Since Valentine's Day fell on a Sunday, Ben and I agreed to celebrate on Monday. Our Sundays are jammed full with church and ministries, and we were too tired to exchange cards and enjoy a pleasant meal together. Today I had grand aspirations of a big baking day and a fancy homemade dinner, a gleaming home and a fresh, beaming housewife to greet her sweetheart. HA!
I'm stealing just a fragment of time to share my chaotic day with you. I know we all have these, so I'm trying to see the humor in this moment.
Grace has been struggling with a cough for a couple of days now, but this morning she woke up with a full blown cold. She's not eating well, her nose is dripping like a faucet, and she is coughing a very loud, productive cough. She is very clingy and whiny, and I can't say that I blame her. Her nose is dripping all over the place, and it seems like I couldn't get to the Kleenex box fast enough. So I came up with a novel solution:
Kleenex stuffed in the hood of her sweater! She has no clue it's there, and I always have a Kleenex handy!
I had a solid three hours while she was napping to get some chores done, so I tackled the laundry and the baking chores. I'm drying the last load of laundry now, but the baking.... is another story.
I used the last of the muffins for Ben's lunch, so I was due for another monster batch. I thought I'd be creative and try double chocolate muffins. Long story short...it's a case of improvising gone very wrong.
I got the recipe from allrecipes.com. I tried to make them oatmeal double chocolate muffins. And, of course, I doubled the recipe. They came out burnt, flat, falling apart, and awful-tasting. I wasted a bunch of flour, oatmeal, sugar, and the worst... CHOCOLATE CHIPS and DUTCH BAKING CHOCOLATE.