I don't know if it's the dark winter mornings, or the fact that the kids are halfway through the school year and not feeling so motivated to get out of bed, but lately our house has been a fire drill to get everyone up and out the door on time. Some mornings I am chasing the kids down with a baggy of cereal or a Fiber One bar, just so they will have a little something to eat before they start their days.
I feel like my grandmother because seeing my family eat makes me happy!
Do you feel like that too? I just love to see my kids start the day right, and I especially enjoy when THEY enjoy food that I've made them. My husband is the best - he makes happy sounds when he eats something good - it's the Italian in him!
Sometimes I get my act together and bake muffins for the mornings. They're not always super healthy but I feel good knowing what went into them (vs. the store bought ones that are twice the size they should be and so good you just know they are FILLED with fat). No one misses breakfast when I have fresh baked muffins that they pass by on the way out the door!
Last night I made these: Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins from the Chiquita Moms site. They are so, so, so good. One batch made a dozen regular-sized muffins. They won't make it past after-school snack time.
If you like a banana bread that is not too sweet, try these Banana Muffins from Orgasmic Chef. Oh my. They are delish.
Everyone in my house is a fan of the Cinnamon Chip Muffins we found at Simply Sifted.
Two Peas And Their Pod blogged about Baked French Toast Muffins. I made them and they are really good for breakfast if you have time to sit and eat. These are great warmed up in the microwave and served with syrup. They are a bit time consuming but fun to try.
I made these pumpkin muffins in the fall and then proceeded to make them over and over again until my family was like - ummmm…..maybe a different kind of muffin this week, mom?
I also am obsessed with baking these when blueberries are in season. Fresh blueberries burst open and are so delicious, I can't even tell you. Hurry up and get here, July!
Next up I'm going to try these:
Savory Cheddar Sausage Breakfast Muffins by Unsophisticook
Scrambled Egg Muffin Sliders by Southern Living
Am I making you hungry???
I've shared this tip before, but it's a good one - I learned it from Food & Wine magazine:
To achieve a crispy edge on your muffins, don't line your muffin pan, just give the cups a good greasing. For softer muffins, line with paper or foil baking liners.
I love the crispy edge, but I love a clean muffin pan even more (so lately I've been using the foil liners every time for a quick cleanup!)
Do you have a go-to muffin recipe to share? I'd love to hear!