Saturday, February 14, 2015

Banana RagaMuffin Recipe

It's Valentine's morning and I decided to make some banana muffins for my favorite little loves.  I mashed my bananas and started assembling ingredients only to remember that I had used up all the sugar earlier this week and hadn't restocked yet.  That is not impressive #housewifing at all. The bad news is we live off the beaten path and "civilization" is 10-20 minutes away, depending on what you need.  The good news is I live next door to my in-laws and my mother-in-law is always well stocked on things when I do an oopsie and am in the middle of a recipe. I'll admit, this is not the first time I've called on her for items out of her pantry. So I texted her and O ran over for the sugar.  Save!

The music was loud and we had a pretty good dance party going on in the kitchen. Baran was doing dishes and whenever he does, the music is blasting.  I'm cool with that, I mean my tween is doing dishes.  We both have some pretty sweet moves too.  We were listening to this song. "Cause we all right, and we ok.  And we gonna make it to another day.  Just hold on to what you believe. Don't let go." While I was waiting on my sugar and dancing to the beat, I decided to tidy up the kitchen and dump the coffee grounds into my compost bowl.  I am a multi-tasking queen. And yes I make my own dirt in the compost bin, even if its just freezing into a big pile at the moment.  Oops again, I dumped my coffee grounds into my muffin bowl I had started instead of the compost bowl. Major #fail. 
I was so surprised at this recent turn of events that I screamed.  Kind of like the scream when you see a huge spider. The boys came running and were grossed out by the coffee grounds in their Valentine's muffins so I had to start over.  The good news is, I didn't have to do the walk of shame and ask my MIL for more sugar.  I hadn't added it yet.  God's grace is so wonderful!  This is what happens when I try to cook before I have consumed enough coffee.  #oofta

So, here's my recipe. I know its says banana bread, but you can put it in muffin tins and cook it for 20-23 minutes and it pretty much rocks just like that. I typically cut the sugar in half.  Hey, bananas are sweet and trust me, the boys don't even miss the extra sugar. O also likes an oatmeal cinnamon crumble on the top so I combine about 2/3 cups of oats, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1 TB melted butter to make the crumble to add to the top once they are in the muffin tins.
So, if you are feeling a little ragamuffin-ish, I highly recommend giving this a try after you are properly caffeinated.  Now to go make pot #2 and give some muffins to my in-laws. Happy Valentine's Day and Don't Let Go!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

A Slinky Valentine

Valentine's can be a lot of fun to make.  Last year we made pom-pom monsters. O loved making those and still would rather give some-THING instead of candy so we decided to do a slinky this year.

They were pretty simple.  We found a big bag of slinky's that were reasonably priced in a party supply store.  I used blank business card stock for the card and made a message with address labels.  
If you have Avery 5160 address labels here is a printable.  Use a paper hole puncher in the upper left corner.  Add your message to the back and slide on the slinky.  

A super easy project that a second grader can assemble himself and no sugar involved. Woot!
Happy Valentine's Day!