Have I mentioned how much I L-U-V my coworkers?
Well, last night was our annual office summer party, and it reminded me of exactly why I love these unique little souls. I knew from the minute I walked into the joint that it fit like a glove, and the place hasn’t let me down ever since.
I’m certainly not wise enough to dispense career advice, but since I’m in Stage 4 of the Sometimes Healthy Hangover post-office Summer Party, I’m going to throw caution to the wind and do it anyway: Finding the right place to work is JUST as important as finding the right kind of job for you.
Yes, it’s important to love what you do, but remember, my friends, you will be spending a majority of your day with your coworkers, so you might as well like them. Better yet, you could be like me and think your coworkers are the sh***. Yes, I actually enjoy coming into the office every single day, because even if I’m not excited about a certain project, I know I’ll always be thoroughly entertained and that I have quality people to complain to about said boring project.
So, I bet you’re a bit curious as to how this lovefest post will result in me sharing a recipe with you about Carrot Apple Chi Chi Chi Chia Muffins. Well, guess you’ll just have to keep reading…
My Sometimes Healthy, Tipsy Kitchen
(Scroll down if you want the recipe…I think the back story is just as fun, but I won’t be offended if you skip my rambling)
Last night’s epic office party had it all:
Lots of adult beverages.
Great drunk food.
Lots of dancing.
The inevitable (yet strangely not awkward at all) Journey karaoke fest.
And of course, lots of cupcakes.
And if you didn’t believe me when I said that I work at a pretty cool place, just take a look at the breakfast that was served for our early-morning meeting.
Egg sandwiches…for the whole office. Nothing tastes better than one of these after an eventful night on the town. And there they were – like magic. Fueling us through our hangovers to ensure we were just as productive and on-point as always.
But Back to the Muffins.
Most people go to the office party expecting a little bit of gossip. But not this Sometimes Healthy Girl. Nope, I was educating my coworkers on the benefits of chia seeds and how I just bought them for the first time. Someone asked me if they are similar to flax seeds. I smugly responded, “They’re the new flax seeds are sooo last season. Chia is the new flax.” She took a big swig of her wine, laughed nervously and walked away.
Never Make Drunken Promises
At a certain point in the evening, I shared with my coworkers a little muffin idea that I had planned for my first cooking experience with chia seeds. They were perplexed, grossed out and entertained all at once. But, once I saw that there was legitimate interest in this Sometimes Healthy Girl’s wacky cooking, my mind was made up: Yes, I would be baking Carrot-Apple Chia Seed Muffins tonight, no matter what time or how many glasses of vino I consumed.
3 hours, two awesome karaoke songs (I watched), 1 Sir Mix-A Lot song and lots of booty shaking later, my mind had not strayed from it’s original course.
On the way home, I called my mother, who was extremely excited to hear from her tipsy Sometimes Healthy Girl at 11:00 on a work night. I pointed out that most of my coworkers were still at the party, so she decided not to lecture me. Instead, she took advantage of my drunken oblivian and advised me that if I put as much effort into “finding a husband” as I do into my work and blog, I’d find my Prince Charming in no time. Normally, I’d threaten to get off the phone, but I was just too drunk and happy (Sneaky, sneaky Sometimes Healthy mother).
I typically hang up the phone with my mother when I get home so that I can catch up on current events through the Bachelorette and Jersey Shore. But, not last night. Nope, I wanted to keep yapping all the way through my muffin baking.
Good thing this wasn’t the most complicated recipe. At 11:30, I started in on my intricate muffins and by 11:34, they were in the pan and ready for some cookin.’ Here’s how I did it.
Three Ingredient Carrot-Apple Chia Muffins
These delectable, healthified goodies, not only incorporate nature’s “hottest” seed, but are so easy to bake, you can whip em’ up after a wild night on the town.
Prep Time: 4 minutes (10 minutes if you’re extremely intoxicated – not my fault)
Cook Time: 30 minutes
- 1 Box Betty Crocker carrot cake mix
- 1 cup applesauce
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 cup water
- Pour carrot cake mix into a bowl that is large enough to allow you to
drunkenlyvigorously mix with wet ingredients.
- Plop in applesauce and water. Mix well with spoon.
- Throw in 2 tbsp of chia seeds.
- Pour batter into 12 muffin tins that either have liners or have been sprayed with lots of PAM. There will be a little extra batter – suggest you lick the bowl, especially if you’re tipsy.
- Bake for 30 minutes at 350, allow to cool for a few minutes (if it’s not 12:15 AM – see below for what happened to me), remove from tin and serve/put into plastic bag so you can bring to work to torture your coworkers.
Don’t believe me when I tell ya it’s easy check out the pics.
Throw ingredients into bowl. Mix while chatting on the phone with mother about putting less effort into muffins and more into dating (she talked, I listened).
Drop in the magic
fairy dust chia seeds.
Slop into 12 PAM’d muffin tins.
Bake for 30 minutes (don’t pass out while you wait!)
Please wait for muffins to cool – or you will loose the bottoms and end up with lots of muffin tops.
Muffin tops taste good but they are not full muffins, plus they make me think of the other kind of muffin top, and then I feel like I can’t eat 7 muffins in one sitting.
Here’s what the spread looked like at the ol’ office today (I waited to put on display until after our egg sandwich breakfast).
Shockingly, they were slightly smushed in transit just like my Cupcake Couples. Nobody’s perfect.
Here’s the display sign.
Here’s a happy customer.
Here’s two of my coworkers fighting over the last muffin.
Now that’s what I call CHIA SEED SUCCESS.
I mentioned in yesterday’s post how I felt a bit left out at HLS having never tried the mystical chia seed. And now, I’m officially a part of the Chia Club.
I’d definitely call my first baking experience with chia seeds seed-sess (hehehehehe). The seeds blended perfectly with the moist carrot-apple cake. It was a flavor-creation made in Sometimes Healthy’s Drunken Heaven. My coworkers still don’t know, nor do they care about what a chia seed is. But, they sure think my Carrot-Apple Chia Muffins taste damn good.
Wine = inspiration in a glass.
And with that, I’m turning in for the night. The season finale of the Challenge is on, and I’m really hoping my least favorite CARROT-TOP will not win .
PS – This baking session may have unintentionally been inspired by the infamous My Drunk Kitchen. Hilarious.
When was the last time you cooked after a few adult beverages? Did your dish turn out? Tell me about it.
Not a drinker? Tell me about the last time you cooked with a new ingredient. Did it work out?