bran muffins, chicken names etc.

As a pregnant lady with real and urgent cravings, I woke the other morning with a panicked understanding that I needed bran muffins. It wasn’t like mmmmm, bran muffins would be nice, it was more like holy shit, bran muffins must be chewed and swallowed before 10am or I could burst.

I hopped on my favorite food inspiration website and wasn’t inspired so I went to one of my favorite food inspiration blogs and found the recipe. This was all before I had made coffee or changed a diaper. I literately rolled my body off the edge of our bed and stumbled to the computer at 7am. Bran Muffins.

I barely changed a thing. They are perfectly moist and light. Not dense cake. Only a scosh sweet. The molasses creates a deep, earthy, burned caramel color. The dried cranberries (not craisins but the plump, fleshy real deal) add sweet little surprises to every bite. Even Alice begs with extra pleading eyes.

I made one dozen and our little family ate them all by 1pm. All morning, Margot jogged to the oven and reached on her tippiest toes for the tin begging, bread? They are for sure a new staple in our house and as soon as I haul out a muffin tin, bug does a jig.

So, the recipe.
Epic Bran Muffins, adapted from Smitten Kitchen :: makes 12

1 stick salted butter
1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 large egg, beaten lightly
1 cup plain whole milk yogurt
1/4 cup dark molasses
1/2 cup dried cranberries or chocolate chips
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 cup miller’s bran

Mix butter and sugar. Add egg, yogurt, vanilla and molasses. Stir in dried fruit. Mix the dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Add dry to wet until just combined. Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

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And, as for the chicken name ideas, thanks! I wish we have a dozen chickens to name because there are so many great suggestions. It was a tough tough decision. Who will join Ida, Clementine and Bossy?

  1. Killer
  2. Peep
  3. Henny Penny (two votes)
  4. Nadine
  5. Olive
  6. Ruby
  7. Hazel
  8. Pip
  9. Tethys
  10. Nabia
  11. Ran
  12. Demeter
  13. Frick
  14. Frack
  15. Pearl
  16. Eleanor (three votes)
  17. Henrietta (two votes)
  18. Bea
  19. Fig
  20. Bell
  21. Fin
  22. Omelet
  23. Scrambles
  24. Migas
  25. Big Mama
  26. Boozer
  27. Sparta
  28. Samurai
  29. Hatred
  30. Shark
  31. Egg
  32. Extra Crispy
  33. Hazel
  34. Dozer
  35. Finny
  36. Priscilla
  37. Evette
  38. Dee Dee
  39. Xena
  40. Hillary
  41. Ramona
  42. Jeanette
  43. Adelle
  44. Cecelia
  45. Petra
  46. Jazz
  47. Sass
  48. Fuzzy
  49. Cluck Cluck
  50. Burb
  51. Harriet
  52. Disco
  53. Tofu
  54. Tempeh
  55. May
  56. June
  57. Chicklet
  58. Chicken Little
  59. Maggie
  60. Lisa
  61. Marge
  62. Edna
  63. Itchy
  64. Scratchy
  65. Selma
  66. Patty
  67. Paige
  68. Lindsay
  69. Mack
  70. Tosh
  71. Beezus
  72. Carin
  73. Kelle

I love Pip, Fig, Omelet, Tofu, Paige and Lindsay (my two bffs who live in California and want Margot to practice their names with regularity), Carin and Kelle (sisters who I met though blogging and will someday actually meet). And, then there’s Wow which is what Margot calls the girls. How do I pick? Oh.

After many minutes of contemplation when I should have been working, and finally just making Andy pick, the girls are named Lindsay and Paige which totally cracks me right up. I was on the phone with Paige the other night while replacing wood shavings in the shower stall (yes, I multi-task) and the golden shoved her fluffy self under the bathroom door and got stuck. I was holding her tiny bum and one leg and the other half of her was exposed to the hallway where I was certain decapitation awaited in the form of a cat who’s dreams came true (I was off the phone by now). I had to shove the chicken out because she was pinned and couldn’t get back in and then deftly swing open the door and scoop her up to safety. When I called Paige back and relayed the near tragedy, she said, that one is definitely Lindsay. The trouble maker. ha. Funny thing is the golden looks more like Linz with dark blond hair and a petite frame. And the buff looks more like Paige with very blond hair and long legs. SO, Lindsay and Paige:

And, because I picked my best friend’s names, I threw the other finalist’s names in a jar and Margot picked Malissa who recommended Pip to win another set of postcards. Yay you!

The girls are growing exponentially in our shower stall. As they grow, they become more and more twitchy (I forgot how fearful they are when young) so bug is very cautious and enjoys observing from behind the gate. I pick them up daily and she wrinkles her nose and says no if I near her with the peepers.

A lot to do this weekend. The list of things to begin and/or finish or perhaps just stay until next weekend’s list:

1. Plant tomatoes, peppers, basil, beets, cabbage, nasturtium, raspberry canes. I transformed a section of our boulevard into additional space for food production. The boxes are built, fabric laid and the soil in place.

2. Finish making a few more maternity skirts. I am using this lady’s method with a pattern from this book and am so so pleased with the cute-as-a-button, non-tent nature of the skirt. Hmmm, can a pregnant lady be cute as a button? Maybe more like happy as a hippo would be more appropriate. And I am not even that big yet but, yo, my boobs are taking over Missoula.

