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Like Clockwork

09.22.08 | 2 Comments

Ah, youth. They say it’s wasted on the young, and I guess if I weren’t still (kind of) one of the whippersnappers that cliché undermines, I would be inclined to agree. Youth—a song of bill-less, tax-less, job-less naïveté sustained by pizza, French fries, and candy. When long division is the bane of one’s existence, imaginary friends aren’t imaginary, and the delusion that adults always know what to do still clouds our eyes. When fitting in was most important, and cries of “I just want to be a regular person” still referred to social normalcy.

But as Metamucil commercials so sensitively attest, with middle age comes a whole new notion of regularity. The era of fast food, beers, and instant Ramen noodles comes grinding to a halt right along with the bowels. Regularity, in chewable tablets, pills, prunes or powders, replaces both dogs and diamonds. There are now a plethora of fiber-fortified foods, especially breakfast cereals that look like wood chips and taste like crunchy with a fibrous edge (yes that’s right—they taste like an adjective used in place of a noun).

My parents moved into the fiber generation a few years back. Their regularity enabler of choice: Good Friends cereal. Stupid name, but dogs and diamonds, I suppose. And actually, Good Friends is really…good. It seems to have tapped my inner sixty year-old, because I love this stuff. It’s textually varied with flakes, clusters, and what I like to call ‘kibbles;’ it’s so crunchy it drowns out superfluous conversation; it’s sweet but not overly so; and it’s filling. AND, of course, one cup of it provides 47% of your daily value of fiber.

I eat a lot of it just because I like it. At least two cups a day. Can one get too much fiber? Hm. Maybe I should stick to diamonds.

On the back of the box is a recipe for Good Friends muffins, which I had wanted to try for a while. The other day, I finally got around to it. It uses mashed banana, so each muffin contains pleasing smooshy banana goodness. The muffins are moist and sweet, thanks to applesauce and honey (and the smooshy banana goodness). And 100 calories a pop. Winners.

Good Friends—making regularity fun again.

And as everyone knows, good friends make life fun. (Look out, here comes a fantastic segue…) And last weekend in Flagstaff was certainly filled with good friends (oh you knew that was coming. Good Friends-good friends? Come on!), and there are some photos still in my camera that I didn’t get a chance to share with the handful of readers who actually visit this blog.

Sunday morning I challenged everyone to a game of Scrabble, which is, in my opinion, the best board game around. The problem was that no one wanted to play me because they didn’t want to lose. But despite their rousing non-enthusiasm, they humored me.

It was very thought-intensive.

These were my tiles at one point in the game. Oh, nnno!

My mom and Karen hung out on the porch for a bit. And no, my mom is not smoking, that’s just a strategically place puff of smoke from a house farther away.

On a walk, Karen found a horny toad. I shall call him Cornelius.

Just before our departure, I took a picture of all the ladies. Aren’t they gorgeous?

And so happy.

And then I said something funny. I just wish I could remember what it was, because I’m sure it was incredibly sharp and witty.

Good Friends Muffins

1 cup whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 ¾ cups Kashi Good Friends cereal
¾ cup skim milk, rice or soy milk
2 egg whites
¼ cup honey
¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
1 medium ripe banana, mashed

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking powder and salt, set aside, in a large mixing bowl, combine cereal and milk and let stand for 2-3 minutes. Add the egg whites and beat well, stir in applesauce, banana and honey. Add flour mixture and mix only until dry ingredients are moistened, as over-mixing will produce rubbery muffins.

Spray muffin tins with cooking oil spray and divide batter among the 12 spaces.
Bake 20-25 minutes (mine were done at 20) until lightly browned.

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