Gravy mixes mealtime solution

By Sheryl Borden: Creative Living

Information on candle centerpieces, using prepared gravy mixes and cooking with apples will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at noon Tuesday and 2 p.m. Saturday.

Rita Fuentes, senior regional vice president for PartyLite Gifts Inc. in Plymouth, Mass., will share ideas for bringing fun and festivity to a dinner party, focusing on centerpieces, place settings and buffet tables — and they all feature candles.

Roxanne Wyss, home economist with Williams Foods Inc., says, “A gravy mix can be a mealtime solution,” and she’ll share some recipes to prove her point. She’s from Lenexa, Kan.

Registered dietitian Pat Baird will share some new ideas for cooking and eating apples, which are a great source of fiber and other vitamins and minerals. Baird represents the Washington Apple Commission, and she lives in Greenwich, Conn.

Information on decorating three-dimensional cakes, recipes for diabetics, and making sculpted dolls will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and at noon Thursday.

Nancy Siler will demonstrate how to decorate a Stand-up House using candy, cookies and gum, and she’ll also display a doghouse, school house and flower house. She is with Wilton Industries Inc. in Woodridge, Ill.

Kristin Kuhlmann of Eastern New Mexico University Health Services will share healthy recipe ideas for people with diabetes, and she stresses that “The closer we can get to nature, the better.” She’s from Portales.

Sewing expert and designer Lois Boncer will show how to make sculpted dolls. She’ll also show how to make and attach hair, eyes and wings for angel dolls. Her company is called Aardvark to Zebra in Carlsbad, Calif.

Apple Oat Bran Muffins

• 3/4 cup all-purpose flour

• 3/4 cup whole wheat flour

• 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

• 1 teaspoon baking powder

• 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

• 1/4 teaspoon salt

• 1 cup buttermilk

• 1/2 cup oat bran

• 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar

• 2 tablespoon vegetable oil

• 1 large egg

• 1 1/2 cups peeled, cored and finely chopped Golden Delicious apples

Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease 12 3-inch muffin cups or line with paper liners.

In large bowl, combine both flours, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In medium bowl, beat buttermilk, oat bran, brown sugar, oil and egg until blended. Stir buttermilk mixture into flour mixture just until combined. Fold in apples. Divide batter among muffin cups.

Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool muffins in pan five minutes; remove from pan and cool on wire rack.

Yield: 12 muffins.

“Creative Living” is produced and hosted by Sheryl Borden. The show is carried by more than 118 PBS stations in the United States, Canada, Guam and Puerto Rico.