Remember in Little Red Riding Hood, when she was going to visit her sick grandmother? Well, yesterday Grandma had to go visit her sick family. It's that time of year when the flu bug begins to pass around. One of our grandsons got sick Friday afternoon after we had enjoyed lunch with our daughters and their sons. Our second daughter took her son home to nap and we spent some time with our oldest daughter and two of her sons driving around and showing her how to get to some places here in Nashville. They just moved here from Dallas the week before Christmas and she is still trying to figure things out. After we left her house and returned home, she called to inform us that Z had gotten sick after picking her oldest son up from school. Uh oh. The germ fest had begun. Of course they had been drinking out of the same sippee cups and playing with all the same toys. Here we go.
Our second daughter, who is 36 weeks pregnant said she did not feel very good on Saturday and Sunday. Her son who is 22 months old got sick on Sunday. Things were not looking good at this point. She took him to his pediatrician on Tuesday because he was not doing very well. By Tuesday evening, her husband was in bed sick and she was up most of the night. Yesterday, her nanny fell prey to the current bug and had to go home.
We had just come over with chicken and noodles, jello and muffins when K was leaving to go home. We stayed to help. Having raised 4 children, I know what it's like to be down for the count and no one to help care for the kids. It is NOT a fun situation. By evening, Annie and Todd were feeling somewhat better and they ate some chicken and noodles and a muffin. Grandson G on the other hand fell in love with these muffins or "fuffins" as he calls them.
This is a really quick and easy recipe made with applesauce and has a nice cinnamon flavor. The dough is very dense when you mix it, so don't be alarmed and think you forgot something. That's just the way it is. Here is what you need:
2 cups all purpose flour
1.5 tsps ground cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 cup applesauce
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup raisins optional
Combine flour, cinnamon and baking soda in a bowl. Set aside. In another bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add egg, applesauce and vanilla. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Add raisins if you are using them. ( I didn't) Fill greased or paper lined muffin cups three fourths full. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until muffins test done. Yield - 1 dozen.
This recipe is easily doubled. They are so good they won't last long. You can see by the picture, we had already eaten some when I remember to take a picture.
Everyone is on the mend today, feeling a little better. Grandma is making more soup and some blueberry muffins to take over for dinner tonight. We are doing what we can to help out and are so very thankful that we are living close enough to do this for our family.
Be sure and give this muffin a try. It's really nice for a breakfast or brunch and super good with a mild soup when tummies don't feel so good. Grandson G sure loved them and Pawpaw loves 'em too. He won't even eat applesauce. hehe Hope you keep the germs far away and us too!
Things to Remember:
“Well, I can't eat muffins in an agitated manner. The butter would parobably get on my cuffs. One should always eat muffins quite calmly. It is the only way to eat them.” The Importance of being Ernest, 1895