So, on my trip to Michael’s the other day, I came close to meeting my goal and only bought a few things other than the picture frame i needed. Really. I promise. I got a few picture frames (they were buy one get one free . . . I got a few, and now I can put the finishing touches on a few other areas of my house!), a few craft kits for the kids, and a colouring book. And I got this:
As a little kid, I ADORED Julia Child. I could sit and watch her cook for what seemed like hours and truth be told, I still could . . . sadly I’ve tried to get my kids to watch, and they’re just not that into it. Anyway, I saw this, and figured it was exactly what I needed to hang in my office space; not just as a constant reminder to me to keep doing the things that I love, but also as a parent to keep encouraging the kids to find things in life that they are truly passionate about.
Now, while the kids don’t share my love of Julia, they DO love to cook. Despite the fact that I do menu plan and post the breakfast and dinner “menus” for the week on the fridge on Sunday morning, a day doesn’t go by that I don’t get asked by my son, “What are we going to eat, Mom???”. While we do try and stick to a paleo-ish diet, there is one breakfast staple for the kids that is decidedly NOT paleo and really not all that healthy. So why do I let them have it so often??? Well, because it’s the recipe that means so much to me, the one that I had to go Michael’s to get the frame for, and quite frankly, if this is the worst they’re going to have in a week, it’s not sooooooo bad. The recipe came from my grandmother’s Art Gala cookbook which was put together by the lady volunteers at the Art Gallery of Hamilton in 1970. I’ve made lots of changes through the years to the recipe, so here it is as I make it:
Kids' Banana Muffins
1 cup sugar
4 ripe bananas
3 cups flour
2tsp baking soda
- Preheat oven to 350 and line 2 muffin tins with cupcake liners
- Cream butter and sugar – I do this in my KitchenAid and I cream them until the mixture is really light and fluffy.
- Add in the eggs and beat again until everything is really well mixed.
- Add in the bananas – if you are using a KitchenAid, just peel them and throw them in – if you’re doing it by hand, mash them up with a fork on a plate first then add them in. Give everything a good mix again
- Add in the banking soda, vanilla and flour and mix one last time
- The secret ingredient that we then add in is a few chocolate chips – maybe about 1/3 of a cup in total. We use the Enjoy Life brand of chips.
- Divide the batter amongst the muffin cups and bake for about 30 minutes or until they are golden brown and spring back to the touch.
- While the muffins are baking the kids always get a little bowl with a few chocolate chips to “eat while the muffins are baking” . . . this just may be why they like making these so much!!