Yesterday was a relaxing day. I didn’t have anything on the agenda to “have” to do. Of course I enjoyed spending time with all of my girls again! Also, I took the opportunity to bake banana muffins with my oldest.
My oldest never took the time to learn to cook when she lived at home, so I am trying to teach her now that she lives on her own. She learned about sifting dry ingredients, beating eggs until fluffy, and mashing bananas. I gave her some great tips on using a sifter and which sifter to buy (if she ever does).
It was wonderful to spend time with Daughter Number One, because that is rare these days. I got to show her how to make the banana bread recipe that I have been using most of my life. However, we made them as banana muffins. Also, as a result of my bananas not being moist enough, I was able to show her a quick fix. It worked out amazingly well, and she was impressed. All we had to do was add an extra egg to the batter! I also showed her how to add a crunchy topping to add a little pizzazz to the banana muffins. Putting some chopped pecans and a cinnamon sugar mixture to the center of the muffin tops before going in the oven is excellent.
We made 24 mini muffins and 6 regular banana muffins, which we managed to polish off before she left!
We also cleaned out a closet and she got to take some dishes and artwork with her that she remembered from her own childhood.
Then we got to play in makeup and look at nail polish. Having four daughters means lots of makeup and nail polish time! If I had to guess, I would say that is one of the things she misses about being home.
It was a great day spent at home with my girls, doing things I love to do, with the people I love the most. I know how blessed I am to have these opportunities.
May you all be blessed to have wonderful family time in this year, and the coming year!
Banana Bread or Banana Muffins
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 2 eggs (well beaten)
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 or 4 very ripe bananas (well mashed)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease and flour bread pan or muffin pans.
- Cream the shortening and sugar together.
- Add eggs and mix well.
- Stir in sifted dry ingredients.
- Mix in bananas.
- Bake 1 hour for bread loaf.
- Bake 25-30 minutes for muffins, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
- Remove onto wire rack to cool.