Monday, June 20, 2011
You Take The Good, You Take The Bad...
This weekend was definitely about learning the facts of life...

I wanted to wake up and have some joyous post about a beautiful weekend filled with happiness and great things. I hate being negative in any way when I write, but it's not real if I don't share the bad along with the good. It goes something like this...

I lost all of Saturday being sick. I made the mistake of taking 2 Benadryl and about an hour and a half later, I passed out. Not so much sleeping, but I could not keep my eyes open. I NEVER take over the counter medication. I just don't like to, but my throat has been progressively getting worse and I just could not sleep. So, I took some Advil for the swelling in my glands and took the Benadryl for what I thought was allergy related. Then said passing out occurred. From that point on, I was worthless.

Then came Sunday...Father's Day. Well, the illustrator's uncle is worse than before and a phone call at about 6:50am led family members running in multiple directions to take care of things associated with his uncle. I stayed home with the boys, but my mind was on everyone else all day. I was still suffering, but managed to wash some laundry, bake some zucchini muffins and cook some vegetable stew. I am over not feeling well and I may have to give in and go to the doctor...did I mention that I hate going to the doctor? Well, I hate it. The crappy thing is that I'm pretty sure whatever this is started out viral. Now I don't know if it's still viral or if it's transformed...

It wasn't all bad though. In the end, the illustrator came home and we watched The Princess Bride together as a family while he worked (it's a bummer when you own your own business, you work regardless of time or what life throws your way). It's one of my all time favorite movies so it was a perfect ending to a not so perfect day! The other highlight of my weekend...gluten free zucchini muffins!

I know it's kind of a lame transition, but seriously, these were a highlight. My father-in-law's garden is keeping me full of fresh veggies so far this season and I'm loving it!

With everyone gone, you all know my favorite form of yoga is baking. I had to get in my zen place and this was a great way to get there. Max helped me too, which always makes baking more fun!

Look at the muffin tops! I love big puffy muffin tops! These were such a great texture. No one would ever know these were gluten and dairy free. They are sweet, fluffy, moist and chewy...yum! My guess is that you could make them egg free too with a flax egg, but I don't have my flax with me right now, so I went with eggs.

Gluten Free Dairy Free Zucchini Muffins
(makes 9)

1 cup brown rice flour (I used Bob's Red Mill)
1/2 cup gluten free all purpose flour (I used Bob's Red Mill)
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp xanthan gum
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup Smart Balance Light, softened
1/2 cup egg whites
1/2 cup almond milk (I used Silk)
1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 dropper vanilla stevia (I used NuNaturals) (or 1/4 to 1/2 cup sugar)
1 cup shredded zucchini

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Like muffin pan with liners or spray with oil.

In a large bowl, combine the flours through salt and mix well. Mix together the egg whites, almond milk and stevia. Add the liquid mixture and Smart Balance to the dry mixture and stir just until combined. Then add the zucchini until mixed in evenly. Divide the mixture into the prepared muffin tin and bake 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

It's a new day! I'm putting my positive foot forward and hoping for the best! Happy Monday to you all!

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posted by Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen @ 8:50 AM  
  • At June 20, 2011 at 9:01 AM, Blogger Heather Iacobacci-Miller said…

    Oh girl, I'm sorry you've been so sick. That stinks. Get to the doctor and get better! Those muffins look incredible I must say.

  • At June 20, 2011 at 9:23 AM, Anonymous Cait's Plate said…

    Aw sorry you were so sick :( Hopefully those muffins were the exact cure you needed (they look seriously delicious). Hope the next couple of days turnaround for you and you're good as new!

    Also - NEVER worry about being negative, sometimes it just helps to get it out and we're all more than happy to try to pick you up! I know it works for me :)

  • At June 20, 2011 at 9:25 AM, Anonymous Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg said…

    Being sick is just the worst :-( I hope you have a good next couple of days-- seems like life doles out sick days when you need them LEAST.