3. Be outside.

4. I also have several additional items I plan to make soonish. Just got two great books brimming with inspiration: Weekend Sewing and Patchwork Style. I can’t stop drinking up all the creativity in on the pages and want to spend some chunks of time, even if just 15 minutes here and there, with coffee and pen to paper with fabric needs.

5. Put a dent in Margot’s summer wardrobe. I am sewing skirts, pants and dresses for the chicken. And it is so so fun and easy.

6. Weed. Holy hell spring is here and I gotta get those darling dandelions out of my plot before they go to seed.

7. Write about all of these super exciting projects.

8. Sleep. I get so tired at 4pm I physically cannot stand. I have never been a napper and I am learning to love naps. Not that it is possible for me to nap at 4pm when at work but just after work, c’est possible.

9. Eat bran muffins.

10. Be present and not be so optimistic about the number of hours in a day. It is warm this weekend and this is what Margot has on her agenda:

25 Responses to bran muffins, chicken names etc.

  1. paige says:

    yay yay yay yay… i have a chicken named after me

  2. Katie says:

    Great choices for the names.

    Although I was partial to Wow.

  3. TRB Holt says:

    GREAT name choices…..two of my favorite gals…Linsay & Paige!

    Will make the muffins….YUM, yummmmmy.

    Do I spy Margot in one of your frocks? The little checkered tunic number….I remember how cute you looked in that Burb! Bug, you are such a dollie~pie. I miss you so much it aches, can’t wait to see you….next month!!!

    Love and kisses to you both…xo, Mom/Gram

  4. Camie says:

    I’m really enjoying your blog, up here in the Flathead Valley – can hardly wait to try the bran muffins! Enjoy the chickens – they’re free entertainment (plus out-of-this-world eggs…)

  5. Katie says:

    Oh, the napping!! Today I went straight to bed for a nap of my own once I put Theo down for his. To think of everything I could do with two hours of uninterupted time….alas, my new little chicky demands that I rest.

    And I do believe I’ll be trying the bran muffins in the morning~yum!


  6. Kelle says:

    Wowza. We made it into the running. Nice. You see, it’s a good thing you didn’t name them Carin and Kelle because you would become accustomed to being with us that the burning urge to meet might somehow become dampened. Bug’s legs with that skirt and those tennies…big smile. I love your projects. I love your cozy bed. I love #5. xoxo

  7. Anonymous says:

    What’s miller bran? I’m using oat bran.

  8. Beegirl says:

    Your To Do list is the best! Love the shot of M’s little green skirt and tennies. Too adorable for words!

  9. Chiot's Run says:

    MMMMM, bran muffins. I’ve always loved bran muffins. I haven’t had them in soooooo long. They were always my dad’s signature recipe when I wan in high school, he had some recipe from a cereal box that he had tweaked to perfection.

    I’ll have to make some of these for old times sake.

  10. Anon:

    Miller’s bran is unprocessed wheat bran. I didn’t know the diff until this recipe called for it and let me tell you, it makes all the difference in the world as far as texture and taste go. And, it’s better for us too! It is a rich source vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients.

    I used Bob’s Red Mill Unprocessed Miller’s Wheat Bran.

  11. Malissa says:

    Wohoo, I won something! I love your cards! I am going to make those bran muffins as they look wicked good! How do I get my address to you? email?

  12. Sage says:

    Oh my, your bran muffins look so good they have inspired me to make some, and like today, not later! So, I am so stoked for the warm weather and planting season… Everything is so lush and green, Loving it and loving your blog and life as usual. Just so you know, I read your blog regularly and just so you don’t think I am some crazy weed enforcer, i will try and comment more on the loveliness I can relate to with you..

  13. MOTM says:

    I almost had milk out the nose from the, “holy shit, bran muffins must be chewed and swallowed before 10am or I could burst.” LOL Too funny!

  14. Melissa says:

    i am spinning after reading your post. it’s the coffee and also the whoa. i am stuck on the fact that you had all those ingredients in your home and didn’t have to go to the store. good thing, considering the urgency of the craving. (:

    i, too, love your blog. and this bears repeating, i think it was such an inspired choice to combine bug and dig. you are overflowing in such a good way. it’s inspiring. xo

  15. Melissa says:

    PS. I really like the photo of the batter.

  16. FinnyKnits says:

    I think I might make those muffins in the morning because now you’ve got me thinking BRAN MUFFINS and it’s hard to stop.

    Welcome to the new chicks :)

  17. Anonymous says:

    OMG I get a chicken named after me!! I am so excited !! I had no idea!! and you’re right! That chicken and I favor. Love YOU!
    Lindsay “the chicken” (but not in the bravery sense)

  18. Anonymous says:

    oh, and I’m totally making the muffins!
    Lindsay “the chicken”

  19. Tammi says:

    I want to make the muffins, but don’t know how long to cook? Did I miss that somewhere? I jumped to the original recipe, but wanted to ask you how long for your adapted recipe.

    Thanks and I love seeing your images from home, garden, bug, dog, life. Well done.

  20. Amy in Asheville says:

    I found your site while looking for chicken names…think I might use “Nadine” for our smaller Barred Rock hen. Reminds me of “The Stand”… the character who is nice but also sort of evil. “Nadine” is better than “Pecker”. LOL!

    A bonus: the bran muffin recipe, which I will try tomorrow.
    Great site! Keep it up! Amy

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