Three Thoughts for Thursday

A rocking case of laryngitis provided oodles of hours for quiet contemplation since last weekend. Thanks to all that introspection, you get to suffer through reap the rewards in this week’s three thoughts for Thursday.

  1. Adult children find speaker phone conversations with their parents get a bit draggy when the talkative parent has laryngitis and the quiet parent, whose vocal chords are intact, prefers nodding to speaking whenever possible.
  2. It’s parent-teacher conference week in our town, a stressful time for parents, teachers, and kids. As a parent, you can diffuse the stress by starting the conference with two simple words: thank you.
  3. My friend Clare at has joined my oatmeal-as-its-own-food-group campaign by posting a recipe for Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal. She calls it a low-cal version of no bake chocolate oatmeal cookies. That’s my kind of breakfast. What’s yours?

White Rabbit in a Cup?

Since arriving home from our relaxing vacation on Tuesday night, I’ve been scurrying around like the white rabbit from Alice in Wonderland:

Paid the bills – late.
Took Mom to lunch – late.
Got the hubby’s birthday gift – late.
Cooked his birthday meal – late.
Arrived at my physical therapy appointment – late.
Went to bed – late.

You may have noticed that many of this week’s blog posts were late, too.
Like this one.
Partly ’cause I’m distracted by not being ready for tomorrow’s speaking engagement.
Partly ’cause all this lateness led to a big case of blogger’s block.

In fact, I couldn’t think of anything to write about until I read my friend Clare’s latest post about in-a-cup-muffin mixes. Clare blogs about food at and lately she’s been on a cake-in-a-cup and muffin-in-a-cup kick. The kick started with a recipe that’s been around for a while, chocolate cake in a cup. But Clare is a creative cook, and in the next few weeks, she came up with her own recipes for:

Cinnamon Muffin in a Mug
Caramel Apple Cake in a Cup
Blueberry Almond Muffin in a Mug

The last post is her in-a-mug pièce de résistance. In it she provides a recipe for basic muffin mix. The dry mix can be made ahead of time so it’s ready for whatever in-a-cup-or-mug treat strikes your fancy.

I plan to make the mix and start striking my fancy once this Alice in Wonderland late phase ends. But for now, it’s time to put the finishing touches on tomorrow’s speech or this white rabbit will be in hot water.

A new idea for Clare.
White Rabbit in a Cup.
On second thought, maybe not.