Loaded with fruits and nuts, these Morning Glory Muffins are a delicious breakfast treat!
We’re all about safety here in our house. We’ve got smoke detectors in all of the appropriate places, and we’ve got a carbon monoxide detector on each floor. Ok, maybe I have to disable the smoke detector whenever I cook bacon, but I blame the architect of our house for that. The air intake for our heating and cooling system is in the kitchen. Stop and think about that for a moment. Whenever I cook anything, that air intake sucks all the smells straight in and sends ’em all over the house. I’m not complaining about our house smelling like bacon…but apparently our smoke detector thinks that cooked bacon resembles smoke from a fire. Go figure.
So the other night, we were fast asleep. I’m talking like that deep sleep where you’re disoriented when you wake up. I’m talking like that 1:45am deep sleep. That’s when I heard it. *beep beep* Two ear-splitting chirps echoed throughout the upstairs of our house. I opened my eyes and tried to figure out if I’d heard those beeps in real life or in a dream. My wife was dead asleep along with our 2 dogs. It must have been a dream. *beep beep* Nope, it was real life. And the dogs heard it this time, too.
I should note that our dogs are terrified of the smoke alarm. Whenever it beeps, they are immediately reduced to shaking balls of fur. They climb up my legs or wedge themselves under the bed…where they promptly get stuck, I might add. And this goes on for no less than an hour after the chirping stops, too. So my first thought when I heard those chirps was the dogs. And yes, the dogs did indeed hear that second set of chirps.
*beep beep* I half-ran/half-stumbled out into the hallway, grabbed a chair and ripped the smoke detector battery out. I’m pretty sure I threw it on the floor. By then, my wife was awake, and the dogs were losing their minds. But I had solved the chirping. *beep beep* Wrong. It was the darned carbon monoxide detector…which for the record was right next to my ear. Sure enough, it had an “Err” message code on the screen. I ripped it out of the wall. *beep beep* Seriously?? I ripped the batteries out of it and threw it on the floor. Problem solved.
Since we are all about safety (and since we were awake now), I headed off to the basement storage room to get some new batteries. My wife took the dogs outside, although that didn’t do much good. They were in full-on panic mode. I put the new batteries in the carbon monoxide detector and plugged it back in the wall. *beep beep* What the beep? The batteries came back out immediately. So here’s a fun fact of the day. Those carbon monoxide detectors are programmed to stop working after 7 years. My wife figured this out after searching the interwebs at 2:30am for the solution to the “Err” and the chirps. I thought back to when we bought that detector. Sure enough, 7 years and 2 weeks.
So I’m ok with carbon monoxide detectors quitting after 7 years. There’s a lot of new technology that comes out in 7 years. I mean, think back to what cell phone you were using 7 years ago. But can’t they come up with a way to alert you without sending out ear-splitting (and dog-wrecking) chirps?
Needless to say, we didn’t get much sleep that night. But lucky for me, I had some of these delicious Morning Glory Muffins left over from the previous day’s baking. I might have been tired, but at least I had something tasty for breakfast. It’s all about priorities, right?
Morning Glory Muffins are loaded with all sorts of fruits and nuts…and they are really quite yummy. There’s tons of variations on this, so feel free to mix it up. I personally went with walnuts, raisins, pineapple, apple and coconut. Don’t like raisins? Leave ’em out. Better yet, throw some dried cranberries in instead. Not a walnut fan? Use pecans. I love pecans in muffins. I just happened to use walnuts this time because my hand landed on them first.
What’s your favorite variety of muffin? What about carbon monoxide detectors…is yours close to 7 years old?