The other day, I was in Seattle and had some down time, while I was waiting for someone. My original plan was to possibly go shopping. I wanted to go buy my grandson some toys. He was coming to visit, and I had been realizing that my stock of toys at my house wasn’t so great. He’s 9 months now and he’s more interested in toys. He hasn’t been at my house since he was 6 months, he was more contained then and easily entertained, few toys involved. I also had a few other things to shop for, however realizing that by the end of the day my car was going to be packed to the gills, and therefore, maybe shopping wasn’t such a good idea after all. That’s how I ended up stopping at Whole Foods for a bite to eat and ended up pulling out my laptop, to get a little work done.
As I sat in the little lounge of Whole Foods, wishing I could sit closer to the brick Pizza oven, as it was a bit nippy outside, I realized I was sharing the lounge with a gentleman who was reading aloud in I think it was Russian. Hum, interesting, it wasn’t too annoying, I’m pretty good at tuning people out, just ask my husband, haha. This gentleman proceeded to stop reading and then look at his smart phone and talk to it, not to a person on the other end, just look at it and read, and swipe, and scroll and continuously talk to it. Thinking out loud, I guess. As I kept glancing at him he roughly reminded me of Harrison Ford in some movie, can’t remember which one now, and that’s going to bug me till I remember, but anyway, he tapped and pecked and mumbled at the phone, once in a while exclaiming Yes! and quietly giving a gentle fist pump in the air.
There was a sign on the door of this Whole Foods lounge that said “reserved for event,” but no one else was in or around or close by. Just the Russian dude, was I intruding on his event? Maybe he reserved the lounge so he could read out loud and not be scrutinized by a food blogger who is easily distracted by Russian reading dudes. Just when I was beginning to think he was playing a game of candy crush or something equally as exciting (insert sarcasm, as I don’t play games on my phone, there’s too much pinterest and instagraming to keep up with) he went back to reading out loud and now back to the phone and gibber jabbering. If anything he was providing me with some entertainment and distracting me from the work I needed to get done and providing me with content for this far to interesting blog post.
Then came in the bald guy who balanced his danish on his ankle as he crossed his right leg and rested it on his left knee. Although is ankle might have seemed like the most likely spot to precariously rest his danish, I couldn’t help but think, how close that ankle was to the shoe, that who knows what that shoe came close to, or stepped in or had splashed upon it. Ewww! Sometimes I think too much. Russian dude got quiet when bald guy came in, bald guy left and Russian dude picked up different book and proceeded to mumble, read, mumble read. Ok enough about my Friday morning entertainment at Whole Foods, haha, maybe this is why I don’t usually work on my laptop except from the confines of my own home, there’s no Harrison Ford look a likes, reading Russian and sipping his coffee to distract me. Enough rambling.
Now let me get down to Carrot Pumpkin Muffins. What’s better than Pumpkin in a muffin with a little vegetable thrown in for some extra texture, flavor and nutrients. I love to make muffins, I tend to make more muffins, then nut breads and cakes for a couple of reasons. One reason is because Gluten Free muffins seem to taste better than some of the breads, I like the portion control of muffins, and they also seem to keep and hold up nicer. But then again that’s just my preferences. I’m sure that these Carrot Pumpkin Muffins will be one of your preferences once you make them too.
Let me give you the final low down on Russian Dude, now he’s reading some book written in an Asian script I presume, as he is reading from top to bottom instead of left to right, and as he goes back to the fist pumping after achieving something on his phone, it’s time for my Whole Food’s people watching blog post to come to an end. Where do you like to people watch, airport, shopping mall, coffee shop? Whip up some of these Carrot Pumpkin Muffins and head on over to your favorite people watching spot and give your self some free entertainment. Be sure to bring an active imagination to blend together with your people watching skills.
- 3 cups gluten free flour blend
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon cloves
- 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
- 4 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1 cup raw honey
- 2/3 cup pumpkin puree
- 2 cups grated carrots
- 1 cup walnuts roughly chopped
- 1 cup raisins
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees, lightly grease muffin tin with coconut oil.(I don't use muffin papers, but you can if you like.)
- In free standing mixer mix together the first seven ingredients-flour through flaxseed meal.
- In separate bowl whisk the eggs.
- Add to eggs the vanilla, vinegar, oil, honey, and pumpkin, whisk again.
- Add wet mixture to dry mixture and mix until blended.
- Add the carrots, walnuts and raisins.
- Scoop into muffin tin, dividing between the 12 holes. Filling each hole to the top.
Tags: dairy free gluten free