  • At June 20, 2011 at 9:52 AM, Anonymous Amy B @ Second City Randomness said…

    Rarely do I take over the counter medicine, either- so it can really throw me for a loop!

    I know you feel that you lost the day, but I think you needed the rest. Seriously.

    I hope this week is a little better for you!

  • At June 20, 2011 at 10:09 AM, Blogger laura said…

    Sorry to hear Tony's uncle isn't well. And sorry you are so sick! :( Hang in there and I hope you are feeling better soon!

  • At June 20, 2011 at 10:20 AM, Blogger Unknown said…

    I never know which side of the grater (or microplane) to shred my zucchini with. Is there a difference?

  • At June 20, 2011 at 10:28 AM, Anonymous Gina @ Running to the Kitchen said…

    I hope you start feeling better soon. The muffins looks great though. I love zucchini in baked goods :)

  • At June 20, 2011 at 11:21 AM, Blogger Melissa said…

    I'm sorry you aren't feeling well. It seems like you've been sick an awful lot lately. Hope the week gets better!

  • At June 20, 2011 at 11:24 AM, Anonymous Kristina @ spabettie said…

    I can relate about the doctor thing - I'm the same way. I hope you're feeling better soon. I'm sorry to hear about Tony's uncle too - I'm thinking of both of you - of ALL of you!

    I love zucchini, this time of year I have so many I always threaten to stick them in all of our neighbor's mailboxes (our street only has 3 other houses, so that doesn't really fix the problem!) :) these muffins look perfect!

  • At June 20, 2011 at 12:08 PM, Blogger Unknown said…

    oh gosh, 2 benedryl is hard on ya. I'm sorry to hear about that. But at least you had some successful yoga time, aka baking!

  • At June 20, 2011 at 12:11 PM, Blogger Emily said…

    Gah, I'm sorry for the crappy weekend, Sarena. Make sure you get to the doctors - I hate going there, too, but sometimes relief is just that easy. I'm thinking about you and your family, as well. Hugs!

  • At June 20, 2011 at 12:44 PM, Anonymous Serena said…

    Beautiful muffins! I love zucchini muffins & bread <3
    For vegans out there: a super easy & moist egg replacer tip: Just blend 1/2 or 1 banana and leave out the eggs. They'll turn out just as good ;)

  • At June 20, 2011 at 1:16 PM, Blogger Lisa said…

    I hope you're feeling better sans a trip to the doctor...I hate that too...

    The muffins are beautiful and sound SO yummy!

  • At June 20, 2011 at 1:40 PM, Anonymous Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table said…

    Hope you're feeling better today! I was in the same boat - I've been taking EmergenC like it's going out of style. Who gets a cold in the summer?!

  • At June 20, 2011 at 6:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    i love that your "yoga" is baking! mine is, too! nothing gets me out of a funk like zoning out in the kitchen! :) hope today was better!

  • At June 20, 2011 at 7:27 PM, Anonymous Alisa Fleming said…

    You poor thing! I hope that you and Tony's uncle are better soon! Take care of you. I hear zucchini muffins and movies cure all.

  • At June 20, 2011 at 9:13 PM, Anonymous jess@HealthyExposures said…

    Ahh, man, I'm sorry to hear your weekend didn't go as well as you hoped :( I'm keeping you and your family in my thoughts. I hope you and Tony's uncle are feeling better soon.

  • At June 20, 2011 at 9:18 PM, Anonymous Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun said…

    Oh no! I hate hearing how sick you are feeling and the extra stress of situations on top of it all. :( Let me know if I can do anything!

  • At June 20, 2011 at 9:20 PM, Anonymous Pure2raw twins said…

    oh no, sorry it was the best weekend for you. hope you get better real soon...sending you positive healing vibes


  • At June 21, 2011 at 6:41 PM, Anonymous E @ Act Fast Chef said…

    Found you through Becoming Bianca. I have to say that those are some of the most gorgeous muffins I have ever seen :)

    Sorry for your family's loss.

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