Scarfsense now has a Boston area retail location for Scarfsense silk scarves! They're at Stonegate on Rt 117 in Lincoln, MA. This holiday season there will be special introductory pricing and free gift boxing!
We had an ice storm today, 121712 just west of Boston, MA. It was pretty but the black ice on the roads at 6:15 AM was not fun. We had a mild winter last year. This early winter storm may be telling us we are in for a doozie this year.
Wheat bran has a lot of fiber. And that is why I have always eaten Kelloggs All Bran and would make bran muffins. Recently I have noticed that although I can eat food with gluten, I do a lot better if I avoid wheat. So, I have been experimenting with spelt and oat bran. And I'm finding my body is a lot is a lot happier. In a nutshell, I don't bloat after eating spelt bread or oat bran cereal. Here's some fascinating details on the problems of wheat. There are apparently many!
So, earlier this week, I thought I'd see if I could make a decent oat bran muffin which has both oat bran and spelt flour.
They came out great! They actually have a consistency of a scone (especially during the couple hours after baking). They even taste like scones!
These are not overly sweet. You could add some stevia (I really like the Truvia brand packets) if you'd like to address that. Alternatively, you could slice them in half, toast them and spread some nice raspberry or blueberry jam on them.
I will warn you some of the ingredients, about 4 in all, are a little different- oat bran, whole grain spelt flour, Celtic Salt, and Black Mission Figs. But, all of them, you can get at a Whole Foods market. And, once you have these ingredients in the house, it will be much easier to make these the next time.
1 1/2 cups whole grain spelt flour
1 1/2 cups oat bran
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 to 1/2 tsp Celtic Salt
3 tablespoons real maple syrup
12 to 14 (dryed) Black Mission Figs cut up into small pieces
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
Preheat oven to 400 degress.
Mix all dry ingredients together in one bowl until well blended. Mix all wet ingredients together in another bowl until well blended. Pour wet mixture into dry mixture. Stir as little as possible, just enough to have wet mixture absorbed by dry mixture.
Spray 12 muffin tin cups with non-stick cooking spray. Put slightly rounded 1/4 cup of batter into each muffin tin cup.
How many clothing stores do you know of would repair a sweater you bought from them after years of it being worn, and do it free of charge? None? That is what I'd expect. But, if you buy a sweater from Peruvian Connection, you are in for a pleasant and shocking surprise.
I have two beautiful baby alpaca cardigan sweaters that were given to me for Christmas gifts probably over 5 years ago now. I am embarassed to say that moths got to both of them at different points. I was devastated each time. Alpaca, in case you are not aware, may end up being the next cashmere. It is incredibly soft and also extremely warm. Some say, its warmer than wool! Here's more details on alpaca fiber.
Each time, with my tail between my legs, I contacted Peruvian Connection about the damage to see what, if any options there were to address it. They asked me to send the sweater to them. They evaluated the damage and proceeded to repair the sweater! Because they were moth holes, the sweaters required darning. This is complicated and tricky especially when the weave is delicate. They did a wonderful job. And, what is even more amazing, they did not charge me a penny. The letter that accompanies a repaired sweater says, " Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to be of assistance. We value your business, and we are delighted to provide this service... The enclosed garment has been repaired so it can be returned to your collection. We hope it will bring you many years of enjoyment..."
How remarkable is this? I love this place! Their clothing, by the way, is really unique and handsome. Take a look! Peruvian Connection Everything is made really beautifully too. Look at, for example, the way this cardigan is finished beyond the buttons. It may look like a sewn seam. It isn't. A different knit stitch is used to naturally cause the material to roll exactly as it has here.
Peruvian Connection is a little pricey. But, keep in mind, the premium quality of what you are buying. The material is very high end and so is the workmanship. If the prices scare you, wait for sale. But what you want may be gone!