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