Oh The Drama!


In the past couple of weeks my life seems to be invaded by people with too much drama. And it makes the Peddler cranky and prone to drama herself. And this is one of those periods when I have zero desire to be involved in even a drop of high emotions (like there’s ever a time when you’d love the drama in your life)! Sometimes it could be fun though, mostly to just watch it unfold from the sidewalk, pull the chair up, munch on some popcorn… You get the picture!

Not one of those times! Especially if drama involves grown men behaving like little boys, for the 1000th time…

Now, I definitely know how to deal with grown-up drama, there are valid reasons sometimes to feel what you feel and act as you do if serious circumstances have entered your life. I’ll be right there to offer my professional advice and just support on a human level. I can also deal with girlfriends’ meltdowns and crying spells, been there many times myself. Usually a good “heart-to-heart” slightly mediated by wine and chocolate helps.

I do NOT know how to respond to grown men having “one of those moments” except to just walk away after offering a few words of “condolences” on having an obvious disconnect between mental and emotional functioning. And by the way, I tried employing the same tactic as with females, suggesting sweets and alcohol, it did not work!

So, any men reading this post, please help, let me know what does work for you in these situations, so I’ll know for the future! As practice shows, this is not the last time I’ll be dealing with male meltdowns.

So walking a tight rope here, trying to remain drama-free myself is difficult, my over-stretched emotions have spilled out a few times also. Yes, wine and chocolate did help a bit 🙂

Peddler is in search of a tranquil spot, untill all the storms and all the volcanic eruptions are finally settled down…

What’s Cooking This Week

Has to be something sweet, right?! To medicate yourself from the very morning. But I’m putting a slightly healthier approach to the usual cake or chocolate offerings. The recipe below combines the sweetness and wholesomeness in a drama-free fashion to bring you a great “pick me up” breakfast food.

Apple and Plum Muffins


(Makes 12 muffins)

2 cups of flour (I used gluten free Authentic Foods classic mix plus 3/4 tspoon of xanthan gum)

1 large apple, cut into smaller pieces

2 small plums, cut into pieces

2 eggs

1 cup of milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)

3/4 cup + 2 Tbspoons of light brown sugar

1/4 cup of oil

1/4 cup of chopped pecans

1 tspoon of baking powder

1/4 tspoon of salt

1/2 tspoon of cinnamon

1/4 tspoon of ground cloves


In a bowl combine cut apple and plums with 1 tspoon of lemon juice, chopped pecans and 2 Tbspoons of sugar and set them aside. In two other separate bowls combine all the wet ingredients and all the dry ones.


Mix in the wet ingredients into the dry ones, then add about half of the cut up fruit. Pre-heat the oven to 35o degrees, line the muffin pans with liners and distribute the batter between 12 muffins, top each with some of the remaining fruit.


Bake for about 15-20 minutes or untill the cake tester comes out clean.  To avoid any internal drama, have more than one 🙂