Monday, January 5, 2009

Drowning My Sorrows

Okay, so I figured I'd get all the major FAILS of January over and done with by the time the first week was out! In short, I'm an idiot. I don't know how I could have been so totally and completely blind, but apparently when I registered for my second term at school I picked the WRONG block of courses to enrol in. Now, my question is this - why would the registrar put a block of courses out there for a student to choose if they were the incorrect ones??? So now I get to play phone tag with the school officials and try to flip everything over to the proper programs. Jeez Louise, I thought it was supposed to be the classes that strung me out!

Times like these where the whole plane of existence is out of whack and seemingly against the flow are ones where one may be tempted to turn to the drink. Well, I turned to the drink in my very own way. Sticking my head into the fridge, I rummaged around and came up with a half-full 2L carton of egg nog that was one day from expiry. Shaking it up, I grabbed a glass and poured a frosty, full one.

Then I dumped it into a bowl of muffin batter.

Come on, you didn't think I'd drink that stuff, did you? I've never liked egg nog. That's my mom and Andrew's thing. Nah, I prefer to de-stress in a way that makes everyone elses waistlines expand... and that would be in the kitchen with the weapons known as ovens and mixing bowls.

These muffins are really in no way shape or form any good for those of you with New Years resolutions to lose weight - with egg nog (the real good cartoned stuff, too: full of sugar, rich milk and egg yolks of course!), a good dose of sugar and canola oil, they probably won't be on regular rotation anytime soon. I did try to make it a little less of a diet blunder and added dried cranberries and some spelt flour to the mix.

Many thanks to Qtpie at Grouprecipes for the base of this recipe... I can't wait to hear what the tasters think at Exxon! Next year I'll play with the idea of an orange glaze...

Cranberry Nog Muffins
Makes 12
1 cup flour
1 cup spelt flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tbsp baking powder
1 1/4 cups eggnog
1/3 cup oil
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup dried cranberries
  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Line 12 muffin cups with liners, or grease.
  2. Combine flours, sugar, pie spice and baking powder. Set aside.
  3. Combine wet ingredients in a large bowl.
  4. Add dry ingredients and mix until just moistened. Fold in cranberries.
  5. Bake 15 minutes or until tests done.
  6. Remove immediately to wire racks and cool completely.

Amount Per Serving
Calories: 210.3
Total Fat: 8.6 g
Cholesterol: 30.1 mg
Sodium: 27.8 mg
Total Carbs: 29.7 g
Dietary Fiber: 1.6 g
Protein: 4.0 g


  1. Oh no! Sorry you have to deal with stuff ups :( There's nothing worse. The muffins however sound incredibly rich and delicious!

  2. It will all work our Sarah. It always does. My daughter goes through this every semester at university. The classes are always full and she is told she can't take the course she wants...but then people drop out and she always gets what she is the stress inbetween that gets you.

  3. I love baking with nog! These look fantastic. And I hope things work out at school (really, it should be automated since computers could easily let you know if you've checked off the wrong course, right?!)

  4. Silk soy-milk makes a nog - without any of that stuff. Suppose it'd be just as good? ;)

    Good luck with the scheduling trauma!


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