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January 12, 2012, 6:28 pm

TGIF with Kel 1/13/2012: Using my Talents for Good not Evil

It is no secret I love to bake.

The secret, I believe, is the real reason I love to bake.

There are actually many reason and they are all true.

Baking is very calming to me. I have to focus on the ingredients and the precise measurements needed. Baking is, after all, a chemical reaction.

I love to treat others to my baked goods. I was met with disappointment last week as I walked into a meeting on Friday empty handed. What, no cookies?

I am really good at it. I can find a recipe, follow the directions, and come up with a delicious end product.

None of those reasons are the secret.

The secret is that I love to eat the foods I bake. Often, I eat too much of them.

December seemed like a never ending bake fest. I participated in two cookie exchanges; I had to try a variety of recipes, to see which was the best. Seeing which was the best meant tasting; you know, quality control and all.

I ended the bake fest with the Christmas Holiday. After that, I stopped baking.

Yeah, right.

I cannot stop baking, for the very reasons I first mentioned. I simply love to do it.

I was able to recognize that what I was really doing in my baking was self-sabotage.

I could go through an entire day with a log the lovely shade of green. A stressful day at work, and before I had even started dinner, I was taking out the butter to soften, making sure I had enough sugar and vanilla, and cranking up the oven to 350.

Dinner would be prepared, in between whipping my butter, measuring my flour, and fingerfuls of cookie dough passed my lips.

Dinner would be eaten, cookies would be baked, and quality control would be performed. Over. and over.

The next day at work Herculean efforts had to take place to not eat any more cookies. I had eaten enough the night before! However, they sat at my desk and greek yogurt just didn't seem to satisfy the sugar addiction that was calling out to me.

Having addressed what was really happening, the self-sabotage, I had to ask myself how can you have your cake and eat it too? Really, how can I bake yet find a way not to sabotage my day?

If I was going to bake, it was going to be foods that Ben and I need as opposed to treats.

In November, I had discovered this this English Muffin recipe. I loved the idea of making something that I already loved to eat that represented an adventure and even a challenge. Remember those ball jar lids I mentioned last week? They were put to work in this recipe!

Ball jar lids and an electric skillet are special equipment needed for this recipe.

This recipe does not have a dough that I have a want to put my finger in!

This is no chocolate chip cookie dough here people.

I have now made several batches of english muffins. This weekend I used this same recipe, yet after several different recipe alterations, I have arrived at a cinnamon raisin bran english muffin.

I replaced the flour in the recipe with 1/2 spelt flour, 1/2 wheat flour, 1 tablespoon of vital wheat gluten flour, and 3 tablespoons of wheat bran. The final steps, after proofing the dough, is to add 2 teaspoons of cinnamon and about 3/4 cup raisins.

You end up with a delicious cinnamon raisin bran english muffin, and one with stats I can be proud of:

For the record, while I am not here to compete with The English muffin everyone buys, compare the stats;

My goal was not to make an english muffin with less calories. I do not use sugar substitutes, but will add higher fiber flours!

Check out the ingredient list too. My english muffins have no preservatives. I combat that by keeping them in the freezer.

Having conquered the english muffin, I added pita bread to my challenges this past weekend.

Watch them rise!

Tasty stats too!

I love that I still get to bake, I control the ingredients, and it is food that Ben and I can easily incorporate into our day! For the record, no one at work has had any english muffins or the pitas.

This weekend? Bagels! I can't wait!

Think about how you may be sabotaging your own efforts, and find the way to do what you still love without wreaking havoc on your health!

Thank Goodness It's Friday!

Oh, and my coworkers? Nope, not empty handed tomorrow. But, quality control only required one!

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