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3.19.2012

Whole Wheat Banana Blueberry Muffins and Owen Turned FIVE!



What  a fantastic weekend it was!

I was busy with, date night with the girls, shopping, yoga class and best of all celebrating Owen's 5th Birthday.

It is such an exciting thing when your kids celebrate their birthdays. But it is also so sad. Saying it out loud "Owen is now 5!" makes me cry a little on the inside every time.

Owen age 4 1/2 (first day of preschool)


It's amazing how it seems like just yesterday he entered the world. Though at the same time I can't remember what it was like to not have him in our lives.

Owen age 18 months


I am so very proud of him every moment of every day. He wows me with his eagerness to learn. Especially his knowledge of animals and dinosaurs. He can sit there for hours and lecture me on the different types, their habitat and other little random facts. Somehow he teaches me something new every time. How is that possible?

The other day I had to call our local elementary school to set up his Kindergarten registration! YIKES. There is no way I am the mother of an elementary student!

I blinked my eyes while he was still in diapers and now he's going into elementary school.

Owen age 7-8 months


One of his requests for his Birthday was a T-rex cake. Well this mom doesn't decorate cakes very well so I called for help from my husbands cousin Sam. She made Owen an awesome T-rex sheet cake for his party.

After picking the cake up from Sam, I put it in the back next to his seat so he could look at in on our car ride home.

What was I thinking! Leaving a cake sitting next to a 5 yr old boy....

He says to me "Mama know what my favorite part of the cake is??? Sam put rabbit holes in it because she knows how much I like rabbits!"

I did not think to much of this... I kept on driving yepping him along the way.

I get home take the cake out and look to find he had poked holes in the fondant!

Little turd tried to blame it on Sam!!!!

The cake... with his "rabbit holes"


Owen's next request is that I make blueberry cupcakes to share with his friends at school. Since snack time is in the morning and I know the fellow parents at the preschool would rather their kids not get hopped up on sugar at 10am. I made these Whole Wheat Banana Blueberry Muffins instead. They were a compromise... basically a whole wheat cupcake minus the frosting!

They are meant to be a treat after all.....

Whole Wheat Banana Blueberry Muffins

Ingredients:

3 cups white whole wheat flour
2 cups sugar
1 cup of mashed banana (about 2 bananas)
1/2 cup of vegetable oil
4 eggs
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbs of lemon zest
1 tsp cinnamon
2 cups of frozen blueberries  

Directions:
Pre heat oven to 350.

In a large mixing bowl sift together flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, cream sugar and mashed banana together. Mix in oil, then your eggs one at a time.

On medium speed mix in your flour mixture one cup at a time just until it is incorporated.

With a rubber spatula fold in your berries and lemon zest.

Drop batter into muffin  cups and bake for about 25-30 minutes. Or until a tooth pick is inserted in the center and it comes out clean.

Recipes yields 24 muffins.


13 comments:

  1. LOVE the story of the "rabbit holes" in the cake! Who would have ever thought a child would dream up such a tale!

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  2. aww, your son is precious. They grow so quick, don't they?
    The muffin are a great snack for the kiddos :)

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  3. Awww, turning 5 is such a milestone in a child's life. The apron strings are cut and they start to develop a really strong personality. Looks like Owen got a great start! The rabbit holes are so cute.

    Now about these muffins - they could come out of a magazine, how perfect. I need to be more careful about slobbing all over the paper when I do mine. I try but I always end up with some on the edge.

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  4. Aw, happy birthday to that sweet boy. Those eyes, they're going to cause you trouble when he's 16! These muffins, yummy. I want one!

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  5. Happy Belated Birthday to your very handsome son. I hope he enjoyed that gorgeous cake.

    Those muffins look fabulous. Will be saving the recipe to give a go later on.

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  6. I can't wait to try these!! I've been wanting to make some other kinds of baked goods with bananas (other than banana bread). Thanks Carrie!! :) ... And I know what you mean about "school aged kids"... I have 2 in elementary school now :O ah!

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  7. Awww! These cupcakes look so cute! I wanna eat them right now!
    Too bad I'm no good in kitchen. Going to buy some books. It might help me to improve my cooking skills.

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  8. Happy Birthday Owen! That cake is wonderful, he is very lucky:-) I love the muffins, they sound delicious:-) Take care, Terra

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  9. Hahahaha. Rabbit holes. He sounds awesome! :D

    And look at these whole wheat muffins! I get so excited when I see others use whole wheat flour. I guess that's kind of dorky. But anyway... yay!

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  10. Your son is adorable!! Thank you for the muffin recipe.

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  11. Owen is really going to be a heart breaker!!!!! These muffins sound delish and will bake them this week

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  12. Owen is really going to be a heart breaker as he gets older. Making these muffins this week

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  13. Super yummy. I did these Gluten free and made them minis instead. A hit!

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