It’s Monday and we’re at home. What’s going on? Ooooh ya—it’s a long weekend! In Ontario we celebrate a day in February called Family Day. It’s a good chance to get outdoors and enjoy some fun winter activities like skiing, tobogganing, or skating. Sure the holiday is a good chance to get outdoors but we opted for none of these activities. We experienced the coldest temperatures of the winter, so far, this past weekend. It made us want to stay warm and cozy indoors rather than go outdoors to take a chance with frostbite in the minus 39 ºC (after windchill) temperatures.
But today, on Family Day, we knew we were going to spend it as a family—whether we went outdoors or stayed in. Nelson started us off with our traditional Sunday pancakes and then he decided to whip up these delicious oatmeal muffins. I do mean ‘whip up’. He used two bowls—put all the dry ingredients in one and the wet ingredients in the other—he gave each a quick stir (no mixer needed) and then combined them—within just a few minutes. Seriously, I saw him start the mix, then I left the kitchen for a few minutes and when I returned he was filling the muffin tins. Awesome. I like having a treat to look forward to later in the day. It’s my favourite kind of project planning.
We ended up going to visit my parents who live in a nearby city. We don’t visit often enough, and with it being Family Day, well, it seemed like a perfect time to surprise them with a visit…. and some yummy freshly baked muffins. The kids always love visiting grandma and grandpa too. My dad is a hobbiest guitar-maker and he’d been anxious to show our eldest son his latest creation. Michael has been playing guitar for a year now and this connection with his grandpa is super special. Music, food, and family—those are some nice things to be surrounded by.
Enjoy time with your family—whether related or not…and always eat well, friends!
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup milk
- ½ cup packed brown sugar
- 1½ cups flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ cup white sugar
- ¾ cups oats
- ¾ cups dark chocolate chips
- 1 tbs brown sugar for sprinkling the tops
- ½ tsp cinnamon for sprinkling the tops
- Preheat oven to 425 ºF
- Add 12 paper liners to the muffin tin.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, oil, milk and packed brown sugar.
- In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, white sugar, oats and chocolate chips.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and then the chocolate chips.
- Using a spatula, slowly combine all ingredients without over-mixing.
- Using a spoon, fill each paper liner to about ¾ full.
- In a small bowl, mix the 1 tbs brown sugar and ½ tsp of cinnamon.
- Using your fingers or a teaspoon, sprinkle the sugar/cinnamon mixture over the tops of the batter.
- Bake for 18 minutes or until a cake tester or toothpick comes out clean.