Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Time for Banana Muffins!

I will be the first to admit that I am no Betty Crocker.  I can manage a basic meal, but don't ask for anything fancy or extravagant, and certainly don't ask me to improvise.  Although my Paul Deen spaghetti turned out delicious despite my last minute I don't have the exact ingredients panicking, nothing else ever turns out right when I try to wing it.

My husband has a knack of buying the biggest bunch of bananas he can find, and frankly, bananas are only a so-so fruit in our house.  So, I've tried several variations of banana (nut) bread and muffin recipes.  It's always been a disappointment.

Until today!  Once again I had overripe bananas.  Elliott had some Toy Story baking cups he had been wanting to use, so I decided we'd give it a whirl.  I used this Banana Crumb Muffins recipe from All Recipes.  I figured a 5 star rating with over 6,000 reviews was worth a shot.


Elliott was in charge of the baking cups...


...and the stirring...

 ...and the banana mashing...

While Elliott and I were working in the kitchen, Emory popped in occasionally, but he got busy cooking on his own.



BEFORE

AFTER

The crumb topping wasn't as good as I'd expected (I'm sure I did something wrong), and they aren't beautiful by any means...but they were GOOD!

I had already decided we would have breakfast for dinner, which the boys always love, and Elliott was thrilled to have his banana muffins for dessert.

(Please ignore the fact that I served muffins on paper towels.  I had already cleaned the kitchen and loaded the dishwasher.  This mom picked a lazy moment to capture on camera.)


Elliott took his time unwrapping his muffin...


...and Emory dug right in.


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