Monday, May 21, 2012

Banana Crumble Muffins

Oh Bananas!!!  Always looking for a way to use up those banana's sitting on the counter getting brown again?  Here's a new twist on banana muffins I'm sure you & your family will LOVE!  Give 'em a whirl and let me know what ya think!


BANANA CRUMBLE MUFFINS


BANANA BATTER:

1 1/2 C. White Flour
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1 tsp. Baking Powder
1/2 tsp. Salt
3 ripe banana's all smashed up
3/4 C. White Sugar
1 Egg
1/3 C. Melted Butter, Unsalted if ya have it


CRUMB TOPPING

1/2 C. Brown Sugar
2 TBS. Flour
1/4 tsp. Cinnamon
1-2 TBS. Butter Firm, that you chop into the topping until crumbly.

Grease or line your muffin tin. This recipe will make 12 nice size muffins. 

Mix the first set of ingredients to make the batter and distribute throughout the muffin tin.

Next, this next step is totally optional...I did it just because it gave a little extra touch to the muffins.. take a small little handful of brown sugar and sprinkle it over top of the muffins...when the brown sugar bakes into the muffins it falls down into small swirls through the muffin and just looks extra special.

Now mix up your Crumb topping ingredients and add the firm butter last until it becomes crumbly and is ready to sprinkle onto the muffins.

Bake at 375 for 18-20 minutes.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Wow, I've missed writing! Stay tuned because I made a killer banana muffin last night with a crumb topping! I'll share it soon!  Anyways, enjoy this piece and Happy Belated Mother's Day to all the Mama's out there!!

A work from home mother doesn’t REALLY work...at least that's what some minds think.

I am a mom that works from my home.  I own my own company contracting out my services to several companies. A normal day begins around 4:00 A.M.  I have to admit, lately, I have been sleeping in until 6:00 A.M., I know, shame on me…sleep is SOOOO OVERRATED.

I wanted to write this article because you don’t hear much about the mother that works from home. You hear about the stay at home mother that can do it all and you hear about the multi-tasking working mother that manages her time perfectly.  I’m a combination of the two.

Here’s a little insight into the day of a work at home mother.  We have to combine, the housework, the cooking, the teaching, the childcare, being a wife, devoted church member, taxi service  and  being a business person that needs to bring in an income.

So here goes, first things first, alarm rings and I jump out of bed as quiet as possible so I don’t wake anyone up. Head down the stairs and first things first. TURN ON THE KEURIG. It takes about 60 seconds to heat and brew a cup. Now this is the hard part, trying to control yourself from sticking your head under the dispenser and drinking it right from the machine like a water fountain.

I’m not going to give you a play by play but here is a sense of my day.  Turn on the laptop, check all the email accounts then log into Facebook.  (Don’t judge, you know you do it too) Start laundry, empty the dishwasher, make lunches for everyone except yourself, make breakfast, listen to the kids tell you all about their plans for the day, clean up from breakfast, clean up the kids, they get ready for school and the second contracting position begins. Work a bit then off to school drop offs, the bus was not our friend this year so I drive the kiddos, it makes them happy, allows me to worry less and gives me a few extra moments with them each day. Next, I come home, work a bit more, pay bills too, then go to pick up for my youngest at preschool.  Back home to work some more and while working I entertain my five year old. Crayons, paper, snacks, books, babies, they all play a part in the “briefcase” I pack every day.  As 3:00 approaches I try to relax, prep some dinner, clean up all the things we messed up while working and playing and then it’s off to pick up my oldest.  So, by now you get the picture, right? Always moving and never stopping to think anymore.  My family knows what we need to do to make ends meet and we work like a well oiled machine each day to make our family go.

Now that I have my husband, son and daughter home with me the evening begins. Dinner,  baking, homework, cleaning, playing, reading, baths, walks, fighting, cuddling, church meetings, extracurricular activities, loving, screaming, all of fits together somehow.  The phone rings a lot. The craziness seems like too much sometimes. But thank God we have each day to live this life, to be together, to be happy and loved. 

I’m not a stay at home mom.  I’m not a working mother.  Our family needed a mother to be home and a mother that provides an income so we came up with me, the work from home mother. I have to take care of the house, errands, run my children around, care for and feed my children, play with them and teach them and be able to financially support them as well.  No matter what kind of mom you are, YOU are the best mom that you can be. Every one of use has many roles. We have many tasks, many to-do lists that don’t get done.  It’s all about the journey. Be thankful for the role you play as a mother and enjoy it. J

Friday, February 17, 2012

Friday Game & Movie Night

Tonight will be filled with a game and a movie here at our house so I’m sitting here racking my brain for some quick and easy snacks that I can throw together to feed my hubby and kids. In order to satisfy their appetites and still maintain some bit of a waistline I have to be sure to have healthy snacks and one comfort food snack. So far my shopping list consists of all the ingredients I will need for a big salad, almonds & pistachios to snack on, carrot sticks and fruit. That should cover the healthy nibbling that will need to be done for the weekend. Now onto the yummy fattening stuff! This past New Year’s I made a recipe I had found on www.daisybrand.com, Warm & Creamy Bacon Dip. It is very delicious, takes about 5 minutes to throw together and then you just bake it. Give it a try, I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Warm & Creamy Bacon Dip

