muffin monday: the best banana chocolate chip muffins

Last Monday I had some bananas to use up, so I went to my go-to banana chocolate chip muffin recipe. When I was pregnant with Gracie, I pretty much made a batch of these a couple times a week, and I’d warm the muffins up before eating them… mmm. I have not craved them very much since, so we haven’t had them very often, but they always get gobbled up when we do make them.


The only change I make is the sugar – I use less than a 1/4 cup, and they are plenty sweet with the bananas. And all the chocolate, mmm.

This morning we are having a repeat – these pumpkin chocolate chip muffins to celebrate Thanksgiving week!


muffin monday: cranberry oatmeal muffins

Another thing I love about fall is cranberries, mmm. I am kinda the only one in our family who really digs them, but since I’m making the muffins, I decided to get some cranberry goodness out of the deal.

I chose these cranberry oatmeal muffins because it uses bananas, and I had some brown bananas to use up. The recipe was great – I did omit walnuts, and I added white chocolate chips because cranberry + white chocolate = mmm! A friend surprised me with a bag after I lamented not having them for a previous recipe – they were perfect for this one!

Surprisingly, the kids ate a fair number of these, though sometimes they tried to change their mind (“actually, I don’t think I want a muffin…”) after a bite of tart cranberry caught them off guard. But overall they went over pretty well, and I loved them.

muffin monday: apple cinnamon muffins

One of the things I love about fall in the PNW is our super yummy apples. We always go apple picking, and I put them up as applesauce, dried apples, and apple butter. We also get a big bucket purely for eating, and I decided I better hit it up for some apple muffins before they completely disappeared.

A friend sent me this recipe, and I’ll admit that I was reluctant to try it because it was a bit more work than I typically feel like tackling at 6:30am on a Monday morning. Alas, it sounded so good that I couldn’t resist. And they were SO good!


I didn’t adjust the recipe at all, I totally embraced it in all its butter and sugar-filled glory. And it was pretty much apple pie in a muffin. Or a cross between apple pie and coffee cake. Luke thought the apples “looked so gross” while cooking, but in the end he tried to sneak a third muffin because they were so yummy. Thanks for a great recipe, Morgan!


muffin monday: whole wheat pumpkin chocolate chip muffins

‘Tis the season for pumpkin, this is the third pumpkin muffin recipe I’ve tried, and I don’t expect these to be the last pumpkin muffins I make this fall.


Gracie’s favorite job is putting the muffin liners in the pan.

I found the recipe here and I chose it for it’s chocolatey nature  and the fact that it used Greek yogurt in it, since I really liked the blueberry muffins I made with yogurt. However, they didn’t turn out perfectly – the batter was pretty thin, and the majority of muffins suffered from all-the-chocolate-chips-at-the-bottom syndrome. I don’t know exactly where I went wrong – I did use my homemade yogurt, which is not as thick as Greek yogurt, so maybe that was it. Either way, they still tasted good, but I will probably stick with a different pumpkin recipe in the future.


muffin monday: coconut flour lemon poppyseed

Luke has been asking for poppyseed muffins, so when I stumbled on this recipe, I thought I’d give it a whirl. It’s the second time I’ve made coconut flour muffins, and they are a little different – coconut flour is kind of a strange beast, so this recipe called for 6 eggs. I didn’t make any substitutions, but I did omit the frosting.


But they turned out yummy, the only downside being that they had to be stored in the fridge – being stored out of sight, combined with a tummy bug going through our family, left us with 7 uneaten mini muffins at the end of the week. I don’t know if the kids really liked them or not; might need to give them another try on a different week!

muffin monday: sunflower butter bran muffins


Last Monday I went back to my Weelicious Lunches book for a recipe I’d been wanting to try for Sunflower Butter Bran Muffins. I love sunflower butter, and this recipe did not disappoint! It was hearty but moist and the sunflower butter taste came through nicely but not too strong. I added chocolate chips (why wouldn’t I?) and it was the perfect tasty treat. The kids liked them, though they weren’t begged for as often as the others. The muffins made a great addition to their lunches throughout the week, and they happily ate them when presented, so I call it a win.


ten on ten [sort of]: october 11, 2017

I wanted to do ten on ten this month, but the tenth fell on my work day. And as much as I love my job, a series of photos of my office was not what I had in mind. So I went with the 11th instead. Here’s a glimpse of what happened that day.

6am hour /// New audio book while working on an order for my shop.


7am hour /// Time to diffuse a little peppermint & sweet orange into the air as the kiddos wake up.


8am hour /// Family breakfast time. My happy egg eater. [Bonus: this week we are also enjoying Trader Joe’s Pumpkin O’s with breakfast].


9am hour /// Walking to school. This is Luke stopping to listen to the thunder we heard along the way. He’s explaining something to Gracie, but I’m not sure what. He’s holding a kleenex to “dry his tears” after a transition meltdown.


10am hour /// My little helper(s). She’s gotten really fast at folding washcloths.


11am hour /// A filling for the little lady. Her second, and they discovered a third cavity while we were there. She loves to brush her teeth, but apparently they are pretty “groovy.” Sigh. This was my childhood as well. Luckily, the place we go is awesome, so she loves going and lays there perfectly for them.


12pm hour /// After dentist treat is her favorite lunch in the world: the individual mac and cheese cups.


1pm hour /// It was an early release day. Almost every day, the first thing he does to unwind after school is play with his beanie babies and stuffies. And yes, they are mine from childhood. I had so many that we actually rotate through them – the kids bring some back and pick out new ones when we go to my parents’ house.


2pm hour /// After Luke gets some alone time, it’s always an intense time of play for these two playmates. It almost always involves rearranging half my house, and it is ever evolving as far as what is actually being imagined. But they play so well together and have so much fun, I just try to take deep breaths and stay out of it.


3pm hour /// After I finished some chores, I took a few minutes to sit in the sun and do some stitching. It was glorious. It’s amazing what I can do now that the kids are a little older – it feels like not that long ago that I could never leave my projects out without little hands getting into them, let alone actually work on something while caring for them.