Thursday, March 20, 2014

Good Morning Good News! Thursday, March 20, 2014

Rikki's Refuge, Rapidan, VA.
This morning it’s in the upper 30’s with partly cloudy skies. Areas of patchy fog. But today I bring good news! A bit later on today it will be mostly sunny with temperatures warming rapidly into the mid to upper 50s. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph. WARMER! NO RAIN! HOORAY! It’s still going to be a chilly night so don’t take those flannel sheets off the bed just yet! This evening clear to partly cloudy. Low 38F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.
Sunrise: 7:16 AM Moonset: 9:24 AM
Sunset: 7:24 PM Moonrise: 11:39 PM 

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 Walnut Bread Muffins
(Vegan/Dairy Free/Gluten Free Recipe!)

2 ripe mashed bananas
1/2 cup warm almond milk + 2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup vegan cane sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/3 cup soy free buttery spread, melted
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 1/2 cups gluten free flour
1 tbsp. milled flax
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. xanthan gum
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/3 cup walnut pieces
Preheat the oven to 350 F. In a glass mixing bowl, mash your very ripe bananas. Add to the bananas, rice milk, vinegar, cane sugar, brown sugar, melted butter, vanilla extract & cinnamon. Cream this mixture together well.
Next, in a separate mixing bowl, mix together the flour, milled flax, baking powder, guar gum & sea salt. Add your flour mix, carefully to your creamed banana mixture & mix it all in well. If it appears not moist enough, add a tbsp more of rice milk or so. Moisture is a good thing! After creating a batter, lightly oil a six-sectioned silicon muffin pan & evenly distribute muffin batter between the six sections of the pan. Next, add your walnut pieces to the top & place in the oven to bake 30-40 minutes, or until golden brown.
Test with a toothpick in the center, to indicate readiness. 

Rikki's Refuge Educational Center
21410 Constitution Hwy.
Rapidan, VA. 22733
***For this Saturday (March 22, 2014) Rikki's Refuge really needs CANNED CAT FOOD, ORANGES AND PAPER TOWELS!***
You may also leave donations for Rikki's Refuge at Re-Tail in Fredericksburg any time during normal business hours, if this is more convenient for you! 

"The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also."
~~ Harriet Ann Jacobs ~~  

Meet pretty Caitlyn who is comfortably lounging on the hood of Amy's truck this morning! 

We're sooo happy for Spring!!