8 Ounces Cream Cheese, Softened
2 Cups Daisy Brand Sour Cream
3 Ounces bacon bits
2 Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1 Cup Chopped Green Onion (I only had 3 green onions so I chopped them up and used what I had)
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Combine all ingredients. Place the mixture in a 1-quart baking dish. Cover. Heat the dip for 25-30 minutes or until hot.
We actually used this method when baking this dip- Serving option: Placed dip in a hollowed square sourdough loaf, wrapped in foil and heated in 400 degree oven for 30 minutes.
Serve with veggies and crackers.
This seriously tastes like a baked potato, it’s wonderful!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Valentines Day, Bone Collector, Hockey… That all goes together, Doesn’t it??

Our Valentine’s Day began with pink heart shaped pancakes and by afternoon involved eating a quick pizza while watching Bone Collector then off to the rink for hockey practice.  It was a fun evening watching Dawson skate around and do the drills. Bella enjoyed watching while snacking on her favorite food, cheese puffs.  Kids zonked out after 10 and I followed within minutes. J
Our fun Valentine’s evening will be celebrated tomorrow night. On the menu is: Cheese Crusted Flat Iron Steak, Lobster Tail, thanks to Giant Eagle having it on sale, Roasted Asparagus , Smash Potatoes and for dessert, chocolate covered raspberries. I wanted strawberries but the grocery store was out. I think raspberries will be just as good. This is a big deal for us. Quite the fancy meal I think. I’ve never cooked a lobster tail but have watched my parents steam crab legs every Christmas so here’s to hoping I don’t ruin it! Here is the steak recipe I’ll be using.
Cheese Crusted Flat Iron Steak

1 lb of Flat Iron Steak
1/8 Teaspoon Salt
1/8 Teaspoon Black Pepper
½ Cup Shredded Cheddar
3 Tablespoons Crumbled Blue Cheese

Heat Broiler.
Season steaks with salt and pepper.
Broil, about 6 inches from heat, 8 minutes or until done the way you like your steak, turning after 5 min. Meanwhile, mix cheeses together.
Top steaks with cheese mixture.
Broil about 3 minutes until cheeses are melted and lightly browned.
 
Enjoy!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Blake Shelton - God Gave Me You (Official Video)



Okay, so posting just one song is waaayy too hard! Bella loves this one!

Blake Shelton - She Wouldn't Be Gone (Official Video)

Well, tonight's the night! We finally get to go see one of our favorite country singers perform. BLAKE SHELTON (http://www.blakeshelton.com/)  I am so pumped I can hardly wait! My husband bought tickets for us and our children to go for Christmas presents. The kids are just as excited as me if not more so! They have their cowboy boots shined and are ready to roll. Trying to pick one song to post of Blake's is nearly impossible but I'll do it. The list of favorites goes on and on, there isn't one song he has recorded that I don't enjoy. I love this song, love the meaning behind it, love his vocals everytime I hear it and love the fact that when it comes on the radio everyone in our truck sings it as long as possible-minus the H-E- double hockey sticks word, Bella just doesn't sing that word and Dawson just screams any other sound so Bella doesn't hear it. Love these kiddos.

What are some of your favorite Blakes songs?? Comment below!

Hope ya'll have a great weekend!





Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Looking for a quick and easy dinner?

Last night we enjoyed Creamy Chicken and Dumplings for dinner. It took 25 minutes from start to finish. Not much time for a great home cooked meal.


Creamy Chicken and Dumplings

Ingredients:

2 Tablespoons Butter
1 Cup (4 medium) Carrots chopped (I like mine in chunks)
1 Medium Onion chopped (not too fine)
1 Teaspoon Poultry Seasoning
1/2 Teaspoon Salt

Combine the above ingredients and saute for 5 minutes on low-med heat.

5 Cups of Chicken Broth

Add in the chicken broth and bring to a boil (this took about 5 minutes)

2 Cans of cream of chicken soup (10.5 oz size)
1 Can evaporated milk (12 oz.)

Bring back to a slow boil on medium heat (this took another 5 minutes)

2-3 Cups shredded cooked chicken

Add in the cooked chicken.

Get a separate bowl ready to whip up the dumplings.

Dumpling Mix:

2 Cups Flour
1/2 Cup Water
1/2 Cup Milk
4 Teaspoons Baking Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Salt

Finally mix up the dumpling ingredients and drop in small teaspoons into the soup base which is at a slow boil. Cook this for about 5 more minutes with a lid or a few minutes longer if you don't have a lid. Thats it! Super easy and Super delicious!