The lawn needs mowed.
“I think today, I will simply sit here and exist. That’s all.”
Thursday and Friday were long days. I taught all day and then went to the HPC to work on my thesis paper in the evenings. Poor Ethel was home alone for 14 hours both days. Fortunately, she has her little doggie-door and a nice big backyard, so she was fine. I’m sure she sun bathed all day. But I missed her and I know she missed me because she went bazerk when I got home. I love my dog.
I wanted a day off. I did work on my research a bit from home. (Thank you, VPN remote access). So there I was, existing. I was flipping through a magazine on the couch, wearing my wedding shoes (I wear my shoes around the house to get them broken in…yes, I do mean plural shoes, I am that girl who has three pairs of shoes for her wedding day…) and then I saw it. A picture of a muffin. And it changed the rest of my day.
I adore pistachios and chai so there was no doubt in my mind that I had to make these. I also liked the fact that it had a simple glaze on top. It adds a little sweetness to the mix bringing that festive quality other breakfast muffin recipes lack. Who doesn’t love a festive muffin?
adapted from Cooking Light
- 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour (I used white whole wheat)
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 chai (black) tea bags, opened
- 1 cup nonfat buttermilk
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 1-1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract, divided
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- cooking spray
- 1/3 cup shelled, dry-roasted pistachios, chopped
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 Tbsp water