Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Snow Squalls and Shower Stalls

I often think about the future of this blog, whether after almost 6 years (yikes, has it really been that long?), enough is enough. Nothing new, I have this inner conversation whenever I feel as though I'm not easily keeping up. I have a schedule, partly because of an overwhelming need to control a life where I often feel like I'm bouncing from one uncontrollable situation to the next, and partly so those who follow this blog know when to expect a post. So most weeks I post on Tuesdays and Fridays except for one week each month when I do a Monday, Wednesday and Friday post. 

There was a time, when I didn't question the future of this blog, when I worked 4 - 6 weeks ahead. Blog posts written, graphic made, recipe developed, cooked, photographed and pictures edited. Those were the days when I almost felt as though this blog was keeping me going. You know, the years when I had teenagers doing teenage things I could either distract myself from or allow my head to explode all over the Persian rug. And, turns out, there was so much I wanted to say or to joke about, so many recipe ideas I wanted try out. 

But, one week ago today, here I sat wondering whether to continue yet again. The stress hadn't subsided, au contraire, mon frere. So much was still happening, too much really: everything we own appears to have conspired to break all at the same time, turning on the news alone raises my blood pressure to the head explosion danger zone and apparently the teenage years are just a precursor to the real stresses to come. So much, in fact, that writing, what was once my distraction, had let me down, I was uninspired, blocked, my mind was word paralyzed. Maybe I need to change tacks, I could work on developing a rug saving helmet. 

Why am I still here, you ask? Snow squalls and shower stalls.

Snow Squalls and Shower Stalls, the calming effects of a snow day | Picture taken by www.BakingInATornado.com | #blogging

It's been a really cold winter. There's been some snow but not a lot. The temperatures and the winds have kept me indoors more than I would have liked. Rather than going out regularly, I found myself planning out what day I'd get things done and how to get everything done on that one day. I was hibernating. 

On one of those indoors days last week it started to snow. I put the laundry into the dryer, left the TV off, sat on the couch facing the woods and watched the squall, mesmerized. And eerily, inexplicably, calmed.

An hour later, standing in my favorite think tank, better known as the shower, a recipe idea started to form, work its way through a few incarnations, and to gel. I'm thinking March, I'm (wishful) thinking Spring, I'm thinking St. Patrick's Day, I'm thinking whiskey.

Climbing out of the shower I hear the ding of an incoming text message from my older son "Heading home with a few friends soon, got any goodies?" 

Looks like it's sooner rather than later, no time like the present, pull out the muffin tins and try out that recipe today.

Apple Bourbon Bacon Muffins, chopped bacon, sautéed apples and a hint of Apple Bourbon, a cold weather breakfast treat. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #apple #muffins

Apple Bourbon Bacon Muffins

Apple Bourbon Bacon Muffins, chopped bacon, sautéed apples and a hint of Apple Bourbon, a cold weather breakfast treat. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #apple #muffins

And then another text came through, this one from my younger son 700 miles away at college: "My car won't start . . ."

Muffins are going to have to wait a bit. I've got to work this car thing out long distance. And when I'm done, I think I may have some stress writing to do. 

Either that or order a new rug.

I guess, for now anyway, I'm baaaaack.

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Apple Bourbon Bacon Muffins        

Printable Recipe

1 medium apple, peeled, cored and finely chopped
2 TBSP butter
1 TBSP brown sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
2 TBSP Jim Beam Apple Bourbon

2 1/4 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 TBSP baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp apple pie seasoning
1 egg
1/4 cup oil
1 cup milk
4 slices bacon, cooked and finely chopped, divided
3 TBSP Jim Beam Apple Bourbon
1/2 cup powdered sugar

*Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place 12 muffin liners in muffin tin.
*Melt the butter in a small saute pan. Add the apple, brown sugar and cinnamon. Cook until the apples are soft, then remove from heat and mix in 2 TBSP bourbon. Set aside.
*Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and apple pie seasoning.
*In a separate bowl, beat the egg with a fork. Whisk in the oil and milk.
*Mixing just until incorporated add the wet ingredients, the apples and all the liquid in the saute pan, and 3 slices of the chopped bacon to the dry ingredients.
*Divide the batter into the prepared muffin tins. Bake for about 20 minutes or until the center springs back to the touch. Cool completely.
*Mix the remaining bourbon with the powdered sugar. Spread over the top of the cooled muffins, top with the reserved bacon.


  1. These sound wonderful, apples and bacon, oh my! I would suggest 6 slices of bacon so the cook could eat 2. I mean you have to make it anyways? I admire your fortitude in your blogging schedule. I am pressed to come up with just an idea to post once a week, never mind a recipe too! There is a famous donut shop here that make a maple bar with bacon on top and people line up in the rain and cold and or heat for up to an hour to get one. I would totally go for your muffins instead. Once again I learned a new ingredient, JB apple Bourbon!

    1. That donut sounds amazing, wonder if it tastes anything like these muffins.

  2. I am in awe of you, Karen. How you keep everything together. I'm easily overwhelmed and then everything just falls apart. I'm so glad you decided to keep on. I missed hearing from you while I was away!

    1. I missed your fun and funny voice too, Diane. Hope you got tons of work done on your book, glad to have you back.

  3. It would honestly break my heart if you give it up! Please don't!

    1. So far I'm still going, but I like to think that even if I stopped blogging, we'd keep in touch.

  4. A busy life is always better then being in a coma, just saying

  5. Thank God! You know I would so lost without you!

  6. That’s an awesome sounding recipe. I can only hope things improve for you. My son would love these if I ever start to do non mix baking again. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

    1. I hope you try these muffins for him, they're really easy.

  7. At first I thought they are savory muffins since bacon is included, until I read the list of ingredients, I knew it is a sweet one! Looks so good!

    1. They're hard to categorize, not really sweet because the bourbon does cut that down quite a bit.

  8. I was reading this post so seriously, Karen!
    I was so much in the awe when I learned that you have been doing so many things and perfectly. Please don't give up!

    I have tried hard being regular on my blog, writing, and publishing before hand, but I keep failing. Ideas when strike me, and I am flooded with new ideas and some striking words to pen down, I am realized that I don't have time for myself. I wish I can get better at this.

    Even though some time (or, most of the times) I visit your blog to read the older posts, I truly enjoy every bit of it. I make sure to come back and devour the joy and learning from your posts. So please, keep them coming.


    1. Thank you so much for the support, Epsita. I enjoy visiting your blog too, you're always so positive.

  9. So glad you’re still around. Now I need a muffin !! Yummy
    Dawn aka Cognitive Script


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