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I spent the week end at my parents even though I’m nearly 30yo and I live 30 minutes away, I still love to sleep at my parent’s house. Fortunetaly The Boyfriend is okay with that. I’m really close to my family. I love them so much and I’m not ashamed of that.
We used to move a lot. I moved exactly 23 times in 29 years. Not too bad huh ? And no my dad was not in the military which is the question that usually follows. My dad used to changed jobs a lot that’s all. I moved with my parents until the age of 19yo. I think it was moving number 14. Then I left home and started moving on my own while my family was still moving on their own.
Then I came back and left Home several times. At the beginning it’s harsh, even more when you’re kid, then you get used to it and then you start to love it. Then you find yourself getting bored after two years at the same place and willing to change of air, to change your habits , to see new faces …
Moving became a hobby at some point I think. Even when we stayed 5 years in the same city ,my parents managed to move 3 times. At the age of 8 I was able to pack my own stuff, and label my cardboard boxes. The Boyfriend was pretty impressed by how fast I can pack. And unpack. When we moved in our appartement in august 2010 (moving number 23) , everything was unpacked in two weeks.
At first the Boyfriend was like : « come on we have all the time to do that ». The thing is that when it’s your 23rd moving you know that you need to unpack as fast as possible for two reasons : First one, you never know how long it’s gonna take before to pack again.
Second one : if you don’t get rid of all those cardboard boxes as fast as possible they will still be there when you’ll pack again. Finally the Boyfriend was very proud when friends and family were coming over to visit and that they were surprised that we « only » moved in two weeks ago.
My least favorite question is the “where are you from ?” question. I usually answer that I’m born in Paris and that if they have time I can explain a little more. I’m from nowhere in particular. Home is actually where my mom is. It could be any house anywhere in the world, as long as my mom lives there that’s Home for me.
And I love to be Home. The Boyfriend has some trouble understanding that sometimes because we started building our Home. I agree that we have two Homes, but I think that it might be different the day I’ll become a mom. Maybe.
Other than that I baked some yummy melt in the mouth Matcha Almonds white chocolate chips Muffins yesterday. I was able to use some of my « Necessary items » in my pantry. Still making more room. Have you already tried Almond milk ? If not you really should. It’s really good and no it’s not only a vegan/vegetarian thing and not something only dairy allergic persons drink as well.
You can substitute with any milk you like but give a chance to almond milk. Really. These muffins are perfect with a cup of tea (or any drink you like)on a sunday afternoon. My family was a bit suspicious at first about the Matcha green colour but they loved them in the end ! I’m sure you will too !
Matcha Almond White Chocolate Chip Muffins (Yield 12 muffins )
– 128g / 4.5 oz / 1 cup All Purpose flour
– 50g / 1.7 oz / 1/2 cup almond meal
– 110g / 3.9 oz /1/2 cup light brown sugar
– 1 large egg
– 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
– 28 g / 1 oz / 1/4 stick of butter , melted
– 125 g / 4.4 oz / 1/2 cup almond milk
– 2 tsp matcha powder
– 1 tsp baking powder
– 1/4 tsp baking soda
– 1/4 tsp salt
– 85g / 3 oz / 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
– 70g / 2.5 oz /1 cup sliced almonds
– Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
– Line 12 muffin pan cups with paper liners or lightly butter and flour it.
– Melt the cubed butter in a saucepan over low heat or into a microwave. Set aside to cool.
– In a large bowl, combine flour, almond meal, sliced almonds, sugar, baking powder,baking soda and salt.
– In a medium bowl mix the wet ingredients : almond milk with matcha, then add vanilla extract, melted butter and finally the lightly beaten egg.
– Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix just enough to combine. Be careful to not over mix.
– Fold in the white chocolate chips.
– Scrape sides of bowl an divide the batter between the 12 cups. (they will be 3/4th full). Sprinkle with sliced almonds.
– Bake 20 – 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
– Remove from oven, transfer to a wire rack, and let cool for 5 minutes in the pan.
– Remove muffins from pan, and let cool completely.
– Eat them all !! Or find someone to help you do it !
Bon Appétit !