Salted caramel is heaven for those of us who love the whole sweet and salty flavor profile. These banana muffins are the best recipe all by themselves but I took them to a whole new level with the streusel crumb topping and the generous drizzle of homemade salted caramel sauce. Don’t you dare make another batch of banana bread when you can whip up these gems of perfection instead!
I needed something sweet and indulgent this week. I was one sad little Mom and these Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins really filled a gap in my heart. Don’t judge….chocolate can do that for some people.
For the first time in 21 years, I do not have a little shadow “helping” me in everything I do during the day. My little baby girl began Kindergarten this week and it was a difficult moment when I had to drop her off on Monday morning. With six children, I can barely remember a time when there weren’t little hands making a mess of every room I just cleaned, or little eyes filled with tears because it was nap time, or little ouchies to kiss at every fall and bump of the head.
Happy May Day everyone! Welcome to the season of “Oh crap! Only a few weeks before the pool opens for the summer! Why didn’t I do anything about this a month ago?!?!”
Being unwillingly dragged to the pool by my children is not my only fitness concern this first day of May. I am also training for a duathlon in July and a half marathon in October. Deep down, I know these races keep me working out hard and accountable to all who are cheering me on, but having trained for triathlons and half marathons before, I also know how much time it takes!
I am a much better couch potato than I am a runner, biker or swimmer 🙂
Seven years ago, my hubby and I did away with buying Christmas presents for our six children. We had spent months trying to come up with gifts that weren’t: #1 – a waste of money and #2 – a gift just because we needed to have stuff under the tree. So we just stopped buying it all.
Now before you go all commando in the comments below, you have to understand what we do instead of gifts. While we may not need anymore “stuff” under the Christmas tree, we desperately need more time together as a family. So, we take that money we would have spent on “stuff” and go on a great family vacation instead. We are now making memories that will last a lifetime, which is especially important considering how fast my children are growing up and leaving home.
Since we could never afford a vacation over Christmas break, we pull our kiddos out of school and go in January or February. This year we are headed on a cruise across the gorgeous Caribbean. With the miserable cold we’ve been having in Minnesota, this vacation can not come soon enough!
I am so obsessed with getting on this boat and away from the cold that it is even coming out in my baking! This Pineapple Coconut Banana Bread is perfectly tropical and helps me visualize what it will be like sitting on my balcony watching the gorgeous blue water go by. Maybe it can help you escape a little bit too 🙂