Morning Glory

September 18, 2012




Adam and I had a pretty packed weekend (I realize it’s Tuesday, late weekend re-cap). Friday night, after Adam got home from work, and I got home from class, we headed into Richmond for some sushi – It’s been a while since I’ve had it (before Europe!) We also wanted to visit the last weekend of the Summer Night Market.

{Sushi Date}

{Hungry Eyes…}

We were pretty hungry by the time we headed out, and after asking for some restaurant suggestions on twitter we actually ended up at Jumbo Sushi.

{Rainbow Roll, Bills Roll}

{Dynamite, Mango}

It was alright, pretty large portions for the price. I would probably go somewhere else next time, I know a lot of people suggested Ichiro, although we weren’t’ going to head over to Steveston. Next time.

{Waffle on a stick @ the Summer Night Market. It was ok}

{Moon Cake, Coconut and Walnut = Delicious! and made to order!}

Saturday we went into North Van for a furniture sale at one of our favourite stores, Country Furniture. We got a wicked deal on our dining room table in June (reg. 1700$ for 300$), a few bar stools, and two chairs. This time we only found a small bistro table for the deck, for half price. We went out that night downtown for two birthdays, the first my friends boyfriend and the second my cousins boyfriend. It has been so nice out this month it’s great being downtown at night because the weather is still warm enough to walk around without lugging around a coat, meaning no coat check either.

Sunday we got to check out our new place! We saw the show suites last weekend, finally finished, and this time we actually were able to walk through our own house and see the construction in progress. We’re even more excited to move in, and have already been planning where our furniture will go, what upgrades we want to do to it ourselves, what we still need to buy, what we want to do in each room etc. I’ll do a post all about our new place soon, with some ideas and ‘mood boards’ now that one of my favourite sites, House*Tweaking, wrote a tutorial on mood boards!

Sunday morning I also wanted to get some baking done. I’m feeling at a loss being between houses right now, after moving out, and moving in with Adam’s parents, all my baking things are here and there, packed away etc. And I haven’t really been in the ‘mood’ to bake and blog. I also am Desperately wanting a new camera. iPhone pictures are just not cutting it, and my point and shoot isn’t quite as good as I would like it to be. I really can’t wait until we get into the new place, I have a massive island in the kitchen, gorgeous white quartz countertops, and floor to ceiling windows for natural lighting. Hopefully it will spark my blogging again. But I really did feel like baking something, and I had blackberries from the berry picking on the island last weekend sitting in the fridge begging to be baked into something.

Most of the time for breakfast I prefer a Green smoothie over a bowl of cereal, or oatmeal. My favourite is a Green smoothie with Kale, Spinach, Almond Milk, Ice, and a Banana. However, some morning there just isn’t time to make something, and it’s a grab-on-the-way-out type of breakfast. Adam also starts work really early, so he doesn’t have time to eat anything other than cereal while making his sandwiches. So, I thought I would make some muffins for the week as a ‘back to school’ option. They are great because you can freeze them and take one out the night before or microwave one in the morning for a quick snack. I know breakfast can be a struggle for some people, with having to get ready for work, taking the kids to school etc. Making easier options ahead of time, and often healthier for you, make it easy in the morning when everyone is rushing.

I based the muffins off of the Banana-Oat muffins I made this past spring. You can really add anything to the mix, other berries, nuts, etc. They have no oil, and no butter!

Q: What are your Glorious Morning recipes??

A different kind of Morning Glory Muffin

Adapted from Joy of Cooking 75th Anniversary Edition Banana Nut Muffins


  • 2-3 small/medium Ripe Bananas
  • 1 Cup Blackberries, or berries of your choice, fresh or frozen
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (or AP)
  • 2 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup packed Brown Sugar (Can sub. sweetener etc)
  • 1/3 cup applesauce
  • 2 tbs. Flaxseed
  • 1/2 cup walnuts (or other nut)
  • 1/2 cup oats, not quick cooking (optional)


Pre-Heat oven at 375

  1. Whisk together in medium bowl, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon.
  2. In another large bowl, combine egg, brown sugar, bananas and apple sauce. Using a mixer, hand held or stand, mix together thoroughly until the banana is smooth.
  3. Switch to a wooden spoon, or spatula, and add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients until just combined, do not over mix. Last, fold in the berries, nuts, and oats (optional) until just moistened. The batter should not look smooth at this point.
  4. Divide the batter between twelve medium muffin cups/liners, or a well greased muffin tin.
  5. Bake for 16 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

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  • Reply Zoe VanHoose September 22, 2012 at 3:24 AM

    I can’t wait to try these! I love that it’s a versitile recipe and has not fats in it. Thanks so much…love your blog =) Zoe

    • Reply Alicia September 24, 2012 at 11:14 AM

      Thanks Zoe !! Let me know If you try it 🙂 and what type of berries you use!

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