Tough {Pumpkin spice} Muffins or "Tuffins"

These high protein muffins are the perfect in-between workout snack or breakfast on-the-go that will help boost your energy and curb your hunger.  They make the perfect fall treat and are SO delicious that it’s hard to believe that these are packed with protein and good carbs.

Here are some facts about the ingredients in this recipe: -Oats are a great source of carbs for energy and fiber to keep you feeling full throughout the day. They are also packed with iron, magnesium, and B vitamins -Pumpkin is loaded with Vitamin A to keep that vision sharp and potassium to help boost those electrolytes -Egg whites, greek yogurt, and protein powder make a triple threat source of protein to refuel those tired muscles  -Coconut sugar is a sweetener with a low glycemic index which will keep from spiking your blood sugar  Prep time: 10 minutes Baking time: 15-20 minutes Servings: 12
1 cup - Canned pumpkin (not to be confused with pumpkin mix) ½ cup - Apple sauce ½ cup - Plain low fat Green Yogurt 3 - Egg whites 1 ¾ cup - Whole Grain Rolled oats ¼ cup - Protein powder (Vanilla is recommended) ½ cup - Coconut sugar 1 tsp - Baking soda 2 tsp - Baking powder ¼ tsp - salt 1 ½ tsp - cinnamon ½ tsp - pumpkin pie spice Coconut oil spray or muffin tins/liners Optional and recommended - Chocolate chips, nuts, OR dried fruit (cranberries are suggested with pumpkin)

Equipment Needed: -Blender or food processor -Spatula -12 cup muffin tray -oven

Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, Line a 12-cup muffin pan with foil cupcake liners, or spray with coconut oil cooking spray. Set aside.
2. In a blender or food processor, mix all of the ingredients together. Blend until oats are ground and mixture is smooth. You may have to scrape down blender or processor once to make sure all ingredients are incorporated.
3. Divide mixture among muffins tins, and place into pre-heated oven. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until tops are lightly golden brown.
4. Cool muffins before removing from pan

Recipe by: Caroline Roxanne Jones

Ps: “Best muffin I have ever had” – Akin  Akman

#DegreeGate – Genuine Need Or Cynical Ploy?

And so #DegreeGate rumbles on and still nobody is much clearer, with many simply remaining to be convinced.  Many, like me I suspect, are waiting to see the ‘evidence’ that this is a good idea.

Being a bit of a researcher and a fan of ‘the truth’ I went looking.

I found a video on YouTube put there by the College of Policing.  It is called PEQF: What is the evidence base? and featuress the College’s Director of Knowledge, Research and Education, Rachel Tuffin.  Rachel is clearly a well educated and well qualified woman and has the honour of having been awareded an OBE for services to policing, specifically championing evidence-based policing.

The title of the video implies that herein lies the answer, what is the ‘evidence base’?

Watch the video and see for yourselves

I have watched the video several times now, and I must be older than I thought, because I don’t see it.  To be honest, all I saw was a young lady, waving her hands around a lot, saying that it was interesting, important and a challenge, and a good idea.  I didn’t see or hear any ‘evidence’.

Undeterred I tweeted a short poll aimed at current and ex #Police Officers

Current or ex Cops, do you think you could have done your job better if you had a degree in Policing etc? #PEQF

— Alan Wright (@Alanw47) February 3, 2016

The results of that were 330 people voted of which 95% voted NO, they didn’t think they could have done their job any better with a degree.

This morning Peter Kirkham posted a similar poll on Twatter

Current/ex-cops: Is your training (to end of probation) equivalent to degree level & merits the award of a degree?

— Peter Kirkham (@Peter_Kirkham) February 4, 2016

So, I still remain to be convinced.  I have known many fine (in my opinion) cops both with and without degrees, and my opinion is still that there may well be a place for a degree as part of the development/promotioon process but I do not see the need or benefit for one at the recruitment stage.

Looking at it brutally, it costs, say, £9k per annum in university fees to get a degree.  Up to £27k if the course is 3 years.  The College of Policing states that it costs £25k to train a Constable, even if I assume that means up to end of Probation, I don’t know why it costs that much, but I can see why they woant to shift the burden of cost onto the recruit.  Unfortunately having spent your £27k, there’s still no promise of a job.  If you join under the old rules and don’t make the grade it hasn’t cost you, or the organisation, anything like £25/£27k.

So, is there reaally a genuine need for a degree or are the College just using smoke and mirrors to deflect the costs of training?  Have the hundreds of thousands of cops trained across the length and breadth of the UK previously been ubstandard in some way?

Speaking for myself, I don’t have a degree.  Did I resent not having one? No,. it was my choice.  Do I feel that I could have performed my duties better if I had one?  Honestly? No, I don’t.  I feel that my training provided by the #Met kitted me out adequately for almost all eventualities, and I can think of numerous Front Line scenarios where a degree would not have benefitted me one little bit.

As laws and procedures changed, we were given extra training to bring us up to date.  Some was better than others to be fair, but very little, if any, was computer-based, tick the box, cover your arse training.  It was proper training with an ‘instructor’ wheer one could ask questions until one fully understood the issue of the day.

When it came to participation in meetings and briefings, to their credit, my bosses didn’t just send Tommy because he had a degreee, they sent Billy because he knew what he was talking about and was the best person for that particular subject, degree or no degree.

Finally, for now, the Home Secretary is absolutely furious that the #Police Service is “too white”.  I would be interested to hear what Impact Assessment the College of Policing has done to make sure that this proposal doesn’t make the #Police Service “even whiter”.

All this, and for £19 a year.  Has that Barista Job at House Of Commons gone yet?   https://houseofcommons-careers.engageats.co.uk/ViewVacancy.aspx?enc=mEgrBL4XQK0+ld8aNkwYmP6f9HQomm5Qwf54UUcmqeJ1Jk+K2ZB1Bb1KXjmvT220Nlzq0ZeMk54lC0lgscJp5+Z8dEZeSGIxbZhu/JU3OZ1sZ9ku75/EfbfVXSw/71YGdDQx9MiV3lOcxIQ+6HfKcQ==


I forgot this one from yesterday

As yet, no response from the College
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