My mom recently underwent back surgery for the THIRD time! I can’t believe that she has been able to handle and tolerate such invasive surgery three times now. She is stuck in bed for weeks, and is unable to function normal for months. I remember the first time she had back surgery; I was in high school. I hated seeing the women who was always in control, always knew how to get things done, was always so independent become, all of a sudden, handicapped and unable to fend for herself. As sad as it makes me to think about that time, I remember how comforting it was for me to help my mom. I was able to do whatever she needed me to do for her, whether it be cleaning, cooking, helping her move, or even just getting her a glass of water! She has recovered both times from her other two previous surgeries, but with time, something seems to happen and she needs to go back under for the procedure again.
With this third surgery of hers, I’m living far far away, too far to be there to help her. I have been getting updates from her that my dad and grandma seem to be helping her a lot, which is a relief, but I think I need to talk to my brothers and sister to get them to step up too…..ha! I pray often that my mom can heal quickly from this surgery, and that she won’t have to have any more crazy back surgeries!! Since I can’t physically be there for my mom, I try to be there for her in the only other way I know how… by baking her treats, making her little get well notes and mailing them to her! So that is exactly what I did on Sunday afternoon. While Jesse was out mowing the lawn in the sprinkling rainy weather, I was inside enjoying our house smelling like a strawberry milkshake! My mom’s birthday was also just on Sunday, so these Strawberry Blueberry muffins where also to celebrate her turning another year older! I hope these muffins can perk her spirit up and also be a quick snack to grab when she is feeling hungry. (They are healthier for you because of the oatmeal, yogurt, applesauce, and blueberries in the recipe. They are great for someone who may be sick or in need of some healthy breakfast alternative.) My mom better keep these by her bedside because if she leaves them in the kitchen, I’m afraid she won’t be eating very many of them herself… (*cough* *cough* DAD, MICHAEL and ALEX…) Haha! Thinking about you all the time mother of mine! Xoxo!
Ingredients: Made 16 muffins
- 2 C all-purpose flour
- 1 C oats, plain
- 1 C Sugar
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- ½ tsp. salt
- 12 oz. Strawberry Greek yogurt
- 2 eggs
- 4 TBS strawberry applesauce
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 C blueberries
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease your muffin pan well.
- Mix all your dry ingredients together in a bowl.
- Mix all your wet ingredients in a separate bowl.
- Combine your dry ingredients to your wet ingredients, just until they are incorporated. (My mixture was a little dry at this point so I added about ¼ C milk to thin it out)
- Gently fold in your blueberries.
- Spoon your mixture into your greased muffin tins, filling each cup about ½ ways full.
- Bake for about 20-25mins, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.