As if it weren’t obvious, I haven’t been able to bake or blog lately. I’ve been caught up in some emotionally devastating…shit…for lack of a better word. I am no longer in nursing school (to make a terribly long story short) and have started soul searching within the last couple days. I am having to think about what I want for my life and my future, and all I know is that I have a family that still supports me, a man who loves me, and a knack for baking. Stay tuned over the next 6 months and I’m sure my life will be polar opposite of what it is looking like now.
Now, last night as I was heading home from clinical, I got a text reminding me that our last day was coming up and we should arrange something for the nurses as a “thank you.” So, I took it upon myself to do the baking and everybody could just pitch in a few bucks. The idea went over well, as expected, because nobody actually wanted to go to the store at 8pm after a long day in clinical to buy cheap baked goods. Only I would be crazy enough to start a two-hour baking project after an exhausting day! I decided to make some brownies and some delicious strawberry-cranberry muffins. I used the recipe I have used for blueberry muffins in the past, but cut up some strawberries, dusted them with splenda and flour, and used those instead…not to mention Craisins! I made sure to set one aside for myself for breakfast, and I am so glad I did! Tangy buttermilk, fresh strawberries and tart, dried cranberries… these were so good and I absolutely love real strawberry chunks in my muffins! Success. A baking experience to share with my nursing now-past…if that makes any sense? This was the therapy I needed after such a difficult week.
As for the brownies…don’t tell anyone but they were from a box mix. It took 50 min to bake! I had no time to make the batter from scratch. Not to mention I had only one egg in my fridge after the muffins were made. They were triple-chocolate Ghirardelli brownies so at least I only used the best of the best. As for the dollars that my classmates gave me? Spent some on a frozen yogurt (let’s face it, it’s froyo) date with my friend Jacki. Totally worth being tired after clinical last night.