The Best Banana Muffin Recipe

I have baked a batch of banana muffins every week since school started.  It is a combination of just having a lot of bananas turning too quickly and trying to have something for my teenage son to pack in his post cross country practice breakfast.  I have tried a bunch of different recipes and combined a few and I think I have found my families all time favorite.

Banana Muffin Recipe

What you need:

4 very ripe bananas
1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

optional: 2 cups chocolate chips or  cinnamon chips

What you do:

Line muffin tins with paper baking cups.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a bowl, combine dry ingredients and set aside.
2 1/2 c. flour
2 t baking powerd
1 t baking soda
1 t salt
1/2 t cinnamon

In a second bowl, mix together softened butter and sugars.
1/2 c butter
 1/3 c. white sugar
1 c. brown sugar

Once combined, add the eggs, vanilla, and mashed bananas and mix.
2 eggs
1 t. vanilla extract
4 ripe bananas (approx 1 1/2 cups)

Slowly add the dry ingredients to the banana mixture and stir.

Add chips or nuts if desired.

Fill each muffin tin 2/3 of the way with batter.

Bake for 18-20 minutes

Immediately remove from muffin tin and allow to cool on a wire rack

Makes approximately 24 muffins.

How To Save Time Grocery Shopping [Walmart Free Online Grocery Pick Up]

I am not someone who dislikes grocery shopping and I don't even mind taking my 3-year-old son with me.  Grocery shopping is a great way to teach colors and shapes and practice counting.  But grocery shopping without kids is a different story.  My youngest only goes to preschool a few hours a week and I can think of a million other things I would rather do with that kid free time.  So recently, while my four kids were all at school, I tried something new.  After I dropped Owen off at preschool I went to Walmart to pick up my first Online Grocery order.  Not only did I get to stay in my car, but the team member loaded my car for me.  Then I drove home, put the groceries away, and just like that I had an extra hour in my day.  It was more than just time saving, it was time transforming!!   I used that hour to catch up with some friends!  Definitely more fun than standing in line to check out.

If you have kids that hate being in the grocery store, you need to try free grocery pickup from Walmart's Online Grocery.  If you dread heading to the grocery store after a long day at work, you need to try free grocery pickup from Walmart's Online Grocery.  Have a husband who offers to do the grocery shopping for you but comes back missing half of the stuff from your list?   Stuck at home with sick kids?  Just hate grocery shopping with the burning passion of a thousand suns?   Walmart's Online Grocery Pickup is your solution.

5 Fun Back To School Treats

If you are as sad about back to school as we are, here are some cute back to school treats that might cheer you up.

I have seen a lot of cute ideas for making pretzels into apples and That's What Che Said took three of the best ideas and shared them in one post.  So now you can compare and decide how you want to make apple pretzels.

Shaken Together Life turned vanilla wafer cookies into cute pencil cookies with the help of some candy melts.

I love these ruler sugar cookies from Ashlee Marie because I think I could actually pull them off!  I can handle straight lines! She even has a video tutorial to help you figure it out!

Make and Takes made these cute apple cupakes without any special cupcake pan.  You just need a little aluminum foil!

Your Homebased Mom made some adorable apple donuts that I have shared before, but I just found these cute ruler donuts that she made as well!  Especially great if you are a maple donut fan!

Make Preschool Less Scary with SoCozy {Now Available at HEB, Where Everything Is Better}

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of SoCozy. 
All opinions are my own and not edited by the sponsor.

My youngest starts preschool tomorrow.  It is a big day in our house and I am a little worried about how it will go.  Last year, the entire first month was a struggle.  Starting over with a new class, a new teacher, and new friends will be a challenge.  Add that to the fact that I also have a child in elementary school, middle school, AND high school and there isn't much room in our schedule for surprises.  That is where SoCozy comes in.

Everyone knows the dread of the note sent home from school that starts, "We are writing to inform you that there is a confirmed case of lice in your child's classroom."

Knock on wood, we have never brought any unwanted visitors home from school, but instead of pushing our luck we are going to put the odds in our favor with boo! shampoo and leave-in spray from SoCozy.  It uses a mix of natural ingredients like peppermint, rosemary, and lavender to scare away lice!

So Cozy is a line of salon formulas that were designed for the unique hair need of kids between the ages of 2 and 12.  They are non-toxic and made without parabens, formaldehyde, sulfates, phthalates, synthetic color, propylene glycol. No 'nasty stuff' as they like to say!  They are also free of alcohol, gluten, wheat, peanuts and tree nuts.  Stuff I didn't even realize might be in shampoos!

And there is something for everyone, like Cinch Detangler, Boing Curl Shampoo, and Behave Styling Cream, which comes in handy when trying to tame the hair of a 3-year-old with a wicked cowlick!

Even better, SoCozy products are now available at HEB, so I can pick it up when I am out grocery shopping.  No extra trip needed!

Hopefully with the help of SoCozy we can make back to school as easy and un-scary as possible!

Olympic Themed Food Fun

Olympic Ring Fruit Plate from the Kitchen

The opening ceremonies for the Olympics is tonight and I thought I would dig up some fun Olympic themed treat ideas.  These fun treats are a great way to get your whole family excited for the Olympics.