Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Banana Muffins made easy!

I love to bake. I don't necessarily like to eat it though. I like to feed other people. I'm the perfect neighbor. My kids play in your yard and in return i bring you goodies. :) One of my favorite recipes from my mom is banana muffins because it's super easy and it's perfect when you have one rotting, realllly ripe banana because it only takes ONE. And you don't need a mixer.

Here's what you'll need:

1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup butter
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 cups flour
1 banana and enough buttermilk to make one cup. Mash your banana in a one cup measuring cup. Fill the rest of the cup with buttermilk to the top equaling one cup.
pinch of salt

I'm sorry for not taking any "here's how it looks while mixing" pictures.

Combine all ingredients and pour into your muffin pans. My moms recipe says to bake for 7-10 minutes @ 350 but I found it's more like 12-13 minutes. I promise these are super banana-y even though it's only one banana and they freeze great! I use mini muffin pans because they are the perfect pop in your mouth size and get about 36 mini muffins out of this recipe.

Monday, February 4, 2013

So i'm back..

I think. I'm trying to blog again. Now that I was able to get back on here, I will. Soon. Promise. :)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

My favorite

If there's one thing I hate more than anything it's taking my children to the grocery store. I would rather have 10 root canals, any type of gynecological exam, walk down the street naked....maybe even all of those things. THAT'S how much i hate it. That being said, most days I have NO choice. Our recent trip to WalMart was one of those trips. I had to return something before we even started shopping. I am waiting patiently in the not so good customer service line and the boys are playing with that Coinstar machine. They are giggling, and I look over and they are mesmerized by the machine. I was thankful they were entertained for that moment. After a few minutes, I look over and Lawson has his pants halfway down exposing half of his bare hiney, giggling and doing some type of Beyonce (I have no idea where he gets this) booty shake. This is where I would insert the funny picture of my kids rear that i took in WalMart but instead I was kind of pretending they weren't mine and to not document the incident. You get this instead.

I, of course mortified, say very loudly "EXCUSE ME!", (for some reason is my go to phrase when i'm seeing something I do not approve of before I unleash my reprimanding) which was not the best choice of words since everyone at and around the customer service counter turned around to look at me and then sees my delightful child's hiney. It was a proud moment. I should have gone home right then. We finish at customer service just when I realize I am without my list!! GAH!! THEN I should have gone home, but i didn't. I continued to race around the store trying to remember everything I could while these 3 goofballs must be on a ridiculous sugar high. Nonetheless they were trying my patience! After all the whining, asking for things, going to the bathroom, being thirsty and hungry, fighting and smacking each other... we finally get to the counter to unload the groceries. Lawson looks at me and says, "Can we get out?" I give him the death stare and in a really growly voice say NOOOO! That was the quietest they had been the entire trip!!

The next day I dropped Lawson off at school and took Brody for his eye appointment with Dr. Hunter. But first they got dressed for cowboy day at school!!

I know I'm biased and all but cuter cowboys exist. :) Lawson got to enjoy cowboy day while Brody and I waited. And waited....and waited some more.

Sweet Brody. I always enjoy a little one on one time with my guys since it's so rare, but usually they don't know what to do with themselves!! 2 Hours of kisses and hugs from my sweet boy...yes 2 hours of waiting, we finally see the doctor. Long story short, Brody will be getting glasses and we will continue patching him several hours a day. I have been trying to pump him up and tell him how incredibly handsome and cool he will look, so that hopefully he cooperates. We tried once when he was about 8 months and it did not go well, at all. So far he seems to like the idea and has told several friends that he has to get glasses. Hopefully he is just as cooperative when he is actually having to wear them! I finally was able to get Brody back to school for a whole hour where I think his teacher got a few pictures. I can't wait to see them! The boys love to dress up! I have one who likes to dress up and look like a man, and the other 2 just love to dress up in costumes. When putting the twins to bed they both said, "Mama can we be cowboys tomorrow?!" :)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Boy Funnies

First of all, there needs to be some sort of invention for urine around the bottom of the toilet in boys bathrooms. Seriously. Just thought I'd put that out there. I am always amazed how that much pee ends up on the floor. I really think i should make the boys sit like girls until they're able to clean the floor themselves. Would that be bad??

I just love these boys to pieces. As much as they drive me nuts, they sure crack me up--DAILY. The twins have been wanting to take showers and wash themselves. So tonight Lawson is in the shower and I yell, "Are you washing yourself?" "Yep, I am mom!" A few minutes later I peek in the shower. "See mom? I'm washing myself!" Yes, he was washing himself, with Nolan's toothbrush! I of course took it sweetly and told him he had to use his hands, not someone's toothbrush and quietly put the toothbrush away. I'm not sure where he had put that toothbrush, all i saw was him scrubbing his belly. Totally hoping that's all he washed!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Leaving a Legacy

I'm hoping 2011 is a MUCH better year than 2010. On this recent New Year's Eve, I learned my older brother Chris had passed away suddenly. I thought to myself, this can't be real. Not, Chris. Not again. My husband, my dad, and now another death....again. All in a mere 20 months. My brother left behind a wife, and 3 boys. But he also left behind many memories, friends and ultimately an amazing legacy. A legacy of love. Kind. Generous. Selfless. Loving. Friendly. He was all of these things. It was a true testament to who he was by the sheer number of people that showed up to his service. Over 600 people came to pay respects to my brother and his family. It was amazing and completely awesome to witness how many people loved him. I hope I leave a legacy of people describing me as kind, loving, generous, selfless....I should be so blessed. The night before his service I had this vision of God opening his arms to my brother and hearing the words, "Well done my good and faithful servant, well done." It brings me so much peace knowing he is with the Lord, but so heartbroken he was taken so soon.

Be generous just because. You never know whose prayer you may be answering.

That thing you've been wanting to do, DO IT! You never know which day will be your last.

Smile at people, greet that cashier that looks like she's having a bad day. My brother always made a point to smile and talk to people.

Be kinder than necessary.

Hug each other more!

Pick your battles. Is that thing you're ticked off about really worth being upset about?

Go out of your way to help somebody.

Never miss an opportunity to try something new.

Try and see the beauty in even the crappiest of situations.

Laugh everyday. Sometimes it's the only thing you have!

These aren't some great and amazing words of wisdom you've never heard before. Only things I think of when I think of my brother and how true these words really are. I've got these 3 amazing angels watching over my family now, how awesome is that?! Seems pretty fitting that his cause of death was a big heart huh?

Friday, January 14, 2011

Just a quick video post! :)

A lot has happened in the past few months but, I just don't have the energy to type it all out today. I do however have a video that I wanted to post of Nolan that I thought was awesome. He came to me last night to sing me a song.

"Wow, Nolan that's awesome. Did you learn that at church?"

"No, I made it up mom."

"Really? I am totally impressed!"

It's not a long song but I was impressed with his song writing and sweet voice! I am a bit biased though. :)

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Out of the mouths...

So I'm cooking dinner listening to the boys play Wii.

Lawson: I wanna kiss a girl!
Nolan: You do?! (giggling)

Of course I'm already thinking...oh my gosh, am I already having to worry about this?!

Me: Did Lawson just say he wants to kiss a girl?
Nolan: (laughing) yes!

Me: No, you don't wanna kiss girls Lawson. They have cooties!
Lawson: Whaaat??!!

Then Brody chimes in out of nowhere:
Brody: No mom, girls have gynas!

I about lost it I was laughing so hard.