dee gave me a punnet of blueberries yesterday and I made my first muffins … they don’t look too bad.
Recipe – easy peasy
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg (optional – I used fresh grated)
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 2/3 cup sugar or packed brown sugar
- 4-8 tbsp melted butter (I used 5 and it worked … may use less)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups blueberries
- cinnamon and sugar for topping
Whisk flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg together in a large bowl.
Beat eggs, milk, sugar, butter and vanilla in a separate bowl. Add to the flour mixture and lightly mix together. Batter should not be smoothed, but all dry ingredients should be wet. Fold in blueberries.
Divide into twelve muffin cases in a muffin tin. Sprinkle tops with cinnamon and sugar.
Bake at 200C/400F for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown and toothpick comes out clean.
Leave for 10 minutes before eating as they can fall apart.
I liked them and would try making herbed ones with cheese topping … or banana ones … or currants with some orange zest
Here’s Coco watching me eat one … she does Zen intensity when it comes to food … and yes … she got some muffins as well.
I plan to start tidying my office today … the huge task of the week. I want it all in order so I can start focusing on work next week.
At 3pm today I’m interviewing my next Ballinamore Entrepreneur … and I’ll have it posted next week. Sharon Sweeney will be happy that another Entrepreneur has joined the party on this blog.
Tomorrow I’ll introduce you to a few blogs I’ve been enjoying recently.