August 26, 2014

HOLDING ONTO SUMMER



















Usually, as soon as August hits, I start wondering Is it October yet? But this summer I'm committing to holding on a little bit longer. I'm making these last few extra warm days count, rather than wishing them away.

This means a few more campfires, late night ice cream dates, swimming in that chilly water, and blowing our biggest, juiciest bubble gum bubbles. I know once January comes, I'll be wishing for these days again. I'll be longing for them and wanting to wake up in June, not February. So today we're enjoying it. We're squeezing the last sunshiny bits out of this season we love.

Every summer has a story and this one has been a real good one. You know it's a good one when all you can smell is sunscreen, and all you can feel is the warmth on your back, and you have no idea what day of the week it is. The sunshine has been the best kind of medicine, for all of us. We've loved the lake, the sand, the pool, the sticky sweet ice cream faces, and all that summertime brings to us and our souls.

September, and school, and routine are just around the corner but we've committed to a few more days of bare feet, cooking out, dips in the pool, soaking up the sun, and a summertime frame of mind.

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August 24, 2014

BANANA STREUSEL MUFFINS

It looks like the next few days are going to be hot ones, and we fully plan on squeezing the life out of summer, jumping in the freezing cold pool for one last hurrah! But it has been on the cooler side, and I use the term cooler very loosely, up until now. So, you know what that means... I've put my baking hat back on. It's my first time to bake in the new house and I wouldn't give you anything short of amazing for the breaking in baking recipe.

There's a perfect muffin for every occasion and these are perfect muffin for holding onto the sweetness of summer while, at the same time, wanting to kiss autumn's face off. Trust me.

With that, I give you banana streusel muffins. Moist, sweet, and unmistakably August's muffin.




Muffin Ingredients:
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cups brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
4 ripe bananas

Streusel Ingredients:
5 tablespoons butter, melted
2/3 cup flour
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease your muffin tin with butter or cooking spray.

Mix up bananas in electric mixer for 4 minutes, or until light and fluffy. Transfer to another bowl and set aside. Cream together brown sugar and butter with mixer. No need to clean the excess banana before, leave it there for good measure. Add in beaten eggs, one at a time, and then add in the whipped bananas. Combine your dry ingredients in a separate bowl and then gradually add them into the wet ingredients. Pour your batter into muffin tins. Fill 'er right up. No one likes small muffins.

For your streusel, also known as the best part of this recipe: Melt butter and add in the dry ingredients on top. Mix they dry ingredients into the butter with your (clean) fingers to keep it somewhat crumbly. The original recipe called for powered sugar, not brown, but I didn't have that on hand and the brown sugar suited me just fine. Drop the crumb topping onto the muffins and bake. Bake for 20 minutes. Makes 12 standard size muffins.

Recipe adapted from here