Good morning! Are you ready for GOOD things on my radar …along with Annie’s and Cindy’s? Today I’m addressing a reader’s Decorating Dilemma: Wall Niches. I also have some great face products, and my Weight Watchers “progress.”
Sneakers and Scarves for Everyday
This time of year, a wool scarf can add a little color and warmth to your everyday attire even if you aren’t going anywhere (like me below).
Face Products I’m Loving
My cousin, Patricia has the most beautiful complexion and she gave me her favorite cream as a gift. I love it. Also, my eyebrows are becoming invisible, and although I like Benefit Eyebrow Goof Proof Pencil…I go through it too quickly. This new less expensive one from Maybelline works well (I use the brush from the Benefit pencil and fill it in with more precision if necessary).
WW Update and Blueberry Packed Muffins
Well, it’s been four weeks on Weight Watchers and my progress is gradual. As in I’ve only lost a little over 4 lbs (I’m 5’1″). At this rate, it’s going to take a while but hopefully, it will stay off. If you are doing WW with us…how is it going?
I made the delicious WW Ginger and Lemongrass soup that Cindy recommended (with chicken this time instead of shrimp). Have any other advice that works for you? A reader told me that she put some of the gazpacho that I like to make on salmon and baked it in foil…and it was delicious. I might try that!
Howard doesn’t really eat sweets but he requested that I make another batch of these healthy blueberry muffins (they aren’t that sweet but are satisfying with coffee in the morning). I adjusted the recipe from Cookie and Kate, basically adding more blueberries since they are zero points and an egg white for more protein. I like to have them on hand in the freezer.
I’m estimating that these are around 4-5 points…what do you think?
- 1 ¾ cups plus 1 teaspoon white whole wheat flour or regular whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
- 1/2 cup honey
- 2 eggs, preferably at room temperature
- 1 egg white
- 1 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt
- 2 tsp teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1.5 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen
- 1 tbsp raw sugar for sprinkling on top (optional)
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease all 12 cups of your muffin tin with cooking spray.
In a large mixing bowl, combine 1 ¾ cups of the flour with the baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Mix them together with a whisk.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine the oil and honey and beat together with a whisk. Add the eggs and egg white and beat well, then add the yogurt and vanilla. Mix well. (If the coconut oil solidifies in contact with cold ingredients, gently warm the mixture in the microwave in 30 second bursts.)
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix with a big spoon, just until combined (a few lumps are ok). In a small bowl, toss the blueberries with the remaining 1 teaspoon flour (this helps prevent the blueberries from sinking to the bottom). Gently fold the blueberries into the batter. The mixture will be thick.
Divide the batter evenly between the 12 muffin cups. Sprinkle the tops of the muffins with raw sugar. Bake the muffins for 16 to 19 minutes, or until the muffins are golden on top and a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean
Place the muffin tin on a cooling rack to cool. You might need to run a butter knife along the outer edge of the muffins to loosen them from the pan. If you have leftover muffins, store them, covered, at room temperature for 2 days, or freeze leftover muffins.
Reader Decorating Dilemma – What To Do With Wall Niches?
Builders can go crazy with these wall niches. The worst is when they are up really high…what can you put in them that won’t need dusting? Here is an email subscriber’s dilemma. By the way, if you subscribe…I may answer your specific dilemma, too.
My first choice would be to get rid of the niches and make the opening arch larger…but what a mess, $$$, and you have to patch the floor. So, I think it’s best to minimize them (probably paint the niche bases the same trim color)and draw your eyes to the other foyer walls as below. Oh, and I’d also get a rug. This could be done in stages.
I think I would do a combo of the high and low and add a rug. Here is a little video that you can skip if you like!
And that’s a reader’s decorating dilemma: Wall Niches, Beneficial Face Products, and my Blueberry Packed Muffin recipe.
Let’s check out what Annie and Cindy have found…
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