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Good morning everyone!
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and are having an awesome start to your day and this week. My family and I made it back from our holiday yesterday afternoon. Though it was a short trip, it was so nice to get away for that time. I can’t wait to share the details about our trip with you!
Have you heard about all the hurricanes or potential hurricanes that are in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans right now? Living in Florida for the majority of my life, I used to not think too much about them, it was always something my family would get prepared for, but I never would have been so involved in tracking them and staying on top of their locations, etc. However, after Hurricane Matthew and Irma, I find myself constantly checking up on where they are projected to go almost every hour!
To date, I have never evacuated due to a hurricane. When Hurricane Matthew came along the east coast of Florida, we live on the east coast, my husband and I were living in a condo a few blocks from the ocean. It was definitely scary at times and quite a bit of damage occurred during Matthew.
Now, Hurricane Irma is another story. We were living in our current house ,which is located more inland, about a 35 minute drive from the ocean. Hurricane Irma obviously traveled differently and was a much slower and larger hurricane compared to Matthew. I remember laying in bed during the night when I believe the outer part of the eye was passing near our neighborhood and listening to the sounds was absolutely terrifying. I also heard the telltale sound of tornados, the loud whistle of a train. I about cried that night thinking we probably should have left and just praying we would be ok. Thankfully, after a long night of listening to Irma passing, my husband and I got up and checked around the house While the neighborhood as a whole had quite a bit of flooding, there wasn’t any bad damage to our house. The worst part of it all was being without power for days.
Hurricane Irma did make me realize that as much as I thought I had everything prepared and together in case of a natural disaster such as hurricane, I will did not and needed to step up my game. My husband is thinking of investing in a generator.
If like myself, you live in an area where you are susceptible to hurricanes-or any place that can experience a natural disaster, do you have everything prepared? If not, you really should and have things on hand. You never know and weather patterns can change in a blink of an eye. This year unfortunately, we have not gotten things prepared. We do have a handful of random items from last year but with things heating up in the Atlantic, its reminded me that I need to go on ahead and get completely prepared just in case.
During Irma everything was crazy and the gas stations around not only my neighborhood but throughout the city, was running out of gasoline. I thought the supermarkets being out of bread and water was rough, no way driving around to find gasoline, felt more stressful to me. If you have not prepared for a natural disaster and you live in an area that is prone to any natural disaster, I urge you to get prepared sooner whether than later. I have already began my list.
Enough about hurricanes and preparing. For now though I wanted to share with you one of my favorite muffin recipes, Apple Cranberry muffins. As I have been watching the weather channel, its gotten me a little stressed out. To take my mind off of what is on the weather channel and showing up on my social media accounts, I decided to bake these muffins. They are healthy and a great way to enjoy a sweet treat when you have a craving.
If you give these a try, I hope you enjoy them and let me know in the comment section below. For now, I am going to enjoy my third muffin and check into the latest tracking of Hurricane Florence and start stocking up on Hurricane preparedness supplies. Also, if you have any tips for preparing for a hurricane or other natural disaster let me know too. I love learning what others do!
Thank you and have a wonderful day!
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup of pure maple syrup
- 1/3 cup almond milk
- 2 tbsp. melted coconut oil
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 1/2 cups almond flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. apple pie spice
- 1 cup dried cranberries (craisins)
- 1 small chopped apple
- powder sugar (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
- In a large mixing bowl, combine eggs, maple syrup, coconut oil, almond milk, and vanilla
- Add in the almond flour, apple pie spice, and baking soda mixing well
- Add the cranberries and chopped apple
- Pour mixture evenly into 12 count muffin pan
- Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 25 minutes or until done